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Taberna del Alabardero

4.7
2835 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

Offers

  • Enjoy live flamenco music!

    Multiple dates available

    Fri - Sat 2:30 PM - 10:30 PM

    8Make your dinner reservation and enjoy Live Flamenco performance. Starting at 8 pm, every Friedays and Saturdays

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
What 2835 people are saying
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vipBrianDespard
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great restaurant for a special occasion. Warm, elegant and lively - in a slightly old fashioned way. Service was generally very good, but could have been a little less impersonal. Food is good, with an emphasis on Paellas - traditional but not at the forefront of modern Spanish cuisine.

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DavidR
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Restaurant Week and enjoyed a great evening with my girlfriend. The host and waiters provided excellent service and the food and wine was to die for. Will have to go again to try more dishes!

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MariaB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I really like the service, it has a wonderful decoration. You need to be vaccinated, I didn’t like some of the desserts and some plates are expensive but you can eat for cheap too.

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viptoutoften
Washington DC
162 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very much enjoyed our lunch during Restaurant Week...terrific menu, good and plentiful food and quiet atmosphere.

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BarbaraP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful Birthday celebration dinner for my Son! One of our very favorite restaurants in the City for decades now! Gracias y Feliz Ano Nuevo!

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vipJesusR
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and ambiance! Flamenco dance on Saturday night was fantastic.

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RuthB
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You will feel like you’re in Spain. Very authentic. Amazing food and service.

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PattiZ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Beautiful setting . Good service and food was authentic . I will be cackle for flamenco 🎉

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vipDehgg
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

-will definitely return, and frequent the place ore often

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PaolaA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Restaurant! Delicius food, good mimosas, the brunch is enough as lunch!

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KhaiB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visiting for NYE 2021 and was blown away. The menu was set and we just held on for the ride. The duck was amazing and by far my favorite. We also loved the lamb shank. The service was excellent and all the staff was friendly and attentive. A wonderful way to ring in the new year. We will definitely be returning. Cheers!

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LinaF
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Dec 31 reserved a table, but It's to much money and no good food. Thank you

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Maria
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Staff was friendly & professional. Food was good. Loves the raspberry tequila sorbet! Only downside was that I expected a flamingo dancer, but because it was a holiday dancer didn’t perform & a holiday menu, wish that was posted online or somewhere just to get a heads up.

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Jose
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice place to eat and have a good wine. The prices for the wines are high but they have a good list.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service - food was outstanding - very knowledgeable wait staff

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, generous portions, well prepared, and reasonably priced. I recommend the octopus. The paella is more than enough for two people. A single order is more appropriate for four to six people.

The service was exceptional. The staff was very attentive and professional.

The ambiance was almost perfect.

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JulianG
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience! Will definitely come back next time we are in DC!

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LuisN
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Disfrutamos muchísimo del ambiente y la comida. Unas tapas para empezar y abrir boca con una caña de Mahiu y una sangría: salmorejo, croquetas, pulpo y chipirón. Y después un plato de carrillada y otro de costillas de cordero. Pero el momento flashback fue cuando probamos el toffee de decoración de la torrija. Fue un auténtico paseo al pasado en España.

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RigoQuiros
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Todo muy bien la presentacion de la comida muy buena y el servio insuperable. Realmente este restaurante es un referente en mis preferencias.

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Nick
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating the arrival of friends.

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DianaV
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a group of 10, had requested two tables of 5 (to avoid having to pay the $200 deposit + $55/person guarantee required) on the terrace, but we were accommodated at one large table inside and to the side. The service was gracious and attentive, the food delicious, and all of our requests were met.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service well recommended

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Elle
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

This was our first visit to this restaurant. The tapas dishes were good. The main course was just OK. My husband ordered rib eye that was subpar (he loves a good steak and he did not even finish his meal at this place).
The server forgot to serve us the appetizer that we ordered and when I reminded him of it I head no apologies and it was never served, of course. They also tried to double charge us for drinks, which was brought to their attention and they did not seem surprised or apologetic about it. Not a great experience overall. I will probably never go back.

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Jack
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great. It’s a bit pricey if you drink and order lots but it’s super nice. Very busy and noisy but super fun and nice. Awesome flamenco show. Worth it!!!

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vipFromDC
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the most incredible experience. We were sitting outside. They had live music inside. After we ate, we asked if we could move inside. They set up a table for us and brought us a free dessert. We were blown away. LOVE THIS PLACE.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, wonderful service. Thank you!

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Isabella
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is the best restaurant in town. If you have high standards, you will never be disappointed. Never lowers their standard in food or service. A real pleasure to dine there! Every one is super kind and friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect and delicious

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Visitor
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal in a beautifully decorated restaurant. The tapas, branzino and desserts were delicious.

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Jenn
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I was dining alone. Excellent service.

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Larry
Nashville
11 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this beautiful restaurant

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vipMikkiA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2021
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 on December 5, 2021
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 on December 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

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RobertM
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
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 on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

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cer2141
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
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 on December 2, 2021
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 on December 2, 2021
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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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 2835 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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