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La Taberna del Alabardero

2046 reviews
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$50 and over
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Traditional Spanish
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  • Authentic (24)
  • Fit for Foodies (23)
  • Tapas (22)
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 2046 People Are Saying
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Mimi (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined a day ago

This place is such a gem! I went with friends on a Saturday night for the flamenco show they have occasionally and it was AMAZING! The service is impeccable, the ambiance is perfect and the food is delicious. Very authentic Spanish tapas and paella. I had the octopus, croquetas and jamón con queso manchego. Excelente!!!! I plan on returning very soon for another show. Must see in DC. Encantada y enamorada!!

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

Great restaurant. Very comfortable and warm. Food was excellent.

vipDiner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 4 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.

viprudderman (Seattle)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

We had a great dinner here, a fantastic menus with tapas as well as appetizers, salads, and mains. The calamari tapa was excellent,crispy and hot. I enjoyed the cod confit appetizer, especially the tapenade served with. We shared an order of the cuttlefish with rice and mushrooms; earthy with lots of mushrooms, but unfortunately the cuttlefish seemed lost in the rice, and it was quite salty. Dessert bunuelos offered redemption, don’t resist. Service very splendid, on the formal/European side but very perfect. We even got a sherry tasting flight for free due to the salty rice. I very much appreciated the generosity.

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!