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Taberna del Alabardero, Washington, DC
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Taberna del Alabardero

4.7
4.7
3004 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 Oscar Ordonez 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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Booked 34 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Traditional Spanish, Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:30 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:30 pm Sun 2:00 pm–8:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 429-2200

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Oscar Ordonez

  • Catering

    Taberna del Alabardero Spanish Catering offers Food Delivery as well as Full Service catering. More details at alabardero.com

  • Private party facilities

    Taberna del Alabardero welcomes you to its private and semi private spaces, perfect to host your events. Lunch, Dinner or Happy Hour, formal or casual, we will organize your event according to your needs and guide you towards a successful and memorable experience.

  • Private party contact

    Catalina: (844) 451-0133

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    Entrance on 18th Street, between H and I

  • Parking details

    Complimentary self parking after across the street, on 818 18th street NW. Monday to Friday after 4pmSaturday and Sunday all day

  • Public transit

    Farragut West Metro Station or Farragut North

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Dancing, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Offers

  • Live flamenco music! at 8 PM

    Multiple dates available
    Fri - Sat - 2:30 PM - 10:30 PM
    Make your dinner reservation and enjoy Live Flamenco performance. Starting at 8 pm, every Friedays and Saturdays

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What 3,004 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. h

    hudsjen

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Good meal, variety of menu options - enjoyed the live entertainment!

  2. S

    Samuel

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Superb, it truly is the best restaurant In Washington DC.

  3. JN

    JayN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and service was great, highly recommended.

  4. FH

    FaridaH

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Live music and dancing was phenomenal! Food was fabulous! Loved being outdoors and having the music outdoors.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Super amazing

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    Servers are arrogant to customers

  7. VH

    VirginiaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We really enjoyed our dinner. We went for tapas before a show and everyone was very happy. The only flaw was the parking. While free, the building the parking is in closes at 7, and the only access is to walk down the steep and narrow ramp.

  8. R

    Roberto

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food, impeccable, gracious service. I really love this restaurant.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very thoughtful and attentive. Our table had rose petals for our anniversary and they brought us champagne and dessert to celebrate. Food is always excellent and very authentic.

  10. LC

    LizC

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It has been some time since we last visited this restaurant. We booked it to celebrate our anniversary before heading to a concert in town. We love it. We had a magnificent time. To us, the best thing about this restaurant is great service, the staff goes the extra mile to satisfy their clients. The menu continues to be authentically classic Spanish cuisine and prices are quite reasonable. We will be back!

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Never knew I could visit Spain by going to DC. Well done .

  12. J

    Jeannie

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4

    It may be worth returning to just for drinks and the flamenco performance, otherwise just ok. Watch out for the upselling (ex. bottled water which we didn't order) and skimpy wine pours. We ordered tapas which were so-so. The eggplant with honey was delicious and the highlight. The decor is pretty and there is an outdoor patio which is a plus.

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and attentive staff

  14. m

    martinr

    Washington DC

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Top quality and service.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Víctor is the best!!! Thank you for you amazing service

  16. TT

    TheresaT

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and service excellent as always. New awning that has sides when it rains, perfect.

  17. MC

    MarshallC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    We have fond memories of our three vacations in Spain and the Taberna brought the wonderful dining experiences there back to life both in terms of food and setting. Our waiter (though not from Spain) was attentive and engaging. This was our second visit , both have been treasured.

  18. W

    Warren

    Washington DC

    67 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Good food and exceptional service! Lved the Flamenco music but could've done without the "tap-dancing"...or at least not so much of it! VERY amusing to watch one of the older female guests "sensually" (drunkenly!) try to dance!!! 😌

  19. DB

    DrBonBon

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    I love this placed and go there each time I am in DC. the staff went out of their way to accommodate us so we could also enjoy the Flamenco dancing after our dinner. Wonderful special place. Thanks especially to Paola and our table server.

  20. K

    Kerric

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5

    We had bad luck with server our glasses were empty during meal, two drinks spilled on the table we had to clean ourselves (no assistance) we didn’t get any bread but everyone else around us did. Our bill for two kids and three adults $448.00 plus tip. Overall food was good.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience5

    Paella lacked flavor, lobster was mushy and uncooked, clams were cold, shrimp was good, mussels were cold, flat weird unidentifiable fish was threatening. The ambiance was amazing! Price was too high for quality of food. Servers would rather be somewhere else. Sangria was three days old-returned and they did not take it off the bill.

