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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 Rammy award winner Executive Chef Javier Romero. 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: 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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 25 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

Executive Chef:
Javier Romero

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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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.3

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Quiet

95% would recommend it to a friend

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Notable Wine List (14)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Worth the Drive (9)
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Cozy (7)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 24, 2010

The service was slow and the food was only so-so. We were initially placed at a table near the very noisy and busy kitchen. We could not hear each other over the noise, and had to wait over 10 minutes for a waiter to arrive before we could ask to be reseated to a quieter table.

The entre was good (not excellent or superior, only good) but the desserts had very little flavor or sweetness to them. I had the sopaked sponge cake, which tasted and had the consistency of brownie, while my date had some tye of chocolate cream, which was bland. The wine list was far more expensive than it needed to be, especially the too-high price paid for a single (and small) glass of port.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 23, 2010

This was my first experience at the Taberna, and it was fantastic. The paella was amazing, the servers were knowledgeable about the menu, and it made for a good experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 23, 2010

Excellent meal and very attentive staff. An excellent restaurant for a romantic meal.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 22, 2010

It is an elegant and friendly place. The food is good with a clear Spanish character. It goes from light but tasty fish dishes to heavy but well-balanced meat and game concoctions. Low noise and good-sized tables make the restaurant very comfortable for business gatherings.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 22, 2010

Both the food and the service were outstanding. We started with a mouth-watering plate of Jamon Iberico, which while expensive was well worth the price. My wife then had the warm mushroom soup, with octopus and scallop, which had a wonderful earthy mushroom flavor accented with the texture and taste of grilled seafod. For dinner, I had the roast suckling pig and my wife had the entrecote al roquefort. Both were delicious and perfectly cooked. The suckling pig was a square piece of roast pork, with a piece of the delicious roasted skin, over snow peas and potatoes, and was flavorful without being execessively greasy. For dessert, we had the torrija and the flan de queso, both of which were delicious & a glass of moscatel!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 22, 2010

The fried squid tapa was a bit strong in flavor and tough. The other tapas were delicious, and our pork belly and artichoke paella, though not traditional, was very savory. Excellent service even though we sat outside,

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 17, 2010

As usual, a wonderful night! Though the menu is a bit limited, it changes all the time and what they have on the menu is prepared superbly. The service is first class..never intrusive, but always attentive. We went there for my fiance's birthday. She is very, very picky at restaurants (sometimes embarrassingly so). Let me put it to you this way...she has never had anything to say about Taberna except positive things..it's her favorite restaurant!!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 15, 2010

For a restaurant that is supposedly the best Spanish restaurant in the country, we found the food mediocre. The seafood was fishy. The venison appeared to be unseasoned. And the flan was so bad both in texture and taste, we sent it back. Adnittedly it was a very nice space and the staff was very attentive. However, when we asked the waiter for details or for recomendations, the basically proceeded to read the menu to us.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 14, 2010

What an outstanding restaurant; I already have family coming from NY that will dine with you in the upcoming month. And I have a sister who only frequents the best restaurants.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 13, 2010

Descent food, but definitely overpriced. For the money, there are a lot of better options around. The food was good, just not good enough to justify the price. The service was definitely good. Overall, this is an average upscale restaurant. Nothing to brag about.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 10, 2010

Great experience. I would highly recommend this restaurant. Food was perfect,service was exceptional, price were good for the high quality of food.

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 6, 2010

We highly recommend the tasting menu and wine paring menu. Very innovative and interesting dishes.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 6, 2010

Splendid! The food was classic: terrific ingredients like oxtail, wild mushrooms, and fresh rockfish were not hidden by unnecessary flourishes. The presentations were beautiful. Service was top notch. The staff was attentive without being overwhelming, offering helpful suggestions about portions and one or two unfamiliar dishes. The ambiance was luxurious and sophisticated. We felt pampered and well fed. We'll be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 27, 2010

We chose the seven course paired dinner, which were from the standard menu. Each course stood alone, excellently. As a gradual progression, it became a culinary feast. We started with a dry Fino, which set the mood appropriately. Each wine the sommelier selected paired perfectly, with the added benefit of introducing us to wines we had not yet experienced. Four Tempranillos, one white; who knew they could be so varied and equally delicious! It's worth mentioning the paellas other diners received looked and smelled great.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 26, 2010

Excellent. The table service was 5-star.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 26, 2010

My sister, brother-in-law and sister's colleague accompanied me to Taberna this past Friday evening for dinner before a show at Constitution Hall. They had never been there and were extremely pleased with both the food, service and ambiance. I go for lunch with friends infrequently and am always pleased.

