Tabard Inn

4.6
2174 reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Welcome back Friends!!!
We're happy you're coming! Join us for a meal on our covered patio or one of our intimate dining rooms. Or enjoy drinks and light fare in our newly-refreshed fireplace lounge.

With a commitment to sourcing ingredients of the highest quality, Chef Cliff Wharton creates a daily menu based on what is local, fresh, and seasonal to bring inspired dishes to your table in an eclectic and historical setting. A DC institution since 1922, we look forward to offering our guests all the comforts of a home away from home.

Support Tabard Inn during COVID-19

Experiences

  • Dinner Party Out with Stella Artois & Opentable

    $48.00 per person

    Jun 16 - Aug 21, 2021

    Get together with friends and host your first #DinnerPartyOut at the Tabard Inn's sidewalk cafe, complete with Soft Shell Crabs, Roasted Corn, Organic Strawberry Salad, Chocolate Ganache Cake, and of course Stella Artois Beer!

Offers

  • Collect 1,000 bonus points

    Mon - Fri 8:00 AM - 11:45 AM, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, 1:15 PM - 3:00 PM

    Receive points for dining rewards, KAYAK hotel savings and more.

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
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 2174 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.5
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Cmcwhnp
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Love the whole feel of this place. Very eclectic and cozy. Beautiful outside space. Food is terrific! Small wine list, but good choices. Nice that brunch is served during the week until 3pm. I had the brisket burger which was cooked perfectly and very tasty. Service was a little slow and disjointed...but where isn't that the case post COVID? Definitely recommend this gem.

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ToniK
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my sister to Tababrd Inn for celebration of her birthday, and my other two sisters came along. We had a spectacular time, it was so personable and thoughtful Tabard Inn placed a beautiful birthday card on the table for the birthday girl , and on top of that came out with their delicious donuts lit with a candle for my sister birthday. What a kind gesture very much appreciated. We all loved our food chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits and non alcoholic sparkling peach Bellini drink was awesome! Wish I could remember our waitress name she was terrific! My sisters and I were so excited, laughing and talking and talking

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Bhshku
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Haven't been here since Chef changed. A bit disappointed in new menu but still good place for brunch. Patio is lovely.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect night in celebration of our wedding anniversary. Quiet corner table in the atrium, and they added some very nice touches of champagne and treats. Food was excellent with unique flairs of flavor. Complements to the chef and entire staff!

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RestaurantHaunter
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very romantic for a date night! The service is excellent. The scallops and fish entrees were a little dry, but otherwise everything was spot on. Definitely worth checking out.

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John
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance was, as usual, superb. The service was splendid. The presentation and the taste of the food was excellent. The Inn took all of the precautions necessary to care for the health of the customers. It was very good to be back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at the property. Excellent ambiance, with very kind staff, and food was timely and very good!! What more can you ask?

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vipapennyforyourtummy
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! The staff were exceptional and the food delicious!!! Thank you

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JoeR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. We were celebrating a birthday and the birthday girl received a card signed by the whole staff and a very nice dessert.

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vipTess
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The outdoor courtyard is an ideal dinner spot for quiet conversation. I love the distance between the tables, the ambience in the courtyard, and the menu and winelist are supberb. Service was gracious but a little slow last night. There were not that many tables, so not sure if there was a staffing issue. But again, service was gracious and accomodating, just a bit slow. Food offerings are delicious and the wine list is solid. Overall, an excellent spot for a peaceful dinner with professional colleagues.

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vipMatt
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A+. We had a small team lunch on the covered patio and Tabard Inn delivered big time. The decor had us all talking and the food and service were top notch!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous birthday dinner at the Tabard last night! We snuck upstairs after our 2hour delicious dinner to see where we were married almost 5 years ago. Bliss!

MC
MissC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tabard Inn made my friend's birthday so special! Thank you so much for a lovely brunch on the beautiful second floor space!

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JeffV
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, an excellent experience. One of our favorite places in DC.

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kradea
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Not the friendliest host or waitress- was surprised. It’s such a lovely spot but dont think we’ll be going back

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NancyO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were excellent. We love that the Inn is employee owned!

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GuavaJelly
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great meal at the Tabard Inn. The food was delicious and the service attentive but not overbearing. The way the patio has been separated into discreet dining areas works really well. Delicious food. And a great cocktail list, too.

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SallyC
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service from the entire staff from the welcoming receptionist to our server who knew the wine list very well.

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JosephG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambiance, food and service!

