La Taberna del Alabardero

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    ( 3 reviews )

1776 Eye St NW, Washington, District Of Columbia, USA, 20006

Serves meat, vegan options available. High-end Spanish cuisine and tapas featuring wide selection of food and wine. Has a separate vegetarian menu of which around 80% is vegan suitable. Lunch and happy hour specials. Entrance is on 18th, between H and Eye. Open Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, Mon-Thu 3:00pm-10:30pm, Fri 3:00pm-11:00pm, Sat 5:30pm-11:00pm, Sun 5:30pm-10:00pm.

Categories: Mediterranean, Beer/Wine, Spanish, Non-veg

3 Reviews

First Review by cookiem

nice outdoor dining - Edit

We went here last night based on HC reviews. They no longer have a separate veg menu but vegetarian items are noted on the menu. Our server didn't seem real clear on he difference between vegan and vegetarian. The sommelier recommended an excellent moderately priced wine for us and we had a couple of veggie tapas dishes and the veggie paella, which I am still not 100% sure was totally vegan. They said it was. It was delicious but not cheap at $28 per person with a minimum two person order. The outside dining was lovely. Old school attentive staff.

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Odd occurrence.. - Edit

Had an odd occurrence the last time my friends and I tried to dine here. We walked in and asked for a table for three, we were told there was only one table available in the corner.. which was not even in the main dining hall. Yet, we saw others being seated in the main hall! Well, after finally being seated, we waited a min of 15 minutes for our waiter to bring us menus. I asked for the vegetarian menu and all though there were items that seemed edible, we ended up walking out. No water, nothing, since we came in. Service was just slow and uninviting. I am guessing we were not dressed up enough..
Thank goodness Equinox was just around the corner, as everything was starting to close (after 7PM) in the area.

Pros: has vegan options, beautiful decor

Cons: slow waitstaff, uninviting mood

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Haute Cuisine and Spanish Tapas - Edit

Down in the heart of the city, there are many upscale dining choices for non-vegetarians. What is a veg*n to do? Thankfully, there are some choices that help out the hungry veg*n looking for a haute cuisine experience DC style. This is an excellent venue when you are trying to impress someone for business, romance, family or otherwise.

The decor is very red, and the theme is very Spanish. The staff is incredible and attentive.

So, veg*ns, here's what you do: ask for the vegetarian menu! If you don't, you will sulk and be sad, and stare at the menu of what you cannot have. Also, if you are very sensitive, you may still want to avoid this place, as they have mussels and meat, seafood and the like.

If you can get past that and encourage your fellow diners to share in some vegan tapas, all the better! They have a lengthy 2 page vegetarian menu, with plenty of vegan choices. If you're unsure, ask your waiter - the kitchen can make some of the veg items vegan, but many already are.

For those interested, they have a sommelier to suggest excellent wine choices with your meal.

Good food choices include asparagus, peppers, spinach, paella and fresh fruit for dessert. However, I felt like eating here was more about the experience. The food is fresh and flavorful with incredible attention to plating and details, as the price tag would dictate, but it was the whole experience that made this exceptional.

Pros: Veg menu, Staff is incredible, Paella

Cons: Meat and seafood is present, Price

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