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.View Private Dining Details
This is the most beautiful restaurants in town. They treated us very well for restaurant week, with quite a few choices on the RW menu. Service was also very attentive. The stuffed peppers appetizer was delicious, and the dessert - a flan, but not like any flan I'm aware of - was very sweet and filling. The entre I chose, however, the salmon, was just rather ordinary - nicely cooked, but nothing very special. My friend who had the chicken was more impressed.
Decided to try Taberna for restaurant week. I loved the traditional Spanish decor and the attentiveness of the staff. For appetizer I had the grilled scallops of roasted bell pepper salad, a touch of cumin and crunchy bacon which was amazing, the scallops were perfectly cooked and the cumin was a lovely touch. For my entree I decided on the Pork Loin and Cheddar Cheese Napoleon over Mushroom Carbonara Potato which has been my favorite pork dish at a any restaurant, i'd go back just to have it. For dessert i had the strawberry and whipped cream on textures, did not enjoy this as much....almost like a jello texture with strawberry ice cream on top. Sangria's were amazing, next time i'd go for the pitcher of sangria (if your sharing).
Had a confirmed reservation; arrived with full party 5 minutes early; was not seated until 45+ minutes after the confirmed reservation time; staff seemed to play favorites in seating parties of the same size who appeared who be more "regulars" than us.
Loved the food and the ambiance during this restaurant-week visit - 4th visit overall. Waiters are very professional and obviously well trained but somewhat curt and abrupt. We were a party of 3 at a table for 4. One of us was handicapped with a cane and pleased to be able to rest the cane against the 4th empty chair. We were also pleased to put purses and umbrellas on the chair. But for some reason, the wait staff was determined to take that chair away from the table. When we requested to keep it, they left it for about 10 minutes, but then came back again and took it. Just odd and abrupt behavior without explanation.
Disappointed with restaurant week options. Pork loin felt like a 1950s microwave dinner, very disappointing. Wine, appetizers, dessert were great.
We went for restuarant week and had an absolutely horrible experience. The bread was dry and needed lots of olive oil, the steak was overcooked and tough, the dessert tasted poor.
Don't waste your money. Go somewhere else.
We went for restaurant week this summer, so maybe it is better during another time. The appetizers were good, but nothing to rave about. The others that I was with enjoyed their entrees, but my entree (the steak) was cooked well over what I wanted with probably 70% of it being fat. I have never ever sent any food back at a restaurant, but when I tried that steak, I had to do it. They brought me a new one, which was better, but still not what you would expect at a nice restaurant. Dessert was ok. The ambiance was great in the sense that the decor was beautiful. Service was ok, but again, they were very busy during because of restaurant week.
Our experience was outstanding! We have been fans of this restaurant for many years and it has continued to exceed expectations in all respects. Just wish we could visit every day!
The stuffed peppers (an appetizer), was delicious. The pineapple carpaccio dessert was ok, the strawberry dessert disappointing (flavor was ok, but texture was unexpected). The food overall was good, but nothing to rave about. The service was very professional.
The restaurant week menu was not as good as expected, but overall services and friendly environment. I would return and try something else.
The food is outstanding, plus the old world decor and attentive service, add up to an exceptional dining experience.
I generally hear good things about Taberna; the only negative comment came from a friend who went during restaurant week. I, likewise, went during restaurant week and so, given all the otherwise positive comments I'd gotten, I'll expressly limit myself to confirming that my restaurant week experience was terrible. Maybe this place is outstanding at other times.
The staff was friendly, the food was horrible. The steak was not cooked as I requested, was tough, and thoroughly tasteless despite having an extra charge on top of the restaurant week price. My date's pork chop dry and pretty flavorless. I came away feeling like I could've done just as well at home.
Dessert was good, though.
Excellent lunch. Usually have the tapas menu -- it is the red covered menu and you need to ask for it separately from the main menu.
We very much enjoyed our dinner and the delicious Spanish wine! Also, the service was very attentive.
This was the first time for dinner; and it was lovely. The staff was knowledgeable about the items and preparation as is expected. Very nice meal.
Great Experience!! I took my parent out for their Anniversary and notified the restaurant in advance. They catered to them and made their evening so comfortable and special. I was very impressed with everybody. The table was perfect and the service was impressive. A treat that I didn't expect was that they validate the parking next door. I want to go back and have some of their outdoor dining tapas, a little more casual but delicious I'm sure.
