About Taberna Tapas
Durham, NC 27701
Spanish Tapas, serving lunch & dinner.
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
This was our first visit to Taberna Tapas. Of course we made reservations and based on the size of the seating, would suggest this every time you go. We had a great time. Although we had table reservations, bar seating was open and we sat there. Dan, the bartender, took VERY good care of us. He knew we were going to the DPAC later and Dan made sure we received our drinks/food in a timely manner. We had the Beet Salad, Tuna Tartar and Tomato/Artichoke Flat Bread and would order them again. We also had the Crab Cake but would NEVER order them again. When we go back to the DPAC, the Taberna Tapas will be on our list. However, we live in Raleigh and would not drive from Raleigh to Durham to eat there.
We went there to celebrate my son's birthday. The food was excellent. There were plenty of excellent choices for small plates. Two of us were vegetarian, and we found sufficient variety of small plates. The service was also very good. The bar had modest selection of drinks, but wine selection was quite good.
Good, safe tapas. Nothing very adventurous, but if you have a picky eater in your group, this will probably be a bonus. Some dishes are very overpriced ($11 for 8 asparagus spears with a dollop of sauce??), but otherwise reasonable. For 4 diners, three cocktails and one bottle of wine, total without tip was $180.
The food is good, though a bit overpriced. When we arrived for an early seating we were the only people there, but they sat us at the least desirable table, in front of the kitchen door with my wife sitting on a crack in the bench. When we asked to be moved, even though every table was empty, they refused. Apparently the computer assignment leaves no room for human adjustment.
My wife and I arrived one minute earlier than our reservation, but we were not seated for 22 minutes. I specifically wrote a note on my reservation that I was seeing a show and needed to leave by a certain time. Once I was seated the service was good. Unfortunately, I did not have enough time to order an entree, so we settled for several tapas. I rushed through my meal and left the restaurant approximately 40 minutes after I was seated. Luckily, I just made it to the show on time. They desperately need help and a little organization.
We are always very excited to dine in Durham. However, admittedly so we were pretty disappointed in Tabernas. We had a reservation for 6:15, and got right in. The seating is a little odd, the tables are small & squished together. One side of the table is a bench type seat, there is a chair on the other side. This is a tapas place but the portions are what I would consider abnormally small. In addition to tapas, they also offer paella. We had the seafood, which was overlooked. My husband ordered a 2nd glass of wine, which never came until he was signing the bill. We had tickets to a show and had to leave. Our server was very absent and had a challenging time keeping up it seemed when she did come around. I will say, perhaps it was a rough night for the server, the kitchen, etc. As we were leaving, a local couple came in & I to,d them I was very underwhelmed with how the meal had gone. She assured me something must have been going on, because Tabernas happens to be her favorite spot for tapas in Durham. Perhaps we will try again another time........but not without first trying the competitor.
Jennifer was a wonderful server and gave great recommendations. We had a table of five and could easily hear one another even in the bustle of Saturday night. Food was fantastic with good portion size. Cost was a bit more but with reasonable portion sizes I would say it's worth it. Wine selection was goid, not mind blowing, and the cocktails were well made. 5 people with drinks and dessert ran $250 so averaging $50.
We've been to this restaurant numerous times in the past and it's always been good to very good. Our visit this past weekend was not so good. It was, admittedly, Restaurant Week yet that is no excuse for ultra-poor service. Our waitress was pleasant, however, she was spaced out, made numerous mistakes including billing, and appeared to be almost blotto. It was awkward at best and downright frustrating to the point of near anger. Food was good but not outstanding. And the prices have trended north significantly since our last visit (at least six to eight months ago). This place could be a gem but they need to focus on better service, tighten up their game with the food, and either offer more/better food for the price or lower their price for what they're currently delivering.
Everything we had was excellent and the service was fast and friendly. We loved some dishes so much we ordered more and each one came out promptly and as good as the first go 'round. Drinks & wine selection also fantastic, each person in our group of 5 found just what he/she wanted. Will definitely return!
Taberna Tapas is one of our favorite restaurants. The service and quality are always reliable and enjoyable. We often take out of town guests there for a special dinner. On this last occasion, we brought my British cousin who is a vegetarian. There were plenty of options (including seafood tapas) and we enjoyed a leisurely dinner with excellent wine and cocktails. I highly recommend it.
Delicious dinner as always. We had a new server, who didn't realize that bread on the plate meant I (the person with celiac disease) couldn't eat the dish. No worries, they took it away and brought us a fresh dish.
Taverna is one of the few places I can dine without fear!
Have been several times. Tapas traditional with modern flavor. Wine is all excellent and affordable. Tuesday ½ off bottles. Service knowledgeable, fast and courteous ( although one recent server was a little overeager, which annoyed a little). Ambience is quiet, in contrast to most other Durham eateries. Good for conversation, including business and dates.
Wonderful assortment of tapas for sharing. Service was prompt, knowledgeable and friendly. Good wine pour! I especially enjoyed the Brussels sprouts, clam and chorizo, lamb sausage and kale salad. It is very nearby anothger (and more famous) tapas restuarant, and does not seem to do quite as brisk a business. But that makes for a quieter, more intimate setting. We'll be back soon.
There were 4 of us and we tried about 7 or 8 dishes. All of them were good but we especially liked the bacon wrapped dates. The service was good and our waitress suggested a good ordering strategy to taste a variety of the dishes available at Taverna Tapas.
First time diners here. We arrived a few minutes late due to traffic, but still enjoyed wonderful food and service before an early show at DPAC. Our server recommended a wonderful wine with dinner. Food was excellent. Salmon and paella were outstanding. Cozy restaurant. Chose it over another tapas restaurant and we were very please. Absolutely will return.
We really enjoyed our meal! Our party of 4 shared a total of 8 plates including dessert and felt that the bill was what we expected. The only dish that was underwhelming was the potato croquettes. The mussels were a standout along with the paella. My husband's favorite was the beef short ribs. Our server was attentive without being overbearing. The only bad part of the evening was that a large group of young couples came and were seated right next to us. They were so loud that we could not have a conversation across the table. The tables are very close! Before they arrived, the place was very quiet and cozy.
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