La Tasca - Alexandria

4.3
1195 reviews
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$30 and under
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Spanish
La Tasca is a careful blend of everything that is good about Spain. Warm décor, authentic cuisine and friendly hospitality. All these go together to create a unique and genuine atmosphere. La Tasca has been described as being “so authentic that you won’t find anything better in Spain”.
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OT
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Just kind of average. The food wasn’t memorable. The service was extremely slow. They knew 13 of us were coming and the restaurant was empty due to the snow. I tried to give my card so everything could be on one check to make life easier and the waitress said no she would rather do 13 separate checks. It was my birthday and luckily the group of us had fun but La Tasca didn’t do anything to make it memorable.

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AO
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my birthday here recently...loved the remodel/update of the interior. Food was delicious, Cadillac Sangria was yummy & the Paella is a must have! Waitress was attentive & friendly even as she continued to push us to purchase the most expensive wine (red AND white!) on the menu. La Tasca is a favorite restaurant of ours, and we have always had a great time!

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NY
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Hey were out of two wines that my friend and I asked for. I also don’t eat ham and asked for a protein sub for my salad which could not be accommodated. That being said, everything was still delicious and satisfying and I am sure I will be back.

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JA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, as usual. Service was outstanding, as usual. We had a leisurely New Years Day/Husband’s Birthday lunch with good friends. Smiles all around.

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Z
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Was happy to spend New Year’s Eve at the Tasca , only disappoinment no Alive Band I was expecting that and also website mention about that . Otherwise all good .

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MR
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

I usually LOVE La Tasca - we have hosted a party here before. New Years Eve was such a disappointment. We had a reservation, and weren't seated for 20 minutes after it had passed. Our waiter took an hour between courses to come by. This is not an exaggeration. Our reservation was for 8:30, there were three pitchers of sangria for our table of 5, and five courses. We didn't leave until 12:00, when he brought our third pitcher of sangria WITH THE CHECK, and we missed the ball dropping and any celebrations we have had planned afterwards. I go to eat here all the time (like twice a month!) and this is the worst ever. Were they understaffed? What was up? If you're going to host a NYE special and prix fixe menu, you've gotta do a better job. I won't be coming here for any more special events. For $99 a person, it was a HUGE disappointment.

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EF
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Excellent food but terrible service. Due to NYE our waiter received 20 percent. Unfortunately he did not deserve it! He rushed us every moment of our visit. It was difficult to enjoy our food. Ran out of H20 twice.

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PB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

New Year’s Eve

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K
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 1

Noise levels too high
Portions expensive
Service great
Would not return

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Food was cold and service was not great.

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A
Caribbean
12 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Just a fun place to go too with friends or date. I recommend going on happy hour or brunch

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JM
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

wonderful food and wonderful service. not too busy and great for familu

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c
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I would recommend La Tasca as a lively place for tapas. It would be good to get Spanish cheese in the empanada instead of what tasted and looked like a gooey orange melting cheese. Fried eggplant is good but of course a little greasy--maybe dump it on a paper towel quickly to eliminate that. The high tables are nice around the bar and they do have food service at the bar. Nice live music on Saturday night.

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BT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

This was my first time back after the renovation. Bad move. I used to love their empenadas...now they are just full of cheese and little meat. Not even their bacon wrapped dates taste the same. I usually order 2-3 plates of them, I didn't finish the first plate. Service was slow...our waiter was admittedly new (went from collecting dirty dishes to a waiter the week prior). However, other around us also complained of their poor service. I took some out of toen friends here to celebrate my and my twin's birthday. I was so disappointed, will not be returning.

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N
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Dinner was tasty. Skip the desserts though, not worth the price.

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MH
San Antonio
14 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice, pAella delicious!

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LF
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, service and wine!

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OT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took friends who had never had paella surprisingly. They loved it! I kind of miss the decor before the renovation but the food was great. Go on a live music night, worth it!! So fun!

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PP
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

There right at opening. Fabulous service, food and drinks very tasty. Brunch menu was great value, three tapas and sangria. Will go back.