Outstanding tapas menu and service.
I was there for a winetasting dinner. The service and food were up to Alabardero's usual high standards. Unlike other restaurants, Alabardero serves an adequate amount of food for a dinner features four or five wines.
Excellent restaurant! Food was fantastic, tasted just like in Spain. Superb Manchego Cheese and Spanish Wines.
Service was very friendly, fast, thorough.
We were extremely happy!
I was so impressed by the food and service that it was a surprise to receive individual treatment as it was my birthday. Excellent all around service :)
The service was unexpectedly indifferent. We were never able to figure out whether we had a primary waiter because a number of people would stop by. We had each finished our single glasses of wine partway through the entree and weren't asked if we wanted another glass until well after we had finished our entrees. We had a hard time getting anyone's attention. I have visited Taberna for a drink at their bar and found the service to be exemplary. I was a little disappointed. It was my first time there for dinner.
Always a spectacular experience. It's old world charm with attentive and sophisticated service. Very knowledgeable wait staff. The menu selections are always excellent. The presentation, freshness and flavor of the food is on target. It's a great ambience for business or special dining. Every time I go back I come back very pleased. I feel like I'm in Madrid when I dine here!
The seven course tasting menu with wine pairing was wonderful. Highly recommend it.
This is a wonderful Spanish restaurant in the heart of downtown DC. Not cheap, but worth every penny! Fantastic food, great wine list, attentive service, and QUIET!!!! And right next door to the Farragut West Metro stop (18th St. exit). What more do you want?!!!
A perfect dining experience with superb dishes, a tasty pitcher of sangria, and excellent service while watching the World Cup final on July 11, topped by the celebratory champagne for everyone at the end of the match. Delighted the restaurant opened on Sunday for the World Cup. Very pleased it will start Sunday brunches in September.
Perhaps one of the most spectacular meals I've had in ages. What a wonderful evening!
Just like I remember the good restaurants in Jerez and Rota.
The food was great! The service was excellent. Had a wonderful afternoon, eating and drinking sangria. We definitely will return.
I absolutely love paella. My boyfriend took me here for a romantic birthday dinner and it was fantastic! The wine selection was impressive, the wild mushroom soup was scrumptious, and the seafood paella was out of this world. I highly recommend this for either a paella lover, romantic dinner for two or to impress a business partner. Two thumbs up.
Great food. Ordered the tasting menu with wine pairings. We believed that the courses were slightly rushed. Wine steward was excellent.
Went for Kid's Restaurant Week. Food was decent, an excellent value for the special menu, though not anything that will be among my most memorable meals. Where Taberna excelled was their efforts for Kid's Restaurant Week. Went last year as well, and they do everything they can to make it a special event for families.
The staff did an excellent job during kids restaurant week. Fantastic.
Taberna used to be a DC staple for special occasion dining. Lately however the quality of the food has suffered and the service is just mediocre. Recently we went for a family celebration and received no special recongition. In years past, that had not been the case. Given there are so many better dining options in DC now with better food, we will probably not go to Taberna again.
Also, $32 for an appetizer plate of jamon serrano?!! Go to Jalso and get 4 plates for the same price! Ridiculous!
Our visit with Taberna del Alabardero was wonderful and memorable, we recommend Taberna del Alabardero to all when in the DC area.
I ordered the lunch special which included three courses. It was a good value for the quality of the food. My spouse ordered off the menu and it was very expensive for a pretty basic meal.
They doubled charged me for one item but corrected it when I mentioned it. Get the special or run the risk of going home disappointed.
It is a real Spanish gem!
The jamon Iberico was absolutely spectacular. Delicious seafood paella too. Very friendly and helpful wait staff.
The restaurant was great. We enjoyed the 7 course Chef's tasting with the wine pairing and all the wines were fabulous. A couple of the courses were not to my liking, but overall, the food was great. The service was wonderful and the Sommelier knew his wines.
Dining at Taberna del Alabardero was a fantastic experience. The setting, service and food were all outstanding. We were treated like royalty and look forward to booking again next time we are in D.C.
I couldn't recommend this restaurant highly enough for a romantic evening with your favorite foodie