Taberna del Alabardero

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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

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Make this Thanksgiving a memorable one with our unique menu, with this date's favorites like Turkey, Pumpkin and Corn bread, cooked in a fresh innovative way. Check the menu at: https://alabardero.com/event/thanksgiving-2

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

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J
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 5 days ago
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!

I
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Taberna del Alabardero has been introduced to me by a friend of mine more about 10 years ago. Since then, I have been dining there often taking my friends over and organizing big dinners. It’s always been a pleasure to enjoy lunch or dinner at Taberna del Alabardero, and it continues to stay in my list of preferred restaurants in DC. With great appreciation for chef and staff for delicious food and elegant service.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excelent restaurant a

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RR
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful evening. Great food and atmosphere.

MM
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We had a very pleasant evening at Taberna del Alabardero. There were three of us and we greatly enjoyed sharing the delicious seafood Paella, as well as one tapas for an appetizer. The service was excellent, as was the ambiance in the dining area. The food was a tad over-priced, but still a good value. Complimentary parking next door was a big plus, especially given the downtown location.

OT
Vancouver
29 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whenever I visit Washington DC I try and have a dinner here. The decor is tasteful and cozy. The food is absolutely awesome with a great wine list. Highly skilled staff; Maitre D will filet your fish at table side. Subtle Spanish guitar music in the background. Low noise level; you can actually talk to your friends over dinner. If you are up for old-school dining with authentic Spanish food and great service, this is the place!

OT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Fantastic food!!!! Everything we had was first rate. Terrific flavors and textures. Extensive and varied menu pleasing to almost any preferences. Very generous servings. Excellent wines. Reasonable prices. Easy for conversation. Gorgeous setting. Wonderful elegant old world ambiance, warm, appealing. A place one could easily while away hours. Truly one of my favorite DC spots. Only drawback was the scarce service this night. I waited ten min before asked for drink order and my subsequent guest waited fifteen. No check ins during the meal other than to deposit small plates. The check took two requests after a long period of no waiter siting. I believe and hope that this was an anomaly and hope to go back soon to verify.

JS
New England
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

This restaurant is a total tourist trap. It appears attractive on TripAdvisor. But the food was terrible and way overpriced. $450’for 4 people for food that was inedible. Paella way too salty. Chicken overcookef and tasteless. Do not go to this restaurant.

CF
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Attentive wait staff without being obtrusive. That being said there were not many diners so not sure how that would be on a busy night. The paella was tasty however the chicken pieces were overcooked and dry which brought the dish down

PJ
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This was my second visit. The previous time I had had only appetizers (tapas) and wanted to try more plus dinner. Again, the tapas are all very good and I do recommend them. For dinner I tried something basic, the chicken, pork and seafood paella. It wasn’t great. The rice was more like a risotto and the chicken and pork were overcooked. The seafood was bland. My wife had the fish which she said was lovely. Perhaps I ordered the wrong meal. A word about the wine: having lived in Europe we know Spanish wines to be good and reasonably priced. The wine menu prices were eye-watering. There were perhaps three bottles that cost $55-$59 (of which they were out of one) and all the rest were close to or over $100. One was even $550. I’ve never seen such priced Spanish wines. The cost of the wine would probably keep me from coming back a third time.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, as always.

R
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great night just like in Madrid
A special place

j
Baltimore
29 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We shared a paella for two, calamari and a salad for three of us and had plenty of food. Nice Spanish wine line from which we chose light refreshing Txocolina. Seemed to take a long time to get our check but overall a very good experience

OT
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very professional and smooth service; food was outstanding and the wine advice was great.

B
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing service and great food. Highly recommend.

m
Washington DC
91 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

What a fantastic find. A lovely brunch venue with traditional Spanish food and drink at a very reasonable price. Especially appreciate the Spanish music playing in the background.

MN
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is always the best! We love it there a lot.

