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Taberna del Alabardero

4.7
2784 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 Carlos Gómez Segovia 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected

Featured specials

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New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

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Starting Dec 31, 2021

Enjoy a nine course meal with creative Spanish dishes to celebrate the end of the year for $125. We will toast with Cava and eat the 12 lucky grapes at midnight.

What 2784 people are saying
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Kenn
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my go-to restaurants. Best Spanish food in DC.

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vipCarol
Washington DC
88 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a spectacular evening. Our waiter recommended an excellent gin for a cocktail. The sommelier recommended an exquisite white rioja to go with both of our entrees. The chef was so very talented. Every course we had was beyond delicious and beautifully crafted. This is an absolutely lovely place to spend an evening. We've been before and will absolutely go again!

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vipMaryC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I was looking for a special restaurant to celebrate our 25th anniversary and found Taberna del Albardero on OpenTable. When I made the reservation I mentioned it was our anniversary but really, that was it and I was going to ask for a quiet table when we arrived. But they made the evening so wonderful by reserving a cozy, romantic corner table with plush cushions and rose petals on the table shaped in a heart along with a note wishing us Happy Anniversary and complimentary champagne when we sat down! The service was terrific and the waiter helped us with which Spanish wine to select and delicious meal. They even created a festive Anniversary dessert plate! We highly recommend them for a special occasion or any meal here (the outside looked nice to eat too.) Thanks Taberna del Albardero!

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Carrie
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is really good and service is outstanding. My husband and I have been there three times and will definitely return.

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AlfonsoV
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sensational food & service. Traditional decor and classy. Suggest reserving table in the entrance foyer next to the bar. Best seat in the house !!!

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TerryK
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We loved the food & the envornment was excellent! Would definately go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelent food, service and the Flamenco Night is awesome

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YoshiO
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

It's not your Restaurant's fault, but my table was ok in the beginning, until the
big group of mostly women arrived (with a couple of men) and started socializing
onto another table or two. Then, my guest and I did not wish to stay longer. Too
bad. The table ruined our lunch atmosphere. But, your staff was good. The good
was good. Thank you. See you again, soon.

NC
vipNCBLUM
Washington DC
77 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have dined at Taberna half a dozen ties in the past 6 months. The food is fantastic. I especially love the mushroom crochets, egg plan chips with honey and the Octopus appetizer ( as big as an entrée). The Pia is also the best in the city.
What truly makes Taberna great is the service. It is truly exceptional.

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PatricioM
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant. The high quality of food and services has been a constant for a couple of decades now. Highly recommended!

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MichaelN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Magnificent fare, divinely served by an impeccably impressive and attentive staff. The outdoor patio is a dream, being so close to La Casita Blanca, however the oft and uninvited lorries passing by do indeed unnerve. The gambas tapas is non-pareil. Try the seafood paellas, much more savory and worth the extra costs, over the meat variety. The red sangria, preferred, is the best this side of The Pond (indeed, better is only found in Valencia during Las Fallas, claro que si?). And for dessert? Cheesecake and flan! *My birthday celebration last evening at Taberna was absolutely exceptional, despite now attaining the age of a double-nickel, with the requisite gray hair to prove it.*

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Frankieo
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great restaurant for that special occasion. My wife and I celebrated our eighteen anniversary with a wonderful dinner complimented with attentive staff. Highly recommend.

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vipWalter
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great brunch choices and well appointed outdoor seating. Slow traffic on Sunday.

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inok
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I grew up with eating Spanish food cooked by a woman from Spain so I know what Spanish food should taste like and how incredibly good Spanish cuisine can be.

The tapas were not warm and not very good. We ordered the squid paella and it was at least warm, but not flavorful at all. The warm cheesecake with fruit was one of the worst desserts I’ve ever had.

Additionally the server did not understand English and another person had to be called over several times.

I would gladly have paid more for a more enjoyable meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing and we loved the flamenco show!!!

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AllysonW
Caribbean
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were delighted to have been moved into the private room which is just gorgeous to celebrate our youngest daughter who is leaving in a week for a 10-month teaching assistant position in Spain.

