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Taberna del Alabardero

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Taberna del Alabardero Review

A lovely formal dining room, skillful service, and sophisticated cooking make this restaurant one of Washington's perennial favorites despite its less-than-stellar value. Start with tapas: octopus in its traditional Catalan habitat of smoky paprika with potato, or miniature pork loin sandwiches. Proceed to a hefty bowl of sherry-based chicken soup 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.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 1776 I St. NW, at 18th St. Downtown, Washington, DC 20006 | Map It
  • Phone: 202/429–2200
  • Website:
  • Metro Farragut W.
  • Location: Downtown

    Restaurant Details

  • Closed Sun. No lunch weekends.
Updated: 06-05-2013

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    Taberna del Alabardero Review

    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.

    by VA_Girl, 9/13/10

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