Taberna del Alabardero

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2244 reviews
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Traditional Spanish
Get ready to enjoy authentic Spanish cuisine. Chefs Carlos Gómez and César Mayorga bring back the traditional flavors of our favorite classic tapas and paellas and create new dishes elevating Mediterranean products in an innovative way.

Taberna’s seasonal menu feature classic tapas, delightful paellas, fresh sangría, as well as vegetarian and gluten-free options.

Join us and fall in love again!

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Mon - Fri 5:00PM - 6:00PM 8:30PM - 9:30PM
Sat 5:00PM - 6:30PM 8:30PM - 9:30PM

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M
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints! Exquisite cuisine with the finest service in DC area.

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MM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The ambience and the service was wonderful, but the food was overpriced

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was good but nothing exceptional. The squid was not well prepared on our paella. The huevos rotos were very good.

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DK
Phoenix
103 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

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.

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TS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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Miami
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Taberna la my favorite Spanish reataurant in DC

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VA
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Paella was cold. $100 tab was steep for cold paella. We were very disappointed.

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was just ok but the service was great. Patatas with aoli was delicious but the paellas were a disappointment.

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J
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

50 birthday

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MF
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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RS
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Room was cold. Paella was very salty yet bland. Service was entry level and waiter was uninspired. Not very impressed.

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J
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

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.

Sad!

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RM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular Spanish food, wine and service.

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JB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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i
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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Hawaii
15 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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EK
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

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BM
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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M
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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C
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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A
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific food and service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely attentive service. The staff made excellent recommendations based on our tastes- food was a wonderful.

Celebrated an anniversary that day.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gourmet food prepared with fresh ingredients and exceptional skill. Restaurant decoration is elegant and service is extraordinary. I highly recommend it.

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great experience, The food and the ambience was amazing

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GJ
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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TS
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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RW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was incredible, we went there for Valentine’s Day and they focused on all the details and ambiance. Blew me away!

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A
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Yes. Wonderful dining room with attentive service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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JE
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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j
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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J
Seattle
32 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

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.

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DD
Washington DC
68 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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BS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Would highly recommend to a friend. Excellent ambience, excellent service and excellent food. Would definitely come back again!

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is the best in town

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CK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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G
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

High quality in terms of food, wine list and service. Very satisfied.

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P
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Maintains a robust standard and decor improved with the renovation.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 5

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

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