Tabard Inn

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
The Tabard Inn Restaurant’s ever-changing seasonal dishes reflect global influences with a regional twist. With a commitment to sourcing ingredients of the highest quality, our kitchen creates a daily menu based on what is local, fresh, and seasonal to bring inspired dishes to your table in an eclectic and historical setting. A DC institution since 1975, we look forward to offering our guests all the comforts of a home away from home. From the seats in our ivy-covered patio, and our Victorian and town home dining rooms, to our fire-place lit lounge areas, there is a place for everyone all year round!
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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Join us for Thanksgiving in our dining room this November for a prix fixe dinner menu from 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm. For parties of 5 or more, we will be offering our famous Thanksgiving Buffet as well with 2 seatings: 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm.

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CW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

I have always liked this place. We come about once or twice every year, with friend. The food was good and the service was perfect. We came with a baby and I kind of forgot that it is not a great place for a stroller... or a baby as the noise level is ridiculously high. Everyone was very accommodating and it still went quite well. And we’ll get back for sure.

G
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New menu, all delicious! Great, cozy brunch spot. We’ll be back!

PP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

An enjoyable brunch experience!

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place! I go there for Sunday brunch every time I’m in DC . The atmosphere is quaint and cozy and the food and service are great. Don’t miss the doughnuts!

HL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sitting by a fireplace having cocktails before dinner is the perfect way to start an evening on a cold winter's night. Service and food were great. Had a really fun time.

GE
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Reliably good food and service in a charming old building, convenient to Dupont. I like taking out-of-town guests here.

MJ
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I have always been a great fan of the Tabard Inn. Several times I have actually stayed at the Inn while on trips to DC. The rooms are eclectic and no two rooms are the same. The whole ambiance of the place kind of reminds me of an Agatha Christie novel - a throw back to the early 20th Century, when life was simpler, people were well mannered, and decoration was designed to please the eye in an old fashioned, Art Deco comforting kind of a way. But this is supposed to be a restaurant review so I digress.

The food at the Tabard Inn restaurant is very good. Nothing is spectacular, but it is just very good. I have never had a bad meal at the place, but you will find nothing here that warrants celebrity chef level plaudits. It is kind of what you would expect from an Agatha Christie novel - consistent and well above average, comforting to the extreme, but not truly spectacular. If it is avant garde that you are looking for, go some other place. But if you want to eat a meal that your great-grandparents would have appreciated highly, this is your place. The service is also very good. I would not say it is excellent, and it can be a bit uneven sometimes, but it is really very good.

Next to the dining area, there is a small and perennially crowded bar. They make wonderful cocktails there, some that are quite unusual, but whenever I am at the Tabard Inn I usually just want to order a scotch (neat) or a Manhattan or an Old Fashioned, because that somehow just goes with the place and is probably what my great-grandparents would also have ordered if they were here in the 1920s or 1930s.

One of the best things about the Tabard Inn is the sitting room next to the bar area where people come to congregate, sit on overstuffed furniture that looks like it dates back to 1925 but remains very comfortable, sip on their scotches (neat) and Old Fashioneds, and carry on conversation with other folks. It is all so utterly .... civilized. I just love the place.

D
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always charming dining room in any season. Lunch menu was perfect for post museum outing. A Washington, DC standard.

d
New England
11 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful funky atmosphere. Brunch was delicious.

AC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

delicious, fun, friendly place; we were immediately seated even though we were early. Waiter was prompt and so kind. Food was so delicious, inventive and still comfort food., and even our leftovers have been so good! Can't wait to come back for an outside patio meal!

NH
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I have always enjoyed the Tabard Inn when we visit Washington, however this time it fell just a bit short. We like to be upstairs but apparently this was not available. The noise level downstairs is much too high. The service was excellent and our waitress was very accommodating, even making the requested substitute from our guest. The wines were perhaps overpriced, but guess this is just Washington.

AC
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my local favorites. Great ambience, great food, great value.

F
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, service, diverse menu, good service

MK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. The inside of the restaurant is beautiful, and I love the ambiance. Service was very good on all my visits.

JC
South Dakota
27 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, slow service, and too noisy

DC
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Tabard Inn continues to delight with its ambience and food and beverage offerings. The gin and tequila varieties were exceptional. The appetizers and entrees contain enough variety for vegetarians, seafood lovers, and meat enthusiasts. The servers are friendly and accommodating. Our server was a tall Asian woman who was helpful and friendly and she gave us space and time to enjoy our meal without hovering all the time. We appreciated her approach to waiting on our table.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and drinks. Dark, quiet, unique ambiance is perfect for a nice date night. Great service. We’ll be coming back for sure!

JR
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Food, ambience and price all very good. Server not friendly or attentive.

PW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place to have drinks and dinner! Highly recommend!

B
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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RR
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience2

Food was pre-made and awful. They just heat it up. So not worth the price.

P
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great ambience with the fireplace. Have been here twice and the food and service very good

W
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the Tabard Inn. The food, service and overall vibe is just great for a special occasion dinner OR a casual get together.

HH
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Recommended by the concierge at the Mayflower. Excellent dinner.

D
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The patio was lovely!

C
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A smaller venue, almost intimate. Semi-clubby with a well-worn late 1800s lounge, fireplace, wood panel, stuffed furniture, Persian rugs, a casual bar upstairs and a narrow walk past the bar as you enter the more-updated dining room. Excellent, diverse menu that changes over the course of a year. Informal, but staffed like a 5-star. Noise can be an issue for some, but there is patio dining to escape that. Modest but thoughtfully-curated wine cellar. Not inexpensive dining, but you won't feel overcharged. Recommend the valet parking ($12 plus tip)

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely!! Go on Friday or Sunday and enjoy the live jazz after a nice dinner.

SS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent meal. Crowded and noisy.

F
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our fourth visit dining here over the last few years was excellent. Celebrating our wedding anniversary. Service was extra special with thoughtful complimentary dessert and after dinner drink which made the experience a delight. Will go back on next visit to DC.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect experience even you just had brunch alone

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!

S
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was terrific (understand there is a new chef) and the service was very attentive and accommodating; had two birthdays in the group and they went out of their way to be welcoming, including complimentary limoncello for the group (which was not a big dessert crowd). Will come again!

SB
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Beautiful and unique atmosphere, but very overpriced. On top of that, the meals were small. Mins was delicious, but my wife did not like hers at all. We definitely enjoyed ourselves as ambiance is important to us, but we will not be returning as it was not worth the cost.

CT
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Lovely old world inn. Nice menu, competent service.

RW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Tabard Inn never disappoints. The food is always excellent, the service perfect and the ambiance great. It is one of my favorite restaurants in DC!

JB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Overall, excellent. Noise level deafening however. Maybe Sou absorbent drapes? Dunno. Tough to abate, I know

U
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A fun quirky spot, a buzz with lunch meetings and great conversations. Food is very good, and the spot is very unconventional, but worth a stop for sure! Don’t miss this unique and eclectic spot!

EA
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Brunch on a weekday was underwhelming. I had the Tabard sandwich and bread was greasy, bacon a little burned. More than $10 for a not-very-good breakfast sandwich. Coffee was terrible and that was my major source of unhappiness. Waiter was friendly. Room/hotel are a nice environment.

D
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was well-prepared. Had halibut special which was good. Service was attentive without disturbing. Restaurant was a little too dark where we were seated so it was hard to see what we were eating even with a candle on the table. Complimentary digestive (OJ, vodka & sage) was an unexpected treat and appreciated!

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