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Taberna del Alabardero, Washington, DC
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Taberna del Alabardero

4.7
4.7
3181 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 Oscar Ordonez 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

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 26 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Traditional Spanish, Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:30 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:30 pm Sun 2:00 pm–8:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 429-2200

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Oscar Ordonez

  • Catering

    Taberna del Alabardero Spanish Catering offers Food Delivery as well as Full Service catering. More details at alabardero.com

  • Private party facilities

    Taberna del Alabardero welcomes you to its private and semi private spaces, perfect to host your events. Lunch, Dinner or Happy Hour, formal or casual, we will organize your event according to your needs and guide you towards a successful and memorable experience.

  • Private party contact

    Catalina: (844) 451-0133

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    Entrance on 18th Street, between H and I

  • Parking details

    Complimentary self parking after across the street, on 818 18th street NW. Monday to Friday after 4pmSaturday and Sunday all day

  • Public transit

    Farragut West Metro Station or Farragut North

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Dancing, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Offers

  • Live flamenco music! at 8 PM

    Multiple dates available
    Fri - Sat - 2:30 PM - 10:30 PM
    Make your dinner reservation and enjoy Live Flamenco performance. Starting at 8 pm, every Friedays and Saturdays

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What 3,181 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. j

    jorge

    New York Area

    112 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    112 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was first class. The food in a nice relaxed time frame. Everything we ordered was prepared perfectly. The night ended with a candle on a cupcake to sing Happy Birthday to my wife….
  2. PJ

    PabloJ

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Spanish food, very authentic. Have been coming to DC for years and I'm surprised I had not been there before. I will repeat for sure!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious. And the flamenco dancer was fabulous. Beautiful setting as well. We’ll be back to try the dishes we couldn’t try this time.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food3service3ambience4
    Felt very pressured to order more food even though we couldn’t finish what we ordered. Odd experience. Food was just ok.
  5. MA

    MarianaA

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The croquetas where not fully cooked and the paella valenciana, the rice was not well cooked.
  6. CH

    CeliaH

    Hawaii

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This lovely family owned restaurant is a delightful dining experience! We enjoyed tapas of garlic shrimp, appetizers of cold almond and garlic soup, grilled octopus, all which were delicious! The grilled lamb chops with a mushroom risotto were fabulous… with the risotto being the star of the meal! Finished off meal with lemon pie for my spouse and vanilla ice cream with fruit compote for me. I have celiac disease and found the staff knowledgeable and accommodating. The gf bread and the regular bread were the only items that were less than desirable, but overall the food was above and beyond expectations. The service was A+ and the flamenco music and dancing after 8pm just added to the Spanish vibe. The decor is gorgeous and bathrooms are clean, but up a set of stairs. It is a bit pricey, but they are full service with top notch wine list and full bar. I highly recommend a fun evening out with your loved ones.
  7. z

    zsuzsa

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a longtime favorite of mine - fantastic food, wonderful service. A little pricey, but worth it. On another occasion, we came for happy hour - VERY reasonable prices, great ambience at the bar, and you c an easily make an early meal of it. But a dinner in the dining room is also a very special experience. Also - they validate parking across the street (But we learned the hard way that is closes at 9 - we fortunately got in the garage just as it was closing!).
  8. t

    tkhill

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappointing, always outstanding. One of regions finest restaurants!
  9. NH

    NHow

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent place for a date. I went there for an anniversary and the attention to detail was very touching: roses on the table, free drinks and small desert on the house. My only complaint is unusual considering Americans like HUGE dishes! The tapas are a bit too large, thus you can only order 3-4 samples. If they were smaller, you could buy many others and try different flavors. As it is, 4 tapas were too much food for the two of us. Other than that, it is a great place to eat and I will be back!
  10. P

    Paul

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great for lunch, nice and quiet, conducive for conversation. Food was superb, and portions were just the right size for those of us watching our waistlines. Spanish Rioja red wine was excellent. Service was attentive and helpful.
  11. EC

    EvaC

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    I've dined here repeatedly in the last few years and despite a somewhat disappointing visit this time will certainly be back again.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious Paella! Great service! Loved everything :)
  13. TM

    TeyaMoore

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I have always enjoyed the experience and list the restaurant as a favorite for dinner or lunch.
  14. J

    Jacquelyn

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Taberna del Albardero was the most authentic Spanish food we have ever had in America. We will be back!
  15. C

    Chesna

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    I selected the executive lunch with a prix fixe for three course. The food was tasty but very little…it looked more appropriate for a dégustation menu. I would return but order front the regular menu.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Visiting from Australia. Food was ok, probably good for United States standard, but was expecting better flavours and more authentic Latino fare. Nice atmosphere. Expensive for what it was.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a great dinner for a special occasion.
  18. MD

    MarianneD

    Connacht

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous service, attention to detail and delicious food. Wonderful night. We will be back.
  19. SD

    ScottD

    Tampa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Squid and octopus were way too salty Croquetas were decent, good flavor, not quite as good as Jaleo. Rest of the food was very good (Gambas al Ajillo, and the boar) Recommended wine was excellent.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Most authentic Spanish food I have found in DC. The service is also amazing.
  21. MS

    MarianaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An amazing evening, great time and the flamenco show was amazing, loved Mariana’s dance!!!
  22. DM

