Taberna del Alabardero

4.6
2261 reviews
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Traditional Spanish
Get ready to enjoy authentic Spanish cuisine. Chefs Carlos Gómez and César Mayorga bring back the traditional flavors of our favorite classic tapas and paellas and create new dishes elevating Mediterranean products in an innovative way.

Taberna’s seasonal menu feature classic tapas, delightful paellas, fresh sangría, as well as vegetarian and gluten-free options.

Join us and fall in love again!

Specials

Sangria, Beer or Iced Tea included with our Saturday Brunch Buffet

Unlimited Sangria, Beer or Iced Tea during 2 hours with our Saturday Lunch Buffet Menu ($35)
Buffet menu includes Tapas + Paellas + Beverage (Every Saturday 11:30 to 2:30)

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: April 25, 2019

Ends: April 26, 2118

Availability: Sat 11:30AM-2:30PM

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Mother's Day: Children Menu available $35: Potato Omelette + Ham Croquettes + Breaded Chicken + Ice Cream + Juice

Sunday, May 12, 2019

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Mon - Fri 5:00PM - 6:00PM 8:30PM - 9:30PM
Sat 5:00PM - 6:30PM 8:30PM - 9:30PM

What 2261 People Are Saying
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New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed brunch. Food and Sangria were delicious. I’ll be back!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very delicious food and the incredible atmosphere

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N
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The starters and other food were very good, but the disappointment was with the rice in our paella. It was extremely wet and heavy and relatively tasteless.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, excellent food. Well worth a special night out if you're willing to splurge.

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Our server was gracious beyond words. The food came out quickly and was exceptional!

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TK
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

The food was dry and tasteless, and overpriced. If I had received the same food at a Pollo Loco I would have been disappointed.

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Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional attentive service and wonderful food. I like the black paella the best.

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OT
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was great. The food was exceptional. Will definitely return again.

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Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, everything was fine-the staff was gracious-the wine list superb. Thanks again.

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DV
Washington DC
109 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We hadn't been here in years, no good reason. The food is wonderful. They have both tapas and full-size entrees. I put together a selection of tapas and husband had salt-crusted bronzino. All beautifully done and nicely presented. Service is first-class, though be prepared for a leisurely Iberian pace. The wine list is wide-ranging geographically, and leaning to pricey. We lucked into a Flamenco performance, which was spirited and delightful. Very close to Farragut North metro; there are also parking garages nearby.

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S
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great, I would definitely come back and recommend to a friend!

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PG
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambiance, food, and service were first rate. Beware the entertainment is LOUD. Staff was wonderful though to relocate us, to a back quiet area. Thoroughly enjoyed our evening!

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New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

Waiter was so proud that this was their 30th year. YET. We do not go out to eat canned food. The menu was not so marked, but we knew to ask. We asked about the sizes of the Tapas and the Appetizers and got very smart-alecky answers. He was very aggressive and very protective of his place saying it served traditional Madrid-food. And yet - the VERY LOUD entertainment was from Sevilla - a flamenco dancer and an accompanying singer and guitarist. What self-respecting restaurant that wants to be known for its good food provides extremely loud "entertainment" as an accompaniment? Then I saw it listed in one of the "tourist" magazines in the hotel. Plenty of tourists would keep a place open for 30 years. Not our cup of tea. We are more interested in fresh more modern plates of food than entertainment.

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J
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is a fine, white tablecloth restaurant near the World Bank and IMF. The dining room is like having dinner in an ornate, European palace. However, I like the happy hour at the bar the best, as I run solo most of the time and the tapas and wine (at happy hour) are very affordable. The fellow patrons at the bar are often from the World Bank and many speak 4 or 5 languages and they are well traveled, so they make for enlightening conversations and can become friends, too. It's an adult, professional crowd (over 30) so the fellow patrons are well-dressed, refined, gracious, etc. No flip, flops, tank tops or tattoos. I go for guerilla marketing, because I'm promoting my new book on DC!

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AL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent ambiance and food, friendly and helpful staff.

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T
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good service, great food. I requested a small cake for my wife's birthday and they made it possible.

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C
Washington DC
65 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The food was good, but not as inspired as the last few times we were there. Loved the lamb shank and the salt crust bronzino was good. The paellas were average. The tapas we're great though. Excellent service and a beautiful environment.

