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Taberna del Alabardero, Washington, DC
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Taberna del Alabardero

4.7
4.7
3543 Reviews
$31 to $50
Traditional Spanish
This piece of Spain, just steps from The White House, will transport you to an elegant and royal atmosphere surrounded by friendly faces, an engaging menu and world-renowned wines.

Taberna Del Alabardero opened its doors in 1989, becoming the first Spanish restaurant in DC, and this year celebrates its 30 Anniversary with the 2019 Honorary RAMMY award. Spanish Chef Oscar Ordonez brings back the authentic Spanish Cuisine and introduces new dishes with traditional ingredients.

Taberna’s seasonal menu features classic tapas, luscious paellas, refreshing sangria, and delicious desserts, as well as vegetarian and gluten-free options.

Dress code: Business casual

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today
Experiences are available.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Traditional Spanish, Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:30 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:30 pm Sun 2:00 pm–8:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–7:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (202) 429-2200
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Josu Zubikaray
  • Catering
    Taberna del Alabardero Spanish Catering offers Food Delivery as well as Full Service catering. More details at alabardero.com
  • Private party facilities
    Taberna del Alabardero welcomes you to its private and semi private spaces, perfect to host your events. Lunch, Dinner or Happy Hour, formal or casual, we will organize your event according to your needs and guide you towards a successful and memorable experience.
  • Private party contact
    Catalina Ripoll: (202) 429-2200
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Cross street
    Entrance on 18th Street, between H and I
  • Parking details
    Complimentary self parking after across the street, on 818 18th street NW. Monday to Friday after 4pmSaturday and Sunday all day
  • Public transit
    Farragut West Metro Station or Farragut North
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Dancing, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Experiences

  • Brunch + Bottomless Cocktails + Guitar

    Multiple dates available
    Enjoy our perfect Brunch Menu with Bottomless Cocktails, and Live Classic Guitar Show!! At Taberna del Alabardero we want to bring the real Spanish weekend brunch experience to you, that's why you cannot miss this opportunity. Come at La Taberna del Alabardero and live the Real Classic Guitar Show and our amazing brunch (fixed price menu) with our famous Bottomless Sangrias and Mimosas.

Offers

  • Live flamenco music! at 8 PM

    Multiple dates available
    Fri - Sat - 2:30 PM - 10:45 PM
    Make your dinner reservation and enjoy Live Flamenco performance. Starting at 8 pm, every Friedays and Saturdays

  • Spring Wine Fling March 19 - March 31

    Mar 19 - Mar 31, 2024
    Sun - 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM, 3:00 PM - 7:45 PM,Mon - Thu - 2:30 PM - 9:45 PM,Fri - Sat - 2:30 PM - 10:45 PM
    APPETIZER Crudo de salmon (Norwegian salmon tartare with manzanilla olives, avocado, and topped with salmon roe and house-made potato chips) WINE: Bodega Rafael Palacios, Louro 2022. Godello (DO Valdeorras) MAIN COURSE Arroz cremoso de rabo de toro con crujiente de Idiazabal y trufas (Creamy oxtail rice with idiazabal cheese crust and truffles) WINE: Bodegas Arzuaga, Laderas del Norte 2020. Tempranillo (DO Ribera del Duero) $55 Per Person

What 3,543 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • District of Columbia

    Great for fine wines

3,543 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, wonderful service. Overall, a very enjoyable experience.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was average/good; taberna food used to be better. Waiter had an attitude and wasn’t very nice.

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  3. kevinp

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Quiet, Lovely, old school Spanish experience. Traditional menu done wonderfully. Service was top notch and elegantly European.

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  4. DavidInDC

    Washington DC

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic ambience & service as usual - thank you for a memorable birthday celebration!

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  5. AlejandroN

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    La atención muy cordial como siempre y esta vez los calamares y los chipirones estuvieron, si cabe, mejor que nunca.

