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About Tabard Inn

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!

1739 N St NW
Washington, DC 20036
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Continental

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 10:00am, Saturday & Sunday: 7:00am - 9:00am; Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 3:30pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Thursday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
18th St

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 331-8528

Website:
http://www.tabardinn.com/

Entertainment:
Every Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights, the Tabard is brightened by the sounds of jazz bassist Victor Dvoskin and other acclaimed local jazz musicians.

Parking Details:
We offer valet parking during our Saturday and Sunday Brunch service and for Monday-Saturday Dinner service as well as Lunch daily.

Public Transit:
By Metro- Dupont Circle is the closet Metro stop. Exit to the south from the station and walk one block along 19th Street to N Street. Turn left on N Street, cross Connecticut Avenue and 18th Street, and continue on N Street. The Tabard Inn is located on the left mid-block between 18th and 17th Streets.

Executive Chef:
Joud Achkar

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
The Tabard Inn Event Rooms can accommodate a maximum of 56 people for a seated, plated function and a maximum of 100 people for a standing reception style function. Please contact Special Events regarding pricing at specialevents@tabardinn.com or 202-463-7909.

Private Dining

Our charming venue is perfect for intimate wedding ceremonies, elegant receptions, festive rehearsal dinners, unique corporate events and memorable parties. Our private event spaces can accommodate both social and corporate groups for seated dinners, buffets, and cocktail receptions.

Tabard Inn Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Cozy (74)
Neighborhood Gem (68)
Good for a Date (67)
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Great for Brunch (55)
Romantic (52)
Special Occasion (45)
Good for Anniversaries (38)
Sunday Lunch (34)
Good for Birthdays (32)
Great for Lunch (32)
Authentic (31)
Fit for Foodies (29)
Creative Cuisine (28)
Fun (27)
Casual (26)
Great for Outdoor Dining (26)
Quiet Conversation (26)
Business Meals (24)
Comfort Food (20)
Bar Seating (15)
Good for Groups (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Notable Wine List (13)
Seasonal (13)
Afternoon Tea (12)
Good Vegetarian Options (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Healthy (9)
Happy Hour (8)
Late-night Find (8)
Afternoon Coffee (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Live Music (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
People Watching (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Great Beer (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Waterfront (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vegan (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

The Tabard Inn has not changed in decades, though it slowly evolves. That is what makes this downtown gem so special. No trendy, loud seating. Lovely, white tablecloths and enough space between tables to have low key conversations. Old couches and fireplaces for cocktails. You will find nowhere else like it in DC. Lots of steps if that is a concern.

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Business Meals, Authentic, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

Awesome! :)

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·Dined 3 days ago

I have been to the Tabard Inn a number of times and it is always a great experience. I do not usually write reviews, but this time their customer service went above beyond. I accidentally left one of my gloves (a very nice pair I might add) at the table we were at and did not notice until I got home. I was ready to write it off, but a few hours later the restaurant called me and asked me whether I was missing a glove. They held it for me until I could pick it up. I was impressed that the staff went through the extra effort to try and locate the owner of the glove (my contact info was in my open table reservation). Thank you and I will be back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 16, 2018

The food is OK but it's very expensive and not very creative... The service could be better and the atmosphere is old fashion style!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Fantastic brunch at the Tabard Inn. This venue never disappoints and worth every bite.

Tags: Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Great Sunday Brunch. Have the donuts! You won't leave the Tabard Inn hungry. The food was really good and so was the service.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Our first time dining at the Tabard for dinner. My wife and I had a great time and a fine dinner. Will be back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Tabard Inn is so cozy and charming. They had a lovely fire in the front room where one could sit and wait for guests to arrive. The menu is filled with fresh, delicious options. Our server recommended we start w Hot cider and it was a perfect start to a winter lunch. They also have an outdoor courtyard for when the weather gets warmer. Lovely retreat in the middle of the city.

