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Taberna del Alabardero

4.7
2706 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

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • 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
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 2706 People Are Saying
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipEzequiel
Cleveland
1 review
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great good and service. Authentic Spanish restaurant.

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James
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service. Love the variety in the menu

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always we spent an amazing time in this fabulous restaurant. Can’t wait to come back again soon

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RobB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for 20th Anniversary and they made it feel special. Food and wine were phenomenal as well.

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JenniferW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Got together with a friend for wine and snacks. The service was attentive but not overbearing. Definitely recommend the mushroom croquettes and crispy eggplant.

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AntonioT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The bathroom is dirty and small is gross
The place is nice
I paid $ 5 for 4 unsolicited biscuits passed as a gift
The food is still good even if the rice from the paiella was overcooked

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CynthiaJ
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went twice in one week...need I say more?

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vipDavidInDC
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service & top-quality food as always! Definitely recommend them for weekend brunch.

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JoshM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance and flavorful, authentic Spanish cuisine.

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Shade
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff went above & beyond to make our anniversary dinner special and memorable! The food was delicious and in sizeable portions. The lighting and music level were just right. Highly recommend!

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Fans
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We ordered Lobster Paella and 3 other small dishes, plus a few cocktails. Rice in Paella is way too wet, tasted like Risotto or soup rice. I picked up a few rice with my fingers then rubbed them with my fingers to show to the Manager its too wet. The Manager asked the kitchen to make a new one, it came out slightly dryer, but still too wet. We packed it to go. I am going to use my cast iron to fix it 😂

mushroom dish & garlic shrimp are delicious.

Service is good in this restaurant.

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vipdpdc
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The restaurant lives up to its fame -- truly Spanish food, prepared with excellent ingredients, and professionally, even elegantly, served. This was a memorable meal for the two of us, we particularly enjoyed the skill and the grace of the server deboning a salt-encrusted fish -- such professional service is rare in Washington.

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vipJamesW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an incredible evening and meal! We were celebrating our wedding anniversary and the restaurant placed rose petals on our table and gave us free champagne and desert. It was above and beyond what we expected - very grateful and happy customers!

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vipMikeM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the meal. Staff was great and very welcoming. Highly recommend dining there.

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vipDanielV
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Quality was great. We did not know about closing time being just half hour after our reservation. Learning that made us feel a bit rushed but it didn’t have an impact on our experience. Would most definitely come back.

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Craig
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was top notch. One of the best dining experiences we have had in the D.C. area. The wait staff was great and the food was phenomenal! Great Spanish experience.

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esterolipas
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Muy bueno todo, sobre todo los arroces, muy bien hechos!!!

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CindyF
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food and sangria were very good but a little pricey.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a pleasant surprise, very much exceeded expectations. Classic Spanish ambiance, everything on the menu was so flavorful. Wine paired with the meal perfectly. Best Paella in D.C. we will definitely be back. Adding it to the rotation of our favs

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Jerodz37
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambient was vibrant. Live music and the food came out fast and on point. The eggplant with honey is a must. The wine was also very good but the service was very very good. Everything was perfect. We also had a birthday and the flan with cookies and chocolate truffles was delicious. There was no pressure from the waitress for us to hurry up and eat. We spent about 2 hours and all of them were giving us a lot of attention. I recommend this restaurant to anyone coming to DC

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MXJR
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent and delicious. Gluten free friendly as well.

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vipChanmiL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great happy hour. They say the parking is complimentary but with the change I'm paperless parking garage system it no longer is complimentary. Food is delicious and they have live music which makes for a wonderful lively atmosphere but difficult to talk.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
164 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great selection of tapas. Suckling pig was great. Wine list is extensive with some good values. Service was perfect. Highly recommend.

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vipMoniqueY
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Overall authentic Spanish food and excellent service. Good wine list.

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DonnaC
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Could not have asked for a better experience. Food was fabulous!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alabardero is a fantastic place. Love the tapas, so happy to find Mahou Cinco Estrellas on the menu, and great selection of Tempranillo wines.

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vipdashburn
Washington DC
63 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

At first it appeared that the evening was to go well but 15 minutes into our reservation things changed. We had a 7PM reservation and were seated upon our arrival which was 7PM sharp. 15-20 minutes went by and we had to flag down a waiter to take our drink order. After another 15-20 minutes we received our drinks and the bread waitress came by. The bread was great. Another 15-20 minutes went by and we again had to flag down our waiter to take our food order. we ordered several tapas and entries all at the same time. The menu said if you order paella (for two) it will take 25 minutes to prepare. We ordered the paella de langosta for me and wife, son and daughter ordered Chilean sea bass and Halibut con crema coliflor. The tapas came out, in a timely fashion. The pulpo a la gallega, patatas allioli, and pazo de senorans were all good. After about 45 minutes our entrées still had not arrived. The waiter apologized for the second time. When the entrees arrived the paella was most disappointing. The lobster was over cooked and the rice tasted like to was overheated from yesterday. At this point we were 21/2 hours into our reservation and all we wanted to do was get out bill and leave. Again we had to flag down our waiter. After another 15 minutes the waited apologized again and said the internet was down they couldn't make a bill until the internet came back. We won't be going back.

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vipBobL
Seattle
54 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience5

Disappointed. Most of our disappointment was in the service received or lack thereof. We had 2 tapas which were ok, fried manchego cheese with raspberry sauce was fried too long making it tough. The goat cheese, shrimp, avocado and mango salad was wonderful. Finished with lamb chops that were good. More attentive service would have changed our experience.

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ThomasH
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I celebrated our anniversary here. We were thoroughly impressed from the moment we were seated. They had a table prepared with flower petals and champagne with a note wishing us a happy anniversary. The service was fantastic throughout and the food was delicious! We will certainly be returning for future date nights.

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vipKat68
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. The fried manchego with raspberry sauce and the paella were standouts. Highly recommend

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vipBasil
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing evening with the beautiful live, music, enchanting flamenco dancing, delicious food, attentive service. We loved our celebration here as a family - and the graciousness of the service.

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Sunny
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant and all the servers are very professional. Anthony is awesome and very professional. The live music and Dance also amazing. The food was super delicious. My favorite place so far. :)

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend. Excellent service and delicious food.

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Jenny
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great celebration, good food, service and ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and ambiance!

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abecker
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was excellent. Service was very good. We had Champagne Cava. The tapas were all delicious. We were out and

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ElisaS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very good, delicious! the service was great

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SANJEEVS
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is very professional and this restaurant is a 5 star rating

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Mike
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating our 53d wedding anniversary with a revisit to one of our most favorite restaurants; an absolute delight with delicious food.

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Luus
Columbus
25 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Taberna del Alabardero has sustained the test of time because they continue serving excellent food along with providing great service and good value. Highly recommended. Dine with confidence!

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You can order delivery directly from Taberna del Alabardero using the Order Online button. Taberna del Alabardero also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 429-2200.

Taberna del Alabardero is rated 4.7 stars by 2706 OpenTable diners.

Taberna del Alabardero does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://app.upserve.com/b/taberna-del-alabardero/gift-card.

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.

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