La Taberna del Alabardero

4.5
2167 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

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Mon 5:00PM - 6:30PM
Sat 5:00PM - 6:30PM 8:30PM - 9:30PM

What 2167 People Are Saying
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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The food was lackluster. Fish was under-seasoned and boring.

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ME
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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LD
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, service, and ambiance.

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MD
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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GA
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

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.

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CC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place to eat spanish food in D.C. The lobster Paella is outstanding. Wine selection is good. Worth to visit while in Washington.

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JB
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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San Antonio
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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RC
Birmingham
10 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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NN
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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RC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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JS
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Muy auténtico, me recuerda muchos lugares en Madrid. Buenas tapas, buen vino, meseros muy amables y atentos. Un poco caro nada más pero vale.

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M
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 .

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

Birthday for my wife

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M
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Authentic Spanish fare, great ambiance and superb service with courteous service. We enjoyed immensely the restaurant.

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L
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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.

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S
Washington DC
61 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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JF
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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D
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed our amazing meal, the excellent service, cool ambience - and our conversation without intrusions. Thanks so much!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was lovely. Service was great. A shame my tuna was a little over the requested temperature, however it was still tasty.

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RA
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a beautiful experience, great food and amazing service!

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

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.

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

Good wine list, good tapas selections, amazing paella, but it was the people that made it a great dining experience. Already booking another table!

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Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Awesome tapas etc.

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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
5 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
8 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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DJ
Washington DC
5 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
40 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
2 reviews
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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