Tabard Inn

4.5
1421 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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JG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed a lovely lunch here, the food was good, the service excellent. The only problem is the noise! It was very difficult to have a conversation.

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

Very comfortable atmosphere for brunch. Fresh donuts are to tie for.

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

We have been as a family 3 times and each visit has been perfect!
We only go for special occasions because we really can’t afford it😬
Our next visit will be May 12th for our son’s graduation from AU -he asked that I make the reservation pronto!!

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L
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Most adorable old historic Inn to take out of town guests for Brunch! Mimosas were so fresh tasting and the Tabard Inn donut was warm and delicious! The Virginia Ham eggs Benedict was very fresh and satisfying! I’d go again and take home the donuts!

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LB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, lovely setting and service was incredible. Fun evening.

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MM
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We enjoyed a friends retirement party this week at The Tabard Inn. As usual started with cocktails in the lounge and then went to our requested table in a quieter room upstairs. The food was very enjoyable and good options on the wine list. The Tabard never disappoints.

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AC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charming space and delicious food

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CF
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Really nice overall but too expensive ($240 for 2 without tip incl 3 glasses wine) and veg risotto and portobello mushroom ok not great
And odd to serve duck with a pork chop?

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R
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I love coming to the Tabard because it is unique Washington, not a chain. The food is always good. This time I was disappointed by two things. One was that while I was waiting for my dinner companion in the area right outside the restaurant, the server was snippy when I said I didn't want a drink at the moment. Also in the restaurant, I felt that our plates and glasses were snapped away before putting them down. Not cool.

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JB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tabard Inn always delights! Exquisite food, wonderful waitstaff, cozy and pretty atmosphere. The experience starts when you walk in through the lounge with fireplace and guests relaxing. it is our favorite place for a treat and for hosting out of town friends as well. We asked for a quiet table and got a private room for the first hour before the restaurant filled up as it usually does. i highly recommend Tabard Inn.

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F
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I've been coming here for years, and it's always a treat. This past time, we ordered the donuts, French toast bites, and scrambled eggs with cream cheese and chives. Everything was absolutely delicious. It's a noisy place--too noisy for the setting. (A combination of bad acoustics, too many tables squeezed into a small area, and bad luck of being seated near patrons with gratingly high-pitched voices.) And the prices are high for relatively simple food. (Delicious as they were, I could probably figure out how to make those eggs.) But I would--and do--go there again and again, and I enjoy every minute and mouthful.

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SD
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the tabard waffle. Thin waffle with real cooked bacon added to the batter. I also had a side of scrabble eggs with gouda cherse. Just the best! Can't wait to go back

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D
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderful evening. The Inn is quaint and warm. The service was excellent without being pushy. The food had a nice variety of options and all of it very good. All four if us enjoyed our food.

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JB
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Tabard has gone through many changes in the last several years, in terms of staffing and management, but they have maintained a high level of quality in the restaurant. There is also some welcome continuity in the staff; I was very pleased to have the lovely Fatima as our server the day we went to the Tabard for lunch. Fatima has been with Tabard for ages. She even recognized us, since we have been somewhat frequent visitors to this restaurant since our workplace moved across the street from this venerable institution, in 1999. I think that the long-serving and excellent pastry chef has moved on, sadly, but otherwise the menu still offers delights like the daily savory tart (sometimes vegetarian, sometimes not). The menu is less free-wheeling and extensive than it used to be, and the famously generous basket of bread has become more reserved, but the food still shines, and the ambiance of the place, with the wood paneling and period accessories of the little sitting room antechamber, its lovely outdoor seating in summer, and its newly refurbished neighbor buildings, still connotes old world charm. You can't hear a word in the main dining area on a busy weekday during the noon rush, so if you want to converse, ask to be seated upstairs in one of the smaller rooms there, away from the maddening crowd. In good weather, the outdoor seating in the garden area, with its sculptures and flowers, is a memorable experience if seats are available (get there early). The place is an Inn as well as a restaurant, which adds to the feeling that the place is well loved and very lived in. Experience the Tabard with good friends and feel the charm and vivacity of days past come alive again for you.

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j
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Tabard has a lovely atmosphere and the staff and food are wonderful. It is a great place to host business meetings.

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TX
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love, love, love the ambiance and service. The food is delicious but my dish (the crispy chicken, collard greens, and Asian rice) could have used more seasoning.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Celebrated our 4th year anniversary with my husband being together! The staff are very attentive, great service!

