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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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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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday 🎈

H
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

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
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Shrimp and grits was over cooked. Friendly service and a lovely setting.

L
London
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had breakfast on a Saturday morning and it was an above average meal in a pleasant environment in a Victorian hotel.

DK
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a cool place, this is a unique place. It has so many cool nooks and crannies. Food is delicious and drinks are incredible. Defiantly worth the trip out here

DM
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite place! Great patio, great food, great service!

JM
Denver
49 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the food and service was amazing.

NH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Tried the restaurant for weekend brunch based on reviews— not sure I agree with the recommendations. Ambience was pleasant enough in a lovely old inn. Food was average and service was good. Their Bloody Mary was very spicy, had to send it back (and I love spicy), but the server graciously had it re-made. Not sure if I would return again as I think there are other better places for brunch.

DC
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

We’ve been fans of the Tabard for decades. Having said that, this birthday brunch was disappointing. The ambiance is always A+. The charm of the decor and wood paneling put us in the mind of a British or European Inn. It’s one of the most romantic spots for a drink. However, at over $180 for four for brunch, it did not lice up to its own standards. Our birthday honoree adores oysters; though they are on the menu, they didn’t have them ‘because they weren’t delivered today!’ Disappointment #1. The mini corn muffins that preceded our meal tasted like they had been dipped in sugar—not a good ‘appetite teaser.’ The service was the worst we’ve ever had. It seemed as though the waiters were very busy and too few. We had to ask for a few things three times. I had the shrimp & grits, which was more like grit soup and it was served lukewarm. Some of the individual tastes were good, like the shrimp and ham, but the bed of grits was substandard. The haddock and duck hash seemed good. The scrambled eggs with cream cheese & chives was acceptable but bland, as were the chicken sausage. As it was a birthday, I noted that in the reservation, repeated it when I had to call to confirm the reservation, and mentioned it to the hostess who said it was clearly in our record as a ‘gluten free birthday.’ Seeing our waiter upon returning from the restroom, I reminded him about our request. His reply was, ‘we don’t have any gluten free desserts, I don’t think we can do that.’ To which I said, ‘seriously, what about sorbet.’ He eventually brought it and it was a hit.’ We’ll continue to keep the faith about the Tabard, which is a special space. I encourage you to try it. If anyone from the Tabard is reading this, today’s grade was a D....

JL
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ambiance and delicious brunch! We had a party of 8 and were seated upstairs in a private dining area. Very attentive service! Highly recommend!

OT
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

Food was terrible! How did any dish on this menu warrant a Michelin Star in 2018? Doubt it... Tabard kitchen needs a revamp...

CM
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Excellent meal made with good quality ingredients served by knowledgeable and friendly servers

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I missed the sweet bread they just to give at brunch!

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The corn muffins and warm doughnuts with whipped cream were sublime. I love this place

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb. Relaxed ambiance outdoors. Prompt courteous service. Lovely endive salad. Scallops cooked to perfection. Perfect Sancerre. A memorable dinner and evening.

DS
Seattle
30 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

After several visits, we still find new entree adventures and great service. The staff is always hospitable and genuinely interested in our questions. We'll be back!

DK
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful small DC hotel with an extraordinary restaurant. I had the Halibut with a miso glaze over roasted vegetables!!!

MM
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our dishes were very good but not exceptional, which is what I would expect for the price. Service was excellent, and ambiance on the patio was lovely.

LV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What is there not to like about this historic venue? I love the black bean burger, the fries and salad were divine and so was the homemade bread. Staff was so delightful you feel like this is way more than a job for them.

HM
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely ambiance. We were sorry that they ran out of the daily fish. But enjoyed our meals. Website said no valet parking in Sunday so we found a garage a block or so away. Surprised to see valet when we arrived. Mentioned this to manager who said would correct. We’ll be back.

CJ
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Its been a few years since I've been there. I realize how much I love the food, the food portion sizes that are not supersized, the ambiance, the quietude, the beautiful courtyard, the relaxing lounge, the jazz, the most attentive and hospitable canine host, Dante. A wonderful respite from the hubbub that Washington has come to be. As wild meat lover, The Wild Boar Pappardelle was perfect. Thank you!

CG
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing. We ate brunch on the patio and it was beautiful. The food exceeded all expectations. Will be be back very soon.

IF
Birmingham
33 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Food was good with generous portions. Service was attentive. Biggest negative was the crowded dining room and loudness. The tables were too close together and the servers kept bumping into me.

EE
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had a small group of four and went for brunch. We were seated on the patio, which was covered and comfortable. The service was strong, and we never went without refreshed drinks. The food was good overall, but nothing mind blowing. Just solid. We enjoyed our brunch and will come back. Especially to hang with Dante the bulldog.

CB
Sacramento
11 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was a little Asian Fusion, good but really preferred more traditional fare. I’ll be back because it is still one of my favorite places in DC

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

I sat on the patio. They had no mosquito repellent or candles to ward off these bugs. I now have over 10 bites on my ankles. Everything else was great.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wait staff were pleasant and the food tasty. We opted to eat in the courtyard as the noise inside was a bit loud.

P
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food. The patio was lovely on a nice afternoon.

CB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Always a solid choice for good food and ambiance. Great for small groups and special occasions.

TS
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the ambiance! The waiting area was cool and dark, which I liked - I bet it's lovely with a fire in the fireplace in the winter. We actually ate on the (covered) patio - also lovely. Lots of fun rooms to explore - I bet it's a great place to stay, too! The food was great, with some unusual choices (duck hash), and even the standards like eggs benedict were delicious and the potatoes were done almost exactly the way I like (crispy). Don't miss getting the doughnuts! Even though they are served first, rather than as dessert, it's almost better because you know you won't have to same room for them!

CM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great ambiance

MF
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Have wanted to do the Tabard patio for ages and we were pretty disappointed. Walking through the inn to the patio the inn looks worn dark and tired. The patio was nothing special - plants here and there and some nice garden sculpture but not the atmosphere we expected at all based on the great reviews. The staff was friendly and accommodating and the food was very average. We probably will find another spot when guests come to town in the warm weather - sorry Tabard Inn.

CT
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

A delightful place to bring your granddaughter for her birthday!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for brunch with my fiancé & the food was delicious service was great & ambiance was outstanding. Would definitely recommend & will go again!

BP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure dining at the Tabard Inn - especially outdoors on a nice day.

a
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I love the Tabard Inn, even when it changes, it always feels the same comfortable, wonderful place.

BB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We sat outside and everything was lovely until the Bluegrass band started playing. I wish had been told before we sat down about that. Yes we were offered to move indoors, but we had just started eating and moving seemed disruptive and rude.
Also the bathroom was not very clean.

OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We did brunch for the 1st time. Very reasonable. Only 4 star for food. Need to add some fruit to eggs, bacon & fries.

m
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Service was dwindling forward the end, I wanted to order Tabasco, syrup, milk substitute, another Bloody Mary, etc. It would’ve been nice if they also refilled our coffee.

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