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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: 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 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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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.8

ambience

4.7

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

97% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (28)
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Fit for Foodies (23)
Notable Wine List (20)
Good for Anniversaries (20)
Business Meals (19)
Good for a Date (19)
Quiet Conversation (19)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Romantic (15)
Great for Lunch (14)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Cozy (10)
Fun (10)
Tasting Menu (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Seasonal (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Healthy (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Live Music (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
People Watching (3)
Casual (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Excellent food great atmosphere

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

If you like seafood, try the lobster, clam, mussels paella. It is delicious and has a generous portion of lobster. The wait staff is excellent without being intrusive. Our party of five all enjoyed the food they ordered. It is great for some to order a full entree while others choose to order tapas. It all worked out well and we were able to have conversation without having to raise our voices. This restaurant in wonderful. If you haven't been there, give it a try and learn what you have been missing. Bon appetit!

Tags: Cozy, Tasting Menu
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

We got four tapas and would give the food 3.5/5 stars. Everything was pretty good. But the service was outstanding, really impressive.

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food3
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Their tasting menu, with or without the wine pairings, is a great value when compared to other restaurants of its class.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 14, 2018

We love this restaurant. Their staff is is always courtious and phenomenal. The food is fantastic and their atmosphere very classy.

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food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

A new find and well worth the experience. Great food: outstanding service; we’ll be back.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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food5
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Wonderful New Year`s eve party!! with great ambience, menu, wine selection and music.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We were there for the New Year's Eve festivities. The menu was creative and delicious. The chef should be congratulated! And the sommelier was spot-on with her wine recommendations. What a lovely place!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List
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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

The services was excellent but that overall meal was just okay. I was expecting more.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Consistency over the years makes this restaurant so great. The employees have been the same—this tells a lot. Great team work from welcoming you to cooking, serving. Food is excellent—it never goes wrong and never disappoints me. I am a gourmet cook and going to Taberna for lunch or dinner continues to be a great treat year after year.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Tapas, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 19, 2017

The food and the service was excellent. We were celebrating our annual Christmas lunch and it was memorable. We would definitely go back and I have already recommended Taberna del Alabardaro to some friends.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Tapas, Seasonal
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Nice, quiet restaurant with great food and exceptional service.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 10, 2017

What a lovely place! The service was attentive and so helpful, but not too stuffy. Such authentic dishes and great Spanish wine choices. The best part is that you can have a conversation with your table and hear each other! It is truly the best Spanish restaurant in DC.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Tapas, Special Occasion, Authentic
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food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Service was superb! So considerate and thoughtful. The kindest people in the restaurant business.

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

The Flamenco show/artists, especially the singers, were excellent! We could have enjoyed more of the singing and guitar and less of the zapatadas (although the dancers were fabulous, the loudness in a small environment made it hard to do/say anything else)! We did note that the service of food was timed very well in observance of the show...well done!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Tapas, Live Music, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food
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food4
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Incredible dining experience.

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food5
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Wonderful service. Delish food

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Exceptional restaurant for elegant Spanish cuisine, with well-prepared food, outstanding service and quiet ambiance.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Simply amazing food! Great service and the smell drove us crazy! :)

Tags: Notable Wine List, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 19, 2017

It's been several years since we ate at Taberna del Alabardero and it's as good as ever. They have some of the best Spanish food we've had outside of Spain. So we did the five course tasting menu since we couldn't decide. We started with gazpacho (cold tomato soup), carpaccio and grilled octopus, grilled tuna, and beef sirloin with the wine pairing at each course. Followed by desert.

Since our last visit, we've been to the Ribiero del Duero region of Spain to sample their wines. So I asked for a red from the region to go with the sirloin. The selection from the region is excellent, it goes on for an entire page. Maybe 20 or more wines to choose from. And of course, they have reds and whites from other areas of Spain, along with a few from the US.

The only downside is that the noise level is high.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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food5
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great food and service. One person in our party has serious allergy issues. Called and discussed with GM before booking. Chef came to our table to discuss options and possible substitutions to maintain integrity of dishes.

