Pamplona

4.4
258 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 258 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Looooved it. Food was amazing and service was great! The food came out pretty quickly and everything was so tasty. 10/10 would eat again. I definitely wanna check out their regular menu though! I only was able to try the brunch items :(

K
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! Service, food, drinks. Highly recommend. Our server was super friendly and knowledgeable. Everything we had was so good.

s
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

Unfortunately we got off on the wrong foot because our waiter was combative and rude. He was annoyed that our party of six wasn’t ready to order a minute after we sat down. We were also waiting for my husband to join as he was parking the car. In response to my question about describing the watermelon sangria special, he immediately made a face and grudgingly described it. Then he stated “I don’t lie, I’m not going to tell you it’s good if I don’t like it” fair enough- not asking for lies but there’s a way to guide a guest. He didn’t listen to our order - twice - missing dishes from the tapas and dessert. He snapped at questions about the menu and food preparation.
The place itself is cute, drinks are delicious and the food was tasty. However it’s not typically Spanish - it’s a bit of fusion so some items are prepared a bit differently than a typical Spanish place. It’s a bit pricy and the serving size varies - ie lots of mussels for the value but not so much for the shrimp ceviche.
I’d like to give it another try and hope we get a different waiter.

AA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was one the best brunches in DMV area. Every dish that we ordered was delicious and we were able to finish our plates. This is from now onwards our favorite go to bottomless brunch place.

DK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED. RESTAURANT WAS NOT BUSY, SERVICE WAS SLOW, ORDER WAS WRONG, FOOD WAS SO-SO. WILL NOT RETURN

OT
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for our anniversary and had all you can eat tapas. Everything tasted incredible. The gun drinks were the best I’ve ever had. Looking forward to going back for the paella.

MH
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have now done the "taste of Spain" unlimited small plates for brunch and dinner and would highly recommend both. The small plates are SMALL so it's worth it and you get to try many things. We will definitely be going back.

TJ
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A revisit of a favorite local spot. The new summer menu is great - the core is unchanged, but some new dishes (seared tuna, roasted cauliflower) were both excellent. Pamplona has always had great cocktails, but I've started enjoying Gin and Tonics more, and their offerings were superb with interesting gins and delicious herbs and fruits. Service was excellent and the vibe, as always, very energetic.

M
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We didn’t know it was half price wine night! Great deal and excellent food. Service was good as well

A
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stopped in for a quick bite great food great service

A
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place for a casual meal. Our waiter informed us that is was burger night and it didn’t disappoint. Food was quick and service prompt.

W
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tried the Tomohawk steak for the first time! It was cooked perfectly and was a great combination of flavor! Paired really well with the Cabernet that our server recommended.

BP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Was disappointed with our experience at Pamplona. We ordered 2 small plates and a paella right away. A few minutes after placing the order we saw there was a deal for all you can eat small plates and paella (was never mentioned by the waiter). When we asked if we could do this, we were told we couldn't because the order was already placed and they didn't like voiding things - keep in mind this was maybe 5 minutes after he had taken our order and wouldn't have changed our original order at all. When the paella came out it had breaded calamari, however the menu says it is gluten free. When we asked about this they said they had changed up some dishes but just haven't changed the menu. If I had eaten this, assuming the menu was correct, I would have gotten extremely ill. Our waiter was apologetic and got us a new paella. The food was very good, however the management and staff were very disappointing and really ruined the experience for us. We would definitely not go back nor recommend it to anyone.

BK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wait staff was fantastic! We were in a large group and they ensured we always had drinks and water. Food came out in regular intervals. Great place for Brunch!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Miriam was a great server and the food was great as well!

AM
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The paella was delicious but the churros con chocolate steal the show

A
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

heard about this place on the radio and realized its right in the middle of Clarendon granted it was a little hidden (in a courtyard next to the Clarendon metro) the food and service was simply outstanding. We did the taste of Spain which is their all you can eat small plate option (better value at $35) each dish was small but tasty and the best part was we could order more. We will be back to try their brunch!

R
Greensboro
6 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It was so hot! It was hard to eat warm food in there! The thermostat read 84 degrees! It was cooler outside!

TD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Too noisy, slow service, some dishes were quite good (3.5 - 4 stars) (the Deviled Eggs, the Chicken Croquetas) "others were in the 1-2 category (the Brussel Sprouts, Albondigas) and maybe the Chicken Paella was a 3, at best. Not the best Tapas place, but certainly the loudest. Very Disappointing.

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

One of the neighborhood favorites. Tomahawk steak was great.

A
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

a $90 tomahawk ? I was skeptical at first because of the price but when the waiter informed me that it was from the same source as some upscale steak houses it was a must try. We have paid double before for the same cut at steakhouses downtown. it was outstanding to say the least.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

The a.c. Didn’t seem to be working, and they sat us at a table against a wall that was covered in bugs.

A
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

this is our go to spot on the weekends and brunch. It's right next to the metro and the service is always prompt and the food is great

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is truly a great bottomless brunch!

b
Washington DC
79 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Overall experience was just fine, but not exceptional. Our waiter was helpful and the drinks were good.

LP
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My four friends and I loved Pamplona very much! We enjoyed the tapas and the watermelon sangria! Food is the delicious! The service was awesome. Our waiter was excelente. We had a great experience, but the only negative was just when we were paying. Our waiter said the manager told him to let us know that our table was assigned to another party next. In other words that we had to leave quickly, he didn’t say it, but it was what he meant. We were just paying and yes we were ready to leave. We all felt very discouraged. We were just talking about coming back and recommend Pamplona. We spend $400.00 and we were kicked out like that? We understand that restaurants need the tables. But there were others tables empty. It was not that the restaurant was too crowded and it is the first time that in a restaurant tell any of us to leave. And we were just paying and we actually were ready to go. It gave us a bad feeling after all the good experience that we had. The commend was unnecessary. We all are not sure now to go back and recommend it.

w
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were three for dinner and opted to have the all you can eat small tapas. We enjoyed and finished everything!

YW
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
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.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
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.

LM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
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.

A
Washington DC
56 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

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.

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!

AS
Washington DC
5 reviews
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.

B
Washington DC
28 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.

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.

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.

A
Washington DC
56 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!

W
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time with my girl! We come here all the time for the pulpo and paella!

TD
Washington DC
32 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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