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“A Little Spain in DC”

Taberna del Alabardero Washington D.C
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Ranked #125 of 3,322 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $50 - $80
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Spanish
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Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Bar scene, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Dupont Circle
Cross street: I Street
Transit: Farragut West Metro Station or Farragut North
Description: The Evolution of Tradition is presented with Executive Chef Javier Romero introducing a new approach to some classic tapas. From old school tapas battling it out to healthy & organic salads, there's something for everyone. With 23 years of experience, and a young team bringing innovative techniques, we continue to show the best our culture has to offer.
Reviewed August 23, 2014

Very authentic Spanish food Tapas as well as a full menu. The Potato Omelette with Ali Oli is wonderful. Crunchy bread is served warm with olive oil don't fill up on it. You could easily do that because the bread is wonderful. Order a glass of the reserva Rojas, very tasty.

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Reviewed August 23, 2014

This is one of the most classic restaurants in Washington, although it has its ups and downs. My last lunch there was wonderful. Services is impeccable. I had the Cochinillo, one of my best ever. The wine list is very rich in excellent spanish wines. Don't miss it!

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Reviewed August 22, 2014

Went there for lunch during Restaurant Week. The secret is to get there early before the crush. Service at this old-fashioned place is one of the best I've encountered in this pretentious city. The food was exceptionally good too, better than that of the other more celebrated Spanish chefs in town. I would have given it the top rated 5 stars, except that, I found the creme brûlée on the runny side, not quite solid enough. Liked it so much that I went there again with different companions.
Great dining experience indeed.

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Reviewed August 17, 2014

It's hard to beat this restaurant. The quality of the décor, service, and food is high. We went there two days ago for their 3 course meal for DC Restaurant Week. Excellent food, especially the appetizers. There is a lot of variety here so ask the waiter for his recommendations.

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Reviewed August 13, 2014

Four of us enjoyed a "Restaurant Week" dinner here for our first visit to a restaurant highly recommended by Spanish friends as having wonderful paella.
The decor is garish red, kinda like a Wild-West bordello, but the service was attentive, up to a point. Another plus is validated (free after 5:30 PM) parking in the underground lot next door to the restaurant .
Two of us shared a Paella Valenciana and were somewhat disappointed. The dish was was dry and relatively tasteless. Each of us got one (delicious) scallop, one large mussel, and two medium shrimp on top of the abundant tomato-sauced rice that contained pieces of dark meat chicken. Perhaps a few pieces of spicy chorizo would have enlivened this otherwise mediocre dish. Others enjoyed an entrecote steak that could have been more tender but was made tasty with a remarkable sauce. Stewed chicken (not chicken stew, as indicated in the menu) was also appreciated, esp. due to flavorful sides of green beans, mushrooms, and red cabbage.
For starters we enjoyed their creamy gazpacho, served in oversized shot glasses but abundant enough to share. We also shared a pitcher of red sangria which was tasty but might have been improved with a little more fruit.
We also shared two "Spanish style" crémes brulèes which were enjoyed by all four of us. The restaurant was very busy, and the service suffered long pauses between courses.

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