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Taberna del Alabardero

4.8
2650 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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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

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Starting May 9, 2021

Brunch, Lunch and Dinner menus available. Live Spanish Music from 12 to 3 pm. No shows will be subject to a $30/person fee.

What 2650 people are saying
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vipNatalie
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely enjoyed celebrating my birthday dinner. The restaurant decor and service was wonderful. Victor was amazing in assisting us with suggestions. The vegetable paella was a delight. The Caipirinha was a tasty pre dinner cocktail, thank you for making a good Caipirinha bartender! I absolutely enjoyed my celebration birthday dinner. The restaurant decor was very nice. Victor was very helpful providing suggestions. Victor suggested a red wine that was very nice. A special thank your to all staff for making my birthday special. The vegetable paella was so good. Our tapas dinner selection was very nice would return again.

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Leon
Naples
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Courteous professional staff with excellent service. Great food. I would avoid the daily special, the quality was below standards.

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Traveler55
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time dining here and we will definitely be back! It was authentic Spanish food which was well prepared with nice size portions. The restaurant had a true Spanish ambience in the decor. The staff was attentive. It was a bit pricey though. I am allergic to all seafood so I would love to see them add more meat and vegetarian dishes to the menu, especially chicken dishes. I would recommend this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and service super friendly! Definitely wanna go back for brunch

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vipBigMeatNoWhammy
Seattle
68 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go for the Paella and stay too long for the dessert wine. Hands down the best Paella in DC.

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SusanaS
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Old school feeling, waiters wear suits and are professionals. Food is excellent. If you order paella, the portions are too big. You only need paella for one person and two can eat. The other diner can order tapas. Overall a great experience.

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vipLina
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service. Great for outdoor seating during these times

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vipLouismm
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service. Very courteous and friendly staff

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MichaelM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Having lived many years in Spain, when I want to go “home” to Madrid, all I have to do is go to Taberna del Alabardero. Excellent food, ambiance, and service. For me the staff is family.

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vipWendyS
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bravo, Taberna, for lovely outdoor service. Taberna built a wonderful covered space with high open sides that will serve for a delightful patio lunch or dinner well beyond the covid pandemic. As always, the tapas and the fideuas and paellas were wonderful- we especially like the oxtail and mushroom paella and the seafood arroz in squid ink. Also, we have found Taberna food to be among the best delivery/carryout options in the area. It travels well.

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vipDinCville
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tapas and entrees at this Spanish themed restaurant were absolutely outstanding. In addition, the service was attentive, polite, and detailed without being obsequious or obtrusive. We started with delicious tapas of classic boquerones (vinegar/olive oil soaked anchovies) that were marinated additionally with lemon and decorated with olives. In addition, we enjoyed wonderfully spiced shrimp tapas. My dinner partner ordered the branzino fillet with fresh vegetables and I had the rib-eye served with a generous side of asparagus and a copious side of sautéed mushroom. Everything was wonderfully prepared and exactly as we requested. I only wish that I could have tried more dishes so will need to return soon!

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vipAndrewL
Washington DC
84 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first visit back since I retired and left Washington in 2014. We were not disappointed. Delicious food (tapas, salmon, squid and paella), wines and gracious European service.

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vipPattiC
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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CarlyAnna
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for my husband's birthday and had a blast. The service was impeccable and the food was so delicious. We went on a Saturday so that we could sit outside and listen to the flamenco guitarist. Even though we were seated outside, the ambience was very charming and romantic. We were stuffed after our main courses, so we did not order dessert, but the waiter was kind enough to bring out a plate of small cookies and cupcakes with Happy Birthday written in chocolate sauce.

It was definitely priced for a special occasion, so I wouldn't say we could eat there every day, but I can't wait to go back for another celebration.

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Nick
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great atmosphere and awesome service!

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BibekA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

We were disappointed with the food and service. For the price they are charging and what they are offer was outrageous. The worst was when paella came out. It was gooey and undercooked. The server didn't even come out to ask how it was. And it wasn't busy at all. To pay $84 for that was pretty stupid. Never again. FYI.- They add automatic tip to their bill. I noticed it once I got home that i tipped them twice for their subpar food and service.

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tkhill
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There's a reason why we keep returning. Taberna Alabardero is a great place!

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vipoysterman
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best traditional Spanish food in the USA. Ambience and decor is so Madrid!

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maureenc
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic, and the service was impeccable!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Paella is sub-par and overpriced

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DeeLisch
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Lovely dinner. Expensive. Waited a bit between finishing and getting the bill. That said, we know you’re staffing up and you e all been through such trauma this year that we wanted to support and applaud your efforts. Already recommended it to foodies. Stay safe

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IGrat
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my husband here for his birthday and he loved it. He’s already talking about the next time we’re going.

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KristianV
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Saturday brunch! Great service and tasty food. There brunch deal and bottomless is amazing. Loved the tapas selection as well as the cheese & charcuteries. My dish, Pollo en salsa de cerveza con patatas, chicken was very juicy and the sauce was delicious. Absolutely recommend for brunch. Will definitely try for dinner in the future.

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charlieK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Prefer our entrees to be delivered hot not lukewarm to our table. Especially the paella and fish.

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Derrick
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable service, amazing dishes from tapas to dessert!

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vipPaulJ
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was truly fantastic! I noted that it was a two year anniversary. We arrived to a corned table, covered in rose petals, a card especially for us. It was truly a warm sight! The service was great, the food was even better than I remembered. The attention to detail was impressive. We were happily pleased!

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vipWalter
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good atmosphere and good food and beer. Happy hour deal.

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Susan
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Can’t say enough about our recent dining experience. Our waitstaff was superb- made for a fine evening out. Food was very good and healthy. We’ll be back next time we’re in DC! A shout out to Victor- our server. Thank you!

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Lestet
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food and service were exceptional. It might be helpful to tell diners that a 20% gratuity would be added to the check.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m from Spain, and it felt like being back home. We shared tapas, and they were authentic and delicious. The service was wonderful as was the ambiance. I can’t wait for the store to open!

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MargaretG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside on the patio and it was a wonderful experience. The tables are very well distanced apart and all of the wait staff was very professional and masked. The food and wine (especially the squid and paella!) were divine. We were able to take as long as we wanted - no rush to seat the next party. Highly recommend!

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vipfjresq
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great tapas and very nice wait staff.

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vipDavidS
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely lunch! Tapas were great. The two entrees with Branzino and vegetables were delicious!! Service was fab.

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TomL
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a special place great for celebrations. The food is always delicious with outstanding wait staff and service!

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JerraB
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food went beyond expectations and they were able to accommodate me before my reservation time which was great!!!

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vipBIGSSider
Chicago
73 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service1ambience3

The food was good. The tapas were very good, especially the shrimp. I wanted to try some of the other dishes but I was full. Some of the waitstaff need to be retrained. Asked for ice water six (6) times. really ??? Ridiculous, the same for the ice tea, I repeatedly had to ask for basic refreshments. Not really lucky in that department. They switched out the staff and the late staff was way more attentive. The afternoon shift needs more work. Try the raisin bread, very good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful to experience a really nice restaurant again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A little pricey in my opinion. But food was great. Service good. Would definitely go back

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tkhill
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There's a reason we keep returning to Taberna del Alabardero. Actually, there are several. The service, food, and wine are all outstanding. The carpets upstairs to the toilets could use replacing, though.

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RoelvisR
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

very american restaurant, no real spanish restaurant.

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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 4.8 stars by 2650 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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