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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.

1776 I Street, NW(Entrance on 18th St.)
Entrance on 18th Street NW
Washington, DC 20006
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Traditional Spanish, Spanish, Mediterranean

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 - 10:00 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

Cross Street:
I Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 429-2200

Website:
http://www.alabardero.com/

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.

Parking Details:
COMPLIMENTARY PARKING after 5:30pm next door to the restaurant on 18 Street NW.

Public Transit:
Farragut West Metro Station or Farragut North

Additional:
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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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.

La Taberna del Alabardero Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.8

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (27)
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Fit for Foodies (23)
Good for Anniversaries (21)
Notable Wine List (19)
Business Meals (18)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Romantic (16)
Good for a Date (15)
Great for Lunch (12)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Cozy (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Tasting Menu (8)
Fun (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Healthy (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Hot Spot (2)
Live Music (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
People Watching (2)
Seasonal (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Casual (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 1, 2017

This is our go to restaurant in D.C. when we want everything to be perfect and enjoy the company of close friends. My wife was cold. They produced a lovely purple Merino wool shawl that matched her ensemble. The only reason for the 4 star food rating was the pork shoulder was a little tough. But why complain when everything else is superlative? It was, oionce again, a great meal.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Organic, Authentic, People Watching, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Overall, a good experience.

It's a very nice authentic Spanish restaurant with a good tapas menu.
There is great outdoor seating and the interior decor is gorgeous.

However, we ordered a bottle of sparkling and tap water. They accidentally brought and poured bottle of sparkling and flat water. Even after we told them we had not ordered the bottle of flat and they apologized for the misunderstanding, they still charged us for the bottle of flat water! This was not OK. They should not have done that.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Authentic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 13, 2017

The Seafood Paella was outstanding. The service impeccable. Knowledgeable maitre D always available.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 13, 2017

As always, great food and superb service in a lavish setting. Definitely one of the best restaurants in the Washington Metropolitan area.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Fantastic paella month! Don't miss this opportunity.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 12, 2017

They are a class act. Love this place. I have been going there since the 90's

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Authentic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 11, 2017

This was my first time here and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We ordered tapas only and it was very sufficient for a 2 person lunch. The prices were a little bit more expensive than I had anticipated and without having any alcohol, our bill was still almost $80.00 for 2 getting only 4 tapas. But the service was excellent - our water glasses were always full. The warm bread was fresh and delicious. Thank you!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Adoramos este restaurante. Excelente servicio . Todos son muy amables, profesionales y acogedores. La comida FANTÁSTICA! Siempre volveremos!

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 28, 2017

Not a good experience. Very expensive for average food at best.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 12, 2017

Wonderful!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Amazing food

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Food was magnificent. Every thing we ordered was 5 star quality. I highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Delicious meal in a traditional Spanish setting. The service is impeccable yet friendly. We enjoyed the tasting menu with wine pairing. The dishes were beautiful and each wine was described to us by the outstanding Spanish sommelier - pairings were perfect!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Tapas, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 9, 2017

It was wonderful to spend my husbands birthday there and it made us feel like we were back in Spain again!! The food was delicious and the wine from Spain Ditto was very good!! Everything was wonderful for us both!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on June 7, 2017

Excellent service, attentive but not rushed. Private room was quiet and just what we needed for the evening. Food was very good as expected.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 27, 2017

This is an outstanding restaurant with very good vegetarian options

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 25, 2017

La atención excelente en ambiente grato con un pulpo maravillosamente preparado
Recomiendo los camarones al ajillo
Todo acompañado de sangría

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tapas
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 25, 2017

Wonderful experience highly recommended

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 22, 2017

It is always a nice experience...good food and good surroundings.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 21, 2017

Excellent dinner. food is great. service was slow but very good.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 21, 2017

Nice but not extraordinary food. Waiters are all Spanish, which add to the authenticity. Claims to be the best Spanish restaurant outside Spain, which clearly isn't the case.

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 21, 2017

Our dinner was wonderful and the service professional. We enjoyed ourselves.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Not as good this time as previous occasions. The luvina was tasteless and so small that I finished it in two bites. Overpriced too ($25.00!). The tapas, sangria,and overall service were good; however, I did not get much for the overall value.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 19, 2017

I invited my son for lunch after his graduation ceremony. The food was excellent and so was the service. Friendly staff since you come in. Evey single time I have come to La Taberna I have ordered different things and they have always been delicious--never disappointed, from salpicon de mariscos to paella valenciana. It is absolutely worth the driving. I wish I could afford to come more often! : )

Tags: Tasting Menu, Afternoon Tea, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Tapas, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 19, 2017

