La Taberna del Alabardero

4.6
2141 reviews
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$50 and over
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Traditional Spanish
Get ready to enjoy authentic Spanish cuisine. Chefs Carlos Gómez and César Mayorga bring back the traditional flavors of our favorite classic tapas and paellas and create new dishes elevating Mediterranean products in an innovative way.

Taberna’s seasonal menu feature classic tapas, delightful paellas, fresh sangría, as well as vegetarian and gluten-free options.

Join us and fall in love again!
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Traditional Spanish, Spanish, Mediterranean
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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 - 10:30 pm

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

Complimentary Parking After 6:00 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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Private party facilities
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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Private party contact
Event Manager: (202) 429-2200
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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.

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Neighborhood
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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
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2141 People Are Saying
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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch meeting with a Board Member

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They provided the best dining experience I have ever had.

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EA
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fantastic. One of my favorite spots in DC for after-work and/or special occasions. Great service and great food.

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GM
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I treated our friends to a congratulatory dinner to celebrate their recent engagement. When I booked the reservation I requested a table by the window and let them know that we were celebrating an engagement. What a beautiful surprise awaited us when we arrived! The table was strewn with rose petals and we were greeted with complimentary glasses of champagne. The service was impeccable and the food delicious. At the end of a fantastic meal the couple was given a beautifully displayed complimentary dessert. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and the staff went above and beyond to make sure we had a memorable evening. We will definitely be back!

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IG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for such a warm welcome. The service was excellent. The staff was very attentive and the food was delicious.

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DK
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant with exceptional service. You are put at ease in a very relaxed atmosphere, yet the wait staff could not have been more attentive. Menu options were broad enough to accommodate everyone's varied taste and portions were more than adequate. And the Sangria was great!

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RO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent! It was our anniversary and they treated us like royalty!

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and exceptional service!

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding and service was impeccable. Our server Alejandro was on top of everything. We had a great meal!

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New England
39 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice return to my old haunts. It was a special night and the staff made it so.

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LD
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Extremely disappointed, as I have had good lunches here a number of times. Razor clams were chewy, gritty and contained a worm. Do not order the paella...stodgy, over salted and with minimal seafood. At a cost of $42 person, this is a rip off.

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RW
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A longtime favorite of mine, Taberna serves up nifty Spanish dishes with verve and aplomb. Hugo, our waiter, was at the top of his game. The meal, the wine and the atmosphere combined gave us the feeling that we were enjoying an afternoon in Madrid.

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P
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first visit, and I was thoroughly impressed. Restaurant Week choices were top of of the line and beautifully prepared. The R.W. wine list was likewise excellent and very reasonable. I will return.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

This was our 4th visit to the restaurant in the past 2 years. Unfortunately it was the most disappointing of all the visits. I don’t know what happened?! But the food is very much different and was not exciting or flavorful. On top of that the waiter seemed very much annoyed when didn’t order wine. I don’t understand this negative attitude towards customer who don’t drink alcohol. Don’t restaurants and their staff consider that some of us have to drive and are responsible people, or that some of us don’t drink for religious reasons. This will be my last visit, unless we hear some dramatic news about a change of chef and improved food.

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AD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

What sets Taverna apart from virtually every other restaurant we have visited is the service - they make us feel like royalty - helpful and there when you need them, at a distance when you don't

We celebrated our anniversary and they provided additional flourishes and surprises. this is a mark of a wonderful restaurant. This is the second time we celebrated our anniversary there -

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JS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place- our favorite romantic spot in the city. Wonderful service, delicious food and warm space.

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M
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Restaurant menu had many diverse options. The entrees were under-sauced/flavored, though cooked perfectly; the appetizers and desserts were delicious. Service excellent.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

I wish I had known the chicken entree was bone in.

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m
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attended during restaurant week special lunch menu....otherwise might be too expensive for non-business customer. Classy place....classy service.....great food and presentation. Heck....if the King of Spain eats there....it’s good enough for non-royals....lol.

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MC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's restaurant week in DC and La Taberna was the perfect place to try something new. I always enjoy tapas but the delicate touch and presentation of the food here was spectacular. The portions were perfect and every dish tasted better than it looked. Our service was excellent; my water was refilled several times and each course was spaced out perfectly. I can't wait to go back and try the sangria or more tasty dishes.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

It was not up to my expectations. The tuna salad with potatoes was rather potatoes with almost no tuna. It my previous visits the quality of food was much better.

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M
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Work day lunch, wanted to try someplace new, the food was superb. Watermelon gazpacho was surprisingly creamy and full flavored, but not heavy. Veal was excellent and cooked exactly as I had requested. My guest had the salmon which she thoroughly enjoyed. Service was attentive but not intrusive. The ambiance alone would bring me back even if the food wasn't exceptional.

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I
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Restaurant Week was underwhelming. I've been here on several occasions, and the food is usually excellent. This time, it was just OK. Nothing terrible by any means, but nothing particularly interesting or imaginative. I was attracted to their RW menu that listed several vegetarian dishes - both appetizers and entrees - but the dishes I had were nothing to write home about. Service was also slow, but this likely was due to RW crowds. I'll come back, but not during Restaurant Week.

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A
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

nice spot for a quick lunch. has a spanish vibe, but also very DC-esque.

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MW
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Elegant atmosphere in red with white trim, and attentive servers. Enjoyed trying dishes in Restaurant Week, particularly liked the salmon in pastry with vegetables. Good win list.

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A
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A true gem. Fine Spanish dining. Wait staff so friendly.

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K
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hadn't been for some time, but Restaurant Week reminded us how great this place is!

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H
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The restaurant week lunch menu was very nice, although the dessert donut was a little too stiff for me. I have no idea whether it is supposed to be that stiff though.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Outstanding service by our waiters Edgar and Alejandro. Will come back.

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OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelente servicio y excelente comida, además el lugar es elegante y muy agradable

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TM
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love authentic Spanish food. If you do too, La Taberna del Alabardero is a must. The jamon serrano is the real deal and it is sliced right there in the dining room. The pulpo was tender and the paella was made to perfection. The wine list extensive with a wide range of prices. Our server, Alejandro was extremely professional and pleasant. Whenever I'm in DC I'll be dining at La Taberna.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service! We would like definitely go back!

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MY
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food were awesome! My friends and I enjoyed the dinner very, very much!

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DA
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved it. The food was perfect. Service was great. I will return, for sure.

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New England
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic Spanish cuisine and tremendous continental service.

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D
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

The service left quite a bit to be desired. It was somewhat slow and disorganized. The dish I ordered did not have all the ingredients (i.e. lobster) spelled out on the menu. The waiter remedied this, but the excuse was that the particular dish was being served for the first time and the cooks were confused. I had expected more, quite frankly.

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a
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I just loved the additonal touch of flowers (rose petals) on the table and the dessert at the end. The food was exquisite. Loved that the resturant is so elegant.

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EA
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic dinner and wonderful service...we were celebrating a birthday and they treated us so well. The tapas menu is incredible and the main courses were so good. Can't wait to go back.

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SG
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went on a date night w my husband. Food was wonderful and the music was fantastic.

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JL
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Excellent tapas menu with wonderful wine selection.

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