Boqueria - Penn Quarter

4.6
171 reviews
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Lively, Barcelona-style tapas bar serving a menu of Spanish classics and market-driven seasonal specials in a warm, modern space in the heart of Washington DC’s Penn Quarter neighborhood.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The menu was hard to read and the only thing that was available for my daughter to eat was French fries. The chicken and churros were good. The food is served as Tapas format. If the waiter wouldn’t have been so nice letting us know know what was good on the menu we would have probably left to find another restaurant.

S
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Loved the food but the service was not great. We had to ask for clean plates between meal and dessert and we still didn't get them. Similarly, our table asked for hot sauce no less than three times and we only received it after most of the dishes had been served. Food itself it great but service is much better at the Dupont location.

OT
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had a wonderful date night here. Food and drinks were off the charts. I’m still fantasizing about the taste of the calamari. I regret that I didn’t try the pallella. Oh well. Guess I’ll be coming back soon!

s
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Good food, the wait staff was busy but still did well.

AS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service. Staff was attentive but not overwhelming. Food was excellent.

C
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Looked good for drinks and the food was decent, but not outstanding. The waitress was great and brought us delicious Churros!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious!

DC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Fantastic service. Good place for dinner; bar area also looked packed. Loved their take on churros. Other food was good but not necessarily the best tapas available downtown.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious. Excellent service—server was friendly and knowledgeable. We’ll be back!

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Another TAPAS place in the Distric not much differece between all of the restaurants that offer these options. PRICEY. Not worth the price in my opinion.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for brunch. Great drink selection.

ML
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best Spanish restaurants I’ve been to outside of Spain. And would be at home in any Spanish town. Great food. Great value

FE
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Will definitely be back.

RR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Bustling eatery that provided delicious option with excellent service.

DA
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We attended prior to a concert at Capital one Arena. The service was friendly and prompt. The food was absolutely superb. The tapas style fair came out "as it was ready", so based on what we had ordered, it seemed a little "out of order". We had a lot of veggies on the table before we had any meats, but it was so delicious, it really didn't matter. The lamb skewers were amazing as were the bacon wrapped dates. It was a rather lively atmosphere, but not so loud that my wife and i couldn't carry on our conversation.

OW
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great professional service. Reasonable prices.

DC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a 5 star experience, but with 4stars because of the noise level. Dennis was our amazing server and worthy of a Michelin Star restaurant. He was personable, always had what we needed, paid the utmost attention to my food allergy and never "crowded" us. Went celebrating a friends birthday, and he did his upmost to make it memorable. The food was wonderful, especially the chicken. He made sure as much as possible was garlic and onion free for my allergy. The food was fresh and prepared exquisitely. Can't wait to return.

L
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food at Boqueria is flavorful and delicious. The menus has so many great vegetable options. I enjoyed the heirloom tomatoes, roasted beets, roasted corn, and the Spanish tortilla--each with its own seasonings, or complementary cheese. Add a glass of crisp white wine, and you have all the ingredients for a wonderful evening.

RD
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Our server was Natalia. Great personality. Love the pan con tomato with Jamon and the anchovies!

v
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I enjoy Boqueria a lot. Good cocktails. Very tasty food. This time had the prawns, and must say compared to prawns I have had on the West Coast, these were really more like large shrimp. Next time will stick with either their excellent chicken or the gambas al ajillo. Or try either the ribs or the meatballs. The prawns for me were a rare miss for Boqueria.

LV
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

this was my first time visiting and i was impressed with it all. I was there for brunch and took advantage of the unlimited/bottomless and I must say the food was great - the drinks ok. i will definitely visit again.

