Taberna del Alabardero

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$50 and over
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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.
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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

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

What 2427 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.7
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SW
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent food and amazing service- Totally recommend this restaurant !

MM
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here during restaurant week. Value for the prix fixe menu was great. Sangria was excellent. Appetizers and entrees were also delicious. Dessert was ok. Wait staff was very attentive. Will definitely go back when in the area

PR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place for it's European-style service and great food! They know the proper way to serve guests, they don't rush you out with the bill, the food is always excellent. When I'm here, I feel like I've stepped back into Europe. We have yet to find another restaurant in town that provides the same level of service. Truly a gem on the DC dining scene.

CB
Washington DC
117 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant has a well deserved reputation for fine dining and it lived up to our expectations. The food was superb from the salads to the soup to the entrees. Service was super professional. And although the restaurant was full, you could easily hold a conversation
Highly recommended!qqq

P
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

All was great but I prefer it on a less busy (non restaurant week) day. Try pimientos rellenos de bacalao!

JJ
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

This is the first Spanish tapas place that took me back to southern Spain. Great flavors in all dishes, including the desserts with great sangria pairing. Service could be better, it's restaurant week so I'm not sure if had anything to do with it. I felt our server was rushing us, I literally had a bite in my hand and one in my plate when it was taken from under my hands.

M
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Súper elegante el restaurante, y la comida deliciosa. Una gran oportunidad para invitar a mis hijos en la semana de los restaurante.

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CS
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant week was a great value and nice varied selection which changes from past years. Definitely recommend.

OT
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Took forever to get the check. Lunch shouldn’t take 95 minutes.

HM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is not casual. Real professional waiters, classic Spanish cuisine, bold traditional decor. Good for a date/special occasion.

D
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is such a nice Spanish restaurant. Has been in DC for years with faithful clients. Food is very good, ambience elegant but relaxed, great friendly service by staff, many who have been there or years. It is a favorite of mine.

RN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Great restaurant for any occasion, i would definitely recommend it

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Everything was ok. The food was quite good, and the staff was very friendly; but the service was a bit slow.

JA
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to have lunch. Food is great and waiters are wonderful.

a
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant week is a must....

P
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Shrimp dishes were overcooked

MC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service always, superbly delicious and creative dishes always, a pleasure to visit every single time.

MW
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, and ambiance. Had a very nice birthday celebration

SF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and beautifully presented. The staff was friendly and helpful. The portions were too large for us however, which seems to be a DC thing.

RV
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner and service were excellent. Had the bronzino and my partner had the lamb shank, both were delicious.

A
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It’s a beautiful place and the service is highly professional. It is quiet, even when busy because of the carpeting, upholstered chairs, tapestried walls, and tablecloths. It’s a place where people can actually enjoy each other’s company and conversation. Next time, I’d like to enjoy the tapas plates or a paella. I’ll bet I’d enjoy the food more with more experience.

JR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. The flamenco show was short.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Tapas! Excellent wines

R
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding. Best restaurant in DC in terms of food, ambiance, decoration, and service.

TK
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The Taberna contimnues to offer good value for business lunches, with outstanding ambience and service and a very good selection of standard dishes, specialties and wines.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place!

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D
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This may be my favorite DC restaurant. Very good Spanish inspired food and wine. Service is excellent with same staff for many years. Ambience is elegant, but warm and welcoming, and noise level permits conversation.

S
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as always and the singer and flamenco show awesome! Thanks

D
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Reservation was for 7pm. I was running late so I called the restaurant twice to inform them of the delay and hold my reservation. When I arrived 30 min late I was told the reservation was cancelled. After making a short conversation about that, I was told that they found an available table and they were able to seat us. They should have held the reservation without the fuss.

Otherwise they had a great and cozy flamenco show, tapas food was tasty. They charge us 2 bottles of wine when we only ordered 2 glasses, however they fixed that when I pointed it out.

T
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Received a bday card along with exceptional food and service!!

D
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb service and food. Many thanks! Alejandro did a great job.

SH
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had a wonderful time. The food brought back a lot of fond memories of our time in Spain. Thank you for the champagne, it was a nice touch.

WO
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Our table for four ended with a table for two. No matter, my friend and I enjoyed a great meal. He introduced me to temperanillo, which is now my new favorite wine! Appetizers were perfect. The paella, though richly flavored, was underdone--the rice could have used a bit more cooking time. This did not completely detract from a nice time, however, and I will return again.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Excellent food and chef. Thanksgiving menu was the best one I have tried ever. The service was exceptional. I would love to have a similar place in Manhattan!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful spanish cuisine in a perfect setting.
Excellent & professional service!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was excellent, I ordered the seafood fideos OMG IT WAS SO GOOD. There were flamenco singers and dancers

D
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Table ready, appetizers very good, paella a bit pricey, it was so-so. Overall a good time amongst friends!

J
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don’t overlook Taberna just because it isn’t one of the new, hot, hip places. Do you want an exceptional meal that is not just another steak or foodie place? In an atmosphere where you can hear and talk with your table of two or six or 10? Outstanding service, knowledgable wine staff guiding you through the extensive menu, and delicious Spanish food including tapas and paella to share or order your own entrees. Highly recommend!

JA
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We came back here after our wonderful anniversary/birthday experience last year. We still were acknowledged for that with a card and treats this year, which was very nice. The wine was delicious, as we chose directly the Ribera and the Enate, some of our favorites beyond Rioja. Service is always spectacular, we felt very attended to without being overcrowded.

We happened to come on a Flamenco night, and it was a busy Saturday night, so of course what to expect but louder noise levels and lots of people and slightly close seating, but overall it was still good; the crowd is generally nice and reserved so it thankfully did not make the ambience worse or louder. The only slightly disappointing thing is the bacalao with tomato sauce. While the fish was meaty and pretty good, the sauce means everything in that dish too, and unfortunately it was not as tasty or what I had expected especially in terms of quality for this place. Everything else we've tried that they have is very good, so we'll have to try another thing!

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