Taberna del Alabardero
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Taberna del Alabardero
Address: 1776 I Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006
Phone: 202-429-2200
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cuisines: Spanish/Portuguese
Opening Hours: Open lunch Monday through Friday 11:30 to 2:30; dinner Monday through Saturday 5:30 to 10:30.
Nearby Metro Stops: Farragut North, Farragut West
Price Range: Expensive
Dress: Business Attire
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Price Details: Main dishes $28-$35.50

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THE SCENE. World-bankers and Euro expats hunker down in the gold-leaf-and-brocade dining room for expense-account lunches and celebratory paellas. The tapas menu livens up the place in mid-afternoon.

WHAT YOU'LL LOVE. The antique charm of the place--absolutely untouched by the Ferran Adria strain of modernist Spanish cuisine--is matched by lovely renditions of traditional Spanish and continental pleasures. And even if you're just ordering a wine by the glass, the staff brings the bottle to the table for your inspection.

WHAT YOU WON'T. Some will find the decor--and the formal service--fusty. And the kitchen's missteps are harder to forgive given the prices of many dishes.

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