Taberna Tapas

4.4
1147 Reviews
$30 and under
Tapas / Small Plates
Spanish Tapas
Extensive Spanish Wine list
Full bar
Serving dinner
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Food was average at best, service was not the best either

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Food is microwaved and gross. Totally disappointing. Won’t be going back

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mthoms
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Lousy, casual service. Dishes were dull, and very bland. Portions were puny given the prices. Very disappointed

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vipclinewalt
Raleigh
25 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent and a very nice variety. We really enjoyed the servers who assisted us with the food selection. It was clear that they knew the food and were open to helping make selections.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
13 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food was so-so, just not particularly flavorful or tasty.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a sampling from the entire menu. Everything was perfection. The wine bar was enormous The empanadas were crispy. The grilled octopus was perfect. The dessert was bread pudding. Amazing. Will definitely go back.

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stevew
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great way to have dinner with friends. Service was excellent , window set was great. Salmon was over cooked but the other small plates were really good especially the crab stuffed peppers. Have eaten here several times and always enjoyable.

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PeggyO
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing as was the service
Highly recommend going

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MattR
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food was horrible. Microwaved out of the kitchen. Will not be back.

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vipValery
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

My mom and I were looking for a fun place to try in Durham and so I made a reservation for this place at 5 pm last Saturday. I realized after making the reservation that it didn't open for 10 minutes, but since we were cold and hungry, we figured we would see if they could at least seat us early and give us a glass of water.

We walked up to the restaurant to see 3 workers standing around the host booth hanging out and laughing. We walked in and said hello only to be greeted with a curt "we open at 5." With a bad taste in our mouth, we went and sat on a park bench until 5 and figured that we would give the restaurant a chance still since it sounded good. Yes, the girl was rude and could have said to come back in 10 minutes in a nicer way or just sat us with menus and water.

Our actual server was fine and didn't have an attitude like the other girl thankfully, but the food was bland. The cheese plate had very little flavor, the red wine I got which was supposed to be "smooth" was so bad that I didn't even finish it (and I'm not a wine snob) and the lambchops had literally no flavor. The mussels were mediocre and in a weird red sauce and the patatas bravas tasted like they were in a spicy ketchup. The roasted brussels sprouts were bland as well. I've literally made better ones myself.

All in all, the food was not worth it and I wish we hadn't ordered all at once, so we would have known it wasn't good. I think these were the most overpriced and boring tapas I've had in my life.

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KenW
Charlotte
22 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service good. Food tasty.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. Food was excellent and so was the service.

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McBobFamXmas
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lots of space and great experience

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RaheemaH
County Durham
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent. The staff as very attentive. I will be going back. This is my new spot

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DanielC
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time! Much better to go with 4 people but 2 will work. Yes you will pay some money but the food is well worth it and will put a smile on your face. I recommend 4 people so that you can get to taste much more of the menu. Everyone should experience this place. People and ambiance are wonderful and being in downtown Durham means there is plenty to do before and after.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Didn’t ask anything although I mentioned a special occasion...
everything was too grilled when we were expecting something more testy

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Raechel
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Initially, the hostess declined our service, stating the restaurant was “booked the rest of the night”. After about 20 minutes of trying to locate an alternative for food, I was able to view the open availability of the restaurant on open table... therefore the restaurant was, in fact, NOT completely booked. There were about three other parties dining and the waitress made a point to ask for my friend and I to pay our bill even though we were still eating/drinking. She also stated that we had to be making our way to leave the restaurant since they were closing soon. Mind you the other parties were still sitting comfortably and still dining. Very disappointing encounter seeing as how my initial experience at this restaurant was outstanding.

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Kati
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love this restaurant! They have the best wings in NC and the paella is just amazing. Can't pass up the churros either.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and affordable. Nice ambiance. Good service.

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DPfromSC
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Great wings. Great service from Kelsey.

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EverettB
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The food arrived at our table luke-warm and the servers were very pushy for us to leave because they were closing soon. I'm sure I'm like most guest at a restaurant, when you're spending $70 plus dollars on your meal, you want to relax and enjoy it not be pushed out the door.

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vipCliftonGal
Washington DC
136 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Traveling through Durham and found this wonderful restaurant. Each of the tapas dishes we had were delicious. Wish we had a restaurant like this where we live!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience5

If you love soggy calamari and dry mussels served to you by a waitress who probably just got off of her day shift at the local Golden Corral then Taberna is the place for you! The bartender, who I am also told is the manager, has brought the quality that you’d expect from an Applebee’s in the outskirts of Cleveland to Downtown Durham! Taberna is a must visit!

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KenW
Charlotte
22 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always consistent every time I come here. Good service too.

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LianaS
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding experience. I dined alone, and they had space at the bar, still spaced out for safety. The staff were very friendly, attentive and enjoyable to talk to. The bacon wrapped dates were divine, a perfect balance of sweet and savory. The calamari was nice and crispy, tasted very fresh without that rubbery texture. I had to fight the urge to go back the next day.

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BryanK
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A great place for date night and would recommend trying some of the Spanish wines. Also, don’t forget to try the bacon wrapped dates.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was extraordinary and so kind!!! Everything we had was delicious

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MichaelY
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were very pleased with the food and service. And impressed with attention to health guidelines. The only minor disappointment was that Taberna was included in the Streetery list, which we assumed meant our outdoor table would be on Main St like a lot of the others, so we were a little disappointed to be on the backside by the parking lot ... other than that it was great.

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SeanB
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great and the food even better. Wholeheartedly recommend the restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience5

The food and the service are usually on point. It was ABSOLUTELY awful this time. Cold, gummy calamari, skirt steak was cold and over cooked the list goes on. However, the Sangria was amazing.

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DominicR
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, lots of meat, fish and vegetable options as tapas or larger dish. Very well set out to socially distance, very few diners eating in. We had four tapas dishes between myself and my daughter and it was adequate. Brussel sprout dish and Croquettas de Jamon were our faves!

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vipGaroldA
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a gem. The food was wonderful and the wine selection was quite good. We'd go back again.

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tonir
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice place for tapas, thought the menu was a bit limited but since these are not normal times I understand the need to simplify. The sangria was too sweet for my taste, would ask to cut back on the sweetness next time. The beet salad was terrific!

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Manchego88
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Decent food, good service. Appreciated having outdoor seating

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, ambience, & service was EXCELLENT, per usual! My fave tapas restaurants in town.

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vipByrdMan
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and atmosphere!
Knowledgeable wait staff.
I highly recommend!

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vipmkr68
Chicago
79 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

I have eaten tapas in many cities and countries and these were some of the worst I have ever had. We had to send back the tortilla espanola because it had no taste. The other dishes were Medicare at best.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent food and wine!!

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ClaudineM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience5

The food was just not good enough for the pricing at this place. It was edible, but for $10-15 per tapas plate...you'd expect some good flavors and food that was fresh/made to order. I knew something wasn't right after I ordered short ribs with smoky risotto and it arrived within 4-5 minutes to the table. The beef was tough and the risotto was mush. It seems like most menu items were cooked long before, and then microwaved upon order. The octopus was one item that seemed like it was actually cooked to order. The chorizo in the paella was of very stiff "beef jerky" like consistency, and I wonder if that's what they were going for? The decor is really nice and the service was great and very friendly.

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Taberna Tapas is rated 4.4 stars by 1147 OpenTable diners.

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