Pamplona

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$30 and under
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Spanish

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Welcome to Pamplona, Spanish Tapas + Sangria restaurant!

Located in the HEART of Clarendon half a block from the Metro

Named after the Spanish city famed for the annual Running of the Bulls, Pamplona is a Spanish tapas and sangria restaurant that draws its inspiration from Ernest Hemingway’s travels throughout the Basque region of Spain. Pamplona, features an innovative take on traditional Spanish fare paired with an extensive sangria program.

We offer $35 all you can eat small plates 7 nights a week and we offer a bottomless brunch for $35 including mimosas.

Special Offers

Half Off Sangria Pitchers

50% off any of our six sangria pitchers! Make sure to ask your server about our seasonal sangria.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 30 September 2019

Ends: 1 October 2118

Availability: Wed 16:00-21:00

Half Price Wine Night

Enjoy 50% off every bottle of wine each and every Tuesday

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 12 March 2019

Ends: 13 March 2118

Availability: Tue 16:00-22:00

Burger Night

Enjoy our famous burger only $9.99! Each and every Monday

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 1 March 2019

Ends: 2 March 2118

Availability: Mon 16:00-21:00

What 322 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.4
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A
Washington DC
69 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Clarendon needed some better food options and not just bars happy to see this place doing well

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience1

Food wasn't that great. And people kept screaming at the bar. Made it to difficult to have a conversation

A
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The taste of Spain is a outstanding deal. Will be back !

KL
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Been here about half a dozen times, every time it's amazing. I went last Sunday with two other people and we weren't served food for a complete hour. Yet, we were able to finish two pitchers of mimosas (yikes). We called over a manager, as we saw our server with a 20+ person party, a 12 person party, and then our party of three. The manager apologized and we assured him it wasn't our server's fault. We told him we come here often and love it here, but totally understand that some days are busier than others. Our meal was completely comped and we tipped our server greatly. Great food, drinks, customer service and atmosphere!

L
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2Food2Service5Ambience3

The service was excellent but the food was not very good.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sweet little spot and great for tapas. We have the pork belly. Cooked perfectly.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Not a lot of brunch options but the food was great

J
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Went for date night, had a great time! The Taste of Spain was very fun to experience and share. Come hungry.

A
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The paella’s were the best we have had in DC. Little hidden but what a great find right in Clarendon. Will be back !!

LJ
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall2Food1Service5Ambience5

Food was mediocre. Not very tasty. The paella was good, but everything else lacked sophistication.

OT
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Had a great time at this restaurant. The service was great. We had the Taste of Spain experience. I recommend this option.

CR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely fabulous! Amazing food, great service, charming atmosphere! Obsessed with this place!

AP
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Pamplona was a great spot to eat with their 35$ unlimited small plates deal & a half off pitcher of Sangria on sundays! The food was good, but not the best Spanish Tapas I have had in the area, and I was not a fan of the croquetas. The tortilla and gambas were my favorite! Would definitely be back and think it would be a great brunch spot.

MN
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We loved our experience at Pamplona. I was taking my partner out to dinner to celebrate their birthday. I had also made a request (over the phone) for a tiny birthday celebration. It was perfectly handled. We were taken care off by Sarah, who was an excellent host. She was brilliant and extremely polite.
The food was exquisite: in particular, the Spanish Tortilla was amazing. We loved the bread pudding as well.
We would love to come back to this place in the near future.

SL
Miami
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service. From the moment you enter until you leave the staff is very attentive while giving you space and time to enjoy the succulent food.

LB
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

It was restaurant week but they didn’t try to push one way or another. The waiter made sure we knew all of the options and then let us mostly decide. Everything was very tasty and he made recommendations for next time!

A
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fast service and good food will be back.

A
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went and tried this restaurant for the first time for restaurant week. We are so glad we did the value is great. The restaurant is right next to the Clarendon metro slightly hidden but what a hidden gem ! Service was quick my husband had the lamb and I had the steak both were cooked well. We will be back to try their brunch !

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience3

Terrible service!

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M
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent dining experience. From walking in the door and being greeted, seated, and drink order taken, was maybe five minutes. Meal come out promptly and was delicious. I recommend the Taste of Spain- $35 all you can eat small plates option. We left full and satisfied. Our server was very friendly and helpful. I highly recommend Pamplona to all.