P
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Service was good and food was good - we ordered a Parrillada the moment we arrived - One hour and a half later still was not there - we ended up canceling this order - The Pan con tomate barely had any tomates. The Jamon de Bellota was very little. Overall was a good experience. The Pulpo a la plancha was excellent! Our waiter was super nice and friendly.

d
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Tried to repeat a masterful experience that we had at NEW York's Boqueria and failed miserably. Management team along with the kitchen crew needs to go visit Boqueria in New York to fully understand the entire cuisine, make and layout.
1).....TOSTA DE CANGREJO, was served on Texas toast with no fava beans.
2)....The meatballs were very small and greasy.
3)...SANGRÍA was pure water and I had to send it back.
4)....BRÓCOLI CON AJO BLANCO seems like it was just taken out of a bag and served without being properly prepared.
5)....We then decided we've had enough and tried to see if the TURRÓN would be better: An utterly disastrous idea. SALT, SALT and more SALT, wrong ice cream, and I have yet to find out what the "CAKE" was!!...TOO BURNT to recognize. So it is safe to say we will cross the street whenever in that area just to avoid even smelling anything coming from that facility. THEY HAVE RUINED MY TASTE BUDS for TAPAS in the near future.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was delicious. Service was great. Nice atmosphere

RR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

I've been going to the Dupont location for many years and have really liked the food there. Unfortunately, I can't say the same about this location. All three dishes I ordered were not very good. I don't think I will be going back to this location unless the food quality is improved. Service and ambiance were fine.

R
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love their lunch special, salads and sandwiches but those TAPAS!!! YUM.

E
Houston
24 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The menu was hard for us to understand but we quickly figured out you can’t go wrong. Everything was delicious!! I highly recommend this restaurant.

OT
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Coffee is great after dinner

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great time and experience. Food and service was above expectations! Great memories for our 7th Birthday for our little girl. Thank you so so very much!

H
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

Overall everything we had was disappointing, however our server was exceptional. We had croquettes, garlic shrimp, octopus, squid, all of which was just meh.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Denis was amazing!

RM
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Get the roast chicken! It was phenomenal. Also loved the croquettas.

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably one of my favorite meals of 2019. Natalia made us feel like we were at home. Highly recommend the tasting menu. It was a walk through the menu and we loved every course.

Again, thanks to Natalia and the entire staff. It was a great night out and we appreciated every minute of it.

LT
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We were there to take advantage of the July 4th Bottomless Brunch. The food was excellent although I wish the restaurant had included more items from the regular menu. But I understand the economic constraints of providing bottomless food and drink for $42. We ordered the fried calamari twice, the roasted eggplant 3 times, the steak with fried eggs and a number of other dishes. The pan con tomate was totally forgettable. I have had this dish many times at other restaurants (both domestically and in Spain) and there was no comparison.

All in all, not a bad experience.

SB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall, my first time at Boqueria was a very good experience. The food was tasty and our server was both knowledgeable and friendly. The atmosphere had a very cool vibe. My only suggestion would be to add some low-top tables. I don't usually find high-top chairs to be comfortable enough to sit in through an entire dinner and, except for the booths, the restaurant only has high-tops.

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. Gloria our waitress gave excellent recommendations on the food and wine. We were a party of six and had a wonderful conversation because of the low amount of annoying noise around us. Our table was situated where it felt cozy and comfortable with a homelike atmosphere. I definitely recommend this restaurant.

FP
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Best mimosas! The portions were a bit small, but that's tapas for you. The service was fantastic - Gloria was an all-star server - very attentive but not overbearing, and with great suggestions and follow-up throughout our dining experience.

DC
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This visit was for a date night and while the food was tasty and the service was spot on, I thought the value for the food wasn't as great as I would hope. We ordered six tapas plates (including two orders of the bacon wrapped dates they were so tasty (3 pieces per plate) shrimp, octopus, olives, and meatballs and no alcoholic beverages and paid $100+. The food was tasty, but not enough to make me want to go back again and drop a Benjamin and more for little bites.

O
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent and the food was good some dishes were better than others but you could reorder what you liked so that made it worth the price. I would go back for the brunch but would also like to try the regular menu.

AC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Boqueria was great overall. Great food, well portioned and a great place for a bday group like my party but I was disappointed that we were charged for a full brunch but only received an hour of the unlimited brunch. This place should honor the brunch culture and permit us at least 90 minutes of our unlimited tapas and drinks, I almost asked for a partial refund.

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