Tags: Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on March 20, 2010

This was our first time at Taberna del Alabardero. It will definitely not be our last. Everything, from the free parking next door, the gracious greeting from our Maitre d'hotel, the quiet attentiveness of our waiter, the food, the ambience - all of it was quite wonderful. The dessert, a white chocolate "soup" with chocolate crumbles and ice cream, was to die for. Prices are on the high side but so worth it. This restaurant is right up there with the best in Washington, DC.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 15, 2010

Forteen dollars for about eight spoonfuls of white asparagus soup? I don't think so. This place is way, WAY overpriced. A formal place with excellent food, but pretentiously priced and not as fun as, say, Jaleo. Waiter neglected to bring the wine menu, the vegetarian menu, or the tapas menu - only brought the "regular" menu, but made up for this breach by sending us home with extra petit-fours.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 15, 2010

I thought the food was good. The iberico ham was great. The paella was not what I expected but was still very good.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 13, 2010

The food was outstanding as Sietseman indicated it would be. The decor is beautiful and very classy. I was disappointed somewhat with the service. We ordered the Lobster paella for 2 and indicated we wanted one order of that dish along with several tapas and bread (we were a party of 3). The gambas al ajillo were simply the best we've ever had. The problem was that I found out we were served, and billed for 2 paella dishes, a huge amount of leftovers which was not really a bad thing but not what we ordered. Also, there was a huge amount of calamari mixed with the rice and not much else. The dish was outstanding even still. The white chocolate soup tasted more like cheesecake and less like white chocolate.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 13, 2010

You will not find a better Spanish restaurant in the US. Fish beautifully done and the suckling pig just melted in you mouth.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on March 11, 2010

I would not go back. The food is at best mediocre and very expensive for what you get. We had the pork paella at 30$ pp and it had three small pieces of fatty pork for two people. they forgot the artichokes. Paella was bland and unimpressive. The room is beautiful and the service is perhaps overly attentive.. but then the dining room was empty. Not worth the expensive and bland uninteresting fare.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 9, 2010

This restaurant is ALWAYS exceptionally good: authentic food, fabulous wine, attentive service, and must-do special events. ALWAYS.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 9, 2010

I was there as part of a winetasting. Food and wine are creative and distinctive; service is crisp, polite, and efficient.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 6, 2010

We had a wonderful time and enjoyed every minute of our dinner. We felt like we were bing hosted not waited on from the moment we entered. We visit Spain frequently so this takes us on a mini trip to lovely Spain. We ate at Taberna in Seville last year and we were just has happy there as we were here.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 5, 2010

I was surprised to find that some staple items had been removed from the menu. :-(

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 4, 2010

Customer service oriented, delicious food and great for special occasions.

Tags: Late-night Find, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 3, 2010

Very attentive staff regardless of how much you are spending. The $16 sangria pitchers and half price tapas during happy hour is not to be missed!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 1, 2010

I entertained a business client who was very impressed with the excellent ambiance and attentive, friendly service. The quiet, spacious atmosphere is ideal for business discussions. I requested a quiet, private table in my OpenTable reservation and they delivered perfectly. The food was good but not especially memorable - maybe just my selection; my guests were pleased. The wine list is spectacular, especially the huge selection of excellent Spanish wines. I noticed that many of the other guests were speaking Spanish and our waiter advised that they were from the Spanish embassy or were Spanish businessmen - that speaks volumes. I will be back soon.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 25, 2010

Taberna offers a quiet place to enjoy an excellent lunch, whether for business or pleasure. Although every table was taken, the atmosphere was still intimate and not too noisy. Excellent service and wine selections, as well as lunch at a reasonable price for the quality. I would definitely choose it again.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 24, 2010

The Taberna is good as usual, however, for this visit, the calamari was not hot at all. The appetizer soup was good although a bit on the salty side. The mackerel was excellent.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 20, 2010

I spent a fantastic evening with my wife at Taberna del Alabardero this past Saturday. We ordered off the vegetarian menu and the food was out of this world delicious. The service was phenomenal...we didn't feel rushed, but the minute we were done our plates would disappear only to be replaced with our next course. We ordered the wine special only to be amazed by the quality. The desserts and particularly the dessert wines were also outstanding. Overall one of the best meals we've ever had...expensive but worth every penny.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 20, 2010

Taberna del Alabardero was a wonderful experience. We were coming in with a bit of a strong bias, having spent a long holiday in Spain. The food was excellent, wine list very respectable with a great recommendation from our waiter that accompanied our meal perfectly and was surprisingly reasonable (not that we're shy about paying for a fabulous bottle). He also did a wonderful job of speaking to the history and preparations of various dishes. The entire staff worked together creating a wonderful, comprehensive evening from our initial seating to the coat check. Just excellent!

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 20, 2010

The food was good but unfortunately the service left something to be desired. The waiter didn't bother explaining the menu, make recommendation, and barely checked in on the table. We won't be making a return trip. For the money check out CityZen or MiniBar. Both are pricey but much better food and much better service.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 20, 2010

We did the 7 course tasting menu with wine pairing. The food was excellent and the choices of wines was perfect. 7 courses of food that were all amazing and the pairing was Cava, then 2 whites, 2 reds and 2 dessert wines so they did not skimp at all and every choice was excellent. The wine pairing is one of the best values I have seen in DC.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 19, 2010

Delicious meal in a great setting. A bit pricey, so certainly not an everyday meal option. Great for special events.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 15, 2010

Excellent dining experience. Food a nd service first rate. Very expensive.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2010

Delicious food and great atmosphere.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 14, 2010

When going to Washington DC we always have dinner here. It is, as usual, wonderful. Even with the stress of being Valentine's Day and the fact that they are normally closed on Sunday, the service was impeccable and the food even better. We will continue to go there every trip we make to Washington (from Philadelphia). We're glad they don't have a location here or we'd be there all the time!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2010

Atmosphere reminded you of an antiquated Spanish scenery that presents the client to a marvelous dining experience.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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