I have been a Patron for decades. I have travelled almost all around the world . I have dined in fine restaurants in Paris and other gastronomical holy sites. The T de A remains my very favorite. I take pride in bringing friends, family, and business associates here. None every left without awe.
Having travelled extensively in Spain, I say this restaurant reflects the finest of Spanish culinary skills, service, and ambiance. I love Tex Mex food, too, but do not even try to order a taco here. They would not have any idea what you are talking about. I also have experienced fine restaurants in Mexico. This is not Mexican cuisine, either. Pure Spanish. For romance, ask for table 19.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Special Occasion, Tapas
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 18, 2017

I love this place and try to go whenever I am in DC. I have worked in Spain for over ten years and this is like spending an hour or two in Madrid. Great food and great service. They are very accommodating when I am alone and always make me proud if I bring friends or family.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Thank you so much for a wonderful dinner! I celebrated a birthday and had a 7 executive course dinner that I won in a raffle! Maria the sommelier was great to help pair the wine from Spain with the dinner that we all loved!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on May 13, 2017

My boyfriend and I went for our first year anniversary. They greeted us with a very nice card and champgne.
We had tapas and paella and everything was delicious. Wine was very good too!
Everyone there was very friendly and attentive, and the ambiance was great. Not noisy at all so you can have a conversation with no problem.
Overall a very nice evening and delicious dinner.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 8, 2017

We booked LTDA for our wedding anniversary date. Just by clicking on Open Table's "Anniversary" tab - the restaurant went ahead and took our dinner date to the next level...we arrived to find a cozy table with booth seating and a completely decorated table for 2 with rose petals adorning the entire tablecloth and a special handwritten card. We were also greeted with along a complimentary champagne toast. The staff were very attentive even though the restaurant was moderately busy. Lastly, the wait staff brought out a special dessert decorated with "Happy Anniversary". We very much enjoyed La Taberna del Alabardero and can't wait for our next dinner date there!!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 6, 2017

My husband and I went to dinner for our first anniversary. Our honeymoon was in Spain so we wanted to go somewhere reminiscent of our trip. We ordered the croquets, cheese and ham platter, and the seafood paella. All of it was delicious. The staff was very attentive and at the end of the meal, they brought us a beautiful desert that had Happy Anniversary written in chocolate on the plate. It was beautiful and we really enjoyed it. I cannot recommend this restaurant enough. We enjoyed every minute and hope to take friends and family back in the future to give them a little taste of Spain.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for a Date, Live Music, Authentic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on April 29, 2017

This is a lovely restaurant close to the White House and Renwick Gallery. We went with another couple and and tasted each other's dishes - all of which were delicious. They had a wonderful guitar player that added to the ambiance without drowning out conversation. We will definitely be going back.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Tapas, Authentic
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vip
 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on April 28, 2017

The baby ink squid rice is excellent!

Tags: Late-night Find, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Switzerland)·Dined on April 28, 2017

In all the years I have been using the Taberna, still my personal favourite in DC; even now that I live in Europe it is always great to be back among friends at the Taberna when in DC. Staff always friendly, courteous and very accommodating to all requests. Menus always varied, creative and always of a high, consistent standard. Hard to beat and its level of consistent high standards over 10 years is extraordinary. Never been disappointed. On my last visit for lunch with friends and an earlier visit in the week with my business partners, it was like I had never been away and everyone very impressed.........and great service from Victor.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on April 26, 2017

Best of all in the DC restaurant world of intolerably noisy restaurants, Taberna del Alabardero is an oasis of civility . Beautiful decor ! Tasty tapas ! Attentive service.
Forget about the latest jet-engine test chamber when dining out in DC !
David M. Maxfield

Tags: Late-night Find, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Nice dining room, impeccable service, authentic Spanish cuisine. A special restaurant.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on April 22, 2017

The food took us back to Spain. Everything was delicious and the service was impeccable.
Started with garlic shrimp, pork medallions in whiskey sauce and the ham croquettes. Dinner was the Paella Valencia. Apple pie for dessert. Our picks were perfect.
The restaurant is beautiful. Elegant!

Tags: Authentic, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 21, 2017

I look forward to the cochinillo

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 17, 2017

An authentic Spanish restaurant. Their tasting menu with wine paring is outstanding. They surprised me with a lubina fish and Vina Ardanza red wine combination. The service was outstanding. They were prompt and knowledgeable about the dishes served. If you want to eat well, this is the establishment to select.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 14, 2017

The restaurant exudes a traditional Spanish aesthetic, though the food disappoints and is unremarkable.

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on April 13, 2017

The service was perfect and the food was excellent!!! We will return again! We highly recommended this quaint restaurant.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Tapas, Paleo Friendly
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