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La Tasca - Penn Quarter

4.2
1742 reviews
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$30 and under
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Spanish
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  • Tapas
  • Casual
  • Good for Groups
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
Rob Penberg: (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.
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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 1742 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.0
service
4.0
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Came to eat before caps game great time and specials

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

We had a lot of fun! Food and drinks were excellent! Our service staff were VC very efficient. We will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Good restaurant, awesome and friendly staff.. I recommend the sangria is the best for drink all night

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Es la segunda vez que vamos a la tasca y la primera vez la comida estuvo exquisita acompañada de un extraordinario servicio , cuando volvimos este domingo por motivos de las madres ordenamos unas croquetas que no estaban nada buenas estaban duras y no trae salsa , y de plato fuerte ordenamos una paella que no sabía a nada ... realmente no estaba buena la comida ! Pero el camarero siempre fue atento !!

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1.0Dined on May 12, 2018

The waitress was so rude. She should not be around customers with that bad attitude. Most likely I won’t be coming back.

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3.0Dined on May 10, 2018

We unfortunately had a waitress spill a drink on someone in our party and she didn't seem to apologize. Would think we would have gotten a drink comped or something. But nothing. Food was great. Service not so much.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Really good! Friendly staff.

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3.0Dined on May 5, 2018

They have changed the menu, which I understand because they have had their old menu for a very long time. However all of our favorites, except one were gone and replaced by other less tasty items. The chicken skewers are gone and replaced by chicken croquettes (which were mushy and tasteless)! The bacon wrapped pork loin is gone and replaced by some cutup pork pieces cooked in some sauce with apricots. The pork was overdone. They have deleted the shrimp skewers and bacon wrapped scallops 👎. We have been to LaTasca several times and this was the worst meal!

The waiter and manager were very nice when they both came over and understood my complaint. They said other patrons have complained too and they are going to bring back some of the favorites to mix in with the new items. We had a very pleasant conversation!

The manager said he was glad to talk to me and appreciated my honesty. I am not a complainer but when things are subpar I feel the only way the restaurant will know is to be polite and talk to the manager. The manager did not charge either of us for the mushy chicken.

We will give LaTasca another try in the future.
Sincerely, Barbara MacIntosh

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3.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Lentil soup is great. Salads are not ideal, the greens seemed stale. I would stick to classic Spanish tapas. If you want healthy, go to Chop't next door.

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Staff knew we were new to the experience and were very helpful. Lots of room. I saw families with children as well as millennials enjoying a Sunday evening together. Bartender appeared engaged with those at the bar. The waitress was attentive without being overbearing. The restroom is downstairs so you need to be able to handle a spiral staircase. The paella was delicious!

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Family visit

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3.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Our experience was just ok. Portion for the Bistec is down. Other food was just ok for the price. Kitchen forgot one of our tapas, so that really put a damper on the evening. Had to go to steak and shake after spending $85....

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

We we're celebrating my 75th birthday. I was attracted by the tapas to n the menu. We selected both hot and cold tapas. We finished the meal with a flan and chocolate torte for dessert. Service was excellent and food superb.

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3.0Dined on April 23, 2018

I didn't like the empanadas.

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3.0Dined on April 23, 2018

Pleasant experience - although many tapas restaurants in DC are much better

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

We did a birthday party surprise the restaurant was very accommodating with our party since we had last minute RSVP's. The service was great on top of everything the waiter was nice and helped a lot with helping our party choose the best specials. I would definitely recommend and go again.

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3.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Tapas are okay. Order a small number, eat what you order and then order more, if necessary. There were four adults and one kid. We ordered a kid meal, which was okay. We ordered way too many tapas for four adults. I'd say order two as a start, then order two more. We were going to the Wizards game at the time and thought it was good to order all at once - bad idea, but good for the restaurant to make more "tapas" money!

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Manager Juan and server Francisco R make this an awesome visit. My last 2 were not so great and I have been coming here for years. Bread served late and slow service. One call to Manager Juan and he took care of this visit with friends for a Wizards Playoff Game. It was nice to see our favorite server Francisco R and we have been complaining that there isn't a paella tapa dish and he arranged one for us (apparently the will introduce one later which is awesome).

Steak papas were great, so was the sherry mushrooms and garlic shrimp.

Thank you Manager Juan for an awesome visit.

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4.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Good food, especially the cheese board. Noisy atmosphere. Nice place to share a taste of many different items.

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4.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Very tasty menu and great drinks. Noise level is a bit high. Seems very popular for happy hour

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3.0Dined on April 17, 2018

I usually love La Tasca, but my most recent experience left me disappointed in regards to the wait staff. Our first encounter with our waiter was at least 15 minutes after we sat down, and was a hurried, “have you been helped?” Interaction. Our food took quite a long time, our drinks weren’t refilled until after we were finished eating and I had to flag someone down for that. I’d ordered a second round of tapas at that time, but they didn’t come. It wasn’t until the waiter approached with the check that I saw him again and mentioned it. Overall, for the prices, I’d anticipate much better service.