    DanielleM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Excellent variety of tapas. Serrano and Iberico ham excellent as expected. Anchovies in vinegar unexpectedly Excellent. Paella, sadly did not live up to the expectation. We visited to celebrate my sister's anniversary specifically to enjoy the flamenco performance. Unfortunately the performance was outside on the patio. Although we did not get to enjoy the dancing and singing, the beautiful architecture, ambiance, and service made for an enjoyable evening.
  23. CC

    CathyC

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the food and entertainment. Wonderful service, great wine recommendation
  24. b

    bailey

    Washington DC

    38 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Sadly, the paella was just okay (taste and texture wise). It tasted more like risotto rice, and the saffron wasn't noticeable. The porcini croquettes were bland. I remember years ago when every dish was elegant and extraordinarily tasty. The outdoor eating area very pleasant and service is very good.
  25. S

    Salvo

    Los Angeles

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Vibrant on the outdoor terrace. Flamenco music and dancing was a plus. Food was great!
  26. GA

    GiaA

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Taberna del Alabadero went above and beyond to make us feel special in our anniversary. Not only they decorated our table, gave us cava and desert but everyone made sure we had a best time. In regards of food, my husband who is Spanish and very picky said it was the best paella in DC. Thanks for an awesome evening.
  27. B

    Bigeater

    Omaha

    42 reviews

    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Taberna del Abardero is a great neighborhood jewel in DC. The music while dining outdoors was a great detail. The seafood paella was great (meloso style) and the wine list is extensive and well organized by region.
  28. E

    Ernest

    San Antonio

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    Very Spanish in all sense of the description. Food was delicious. We did not have a good experience with our server. Be careful in “happy hour”. This is only limited to the bar. We were not allowed to bring a drink from the bar to our table.
  29. L

    Leslie

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    The ambiance of the restaurant provides a special occasion feel. There is sufficient staff for service. However, we felt somewhat rushed in our dining experience as one waiter was about to remove a plate before one person had finished. We had ordered paella which is said to take about 25 minutes and it was ready in ten minutes. We had not finished our prior course and had all this food on the table. The paella dishes (marisco) and (pollo) were ordinary. Given the price of the dishes, it was very disappointing. The bread was good as was the ensalada con gambas. All other dishes were indistinctive. Despite the sizeable staff, it was disappointing to see one Afro-Latino working.
  30. J

    Jabgrone

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We live 90 minutes away from this restaurant, it is worth it. I would fly if I had to, the experience is awesome. Service is elegant, polite and timely. We had the lobster paella, we were very pleased, all the ingredients tasted fresh and very well prepared.
  31. AM

    AnaM

    Washington DC

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good authentic food from Spain although a bit pricey, mainly the wines. Excellent service. I recommend this place for special occasions.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    El Salvador

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience overall
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall2food4service4ambience3
    Flamenco was too short and I was placed at a table without a view. Plus, I was being rushed to order, which distracted from performance. I felt very rushed though the servers were attentive. The food was pretty good but the value didn’t meet expectations. Not a a terrible experience but I’m not sure I’ll go back.
  34. D

    Desigirl

    Washington DC

    71 reviews

    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time, as always! We’ve been several times over the past 15-20 years and it’s always been excellent food, service, and ambiance! Add to that we also had wonderful flamenco entertainment!
  35. CD

    CindyD

    New England

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    Ambiance was entertaining and romantic. Servuce was a bit rude. Olive bread out of the gate was wonderful- Garlic shrip for an appetizer, also wonderful For dinner; My husband ordered the chicken and it was very very good with a wonderful creative sauce and potatoes . However, my daughter and I ordered the lobster paella, which I have been dreaming of having for my birthday meal for several weeks. The rice was delicious and you can taste the real safron. The lobster, the shrimp and all else overcooked and disappointing. Mushy lobster is a huge turnoff and I was done with my dish.
  36. T

    Tapas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Taberna del Alabardero is a seemingly authentic Spanish restaurant with an elegant, upscale atmosphere. Customers were dressed in more formal attire, and the wait staff were in suits and very vigilant with service. Lunch is a great time to go!
  37. RD

    ReneaD

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best meals that I have ever had in my life. Three words for you: Garlic Shrimp Tapas. The service, ambiance, and food was exquisite. I gave it four stars for value because it was a tad pricey and the portions were small, but again, EXQUISITE food. Treat yo'self.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great tapas. Large portion. Great Service!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Anchorage

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent and the service was amazing!
  40. CE

    CESLB

    Washington DC

    39 reviews

    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent Spanish food and great service make this exclusive restaurant worth for dining, even as the price is at the high end.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

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 3181 OpenTable diners.

Taberna del Alabardero does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 26 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Taberna del Alabardero

1776 I Street, NW(Entrance on 18th St.), Entrance on 18th Street NW, Washington, DC 20006

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Entrance on 18th Street, between H and I

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:30 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:30 pm Sun 2:00 pm–8:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Traditional Spanish, Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Complimentary self parking after across the street, on 818 18th street NW. Monday to Friday after 4pmSaturday and Sunday all day

  • Public transit

    Farragut West Metro Station or Farragut North

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Oscar Ordonez

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Dancing, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (202) 429-2200

  • Catering

    Taberna del Alabardero Spanish Catering offers Food Delivery as well as Full Service catering. More details at alabardero.com

  • Private party facilities

    Taberna del Alabardero welcomes you to its private and semi private spaces, perfect to host your events. Lunch, Dinner or Happy Hour, formal or casual, we will organize your event according to your needs and guide you towards a successful and memorable experience.

  • Private party contact

    Catalina: (844) 451-0133

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