The food and service is impeccable.

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LoveItalianFood
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very authentic, and very delicious, Spanish food. Service excellent. We ordered too much, but enjoyed everything. I tried the Torrija for dessert and was not disappointed. It is a cross between bread pudding and super creamy French toast. Very light in taste with a bit of caramel sauce and a small scoop of vanilla ice cream. Worth the calories for sure!

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Joey
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a flamenco dancing night, so we decided to go. The dancer and musicians were great. Online reservation was easy. Food and drinks were excellent. Had black rice paella and a couple of tapas dishes. Service was really outstanding, all of the staff! Free garage parking is great. Parking used to be next door, now across the street.

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JohnS
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Dinner was fantastic. Had read reviews mentioning flamenco but wasn't aware when booking that the flamenco was only visible on patio (looked great/worth watching). Something to keep in mind!

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RayW
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food and service, the atmosphere was very European

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would 100% come again. I frequently visit Spanish restaurants and this is by far one of the MOST authentic Spanish restaurants I’ve eaten at in the NE Corridor. Excellent food, service, ambience. A great spot for special occasions.

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vipfoodlover
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absouletly amzing - I had the executive 3-course lunch. Each dish was expertly prepared. A food lover's paradise! Great job all around. I'll be back for dinner. I can't wait.

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vipkarenm
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Has been excellent for all the many years I have been going there!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Wait staff was invasive and overbearing. There were approximately 6 different staff walking up to our table every 2-4 minutes to ask if everything was okay. They would interrupt conversation, then repeatedly forget the the answers to things they asked us. I left a generous tip, which in hindsight, I regret.

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vipMLVP
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great to come back to this restaurant and to enjoy my favorite food! Service was excellent and the food was outstanding! Love this place!

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HappyCustomer
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant! I have been going to Taberna for 20+ years and it never disappoints. Service is outstanding! They always make you feel special.

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Apprehensive
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistent, excellent food and service. The only place in DC where I order the whole brazino! The menu is expansive and there are choices for all tastes. The tapas are numerous and you need to come various times to try them all. The wine list has lots options to choose from.

This is a place to return to often.

DP
vipDPerry12005
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service - as always!! I come here consistently and it never changes - always superb!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We ordered a selection of tapas that were all delivered at the same time—and quickly. Patatas bravas lacked a little heat and the croquetas con jamon serrano had very little jamon. Good but not good enough for the price.

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Mimi
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, staff and entertainment. Thoroughly enjoyable experience!

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vipExperiencedDiner
New England
36 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Gazpacho was terrific; paella was starchy and not very tasty; strawberry dessert was very good; ablation glass was good; service was sometimes neglectful

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meals that we choose have incredible taste. Ambiance is nice. They’re very polite and helpful from welcome to the end. It was our 8th wedding anniversary and we love that place. Definitely will come back again.

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CharlesG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place for a quiet celebration. It has become our family’s choice for special times.

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vipDiscriminatingDiner
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor dining on Friday’s and Saturday’s comes with Flamenco dancers and guitars. Feels like you’re eating al fresco in southern Spain! Not to be missed.

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vipAlfredaD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous music and dance performance under the stars.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Date night for the wife and I

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ValeriaC
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place, from food to service!!
Perfect place for a date.

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vipCriticalDiner
Washington DC
64 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent food and service. Too noisy for conversation, particularly when they have live music and Flamenco dancer. Validated parking is in the garage across the street, not the garage right next to the restaurant.

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YasminR
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, authentic Spanish food for good value. They really know how to make celebrations special. We were celebrating our anniversary and they offered complimentary champagne and decorated our table with rose pedals. Overall amazing experience.

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FEDERICO
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent place for authentic Spanish cuisine.
They have a good wine selection.
A tradition for good dining in D.
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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 2784 OpenTable diners.

Taberna del Alabardero does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://app.upserve.com/b/taberna-del-alabardero/gift-card.

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.

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