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I went here for a birthday dinner with 6 friends. We had requested a quiet location so we could hear one another speak, and we received exactly that (it probably helped that we went at 5:30 on a Sunday). They put us at a round table, which let us have a whole-group conversation, which was great. The service was perfect -- attentive without being intrusive. They brought the birthday girl (me :) a complimentary dessert with a candle, and gave our whole group complimentary glasses of pear liqueur at the end of dinner. Overall a wonderful experience!
Very noisy. Food overcooked. Place has slipped badly
My wife, baby son and I had brunch at the Tabard Inn on the occasion of the anniversary bod my wife and I meeting. I had chosen the Tabard Inn based on its location and other reviews. While it was overall a nice experience, we found it annoying that there was no ramp entrance and we’re also not too impressed by the food. It was in fact surprisingly disappointing, given how excited we were at seeing so many dishes we liked on the menu. My wife had the eggs benedict with spinach and thought they were a bit blah. Not bad, but also nothing to rave about. I opted for the steak and eggs, and thought I could have done a much better job at home. The steak was served cut up and on top of the potatoes, which means it got cold very quickly (I ordered it rare). The accompanying chimichurri was even more disappointing though, as it was a variation of it which was both creamy and sour - in other words a suave that preserved none of the essence of that a chimichurri is supposed to be. All in all, nice location with an eclectic atmosphere yet only average food.
Our table and food was fine, but the noise level was particularly elevated during our time in the restaurant making it difficult at times to converse with our table companions.
Service was good, but the food lacked any spice or taste. You can tell that the raw ingredients were good, but it still lacked taste.
Also, not great for vegetarians and at least half the entrees for brunch have pork.
I always like the Tabard Inn, but this time it took 30 minutes for a waiter to visit our table the first time.
Excellent brunch offerings. I had the smoked Gouda grits and it was great with perfect poached eggs and prepared grits. The Tabard donuts are a real treat.
Excellent all around. Cool atmosphere
The meal was delicious and the service very good. We thoroughly enjoyed it.
Outstanding scallops and pork chop!
Very slow delivery of food. Server was nice enough but it took 45 minutes for the food to show up. Not good when you have to go back to work.
Very elegant and fun.
Had an enjoyable brunch with friends ... except the skillet fries were lukewarm and soggy. They should have been cooked to a crisp.
This is my go-to restaurant for meeting up with old friends when visiting DC. Fantastic every single time.
Wonderful food with outstanding friendly service and adequate prices. Who could ask for more!
We thought the service was excellent and the food was quite fine, but as the evening quickly wore on -- even on a midweek night -- the noise quickly became intolerable. It is a lovely space. Perhaps more widely spaced tables and some use of tablecloths would help? Best wishes to the staff.
Enjoyed my meal but should note that my risotto was a little crunchy.
Good place! It was my third time and it was good as usual. Nice atmosphere and amazing food. I recommend it
Great ambience. Wild boar just ok. Grouper was outstanding. Home made desserts beyond outstanding. Look forward to returning for another meal and perhaps staying in the Inn
We used to love Tabard Inn—that was where we went the night we got engaged 20 years ago. We enjoy getting drinks in the fireplace room with sofas, and the happy hour specials are good. However, our dinner on this night was really disappointing. My husband got beef tenderloin and sweet potato purée. This should have been delicious but frankly tasted like vinegar. My scallops were *fine*. Nothing special. Sadly I don’t think we’ll be going back for dinner.
Great place for brunch . I had duck confit with eggs - outstanding . Noise level was moderate / high . Service was good and waiter was very patient and personable .
Old world atmosphere .
I would recommend this cozy spot for brunch .
I go fairly regularly to the Tabard Inn for breakfast and lunch as it's near my office. This is the first time I've been to brunch in awhile as we took some friends who were new to DC. Really enjoyed the expanded brunch menu with categories like "Benes" (different forms of Eggs Benedict), Grits, Hash and "With an Egg" options as well as the Tabard Traditions. I had the BBQ Wild Boar Bene served n a polenta cake, which was delicious.
Since it was a chilly Sunday, there was a nice roaring fireplace in the sitting room in front of the restaurant, which makes the room warm and inviting and always a favorite. And the service is always very attentive.