Tags: Business Meals, Authentic, Cozy
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food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Atmosphere and fine dining make this a favorite special restaurant

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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food5
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

The Taberna contains all the memories of our life in Madrid...the food, the ambience, the service, the friendliness. The tapas were authentic; we might as well have been in the Plaza Major! The cordero was excellent! This is the place to dine!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Tapas, Good for Groups, Business Meals
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food5
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great service, authentic food, enjoyable evening, unique environment!

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food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Still very good after all of these years. I recommend it for special occasions. It has authentic Spanish cuisine.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Excellent! Food quality and service are impeccable! Being going there for years and i never got out with a disappointment! The cod was delicious and the paella is outstanding!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 3, 2017

We were there during happy hour and sat outside on a beautiful November evening. On past visits, I'd usually ordered paella but, tonight, we ordered tapas and sangria, as they were part of the happy hour offerings. I love Jaleo, and expected the tapas at Taberna to suffer in comparison. However, they were excellent! We ordered quite a variety of tapas, and then ordered a second round of the tortilla de patata and calamari. The pitcher of sangria was very good, as was the service -- attentive without being obtrusive. Overall, we had a wonderful time and we will certainly return many times!

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 30, 2017

This is our "Go To" place for special occasions and now I wonder why we are not there more often? Great wine selection, great fish dishes, great environment, overall a wonderful experience for all 4 of us!

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 23, 2017

La Taberna del Alabardero never disappoints and it's always a "special occasion," even for a weekday late lunch after a morning at a museum nearby. The food is delicious, the service astonishing. This last visit we had a recommended crisp, dry white wine, jamon Iberico as an appetizer, black rice and baby squid paella for lunch, and a coffee chaser. It was perfect.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Tapas, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Beautiful restaurant with great service, atmosphere and food. Would definitely recommend.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Spanish fare with a Spanish flair ... more than tapas, but excellent for that, too! Super service top things off nicely.

Tags: Tapas
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Excellent paella and sangria for my friend’s birthday. I had the vegan and she had the seafood option - and both really enjoyed it along with the gluten-free tapas. The service was extraordinarily good! Thank you!

Tags: Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Absolutely perfect! The ambiance is wonderful, the staff is excellent and the authentic food was delish! Is definitely a “do over”!

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Switzerland)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Remains my all time favourite in DC. Outstanding service and attention, friendly and well informed servers, menus offer good variety and always updated with interesting options e.g. tapas menu, tasting options, etc. Quality of presentation is exquisite. Good and well priced wine selection. One defining attribute for me is the CONSISTENTLY high standard maintained by the Taberna throughout the many years I have been dining at this restaurant, while in DC and now living overseas. Amazing!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Paleo Friendly, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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 (Omaha)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Great ambiance, the food was authentic and delicious, I was greeted in Spanish and I had a great time. My friend was amazed by the experience and I admit that the food is authentic and prepared to the detail

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·Dined on October 18, 2017

The food was superb, and service exquisite. A part of every trip to DC.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Tapas, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Corpus Christi)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Best Spanish restaurant in the U.S. Dined at La Taberna in 1991 and it was excellent then.
After visiting Spain more than 100 times since then, I can say it is the very best Spanish restaurant on this side of the Atlantic. ( We also have a house in Spain now)
I felt swept into Madrid the second we entered. Elegant, señorial, attentive service, lovely bread, table clothes, decor. Gambas al pil pil authentic,
Chipiriones with rice lovely tapa portion, cordero
Aragones hearty; PSI my favorite wine and the same for the torrija. My husband loved his arroz con leche and 43.

Tags: Disabled Access, Cozy, Happy Hour, Healthy, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Tapas, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Un magnífico restaurante, se come igual o mejor que en el de Madrid. Una buena selección de finos y vinos de Jerez. Servicio amable y agradable.

Tags: Tapas, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Cozy, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Fantastic meal on a weekend DC trip. My wife and son split the squid and shrimp paella and it beat our favorite Barcelona restaurant. My tuna was perfect and the daughter's filet was also excellent. The Torres Jaime I provided a proper finish.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 3, 2017

One of my favorite restaurants in DC. I have been coming here almost 27 years and it never disappoints. If you haven’t been, you should.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Fun, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Authentic, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Tapas, Great for Lunch, Romantic
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