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Taberna del Alabardero

4.7
2772 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 & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected

Featured specials

Select a special by choosing a date, time and party size

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Dine in
Starting Dec 31, 2021

Enjoy a nine course meal with creative Spanish dishes to celebrate the end of the year for $125. We will toast with Cava and eat the 12 lucky grapes at midnight.

What 2772 people are saying
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Mimi
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, staff and entertainment. Thoroughly enjoyable experience!

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vipExperiencedDiner
New England
35 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Gazpacho was terrific; paella was starchy and not very tasty; strawberry dessert was very good; ablation glass was good; service was sometimes neglectful

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meals that we choose have incredible taste. Ambiance is nice. They’re very polite and helpful from welcome to the end. It was our 8th wedding anniversary and we love that place. Definitely will come back again.

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CharlesG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place for a quiet celebration. It has become our family’s choice for special times.

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vipDiscriminatingDiner
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor dining on Friday’s and Saturday’s comes with Flamenco dancers and guitars. Feels like you’re eating al fresco in southern Spain! Not to be missed.

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vipAlfredaD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous music and dance performance under the stars.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Date night for the wife and I

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ValeriaC
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place, from food to service!!
Perfect place for a date.

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vipCriticalDiner
Washington DC
64 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent food and service. Too noisy for conversation, particularly when they have live music and Flamenco dancer. Validated parking is in the garage across the street, not the garage right next to the restaurant.

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YasminR
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, authentic Spanish food for good value. They really know how to make celebrations special. We were celebrating our anniversary and they offered complimentary champagne and decorated our table with rose pedals. Overall amazing experience.

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FEDERICO
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent place for authentic Spanish cuisine.
They have a good wine selection.
A tradition for good dining in D.
C.

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SrLen
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything helped to make a very enjoyable evening.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Each year a good friend and I celebrate our birthdays in early September by having lunch at this charming restaurant. My friend grew up in Spain and she always remarks how authentic the food and ambience are at the restaurant. We usually order a seafood or mixed paella as well as starter dishes. We love the Manchego cheese, the ham croquettes and the Serano ham. Today’s meal again was superb and we highly recommend the Taberna. Recently they have also freshly painted the indoor dining area and it’s quite lovely. My only hope is that at some point they will eventually remodel the bathrooms which seem a bit dated to me but other than that, our experience was perfect! We also appreciate the friendly and attentive service.

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ChrisM
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated our Anniversary and we were treated like family with roses and champagne and a special dessert
It was the perfect evening

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing attention from the staff!

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Leon
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Tapas and Paella! Great place for a romantic encounter.

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HenryA
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Great food and selection of wines.
Beautiful restaurant. Waitress very poorly trained.

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Rlowndes
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service and experience was 5 star!!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

The service was poor perhaps due to our race. Appetizers were good. Main course was ok.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing everything!

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Dandi
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Twice that I've been here but limiting it only for special occasions. All that I've eaten has been very good and service is the best! Will definitely come back here for special occasions.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
12 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere

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vipAlex
Washington DC
78 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Unfortunately merely adequate. No unique cocktails, just the standard fair, which was surprising given you can do so much with a Spanish flair and twist. Did a series of six tapas, only the blood sausage was good. The others (garlic shrimp; grilled octopus; calamari; and others) were not well-seasoned and rather bland. The calamari in particular just tasted... fried. Not the best showing.

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PatriciaB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is the place to go if you want outstanding tapas and best service at the same time. One of my fave places in the whole DMV.

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BaydaF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience4

Anniversary.. unfortunately nothing of what i asked for has been done +
because i asked to exchange the baked potato to other kind of potato the waiter has punished me by letting me pay twice
125 then 116 + tip after i found out that he didn’t remove it from the bill though he said he will!
So i need to wait for bank adjustment for 5 working days!!!! To get any refund
If i did not get it
I think i need to speak to the manager first before escalating the problem.

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vipPatriciaG
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

MARAVILLOSA Y DELICIOSA EXPERIENCIA
LA ATENCIÓN, EL AMBIENTE Y LA COMIDA, SENCILLAMENTE ESPECTACULAR
EL MAITRE EXCELENTE

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MeriemR
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff and food 5 ⭐️ Will definitely recommend

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AlexD
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Stopped the night before for coffee and dessert. Saw and smelled great dishes, came back the next day die dinner. Ordered two dishes to share. Just what we wanted.. the shrimp starter salad was wonderful.

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MartaC
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am from Spain and I enjoyed this restaurant very much. The gentleman who served us was incredibly kind and the food was outstanding. Definitely recommending this place!!

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JohnG
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch service , fantastic food with quiet and nice atmosphere.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

I have never written a review but this has to be said. Appetizers were good but the entrees were awful. We were given the wrong paella and could not wait another 25 minutes for the right one. It also had no taste. The very over priced filet mignon was complete fat. Bad and expensive food - a terrible combination.

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Fairymum
Portland
15 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our second visit to Taberna del Alabardero (we are from out of state) and we had a wonderful evening. We ordered from The Tapas menu and everything was delicious. The service was excellent and the drinks menu is excellent (they have a really nice Mocktail menu too).

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Cynthia
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience1

Some waiters/servers working without masks when we arrived. We started outside, but an invasion of bees divebombing the food forced us inside.
This is usually one of the best restaurants in DC because the food and service are EXCELLENT, but the lack of masks was disconcerting.
I had been there the night before and eaten inside due to the extreme heat. Only 3 other couples in the dining room (many outside), and then a group of 3 arrived and where did they get a table? RIGHT next to us when there were 10 empty tables in the same area! That was why we tried to eat outside last night and had to be evacuated inside due to the bee invasion.
This is not the Taberna's usual style. Normally, everything is excellent.

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ShivaliH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wow! great service and ambience, made for a perfect Sunday night family dinner.

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vipBliss
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Sunday dining

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AnonymousReviewer
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went for dinner with my husband and ordered paella. It was exellent. There was also a spanish music and dance show. The atmosphere and the food are amazing. We will come back!

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vipJoseB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Service was great. Garlic shrimp is a must get.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Birthday dinner was nice.

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PatriciaR
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food selection, presentation was great, the best was the employers from the beginning to end

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

Taberna del Alabardero is rated 4.7 stars by 2772 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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