Spanish Restaurants in Washington, D.C.

The nation's capital has a plethora of restaurants, from fancy to humble takeaway. There is a whole range of ethnic foods on offer covering the gambit from Mexican to Thai to European. One of the European cuisines on offer is Spanish. Spanish menus include a lot of seafood and fresh produce, simply prepared with good quality olive oil.

La Taberna del Alabardero

Located just a few blocks away from the White House, this Spanish restaurant is utterly traditional. The decor in the front area is tavern-style, with wood panelling and dark lighting. The other, private dining rooms are more whimsical, with brightly painted walls and tapestry decorations. The menu is heavy on meat and pork products, with appetizers like jamon iberico, the famous deeply red spanish ham. But there is an entire vegetarian menu. Options include broiled rockfish with a bed of lentils and seasonal mushrooms and Seasonal Mushroom and sea bream with estragon reduction. Desserts include a classic flan. Dress is formal. La Taberna del Alabardero 1776 St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20006 202-429-2200


This is the original location of a tapas bar that has spread to two other locations in Washington D.C. The vibe is elegant casual, with colorful murals on the walls. The Spanish word "tapas" comes from the verb "tapar," or to cover. These small dishes were first brought out on top of drinks to keep the flies out and were later covered with free food. Tapas are no longer free at this restaurant, but the plates remain small and there is a lot of choice of wine to go along with them. Some specialties include small bites like chorizo or special cheese or a fried egg with caviar. More substantial plates include options like seared trout wrapped in Serrano ham. Dress is elegant casual. Jaleo 480 7th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20004, 202-628-7949


This upscale Spanish spot has an old-fashioned interior with gray brick walls and a molded ceiling. The matador lounge in back has a mural with a bullfighting scene and there is a small garden with a fountain. The food is classic Spanish, ranging from small tapas like plates of nuts, olives, and hams up to fuller dishes. One favorite is paella, Spanish rice dishes cooked with saffron and your choice of vegetables, chicken and sausage or seafood. Dress is casual. Bodega 3116 M Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20007 202-333-4733

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