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A
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went toLa Tasca for first time. Tapas were delicious. Service outstanding. Will go again.

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JM
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really like our waitress, she explained to us the menu, very polite, she was so professional, I think her name was Maria from Colombia.

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J
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Party of 7. Reserved on Open Table well in advance for Thanksgiving Dinner. Received confirmation and also received a request to confirm via Message on Wednesday (the day before) which I received-confirmed. Traveled about 35 minutes to the restaurant on a very cold evening only to find the restaurant is closed. We did not receive any call, email, message, etc that they would be closed although they had my contact info. Very Ignorant and disrespectful.

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RB
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 3ambience 1

We usually like La Tasca but there was a campaign event they didnt tell us when we made reservations or when we got there. They set up a microphone for the candidate to address his volunteers and people where banging into our table and we couldnt herr each other. They should have let paying customers who were not part of the event know ahead of time.
Out service and food were slow because of the event.

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OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Had an unexpected opportunity to have a late meal with some friends. La Tasca had a time that fit us. We we seated in a booth which was perfect for the four of us. Our server did a great job of explaining the specials to us. We picked several plates to include the chicken empanadas, the garlic chicken, the cheese fritos and the bacon wrapped dates. Everything was very good. My only complaint was that the place was a bit load. It was a little difficult to hear each other with the large crowd present. This was our 2nd visit and we enjoyed it just as much as the first time. We will definitely make a return visit.

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p
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great Happy Hour Tapas deals and option for dinner!

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MG
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was outstanding, very detailed and attentive. Our server was willing to answer all the questions that we had and she always responded with a smile.

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RS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

The restaurant was very noisy. The waiter didn't get our order quite right. The small plates were good, but the price was very expensive.

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A
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were great. Only complaint is that they did not have curtains for their large window. Sun was intense and uncomfortable. Otherwise, great place and value.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Our waitress forgot to bring an item...and never realized it but charged us for it. It was easy to solve and we were too full, anyway, but...

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LV
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Quiet dinner on a Sunday evening. Exceptional service by our waiter. Though not on the menu, the chef made us a delicious vegetarian paella which we remembered from our last visit two years ago.

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LR
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

can't believe I hadn't eaten here before. The tapas were delicious and the live music a bonus surprise.

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d
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were introduced to La Tasca by a friend and immediately reserved our next dinner out there - food was wonderful, service was attentive without being aggravating. It's a lovely restaurant - whether in the main room or sitting in the bar. A really excellent selection of food stuffs - definitely something for everyone.

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SG
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Interior of restaurant is much lighter, brighter, and appealing since the recent renovation.
The menu hasn't changed appreciably; the food is still very good and the sangria is super.
We were a group of 5 adults and 2 small children. Staff was most accommodating and
attentive without being intrusive.

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SR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food was delicious

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RG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love the repainted interior! It’s soooo much brighter. We came for happy hour, and there was an excellent selection of food and beverages for everyone. Everything was delicious, and the server was courteous and helpful. Very attentive.

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Tampa
18 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waitress, Amina, was fantastic. We were a group of ladies out for the evening...she kept our sangria full and the plates coming. Her recommendations for food were spot on! I’ve visited previously and sat at the bar; I would definitely be back to share plates with a table again.

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FG
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic Spanish at reasonable prices.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made reservations just in case we extended our happy hour....staff were amazing. Unfortunately we were unable to use our reservation, and the bartender assisted us in canceling it. Sangria was delicious. Tapas were tastey and filling. We didn't even eat dinner. Amazing time. Will definitely visit again.

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G
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We have always enjoyed their food . . . here in Alexandria, DC and when it was open at Inner harbor Baltimore. We plan trips just to go here to eat. Tapas = small plates to share, order a couple see what you like then order some more service is quick. Great fresh crusty hot bread. A variety of sangria's

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AP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

I love La Tasca and have been here many times and have never been disappointed. However, our server must have been new because he was not doing a good job. A child meal was not brought until the meal was almost done, he was not knowledgeable on the drinks menu, and he was just not attentive.

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