Our friends loved the entire experience!
Great place. Been going to Tabard Inn for brunch many years. Cozy & welcoming & beautiful.
Had a wonderful time. Food and service were excellent!
Because I had many great brunches at the Tabard Inn in the '80s and '90s, this was disappointing. Dining room remains pretty. Basket of tempting breakfast breads replaced by smaller offering of mini-muffins. Fresh doughnuts are great - the best part of the meal. My order of shrimp and grits was a very generous size serving, lots of shrimp and ham. Friend had the beef hash, which also was a lot of food. Will have to come back and order lighter dishes.
Ebte- Thank you for your long patronage of the Tabard and your review. We are sorry that our portion size was to large. We will take this into consideration during our next, menu revamp. We are also sorry that our free basket on mini-muffins did not equate to the breakfast breads we use to have. Hope to see you again. All the best- DR
A pleasant historic place for a quite meal. We had a great experience.
Thank you very much for your review. We appreciate those that appreciate our historic atmosphere. If you would like more information about the history of our building please visit our website at the ww. All the best- DR
We went to dinner there for New Year’s Eve and the food was great. They had a 3 course menu for $89 which was delicious. Mu only issue was that they brought the food before we were done eating our appetizers so we felt rushed to eat and enjoy. However it’s a nice, cozy place and the food did not disappoint.
Excellent. Very cosy.
Had not been here for several years but was visiting my old home town and decided to see if the Tabard was as good as I remembered...IT WAS.
Food and service were both top notch. It's terribly nice when things prove to be as good as one remembered!!
We had a wonderful experience at the Tabard Inn. I needed a quiet table because I have tinnitus, and they graciously accommodated. The waiter did a great job, and the food was delicious. All four of us were impressed with our dishes, which included fish, chicken, and vegetarian risotto. It was also fun dining in a historic Washington building. We will definitely return!
Great vegan options!
Wonderful service and very good meals.
It was delightful in every way
Ambiance is excellent. Food and service were incredibly disappointing. Bill was over $800 for our small group and we could’ve had a much better meal elsewhere.
This was my first visit and it was Xmas Eve. Having dined out on many a Xmas Eve, my expectations were tempered since it’s always challenging to find good service and a decent meal on a holiday. Additionally, you always feel like the servers are rushing the patrons through their meals in eagerness to get home to their own families, which I do understand but often makes the experience even more disappointing. This year I was also taking a bit of a risk since I hadn’t dined here before and the reviews were a mixed bag. Our experience was a terrific surprise because not only was the prix fixe menu delicious, but our service was also excellent! We were also celebrating a birthday and our server brought out the desert with a small candle and little fanfare which were both greatly appreciated. The staff were all professional, polite, and made us feel welcome without any rushing at all. The restaurant itself has a fabulous ambience as one might expect in a historic inn and the other diners were a mix of families with well behaved children and couples like ourselves. Everything was understated but elegant and we really enjoyed the meal and evening. We will definitely return on a regular evening and would certainly recommend Tabard Inn for special occasions and their Christmas Eve dinner.
Outstanding service and varied menu options. Good seating with noise level low enough to converse normally.
I usually love the Tabard Inn, especially around the holidays; however, the meal we had was mediocre at best with only fair service. The kale and brussels salad was so salty that it was hard to eat, and the lamb pappardalle was so overcooked that the pasta was in one gummy lump and there was almost no sauce. We had a nice bottle of wine but honestly, the whole meal was disappointing. I don’t know if the chef or the GM has changed recently, but this hasn’t ever been what I’ve experienced here in the past.
We've eaten at the Tabard Inn many times and this was the most disappointing meal. Our server wasn't great. We didn't end up liking any of her recommendations. The winter menu just wasn't my fave. Best things - the fried calamari appetizer, and the hot cider with rum. But the pork belly was bland, the wild boar had way too much pasta and not enough boar, the scallops were OK. The Tiramisu was unusual but not necessarily in a good way. The atmosphere was cozy as usual but again, lackluster service and food. Disappointing after many years of good meals at the Tabard Inn.