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About La Taberna del Alabardero

Taberna Del Alabardero is an award-winning restaurant of authentic Spanish cuisine recognized for creating innovative dishes that rise from the evolution of tradition. Taberna’s seasonal menus feature fresh tapas, luscious paellas, flavorful sangrias, and vegan and gluten-free options, which are created by Rammy award winner Executive Chef Javier Romero. As the best Spanish restaurant outside of Spain, Taberna Del Alabardero creates the finest authentic Spanish dining experience in the country.

1776 I Street, NW(Entrance on 18th St.)
Entrance on 18th Street NW
Washington, DC 20006
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Traditional Spanish, Spanish, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Hours of Operation
Lunch 
Monday - Friday: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm

Dinner
Monday - Thursday: 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

Happy Hour
Monday - Friday: 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Complimentary Parking After 5:30 pm 
LAZ Parking on 18th St. between H and I

Cross Street:
I Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 429-2200

Website:
http://www.alabardero.com/

Catering:
Proudly celebrating 25 years of existence with the honor of carrying the best and authentic Spanish cuisine to the Washingtonians, we are now proud to announce our new catering services to our clients. Zagat classifies Taberna del Alabardero as the "Rolls-Royce of Spanish" restaurants in the Capital of the United States, for our commitment to innovating cotinuously the Spanish traditional food.

Parking Details:
COMPLIMENTARY PARKING after 5:30pm next door to the restaurant on 18 Street NW.

Public Transit:
Farragut West Metro Station or Farragut North

Executive Chef:
Javier Romero

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Cooking Classes, Wine Tasting Dinners, Flamenco, Happy Hours, Catering Services

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Celebrate NYE with us and enjoy our Gala Menu prepared by our Executive Chef Javier Cuesta and welcome the new year dancing with Laura Pa Gozar life band. $125.00 pp , pair it with wine for $200.00 pp.
Cancelations
-72h no penalty , 48h 50% penalty, 24h-same day NO cancellations Full charge $125pp

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Private Dining

Taberna del Alabardero offers two elegant private dining spaces that are well suited for a broad array of events. A selection of special banquet and cocktail menus are available.

La Taberna del Alabardero Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.8

ambience

4.8

value

4.4

Noise

Quiet

97% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (31)
Authentic (28)
Good for a Date (25)
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Business Meals (25)
Tapas (25)
Fit for Foodies (23)
Good for Anniversaries (20)
Notable Wine List (20)
Romantic (19)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Great for Lunch (16)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Cozy (10)
Fun (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Tasting Menu (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Healthy (8)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Happy Hour (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Live Music (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Seasonal (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
People Watching (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Casual (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Service was superb! So considerate and thoughtful. The kindest people in the restaurant business.

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food5
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service5
value5

 
·Dined on December 2, 2017

The Flamenco show/artists, especially the singers, were excellent! We could have enjoyed more of the singing and guitar and less of the zapatadas (although the dancers were fabulous, the loudness in a small environment made it hard to do/say anything else)! We did note that the service of food was timed very well in observance of the show...well done!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Tapas, Live Music, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food
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food4
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service4
value4

 
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Incredible dining experience.

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food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Wonderful service. Delish food

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food5
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Exceptional restaurant for elegant Spanish cuisine, with well-prepared food, outstanding service and quiet ambiance.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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food5
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Simply amazing food! Great service and the smell drove us crazy! :)

Tags: Notable Wine List, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options
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food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 19, 2017

It's been several years since we ate at Taberna del Alabardero and it's as good as ever. They have some of the best Spanish food we've had outside of Spain. So we did the five course tasting menu since we couldn't decide. We started with gazpacho (cold tomato soup), carpaccio and grilled octopus, grilled tuna, and beef sirloin with the wine pairing at each course. Followed by desert.

Since our last visit, we've been to the Ribiero del Duero region of Spain to sample their wines. So I asked for a red from the region to go with the sirloin. The selection from the region is excellent, it goes on for an entire page. Maybe 20 or more wines to choose from. And of course, they have reds and whites from other areas of Spain, along with a few from the US.

The only downside is that the noise level is high.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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food5
ambience4
service5
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great food and service. One person in our party has serious allergy issues. Called and discussed with GM before booking. Chef came to our table to discuss options and possible substitutions to maintain integrity of dishes.

Tags: Business Meals, Authentic, Cozy
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food5
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service5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Atmosphere and fine dining make this a favorite special restaurant

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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food5
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

The Taberna contains all the memories of our life in Madrid...the food, the ambience, the service, the friendliness. The tapas were authentic; we might as well have been in the Plaza Major! The cordero was excellent! This is the place to dine!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Tapas, Good for Groups, Business Meals
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food5
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great service, authentic food, enjoyable evening, unique environment!

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food5
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value4

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Still very good after all of these years. I recommend it for special occasions. It has authentic Spanish cuisine.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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food4
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Excellent! Food quality and service are impeccable! Being going there for years and i never got out with a disappointment! The cod was delicious and the paella is outstanding!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 3, 2017

We were there during happy hour and sat outside on a beautiful November evening. On past visits, I'd usually ordered paella but, tonight, we ordered tapas and sangria, as they were part of the happy hour offerings. I love Jaleo, and expected the tapas at Taberna to suffer in comparison. However, they were excellent! We ordered quite a variety of tapas, and then ordered a second round of the tortilla de patata and calamari. The pitcher of sangria was very good, as was the service -- attentive without being obtrusive. Overall, we had a wonderful time and we will certainly return many times!

