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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 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.

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 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.

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

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

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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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (25)
Fit for Foodies (23)
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Special Occasion (22)
Good for Anniversaries (21)
Notable Wine List (19)
Business Meals (18)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Romantic (16)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Good for a Date (14)
Great for Lunch (12)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Cozy (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Tasting Menu (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Fun (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Healthy (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Hot Spot (2)
Live Music (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
People Watching (2)
Seasonal (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Casual (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

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!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·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.

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 (Baltimore)·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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Columbus)·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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Authentic, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on January 28, 2018

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

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 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Authentic, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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

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 (Washington DC)·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. :)

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 (Washington DC)·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!!

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2018

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

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 (Washington DC)·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

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Wonderful place for a special dinner.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·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

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Excellent food great atmosphere

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 (Washington DC)·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!

Tags: Cozy, Tasting Menu
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 (Washington DC)·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.

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 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We love this restaurant. Their staff is is always courtious and phenomenal. The food is fantastic and their atmosphere very classy.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

A new find and well worth the experience. Great food: outstanding service; we’ll be back.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Wonderful New Year`s eve party!! with great ambience, menu, wine selection and music.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We were there for the New Year's Eve festivities. The menu was creative and delicious. The chef should be congratulated! And the sommelier was spot-on with her wine recommendations. What a lovely place!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2017

The services was excellent but that overall meal was just okay. I was expecting more.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Consistency over the years makes this restaurant so great. The employees have been the same—this tells a lot. Great team work from welcoming you to cooking, serving. Food is excellent—it never goes wrong and never disappoints me. I am a gourmet cook and going to Taberna for lunch or dinner continues to be a great treat year after year.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Tapas, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 19, 2017

The food and the service was excellent. We were celebrating our annual Christmas lunch and it was memorable. We would definitely go back and I have already recommended Taberna del Alabardaro to some friends.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Tapas, Seasonal
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Nice, quiet restaurant with great food and exceptional service.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 9, 2017

What a lovely place! The service was attentive and so helpful, but not too stuffy. Such authentic dishes and great Spanish wine choices. The best part is that you can have a conversation with your table and hear each other! It is truly the best Spanish restaurant in DC.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Tapas, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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

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 (Washington DC)·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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Incredible dining experience.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Wonderful service. Delish food

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 24, 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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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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Atmosphere and fine dining make this a favorite special restaurant

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 12, 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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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 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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