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Permanently Closed - TapaBar

4.6
143 reviews
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$30 and under
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Spanish
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This restaurant is permanently closed. TapaBar brings the traditional, casual Spanish tapas experience with a fresh modern twist. Executive Chef Alonso Roche's nostalgic, yet innovative vision combines a rich array of both locally sourced ingredients and spectacular Spanish imports. The bar offers a full selection of Spanish wines as well as home made tonics for their already famous Gin and Tonic's.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Happy Hour
Mon–Fri 4:30 pm–6:30 pm
Weekday Dinner
Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
Weekend Dinner
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(240) 483-4004
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Alonso Roche
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Cross street
Norfolk Avenue
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Parking details
Parking structure one block away on Woodmont.
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Entertainment
Thursday night we have live spanish guitar from 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.6  based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.5
service
4.4
ambience
4.0
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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

we love tapabar! the food is amazing and the space is beautiful and relaxed. drinks are fantastic, especially the gin+tonic. it's our favorite place - highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on December 22, 2017

Really enjoyed the visit. Lots of Tapas options that were very tasty and authentic. Make sure you try the Carmel Fig Cake for dessert. Service was prompt and friendly. Interior was hip and the bar seems to be doing good business while we were there.

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vipPapaya (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 7, 2017

The food was very tasty and the place is lovely and bright. Service was perfect.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 24, 2017

Delicious food, wine was great and service spectacular

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Chill (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 17, 2017

Liked it! Not a big floor (good thing) so feels more intimate and local but still nice-casual atmosphere. Food was good with lots of variety. The house cava is good too (medium dry)! Cost can add up but for a special occasion, I'd definitely repeat.

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vipTCashion (Memphis)
4.0  Dined on November 17, 2017

Made a last minute reservation. Had yet to try this place. Very good experience. Food and drinks were very good, service was, too. Wide variety of tapas, not difficult to find something for everyone. Will definitely return!

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 14, 2017

Tapas Tuesday! Awesome experience for a very reasonable price. My only con was that the 3 wines that I tasted were really sub par. Still, the service was top notch and fun, and the food was really good. I could have used more salt, but a shaker took care of that.

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JuJo (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 14, 2017

Happened to try this place on a Tuesday, which offers a limited all you can eat menu. I tried it and it didn’t disappoint. A few of the plates were great, and others were good. Nothing disappointed. I give this place 4.5 stars.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on November 2, 2017

Great ambience and very attentive manager ! But I wish they were willing to stay open later as it takes away from the ambience to be asked for ‘last call’ by your server at 930...

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Georgetown (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on October 28, 2017

Service is great and food outstanding. Especially liked the Octopus.

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vipSally (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on October 27, 2017

Excellent food and service, and a good place to talk.

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viplarrybell (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on October 25, 2017

3rd time back not as good as 1 and2. Waiter Bill was great. some plates better than others. Wine was decent. Will probably return however not real soon

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vipJessLee (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on October 20, 2017

Overall, I would go again. The tapas were delicious! Service started out a little rocky at first, but got better towards the end of the evening.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on October 14, 2017

It was great! Really like the changes they made to the menu...the branzino was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on October 12, 2017

Awesome experience, everything was delicious! Amazing atmosphere! Definitely will come back!

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AmandaF (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on October 11, 2017

The food was good and the live guitar was nice, though I wish they wouldn't amplify, since it's nice to be able to hear each other better.
It was nice in that it was not crowded, and we could linger a little since there were no people waiting for our table. The one thing I didn't like (but many restaurants do this) is that they were taking away people's plates too quickly. Then it gets very awkward for the last person eating. I think it's not polite to take the plates til everyone is done.

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vipAGoodFindinGtown (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on October 7, 2017

Some of the best tapas in the area, and great donuts too!

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vipDate (Sydney / NSW)
3.0  Dined on October 7, 2017

Octopus was very tasty. The cauliflower is solid. The tortilla is good too

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on September 24, 2017

Great neighborhood spot. Definitely try the gin and tonics, and donuts.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on September 23, 2017

Nice place to have a dinner. Taste, atmosphere, service of staff..etc. I'll be back again.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on September 22, 2017

Excellent restaurant! Food is terrific, service is helpful and friendly, and they know how to slice ham properly! Go now and chow down!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on September 16, 2017

Our second time here. Great Tapas and excellent service. Ahi tuna was divine as was the special of branzino in parchment. I love Jaleo but Tapa Bar is better.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on September 12, 2017

I was with two other people. We ordered many tapas. All the food was delicious and the service was prompt. If you are interested in a less crowded environment, Tuesday is good. That was when we were there and it was nice and cozy, no rush, and the service was great. The quality of the food was on point and the flavors were fantastic. We did order one entree to share, the Chuleton De Buey, an amazing 22oz. ribeye, perfectly medium rare. I also recomend the Montadito de Tartar and the Ensalada de Coliflor . All are great, but we loved those.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on September 9, 2017

Food was a bit simple. More could be done to develop the tapas. Service was great. Nice and fun atmosphere. Good wines.

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Momof2Boys (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 7, 2017

Delightful lunch, delicious food, lovely simple modern setting. Note that lunch is not a tapas menu, but rather salads and sandwiches-- they are great but not tapas.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on September 3, 2017

Tapasbar in Bethesda is the real deal! We found ourselves in a beautiful modern-earthy dining room with an adorable (and well stocked) bar. With so many restaurants in the area in desperate need of a redo TB is a welcome addition.
Once seated we were greeted immediately by our waitress Seungh Hee who was friendly, attentive, and informative. All of her recommendations were perfect and she really took the time to read us and figure out the experience we were looking for. She is a real gem.
THE FOOD WAS SPECTACULAR!! Latin Tapas that were equally satisfying to my vegetarian taste and that of my highly carnivorous bff!!
The manager (Mike?) stopped by twice to ensure we were enjoying ourselves. When I asked him about the dessert menu he not only made dessert recommendations but suggested after dinner drink pairings that we both took him up on!
This place gets the meaning of service and value. I can't wait to stop by next weekend to check out their late night vibe! I hear the drinks are fab. In a sea of Fives the neighborhood just got a 10!!

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vipDate (Sydney / NSW)
3.0  Dined on August 26, 2017

Tapa Bar is a very solid downtown bethesda restaurant. Good food and some outdoor tables which is good

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vipOpenTable Diner (Naples)
3.0  Dined on August 19, 2017

Mixed feelings, some of the dishes were great but some were kind of so so. Glad I went during restaurant week so more affordable

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on August 18, 2017

I alwys lovevthe food and drinks there

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Bonnentente (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on August 15, 2017

The food was complex, artful and delicious. Really enjoyed the Restaurant Week Menu. My second visit and it didn't disappoint.

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