La Tasca - Penn Quarter

4.4
1779 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”.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
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:7 day's a Week 4pm - 7pm (bar only)
Brunch: Weekends 11am - 4pm
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Phone number
(202) 347-9190
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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
Lucio Manchame
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Private party facilities
2 private floors available with a private bar.
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Private party contact
Ruben Mendoza: (202) 347-9190
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
H Street
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Parking details
Parking garages in area available
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Public transit
Metro - Chinatown/Gallery Place Metro Stop (red, yellow, and green lines)
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Entertainment
Please contact La Tasca directly by phone to set up DJ's or Flamenco dancers.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1779 People Are Saying
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HC
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great food and attentive service, though there seemed to be a slight language barrier that hampered early clear understanding. All was resolved in a timely manner, though, and we hope to return!

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S
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Overall it gets a 3; better restaurants out there for the price; seems like bland Spanish food with some highlights.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

A little noisy for date night. I wish the hostess hadn’t sat us near the bar. But the great food made up for it. Our server was very nice as well.

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F
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

It was so packed and understaffed that after 15 minutes of waiting just to check in for my reservation I left. There was no way we we had a chance of being served and making our show. Never again!

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Love La Tasca but always have to warn people that this is the most bland Spanish-inspired food you’ll ever find. Great ingredients, but they seem to have forgotten the spices.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Got sick from the meal...

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 3

I do not recommend this place. An excellent service by the waiter, but do not know what a Spanish restaurant is, the paella was cold and other dishes without quality

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p
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Per il pane ho spettato oltre 30 minuti. Di 3 ordinazioni fatte, le prime hanno impiegato 20 minuti, la terza altri 30 minuti mentre le portate si portano comptemporaneamente. Il personale ... lasciamo stare. Cibo niente di eccezionale che non si trova altrove. Non ci tornerei seppur i locale è pieno. Romore di fondo che non permette comunicazione nel tavolo. Molto fastidioso.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing time here! A few of us just left from a networking event, got together to unwind and further collab at Happy Hour! Great food and drinks, good prices and a cozy, warm, intimate atmosphere. 5 stars!!

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DC
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always fantastic. The restaurant week deal was particularly appealing: two glasses of sangria and 3 tapas for $35. Great service!

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BL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The small portion paella was too bland, and the bistec was well done when I requested medium. The empanadas and the chorizo were the best by far. The sangrias were delicious and the service was excellent also. Thanks Fernando!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was very good but it took a long time to get to the table.

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M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I have been here before and I really like the food, but no this time. I highly recommended to my friends and we were very disappointed. The tapas were not that great and the service was quite slow. Not very happy.

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VE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sweet gesture when they gave us a flan for our anniversary!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing food, service, and environment!

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TK
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The tapas was definitely delicious! My only issue was that all 5 of our items came to the table at the same time.

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b
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We used to frequent this place, I even had a small party of about 35 people a few years back. Then it fell off our radar but we enjoyed an excellent meal with great service at a reasonable price. We will need to work this back into our rotation.

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DC
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We waited over 20 minutes at our table and no one acknowledged us. We even tried to get their attention to tell them we were leaving but were unable to do so. We had to walk out and go somewhere else.

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K
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing experience and food was delicious!

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BC
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Enjoyed very much..as usual. A little louder than I would like.

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RM
Columbus
72 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and great atmosphere. Kids night was a plus!

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l
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Empanadas we're awesome

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OT
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome time for Our Team!! Hugo is an exceptional Host! Will be returning!!

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TJ
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The seever did a great job pacing food even though we had concert tickets. Only had an hour to eat and he got everything perfect. Even had time for dessert.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Service was a little slow but it seemed like server had way too many tables to serve. So he did a decent job all that considered.

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B
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 2

We arrived at 5:10 for a 5:30 reservation, and asked for a table at the window. Despite the fact that the restaurant was mostly empty and despite the fact that there were 3 window tables available, the hostess told us we could not have a window table because there were lots of reservations. I reminded her that we had a reservation, and she relented.

Service was slow. We waited at least 10 minutes before our waitress came to the table. Then we waited even longer for our drinks. The food was hit and miss, but the paella was especially bad. It was dry and tasted as though it had been made hours earlier and then reheated.

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KA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 3

Services was non-existent - took almost 30 min to get someone to come over and take a drink/food order. While the food is always excellent - I don’t know if I’ll come back bc there are so many great options in the area.

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s
Charleston
17 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I went to La Tasca before an event in the area and grabbed a seat at the bar. The bartender was very nice and the sangria he recommended was good. But the food was just .... meh. Maybe he suggested the wrong things. I got the Berenjenas Fritas (fried eggplant with cheese dipping sauce.) It came out room temp and tasted more like tempura fried eggplant than anything else. I also got the Manchego Frito which was good. I did like the look of Pan Serrano, but I was dissuaded from that decision, as well as the Calamares Fritos, by the bartender.
The atmosphere was fun and lively and the service was good. It's just the food was .... meh.

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RR
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

having lived in Spain and experienced tapas bars across that country, this was for me a ratatouille moment - the sights and flavors took me back! Very nice!

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AH
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Disappointed in the food - much better under old Management.

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EI
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food and drinks were exquisite! Nice and spacious.Good service!

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f
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We frequently go to La Tasca on King St. 1st time at Penn Qtr location and it was equally as good. Went for stanley cup final. Staff did a great job despite being crazy busy. Kudos!!

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M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Always a good meal to be had here at this restaurant.

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AD
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the Tapas. Even though we are vegetarians.

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DB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

They had a table for five reserved for us and reconfirmed with us just before due to a very busy day for the theatre and capital one Center.
The wait staff was very pleasant and patient, answering questions about the drinks and food selections. The food was quite good.

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MT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

This was a great experience! I found myself reliving the taste, flavor, and sensation of the empanadas and pan casero. The great thing about the tapas menu is that there is something for everyone. I would definitely recommend and look for an excuse to return.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We’ve enjoyed dining at La Tasca in the past and this experience met our expectations. Food is well-prepared and we found a variety of dishes to suit a family with adult, kid, and food-allergy diners. We sat in the lower level, which is not as interesting as the street level dining room, but we had most of the room to ourselves and could talk over a long meal. We enjoyed our evening and would return to La Tasca again.

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MB
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The weekend Sangria Brunch menu ($22 for 3 tapas, plus $2 sangria) was a particularly good value - just the right amount of food and drink for a late-afternoon get-together.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came to eat before caps game great time and specials

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M
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My husband and I were coming back to DC for a concert and remembered having a lovely meal at La Tasca back in 2011...and wow, our fond memories did not disappoint. The food was even better than we remembered! We ordered 6 different tapas, and they were all phenomenal! The various sangria options are also tasty, and the atmosphere is great. Highly recommended!

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