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“Disappointing...” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Taberna

325 West Main Street, Durham, NC
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Ranked #323 of 675 Restaurants in Durham
Cuisines: Spanish
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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

Just went to Taberna for the first time last night. My husband and I adore Spanish food and were both eager to try this restaurant. When I think of our time spent in Spain, I fondly remember the wonderful sangria, paella, and gazpacho. Well Taberna was out of sangria (how do you let this happen), and did not have gazpacho! Also their paella was probably the worst that we have had anywhere. Really disappointing. Apparently, they do have a "traditional" paella available, but you have to order it when you make the reservation OR wait an hour. Hmmmm... Makes me wonder what the paella was that we ate. :(

They do have some good tapas, but overall, they need to make a lot of improvements.

We will not return.

Visited May 2013
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Date | Rating
  • English first
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English first
Richmond, Virginia
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74 reviews 74 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Mixed quality”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

My daughter and I ate at Taberna on a Wednesday night. We were the only patrons until we had almost completed our meal. We ordered 5 different tapas as well as two glasses of wine taking advantage of a special on the tapas since we arrived before 7pm. Of the tapas we had, the salmon was excellent but exceedingly rare (a good thing that I don't mind it like that), the calamari were rubbery and unappetizing, the basque stew was OK, the patatas bravas tasted like very stale potatoes that had been refried at the last minute (not a good thing) and the slow roasted pork was very good. So net, one was awful, one was bad, one was OK and two were very good. None of the food was very hot. The white rioja wine was very good.

Overall not dreadfully impressed and if I lived here I would not go back.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Durham, NC
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48 reviews 48 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Great food and service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012 via mobile

In short, the food is wonderful! Jessica, our server was top notch. I worried about the place making it when they didn't get a liquor license at first (tapas with no wine?), but despite the rather sparse decor, the experience was superb. The $10 two tapa lunch deal is the best in town. Try the fish stew!

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