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JL
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you! I visited the Tabbard Inn with an elderly friend during the busy lunch hour. The main room was a bit loud for her and our (female) server understood, helped us move to a quieter spot, took our coats and hung them up near the new spot. As it turns out, that server did not end up waiting on us - she moved us to a team member's (male server) area and still gave amazing service!! That is customer service and we ended up having a lovely lunch and delightful conversation. Wish I caught the female servers name....truly great service and the tart as always was wonderful. (Although wish you made it without red pepper too...) Thank you!!

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

The restaurant is extremely noisy and I could hardly hear my lunch partner. The bill was quite high for 2 lunch items, I did not enjoy my dish but didn’t want to send it back since it was a business lunch. Will not go back again. Don’t get fish tacos.

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

The Tabard Inn is a delightful getaway from the downtown and Pennsylvania Avenue restaurant scene. You can hear yourself speak, and totally focus on your dining companions. Everything is perfect there, from the tasty and delicately prepared meals to the attentive wait staff to the ambiance.

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M
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Toast isn’t part of your corned beef hash entree, so I ordered biscuits. It would have been nice if they were offered to begin with.

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EB
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an outstanding dinner!!

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EH
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a gem of a spot! Go early and have a drink by the fire before you are seated. The decorations are very eclectic. The wait staff is phenomenal. They wait patiently for a break in the conversation before interrupting to take your orders. The food was excellent. It's a little pricey so it's perfect for special occasions. I would absolutely recommend this spot.

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WK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great hidden gem for brunch in DC!

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YR
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Went there hoping to have a seat near the fireplace downstairs.. instead we were put upstairs.. the dining room upstairs is outdated and to be desired .. haven’t been touch since the 90’s.. dinner for 2 $200 in a room without charm and cozy ness

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DC
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined at the Tabard Inn to celebrate a 60th Birthday. All of our dishes were superb and the service was top notch! Thank you for a wonderful time.

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JS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service but a bit loud.

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JK
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A unique space with a great combination of historic space, attentive staff and great food.

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DC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Normally the food is great here but I had a quiche that was way over cooked and my salad was underdressed. Portions were small.

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WG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great place to enjoy brunch on a Saturday. My wife and I went with a couple of friends. The food was great. I had the grits entree, and they were prepared just right and the poached eggs were exactly as expected. My wife really liked her chicken in waffles. Who ever heard of bacon waffles before? Not me! I got a taste along with well prepared fried chicken.

I have been to the Tabaard Inn before, and always recommended. I was glad to share the experience with friends.

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AD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Very noisy, tables too close together, indifferent service, small portions for price.

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PP
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I've always loved this place. It's had its ups and downs over the years, depending on who's in the kitchen. After a long hiatus, I visited the Tabard twice for lunch in the past two weeks, with two very different experiences. First visit: excellent lamb burger, but my colleague's fried rice entree was dismal, even at $12. Second visit: my companion liked the vegetarian savory tart, but I had a very poor excuse for gumbo--a lump of cold sticky rice sitting among fatty andouille sausage, one lonely shrimp, and, of all things, two FRIED oysters, which of course had long since gone mushy in the mix. Honestly, I'm easy to please, but this was shockingly bad. It was also $21. Beyond the food, one of the pleasures of the place is the cozy, low-ceilinged main room.Do everything you can to steer clear of the adjacent rooms on the mezzanine level. They feel disconnected, sterile, and charmless. Our server was fine. He seemed embarrassed by the food.

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e
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The poached pear salad and mushroom risotto were delicious. The short ribs were very good, as well. This is a really lovely place for dinner with the added benefit of the fireplace in the lounge if you want a drink before or after.

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A
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Wanted to like it, service was friendly but inattentive, and quiche was burned and overpriced.

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RS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Yummy food and great atmosphere for a date night!!

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CK
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great. Was my friend’s birthday.

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MS
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at the Tabard Inn is wonderful and delicious. Every day/night there is a new menu. The servers are very polite and helpful. This is a very popular and very cozy and warm spot in Washington, D.C. In the spring and summer you can sit outside in a beautiful courtyard and in the cold months, there is a warm fire going in the front room where you can have a drink and snacks. The restaurant also has that feeling of being at home. I would recommend it to anyone and everyone! Friendly, courteous, delicious food!

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Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Tabard Inn is in the Washington, DC Michelin 2019 Guide for a reason. It remains the classic it's always been and it's a great value. Brunch is IT!

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NA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Food was at best mediocre, nothing special; took a long time to get served. Noise level extremely high, difficult for normal conversation; asked in advance for quiet location in one of separate rooms, but unable to arrange one. Have been here many times over years with good result, but will likely give them a rest for a while. Not good value for $ paid.

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K
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous brunch with girlfriends celebrating a birthday. Our server knew in advance we were celebrating and had the nicest surprise too! My favorite brunch location, especially the donuts and Bloody Mary’s!

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