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion
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food5
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 30, 2017

This is our "Go To" place for special occasions and now I wonder why we are not there more often? Great wine selection, great fish dishes, great environment, overall a wonderful experience for all 4 of us!

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 23, 2017

La Taberna del Alabardero never disappoints and it's always a "special occasion," even for a weekday late lunch after a morning at a museum nearby. The food is delicious, the service astonishing. This last visit we had a recommended crisp, dry white wine, jamon Iberico as an appetizer, black rice and baby squid paella for lunch, and a coffee chaser. It was perfect.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Tapas, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List
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food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Beautiful restaurant with great service, atmosphere and food. Would definitely recommend.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Spanish fare with a Spanish flair ... more than tapas, but excellent for that, too! Super service top things off nicely.

Tags: Tapas
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food5
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Excellent paella and sangria for my friend’s birthday. I had the vegan and she had the seafood option - and both really enjoyed it along with the gluten-free tapas. The service was extraordinarily good! Thank you!

Tags: Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Absolutely perfect! The ambiance is wonderful, the staff is excellent and the authentic food was delish! Is definitely a “do over”!

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic
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food5
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vip
 (Switzerland)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Remains my all time favourite in DC. Outstanding service and attention, friendly and well informed servers, menus offer good variety and always updated with interesting options e.g. tapas menu, tasting options, etc. Quality of presentation is exquisite. Good and well priced wine selection. One defining attribute for me is the CONSISTENTLY high standard maintained by the Taberna throughout the many years I have been dining at this restaurant, while in DC and now living overseas. Amazing!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Paleo Friendly, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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food5
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 (Omaha)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Great ambiance, the food was authentic and delicious, I was greeted in Spanish and I had a great time. My friend was amazed by the experience and I admit that the food is authentic and prepared to the detail

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·Dined on October 18, 2017

The food was superb, and service exquisite. A part of every trip to DC.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Tapas, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Corpus Christi)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Best Spanish restaurant in the U.S. Dined at La Taberna in 1991 and it was excellent then.
After visiting Spain more than 100 times since then, I can say it is the very best Spanish restaurant on this side of the Atlantic. ( We also have a house in Spain now)
I felt swept into Madrid the second we entered. Elegant, señorial, attentive service, lovely bread, table clothes, decor. Gambas al pil pil authentic,
Chipiriones with rice lovely tapa portion, cordero
Aragones hearty; PSI my favorite wine and the same for the torrija. My husband loved his arroz con leche and 43.

Tags: Disabled Access, Cozy, Happy Hour, Healthy, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Tapas, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Un magnífico restaurante, se come igual o mejor que en el de Madrid. Una buena selección de finos y vinos de Jerez. Servicio amable y agradable.

Tags: Tapas, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Cozy, Notable Wine List
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food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Fantastic meal on a weekend DC trip. My wife and son split the squid and shrimp paella and it beat our favorite Barcelona restaurant. My tuna was perfect and the daughter's filet was also excellent. The Torres Jaime I provided a proper finish.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 3, 2017

One of my favorite restaurants in DC. I have been coming here almost 27 years and it never disappoints. If you haven’t been, you should.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Fun, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Authentic, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Tapas, Great for Lunch, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 30, 2017

This is one of my favorite restaurants in DC and have been many times. It never disappoints. It is pricey and a special treat but well worth it. I enjoyed the flamenco and roast suckling pig special (which I've also had in Madrid but wasn't as good as at La Taberna)! Great service, ambiance and Sangria too!

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Nashville)·Dined on September 29, 2017

We thouroughly enjoyed this experience. The red sangria was very subtle, not too sweet. The small plate tapas were great, recommend the shrimp in garlic ..
.yumm! We opted for the chefs 5 course and we're glad we did. Nice tastings of several main items and dessert, the octopus was excellent!! Service was spot-on . We recommend!!

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·Dined on September 29, 2017

My mother is from Spain and this place reminded me of (La Roja)! Also, the service was incredible. The staff treated every patrion like a royal guest. There was literally a different server for every course and even one dedicated to serving you water. The music was authentic Flamenco, with a volume perfect enough to compliment any conversation. The food was delicious and the ambience was royal comfort.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal, Live Music, Casual, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Healthy, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Cozy, Great Beer, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 28, 2017

The Taberna is resting on its laurels as the only Spanish restaurant in downtown DC. The service is good, but the food is insipid and uninspired. And it's seriously overpriced.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 22, 2017

I want to like this restaurant but for the price it's difficult. We went for the cochonillo, which was one of my all time favorite dishes that I had in Spain. Here is was very expensive and somewhat dry. Overall we were just disappointed. While the appetizers were quite good, it was all expensive for what you get. The wine was enjoyable but we went down the street for dessert.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Extraordinary service and food. Everyone goes out of their way to make your visit pleasant

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Tapas
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Best Spanish restaurant in town for traditional food

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Business Meals
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Just as good now as it was 10 years ago. So nice to go to a restaurant with authentic regional cuisine, white table cloths and acceptable noise level.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Tapas
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Lobster claw was undercooked, otherwise food good

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 24, 2017

always the best!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 20, 2017

As usual Taberna del Alabardero was a wonderful experience. The staff are very attentive and always friendly. The food was delicious, and the restaurant week deal made a multi course mean and bottle of wine very affordable. I've been several times and will keep going back.

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Excellent service. Staff very attentive but not intrusive. Food was very good -- served regular menu items for restaurant week -- quite unusual. Atmosphere was quiet and comfortable. We all thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Will definitely put it on my list of great places to dine.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tapas
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·Dined on August 20, 2017

Very nice restaurant with great ambiance, service and easily accessible to Metro. A little pricey though.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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