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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.
Entrance on 18th Street NW
Washington, DC 20006
Traditional Spanish, Spanish, Mediterranean
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
Monday - Friday: 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Complimentary Parking After 5:30 pm
LAZ Parking on 18th St. between H and I
$50 and over
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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.
COMPLIMENTARY PARKING after 5:30pm next door to the restaurant on 18 Street NW.
Farragut West Metro Station or Farragut North
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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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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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