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Boqueria - Penn Quarter, Washington, District of Columbia, DC

Boqueria - Penn Quarter

4.7
4.7
508 Reviews
$31 to $50
Tapas / Small Plates
An energetic Barcelona-style tapas bar serving Spanish favorites, seasonal specials, and curated cocktails in a contemporary space steps from DC's Chinatown, Capital One Arena, and near the National Mall.

Perfect for a shared meal of small plates, happy hour or lunch with the team, a memorable date night, or weekend brunch!

Let us know if you have any seating requirements when making your booking. Parties of 10 or more will enjoy our Chef's Tasting Menu ($52pp plus beverage, tax and gratuity).

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 24 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish
  • Hours of Operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–4:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 2:30 pm–5:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (202) 552-3268
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Private party facilities
    Host your birthday, corporate event, holiday party, shower or wedding with us! We have a variety of areas, menus and bar packages to make your event unique and memorable. Visit our website for more info. https://boqueriarestaurant.com
  • Private party contact
    our Private Event Coordinator: (202) 558-9545
  • Area
    Penn Quarter
  • Cross Street
    H and 9th Streets
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Public Transit
    Gallery Place Chinatown or Metro Center
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 508 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Lively

  • District of Columbia

    Lively

508 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Pinehurst

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great meal before the Caps game, highly recommend it for anyone in the future!

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  2. Gigi

    Dallas

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went with our two young kids, our server was lovely. Food selections were carried and even had options for our picky eater as well as our adventurous eater. Highly recommend. The only thing to note is all the tables appeared to be high tops. Just an fyi if you prefer regular tables.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 6 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We can definitely say that the food is very good. Also great selection of wine and service as well. It was a good surprise !

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  4. ruthiet

    Washington DC

    39 reviews

    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on 4 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We enjoyed sharing the crispy Brussel sprouts, mushroom flatbread, and patatas bravas. We liked the Brussel sprouts so much we ordered it a second time for the late arriving member of our party. We thought the portion sizes were ample and easily shareable. Service was pleasant and efficient, especially important for pre-Capital One Arena event dining.

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  5. Gabriel

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 27 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great evening here with friends last night. Food and drinks were delicious. The Paella de Mariscos🙌🏽👌🏽
    Boqueria - Penn QuarterResponded on 1 April 2024
    Hi Gabriel! Thank you for your five star review, it truly brightened our day! We can't wait to welcome you back for more delicious moments with friends. See you soon! Sally Y, Front of House Manager

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  6. MarkS

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Fun spot really close to Cap One Arena. Great drinks including the signature Shishito Pepper Margarita. Tapas comes out hot and quick. Got the tomato bread and meatballs. Also the smaller portion of the seafood paella which was perfect for 2. Great place for a quick drink and small plates before game/concert downtown.
    Boqueria - Penn QuarterResponded on 1 April 2024
    Hi Mark, Thrilled to hear you had a great time with us! Looking forward to your next visit for more tasty tapas and drinks. Sally Y, Front of House Manager

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  7. FineDiner

    Baltimore

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 23 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great waiter who seemed well informed about the menu. We had a delicious dinner including a mini paella. It was quite noisy but a fun atmosphere
    Boqueria - Penn QuarterResponded 1 day ago
    Hi , Thrilled you enjoyed the delicious dinner and lively atmosphere! Your kind words mean a lot. We'll pass your compliments along. Can't wait to see you again! Sally Y, Front of House Manager

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nicole my waitress was absolutely amazing! I’d come back to this establishment just based on her customer service skills. She was truly top notch when explaining the menu, recommending amazing tapas, constantly checked on me to make sure I’m have a good experience, and all around a wonderful person with a beautiful smile! Thank you so much Nicole for making my first experience at this restaurant not be my last! Truly can’t wait to come back. Basque Salad 10/10 Croquetas de Setas 10/10 Pan Con Tomate 7/10 10 oz Grilled Sirloin 10/10 Grilled octopus 10/10
    Boqueria - Penn QuarterResponded on 14 March 2024
    Hi, Thank you for sharing your amazing experience with Nicole! We're thrilled to hear about the top-notch service you received and will absolutely relay these kind words to her! We also thank you for giving us such high ratings on your tapas! Can't wait to welcome you back! Sally Manager

