Taberna Tapas

4.5
926 reviews
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Tapas / Small Plates
Spanish Tapas, serving lunch & dinner.
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LH
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Taverna Tapas. Great food, service and ambiance!!

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RN
Baltimore
24 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Food quality was quite good. General service was good, but getting a drink from the bar was nearly impossible. It was a Monday night with not much business at 8:00pm. We ordered drinks first (a beer on tap and an old fashion) before ordering food and had finished our first tapas BEFORE getting our drinks, and after asking several times. The second drink order was 10-12 minutes plus a conversation with the manager. I can't imagine how long this would have taken if they were busy. At least Dan the manager was classy and comped us two dishes and took our criticism sincerely.

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Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Lamb Chops are a must!

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E
Wilmington
8 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Crystal, was awesome! Service was excellent and food was delicious.

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Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Server was very friendly and helpful. We shared tapas and salad. Salmon and roasted Brussels sprouts were especially good.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Food was pretty good, service was friendly but slow, despite it being a slow night. Forgot a couple of dishes we ordered which made it take longer.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Thoroughly enjoyed Taberna Tapas for lunch during Restaurant Week. My friend and I enjoyed:
- Brussel Sprout were GREAT (main menu)
- Salmon (main menu) which had a great topping with fresh avocado
- Mussels (main menu): lunch date said they were GREAT
- Ostras Ensalada (TRW menu): GREAT
- Atun con Pisto: GREAT- tuna was cooked perfectly!
- Escabecha- would have been another GREAT but had a little shell in it... heard my friend chomp down and got nervous. However, it was so good, that I took my chances...

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L
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Dinner was fantastic! Really enjoyed the triangle restaurant week special menu! Tried things I normally don't. The place was packed with triangle restaurant week and a show at DPAC so service was a little slower than usual. Fortunately we were not in a hurry! Overall it was a great dining experience and would definitely be back. Plus it's half price bottles of wine on Wednesdays and they have a brilliant wine selection!

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Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

For some reason, the kitchen had a kink. Several tapas were delivered timely and then nothing happened for anyone for nearly half an hour for any of the tables. Not clear why. We were in no real hurry, but it was a little odd.

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AD
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Maybe they were just having an off night, because I have heard lots of good things about this place from people who know about good food and service. The food was okay, nothing really spectacular. Perhaps we would have enjoyed it more had we been able to relax and enjoy the different dishes.

We had an 8 p.m. reservation and got there at about 10 after. The server basically said, "let's get your order in because I'm going to be out of here by 9" and tapped her watch.

We kind of joked, oh okay, we don't want to keep you here longer or inconvenience you, haha, and she didn't seem to get the joke or the fact that we were being sarcastic. Anyway, it wasn't a very warm reception, we felt very rushed and so we had one glass of wine (server did not check back to see if we wanted a second) ate quickly, paid the tab, which was not cheap (and that's fine, we're not cheap either), and left. Like I said, maybe it was just an off night but unfortunately the takeaway from it was underwhelming.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can’t wait to dine here again....

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CF
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious tapas and authentic Spanish foods. Service was very quick before it got crowded, then it slowed down as the kitchen got busy. A little on the expensive side for a full meal, but worth a splurge.

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SM
Raleigh
19 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful favorite of ours! New menu offers expanded choices with old favs still available. Great location for my birthday lunch with a close friend to catch up on life!

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VY
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing paella!! Best in the area. The wine suggested by the server was excellent!

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KS
Western NC
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Food orders served quickly. Very efficient and friendly staff.

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j
Raleigh
33 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

My husband and I met up with a friend and the three of us shared tapas plates and had drinks. The noise level at first was incredibly loud, but as people headed to DPAC (or whatever emptied the place), it got better. The food options were interesting and appeared to be authentic, at least they looked similar to dishes we saw in Spain. The beer selection was surprisingly limited, especially considering the local brewery offerings. We did, however, enjoy the vermut and sherry options to end the meal.

