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Taberna del Alabardero

4.8
2602 reviews
$31 to $50
Traditional Spanish
This piece of Spain, just steps from The White House, will transport you to an elegant and royal atmosphere surrounded by friendly faces, an engaging menu and world-renowned wines.

Taberna Del Alabardero opened its doors in 1989, becoming the first Spanish restaurant in DC, and this year celebrates its 30 Anniversary with the 2019 Honorary RAMMY award. Spanish Chef Carlos Gómez Segovia brings back the authentic Spanish Cuisine and introduces new dishes with traditional ingredients.

Taberna’s seasonal menu features classic tapas, luscious paellas, refreshing sangria, and delicious desserts, as well as vegetarian and gluten-free options.

Dress code: Business casual

Support Taberna del Alabardero during COVID-19

Offers

  • Enjoy our Happy Hour special menu Monday to Friday 3 to 7 pm

    Multiple dates available

    Mon - Fri 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Reservations for Happy Hour are accepted 3 to 4:30 pm, after that we work on a first come first served basis

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 2602 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
Food
4.8
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.5
Value
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was our first time in Washington, DC so I looked into reviews to pick a restaurant and everyone was right, we had an amazing time. Food was fantastic, the service impecable and the staff super friendly. We are Spanish and this was real Spanish food. We will definitely be back next time we are in town.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always fantastic!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was a fat Valentine’s Day reservation that had to be rescheduled you would’ve not known it was in Valentines because the service the food the ambience they made everything so special and even if they didn’t try the place is amazing they don’t even have to try for you to have an extraordinary time please come and take this little piece Spain in the heart of DC

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A must try when you’re in the DC area. If you’re looking for Spanish/European fare and setting this is the place. The food was five star amazing and the attention by the staff was superb. I’ll be visiting again next time.

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vipDDDorganizer
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

The Valentine’s menu was very good but some dishes did not come as we wished. The mushroom soup was Luke warm and the Angus loin was overdone. The appetizer was tasty but it was more like an amuse bouche.
The sea bass was outstanding and so was the dessert. This is a great restaurant and I would come back again despite these small issues with the meal this time

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Valentine’s day

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Moises
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service. Ordered “cochinillo” and gambas al ajillo. Both great

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beyond incredible experience. Exceptional food, and knowledgeable wait staff. Can’t wait to go back!

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vipYumm
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Impeccable service and incredible food. Classic and welcome

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soosie
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We had a lovely birthday celebration lunch on the outside covered patio. The service was impeccable, as always. It is such a treat to dine here, and the food is always amazing. We love this restaurant!

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MichaelS
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff was very attentive and kind. Food was. Of good quality. Will be coming back.

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Ricecracker
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went for lunch during DC restaurant week. Will definitely return. The food and service was first class. It was like being transport to Spain.

RM
RobMcHoya
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was incredible and the service impeccable. This is why this remains one of my all-favorite DC restaurants.

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claudD
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful meal in the outdoor portion of the restaurant. Great service and great food.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Our experience was amazing, the service was exceptional! I indicated in the app it was for someone’s birthday. I did not have to tell them again they knew. When we came to the restaurant they had a note on our table for the birthday girl saying happy birthday and at the end of dinner they came with a dessert and a candle for the birthday girl to blow out. We came for restaurant week and loved the menu they offered. The ham croquettes were amazing. I enjoyed myself here and would come again :)

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vipOmar
Washington DC
66 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent Spanish food and great service!! We are regular customers and are eager to come back.

MM
MichaelM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Having lived in Spain for many years Taberna is the closest thing to returning “home.”

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CynthiaS
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

La Taberna never disappoints. This is a great place for any special occasion.

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Fabiola
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome place! Food was fantastic and service...no words to described it!!

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vipMilano
Washington DC
303 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Nice place for drinks and tapas

PB
PatriciaB
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in the area. Great service, food and environment. Highly recommended.

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vipBostonian
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

First visit to Taberna del Alabardero. At first the service was slow and a bit unattentive, but it was better by end of the meal.
The garlic shrimp was very good - a bit too oily but tasted good.
The bronzino was delicious. Got the salt covered one. The server deboned/skinned it right at table. Perfectly cooked.
The brusselsprout side dish was very good too.
As dessert - the wine cheese board was plenty. Just wished server knew a bit more about the wine, but good service overall.

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GregoryD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2021
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience4

Food was poorly prepared, rice was mushy especially for paella which should be fluffy and full of flavor there was no flavor at all!! I assumed it was an off-day

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was amazing, the service was OUTSTANDING, Eden was great explaing is every plate, definitely we will come back !!!!

BE
vipBetterElsewhere
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience3

Patatas Bravas and croquettes dishes were jokes. Supremely overpriced fast food with an ambiance, and great location wasted on foreigners who don’t comprehend America’s standard of service. I enjoy dining, experiencing, and patronizing all cultures but this was a third world experience. The server was rude from the start and the manager should be driving a truck, not running a restaurant. Would definitely NOT recommend to ANYONE.

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soosie
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The three of us were seated outside on the covered patio (as requested). As always, the meal was delicious - we had the lunch 3-course special. Service is impeccable.

JB
JohnB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great restaurant with outstanding food. Would recommend for any occasion or no occasion.

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EdgarC
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Good meal.. nice restaurant .. authentic Spanish food .. great service.

MM
MichaelM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent menu choices of high quality Spanish food. Beautiful interior and impeccable service.

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vipTiff
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

I really enjoyed the dinner and service. Food was good and nice decoration.

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vipCakeboss18
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food, service and friendliness from the staff. Restaurant is beautifully decorated for the Christmas season and makes it very cozy. Love this place.

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AbigailT
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

súper beautiful place, paella/ the dessert was so good too. Also great service

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Good food & attentive service but way too much salt used in certain dishes.

LB
LoriB
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service is excellent. Tapas are amazing and so good it is easy to order too many. The appetizer, grilled octopus is the best around. Know it is not the one on tapas menu. Socially distanced and caring environment. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The food and the service was fantastic, very friendly staff. Although there was a small hiccup, the team definitely did a fantastic job sorting it out!

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vipAnnette
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Extraordinary service and food. Wish we lived in D.C. so we could visit this restaurant often. Looking forward to when I can enjoy another meal here again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent Spanish food !! 5⭐️

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RicardoA
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Authentic Spanish food superly cooked. I was impressed by their paella.

DS
DavidS
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2020
Overall2Food1Service5Ambience4

You would expect the best paella in a Spanish restaurant. Not in this restaurant . Seafood paella with a raw lobster and raw shrimps. Don't even let me talk about the rice....so sad.. And then the octopus....cold and full of paprika..wasn't tender,wasn't tasty. The anchovies very briny ....not tasty either.
I am sure that not spanish cook touched this food. He would be so disappointed.
The service ,though, wonderful!

HC
HappyCustomer
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

La Taberna never disappoints. It is worth every penny. Food, service, ambiance...everything is of superb quality. For me, the best restaurant in the DC area. A special mention for Victor whose service and attentiveness was outstanding.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Taberna del Alabardero using the Order Online button. Taberna del Alabardero also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 429-2200.

Taberna del Alabardero is rated 4.8 stars by 2602 OpenTable diners.

Taberna del Alabardero does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://swipeit.com/product/1766/taberna-del-alabardero.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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