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Pamplona

4.6
499 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!

Support Pamplona during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 499 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.5
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4.4
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipLadyLazarus
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Would not recommend for dinner. The chicken paella had an odd flavor. The octopus and patatas bravas were ok. The Serrano ham was served with some kind of ice cream on top. Much better tapas options in DC - with better value for your money.

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HarryK
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Passable tapas in a great environment for a casual party.

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vipMrsSanchez
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great brunch and fast service!

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MarissaG
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch spot with quick service and perfect mimosas. Celebrated birthdays and they made it feel special.

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SamL
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our group (2 couples) really enjoyed ourselves. We arrived just after a short shower and sat outside on recently dried tables. There was welcome cool breeze (for July) and the area was shaded.

We had decided to have unlimited small plates ($38/pp) and it was a good decision. The hostess and assistant quickly delivered our orders and brought more in several subsequent rounds. Every dish we tried was good -- you must have the truffle-oil mac and cheese, it may not be traditional but was very good. Octopus, shrimp, mussels -- all were fresh and nicely seasoned. All the croquettes were excellent. Wednesday is their half off pricing for Sangria -- a nice surprise.

They only permit 90 minutes for seating and we were a few minutes over it but no one made us feel rushed.

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BryanW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great wait staff. Food cam out quickly and hot despite how packed it was.

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vipfoodiemom
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful brunch! Food was excellent

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

They don't seem too fond of kids. No changing tables in the restrooms and staff seem to be annoyed by children. Otherwise, food and wait staff are great.

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vipNiemand
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went for Sunday brunch and were the only customers at 10; it was still largely empty 45 minutes later. I love the opportunity to try several different dishes without eating so much that I explode. Let's hear it for "small plates" (tapas). The mixed fruit was worth $1 rather than the $5 it cost, but everything else was both delicious and priceworthy. We'll be back.

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vipLLDC88
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Some food items were decent, but really pretty average food, and very subpar on the seafood. Gambas is one of my favorite Spanish dishes and this was not good. Croquettas were ok, and non-meat dishes a little better. Pan con tomate was basically bruschetta.

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GBL11
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food was decent but not as good as Jaleo. Prices were reasonable. Service? Not good. (Had to wander restaurant looking for a water refill.) Not likely to return.

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SarahF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible, love the atmosphere, we’d definitely come back to try more because the menu was amazing!

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vipNataliaZ
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2021
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 on 15 June 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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

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AnnieW
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipAnonymous
Washington DC
96 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food and service- was looking for a new tapas place!

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vipISSAMS
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

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

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TylerM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipAnonymous
Washington DC
97 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2021
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
31 reviews
Dined on 6 June 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 6 June 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 4 June 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 30 May 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 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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ShelleyM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 23 May 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 22 May 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.

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ErnestJ
1 review
Dined on 20 May 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 14 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was terrific and service was outstanding.

I'll be back!

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vipDBurn
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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JonB
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 9 May 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 8 May 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 8 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food and service!

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Kari
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 8 May 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 5 May 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

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

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Ndme07
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on 1 May 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
97 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great meal on their outdoor covered patio.

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

Patio was sunny and beautiful! Loved the watermelon sangria!

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vipAnonymous
Washington DC
97 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great socially distanced patio. Will be back !

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

Great date night.

MG
MarioG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 25 April 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

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 takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 685-9950.

Pamplona is rated 4.6 stars by 499 OpenTable diners.

Pamplona does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.toasttab.com/pamplona-3100-clarendon-blvd/giftcards.

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 bookings at the moment.