Tabard Inn

4.5
1537 reviews
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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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Tabard Inn in Dupont has a reliable brunch, but the patio is a nice spot for dinner (and live jazz), too.

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JC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

Despite the fact that I booked well in advance for a special occasion, the host gave me and ny daughter a choice between an indoor table by the kitchen or an outdoor table next to a stairwell & facing a wall, even though there were many other tables available. Very disappointing.

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Denver
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Graduation celebration

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JS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oui - par excellence. Bravo. Spectacular. Delightful meal

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F
Miami
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Tabard Inn remains a long time favorite of mine for good reason. The entire experience from drinks to dessert is wonderful. It begins with the atmosphere. The place is absolutely lovely, especially the patio dining space.

I recently brought a group of people to dine and everyone enjoyed the drinks, the food, the service and the time we spent. I had the organic mixed greens salad that tasted anything but simple. It had edamame, red onions, mung bean sprouts, water chestnuts, cucumber, shiitake, sesame dressing. It was fresh and delicious. Initially I had wanted to have the roasted pear salad, but it had sold out. This was not a poor substitute at all. For an entree I had the Seared Tuna and it was perfect. The menu provided something for everyone and everyone was happy!

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LM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We were a party of five seated upstairs where it was relatively quiet. Cocktail service and starters came out in the expected period of time but entrees were very slow!! Our server was competent but never smiled! We love the place and will always go back but wish food came out faster (it was very hot when served, however). Our server in the lounge before dinner was terrific and interacted cheerfully. Love Dante!!

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JG
New York Area
88 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time we visit Washington, DC, we have to go to Tabard Inn. It's one of my favorite places for brunch.

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JS
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our visit was wonderful. The Tabard Inn is one of our favorite places. The only problem this time was the noise level. We had trouble hearing each other. It quieted down about 1:30, so maybe the time to schedule lunch is late! Staff was very gracious in moving us from outside to inside, but unfortunately it was just as loud!

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PP
Detroit
38 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very unique old Inn with a lot of character. It was pretty loud so it was difficult to talk with a large table of 6. The food was great

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C
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a wonderful Mother’s Day brunch! I will return again!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 5

Food was great as always and we love the atmosphere. However, our party of four arrived at 1:15 for a 1:30 Mother’s Day brunch reservation and we weren’t seated until shortly before 3 pm. Glad we didn’t have children in our group. They definitely overbooked. We were offered earlier seating on a covered patio but it was raining and temperatures were in the 50’s so that wasn’t a comfortable option for us.

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FL
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We went there for a Mother's Day lunch and arrived a few minutes early for our 1:15pm reservation. At 2:15pm, we were still waiting for our table. At this point, we were all starving and ready to go - which is when they came to tell us our table was finally ready. While they covered the cost of the coffee and cocktails we had before lunch, the entire experience was colored by how long it took to actually get seated. So, I don't think I'll go back here.

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EB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Even with the cooler rainy weather we were able to sit outside in the beautiful covered courtyard and enjoy a wonderful brunch.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Mother’s Day.

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T
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent experience. Great food and ambiance. Highly recommend.

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OF
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Tabard Inn is a DC classic. The Inn is more than 70 years old and they have preserved much of what makes it unique. The restaurant and bar have a feel unlike any other in the area. You should dine here.

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J
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place is great. I liked the brunch. The coffee is very good, the sweet plates, and also the eggs are delicious, although the poached eggs were quite overlooked. The place is cozy, a hidden gem in the middle of DC.

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BM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Tabard Inn used to be a favorite to take visitors to but no longer. Came for brunch with my parents for a mix birthday/mother’s day celebration and was sorely disappointed. Service was pretty bad and no dietary accommodations that were asked for by my mother were done. I sadly won’t be returning.

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ER
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

I used to love Tabard Inn, but this time I found it so noisy that it ruined our meal. It
was impossible to converse with our friends. I do not enjoy shouting and eating
together. The food was fine but the selection was more limited than I remember. I
wish there were more vegetarian options.

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V
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner in the room overlooking the outside space. It was a very unique atmosphere with delicious food. Our waitress was amazing, accommodating and thoughtful. I would absolutely recommend this restaurant to anyone coming in to town.

