Tabard Inn

4.6
2119 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Welcome back Friends!!!
We're happy you're coming! Join us on our covered, heated patio; our newly-refreshed fireplace lounge; or one of our intimate dining rooms. Per the Mayor's guidance, indoor seating is limited to 25% capacity with all tables spaced at least 6 feet apart for your comfort and safety.

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 1922, we look forward to offering our guests all the comforts of a home away from home.
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  • Dinner Party Out with Stella Artois & Opentable

    $48.00 per person

    Jun 16 - Aug 21, 2021

    Get together with friends and host your first #DinnerPartyOut at the Tabard Inn's sidewalk cafe, complete with Soft Shell Crabs, Roasted Corn, Organic Strawberry Salad, Chocolate Ganache Cake, and of course Stella Artois Beer!

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    Mon - Fri 8:00 AM - 11:45 AM, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, 1:15 PM - 3:00 PM

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 2119 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.7
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4.4
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Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a birthday dinner. From the bar to the dining area, the drinks and food were excellent. We had the trio of dips for an appetizer, and the pan seared soft shell crabs and oxtail ravioli as the entree. The waitress surprised us with a birthday card, a special desert and after dinner drinks. The Tabard Inn helped to make a fun and memorable birthday!

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vipLadyshrink
Washington DC
114 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Ah! The novelty of eating out with friends again.
Though I have not been to The Tabard Inn for several years, and it has undergone an extensive renovation in that time I worked across the street from it in the mid-late 1970s so it feels like and old friend.
The Pros: Our service was excellent - attentive and patient. My companion has many dietary issues and they were accepted, understood and adapted to. (I eat everything.)
The food was creative and well prepared. I had the soft shell crab special and reveled in its varied flavors. The special desert, a chocolate and apricot cake, was a sweet treat.
The Con: The level of noise in the "outdoor" area was enough to really strain conversation for aging ears. Perhaps we should have sat inside, but I heard a steady buzz from that direction when going to the rest room.
Nonetheless, I will return for special meals.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This is a really interesting restaurant. The wood paneling and whimsical decor seem like you’ve stepped through the looking glass into a set from The Batman movies. Our dinner was superb including a stupendous 3- dip and chips selection, haddock served over a luscious broccoli risotto, and gorgeous duck breast with charred green onions. Good dinner service and a highly courteous staff. Would highly recommend!!

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vipJoanie
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Intimate, old world charm. A lovely hideaway from the hustle and bustle.

LB
LindaB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was very good, but uneven and somewhat disappointing since it used to be (pre-pandemic) outstanding. The oxtail ravioli was excellent but the strawberry arugula salad had little flavor and the apple cranberry crisp was dried out. Since we were the only ones indoors, it was quiet and easy to converse (the indoor dining room had been very noisy in the past) and service was very attentive.

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vipDupontEater
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Charming settling with good brunch menu. Would recommend!

TK
TeresaK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The BEST donuts in the city. I wanted everything on the menu. I loved my chicken and churro waffles. The patio ambiance was perfect on a nice summer day!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Yummy food, perfect service.

JF
vipJayF
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice courtyard location for a Sunday brunch. Standard brunch fare but the preparation was very good.

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vipLizC
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It had been years since I'd had a meal at the Tabard Inn. With greater confidence in dining out post-vaccinations, my girlfriends and I decided to renew our brunch get togethers. I remembered that the Tabard Inn had a nice patio and decided to reserve space. A heads up - the tables on the patio are first come, first taken. Luckily, two of us got there a little early and were able to snag a patio table. The ambiance is great with patio tabes and umbrellas, lots of greenery and a feeling that you are not in a busy city. The service was wonderful - right from the gentleman who welcomed us to the server, who was helpful in determining our choices. The food was tasty and the helpings large. Unlike my brunch companions, I ate all of my meal (shrimp and grits) and was more than satiated. Good coffee too. We will certainly be returning.

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vipRaymondK
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Excellent service. The food ranged from excellent (the burrata and the shrimp appetizers and the chicken and halibut main courses) to the modest (ceasar salad, ravioli with oxtail). Decent and well-priced wine list. Our table was in a small room with a very noisy large table of people. Fortunately, they left after 30 minutes.

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Faith
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved every dish we ordered. Cocktails were good as well.

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vip60somethingfoodie
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience3

The new menu has a lot of breakfast/brunch items as well as lunch specials. We had a very enjoyable meal.

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SusanN
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Despite the pandemic, they are still offering an premium dining experience, which is what I wanted for my daughter's graduation. I loved this historic place, its excellent cocktails, and its amazing food.

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vipTameraL
Washington DC
156 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another round of a beautiful setting, great food, and excellent service.

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RuthS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We enjoyed everything about the experience at Tabard.
A very warm night!
The service was pleasant , and a bit slow.
Very accomodating though.
Great place.