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4.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Our server was amazing! She was a young latina woman and she was so warm and helpful.

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3.0Dined on April 16, 2018

DON'T GO HERE ON A DATE. OR A BUSY NIGHT.

It was very noisy. I couldn't hear a thing my friend was saying, even when she was 5 inches from my face. I left there with a huge headache. The food is pretty expensive for what you get. I was looking forward to happy hour prices, but you have to sit at the bar for that, even though the website said happy hour prices for bar and lounge. I had requested to sit in the lounge but the place was PACKED. It was a Monday night, but there was a concert that night. They obviously were letting in people that didn't have reservations of they overbooked themselves. We ordered a sangria and three tapas. It took 45 minutes to get them. We never saw our waitress and it took forever to get our bill. Another server had to give it to us. Our reservations were for 6:00 and we didn't get to the concert til 8:30. It started at 7:30. We missed the opening act completely and just barely made the main act. They obviously can't handle crowds.

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4.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Perfect restaurant for pre-game or concert at Capital One Arena. We were a party of 10, food and drink came out quickly and was delicious!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Excellent dinner, well priced, great value and we can’t wait to go again soon.

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Very good food and prices were typical for Washington DC

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3.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Servers intended to be excellent. There was some mis-communication on the wine order. They took care of this. Wine and small plates were excellent. The paella was absolutely terrific. Great combination of the traditional seafood. Rice was perfect.

I would return if I were in town more. There are so many good fine dining establishments in DC that I won't be back to this restaurant in the near future. It's not that I don't like it, but the competition is fierce and there is simply no room for any errors during the entire dining experience.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Food was amazing. Place was packed, there were a few events going on in D.C., because of that service was a little slow because the kitchen was backed up. I'm usually fine with that, and can understand things getting a little backed up, however a couple items/requests were missing from the ticket and the server said things weren't ordered when they definitely were. If the service is gonna be slow, at least make sure its accurate. Also our server didn't check in on us after taking our order which was a little disappointing. The food we did get was well worth the wait though.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

La Tasca is an enormously popular spot for tapas -- and deservedly so. The sangria (enhanced with additional alcohol) was exceptionally good. We ordered a variety of dishes and they were all very good. There was some confusion about one of the dishes -- it was either very poorly described on the menu or we were brought the wrong dish and never did get the right one, although attempting to reorder it we got something else which we enjoyed. Service in general seemed a little confused but with a large establishment and lots of dishes coming out asynchronously that may be inevitable. All in all a very enjoyable experience and one we plan to repeat.

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1.0Dined on April 7, 2018

I don’t write poor reviews often. I honestly wish we hadn’t come. We did the caps/wiz game menu (a pitcher of sangria and four pitchers for $45). It took 15 mins for someone to take our drink order. We ordered the waters and a pitcher of sangria, specifying that we wanted to do the game day deal. They brought us sangria and no water. 30 mins after we were seated, they took our order. We picked our four tapas and again, our water. They asked us our sangria order, and I pointed to our pitcher. The server explained that “that doesn’t count because that was from earlier.” Fortunately, my fiancé is very easygoing and we probably would’ve ordered two pitchers anyway. I let it go, but was very unhappy especially because I’d already explained what our ordering plan was. The tapas were fine. They brought me a full glass of water and my fiancé a rocks glass of water (why?). Finally, we wanted to leave, and my fiancé asked for our check. 15 mins later I had to sit at the bar till our server turned around and noticed me, asked me where our table was and started that he forgot. We left and walke to jaleo for more tapas and wine and had an infinitely better experience.

TLDR go to jaleo and have a much better experience

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The food was amazing! So good I almost forgot how HORRIBLE the hostess (older wearing all black) was to me and my date. If possible, I would like to speak to a manager about this “experience” with the hostess gave us: unacceptable

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

As a group of 4 people, we shared one tapa and two paellas. More than enough excellent food!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Me and my husband stumbled on this place years ago. I make it a point anytime im in DC to eat here!!!!

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Service was very quick. Some plates were good (spinach, steak) and others way too greasy (eggplant was very thinly sliced and heavily tempura’d, shrimp was sitting in oil), and some were fine, but I wouldn’t go back for it (empanada, Manchego balls)

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2.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Went with a group of 6. Food was bland, dry and overall fair to terrible. Noise level was extreme. Inattentive staff. When we told the waitress we wanted to leave due to the noise and could we have the check we still had to wait almost 10 min for our check. Wont return.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

As usual, food and service were excellent. In addition, when I called the next day to see if they had my sunglasses I inadvertently left behind, the staff was super helpful and called me back to tell me they had them and would hold them for me.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

I had a large group of us meeting there before the Caps game. I was a bit nervous about how it was going to work out. However, the hostess was very accommodating and very polite. The service is always great. Thank you!

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