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  6. Regular

    Las Vegas

    13 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Food was sub-par. Service was sporadic. Staff started closing the restaurant down around us (with many customers still left eating). Had to chase someone down to get the check. Many other better options in DC.

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  7. AlejandraP

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Terrible experience. I would never recommend someone to go to this place to eat spanish food. I’m spanish, so I know what good spanish food tastes like. Tapas here were greasy, as if they have fried them in old dirty oil and then warmed up in a microwave. If they charged you 10 dollars or less for these tapas, it would be fine, but these plates were expensive and had nothing to do with real tapas in Spain. The octopus was chewy and tasted like petroleum. I could not eat half of it. I don’t like to waste food, but the taste was so strong that it was imposible. So to sum up, in this place you get pre-heated tapas by 20 usd or more each, a complete rip off. But, I’d also like to highlight a few good/acceptable things: - Ensaladilla rusa was ok and the torrija too. - Service was ok. - The wine menu was pretty good. I guess that the paellas and rice must be better than tapas here, but I would never go back to this expensive and terrible place.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I was celebrating my 2 years anniversary with my girlfriend and they surprised us with a beautiful card and flowers on the table for us. The food was amazing and they have flamenco live music and dances. 200% recommended.

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  9. Anapse

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I'm a Spainard and this restaurant is no different than any high end restaurant that I frequent in Spain. Close your eyes and you are in Madrid. An excellent experience.

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  10. JanetS

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. Tortilla patatas, mushroom croquettes, Fried manchego with raspberry were delicious as were mousse cakes. The only so-so item was the pork (and it was fine…just not as great as the other items). On Friday night, they had live music

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  11. sarosh

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, amazing experience to dine here. The food, the service, the location, all perfect!

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  12. Diner

    Washington DC

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Es un lugar magnífico en el que se come como en Madrid, buen puesto, con una carta razonable y una buena selección de vinos. El servicio es profesional; amable y atento. Una opción absolutamente recomendable en Washington DC

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  13. Alex

    Thailand

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The general issue is with the billing in which they add a 5 percent junk fee to the bill and disclaim it as a necessary fee rather than simply raising prices on the item me ie.

    1 person found this helpful

  14. JudiT

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful time having a reunion with old friends. Food was very authentic Spanish & delicious. Service was fantastic. Our waiter Roger was so fun and made us feel special. The addition of the Flaminco was wonderful. Great place for a group.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing, the live performance was great and the night manager was very friendly will be back

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  16. Alejandra

    Washington DC

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and great service. Tapas and wine never disappoint, and the entrees and desserts are always good.

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  17. BoyInMia

    Miami

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    There's construction going on in the area, so if you're looking for the charm, it's not there right now.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing place , beautiful , super welcoming and nice to enjoy with family. Great service and experience that is valuable to save

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  19. Luis

    Mexico City

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    I always enjoy lunch and the options they have for the executive menu

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  20. JamieR

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious. We went for brunch. Loved the guitarist. Will go back.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Authentic Spanish food with excellent service— traditional tapas like patatas bravas, gambas al ajillo and calamares, with tasty entrées like paella valenciana (huge portion for 2 people) or seafood, which I prefer. I wavered between vieiras (scallops) and bacalao (North Atlantic cod); for me it was the best cod I have ever had! Top it off with a great wine selection: I had 2 glasses of the Txakolina (Basque Country/Northern Spain), truly amazing. There was no room for dessert even though I love their churros. The ambiance was great with the live flamenco music in the background, and the service was spot on— water and wine glasses carefully attended and table quickly cleaned of finished food. If you want to go to Spain but don’t want to fly, come here instead for an authentic Spanish culinary experience. You won’t regret it!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is one of my very favorite restaurants in the United States. They staff is exceptional and you definitely want to go when the live music play, their music spoke to my soul and fully elevated my meal. I ordered tapas and my husband ordered the filet. All amazing. Definitely worth the money.