MV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, as always. Outstanding food in an outstanding ambiance. The different fish plates that we tried were delicious...and the quality and freshness of the food is excellent.

s
Charleston
21 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From start to glorious finish, this meal was not only. One of the best Spanish meals I’ve had outside of Spain, it was also one of the best times I’ve had at dinner in DC. What a fantastic surprise and great that live music was playing along with Flamenco dancers who encouraged restaurant goers to join in on the fun while waiting on their meal. We took our daughter and her college friends here and they had a blast and enjoyed the tapas, which were perfectly portioned and delicious. The anchovies were divine, the calamari crispy and the garlic shrimp was so yummy. For dinner, we split the Fideuà Negra and we were all really pleased. Dessert with the rice pudding made everyone happy.
I would go here again and again, even on nights they don’t have music playing.

e
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A our favorite Spanish restaurant and excellent service

CM
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I enjoyed a meal on 9/10, and the experience was so pleasant that I returned again on 10/10. I can highly recommend this restaurant

GN
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As usual, a very good meal!

SK
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very attentive service with complete explanations of the dishes they serve. The food came out even better than expected, very tasty, not too spicy, from the potatas bravas to the baked lamb chops and baked fish. An incredible evening of food and drink, with impeccable service. Great ambience, while not an inexpensive meal, we will return and recommend others to visit Taberna Del Alabardero.

JR
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated our wedding anniversary and had a great time. Food and service was excellent! Highly recommended. Will return for happy hour!

NT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food was great as usual. We asked for bread a second time, waited said yes but it never came.

S
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Location is key, close to World Bank and many embassies. Service is professional. However, the food is merely adequate. There are better places in town to eat good Spanish food. The restaurant seems to have dampened down tastiness and seasonings, so the food is a bit bland.

E
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our anniversary and everyone made us feel great, even guests. The food was delicious, and the table was perfect by the window but yet kinda in the center of the room, with a tasteful set up.

KS
Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the finest restaurants we have gone to in any city or state. The service is "old school" with up to five persons involved in attending. Only a look when one is finished and then the plate(s) are removed. We would definitely go again when we are in Washington DC.

CC
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Velvet floors keep the sound level reasonable. Amazing service from staff that are invested in their work. Delicious food, with wonderful attention to textures and moisture. Excellent wine recommendatiobs. Can't wait to go back.

OT
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and experience. Highly recommended

C
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

The server of our table was not courteous.

SS
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice opportunity to treat yourself with some great Spanish cuisine and ambience

CB
Wilmington
8 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Decent though overpriced food in modest portions; superb service by professional waiters.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive service - classy, old school Spanish experience. Food was excellent. Ambiance was pleasant and quiet enough for a table of 8 to have a conversation.

ME
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El sommelier Álvaro Correas nos atendió súper bien. Encantador, súper educado y atento. La comida exquisita y el ambiente fabuloso. Música en español, qué más se puede pedir?

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Well, I was hoping to have a wonderful experience, and I did not. Maybe because I went in as a solo eater, or what, but I did order an app as well as a tapas. The app came out first, but was missing salmon. After that wasn’t fixed, even though I mentioned it, the really kind waitstaff cleared my plates, glasses everything and set down a dessert menu. I don’t know where the miscommunication was with my tapas, but the staff seemed annoyed they had to reset a placesetting. After they finally brought the not very warm croquettes, I was fed up and didn’t even have dessert.

Maybe it was a new chef, or something was the problem, but I don’t think I’m ever going back. I just can’t imagine someone messing up literally every facet of a meal in a place that supposedly highly regarded. Here’s a picture of my salmonless tomato!

g
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An Absolutely wonderful experience. I can't wait to go again.

SH
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Romantic and enjoyable evening. Food was elegant and delicious

E
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Overpriced for what we got. Won’t be going back.

The food was good but the restaurant was almost empty. 175 bucks for 4 drinks, the lobster paella for 2, and an appetizers.

Place need a refresh.

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