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Taberna del Alabardero

4.7
2815 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

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 2815 People Are Saying
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Jenn
New England
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

I was dining alone. Excellent service.

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Larry
Nashville
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved this beautiful restaurant

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vipMikkiA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience3

We have gone a few times and the food is consistently good and the service is very fast. The only issue we have this that the staff has a very bad habit of reaching over food to get to the dishes on the other side of the table. That is VERY disturbing, distracting, and offputting. Please correct that and remain the fabulous place that you are.

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JKershaw
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A fantastic experience to celebrate our engagement! The wait staff are attentive, helpful and made great recommendations for us. The environment is authentic and interesting and really adds to the experience at the restaurant. Highly recommend to anyone who wants a genuine Spanish experience!

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vipAlan
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Excellent service, food, value. would definitely go back.

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RobertM
Caribbean
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience1

For some reason Open Table let us make a reservation at the restaurant for 10:15 pm, when we called the restaurant at 10:00 pm, they told us that they do not accept reservations at that time because the kitchen closes at 11pm. We didn't get a chance to go to the restaurant.

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vipSandrU
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was excellent and food authentic! I loved the Flamenco show!

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Phenomenal! The wait staff and the entertainment were wonderful. Great singing and dancing, very engaging!

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cer2141
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience3

Great food but very cold and condescending service. Our designated driver was asked multiple times why he wasn’t drinking. The waiter also was resistant to giving our table bread with the tapas. And told us we should order more food when the 5 tapas we ordered were more than enough for us. Just not a warm and friendly service experience.

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CosmeL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great customer service, clean and honest. I felt that I was having dinner with family.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

The food and the restaurant was fine. However, it is necessary to bring up a major health issue in this time of the pandemic. The website of the restaurant requires that customers “must wear a mask inside the restaurant except while eating or drinking. However, many of the staff (most of the men walking around in suits) walking around the restaurant and interacting with guests were NOT wearing masks. While it may not be required under DC regulations, if customers are required by the restaurant to be masked, then All STAFF MEMBERS should also be masked. Or at the very least, they should state in the website that masks are not required for staff. If we knew this, then we would have picked a different restaurant.

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vipmartinr
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

As always, Taberna delivers outstanding service as well as excellent food with plenty of choices to satisfy anyone's tastebuds.

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vipJake
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was the best!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing restaurant. It is a piece of Spain in Washington. The quality of the food is very high same as the professionalism of all the staff. We really felt at home. It was a great experience for our Spanish that after five months in US is really missing our country delights.

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vipWalter
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Turkey for Thanksgiving menu was terrible. No stuffing with turkey.

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AdrianaG
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service! As always. A beautiful seeing, too.

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XAVIER
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience! excellent food and service, definitely will be back 😉👍Thank you

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

This was our 3rd or 4th time here over the past 20 years (we live on the West Coast). The food and ambiance were excellent as always, but this time we noticed that the wait staff was a bit stuffy.

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KTVA
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The service was great and the food consistently delicious, especially the tapas. A minor suggestion to make the dinner more enjoyable: the dishes served should be timed right so all guests can start eating at the same time. I ordered the salt-crusted Branzino which took a while to be plated and served while my friend’s dish was sitting there getting cold (it’s always polite never to start eating before others!). Nevertheless, we did enjoy our evening at the Taberna del Alabardero.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible food and amazing service!

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ManuelV
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thank you! See again soon.
La cena estuvo fabulosa.
Manuel Vicens

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vipZaaMan
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always awesome.
The food is great.
The service is great.

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VLopez
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service was awesome. We loved it! Very recommended.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I look forward to my next to the next time.

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FernandoP
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

I liked the experience but I think you should clarify when Happyhours prices apply.
We ordered at 18:29 and we were charged normal prices.

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NoeM
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

he food was excellent, good test and enough. First class service and atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience4

Anniversary

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vipDimitry
San Francisco
104 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good tapas, although I have had better and not just in Spain. The Iberia ham is excellent, the croquetas were a bit greasy, the fried machego was creative, altough I prefer the plane one. I could not find chorizo, but a different sausage (one up from the bottom of the list on the menu. Patatas brava good but again not great. WInelist is impressive!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My fiancé and I went here to celebrate our engagement and they treated us so well, they gave us a sweet romantic booth and greeted us with a card congratulating us and glasses of cava to celebrate. The food and the service were amazing, and they had live music and dancers for entertainment. They even brought us dessert with “congratulations” written on the plate in chocolate! They really went above and beyond to give us a special evening to celebrate our big day. I highly recommend them for special occasions or any time!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a great girls night out eating here and then going to a comedy show at DAR! Service was great - very attentive and brought out our tapas gradually so we always had nice hot choices to eat throughout the night. Delicious menu of tapas! I recommend and would come back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
14 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good food and nice ambiance. Attentive waitstaff without being intrusive. Inside and outside dining. My wife and I shared the Mixta Paella and added two sides which was really too much especially with the Gazpacho soup for an appetizer. Also offered are non-paella dishes from land and sea. I would definitely come back.

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vipDuff
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Taberna is a Spanish charm. The dining options are extensive and very well prepared and presented. Service is friendly, snappy and efficient. The new interior paint job brings a new color, but preserves the Taberna's ambience of warm elegance. One can converse without raising its voice.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was great, I will be back any time!

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vipArl1234
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely fabulous experience. Food was exquisite, service was exceptional, new memories made and we will be back very soon. The restaurant went out of their way to make our anniversary dinner special. Highly recommend.

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vipKARING
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and service were phenomenal! We traveled from out of town and will be back!

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Flower5
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Food was bland and waiters had to be called a few times since they were too busy with other tables. Not worth the hefty price of tapas.

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DavidB
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had out 20th anniversary there. The staff was amazing! Food and drinks were also amazing!

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vipJonS
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely spot. An authentic version of a classic, high-end restaurant in Madrid.

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DeniaN
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We celebrated our wedding anniversary there and were treated like royalty!

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vipjeanrtco
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was absolutely delicious. There are large portions on the paella and noodle dishes, made for 2 people, but could easily serve 4! Couldn't take leftovers, as the hotel we stayed at did not have a fridge in the room.
Never looked for servers, always had refills on water and top offs on the wine glasses. Value was 4 as it was a little on the expensive side! Every table was taken so a little more noisy. Very interesting decor! Would definitely return!

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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 4.7 stars by 2815 OpenTable diners.

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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