EA
ElizabethA
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated a birthday with brunch, and everything was fantastic. The service was wonderful, the food delicious, and the ambiance lovely. It was very hot outside, so I wouldn't sit on the patio on a day like that again, but it was very beautiful. I'd like to say a special thank you to the server who helped get a cold drink to go to a person in our party who wasn't feeling well from the heat. Above and beyond and very much appreciated!

EC
EvanC
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Returning to DC after many years away, the Tabard Inn was an obvious choice for a Sunday brunch with old friends.

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Katiejo
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

My meal was excellent however, my husband was just OK. Definitely not worth the money. That said, you can’t beat the atmosphere and our drink with outstanding!

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vipCharlotteM
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The patio at this place is the actual best. Great when it’s hot out and you’re looking for a covered patio. Amazing food, drinks and service. We were seated right away and the waiter had great suggestions. The duck salad was perfect for the hot day.

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Natflet
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Nice menu and all were satisfied b

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AmyS
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed the charm of the Tabard inn for our overnight stay and meals (dinner and breakfast). The staff was very attentive and caring; the food was delightful; our room was charming and appropriately ecclectic; we enjoyed our end-of-day whiskey in the lounge. The location is excellent and quiet. There were a few exuberant guests singing (joyfully and on-key, perhaps a possibility of the Tabard alone!) in a neighboring room until about midnight, but perhaps that is part of the charm. We'll be back.

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vipExploringFa
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience3

We booked a table for 6 during lunchtime to celebrate my wedding. I called a week in advance to ask for a private room or a patio. They said the patio was first come first serve but they would accommodate me if it becomes available but they can reserve a private dining area. What I didn't expect is that they wanted to seat me in the middle of the restaurant as I was wearing my wedding dress. When we pushed back they accommodated us in one a private dining area in the upper level. That's fine but why have us complain to get it?


Moreover, we notified the restaurant that we had a service animal for a person visiting from out of town. When we arrived, the employee asked to see a supporting document and we provided it immediately in order to seat everyone promptly. But this is something that you should know, according to the ADA, employees at a business "are not allowed to request any documentation" for a service dog. The American Disability Act (ADA) prohibits both public and private businesses from discriminating against people with disabilities."--- Please educate your staff. I will never recommend this restaurant again to anyone I know and I will not be returning.

JD
JayD
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious in every sense

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vipOpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Great historic location, not great service, and overly priced low quality wine and very limited selection.

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Foodiesdream
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Our first course was AMAZING! Unfortunately our second course was underseasoned. HOWEVER after learning of the issue, the manager immediately came over to offer his apologies and sent us home with a free dessert so our last taste of Tabard was a pleasant one. I would DEFINITELY go again based on the service and everyone has an off night. : )

AJ
AgnetaJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really like what you’ve done outside on the patio. The wooden dividers work and look great. Always a treat to dine with you.

PM
vipPresMitchell
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Enjoyed a very low key meal with a friend that i had not seen in a while. Was great to connect over a small but adequate menu. This restaurant was a different vibe that i would go back fir a quick bite on a casual day (if in the area).

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ElizabethE
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Lovely brunch on the patio - thanks! Will be back :)

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Grace
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service! The donut was particularly delicious.

DD
vipDiningDuo
Washington DC
77 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have been to the Tabard Inn many times and have come to expect great service and great food in a unique and pleasant environment, and this time did not disappoint. Despite the challenges of Covid, the staff was attentive and the food was excellent!

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kellyc
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! I stated at the hotel also. It was so nice having a top rated restaurant downstairs. Corned beef hash & eggs Benedict are clutch!

JB
JohnB
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, very nice ambience.
A bit expensive.

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vipAnaT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food is good, but It has lost the refinement It used to have.

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vipMike
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server, GIgi, was excellent!

And great bloody Mary’s!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family in town

MC
MikeC
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This is a quaint place with a lot of history. The service was great and the food was very good. Well worth checking out.

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vipMinnams
San Francisco
69 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely historic elegance. Only issue is that they wanted to seat us on the outdoor patio on a very chilly, rainy day and when we declined, they seated us at a giant table. Food was delicious.

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vipAbigailW
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

my caesar salad was so "deconstructed" I had to do the majority of the work to even attempt to complete preparation. The romaine salad head was halved and that was it. There was no room on the plate to cut it up w/o scattering the other components off the plate. Too few anchovies, too. No notice on website of suspension of valet parking...a huge problem in this area.

JM
JeffM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely brunch on the patio. We were seated within 5-7 minutes of arrival on a busy Sunday. Our server was prompt and courteous. We loved the special drinks on the menu, especially the Gin Fizz. The sugar donuts were a delicious treat, and our entrees came out on time and piping hot. We never felt rushed and were very glad to have chosen the Tabard. One small thing -- there used to be information available about the Tabard's history (in the menu, maybe?). We missed that this time with our out-of-town guests.

FAQs

Tabard Inn does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Tabard Inn also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 331-8528.

Tabard Inn is rated 4.6 stars by 2119 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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