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N
Raleigh
56 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Usually we enjoy this restaurant, however last time I service was terrible. Both our appetizers were forgotten. They were brought at the end and comped. Food was good as usual.

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A
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

All four times we've been there they've been unable to receive our bar drinks in anything close to a timely manner. They are very apologetic, but nothing has changed in five months. Literally, we order drinks, peruse the menu, ask where our drinks are, order our food, and receive our food before our drinks are up. It really undermines an otherwise nice experience.

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DM
Wilmington
4 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was excellent and the server was nice, but the bar was slow and it took a long time to get our drinks.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

This wasn’t first time there, but unfortunately won’t be my first choice in downtown Durham. Restaurant wasn’t full, but the drinks took forever, and either the kitchen or server forgot part of our order and overall, the food just wasn’t as tasty as I remembered. Couldn’t believe they put mayonaise on the bread with jamon and manchego!! That was not a true tapa from Spain. Hope things will improve.

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Q
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent. Service was great. Great place for a business dinner or gathering of friends!

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R
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Reservation was at 6:30 on a Monday. It took over 20 minutes to get our drinks. By 7:20 there was no food so we canceled the order and left (we were seeing a show at 8). Staff was apologetic but provided no reasoning. It did seem like this was not normal.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

We were there for an hour and 15 minutes. One of us got all of their order in 5 minutes. The other didn’t get their food for an hour and then the wrong food. Terrible.

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San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was Mother’s day and also our anniversary.

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RV
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! The food is fantastic! Will go back again.

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C
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Fabulous food, beautiful restaurant, great location, great service. When my family and I went on a Friday night, though, it was so loud that we had a hard time hearing ourselves talk at our own table, more like a nightclub than a restaurant. Otherwise, super and would definitely recommend.

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Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dosty was amazing, drinks and food were amazing as always.. Melissa (Missy) looked beautiful tonight. Will return and recommend..

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S
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The Germaine in Main cocktail is my new favorite. Will be back for that again!

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AV
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was good overall. My friend enjoyed the empanadas. The pollo paella was flavorful, but not the best I have ever had (being from Miami originally!). I also enjoyed the Brussel sprouts while my friend felt they were over-salted. I was pleased by the variety of gluten free and other options for those of us with food allergies and intolerances (although a dessert option would be nice). The service was great. Our server was attentive, and kind and the atmosphere was welcoming. The only issue I would raise on the environment is that it was rather warm inside the dining area. Apparently, the air conditioning was not working effectively. Otherwise, one of the better dining experiences I have had in the Durham area. I would return and recommend to friends.

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Cancun
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was incredible, everything!

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

Waitress was awesome. Her recommendations were on point. She checked on us without hovering or rushing us. Engaged with us & everything we ordered came out in a timely manner, & was delicious! Highly recommended!

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MH
Raleigh
16 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great selection of tapas and small plates, all good. Beverage selection is also great. Service is friendly and efficient.

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CC
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food selection, beautifully prepared and very tasty; nice specialty cocktail menu and a by the glass selection of wines; service attentive but not intrusive

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C
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The only negative comment about our dining experience was that it was uncomfortably warm in the restaurant...I was literally sweating by the time we left.

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P
Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicioso! Didn’t bring the appetizer we ordered, but were quick to remedy, and we were allowed to keep the wrong one, and the right one came quickly. Attentive staff.

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T
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and variety, friendly service, and a place where you can actually hear the conversation you’re having with your table!

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Good and service were excellent! I would not sit outside again as a vagabond cased our table and inevitably tried to steal my friends purse. We will go back but we will sit inside.

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f
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great location, food selection and prices. The food arrived very quickly and the attention by the servers was very good.

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s
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I love Tabera Tapas, and it was my choice for a birthday dinner. We all had a great time, and the food was, as always, delicious!

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SB
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

First time there and although the tapas were tasty, the cheese tray was kind of stale, the server was overly busy and the bar was terribly slow with an 86 on certain wines and all beers. I wouldn’t go again with all of the other nice restaurants in Durham.

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