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Taberna del Alabardero Washington D.C

1776 I St NW, 812 18th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20006-3700
+1 202-429-2200
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good30%
  • Average12%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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“paella” (66 reviews)
“tapas” (87 reviews)
“cochinillo” (7 reviews)
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International, Mediterranean, Spanish, Healthy, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
1776 I St NW, 812 18th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20006-3700
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Arrived early for dinner, spent a hour at the bar drinking glorious Tempranillo recommended by the bartender. He may be the soul of this restaurant, and it surely has soul. These folks are an exceptional service team - - it is a joy to watch...More

Thank Jerry W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's very hard to get many things right, but at least for me, this restaurant did it the night I was there. Service was very welcoming, warm, professional. Decor was classy but not over the top either. The sommelier knew her stuff and recommended excellent...More

Thank MAJ M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

DE-LI-CIO-SO as you would say in spanish. For me it was authentic spanish food. The serrano jam and pork were our favorite appetizers. Entree? PAELLA!!!! With lobster, crab and mussels. Really really really good!

Thank adrialvarez
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Tasty food. High quality ingredients. Great tapas. Creative presentations. In other words, really good! Very efficient and responsive service. A little formal, European style, but very good (except it took a while to get the check when we wanted it). Convenient location if your in...More

Thank Hal013
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Readers may recall that last year I was critical of the roast pig, the September special. The manager apologized and asked for a rematch. Last night they delivered! In addition to the flawless service and ambiance the pork was spot on. There were half a...More

Thank MikefromThelake
AlabarderoDC, General Manager at Taberna del Alabardero Washington D.C, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Mikefrom Thelake, Thank you again for giving us the opportunity to host you . We are really happy everything went flawlessly and that the Cochinillo Special was cooked to your palate!. I will make sure to share this with the team . Thank you...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived at 11:30am when they were just opening for lunch. The place didn't fill until noon or a little after. The decor is beautiful and the service was first class. I think there were 4 or 5 people rendering some kind or another of...More

Thank George M
Reviewed 25 August 2017

Lovely menu choices in a fabulous ambiance. the service is consistently perfect and the kitchen is consistently good. We probably come here 4-7 times as year and have never been disappointed. A renovations of the upstairs bathrooms is, however, in order.

Thank 22,101
Reviewed 23 August 2017

I went to the Taberna with my wife during restaurant week. When the restaurant called to confirm my reservation, I mentioned that we would indeed be coming, because it was our anniversary. When we arrived, we were shown to special table, with a view of...More

Thank RobRxxx
AlabarderoDC, General Manager at Taberna del Alabardero Washington D.C, responded to this reviewResponded 24 August 2017

Dear RobRxxx, Thank you for your recent 5 stars review. We are glad you had a wonderful experience while celebrating your anniversary at Taberna. We hope to see you again soon! Kind Regards, JP

Reviewed 14 August 2017

I knew it was going to be good when all the clientele were speaking Spanish. Always a good sign! We had tapas on the mind and were not disappointed at all. Between 2 of us, we were satisfied with just 4. I was actually expecting...More

Thank joelnf
Reviewed 31 July 2017

Unable to get in to our first choice restaurant for lunch we took a chance and ate here. What a wonderful surprise! Everything was fresh, creative, and a totally new experience for us. The gazpacho was fabulous, as were the pork tenderloin and baby potato...More

Thank Leslie C
AlabarderoDC, General Manager at Taberna del Alabardero Washington D.C, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2017

Dear Leslie C, Thank you for your recent 5 star review. We are really happy you gave us the opportunity to host you and that your enjoyed our menu and service. We hope to see you soon, welcome to the Taberna Family! Cordially, Javier Perez

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$50 - US$80
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Validated Parking, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
09:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1776 I St NW, 812 18th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20006-3700
    (I Street)
  • Public Transportation: Farragut West Metro Station or Farragut North
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Dupont Circle
  • Neighbourhood: Dupont Circle
  • Phone Number: +1 202-429-2200
  • E-mail
The Evolution of Tradition is presented with Executive Chef Javier Romero introducing a new approach to some classic tapas. From old school tapas battling it out to healthy & organic salads, there's something for everyone. With 23 years of experience, and a young team bringing innovative techniques, we continue to show the best our culture has to offer.
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