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 fireplace-lit lounge areas, there is a place for everyone all year round!
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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 hours ago
Overall4food2service3ambience5

Been here about 6 times, the coffee, donuts and scrambled cream cheese eggs are amazing. New menu last few weeks, sweet potato hash was poor.

Summary: be cautious of the new menu items, stick to the "classics" section

The kitchen forgot the sweet potatoes in the dish, same thing happened to table next to us. They only gave "50% off" that dish, and we had to ask. Strange customer service, usually restaurants who mess up a dish ask you to order something else, or remake it. They spent 10 mins and brought a side of sweet potatoes... I had already finished eating so the whole experience was weird... "50% off is all we can do since they brought you the side to compensate". Weird experience but overall I come here a lot and it's good.

Management - you need to re-train or empower your servers to make decisions when it comes to quality. They shouldn't need "approval" regarding what to do when a dish is poorly executed or mistakes were made.

A
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and delicious food!! This was an excellent to spend our anniversary

LC
St. Louis
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

What a cool spot - good ambiance and neat architecture. A little pricey, though.

l
Washington DC
137 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delivers. Such a charming environment. Food is good and served hot! Service is nice and not pretentious. We celebrate many important occasions there and always leave happy

RA
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nothing better than the quiet ambiance of this old established favorite...I’ve been away for a few years, but a return to this familiar haunt for DC insiders is like running into an old pal...which I did this time. The fish sandwich was splendid, too.

D
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We arrived in the early evening and enjoyed a very nice dinner with good friends. The food was very good and reminded us again of what a special place this has been for more than 30 years.

JL
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Had dinner with a friend from out of town, who loved it. Gigi, our waitress, is a treasure.

j
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Nice cozy place with good food and service

BP
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great birthday dinner party setting!

d
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tradition and a great Thanksgiving dinner. The ambiance was perfect.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious outing for Thanksgiving

LC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

My wife and I thought we’d have someone else do the cooking this Thanksgiving and treat ourselves to dinner at the Tabard. With all due respect to this beautiful historic institution, our overall experience was no big deal... I say this, mostly, because there was a lack of nurturing and attention to detail one expects for a special occasion, and at $225.00 for two. Making the reservation a month prior, and noting my wife was gluten free, there was no recognition or particular concern. We both ordered turkey and trimmings, minus the food sensitive items. I ordered a house salad to start and when I asked for bread or biscuits I was truly disappointed to hear that nothing had been baked for the occasion. Our meal was tasty. One plate arrived without cranberry sauce. The small wedge of harvest fruit pie was good but appeared lonesome on the plate, and could have been improved served warm with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of iced cream. Reliving this meal, and in retrospect, this dining experience left us cold.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for the Thanksgiving dinner and my wife and I both agree that this is the best Thanksgiving meal we have ever had. This was my first time visiting the restaurant, but I can't imagine anything they serve being less than amazing.

WC
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Had a lovely Thanksgiving dinner at the Tabard Inn. Their lounge is so cozy that I could have enjoyed the entire meal there and been happy. My drink was lovely, my food was good, and my dining companions were completely in love with the whole experience. We will definitely be back.

DD
Washington DC
75 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been to the Tabard Inn for brunch many times (and other meals less frequently); the experience is always excellent. Once again, the food was superior and service exemplary.

m
Memphis
7 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience1

First of all, Tabard Inn does not offer a Sunday Brunch the way I thought it should be interpreted. It only has a regular menu. That was very disappointing. We were looking for a nice Sunday Brunch. The small room we were taken to was packed and very loud. When the wait staff walked by our table something was knocked off almost every time. The food was okay. There was nothing special about the flavors. The
little donuts were average at best. It's a cool old hotel. Not such a great restaurant.

s
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a quaint place with great food. Can’t wait to visit again.

JH
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience2

We went to the Tabard Inn expecting a quaint restaurant with solid food etc. It misses the mark on almost all fronts: over priced, poor service, mediocre food and a worn out/tired ambience. Our hostess barely acknowledged us with a “name” and then curt “follow me” and a scowl. Menu looked to be decent, but the execution was poor across the board. Most of the food was overcooked from the rockfish to the chiopino to the tagliatelle noodles that were mushy. I normally love chioppino, but the seafood was so overcooked I barely ate 1/3 of it. Oysters didn’t taste fresh and were poorly achy led with tons of grit and pieces of shell. Wine isn’t is average at best. To boot we were clear with our waitress that one daughters had a tree nut allergy but she ended up puking after dinner from what we believe was an allergic reaction. We can only guess it was from one of the deserts. Definitely don’t recommend the Tabard Inn. Many other good options in DC for equal or lesser price.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Generally it was a good experience but the service was a bit slow given that there weren’t many people working.

m
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was incredible. One piece of feedback is that the sides for the ribeye were a bit lackluster. For a $48 ribeye I would have expected a bone in ribeye and something other or in addition to roasted vegetables.
Our server, Neji was incredible. From food and wine recommendations to attention to detail- he was top notch.

EK
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Food was over-priced for what it was. Over $180 (including tip) for 2 persons for 2 salads, 4 appetizers, and 2 alcoholic beverages each. The fried appetizers were soaked in grease and did not live up to the word “appetizing.” However, the old Inn atmosphere was quite nice, and our server was very attentive and did a good job. Would not return, however, due to the poor quality of the food.

g
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Always good. Excellent burger and shrimp tacos.

J
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an excellent business dinner on a Tuesday night. The service was outstanding and the food was extremely high quality. The staff really makes you feel special. The historic hotel is quite interesting and really gives you a cozy atmosphere.

CW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
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 on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

PP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

An enjoyable brunch experience!

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
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 on November 16, 2019
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.

A
London
30 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We like coming back to the Tabard Inn. Excellent menu, not very private or intimate.

GE
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
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 on November 14, 2019
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
46 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

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