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Taberna del Alabardero

4.7
2563 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

Starting Jul 16, 2020 · Mon - Fri 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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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 2563 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Spanish food !! 5⭐️

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RicardoA
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

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

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DavidS
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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!

HC
HappyCustomer
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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vipBandido
Washington DC
39 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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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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vipGregP
Washington DC
29 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
12 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
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you!

EG
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

OT
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
2 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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Gaellis76
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The interior is a little bit dated but the food is amazing and just as good as Madrid.

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LuisL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best experience ever. I found this place around the corner of my hotel and it was worthy in everything. I highly recommend this place for a great food and awesome service.

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vipMilano
Washington DC
295 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Great evening on the patio! Paella was salty - will be back but to try other dishes

RH
RestaurantHaunter
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

You cannot go wrong by dining at Taberna del Alabardero. If it is a sunny day, enjoy the patio and watch the world go by as your tastebuds squeal with delight.

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DancerToes
Baltimore
40 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We really enjoyed our meal. The Paella was especially good. The staff were attentive and welcoming. It is hard to give a full review because Covid-19 seating, etc.prevents a full experience. Not their fault!! We definitely plan to return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Probably one of the better Spanish restaurant in DC. But a few items were not nearly as authentic as I had expected.

Pan tumaca - Bread with tomatoes and olive was decent. Instead of think layer of tomato purée, perhaps have half the amount of tomatoes so one can taste olive and garlic.

Ox tail was nothing like what you get in Spain. It is usually bone-in and slow cooked with gravy. But this one was shredded meat and not a typical curry based gravy.

Gambas al Ajillo - Garlic Shrimp: A must have. Better than other Spanish places in town.

Churros were probably the best one can get in DC. However it was little pricey for the size.

Definitely recommend this place.

MM
MichaelM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Taberna del Alabardero never disappoints. As always excellent cuisine, service, and ambiance. It is like having a piece of Spain in the heart of Washington.

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amelia
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoughtful, classy, and very professional staff. Our group ordered a variety of tapas, appetizers, and main dishes - every item was delicious.

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vipMikie
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful chef driven restaurant with probably the most elegant ambiance and decor in WashingtonDC. Victor and Eden are determined that every guest will have a perfect evening and take away lovely memories for a lifetime.

I could not imagine a more superb dining experience anywhere.

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vipFenomenal
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food with sublime service and a very comfortable and warm ambience out on their terrace.

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rcsdc
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent even when my husband knocked over his glass of wine. There was no judgment, and many raced to quickly clean up the table. Particularly delicious were the baby squid with ink sauce and rice and the mushroom and truffle croquettes.

MT
MilosT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing: service, food, ambiance.

I recommend garlic shrimp and manchego with raspberry tapas, which were two most delicious things on the menu. Not to mention the sangria.

Enjoy!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, beautiful cozy place. We loved the concept, the decorations and the service was just great.
Antonio who was our server was very professional, friendly, helpful and super attentive.
The whole staff treated us amazing.
Overall a great experience. We will be back.
Highly recommend it!!

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vipBill
New England
45 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Taberna del Alabardero lived up to its reputation of excellent food and service in the face of this pandemic. They were able to accomplish this following pandemic guidelines and the use of outdoor seating.

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vipDineandwine
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I took our daughters and two oldest daughters to celebrate our birthdays which we had to delay to the epidemic. Tabernacle has always met all expectations for a great enjoyable dinner. As with most celebrations we ate and drank more than expected because all the dishes were superb. Great evening.

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Rett
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

good food, excellent service (wait stff didn't "hover" but were there when needed.)

JR
JesusR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in DC! Highly recommend!

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M54321
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed our meal at Taberna del Alabardero. The food and ambiance was wonderful. My only criticism was that we purchased the TravelZoo voucher for $149, and expected to pay little out-of-pocket expenses at the dinner itself. However, when local taxes and tip were added in, along with 1 drink for each of the four of us, the bill actually added another $100 to the cost of the meal! The shock value diminished the very nice evening that we had.

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Deidre
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was amazing and authentic. Thank you Taverna Del Albaradero for extending your Restaurant Week menu. We hope to bring the family at the winter holidays.

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vipPrzg
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

we sat outdoors, for covid reasons. tables set up sparsely. this changes the atmosphere. overall, it was very good! octopus for appetizer and bronzini for main course for lunch. Excellent! it is one of my favorite restaurants and i wish i could eat inside. but the service was prompt and courteous, as usual. the menu and wine list great. I wish them good luck for the winter.

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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 2563 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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