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About Taberna Tapas
Spanish Tapas, serving lunch & dinner.
Durham, NC 27701
Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish
Hours of Operation:
Lunch & Dinner:
Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
Bar Dining, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Takeout
Taberna Tapas Ratings and Reviews
I had my birthday party at Taberna Tapas last Friday. In addition to the amazing food, they've expanded the space since I last was there which was a great investment on their part. It's a great place for business parties or any occasion that would involve a large group.
8:15PM reservations on NYE: arrived at 8:15. Asked to sit at bar until table became ready. At 8:45, we were prepared to leave. Management asked us to be patient. One of the wait staff told us that we might as well be quiet and wait since it wasn't like we'd have anywhere else to go. Ready to leave, we were ushered to a table and felt pressured by multiple staff to stay. What a mistake.
As we were being seated, I remarked to the manager that I had previously dined at this restaurant and had great meals but felt that the staff was exceptionally rude on this night. His response was to ask us if we would feel better if he gave us drinks. I thought this was rhetorical, but he actually waited impatiently for an answer. We sat. He came back with glasses of prosecco.
Our waitress arrived and asked to take our orders. We were informed that the kitchen closes at 9:15. It was now 9:00. Honestly, why even give us a table at this point? She assumed that we'd be ready to order since we'd been waiting at the bar: we hadn't been given menus at the bar. The table next to us had a reservation for 8:45: we struck up conversation with them and they also thought it was dishonest to allow such late reservations in relation to the kitchen's closing time.
A pintxo came out first and was good. Our dessert came out next... The waitress was upset when we asked if it could be brought out later. 4 more savory dishes then came out, then same dessert was brought back. Food was decent. Dessert also came out before several savory dishes for table next to us. One of the patron's remarked that it would've been better to go to McDonald's for equitable value-to-quality. Another table was vocal in trying to get drinks delivered in timely fashion and finally gave up and had to wait for a good while before getting check and being able to blissfully leave.
One of my worst dining experiences in recent memory, having lived in Triangle for 10+ years and having dined at 100+ local restaurants.
While I love Tapas restaurants, Taberna left me disappointed... and my wallet quite a bit lighter.
While the food is good, the portions are very small even for Tapas standards and expensive to boot. The meatballs and croquettas were very good but the patatas bravas and gambas (which are my go-to dishes to judge a tapas joint by) were OK without much to differentiate by. A bit more spice in the former and a bit more quantity (only 4 shrimp?) in the latter would have been appreciated.
Conscientious staff. Very friendly and helpful.
We arrived right when the restaurant opened and only had about an hour and 15 minutes to each before our show started at DPAC. The server was prompt and made sure we got all orders on time and gave good recommendations for our choice of dishes. We will return!
We had dinner before a show at the DPAC, and the first thing our server did was check to see if that was the case, and she made sure we left on time for the show. Several people kept an eye on us to be sure we had all we needed, without being intrusive. The food was excellent, especially the paella. The tables are close together, very European, so not a place for a private conversation, but it added to the ambiance that we were so close to our neighbors. My only issue, and it was miner, was that I was sitting on a seam in the booth, due to the way the tables were arranged. They might want to shift the tables to avoid this. The atmosphere was very simple and minimalistic, which focused our attention on the food. We loved it and will be back.
Our group of 12 was seated immediately (had reservations) for lunch. My students were pleasantly surprised by the food. Everyone had a good meal while ‘stepping out of their comfort zone’ a little. My husband and I were pleased with our meals and the service. This is definitely worth a return visit.
We booked a table here prior to a show at DPAC. The space is small and they have attempted to cram as many people as possible at tiny tables lined up along the wall. We were seated promptly but no one came to take our order for well over 15 minutes, in fact we were contemplating leaving we had waited so long. We stayed, against our judgment, ordered food and drinks and we had consumed half of our food before we received our drinks. The tapas themselves were excellent tasting, but extremely overpriced for what we received. The plates would have been better priced at around $6 to$7 per plate, but were priced $10 to $16. Our bill was over $70 for 4 tapas, a cocktail and a beer. There are several amazing eateries around the area where our money would have been better spent and we will not be returning to Taberna Tapas in the future.