Tags: Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We enjoyed a very nice brunch. The brunch menu offered a variety of different entree and beverage options, and the service was attentive.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 7, 2018

The donuts did not disappoint and the rest of the meal was delicious. Highly recommend for brunch.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Always a wonderful experience!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Very comfortable lounge experience with fireplace and antiques. Dinner in adjacent room was excellent in all respects.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Brunch was delicious! I recommend the eggs benedict with oysters. Best eggs benedict I have ever enjoyed

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 4, 2018

One of my favorite places in Washington--always reliable, high-class comfort food and a nice choice of wines by the glass.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Wonderful New Year's brunch

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Lacking the pretense of many Sunday brunch options (and the inflated prices that go along with it), Tabard Inn should be near the top of everyone's "where should we go for brunch" list. We recently enjoyed Tabard Inn for New Year's Day brunch. Good food. Really pleasant service. A rustic, homey environment.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great for a late New Year’s Eve dinner. Reasonable pre fixe. We love the ambiance and the history. Cool place.

Tags: Late-night Find, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Went for the $100 NYE prix fixe and was disappointed by the food and service. Waited nearly an hour for the first course. Food was fine but unremarkable. The “lobster tails” turned out to be a single, small tail. We left hungry—certainly not worth $100 per person.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We've been to the Tabard for several special occasions and have always really enjoyed it. We often recommend it, especially on Sunday nights for the miusic before dinner. But for New Years Eve it was overall very disappointing. The prix fix menu choices seemed a bit lacking. The steak was very fatty. The lobster was tough, possibly overcooked. It was barely hot, but the restaurant was cold, so that may have been no of the chef or server. The broccoli was undercooked. The eggnog cake was actually spice cake with eggnog icing. It was dry and underwhelming. The lemon cake was more like a hint of lemon cake, but probably the best thing we ate. We were cold and overall really disappointed. For the price, we expected a better than normal experience at the Tabard. Instead it was a significantly worse experience on a very special occasion.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We traveled to Washington with friends for a NYE wedding, and went to Tabard Inn on the night before. Our group expanded during planning stages, and they were so helpful in getting us all seated. Food was delicious and our service was stellar.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Notable Wine List, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Still a wonderful spot and the food was very good — outstanding grits , the best i have ever eaten in a restaurant anywhere. Service is always friendly, it was somewhat more adept than in the past. And the atmosphere continues to charm, the fire was welcoming on a cold day and everyone seemed to be glad to be there. It will definitely remain high on our list.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Casual, Seasonal
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 27, 2017

As usual, the food was great and the service wonderful. Our guest loved and raved, over and over, about the duck breast.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2017

I used to live in the DC area and would dine at the Tabard Inn on a regular basis. It was so nice to go back there and have a lovely lunch with an old friend. I love the atmosphere and the décor, and the food ranges from pretty good to excellent. My salad was pleasant but my friend's lamb burger was terrific. And the caramelized apple tart for dessert was outstanding. I also appreciate the fact that they have a very fine list of wines by the glass which goes beyond the usual suspects. I would recommend the Tabard Inn for an everyday meal as well as a special occasion.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Cozy, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Was there for cozy Christmas Eve dinner. Food was fabulous and great service. My only disappointment was there seemed no effort to special decor in our dining room (didn’t see others).

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Charming setting in an historic but well maintained inn - ideal for a wonderful weekend brunch. Great comfort food dishes; special biscuits and homemade muffins and doughnuts; fresh ingredients and brunch drinks. Service excellent.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Tabard Inn is a 5 minute walk from where we live. The food is superb -- freshness of ingredients, always cooked according to order, never over spiced, nicely presented and served promptly (and correctly). You will never be asked by the server, "Who had the ... ?" They know; the food runners knows; the other servers know. Even though the restauranr was full, the server checked back multiple times. One caution -- lots of people know this place is a gem; they have a loyal customer base; don't go for lunch or dinner without making a reservation on Open Table.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 18, 2017

