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Taberna del Alabardero

4.7
2584 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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  • Enjoy our Happy Hour special menu Monday to Friday 3 to 7 pm

    Multiple dates available

    Mon - Fri 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Reservations for Happy Hour are accepted 3 to 4:30 pm, after that we work on a first come first served basis
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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
What 2584 people are saying
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Fabiola
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place! Food was fantastic and service...no words to described it!!

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vipMilano
Washington DC
300 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Nice place for drinks and tapas

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PatriciaB
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in the area. Great service, food and environment. Highly recommended.

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Bostonian
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

First visit to Taberna del Alabardero. At first the service was slow and a bit unattentive, but it was better by end of the meal.
The garlic shrimp was very good - a bit too oily but tasted good.
The bronzino was delicious. Got the salt covered one. The server deboned/skinned it right at table. Perfectly cooked.
The brusselsprout side dish was very good too.
As dessert - the wine cheese board was plenty. Just wished server knew a bit more about the wine, but good service overall.

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GregoryD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience4

Food was poorly prepared, rice was mushy especially for paella which should be fluffy and full of flavor there was no flavor at all!! I assumed it was an off-day

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, the service was OUTSTANDING, Eden was great explaing is every plate, definitely we will come back !!!!

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vipBetterElsewhere
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Patatas Bravas and croquettes dishes were jokes. Supremely overpriced fast food with an ambiance, and great location wasted on foreigners who don’t comprehend America’s standard of service. I enjoy dining, experiencing, and patronizing all cultures but this was a third world experience. The server was rude from the start and the manager should be driving a truck, not running a restaurant. Would definitely NOT recommend to ANYONE.

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soosie
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The three of us were seated outside on the covered patio (as requested). As always, the meal was delicious - we had the lunch 3-course special. Service is impeccable.

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JohnB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant with outstanding food. Would recommend for any occasion or no occasion.

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EdgarC
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good meal.. nice restaurant .. authentic Spanish food .. great service.

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MichaelM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent menu choices of high quality Spanish food. Beautiful interior and impeccable service.

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vipTiff
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I really enjoyed the dinner and service. Food was good and nice decoration.

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vipCakeboss18
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, service and friendliness from the staff. Restaurant is beautifully decorated for the Christmas season and makes it very cozy. Love this place.

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AbigailT
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

súper beautiful place, paella/ the dessert was so good too. Also great service

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Good food & attentive service but way too much salt used in certain dishes.

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LoriB
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is excellent. Tapas are amazing and so good it is easy to order too many. The appetizer, grilled octopus is the best around. Know it is not the one on tapas menu. Socially distanced and caring environment. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food and the service was fantastic, very friendly staff. Although there was a small hiccup, the team definitely did a fantastic job sorting it out!

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vipAnnette
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extraordinary service and food. Wish we lived in D.C. so we could visit this restaurant often. Looking forward to when I can enjoy another meal here again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Spanish food !! 5⭐️

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RicardoA
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Authentic Spanish food superly cooked. I was impressed by their paella.

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DavidS
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience4

You would expect the best paella in a Spanish restaurant. Not in this restaurant . Seafood paella with a raw lobster and raw shrimps. Don't even let me talk about the rice....so sad.. And then the octopus....cold and full of paprika..wasn't tender,wasn't tasty. The anchovies very briny ....not tasty either.
I am sure that not spanish cook touched this food. He would be so disappointed.
The service ,though, wonderful!

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HappyCustomer
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Taberna never disappoints. It is worth every penny. Food, service, ambiance...everything is of superb quality. For me, the best restaurant in the DC area. A special mention for Victor whose service and attentiveness was outstanding.

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vipRobieslove
New England
24 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was attentive without being overbearing. Food is very good, authentic Spanish.

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vipBandido
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic Spanish cuisine in an atmospheric setting. Try the roast suckling pig on weekends; it's a treat! Excellent and attentive service.

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vipJohnT
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We love Taberna. We love the setting, the service, and the food. And we usually get paella, but while it makes a fun evening, it's not really what it should be. The sofrito is bland and needs a re-think. There is no sense of smoked paprika which should be in a good paella. There is no color from saffron -- it only takes a tiny bit. And, most disappointedly, there is no socarrat, the crunchy rice from the bottom of the pan. This paella is just a tasty rice dish with either chicken or seafood, and it is served elegantly by a great staff. But as paella, it is just wanting. Kick it up a notch, Taberna!

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KatiaA
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing...so authentic and just delicious. The service was outstanding...top notch. We sat outside and it was beautiful...heat lamps kept us comfortable.

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vipcarrborofoodie
New Orleans
63 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The service was outstanding: friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable. The wine by the glass was excellent, especially for the price. The tempranillo recommended by the server was especially fine. The garlic and almond soup was different and extremely good: plenty of flavor but subtle, not overly spicy. The milhojas dessert was also excellent, very creamy and not overly sweet. Only the pulpo alla Gallega was disappointing, in terms of both consistency and flavor. I wish I had tried the other octopus dish. But I will certainly visit again if the opportunity presents itself.

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ElisaD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restaurant in DC, is like being in Spain for a couple of hours

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. 1st/2nd best Spanish restaurant I’ve had outside of Spain.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food and service is very good, very pricey. Jaleo is so much better.

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vipGregP
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was tasty and delicious. Service was excellent. Can't wait to dine here again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drink were excellent. Service was great. We especially loved the Pan Tumaca with Iberian ham and the garlic shrimp. Desert was great as well.

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vipAlvaroC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you!

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EliasG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food is really good, service is excellent and the place is really nice

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Salmon tartare was fabulous. Went there for anniversary celebration and the staff definitely made it special.

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vipStanporlamancha
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Unfortunately, my fried Manchego with raspberries was pretty cold, the cheese tasteless and felt almost like rubber :) .
But therefore, my Paella de verduras was fantastic, as well as my Flan caramel!

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Robin
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and foods are delicious! Very nice ambiance

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ELop
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceeded expectations!
Superb Service. Food was fresh, authentic and delicious. The wait staff recommended a few appetizers and all were delicious. Overall, a wonderful experience

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

It was an ok restaurant. Service was ok but not great, food was the same, atmosphere is really nice.

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Jonathan
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in DC, without exception. Delicious Spanish cuisine with outstanding attention to detail.

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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 2584 OpenTable diners.

Taberna del Alabardero does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://swipeit.com/product/1766/taberna-del-alabardero.

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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