Tabard Inn

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1701 Reviews
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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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What 1701 People Are Saying
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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D
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

d
New England
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful funky atmosphere. Brunch was delicious.

AC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

F
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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
24 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!

JB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Hadn't been to this DC institution in quite some time...with all the new restaurants. Was very much looking forward to it. We were disappointed in the food. My pancakes were completely burnt on the bottoms and my friend send his shrimp and grits back twice because they were not warm at all...room temperature. The atmosphere was wonderful of course but we were disappointed in the food.

CC
London
26 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wonderful setting. Food is decent - the restaurant is quite loud.

GO
Washington DC
63 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We have been to Tabard Inn a few times over the past couple of years. Although the food was fine and our server was very good, the noise level was beyond painful. There were only 2 of us at a table for 2 and we could not hear each other. The first room we were shown to was horribly loud and the second was just as bad. We mentioned this to the server and she said she knew. I think the management has an obligation to ask very noisy groups to tone it down out of respect for and consideration of other diners. We ate and got out as fast as possible and won’t be going back.

FJ
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The French 75 and the scrambled eggs with cream cheese and chives make the Tabard brunch sublime. (And the doughnuts with whipped cream are ABSOLUTELY worth it.)

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday 🎈

H
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

I am a regular at the Tabard, but unfortunately, this was not the best experience. I added chicken to my salad, which was dry and tough. I won't do that again.
Service was meh.

KP
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in DC for a night to celebrate my birthday and decided to try the Tabard Inn based on other reviews. We couldn’t be more pleased with our choice! From the welcoming host, the cozy atmosphere, the superb service, to the delicious food, there was not a single misstep. We felt every aspect of our dining experience was the result of care and thought. It was one of the more perfect dinners I’ve had in my life. If they have the duck confit cassoulet do yourself a favor and order it.
Thank you to the staff and kitchen at the Tabard Inn - we will be back!

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