We enjoyed our holiday lunch at the Tabard Inn in December. The service and the food were exceptional, and the warmth and ambience of this restaurant is a nice change from the more stoic DC lunch choices during the work week. It was quite loud, however, and was challenging to hear each other at a small table of four, so this is not a good choice for anyone preferring a quiet setting.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on December 18, 2017

Consistently grand, time after time, for the past two decades, including for a nice, pre-holiday dinner with couple friends Sunday evening (12/17/17). Had the special entree of PA venison: sublime; and with the deft assistance of our terrific waitress, made a relatively affordable discovery on the excellent wine list (the inky and incredibly yummy Tannat from Uruguay) which may prove life-altering. Steps from Dupont Circle and a world away from the frenzied, too-often frenetic and transactional day to day grind of Washington, DC. Dinner here can only be improved upon by taking the stairs up to a room to spend the night. Bravo!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Paleo Friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We celebrated our daughter's college graduation! The food and service were exceptional and made our celebration even more memorable!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 17, 2017

always a delicious brunch!! great atmosphere and a DC tradition.

Tags: Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

As always, excellent food. Haven’t been there in several years. Appeared more tables added, a little to tight and very noisy. However, that would not keep me from returning. Looking forward to my next visit!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 17, 2017

A unique restaurant tucked away in a small inn near Dupont Circle. Delicious food, great drinks, and a cozy atmosphere in a historic building. Sit by the wood-burning fireplace with a cocktail before or after your meal. About the only complaint is that it seems to be getting more and more popular!

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 17, 2017

5 stars service! Excellent authentic food ! Strongly recommend the lamb sausage and grilled octopus for appetizers. And the duck breast dish and seared scallops for entrees.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 15, 2017

We always have wonderful food and good service when we go to Tabard Inn. Usually we enjoy the evening. This trip, however, we were seated in a small upstairs room next to a large table of really loud people. It was so raucous that we were unable to carry on a conversation with our friends. Perhaps when there are such large parties it would be better if Tabard Inn would just give them the entire room so the rest of us could have a more intimate dining experience in another part of the restaurant.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Disappointing....

I have eaten at the Tabard Inn many times over the years but my most recent experience - lunch on 12/16/17 - was very disappointing. Though everyone on our table of 5 clearly heard my order (which was for myself and my colleague), the waiter brought us the wrong food (I ordered the shish kebab for 2 but they only brought it for one person. Since we had already waited for some time for our food, we chose to just keep it (rather than face another long wait) but asked for some extra pita to make it stretch. After another long wait, the pita arrived - just as we were both finishing our rather meager meal and where the meat was rather dry. On top of that, we had also ordered the trio of Mediterranean dips which should include baba ganoush (my favorite) but they had run out of it so supplemented with something else which wasn't very nice and they didn't ask us about whether we would want the alternative before bringing it (how do you run out of a menu staple by 1pm?). Though it was a busy lunchtime, we were upstairs where it was a lot less busy than I've seen it before so there really was no excuse for either error. Dessert was at least problem free.

The Tabard Inn is a lovely place to eat and the food and service are normally good. Sadly that was not the case on this occasion.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 15, 2017

This place is old school charming - fireplace and comfortable furniture in the front make it great for quiet conversation . The food is not particularly innovative, but it is very good. All six in my party had something different and everything was delicious especially the deserts. Will definitely go back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 14, 2017

The Inn is a rare find in the hustle and muscle of D C. It has great creative menu and service in an atmosphere that is upbeat but gracious.

Tags: Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Live Music
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·Dined on December 14, 2017

We had our office holiday lunch at Tabard Inn and all of us enjoyed it. The food selection was fine - the only thing, a few of us were disappointed that there wasn't a holiday menu available.
Service level was great - we were well taken care of for how busy the restaurant was at the time. Servers were friendly and attentive. It was recommended to us, and we would in turn recommend it to others. Thanks!

Tags: Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Been coming to the Tabard since the 1970's. Has never disappointed.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Romantic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 11, 2017

what epitomizes Washington, D. C. The Tabard Inn. Intimate environment, excellent service, healthy tasty food. It was time travel into a gentle time.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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