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VickiS
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed Tabard always fun, food delish and a lovely time with friends.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Brunch was quite disastrous. I ordered a scone, my friend a biscuit. We found the two to be identical in composition and execution-a grainy brownish and tasteless material unfamiliar as any scone or biscuit previously consumed by either of us.. my chicken and "churro" waffle also sadly disappointed. The chicken was cut into pieces and fried nearly black-tough and crunchy, while the waffle was ordinary in taste and consistency with only a tiny smear of some brown sticky sauce on the plate. My partner's "brisket" burger was pedestrian in preparation-overground plain beef and presentation-in appearance inseparable from any other restaurant fast or slow. The waitress seemed too busy to bother with discussion of the dishes and only after the meal was finished did she inform me of the constitution of the jam for the scone. A complete and utter disaster.

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Amico
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In a self conscious city like Washington, it's rare to have a gem like the Tabard Inn -- a bit off the beaten path, old world and an easy understated elegance without being a museum piece, and a place that serves fresh, great food with no fuss and no pretension. Serious menu planning was obvious as there were offerings to meet a wide range of tastes (sea food, meat, vegetable) and yet the menu was short and precise. The serve staff, in their various accents and demonstrating a willingness to be helpful without taking on an intrusive manner, made it feel like we were back in a more simple time where professionalism, not trendiness or improvisation, was expected and appreciated. The greeting staff on that particular day was less sterling in their greet and meet, but it must be a challenge to seat customers in a place that's up and down, outdoor and indoor, but the configuration of the restaurant is an added charm to the overall characters of the place. On a Friday night, customers seemed to reflect a segment of Washingtonians -- youngish and professional, not brash or loud -- as well as a few older, more worldly diners, who must like the place and also like to check out the upcoming generation. There was also a sprinkling of out-of-town visitors, after all this is an "inn."
Maybe the best compliment I could offer is that after an absence spanning years due to a stretching temporary relocation, I was touched to find an "old friend" who's retained the best of a more simple time and yet who knows how to keep itself from becoming a relic.

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Winkdrop
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was exceptional. And always the Tabard welcomes diners with its charm and delicious food.

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Joanna
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Tabard Inn - try to dine there whenever I am in DC

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vipJohn
Phoenix
41 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I liked this place and will surely be back if ever I visit Washington.

Out of all the touristy places this was by far the best. The greeter was warm, got me sat down quickly and the service wasn’t perfect but good.

The food is value for money and I highly recommend getting their donuts, it was delicious.
The ambience was good although I went at a slow time.
They still do a great job of doing distancing and taking care people are looked after.

Although a tourist place, it felt more like gastro elegance. Thank you for being awesome!

Much recommended.

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vipJordyn
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great place! i will definitely be coming back here

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very nice ambiance. Food was great. Bathroom upstairs is nice inside trash was full and the door handle is almost completely broken. Kind of weird to see, other than that it was a great experience.

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Gouli
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch! Definitely going back

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Frankiesmom
Detroit
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

My soft shell crab sandwich was hot and outstanding! I was debating about ordering the blackened NC shrimp and grits, which my companion (from NC) said was just ok, and which were definitely not blackened. Loved the outdoor area! Very charming overall

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vipSteveP
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a lovely time.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

2 of my guests mentioned that their food was not very appetizing

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BernieS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic and iconic DC destination for dinner and an overnight stay. Great food and thematic rooms

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DMViVi
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The patio is a cute area but can get pretty warm. I highly recommend the bakery items. The service was great.

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vipFoodie
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, an excellent place for brunch. We really enjoyed it.

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LauraF
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful authentic place, good service and good wine!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tabard Inn is a DC gem

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AnnW
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A colleague/friend was visiting from Cairo, so we suggested lunch at this venerable neighborhood restaurant.

The last time we were there, several years ago, the quality of the food had fallen off.

But let me tell you, it's back in full force. I ordered burrata with a salad, and added fried oysters as a side. That with a glass of rosé was one of the most heavenly lunches I've ever eaten.

My friend (who had pasta) and my husband (who had the burger) were equally happy.

We were seated on the interior patio, which used to be open to the sky and now—thankfully—has a canvas roof over it. Even on a cold, rainy day, we were warm and dry but still got the sense of an open, outdoor space.

We'll be going back...as soon as possible.

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AlexK
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We loved how it looked! So charming and quaint! Wish there were more vegetarian/vegan options tho!

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vipNilsD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The atmosphere was a bit “bed and breakfast” but the food was tremendous. Very simple menu but innovative and delicious. A pleasant surprise.

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vipTameraL
Washington DC
158 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another return visit, this time inside, for a delicious dinner with friends.

FAQs

Tabard Inn does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Tabard Inn also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 331-8528.

Tabard Inn is rated 4.6 stars by 2174 OpenTable diners.

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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