Pamplona

4.4
229 reviews
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$30 and under
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Spanish
Welcome to Pamplona, Spanish Tapas + Sangria restaurant!

Located in the HEART of Clarendon half a block from the Metro

Named after the Spanish city famed for the annual Running of the Bulls, Pamplona is a Spanish tapas and sangria restaurant that draws its inspiration from Ernest Hemingway’s travels throughout the Basque region of Spain. Pamplona, features an innovative take on traditional Spanish fare paired with an extensive sangria program.

We offer $35 all you can eat small plates 7 nights a week and we offer a bottomless brunch for $35 including mimosas.

Specials

Half Price Wine Night

Enjoy 50% off every bottle of wine each and every Tuesday

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: March 12, 2019

Ends: March 13, 2118

Availability: Tue 4:00PM-10:00PM

Burger Night

Enjoy our famous burger only $9.99! Each and every Monday

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: March 1, 2019

Ends: March 2, 2118

Availability: Mon 4:00PM-9:00PM

What 229 People Are Saying
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Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We found the food to be very salty: croquettes, albondigas, totilla. The sangria was pretty awful--like watered-down Kool-Aid. The wait staff was friendly and attentive and the atmosphere was a bit clubby--even for a Sunday evening. There are much better Spanish restaurants out there.

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New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Participated in the bottomless weekend brunch. This is at least the fourth time we have been and the quality of the food has gotten markedly better every time. Pamplona is on my short list of places I recommend for brunches.

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LM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It is right near the metro and was easy to find. It was a beautiful day and we sat outside at one of the tables. We had their happy hour special rose sangria which was quite good, not too sweet. We shared a cheese board which was substantial and quite good along with a few other tapas.

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A
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The duck paella was fantastic service was quick and friendly. Will be back for brunch

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DC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Generous portions that came out of the kitchen lightning – fast, although we came in on the early side. Delicious cocktails and several different sangria choices. The menu includes traditional tapas as well as larger plates. The small paella was far more than enough for two.

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MO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Miriam, was fantastic. The churro sundae was a great way to end our meal!

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AS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and drinks with plenty of options for diverse tastes. Service was great and we didn’t have to wait for our table it was available at our Reservation time.

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B
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Just a Sunday night dinner with friends - we are all parents of millennials and have heard from them that this restaurant can be a bit loud at times, so wanted to try it on a quieter evening. It was pretty quiet, and our table was fine though in the center of the room. Decor is a bit industrial for our taste so I can see where it could get noisy. We had read about the $35 for endless small dishes and thought that would be a good way to try out a new place. Good idea, and the food was surprisingly delicious. We loved the Brussels sprouts, grilled octopus, meatballs, rice croquettes, garlic shrimp, deviled eggs. Had some picky eaters with us and they were happy with the menu selections, as were we more adventurous diners. Service was the best, a delightful young woman named Dia. She made sure we were well fed, and let us know before the kitchen closed when there would be a last call. Only small disappointment was that a couple of the gin cocktails with cute names and specific ingredients were not special - no grapefruit garnish or taste of elderflower in my drink, it just tasted like a plain G&T - which would have been fine if I’d ordered that. Dia took care of that, but the menu needs updating. Would we return - absolutely, on a quiet evening and maybe for happy hour.

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RT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent and the food arrived very quickly. Prices were very reasonable and I loved the little plates. The paella was not up to my standards, since I have eaten the real deal while in Spain. Overall it was a good experience. I would definitely go back.

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KL
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time for our group of 8. We had the weekend brunch and tried 18 of the tapas. They were delicious. Looking forward to returning to try the dinner menu.

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A
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place has the best food in Clarendon, the service was quick and dishes we had were great. We started with calamari and the chickpea dip. One person in our group was a vegetarian and the menu was more than accommodating. Will be back!

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TD
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Food was good, but the potato tortilla was undercooked. There were 3 of us, and meals were brought out several minutes apart. Server was nice but absent and not very attentive at all, including sitting around waiting for the check after the table had been cleared for 30 minutes before we finally had to ask. Plus side, the seasoning to the food was excellent, but not enough to give it a solid positive review with the other considerations as mentioned.

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Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great new spring menu the tuna and octopus were great. Half price wine night with a good wine list is always appreciated. Large patio for outdoor seating will be back

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 5

Ordered the all you can eat option. They only brought out half the food. Waiter was annoyed if you ordered more. When food arrived, they only brought enough for 2 bites. There were 4 people in our party. It was my mom’s birthday. Terrible experience.

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JM
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Awesome service; great ambience. The white sparkling sangria was amazing. The food overall was very good.

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MA
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Woman bathroom does not have baby changing. It is not family friendly or?

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JI
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Was a Great experience with my family on Mothers day. I will diffenitly recommend this place to my friends!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was good. Service was okay. It was mother day. So I understand. Place was small not to big. Food was decent would go again. But not a must have go.

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F
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun times with friends! Loved the small plates and sharing!