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M
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints! Exquisite cuisine with the finest service in DC area.

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MM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The ambience and the service was wonderful, but the food was overpriced

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was good but nothing exceptional. The squid was not well prepared on our paella. The huevos rotos were very good.

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DK
Phoenix
105 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

It was a flamenco night, which is very enjoyable. The dancer brought live into the boring restaurant dining. The tapas are really good. However, we didn't enjoy the Paella. I don't like the rice is not fully cooked.

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TS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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Miami
12 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Taberna la my favorite Spanish reataurant in DC

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Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Paella was cold. $100 tab was steep for cold paella. We were very disappointed.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was just ok but the service was great. Patatas with aoli was delicious but the paellas were a disappointment.

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J
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

50 birthday

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MF
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was excellent. The waiter and the assistant were attentive without being overly so. The water glass was always full and they would ask you if you wanted another piece of bread, which is homemade and outstanding, if they saw you were finished with your current one. We had the calamari and the cheese platter to start, both were excellent and the portions were enough for 2 adults and a 12yr old. They also brought a serving of green and black olives that were tasty if you like olives. We all had the Paella del Langosta which was also very good. We all were given plenty of seafood which included Lobster, Clams, and Shrimp. The portions were perfect if not on the slightly large side and the only drawback some may find is that you have to pull the meat out of the Lobster pieces you are given, as well as pick the clams and Shrimp. We don't know about desert because we were so full. All in all, it was extremely good and worth the trip into D.C.

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RS
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Room was cold. Paella was very salty yet bland. Service was entry level and waiter was uninspired. Not very impressed.

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J
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

This restaurant has been a family favorite for more than 15 years, but the chef must have changed. The quality of the restaurant has gone way downhill.

The salmorejo was too oily, the paella meat was overcooked and the rice had not socarrat, and even the pulpo a la gallega was inferior to what it once was.

There are some superior options available these days (notably, SER in northern virginia), so i dont expect we will be returning any time soon.

Sad!

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RM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular Spanish food, wine and service.

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JB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve taken my client here for lunch a few times and I should go more often. The food is always fresh and unique. My entre was pil pil cod and it was perfect. The flavor was amazing. Service is attentive but not intrusive. No wonder they’ve been here for 30 years!

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i
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary there during dinner service and loved their menu, especially the tapas and desserts. The staff was very attentive to our special date, and showered us with attention: our table was especially decorated, and they gave us complimentary dessert and sparking wine (cava). We’re now looking forward to go back and try their paella buffet on weekends.

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Hawaii
15 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to many nice restaurants, and La Taberna del Alabardero is the first to truly make me feel like a VIP. We had the lamb shank, strogonoff beef, red and white sangria, and rice pudding. Everything was fantastic, yet the service topped it all!

I will return everytime I am in Washington DC.

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EK
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We celebrated a significant birthday with friends at La Taberna. The decor and ambiance suited an important occasion. And the food was quite good -- while meeting our group's need for vegan and gluten-free dishes. I hadn't been to the restaurant in quite a few years. Glad to renew the acquaintance.

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BM
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff is so friendly and really rolled out the red carpet treatment for us, perhaps because we had some Spaniards in my party. It was a Flamenco night and they made sure we had a great time. The Paella Valenciana was delicious, the rice cooked to al-dente perfection. The tapas were delicious, we had croquetas de jamon, patatas bravas, and pulpo. At one point, we had 3-4 waiters attending us and always keeping our table clean and drinks filled. They sent out some nice desserts to top it off. Overall, we like this place a lot and felt like we were in southern Spain.

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M
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very good and authentic, a little on the pricey side given the smaller portions. The service was fantastic, they were very attentive and helpful in explaining the menu to me and even included a delicious dessert on the house. The flamenco dance show made this an unforgettable experience and well worth the cost of dinner.

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C
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, exceeds my expectations. I could say that is one of the few places in Washington that keeps up their steady high standards.

Always look forward going back. The service is outstanding!

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A
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific food and service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely attentive service. The staff made excellent recommendations based on our tastes- food was a wonderful.

Celebrated an anniversary that day.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gourmet food prepared with fresh ingredients and exceptional skill. Restaurant decoration is elegant and service is extraordinary. I highly recommend it.

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