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DS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter and I had a lovely meal in the covered outdoor garden. We had the catch of the day soft-shell crab and the seared tuna. The waiter was thoughtful and brought us extra small plates to share our delicious meals. We both would highly recommend.

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BB
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood gem. Like going back in time to a quaint and quieter time in Washington. The ambiance, food, service and location can’t be beat.

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a
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great spot, table for 6, each meal was wonderful, waiter was delightful and entire staff was warm and welcoming...perfect night.

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O
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

They have very friendly servers and the chicken and waffles were just so good

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EM
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The place needs a thorough cleaning from top to bottom. Restroom was seriously grungy. Food was just ok, nothing special. The living room fabric looks like it needed cleaning or replacing 10 years ago...maybe that’s why the light level is kept low in there?
The only saving grace: the warm donuts.

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EC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience! I took my mom here for an early Mother’s Day brunch when my sister was in town. We sat in a room on the second floor that was so cozy and comfortable, we felt like we were sitting in our living room. It was wonderful! The service was great, the food was great (please try those donuts!) My mom doesn’t get both of her daughters in town often so she and my dad were very thankful to have had such a pleasant experience with us.

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E
New England
14 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a special evening. Wonderful service! Loved the food

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B
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 4

The menu is so limited and the food was cold, and the options.

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PT
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb meal. Best seared tuna I’ve had in years. Very nice, diverse wine list.

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TL
Washington DC
128 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Perfect evening to celebrate my father’s 85th birthday. Focused and warm service, candle on the dessert he chose, and an awesome tuna dish.

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OT
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in town on business and went for Sunday brunch here on a whim. I made reservations and we arrived on time, but decided to wait for a table on the patio, since they said it would be fifteen minutes. Thirty minutes later, I went to check and apparently our table had been ready for twenty minutes but no one ever told us. Oh well. That was the only hiccup. DEFINITELY worth waiting a few minutes to sit on the patio. It’s gorgeous. Sort of like a greenhouse sunroom environment. Really pretty. Everything there was delicious, from the HOMEMADE from scratch doughnuts, to the cauliflower quiche. Service was great, quick, & surprisingly reasonable price-wise considering the city. Definitely will return!

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ES
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We sat inside although we were offered a table outside which might have been more enjoyable. Inside all was well but it was busy. Food was great; I had the scrambled eggs with chive etc; it was very good.

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d
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Every excellent. Food great with only gripe that roast chicken and pork chop were dry. That corrected food would be excellent

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The perfect brunch setting and you can’t beat the price for the quality of food! There is a new chef that changed some things, but the shrimp and grits are still 200% amazing!

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SO
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

This is a long time favorite but our experience was not up to par. Even though our servers did what they could, almost everything disappointed. We hope it was an off night. Please keep trying TI!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The portions for lunch are too small.

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n
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

nice atmosphere in the garden. good service and food.

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AC
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Definitely worth waiting a bit longer to sit outside on the patio - doesn't even feel like you're in DC! And if you're there for brunch, definitely let the server talk you into getting the donuts; they were the best part of the meal.

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OT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

We were super disappointed. The service was poor. Our waitress was easily confused, slow and not helpful. The a la carte Easter Brunch wasn't as expansive as the usual one and all 5 of us were disappointed by our entrees. We won't be back

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AM
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

We love Tabard Inn but were extremely disappointed on Easter brunch. The service was super slow, we had to request multiple times over for our drinks to be refilled, the customers next to us received food/drinks after we'd been seated. Our server was flustered and everything felt hectic.

I took my in-laws for brunch who came from out of town. I was so disappointed by the slow service, aloofness of the server, etc. I won't ever go back for a holiday brunch.

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g
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The wine bottle was corked and had to be replaced. The wine list is obscure and mostly costly types that people around here arent't that excited about especially if it's not that good. For example, no Prosecco on the list? Where are the many high quality Napa reds? My order of steak pasta was quite bad and gave me the trots later. This is the first time I have had bad food at the Tabard. Might be time for a look at the chef and menu or both.

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