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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 like to sit at a restaurant bar when I dine solo. Taberna had a nice bar for dining and I found no limit to conversation around me. I would definitely return to try additional items I pondered on the menu. The tuna tartare was light and delicious, my arugula was fresh and flavorful, and I saved room for the dark chocolate mousse! What a good meal!
Absolutely my favorite restaurant in Downtown Durham. Something for everyone, but classy and unique too. The service is absolutely amazing, with great recommendations from the staff every time. You definitely want to make reservations.
I took my dad and the family out to dine here for Father's day, the service was great. Our server was very nice, professional and attentive. We ordered a Medium Paella for the family and a few tapas, everything was delicious! The tapas were serve super quickly and it was really nice from our serve to let us know the Paella would take about 45 minutes, love the honesty. This meant the Paella was freshly made, which we all loved! It tasted so good and we finishes it all! We all wished it had more shrimp, as for the price, it could have a few more, but other than that, super good! Would totally recommend it for a fancy dinner night!
Had a great date here so I was excited to bring my girlfriends back for a girls' night. Made a reservation for 5:30 on a Friday night thinking we would have plenty of time to relax, order carafes of sangria and eat. We were really enjoying ourselves when our waitress informed us that we needed to wrap it up because our table was reserved for 7 pm--about an hour after we first got our drinks and settled in. We were still ordering dinner.
Suddenly our relaxed evening became rushed and stressful as we tried to finish dinner while the waitstaff glared at us. Each of my girlfriends commented that they felt stressed. We did our job and made a reservation... a reservation shouldn't really infringe on a party that is in the middle of dining. We were paying customers, just like everyone else. In my opinion, they should have seated us or the 7 pm party at a different table. It ended our evening abruptly and left a bad taste in everyone's mouth. We won't be going back.
skirt steak with chimichurri sauce was very good as were the fried calamari and paella. The croquettes were very bland and the paella could have been spiced up a bit as well but there was a nice crust on the rice where it touched the pan.
Trying out many different stops during restaurant week, well it was worth it. I had the Crab cakes which I always try at 1st time stops, if on the menu. We also tried the restaurant week menu, all good choices. Did not enjoy the drink (Fredrick Martini) just was not right.
Food was pretty good, but not really the kind of tapas I like. Our waiter was good but overworked as the restaurant was seriously understaffed. For a tapas restaurant, you need lots of wait staff "touches" and fast kitchen service, neither of which happened.
I was so happy to find a place in durham serving paella. Our table got the big pan for 6 and it was delicious. All the other tapas were so good as well. Wine selection was amazing, and our server was knowledgeable and helped select the right one for me. Want to go back very soon.
The menu was interesting, including the drinks. The food was delicious, especially the grilled shrimp on flatbread. The wine we had was very tasty. We were able to relax and enjoy our celebration dinner, order more tapas, have a real night out. I wouldn't take anyone who's hard of hearing, because the noise level is on the high side.
Great find! What a pleasant surprise!! We had great tapas, pan seared salmon, patatas bravas, and roasted brussel sprouts and liked all of them. Then we had vegetarian paella and paella with chicken, shrimp and chorizo. Both dishes were outstanding. Then dessert which consisted of molten chocolate cake and churros. Will go back when we return to Durham.
The restaurant is small, which is not the fault of anyone, but the table we sat at abutted customers sitting at the bar. My side view was literally eye-level with a customers butt. I slightly turned my chair towards the window which provided a better overall view, however
de-aligned my gaze to my wife. We came at a very busy time, with a large party expected.
Our waitress did an admirable job with the tight squeeze between chairs and the ad hoc
nature of dishes coming out. She was very prompt with us. The food was okay with prices
a wee bit high based on tapas portion sizes. The one dish that was delicious were the ribs;
they were tender, juicy and very flavorful. The crab cakes were hard and possibly slightly
overdone, and the bottom of the flat bread definitely overdone, hard and over crunchy
even though the toppings were passable. My overall visit was just okay and the food
not living up to your reputation. I love food, and I am not a hater. I would not be
mean on purpose, but the experience was average considering the cost per item.
Great food with excellent service and a decent wine list. One person in our party has dietary restrictions and our server was most helpful in steering us away from those items she couldn't have. We ordered an assortment of Tapas for the table. Some of our favorites were the Bistec a la Plancha, the Mussels in Garlic Sofrito and the Roasted NC Brussels Sprouts. Unfortunately, we didn't even get around to trying the salads, pinxtos, paellas or flat breads. I would definitely recommend coming here with a group so you can sample a variety. It's a bit pricey, so not necessarily for everyday dining, but a great place for a celebration!
Great pre-theatre spot to eat. Tasty food but not heavy rendering you too uncomfortable to sit in your DPAC seat. Jennifer was an outstanding server - friendly and knowledgeable, attentive, informative but not hovering. Thanks for a very pleasant experience - we'll be back!
We picked this for a mother daughter dinner before the theater. We ordered a pitcher of Sangria which was delicious and fruity We ordered the pork belly and tuna tartare to open. The pork was slow cooked in spices and deep fried right before serving. It was mouth watering. The tuna was perfectly diced on an avocado terrine with shaved cucumbers. It had a sauce also. The flavor was perfect and very light. Next was beef short ribs. Not served on the bone but almost shaved. Very tender. We also ordered potato croquettes stuffed with goat cheese. This was a perfect accompaniment for the beef.
We couldn't resist ordering the shrimp and it didn't disappoint. It's so tender with a garlicky butter on perfectly toasted squares of white bread. We finished our meal with chocolate mousse and coffee. The mousse is more of a ganache and very dense and every mouthful is heaven. Even the coffee had a great flavor!!!
Our female waiter was attentive and informative and fun in all equal proportions. This is my new favorite spot. I can't wait to taste the entire menu and will gladly drive from Cary.
Girls evening out for a friends birthday. We noted the birthday and our DPAC show when making the reservation. They provided tremendous service and got us out in plenty of time for our show. Will absolutely be coming back!!!
Great late evening bar ambiance as well!!
I really enjoy the quality of the food at Taberna and the wait staff s very helpful. In general, I like tapas because you order, eat, order, eat. In other words there is no pressure to make r order at one time. The ambiance is European, but they are expanding so we will see.
Delicious food, lots of variety, some very interesting dishes. I liked the small plates for sharing...more tasting, less filling portions. I would have liked a little more elbow room. The tables are squeezed too close together so not a place to go if you want to have a private conversation. But very attentive wait staff. And did I mention the food was delicious?
Delicious as always! The food is amazing, and they never rush you. Great ambiance, fun place for date night or catching up with old friends. Highly recommend the sangria, steak with chimichurri, and traditional paella (they have several kinds, try them all!)
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