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Pamplona

4.5
486 Reviews
$30 and under
Spanish
Welcome to Pamplona, Spanish Tapas + Sangria restaurant!

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

Your reservation will last the duration of 1.5 hours from the time of the reservation. Our patio seating is first come first serve.

We appreciate your support and understanding in these times!

We look forward to serving you!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 486 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.5based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.5
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4.3
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipNataliaZ
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great place for drinks and food. I loved the Pamplona 75! Just one comment… better without the straw.

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ChristineA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

My only issue was the 30% gratuity that we were hit with because we were a party of 5. Seemed excessive!

AW
AnnieW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you so much for making my parents anniversary such a special night !

IS
vipISSAMS
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Limited brunch menu.
Average food quality.
No Spanish flavors.

TM
TylerM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. Our server took great care of us. Will definitely return!

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vipAnonymous
Washington DC
95 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their seafood tower was fantastic ! Will be back. Best deal we have seen in a long time

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vipkennethm
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for Tapas. Authentic spanish food. It's our go to place for tapas. Nice location in Arlington.

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SOPHIE
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience1

My family and I went here yesterday June 06, 2021. We did the "bottomless brunch" option. The food was okay, some options definitely better than others. But what really killed the vibe was how long it took for the waiter to come to check on us. Because it's a bottomless option, you only order a few items at a time and then continue to order more. Our waiter would only come outside to see us every 20-25 mins, so it made it really hard to be able to order and be satisfied. I think the overall experience would have been better if the service was a bit quicker.

*Please note that even certain food and drink items would not come out until we ask about them after 20 mins. And then waiting at the end (when we were all over the service) for the check, took over 20 mins, once again.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Went to Pamplona for an easy Meet up. The place had great reviews so thought we would give it a try! We got there early and sat at the bar, and had four drinks. Got our bill and it was almost $200! After we inquired why, we were told that the Macallan that we ordered was $41 each. Now, I suppose we should’ve asked prior to since it was not on the menu, but because we’ve had it before and other places much nicer than Pamplona we didn’t expect for it to cost way more than it would have at say, the four seasons which is a much more upscale establishment (where this is around $25). The bartender while nice was not very attentive, and did not think to mention it to us before we ordered the first or second round. I asked to speak with a manager after we payed the bill and were seated at our table for our actual meal, and she did her best and comped two of the appetizers we ordered. I thought the manager did her best to appease the customer and I sincerely appreciate that. But as a customer, to the owner or general manager or whoever may read this, you need to train your staff a little bit better. Not only did we have that mishap, but after we paid at the bar the credit card was declined because there were two $1 charges charged to the card prior to our $200 bill which caused the credit card company to call and let us know they though it was stolen. Then after we finished our meal at the table and paid, the waitress almost charged me for another tables bill which was $250 plus. Had I not looked at what she was charging me I would’ve been charged that, when our bill was less than that.

Overall I would say mediocre service, overpriced food and drinks, and not as authentic as it should be for such prices. I will never return, and unless you’re a 20 something in college hanging out with your friends looking to overspend, I suggest that you don’t go either - there are many other BETTER establishments to choose from.

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PhatFoodFiner
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haven't been to Pamplona in over a year. Good to be back and enjoy the bottomless brunch and mimosas. However, a bit disappointed with the changed menu. It was my mothers Birthday and she requested Pamplona to celebrate brunch so she can get the Grilled Octopus. Too bad her favorite is no longer on the brunch menu. We asked if can order it ala carte but the server said No since they can only cook it during dinner service.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Only bummer was the limit on time we were allowed. Otherwise great!

SM
ShelleyM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. Beware that some outside seats are in direct sun though so plan ahead for that.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was ok- We came here because it had 4 stars but I guess for D.C. standards it’s rated high but in LA this place would be given 2 stars.

EJ
ErnestJ
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at Pamplona, celebrating my wife's birthday. She loves tapas, and every dish was delicious. The manager and wait staff were gracious and attentive. We will certainly return. Highly recommended!

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mmarsh11
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was terrific and service was outstanding.

I'll be back!

DB
vipDBurn
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great! love the Happy hour options as well

JB
JonB
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had an outside reservation and the weather wasn’t cooperating. Manager went above and beyond to arrange an indoor table for us, saving my wife’s Mother’s Day celebration. We visit the area three or four times a year and Pamplona will definitely be our go-to place. Food was excellent and the Sangria is outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The service was very attentive! The cocktails were amazing, and the seafood pasta was divine!

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maddmaddmadd
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food and service!

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Kari
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food3service2ambience4

Went for brunch! For the little time you have for your reservation I thought the service would’ve been better. It took 30 minutes to get my first food item out and all the other guests at my table had already been served twice. Also the waitress rarely came to check on your table after 45 minutes we had to get other people to help.

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Gtekkh
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Tapas were not authentic and basically mediocre. Main dishes were better.

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Ndme07
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, drinks, and attention from the staff were great. The food was delicious and they were accommodating as far as preferences go.

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vipAnonymous
Washington DC
96 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great meal on their outdoor covered patio.

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vipWalker
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Patio was sunny and beautiful! Loved the watermelon sangria!

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vipAnonymous
Washington DC
96 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great socially distanced patio. Will be back !

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date night.

MG
MarioG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Did not like that main courses such paella, octopus, etc were not available after 4:30 pm. and still selling brunch until that time and only small starters were available

AM
AmyM
Washington DC
63 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

My husband and I came here for brunch. Overall the food was really good and we ate a great variety of dishes. The place seemed more low key than we would have liked with serving plastic cups. The mimosas were flowing and we had a good time.

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kristinp
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was wonderful, food was delicious and a fun atmosphere!

KC
KCamp
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience5

Great spot if your looking to have drinks and have dinner before going out. The food was mediocre. Service was excellent!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

10/10 great food great service will be returning

NE
NoraE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful and food was excellent .... will go back again.

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Aixzhk
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Just please bring back the glassware! It fells really cheap to drink mimosas from plastic cups

TJ
TatianaJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

We ordered the Pan con Tomate, Mac and cheese , the duck paella and the vegetable paella. The pan and the Mac and cheese were pretty good. The paellas were alright. Our server was excellent. There was a table next to us that was pretty noise but overall the ambiance was very nice.

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LauraZ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I went to Pamplona with 3 friends. We all ordered the Taste of Spain. Tapas dishes came out quickly and staff seemed to work together to make sure food was delivered and cleared promptly. Two of my friends ordered Passion Fruit Mojitos (which I don't think is on the regular menu but the bartender figured it out for them). We were there on a Saturday night, and enjoyed the dance party song mash up.

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NamT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The Wagyu Ribeye was fantastic. Service was very good

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vipDrew
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Pamplona it’s my go to for great fun and food!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good stuff

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vipAnonymous
Washington DC
96 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little spot with outdoor seating. We tried the seafood tower and it was fantastic

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Poor menu.. sangria is served with no fruits at all

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Pamplona using the Order Online button. Pamplona also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Pamplona also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 685-9950.

Pamplona is rated 4.5 stars by 486 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.