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La Tasca - Arlington

889 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Good for Groups
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem

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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”.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Sunday - Thursday 11am - 10pm
Friday - Saturday 11am - 11pm

Lunch: Mon - Sun 11am - 4pm
Dinner: Sun - Thu 4pm - 10pm/ Fri- Sat 4pm - 11pm
Happy Hour: Mon - Fri 4pm - 7pm (bar only)
Brunch: Weekends 11am - 4pm
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Phone number
(703) 812-9120
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Josu Zubikarai
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Private party facilities
Private parties and events up to nearly 230 guests. 3 levels, outdoor patio and a party menu with 3 specially priced options are available. Custom menus are also available. ~La Tasca has Something Different for Everybody: Rehearsal Dinner, Baptisms, Wedding Receptions & Ceremonies, Baby & Wedding Showers,Holiday parties, Bachelorette, Birthday's, Corporate, group happy hour, Fundraisers, Graduation Parties,Wine tastings, etc.
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Private party contact
Mario Fajardo: (703) 812-9120
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Cross street
North Filmore
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Parking details
Ample Parking available in Market Common Garages.
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Public transit
Orange Line (Clarendon Station)
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Special events & promotions

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Gift Card
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 889 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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3.9  based on all time ratings
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipnickname (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on August 4, 2014

The food was good, but my friend has a shellfish allergy and the waiter was not sure what she could or could not eat. Because of his lack of knowledge about their cooking procedures, we were really concerned about whether or not she would have a reaction to the food. She ended up not really eating, which detracted from our experience.

fred (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on August 4, 2014

The only negative aspect is that the restrooms are upstairs via an open stairway, so ladies in dresses are not too comfortable about the exposure as they ascend / descend the stairs.

DReed (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on July 23, 2014

Loved the food at this restaurant. A lot of choices and they seem to have a great party package if you have a group that will eat a lot.

vipwineNdine26 (Richmond)
2.0  Dined on July 20, 2014

I went a few weeks ago with my boyfriend for our date night. We had purchased a Living Social deal for their "Taste of Spain" which included a number of tapas and dessert. Our table was actually quite nice, it was by a window and it was slightly secluded, so we could be alone. The food was very good & we enjoyed trying different tapas. The downside, however, was the service. We hardly saw our server the entire time after we notified him that we were using a Living Social deal. It felt as if we weren't as important or that he just assumed we weren't going to tip, which was insulting. We sat with empty glasses for quite a while, & we saw more of the bussers than our server. We just felt uncomfortable & unwelcome in a place we usually love.

tapas (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on July 18, 2014

Great for tapas and sangria. multiple different items to choose from.

vipFoodieX2 (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on July 15, 2014

Good for tapas and drinks. Service was good considering how busy is was. Popular social scene. Has three floors of dining areas with interesting decor featuring a large staircase.

bethany1234 (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on July 7, 2014

This was my second time here. I wasn't thrilled the first time, so we decided to give it another shot. We ended up there for happy hour then stayed for dinner. If you go, go for the happy hour 4-7:30. We ended up with two sangria's. The blueberry one was good, the cherry one tasted like cough syrup. We had ordered 9 tapas for the two of us and got a dessert but didn't leave stuffed. At happy hour prices this place is OK, and regular prices this place is a rip-off. The steak tapas was good, the paella was good, and the bacon wrapped pork (or chicken, I forgot) was good. The rest were fair. Overly I was not impressed. This place is more of a novelty than a great place to eat. If it isn't for happy hour, I won't be coming back.

glutenfreegoddess (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on June 24, 2014

Our waiter, Manuel, refused to split our checks BEFORE we ordered our food. He then forgot multiple food orders and also gave us food from other tables. The experience was confusing and frustrating. After we split up our tab for him, Manuel came back to our table and called out my name and asked me loudly "why did you only tip me 10%?" I wasn't going to complain about his service, but I did leave a tip that I felt matched his level of service. We were absolutely appalled that he had the nerve to ask why his tip was so small. Due to his behavior, we all agree that we will be reluctant to return to your restaurant. I always thought La Tasca was a classy establishment and your staff's behavior did not reflect the reputation of your chain.

Kim3 (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on June 22, 2014

Resetaurant was not crowded and outdoor seating provided a very relaxing and enjoyable experience. Would definitely recommend for brunch

vipYale395 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on June 12, 2014

A very pleasanrt surprise to have landed at La Tasca. The service was excellent. The Price Value equation was very good. The quality of the food both in presentation and taste was also excellent.
We travel to spain often where the Tapas cannot be challenged, but LaTasca gives it a run for the money.

StrangeDining (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on June 9, 2014

A girlfriend and I have been in Arlington for a few year and have walked by this restaurant numerous times but have never been in. We decided to give it a try for a birthday dinner. We enjoyed being able to sit outside and our server was nice. The food was terrible. Extremely over priced and for the tiniest of portions! I know it is a tapas restaurants but for the price I would have like to see at least two bites of food each dish. I left hungry and disappointed.

Greps (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on June 7, 2014

Food was very good. The small plates permit a tremendous variety. Kids were treated very well and were more than satisfied. Fried eggplant appetizer went over big! We have eaten there many times, but not with kids.

vipDanny (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on June 4, 2014

I went here with a few friends. Service started off to a slow start but we started with the Mango, Blackberry sangria as we waiting for one more person. I've had good sangria...this one was pretty amazing. The food is tapas. style which is what they are known for and everything was excellent. I especially like the fried manchetto served with a marmalade. we ended with a white Sangria. The weather was rainy outside, La Tasca made the evening well worth it. Happy eating.

irishmomma (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on May 31, 2014

My friend and I had had a long day sightseeing and shopping. This was perfect: cozy, comfort food of a Spanish variety (the paella was perfect to divide between us), and abundant and eminently drinkable sangria. We were there early on Saturday, before the hipsters arrived, so the noise level was low and families with kids were there too -- very friendly.

dcfoodie97 (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on May 26, 2014

I've been to La tasca, chinatown and arlington locations, and I've learned in my visits that you really need to figure out this menu, what works and what doesn't, to have a great meal. There are definitely disappointing dishes, but there are some really great and fun ones as well. My most recent visit was great, because I knew what I've had and I knew where Tasca would likely succeed.

Love: dates, duck, chicken empanadas, shrimp in olive oil/garlic
Skip: potato pancake with crab - all potato, no crab. this one might sting, but the sangria has never been great and its expensive. get something else, stuffed eggplant

reservations are easy to grab, and kitchen does an even better job when it's not a crazy night