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  9. Arlington

    Washington DC

    55 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on 12 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was great, the food good, the music was too loud. All the tables are high tops.
    Boqueria - Penn QuarterResponded on 16 February 2024
    Hi Arlington, Thank you for choosing to dine with us! We're delighted that you enjoyed our service and food. We apologize that the ambience of the restaurant did not meet your expectations. Your feedback is very important to us and I appreciate you taking the time to write this. Danielle Miranda, General Manager

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The food and drinks were great, but the service was mediocre at best. Things started off poorly, with the server taking my wife and sister-in-laws’ drink orders, then simply walking away. For context, we were a party of 7. We had to wait for their drinks to come out before he bothered to ask if we wanted to order any other drinks. The rest of our experience was similar, with slow, inattentive service, and at times seeming like the server didn’t want to be there. It wasn’t until we got the check at the end and saw and automatic 20% gratuity that we realized that the server was getting paid regardless of the quality of his service. We do not plan to return, which is a shame.
    Boqueria - Penn QuarterResponded on 16 February 2024
    Hello, Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. We appreciate your honest review and we're sorry to hear that your experience with our service fell short of your expectations. We strive to provide exceptional service to all of our guests and we apologize for any inconvenience caused. We would love the opportunity to make things right. If you have a moment, please reach out to us at Thank you again for bringing this to our attention. Danielle Miranda, General Manager

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  11. BillS

    San Antonio

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food and service with a very good wine list
    Boqueria - Penn QuarterResponded on 16 February 2024
    Hi Bill, Thanks for sharing your positive review! We're thrilled you enjoyed our delicious food, exceptional service, and extensive wine list. We appreciate your valuable feedback. See you soon! Danielle Miranda, General Manager

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  12. SantiagoM

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time I went, in restaurant week. Really recommend, and the price eas incredible. Liked also the bottomless brunch option
    Boqueria - Penn QuarterResponded on 7 February 2024
    Hi , Thanks for sharing your amazing review! We love participating in Restaurant Week and are glad that you found our deal a great value. We can't wait to have you back soon. Next time you come in, please ask for me so I can hello! Danielle Miranda, General Manager

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  13. Gabriel

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Third time we eat at Boqueria, it never disappoints! Our friends also loved it and I’m sure they will be back.
    Boqueria - Penn QuarterResponded on 19 February 2024
    Hi Gabriel, Thank you for your kind words and for choosing! We're thrilled that you and your friends loved your experience with us. Next time you stop in, please ask for me! Our regulars are a part of our family and I'd love to meet you! Danielle Miranda, General Manager

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  14. GinnyL

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Ambience and food was great. The server was nice but needed to check us more often.
    Boqueria - Penn QuarterResponded on 6 March 2024
    Hi Ginny, We're thrilled you enjoyed the great ambience and food, Ginny! I am so sorry the server was not attentive enough to your needs. I would like to hear more about your dining experience. Best, Danielle Miranda, General Manager

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service. The price was a bit high for the amount, but we happened to get an exact amount needed to make us happy. The food also came very fast and well paced.

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  16. TaishaA

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 14 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food, location and ambience. You can't get anything better than that.

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  17. Gilligangsta

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 9 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious tapas!!!! Just so tasty. Best: Papas bravas, mushroom croquets, pickled anchovies Next best: ham croquets, paella, olives Good: tortilla

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 8 December 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was pretty bad. Felt like I was at an airport lounge eating snacks from the buffet line rather than a restaurant. Staff was nice and ambiance wasn’t bad.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great place. Tried the paella for the first time and it was delicious.

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  20. Madison

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 1 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The paella is decent but just isn’t worth $50. Also the sangria barely had any alcohol.

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  21. JamesK

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 30 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Always a reliable and tasty choice in Penn Quarter/Chinatown. Good atmosphere, food and service. Will be back.

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  22. JohnF

    Atlantic City

    21 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 30 November 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Respectfully, food didn't have much taste and neither did the white sangria. Nice looking spot, but food just wasn't flavorful. Meetballs, shrimp and garlic, lamb skewers, brussels....

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  23. BethD

    Philadelphia

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 18 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was great. The service was good too.

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  24. EleanorH

    Washington DC

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on 17 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Terrific Tapas menu, creative cocktails, helpful staff

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cute place and tasty food and the selection of wines absolutely outstanding.

