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Pamplona

4.5
541 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 541 people are saying
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vipAnonymous
Washington DC
99 reviews
Dined a day ago
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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RAVtraveler
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
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 4 days ago
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
19 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
31 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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vipPampL
Washington DC
16 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.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience! The drinks were delicious and the tapas were classics

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my daughter’s birthday and we had a wonderful time. Attentive server, delicious food and great value. Will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and support!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great variety of tapas, lots of vegetarian options. Great service too.

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HD64
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

It seemed everything we ordered had a sauce on it, which wasn't always what the dish needed. Sometimes simpler is better. The restaurant was hot and our server was not very friendly or attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

One of our buddies loved the DJ.

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vipJBurella
Washington DC
151 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated back to school with tapas! For sure try the chicken croquettas and grilled cheese w/ honey. Wow! Summer salad & watermelon sangria are seasonal, so go now!

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MilenaR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great evening. veggie paella was quite amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great night for dancing!

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AnaO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Got the taste of spain package and it was absolutely worth it. The octopus, calamari, gambas, and papas bravas were definitely the highlights. However most things were delicious, and it’s a perfect way to try the whole menu. Our server was attentive, nice, and very very speedy. Overall an amazing experience that I would do again and recommend to friends.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was awesome! Greet food, enjoyable midweek birthday celebration

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vipAngelaU
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service, awesome ambiance, the "Taste of Spain" is such an amazing deal! All you can eat small plates for $40! Especially loved the Octopus, calamari, mussels, grilled cheese, truffle Mac....I could go on! Excellent dinner!

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IrisA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

BLUF: Friendly staff but food is sub par. Price point is reasonable given the location and the portions served; however there’s nothing standing out in terms of offerings. Tried the chicken paella and it was too saucy and some of the rice undercooked.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We will miss Walker!!!!!!

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Jane
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall2food5service3ambience1

Quality of food was excellent. Environment was upbeat, loud, and furniture was very nice. Great place for a hangout at bar. Expect to pay a lot for not a lot of food. Food portions were small, typical price of expensive European restaurants in US. Don’t come here hungry.

KM
KME23
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The unlimited small plates are clutch! So amazing!

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Justin
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great first time at Pamplona! Restaurant Week allowed us to get a good variety of items from the menu- nothing disappointed! Would highly recommend

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WRod
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great brunch offering for a great value with great service. The only knock is we got disposable plastic cups for our drinks, which was weird and awkward. Asked the wait staff why and it seems to be a decision tied to their late night operation (people taking glassware outside). But, what does that have to do with families, friends and couples doing a nice brunch on Sunday. Cups were an eyesore and diminished the experience. Hope they revisit this!

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EricS
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place to relax and have a bite to eat. The bar staff was friendly and helpful.

FAQs

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 541 OpenTable diners.

Pamplona does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.toasttab.com/pamplona-3100-clarendon-blvd/giftcards.

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.