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely meal and service. Thanks!

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food3service3ambience2

    There were flies all over our table and AC was not working properly

  24. S

    Samuel

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The Taberna del Alabardero in Washington DC is always superb with exceptional service and wonderful food. It is only matched by the by the Taberna del Alabardero in Madrid, Spain. The wine offerings from Spain are marvelous.

  25. M

    Matzi

    Detroit

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Loved my experience here. The atmosphere is chic and classy yet warm and colorful. Service is very professional and food was delivered quickly and freshly prepared. the place was packed on a Tuesday night - that speaks to how great this place is! going on our 'list' :-)

  26. J

    Jamie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The interior was beautiful, the food was delicious and the staff were courteous

  27. SL

    SoniaL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Overall , we enjoyed our evening. Also, we were very thankful for the anniversary momentos (champagne, card, etc.). The staff were very attentive and courteous. Enjoyed the show as well!

  28. DM

    DannyM

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    There was flamenco music outside but since we were inside it was at a level that was pleasant. The food all around was excellent. The servers were almost too attentive if that is possible.

  29. L

    Lalo

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great Spanish food, service, cocktails and wine. My favorite Spanish restaurant in the US for 30+ years.

  30. L

    Lisa

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    So enjoyed eating once again at this dining establishment. They had flamenco dancing which was fabulous. Between the food, service, and ambiance, we thoroughly enjoyed our time spent there.

  31. RN

    RubenN

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely great experience and very highly recommended!! I am originally from Spain and this was a great experience. Food and service 200% We will be back!!!

  32. JL

    JulieL

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience4

    The server was clearly put off that we were there for Tapas and we wouldn’t be ordering the paella. While pushing us to make a quick decision on our wine, he tried to upswell us to a $350 bottle, perhaps to make up for us only ordering tapas, we ended up with a $150 bottle. He was rushing us to place our food order as well, and while commenting that the tapas that we had ordered consisted of mostly potatoes, he didn’t provide any recommendations. The restaurant wasn’t busy, so there really was no reason to try turn our table over as quickly as this server was intent on doing. Definitely not a restaurant we will visit again or recommend to friends.

  33. ML

    MichaelL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely outstanding food and world-class service.

  34. S

    Steph08876

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was outstanding even the salad was the best The service was amazing. Definitely will be back.

  35. L

    Lowre

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The service was the perfect balance between attentive and distanced, allowing my husband and I to enjoy a rare night out together. Our server always was present before we could ask for anything and ensured that our service was efficient but never hurried. The tapas were delectable and perfectly proportioned and the cocktails were quite enjoyable. Absolutely don’t skip out on the dessert and espresso, it was a wonderful end to a pre-show dinner. Will definitely be coming back sometime soon!

  36. N

    Nicole

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful and very authentic! The food and service was just as I remembered from dining in Spain.

  37. RR

    RaymondR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great restaurant. Nice to come back here after pandemic.

  38. JF

    JamieF

    Washington DC

    88 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    88 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was my first visit to Taberna del Alabardero. I had heard good reviews from friends and our visit did not disappoint. The food was delicious and the service and value were very good. I’ll definitely be back as there’s much more on the tapas menu alone I need to try.

  39. EC

    EvelynC

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent cuisine

  40. MO

    MikeO

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Excellent seafood paella and a RIoja region Tempranillo and Granache blend.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

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 3004 OpenTable diners.

Taberna del Alabardero does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 34 times today

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Google Map for Taberna del Alabardero

1776 I Street, NW(Entrance on 18th St.) Entrance on 18th Street NW Washington, DC 20006

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Entrance on 18th Street, between H and I

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:30 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:30 pm Sun 2:00 pm–8:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Traditional Spanish, Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Complimentary self parking after across the street, on 818 18th street NW. Monday to Friday after 4pmSaturday and Sunday all day

  • Public transit

    Farragut West Metro Station or Farragut North

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Oscar Ordonez

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Dancing, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (202) 429-2200

  • Catering

    Taberna del Alabardero Spanish Catering offers Food Delivery as well as Full Service catering. More details at alabardero.com

  • Private party facilities

    Taberna del Alabardero welcomes you to its private and semi private spaces, perfect to host your events. Lunch, Dinner or Happy Hour, formal or casual, we will organize your event according to your needs and guide you towards a successful and memorable experience.

  • Private party contact

    Catalina: (844) 451-0133

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