Pamplona

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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.
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Specials

Half Off Sangria Pitchers

50% off any of our six sangria pitchers! Make sure to ask your server about our seasonal sangria.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: September 30, 2019

Ends: October 1, 2118

Availability: Wed 4:00PM-9:00PM

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 282 People Are Saying
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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

My friends and I were here for Sunday brunch. The food and drinks were superb! Service was slow and we had to check on our food with our server several times. Drink refills took a while, too, and we had to request them multiple times. The restaurant wasn't too crowded (although there were several large groups), so I was a bit disappointed with the speed and quality of service. It was really loud and we had to raise our voices to talk. But the food was just so good, and it was so nice to linger and order multiple dishes that it was worth it. We'll be back, but hopefully Pamplona will be more equipped to serve our table more quickly and without constantly forgetting to check for our food and drinks.

P
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was outstanding and food was equal. Mary was engaging and informative in her presentation of menu and food and even remembered we were there for anniversary and brought dessert! A+ and highly recommend it.

RE
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything about the restaurant was great. Food, friendly service, reasonable price. I'm not a big sports fan so the TV noise was not something I enjoyed but it was tolerable. I would definitely recommend this place and would go back in a heartbeat!

s
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent experience and food!! The $35 variety offering is a great value!!! Will recommend this place to others as well.

KB
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

This is one of my go to spots with friends. I like the taste of Spain, which allows you to select from a number of different options. I wish they had a little bit more variety and was more creative with the dishes. But that doesn't stop me from going. The sparkling rose is fantastic.

p
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow, my husband and I were both impressed with the clientele, the decor, the vibe, but especially the food. Service was exceptional, too. I ordered the scallops and he had the steak frites. Excellent choices. Well done, Pamplon!

A
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ribs were the absolute best thing I’ve had in dc period. Unbelievable a must try. We will be coming back to try their all you can eat brunch.

LH
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

An average and pricey tapas restaurant; however, the food was very good. The waiter had zero personality and at points bordered on rude. I know it must be a pain to keep going back and forth for more tapas. They offer a $35 special for unlimited tapas but everyone at the table must order it. It is a good deal, but adds up quickly.

FN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great place. Great food. Friday night and really busy and loud, but I had a great time. Really hard to find good parking spots nearby and public parking fills up really fast. The ding here is on Clarendon (Arlington). Streets are dark and signs are not well placed. You car is at risk of getting towed and fined if not careful where you park.

A
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We tried the “taste of Spain” it was all you can eat small plates for $35 it was a great value and service was great. The new fall menu is very good !

JS
South Korea
75 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall3food2service1ambience3

Slow service

AA
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Went for brunch with a big party. Food was great, as were drinks! Desserts were a little on the smaller side, but we had great service and they were accommodating!

AW
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Lovely plave for weekend brunch. Food is interesting and creative, the service is helpful but the noise leel is difficult to handle.

BD
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had an issue with the food, they took care of us without hesitation. My other visits were great

V
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We did all you can eat small plates which was completely worth it! The taste of the food was really great.
The portions of small plates were sufficient neither little nor a lot, greatly proportioned.
Service on the other hand was weak. We waited to be asked if we were ready to order 10 mins after we got seated. We did not get our drinks until our first dishes came out which was approximately 20 mins later after our orders were taken. If the service gets better, this place would be superb.

E
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second time dining at Pamplona, and all I can say is WOW. Everyone in my party of 4 chose the Taste of Spain option for bottomless small plates. We tried almost everything on the menu and every single item was delicious - especially the gambas, pulpo, and truffled mac and cheese. Our server, Miriam, was fantastic. This place is a seriously amazing value and a perfect spot to catch up with friends over a great meal!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were great and attentive.

OT
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food with family and kids. All you can eat option was fun for all.

OT
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great small plates and Tomahawk steak. attentive service. If you sit inside, it is very noisy. Better to sit outside if you are on a date.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful experience with delicious food and even better company!

FE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Not to an Spaniard friend. For Americans is okay. This place still have a lot of homework to do and learn about our flavors and seasonings.
If you like to have a social night with friends, this is your place to be. Customer service satisfactory.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Doing the all you can eat small plates is the way to go. Everything was amazing!

BR
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing dinner (the $35 dollar unlimited Tapas is a great deal). Plus Tuesday is half price on bottles of wine night, can’t beat that! Chad was wonderful and fun. My friend and I really enjoyed our evening.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous service. Tasting menu for small plates great deal. Food really great!

R
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 :(

s
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience5

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.

K
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

AA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall2food2service1ambience1

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

A
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stopped in for a quick bite great food great service

A
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall2food4service2ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

SS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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

AM
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

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