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CP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

The poor service experience began from the minute we walked through the door. Upon inquiring if we could get a seat on the patio, the host (who we later found out to be the GM) informed us there was a 40 minute wait for those tables, despite us directly seeing multiple tables unused. Alas, after accepting the fact we'd need to dine inside, we inquired if we could get a table along one of the walls -- a bit away from the more crowded, center of the restaurant where he was seeking to seat us. The host/GM again informed us that a special reservation needed to be made for one of those tables and we should have done so through the OpenTable app when booking the reservation. However, no option was ever available to do this -- and we even verified this fact immediately by opening up the app to doublecheck. Seeing as we'd get nowhere fast with the host/GM we sat down at our assigned table.

From there, nearly 10 minutes passed before a server even came over to greet us. Thereafter to our surprise, the server, apparently ignoring the customary protocol of taking a drink order first, asked for both our drink and food orders at the same time. (We successfully resisted this -- seeking to extend our dinner beyond a 15 minute stay!) From that point forward the service could at best be described as mildly attentive.

In terms of the food, it was firmly mediocre and something I could have easily prepared on my own. Portion sizes also WAY smaller than our last visit to the restaurant. For example, paying $8 for 3 pieces of asparagus doesn't really scream value.

Our departure from the restaurant was more of the same. Upon paying the bill, we learned the credit card machine was down and our card number had been hastily scribbled on a paper ticket to be processed later. (Not wanting to leave this sitting unattended on the table, I walked this over to hand to a bartender.) And, as we walked out we saw those same patio tables, which we were denied earlier, sitting completely empty.

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Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Surprisingly busy for a Monday, we had a quick bite in the dining room. Service was quick and Chad and Ed were great, we ended up ordering a small squid ink paella and it was fantastic.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I wasn’t impress with the paella. This was the meal I was looking forward to. The small plates were not too bad. Sangria was pretty good too. But we had fun and our server, Eber, was great ☺️

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Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just tried their new spring menu and it didn't disappoint. Instead of going to the traditional tapas route we opted to order some small plates to start and one large main dish to split. We started with the seared tuna and calamari both were excellent. We then ordered the tomahawk steak and this was BETTER than any steakhouse downtown it was finished with truffle butter ordered with asparagus and mac and cheese and to complete our meal. We will be back!

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Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were lucky to get our favorite booth by the bar, the staff was friendly and the food was excellent. We opted for large plates instead of the tapas and everyone at the table enjoyed their meal. Cant wait to go back for half price wine night on Tuesdays they seem to have a great selection

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KA
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I did let the desk staff know this before we left - our server was disinterested in providing attention to our table. The runners were great, but even before the restaurant started to fill up our waiter would disappear from sight for long stretches. Sunday’s bottomless brunch does require a different level of attention than a la carte: he didn’t seem to have mastered that difference. Nor did he once ask whether we were enjoying our meal - the runners did.

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AS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for Brunch with friend visiting from NYC and everyone really enjoyed Pamploma. The service was great and the food came out quickly. There was a great selection of food options and the Chorizo Hash was amazing.

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DH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great options. Service was excellent

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A
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First let me say I love the DECOR its beautiful inside. We did the taste of Spain for the unlimited small plates it was great. Service was friendly and prompt

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I frequent Pamplona a lot and the service and food are always amazing and delicious! I turn so many friends on to this restaurant and they are hooked! 😊😊

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BJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good experience overall very similar to other tapas style unlimited brunches in the area. Service was curteous but nothing special. The best dish was the bread pudding .

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RG
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our favorite thing about Pamplona was the sangria sampler and the unlimited tapas! We loved all (but one) dish. The toffee cake dessert was one of the best desserts I have ever had. Definitely going back soon!

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Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have had several great meals here from the service to the drinks just a great local spot. A must try in Clarendon.

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EC
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food is always incredible! The service was okay, it’s tapas style so it’s understood they come out at varying time- but the waiter forgot two dishes completely. It is a bit pricey for some of the portion sizes (they have definitely scaled down on size in the past year) but some of the small plates are great for price- salads, Brussels, potatoes. The pulpo was excellent as was the salads and croquettes. Overall enjoy Pamplona’s food and atmosphere but could have been better service this time!

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Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent options on the small plate menu and was pleasantly surprised with the seasonal sangria. It was a nice evening so we got to enjoy the large patio. Will def be coming back to try the large plates!

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SB
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 5

I love Pamplona. I have been there multiple times and never had an issue. However, this weekend I wasn’t as lucky. We got there around noon and order some tapas soon after, however, we got the food that we ordered only an hour after. Same was for the second order. So for 2 hours is being there, we almost didn’t eat anything. The server was great, but kitchen was definitely didn’t work right that day. Disappointed!

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Among the tapas dishes, there was no steak. I’ve never seen that in the several tapas places I’ve patronized, and it was a real disappointment. (There was a steak entree option.) They also were “out” of red sangria, which is unacceptable for a tapas place. Other than those moderately important shortcomings, though, the food and service were good.

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Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service I try to dine here as often as Possible because there food is excellent drinks are strong and service is always perfect. I highly recommend!

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Omaha
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Loved doing the ‘Taste of Spain’ and trying almost every small plate they had to offer. Our waiter was great! Especially loved the salmon, ceviche, Brussels sprouts and albondigas!

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Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great find, saw the special on Open Table for half price wine night on Tuesdays. It was a great deal, the food came out prompt and the service was friendly

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DC
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing experience; cheese croquet's are a must try

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