A
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had an excellent brunch their bottomless all you can eat deal is outstanding. The server informed us about their upcoming restaurant week already made a res for Tuesday (half price wine night)

L
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Loud. Very loud, worth the effort. Our waiter expected us to order in the first 7 seconds. There seemed an ongoing collision between the pace he thought we should be ordering/eating and our intention of having dinner out and not experiencing, essentially, a drive through. The food varied in preparations and size. Some were well sized, others microscopic. Worth the try. Hoping to go back and maybe try brunch.

TJ
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have been to Pamplona many times, this is an updated review. Pamplona continues to deliver as a great spot in Clarendon both to dine and drink. A creative cocktail menu, well priced wine list, and excellent food and service. In past trips we've taken advantage of the all-you-can-eat "taste of spain" which is great value, but as this was a mid-week meal we wanted something lighter, ordering 5 tapas and finding ourselves well satisfied. Of note, the Pulpo (octopus) was perfectly cooked, which speaks well to the talents of the kitchen. If octopus isn't your thing, we also enjoyed the albondigas (meatballs), gambas (shrimp), patatas bravas (a staple) and charred brussels. Definitely a spot worth (re)visiting!

OT
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

The food was ok but quite overpriced (even for DC). The portions were quite small and the steak was not prepared properly.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best brunch you can get in the area. They have an incredible weekend brunch deal that you just can’t beat. Every single item was absolutely delicious. Will be back again and again!

NG
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

After reading a lot of the reviews, we decided to try this place. Unfortunately it was disappointing and that the drinks were tiny and pricey. Food was just OK nothing like
Nothing nothing special here. Do not plan to go back.

m
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Excellent food. For four people, we ordered 8 assorted small plates to share and one large order of paella. We took about 1/3 to 1/2 of the paella home. The paella is outstanding.

AT
Pittsburgh
16 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Not the best tapas I've had in DC, but pretty good if you don't want go all the way into the city. The octopus was fantastic, and the croquettes were just ok. Very nice service and drink selection though.

JR
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food and service. Plan to go back

DH
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This brunch is amazing!! The staff hustles making sure everyone is happy. The food is delish! A foodie spot for sure :) We will come back!

A
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Overall a great experience their brunch was busy but service was still prompt and the food came out quick. Will be back to try their dinner !

TV
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Brought a large group and we were handled efficiently. Very friendly service and delicious food! Will be back :)

AC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Much like other reviewers, 1/2 our table’s order came out and the other half never did and we had to ask about it. So 2 people were done eating before the other 2 ever got food.

J
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

I’ve passed by this restaurant numerous times and finally had a chance to go with friends. Would go again.

We got the taste of Spain all you can eat small plates for $35. We probably 'broke even' on it but what was nice was it gave us the freedom to try different dishes than we might have otherwise. Most items I would order again including the cheese croquetas, kale salad, truffle mac and cheese, and brussel sprouts. Quite a few of the items weren’t what you would consider traditional Spanish tapas but everything was tasty.

Service was great.

Atmosphere was lacking only because it was a frigid, incredibly windy night and the cold air gusted through the front door every time someone open it. We moved tables and it was probably a 10 degree difference at a different table just 3 feet away but was still rather chilly inside.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a delightful experience. Floor manager Chris had his game on. Knowledgeable, welcoming, attentive without hovering. All good

A
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

so happy we tried this place! I wasn't in the mood for Spanish tapas but their menu offered a little but of everything from burgers, steak and ribs to traditional Spanish fare. the cocktails were good and service was prompt will be back again.

AB
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Service wasn't great. We didn't get some of the items we ordered and had to ask that they be removed from the check. The restaurant wasn't even crowded so not sure why the service was lagging. Brussel sprouts were amazing. I was not impressed by any of the other tapas we tried. Overall I felt this place was overpriced for the service, food, and wine. I much prefer Barcelona or Jaleo for tapas.

d
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Large group of 13 people. Staff was prompt and the food came out effortlessly on time. Perfect!

J
New England
14 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was absolutely fantastic. My wife and I both got the "Taste of Spain." We sampled through a large number of the small plates and were not disappointed by a single one. The Toffee Cake with salted caramel ice cream was one of the best we've ever had.

KP
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Enjoyed the half price bottle of wine deal. Service and food was good but not mind blowing. Very small plates and still pretty expensive.