A lovely formal dining room, skillful service, and sophisticated cooking make this restaurant one of Washington's perennial favorites despite its occasionally lamentable portions. Start with tapas: fried artichokes with traditional Iberian ham or scallops with mango. Proceed to onion soup with goat cheese and venture on to one of four authentic paellas and fine Spanish country dishes. Strawberries with crisped meringue are a light ending to this rich fare. The plush interior and handsome bar make things romantic and help attract a well-heeled clientele.
Sep 13, 2010
If you are a jaded diner looking for the next over-the-top next dining experience, this may not fit the bill. However, Taberna is very good at what they do: traditional Spanish food. There will be no foams, no emulsions, etc. Nice wine list - try any of the "De Castillo" red or white wines and you won't go wrong. Specifically: great paellas. My green side salad was memorable due to the surprisingly tasty dressing. Wonderful service: knowing it was
a combination birthday/anniversary dinner, we were each given glasses of champagne before dinner and then a beautifully icing- scripted plate "Happy...etc." with a dessert on the house. Just some nice touches that made a memorable experience -- and that's what dining should be about.