Taberna was great. The food was good, the service was good, the drinks were good. The space is small but comfortable and reasonably quiet. We were there on a Sunday night, were seated toward the back, and the place wasn't full, so maybe take the "quiet" part with a grain of salt. Try the bacon wrapped dates. I'm not a date fan, but we ended up having two orders of them anyway. Very good.
Made a reservation for 10 to celebrate a birthday. I confirmed the reservation for 10 that afternoon. When we arrived, there was only seating for 8. They acknowledged that the reservation was for 10 but they only had 8. The table we needed to get to 10 was given to a different couple as we arrived. We either had to wait for that couple to finish their meal or cram 10 people in a space that just barely fits. Instead of cramming in, 3 of our party decided to leave.
Love the food here and the waitstaff is always excellent but they really let us down this time. To add insult to injury that they still added a 20% tip to our bill. I will keep going back but never again will I schedule a group dinner here.
The food was good, but not excellent. I loved the meatballs. Our waiter was great and I liked the mood. The restaurant feels like those in NYC in that it was a hallway turned into a restaurant. Prepare to be on top of one another. Overall, I would recommend going here, but be prepared to buy 3 tapas at 11 and up a piece to get full.
Food was mostly good. One dish we ordered was Caldo Gallego, a soup from Galicia. My friend has traveled extensively in Galicia and said this soup was most definitely not Caldo Gallego. The portobello mushroom dish was too sour for my taste. Paella was very good, as was the tortilla Espanola and the flan for dessert.
Service was not so great. Food arrived before the wine, which really upset my husband. The waiter brought us glass water bottles with tap water, and his beard was so long that the bottles were resting on his beard. Who wants to drink water that has been tainted with his beard germs? They should make him cut it off. Same waiter brought our dessert to the next table instead of ours. I know because the customers were saying that they didn’t order it. So I had to yell out that it was my dessert.
Our dinner was wonderful - fresh, unique, and delicious. There were so many tapas and small plate choices that we had a hard time choosing what to order. This would be a perfect restaurant for a group of friends who would all order 2-3 plates each and everyone could taste. Choices are varied enough for all kinds of diet restrictions. We had an early pre-show reservation and were given plenty of time to enjoy our meal without rush. We enjoyed the smaller paella plates we ordered but there is a full paella that can be ordered for a group (or for two with take-home leftovers). It takes about 45 minutes to prepare and can be called in ahead. We will try that next time! Ambience is fun and lively and a little loud - it’s not the place to tell your dinner partner secrets. On a Saturday night, the restaurant was full by the time we left at 6:30 and still full after our show around 9:30. It is well worth making a reservation early!
Taberna was the perfect place for a date night. It was a bit noisy inside, so we opted to sit outside and it was great. The food was great, but I️ can’t say enough about the service. We had interactions with at least 4 different members of the wait staff and they were all outstanding. They were friendly, helpful, and went out of their way to ensure we had a great experience. We will definitely be back!!
The food was good to very good, depending on the dish. Some of the dishes that were supposed to be served hot were luke warm at best. Twice the wrong order was served to our table and after letting the server know, several minutes later they moved the food to the table that had ordered that dish. I would have expected them to remake it, but that's just me. The noise level was very loud which wasn't so much a problem, but others should be aware that's the atmosphere.
Great bartender--for drinks, food suggestions and personality. Brussel sprouts were amazing--roasted to a caramelized crispness and not burned. Paella was Wonderfull--crispy rice on the bottom of the pan combined with 'al dente' throughout the rest of the dish. The shrimp was cooked just right. Chipotle honey wings were not too spicy. My 1st time there, but I will be back. I feel the price, food and service is better than other places nearby.
Excuisit as I remembered! Great wine list with reasonable prices. A fantastic Tapad menu which covers everything.
The Pallela was delicious. Spanish Quarter bottle of temperanillo was delightful . Recommend it to everyone with a wonderous pallet and love for food.
Food was great. Service very poor. They left the dirty plates in front of us for a good 15 minutes. Then our server suddenly changed.
We ordered double espressos and their cups were clearly to small to hold them, therefore there was coffee spilled on all the plates. A little nasty.
Still highly recommended for the food.
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