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  26. Jadedtravelista

    Washington DC

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on 16 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The boquerones are perfect, just what I remember from Spain. We also enjoyed the lamb skewers in particular. The spicy orange mocktail is delicious! I love this place, planning to go back again and again to try everything.

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  27. DonaldA

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 16 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Dining at Boquieria was very good. I applaud the food and service. I do have a complaint though. The noise level was just too loud. We had to literally scream across the table to converse and by the time we left we were hoarse. In a situation like that we don't go back.

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  28. Prastavna

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on 28 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and great service! Also appreciated that it wasn’t as loud as other restaurants on face

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Relaxed. Great service and attention given to us. We were eating before a Capitals game so it did get more crowded. But still easy to carry a conversation and the menu has plenty of options for both vegan and non-vegan eaters.

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  30. Halcyon

    Washington DC

    91 reviews

    5.0

    91 reviews

    Dined on 4 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Every dish was delicious. The service was adequate, but not as attentive as it should be. And the noise/ music was way too loud for a restaurant. OK for a bar, but I don’t think that is what they are going for.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food , recommend for a night out with friends or partner

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff was welcoming and friendly. Food was outstanding and came out hot. Drinks were delicious. The ambience was perfect for the night. I will definitely be back!

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely food, great service with knowledgeable and social server, great ambiance. Tapas are a favorite. Love the seafood and cheese/ meats plates. Octopus was a little tough in one part but the other part fantastic. All other food was much like experiences in Spain over the years.

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  34. LauraG

    Washington DC

    44 reviews

    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on 16 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome variety of tapas. Love the dates stuffed with blue cheese and wrapped in bacon.

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  35. RodrigoS

    New York City

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 26 August 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    La comida no es buena y el cobro obligatorio del 20% por servicio se me hizo excesivo, éramos 2 adultos y 3 niños, pero insisto la comida no vale la pena y los precios son altos para el tipo tan mediocre de alimentos sin sabor, nada que ver con la real comida española, lástima de lugar

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  36. VicS

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 23 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Reunion post COVID

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Coastal Georgia

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 12 August 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was okay. Not very authentic to what other tapas places does. The Gambas was a major disappointment and so were the clams.

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  38. JamesM

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 July 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    My party decided to try the Boqueria experience, which required everyone at the table to participate. Our group consisted of four people. However, we were surprised to find that almost every tapa brought out had only three pieces, including the bread. When I inquired about this, the explanation given was that each plate only came with three pieces, regardless of the group size. So, a table of two or three people would receive the same serving as a table of four, but we still had to pay for all four people. While this was annoying, I could understand the reasoning behind it to some extent. The main highlight of choosing the Boqueria experience was looking forward to the Paella. Unfortunately, when it finally arrived at our table, it was clearly overcooked. The rice was extremely dry, almost crunchy, and the mussels were also overcooked and dry. I asked the waiter about this, but he insisted that it was the correct preparation. However, having tasted Paella from various places around the world, I must say that it has never been served this way. I'm not sure if this was Boqueria's unique take on the dish or if it was just an off night, but it was certainly disappointing. Considering the price, which was around $100 per person, I had expected a better dining experience. There are definitely much better restaurants in downtown DC that offer more value for the money. On a positive note, I must commend the restaurant for their excellent drink selection. The drinks were truly enjoyable!

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 24 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Spanish food in DC and super friendly staff. Definitely recommend

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  40. pqrty

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 22 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was fantastic, and the server was spot on with all her recommendations!

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FAQs

Boqueria - Penn Quarter is rated 4.7 stars by 508 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 24 times today
Google Map for Boqueria - Penn Quarter

777 9th St NW, Washington, District of Columbia, DC 20001-4501

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    H and 9th Streets
  • Area
    Penn Quarter
  • Hours of Operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–4:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 2:30 pm–5:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Public Transit
    Gallery Place Chinatown or Metro Center
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (202) 552-3268
  • Private party facilities
    Host your birthday, corporate event, holiday party, shower or wedding with us! We have a variety of areas, menus and bar packages to make your event unique and memorable. Visit our website for more info. https://boqueriarestaurant.com
  • Private party contact
    our Private Event Coordinator: (202) 558-9545
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