La Taberna del Alabardero
Taberna’s seasonal menu feature classic tapas, delightful paellas, fresh sangría, as well as vegetarian and gluten-free options.
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Monday - Friday: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Monday - Thursday: 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Monday - Friday: 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Complimentary Parking After 6:00 pm
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Mon 5:00PM - 6:30PM
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The food was lackluster. Fish was under-seasoned and boring.
The staff is amazing and the food is great. They took care of us very well. A great combination of a very familiar place with high-quality gastronomy. I do not remember his name, but the waiter from Uruguay was just fantastic.
Outstanding food, service, and ambiance.
Wonderful paella and good sized portions for a place serving tapas in the US. Service was outstanding. They had live flamenco which made it extra special.
The food was good, but as we know Spanish fare isn't really well know as far as entrees are concerned. Having said that the entrees were average and a tad overpriced. However, the tapas were very good.
The place to eat spanish food in D.C. The lobster Paella is outstanding. Wine selection is good. Worth to visit while in Washington.
Excellent experience if you are looking for authentic Spanish cuisine plus a special service from all staff. I highly recommend this place. One of my favorites in DC.
We were staying the weekend in DC after coming during the week for work. We wanted something other than a steakhouse or overpriced contemporary cuisine of the moment. We picked this restaurant based only on the online reviews, but we made a great choice this time. The Garlic Shrimp and Grilled Vegetables appetizers were excellent. The Paella with Duck for 2 was very good - not overcooked and had great flavors. Contino Rioja Reserva went well with the entire meal. We were happily surprised by the live guitar and dancing. Both were fantastic. Lastly, the service was the best part of the entire meal - attentive and helpful but not intrusive or overbearing. We had a great 2 hour experience and highly recommend Taberna del Alabardero.
They pay close attention to their diners. The wine steward is great. It's not the usual lobbyist crowd. The local Spanish community likes it and so do I.
The service, wine and ambience were great! We loved the appetizers--very tasty. We shared a duck paella, which was very good although the duck was a little dry. Overall, though, a good experience.
If you can't make it to Spain, La Taberna del Alaberdero is the next best thing! Food is authentic and delicious. Four of us had a wonderful special occasion meal.
Muy auténtico, me recuerda muchos lugares en Madrid. Buenas tapas, buen vino, meseros muy amables y atentos. Un poco caro nada más pero vale.
Absolutely amazing experience. This is my favorite restaurant in Washington DC. Love their amazing cuisine and outstanding professional service. It's a complete experience! I highly recommend La Taberna, especially if you like Spanish cuisine .
Birthday for my wife
Authentic Spanish fare, great ambiance and superb service with courteous service. We enjoyed immensely the restaurant.
After reading the great reviews, we were a bit disappointed.
First the good:
- Very nice decor and ambiance
- Nice big pitcher of sangria for very reasonable price during Happy Hour
- Croquets were delicious!
What could be better:
- Service in bar was not good
- There are 3 small tables in the bar. When we arrived, 1 was occupied and the other 2 had ‘Reserved’ signs on them.
When we asked if we could sit at one (because the seats at the bar were all taken), they said yes and removed the sign, but left it on the other.
No one sat at the other table for the 1.5 hours we were there - also when you make online dinner reservations, you get a note that there are no reservations for Happy Hour, so we wondered why they then ‘reserved’ those tables.
- Calamari was very tough and chewy
- Paella was pricey, not very flavorful and was predominantly rice
Note that the address is a bit misleading, as the restaurant itself is actually on 18th St. and not on ‘I’.
We were walking and walked past it twice before a nice local finally pointed us in the right direction.
Amazing food and service. We had trouble finding using google maps but so happy we kept looking. The service was excellent and the food delicious. Definitely worth the long walk to find it. The dessert cocktails were so fun and tasty.
When I compare restaurants I think of food and service and both are excellent at La Taberna del Albardero. But any restaurant experience starts when you come in the door and get a table and that's when La Taberna gets a headstart over most of its competition. The room is beautiful and we were seated at a lovely table where we were both comfortable -- I'm tall and my wife is short, so this isn't often the case. Our waiter was excellent and he was supported by the head waiter, a young server who took care of the bread and water and a sommelier who helped with the wines. The food itself was also lovely. We had been prepared to share tapas and that would have been very good I'm sure, but they had special selections of fresh fish that tempted us. I had salmon and she had swordfish, both excellent, as was everything else that accompanied these main courses.
Really enjoyed our amazing meal, the excellent service, cool ambience - and our conversation without intrusions. Thanks so much!
Food was lovely. Service was great. A shame my tuna was a little over the requested temperature, however it was still tasty.
It was a beautiful experience, great food and amazing service!
Celebrated a friends birthday with lunch. It was both of our first visit. Great food and excellent service. Our only regret is not coming sooner. The ambiance is semi-formal, perfect for a business lunch.
Upon our arrival, we were greeted and seated at our table. We were promptly presented with menus and served from a basket offering a choice of fresh baked bread and bread sticks. When I informed our waiter about my gluten allergy, a basket with two warm gluten free rolls were quickly delivered to the table.
Ordering tapas was easy because the menus list symbols to identify items as gluten, dairy and/or nut free. All the dishes we ordered were made with fresh ingredients and delicious.
The serving staff all work together very well as at team. Our iced tea glasses were never less than half full and with a few seconds of finishing a serving dish or putting down my knife and fork at the end our meal, the empty dishes were whisked away without intrusion. The waiter provided dessert menus along with suggestions for gluten free options. We chose fresh berries, which included small cookies for my friend - served on a separate plate.
They have several fresh fish specials this month along with other special events, including a live flamenco night. They also offer a $30 per person Executive Lunch menu. On the way out the door we were provided with a small gift bag of cookies and the list of upcoming events.
My friend and I plan to visit again soon, for another weekday lunch or dinner with our husbands.
Good wine list, good tapas selections, amazing paella, but it was the people that made it a great dining experience. Already booking another table!
Unfortunately, present management at Taberna del Alabardero has decided to include "fine-print" in their $30 lunch menu. Though it is supposed to be a $30 menu, you need to carefully pick your choices: some have additional cost in small print at the bottom of each choice. So rather than getting a $30 menu, you are really getting a $40 or possibly higher lunch menu. Diner beware.
Awesome tapas etc.
Lunch meeting with a Board Member
They provided the best dining experience I have ever had.
Always fantastic. One of my favorite spots in DC for after-work and/or special occasions. Great service and great food.
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!
Thank you for such a warm welcome. The service was excellent. The staff was very attentive and the food was delicious.
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!
The service was excellent! It was our anniversary and they treated us like royalty!
Great food and exceptional service!
Food was outstanding and service was impeccable. Our server Alejandro was on top of everything. We had a great meal!
Nice return to my old haunts. It was a special night and the staff made it so.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 -