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Pamplona

4.5
560 Reviews
$30 and under
Spanish
Welcome to Pamplona, Spanish Tapas + Sangria restaurant!

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

Your reservation will last the duration of 1.5 hours from the time of the reservation. Our patio seating is first come first serve.

We appreciate your support and understanding in these times!

We look forward to serving you!
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 560 people are saying
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4.4
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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a good time and experience at Pamplona and Miguel was very attentive.

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AndreaG
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Excellent service. Totally reasonable prices.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Very good good, service was slow at first but picked up as the evening progressed

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mom’s birthday

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had a great time and ate well. Definitely a good date night option.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were amazing! Definitely a great brunch experience

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious brunch and quick service

JO
vipJulieO
Atlanta
26 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service !

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience for a family dinner. The staff was accommodating. We originally wanted to be seated outside. However, upon arrival we changed our minds and requested inside. The host and manager (both Tylers) sat us at the bar for drinks and appetizers and were able to shortly get us a table inside. The lamb shank was amazing. So tender that I didn’t even need a knife. Kudos to the chef and the entire Pamplona team. My family and I will definitely be returning.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and even better service! Instagram worthy presentation. Def one of my favorite places to dine!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best lamb chops I’ve had in a while

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch experience! Very tasty food, quick service, and reasonable priced. Would definitely dine again!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, brunch was perfect. Servers and service staff were quick and helpful

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience3

Service was terrible

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vipNoVaFoodie
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Michael was great. Grilled cheese and scallops were two dishes that stood out, will definitely be back again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing time met definitely going back food was great

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was great. Sara was very helpful with her suggestions of tapas. The manager Alvino stopped by and made sure everything was perfect and surprised us with churros. Really made my birthday celebration feel special. We decided to come back later in the night for their “House Party”. The bartenders Amanda and Tyler were great! Super fast, energetic, and friendly. We just moved here and they told us all about Clarendon nightlife, including the restaurant’s Halloweens events. Looking forward to coming back for Halloween Costume brunch!

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Anonymous1
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience. Service was very good. Calamari and the grilled cheese were amazing appetizers. The seared scallops were great as the chorizo on the dish made it like a surf and turf, but my favorite was the grilled pork chop. Best I’ve had in a while

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vipAnonymous
Washington DC
99 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great find, we just moved into the neighborhood and found this gem tucked away. Bottomless mimosas for brunch and great food.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was perfect…food, drinks, and service were great . Can’t wait to come back and try the dinner menu

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RAVtraveler
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Average tasting food but the service was good and nice atmosphere. Given the food is so so I likely won’t return

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George
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tyler the manager and Alex the server were just fantastic and made sure that we had a great time! Definitely loved this place!

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bopta
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a pleasant tapas dinner outside on the patio

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Britt
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I think there could be more vegetarian options on the brunch menu, but we had a great time. Fast service & hot food.

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vipranger1972
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Went for dinner this evening for a mother – daughter date with our 25 year old. Pamplona is located two minutes away from Ambar, another popular “small plates” restaurant. Amber has twice as many tapas to choose from.

REALLY GOOD: chickpea dip with focaccia bread and roasted cauliflower with zaatar spice. But how can we return to a restaurant for just to tapas?

GOOD: Pan Con Tomate (good tomato flavor salsa and nice focaccia bread) & tiny Cheese Croquettes.

OK: Rice Croquettes, Gambas al Ajillo, Blistered Shishito Peppers, Patatas Bravas, & Baby Kale Salad.

NOT GOOD: Octopus & their version of Spanish Tortilla. It is hard to believe they have not mastered this one in a Spanish restaurant! But it had no flavor outside of the eggs, except for the garlic, which usually is not even in a Spanish tortilla.

DESSERT: trace leches was a better than average version and not too sweet.

So we had only tried 4 tapas that were either “really good” or “good” for a dinner that ended up costing us $110 with no drinks!

Furthermore, The seats are not comfortable for me. Nor did the gentleman at the entrance try to accommodate the request in my profile for padded seats, which I explained was for a spinal problem. He refused to give us a vacant padded booth at 7:45 that sat vacant all evening.
Acoustics are bad, & it was loud w/ few ppl there.

2 redeeming factors of the evening: Our waiter, “Ever”, was terrific. And I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with my wonderful daughter!
That made up for a while it was otherwise bland food, that we felt was inconsistent and largely lacking in seasoning.

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JaneN
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were greeted pleasantly and seated immediately (with our reservation). Our server was fantastic! Recommended great small plates to precede our two paella plates (squid ink and duck). Everything was delicious! And while lively, the noise level was low enough to allow pleasant conversation among the four of us. Perfect evening! Thanks!

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vipkennethm
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

We have eaten dinner at La Paloma several times but the service this time was lacking. Best to attribute to the COVID 19 shortage of food service people. Food is always great though, so don't let this lack of service on this particular Saturday stop you from going.

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KiraP
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We did the all you can eat small plates and it was delicious! Loved this deal.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Food was ok at best! Restaurant inside was loud! Service was fine. Overall food was very disappointing and everything else was just ok

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Zeik
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Nice decor and ambience. Great for social gatherings and a date night. Lively night spot after 10pm with hip hop music with plenty eye candy.

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Plantyfinn
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. We sat in the patio area, which gets a bit overwhelmed by the noise of the neighboring bar.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time at Pamplona- we had brunch our engagement with our family after having Pamplona as one of our favorite restaurants since our second date almost 4 years ago. It was a very special day! Michael was the best and extremely attentive and helpful! We had a large party of 16 people and everyone was happy with food and service. 10/10 would recommend for anybody!

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vipSlicedbread
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great place to celebrate my birthday. The manager was very accommodating. I will definitely go back.

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vipAnnie
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All you can eat small plates plus paella...just do it. Food is absolutely fantastic. Bartenders Matt and Amanda are wonderful

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vipNoVaFoodie
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Visited for a quick weeknight dinner, good service and food were exactly what we were looking for. Grilled cheese with ham and honey is my new favorite dish, their paella looked and smelled great, next on my list! Didnt know they had daily specials though.

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vipRZ789
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent!

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4foodies
Montreal
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Friendly staff but very average food and below average cocktails.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Food came out quickly and was delicious

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vipAnonymous
Washington DC
100 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time tonight at dinner. Service was attentive and the food was great. Tip try the seafood tower!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Disappointed… seafood paella seemed like fried calamari thrown on top. Potato dish under cooked and blah. Summer Salad was delicious. Cilantro Rickey drink had no taste, even when I added more lime juice. Wanted to sit outside on the patio area, but the restaurant that shared the patio was very busy, playing loud music and included hookah smoking. So we sat inside, in a booth. Music was super loud and the restaurant was empty. We asked for the music to be turned down. But couldn’t tell if it was. And two of the four of us, woke during the night with upset stomachs.

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You can order delivery directly from Pamplona using the Order Online button. Pamplona also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Pamplona also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 685-9950.

Pamplona is rated 4.5 stars by 560 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.