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La Taberna del Alabardero

2043 reviews
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$50 and over
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Traditional Spanish
Top Tags:
  • Authentic
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Tapas
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 Executive Chef Javier Cuesta. As the best Spanish restaurant outside of Spain, Taberna Del Alabardero creates the finest authentic Spanish dining experience in the country.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Traditional Spanish, Spanish, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm

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
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Phone number
(202) 429-2200
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Proudly celebrating 29 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.

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Cross street
I Street
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Parking details
COMPLIMENTARY PARKING after 5:30pm next door to the restaurant on 18 Street NW.
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Public transit
Farragut West Metro Station or Farragut North
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Special events & promotions
Cooking Classes, Wine Tasting Dinners, Flamenco, Happy Hours, Catering Services
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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

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.

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What 2043 People Are Saying
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vipDiner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Un magnífico lugar con muy buena atención. La oferta de vinos de Jerez es superior a la de la inmensa mayoría de restaurantes, altamente recomendable.

Burgundy (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

My wife and I have enjoyed La Taberna del Alabardero over the years, and have always been impressed. We just celebrated Valentines Day, and ordered of the menu (not fixed fare). The salad was delicious, the squid-in paella amazing, and the red wine perfect. The waiter and entire staff were, as usual, very respectful, knowledgeable, and knew when to arrive and when to leave us alone -- altogether another great evening!

vipJorgeM (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Taberna del Alabardero is always an amazing culinary experience. The long-serving staff was on point, catering to every need in an expeditious manner. The food was delicious as always, the sangria was exactly the way we like it, and the ambience was ideal. Kudos to continue great quality and service - 28 years for me and still going strong.

Rhoda (Baltimore)
2.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

The restaurant is quiet enough for conversation, and the decor is very attractive. The service is attentive. Those are the positive aspects of our visit for a special occasion. However, the cocktail was insipid and overpriced. A major disappointment to spend $15 for a watery beverage with two raw pieces of apple on a cocktail stick. The entree was okay, but overpriced. The vegetables were laughably tiny in portion (a carrot morsel and some other bland root vegetable). The dessert (figs covered with chocolate sauce) was flavorless. All in all, the meal was too expensive given its mediocrity.

vipSteveB (Columbus)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

I love La Taberna del Alabardero. It's my 'go to' place for Spanish cuisine as authentic as it gets. The wine list is superb, which makes the food even better. My highest recommendation!

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

This longtime favorite never disappoints. Taberna is such a special place - you feel like you've walked into a restaurant in Madrid. Service is impeccable. Lunch menu is expansive with lots of variety. This is the place to go for traditional Spanish food and it is the best.

OpenTable Diner (Birmingham)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

The best value menu for the restaurant week! Authentic Spanish food!

Satisfied (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

The food was delicious. The tapas were delectable and the paella absolutely delicious. The service was impeccable. My friends and I are already making plans to return.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

I love this restaurant- tasty, beautifully presented food and wonderful service each time.

vipBearnaise (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

The tapas here were very good, but the entrees, especially the paella, need some work.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Other than my husband invited his friend to join us last minute on our special anniversary lunch, it was nice. They were accommodating of our extra person. The rose petals and card were such a nice touch even with the awkward third person. :)

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

Delightful. Tasty. Sumptuous. We chose the restaurant week menu. Three Tapas, Paella, and Deserts. Each dish proved to be a stand-alone delight. The bread at the start is exceptional. Then, the Gambas Al Alijo, simmering hot with the garlic, the patatas bravas well done(could have used a bit more sauce) and the peppers filled with goat cheese. To top it the Paella Valenciana!! rabbit and chicken morsels tossed in with charred artichokes, blending the sauce and rice to satiate your senses. And then, triple desert in the form of a gelatinous tiramisu, a rice puddingish type confection, and the last one I can remember as it went down in a gulp!!

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

Friendly staff, great wine and food, most customers were speaking Spanish

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

The time between the servings was just too long, especially for a lunch. The food was fantastic just took too long between courses

PelicanClub (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

Wonderful place for a special dinner.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

Branzino - Sea Salt Crust Style - is delicious. Table side presentation is impressive. Caught several patrons watching staff filet the fish, as their mouths watered

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Excellent food great atmosphere

vipVisitor (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

If you like seafood, try the lobster, clam, mussels paella. It is delicious and has a generous portion of lobster. The wait staff is excellent without being intrusive. Our party of five all enjoyed the food they ordered. It is great for some to order a full entree while others choose to order tapas. It all worked out well and we were able to have conversation without having to raise our voices. This restaurant in wonderful. If you haven't been there, give it a try and learn what you have been missing. Bon appetit!

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

We got four tapas and would give the food 3.5/5 stars. Everything was pretty good. But the service was outstanding, really impressive.

Twofoodies (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

Their tasting menu, with or without the wine pairings, is a great value when compared to other restaurants of its class.