Taberna del Alabardero
Taberna’s seasonal menu feature classic tapas, delightful paellas, fresh sangría, as well as vegetarian and gluten-free options.
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Mon - Fri 5:00PM - 6:00PM 8:30PM - 9:30PM
Sat 5:00PM - 6:30PM 8:30PM - 9:30PM
Never disappoints! Exquisite cuisine with the finest service in DC area.
The ambience and the service was wonderful, but the food was overpriced
Food was good but nothing exceptional. The squid was not well prepared on our paella. The huevos rotos were very good.
It was a flamenco night, which is very enjoyable. The dancer brought live into the boring restaurant dining. The tapas are really good. However, we didn't enjoy the Paella. I don't like the rice is not fully cooked.
Taberna la my favorite Spanish reataurant in DC
Paella was cold. $100 tab was steep for cold paella. We were very disappointed.
Food was just ok but the service was great. Patatas with aoli was delicious but the paellas were a disappointment.
The service was excellent. The waiter and the assistant were attentive without being overly so. The water glass was always full and they would ask you if you wanted another piece of bread, which is homemade and outstanding, if they saw you were finished with your current one. We had the calamari and the cheese platter to start, both were excellent and the portions were enough for 2 adults and a 12yr old. They also brought a serving of green and black olives that were tasty if you like olives. We all had the Paella del Langosta which was also very good. We all were given plenty of seafood which included Lobster, Clams, and Shrimp. The portions were perfect if not on the slightly large side and the only drawback some may find is that you have to pull the meat out of the Lobster pieces you are given, as well as pick the clams and Shrimp. We don't know about desert because we were so full. All in all, it was extremely good and worth the trip into D.C.
Room was cold. Paella was very salty yet bland. Service was entry level and waiter was uninspired. Not very impressed.
This restaurant has been a family favorite for more than 15 years, but the chef must have changed. The quality of the restaurant has gone way downhill.
The salmorejo was too oily, the paella meat was overcooked and the rice had not socarrat, and even the pulpo a la gallega was inferior to what it once was.
There are some superior options available these days (notably, SER in northern virginia), so i dont expect we will be returning any time soon.
Spectacular Spanish food, wine and service.
I’ve taken my client here for lunch a few times and I should go more often. The food is always fresh and unique. My entre was pil pil cod and it was perfect. The flavor was amazing. Service is attentive but not intrusive. No wonder they’ve been here for 30 years!
My husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary there during dinner service and loved their menu, especially the tapas and desserts. The staff was very attentive to our special date, and showered us with attention: our table was especially decorated, and they gave us complimentary dessert and sparking wine (cava). We’re now looking forward to go back and try their paella buffet on weekends.
I have been to many nice restaurants, and La Taberna del Alabardero is the first to truly make me feel like a VIP. We had the lamb shank, strogonoff beef, red and white sangria, and rice pudding. Everything was fantastic, yet the service topped it all!
I will return everytime I am in Washington DC.
We celebrated a significant birthday with friends at La Taberna. The decor and ambiance suited an important occasion. And the food was quite good -- while meeting our group's need for vegan and gluten-free dishes. I hadn't been to the restaurant in quite a few years. Glad to renew the acquaintance.
The staff is so friendly and really rolled out the red carpet treatment for us, perhaps because we had some Spaniards in my party. It was a Flamenco night and they made sure we had a great time. The Paella Valenciana was delicious, the rice cooked to al-dente perfection. The tapas were delicious, we had croquetas de jamon, patatas bravas, and pulpo. At one point, we had 3-4 waiters attending us and always keeping our table clean and drinks filled. They sent out some nice desserts to top it off. Overall, we like this place a lot and felt like we were in southern Spain.
The food was very good and authentic, a little on the pricey side given the smaller portions. The service was fantastic, they were very attentive and helpful in explaining the menu to me and even included a delicious dessert on the house. The flamenco dance show made this an unforgettable experience and well worth the cost of dinner.
As always, exceeds my expectations. I could say that is one of the few places in Washington that keeps up their steady high standards.
Always look forward going back. The service is outstanding!
Terrific food and service.
Absolutely attentive service. The staff made excellent recommendations based on our tastes- food was a wonderful.
Celebrated an anniversary that day.
Gourmet food prepared with fresh ingredients and exceptional skill. Restaurant decoration is elegant and service is extraordinary. I highly recommend it.
Such a great experience, The food and the ambience was amazing
Our last night of our winter trip to DC! Food was amazing and the service courteous and friendly. One of my all time favorites we have to come back soon.
We had lobster paella and a couple of tapas, dessert mmmm
We have walked by many time and always thought it looked lovely, romantic and finally made reservations for an intimate, late Valentine's Day dinner date. Everyone there was attentive, thoughtful, well versed in wine selections, food selections (this was our first experience in authentic Spanish cuisine and we were beyond happy with the service and attentiveness of all the staff members. FREE coat check, parking. The pricing was a bit high but we only splurge like this once a few times a year so it was worth it
This place was incredible, we went there for Valentine’s Day and they focused on all the details and ambiance. Blew me away!
Yes. Wonderful dining room with attentive service.
We celebrated our anniversary and arrived to a personalized card, rose pedals on the table, and excellent service and food. Cozy with a sence of beautifully toned ambiance and delightful tapas to fuel a romantic date!
We went for Valentine's Day dinner. Very good service and food was excellent. They provide a set menu and all the dishes were delicious. But it was very pricey.
We had a great time at it was our first time here. My fiancé choose this place it had good reviews and was highly recommended by his friend. Great choice good food, excellent services.
We went to this restaurant because it was close to our hotel and it had a good rating. Service was reasonable, but the food wasn't. Pulpo ceviche was too chewy, and the paella was too greasy and didn't have a good flavor. Overpriced.
As always, our experience at La Taberna was excellent in every respect. The staff are so welcoming and the food is wonderful. Our thanks to the sommelier for expanding our understanding of Spanish wines further, we thoroughly enjoyed the bottle she introduced us to.
Would highly recommend to a friend. Excellent ambience, excellent service and excellent food. Would definitely come back again!
Service is the best in town
I would absolutely recommend La Taberna to a friend! They were super friendly and attentive. My boyfriend and I were celebrating my birthday and they greeted us with a hand written card to me! We also got a cupcake with a candle and free rice pudding. Overall, excellent place. I can't think of anything I would change!
Always a great experience to dine there.Flamenco great, too.
I have been a patron since it opened. Regular there. For 2 decades.
My favorite in DC
High quality in terms of food, wine list and service. Very satisfied.
Maintains a robust standard and decor improved with the renovation.
Love this restaurant but their Restaurant Week menu was quite disappointing. The food was not the usual high quality. The paella was over cooked, service slow, and desserts were also not impressive. Too bad