    1 person found this helpful

  23. Drummeral

    Washington DC

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional restaurant on all aspects. Delicious food, professional service, beautiful atmosphere, wonderful vibe. Truly an excellent dining experience, fun, tasty, comfortable, relaxing. Could not recommend any more highly.

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  24. wendyB

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Extensive list of Spanish wines, and the one we chose was fantastic. Our food was delicious, and the portions just right. We'll definitely go again.

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  25. CamilaG

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed the winter weekend but the paella valenciana was okay

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing. Awesome wine pairing. Flamenco show was great.

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  27. MMA65

    Washington DC

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great Tapas and great deserts. Excellent service . The Paella was unfortunately very disappointing. Will not order there again.

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  28. General

    Los Angeles

    69 reviews

    5.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place. Real Spanish restaurant. The food is delicious, anything you ask for

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  29. przg

    Washington DC

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Restaurant week menu, very nice selection and food presentation. Tartar From salmon and avocado- dish of the night. And paella very good. Service excellent, outstanding. Muchas gracias!

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  30. BM15

    Washington DC

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Spectacular table setting and luncheon to help celebrate our anniversary!! Well done! Setting, service, dishes, ambiance all tops! Thank you!

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  31. ElumDMV

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice/affordable Restaurant Week 3-course lunch menu; great service, as always.

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  32. grandmacharlotte

    New York City

    38 reviews

    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent attention and service. Very good restaurant week menu. Good value Not cheap, but worth every penny

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  33. NicoleH

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service were fantastic. Our server was personable, and his recommendations were spot on. The Flamenco performance was wonderfully entertaining and added a special touch to the whole dining experience. The beautiful space made you feel like you were in a restaurant in a Spanish town.

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  34. RachelE

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and amazing food. No pressure from servers, very calm.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This might have been our favorite experience in long time. So much fun. The staff was incredible. Highly recommend.

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  36. Rene

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious and serviced. Beautiful restaurant 

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  37. DavidJ

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Medium quality spanish food. Not very nice ambiance and chilly inside. Nice service though

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  38. LionsTigers

    Detroit

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic! We picked this place because of the online menu. We did not know it was Restaurant Week until we got there, which was fine because we had a great meal for even less than what we expected to pay. We will definitely return the next time we are in town.

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  39. fungimike

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The pace at which the food arrived was very slow. For a business lunch, we expected to spend 1.5 hours at the restaurant but it took over 2 hours to order, get the food, and eat. That's a bit too long. Not sure why the food came out so slow. It was during restaurant week, but you'd figure that they'd be staffed to handle the extra business. There was a serious gap in the timing between the 3 courses we ordered. We must have been waiting at least 15 minutes between each course. And the food was good but not as special as I would have thought for such a nice place. Disappointed all around.

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  40. JimZ

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food choice for Restaurant Week and the tastes were quite disappointing. As always, the service and the ambiance is impeccable.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Taberna del Alabardero using the Order Online button. Taberna del Alabardero also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 429-2200.

Taberna del Alabardero is rated 4.7 stars by 3543 OpenTable diners.

Taberna del Alabardero does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Taberna del Alabardero

1776 I Street, NW(Entrance on 18th St.), Entrance on 18th Street NW, Washington, DC 20006

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Entrance on 18th Street, between H and I
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:30 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:30 pm Sun 2:00 pm–8:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–7:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Traditional Spanish, Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Complimentary self parking after across the street, on 818 18th street NW. Monday to Friday after 4pmSaturday and Sunday all day
  • Public transit
    Farragut West Metro Station or Farragut North
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Josu Zubikaray
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Dancing, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (202) 429-2200
  • Catering
    Taberna del Alabardero Spanish Catering offers Food Delivery as well as Full Service catering. More details at alabardero.com
  • Private party facilities
    Taberna del Alabardero welcomes you to its private and semi private spaces, perfect to host your events. Lunch, Dinner or Happy Hour, formal or casual, we will organize your event according to your needs and guide you towards a successful and memorable experience.
  • Private party contact
    Catalina Ripoll: (202) 429-2200
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