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Taberna del Alabardero, Washington, DC
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Taberna del Alabardero

4.7
4.7
3047 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 46 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 3,047 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

NoiseModerate

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  1. CG

    CathyG

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always enjoy eating there. While Alvaro was not our main maitre he is always helpful and delightful. The food is amazing, my wife is Spaniard and it definitely transports her to Spain with all the wonderful smells and the food. If anybody is looking to enjoy true spaniard food Taberna del Alabardero is the place to go!!
  2. g

    greyhoundgirl

    London

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely restaurant with an authentic Spanish/Basque menu and vibe. Good food and excellent service. It was our anniversary and the staff went above and beyond to make us welcome and help us celebrate. Would definitely return!
  3. ML

    MLVP

    Washington DC

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food as always!
  4. s

    smackh1

    New York Area

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Recently renovated. Beautiful restaurant. Great food and service.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great experience celebrating my friends birthday. Service was great and the Flamenco dancers added to the ambiance.
  6. JH

    JosephH

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simply delicious, attentive, copacetic
  7. C

    Christina

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From entering the restaurant to the last bite to flamenco music and dance, the evening was fantastic- highly recommend!
  8. DI

    DavidInDC

    Washington DC

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food, delicious cocktails, & attentive service - highly recommend for brunch!
  9. HA

    HansA

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best place to celebrate an anniversary. The waiting staff was very well dress and very knowledge full about Spanish food.
  10. S

    Scott

    Washington DC

    28 reviews

    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Great experience, they gave us a private room, the food was incredible. Highly recommend.
  11. C

    Cristy

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Taberna fel Alabardero is consistent and the service is very good. The paellas are delicious and overall it’s a great experience!
  12. HN

    HilaryN

    Phoenix

    69 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Manager guided us in ordering various Tapas. We were about to order too many dishes; he stopped us (“you can always order more, see how you feel later”). What we got was the perfect amount. Being properly advised was much appreciated. The meal was very enjoyable and the dining room is lovely.
  13. JA

    JosephineA

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Always enjoy going to the Taberna. Food and service are always on point. Got the window seat I requested - thank you - and was thrilled to see Victor, whom I’ve known over the years, along with Jose. I ended up missing dessert and bringing half my meal home as the entree took a long time to come out and I had to leave for a meeting. The lamb chops and mushroom rice were really scrumptious though. Yes, I was miffed about that, ie, no dessert, and long wait for entree. Staff were apologetic when I pointed this out. First such experience and I’ve dined there many times over 20+ years, so I’ll forgive them!😜 Looking forward to my next visit!
  14. ES

    ESFads

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another standout meal with outstanding service for a business lunch.
  15. WG

    WillyG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very Nice, to found a "Bailadora" in DC was great, La Paella was good too. We'll be back soon.
  16. U

    Uffood

    Washington DC

    39 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    We had seafood paella. It wasn’t good: the rice was over cooked, overall the paella was tasteless and quite dry. Better stick with the tapas. The bread was fantastic!
  17. C

    Cappuccino

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    Previously (almost 10-20 years ago), I often used this restaurant for the meetings with my diplomatic community. It was one of the best restaurants in terms of food, decoration, service and hospitality. Unfortunately I have used this restaurant several times past five years and unfortunately I was always disappointed at their service. Yesterday, I tried it once again for a small business lunch and I left there with my disappointment once again. Three was a line of guests with reservation without any attendant for a few minute. A gent took us to the table without any smile. The sever had little courtesy and no hospitality. No explanation of menu or asking for drink. During the meal, no attention. Perhaps, it’s owner or management has changed. Very sorry. Food was still good.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Octopus & Garlic Shrimp eaten as I sat in one of the most beautiful corners of the restaurant. Thank you so much for the wonderful moment. Ulysses, thank you for caring and listening to me. All my very best-
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excelente comida, muy bien manejados los tiempos entre platillos y la paella muy abundante.
  20. M

    Mickt

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice staff and service. They prepared a quiet corner as requested for our business lunch. They also prepared a gluten-free dish for my colleague.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Taberna del Alabardero went above and beyond to make our anniversary dinner one we will always remember and hold close to our hearts. I couldn’t recommend this restaurant more, and we look forward to going back soon!
  22. LJ

    LorraineJ

    West Palm Beach

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Appetizers were very tasty has garlic shrimp and croquettes. Wine was perfect and beer was good also. Main dish I had Halibut and vegetables, son had Branzino and husband had chicken in beer with potatoes. All was very good.
  23. MF

    MaryF

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and outstanding food!
  24. B

    Bachelorette

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The live flamenco music and dancer were fantastic. A lovely evening with amazing food.
  25. MA

    MARIALUDMILA123

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent spanish restaurant with live flamenco music and dance in the patio.
  26. KT

    KennethT

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and service! We were visiting from California, and had the best Tapas and Paella we’d had since visiting Barcelona. The staff/service was also too notch. Highly recommend.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Duck and rabbit were over cooked in paella. Sea bass and starter were excellent and wine recommendation was excellent as well.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was awesome ! Staff is very attentive and catering. We had the lobster paella with other seafood on it.. the mushroom truffle croquets and the tuna avocado dish . Everything tasted great.
  29. H

    Horacles

    Houston

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant, everything was exquisite and the service above par… will definitively recommend!
  30. BC

    BrianC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience with very enjoyable flamenco music and dancing.
  31. L

    Liby

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful setting, ambiance, amazing live music and flamenco dancer, authentic Spain cuisine
  32. DM

    DrandMrsJnz05

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Service was impeccable. Food was just ok. For $400 plus tip, I expect food to wow me. This was not case. Food was not bad, just not at level one would expect, for money being charged.
  33. VR

    VaReviewer

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    We made a reservation on the patio and received resistance and begrudging service from the moment we sat down. There was confusin ovr the happy hour options but still we were treated as if we were an incovnenience and we were the only ones on the patio. In the past service has been much better.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    We ordered wellchicken and sausage paella $34 per person My husband Han NO SAUSAGE in his serving and I had one piece of sausage. The food was very good and service was very good
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oklahoma City

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience2
    Great meal and even better service by our waiter Eden who was excellent!
  36. MC

    MikeC

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent!! Service, ambiance, all was exceptionally delivered.
  37. RM

    RandyM

    Cincinnati

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    The food was very good and portions were huge. I think the staff was a little overwhelmed, the staff was working hard, but failed to hit the standard that this restaurant’s reputation is based on.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to celebrate anniversaries! They had the table ready with petals and champagne. The tapas are authentic and best paella I’ve ever had. Best tapas place in DC. Get churros for dessert
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service all around and delicious food. Nice and very extensive wine list. Also really beautiful inside
  40. WA

    WillA

    Anchorage

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, great food, my party of 4 had a very nice time at this restaurant.

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 3047 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 46 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
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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