About Taberna Tapas
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
The tapas were delicious and definitely ...
The tapas were delicious and definitely reminded us of Spain. The charcuterie was a bit overpriced for such a small portion of jamón, but the cheeses were yummy! The wine selection was great. I know it's a smal place but the tables were so close together that it was hard to scoot through to sit down and get up. Overall it was delicious and the service was great.
Food was very good, but I expected the p ...
Food was very good, but I expected the paella to be better for a tapas restaurant. They did get us in and out quickly, knowing that we had a show to get to. Parking was terrible, but that would be the case for any downtown Durham restaurant.
Delicious as always! Wait staff are outs ...
Delicious as always! Wait staff are outstanding (and give good advice), food is delicious, and ambiance is cozy and inviting. Great place for date night or a friend catch up, as you never feel like you're being rushed out the door.
Have to confess we were a bit disappoint ...
Have to confess we were a bit disappointed this visit. We arrived in what should have been plenty of time to make a DPAC show and let the staff know this was the case. Our food came very slowly and we ended up not getting one of the items we ordered because it was taking too long. It was pretty stressful to see folks that had come in after, finishing and paying for their food while we were still waiting and it set a poor tone for the meal. It was a rush to pay the bill. Management was very apologetic and we didn't pay for what we didn't receive and they comped one of the items. But we left hungry and not feeling very positive about the experience.
Our waitress was wonderful...attentive, ...
Our waitress was wonderful...attentive, professional, and friendly. The food was very good....very small portions as tapas are.....we happened to get there for Wine Down Wednesday...half price bottle of wine...a nice surprise. Nice spot to go before a show at DPAC. Easy to park here and walk to DPAC. We highly recommend. Seating is tight but not a huge detriment.
Where to start... Well our waitress was ...
Where to start... Well our waitress was very nice. And that's about it. Hostess was not cool. We made reservations before a show, we showed up on time and stood there waiting to be acknowledged let alone looked at. After standing there for about 10 minutes we were finally seated. Seemed as though only two people working there in the place started filling up. To top it all off the food was horrible. We will never be going back there again.
Excellent food! Definitely a good place ...
Excellent food! Definitely a good place for enjoying a long meal (definitely not a place to go if you are in a hurry!). My wife was born in Spain and lived there for about 6 years, and she said the food here took her back to her childhood!
It was Labor Day weekend and we were vis ...
It was Labor Day weekend and we were visiting our daughter who is in graduate school. It was the perfect option for 4 people with varied tastes because the small plates gave us lots of options. The desserts were especially yummy! I highly recommend it.
We moved our son into his dorm at Duke t ...
We moved our son into his dorm at Duke that day. It was a long stressful day, and we had made reservations for 9:30 pm. We did not leave Duke until after 9:30 pm. The restaurant staff was extremely kind to us and honored our reservation. We were the last customers there. Food was amazing! The server was very gracious and took great care of us. Some of the best tapas that we have ever had, and the wine was wonderful. The paella was awesome. We know flan, and their flan is among the best that we have ever had too! It turned out to be a memorable dinner in more ways than one. We will be back, we promise!!
Our first visit was exceptional - servic ...
Our first visit was exceptional - service, food and table neighbors. It was a home run. Tapas is a fun way to share dinner as you get to try so many different things. There isn't anything we wouldn't order again and yet...there is so much more to try. Our new favorite destination in downtown Durham.
We were excited to find Taberna Tapas cl ...
We were excited to find Taberna Tapas close to DAPAC so we could enjoy a nice dinner before Lyle Lovett. Overall, it was expensive for the value. portions were small and ~$12/small plate. There were some real nice ones, Chimichurri steak and portablella were outstanding. Disappointed in the wine. We had two bottles of $50/bottle Duero that should have been half the price. I love Spanish reds but this one was lackluster and not a good value at $50.
Service was excellent and kitchen was pretty fast. Not bad but again not a great value. I think the cheeseburgers at Tobacco Road would have been just as satisfying and half the cost or less.
We tried two tapas, the bacon wrapped da ...
We tried two tapas, the bacon wrapped dates and the jamon croquettas. Both were excellent. We each had paella for the main entrée which was also very good. We shared a caramel flan for desert. This was one of the best flans I have had as the texture was smooth and firm, not watery at all. The atmosphere was vibrant and resembled tapa bars in Spain. The service was friendly and accommodating. All in all a very enjoyable visit. We hope to return!
Great food and great service as usual. ...
Great food and great service as usual. Restaurant is excellent for someone who needs to eat gluten free. There are many gluten free options and others can be modified to be gluten free. Staff are very knowledgeable about food allergies.
Wonderful food, safe for people with cel ...
Wonderful food, safe for people with celiac disease, never disappoints. And the are *awesome* about getting you fed and on your way if you are seeing a show. Bonus? Easy walk to both the DPAC and the Carolina Theater!
Tapas is Spanish for "Small plates of ov ...
Tapas is Spanish for "Small plates of overpriced but incredibly diverse bites of food". Know that going in (to any Tapas restaurant) and you'll be ok. We spent $100 on dinner for 2 including a carafe of Sangria which was $25. Disappointed that it had no fruit in the carafe, just one slice of orange in each glass. Really?! Tasted OK but nothing like I'm used to in Spain and mine at home is better. If you don't know the difference, you won't care about cheap red wine loaded with sugar.
Taberna is an average Tapas choice. Some items were fresh, some obviously reheated. Overall the food was good, not great. Service was the biggest disappointment. We were largely ignored while others were gloated over by other waiters. The hostess doubled to serve our table.
DON'T SIT AT THE FRONT: Bums saw us nicely dressed in the window and came in from the street asking for money. The hostess had to intervene twice during our dinner to shoo them away. For those prices I would expect the restaurant to solve the problem but the hostess was busy serving other tables (instead of ours) so we were easy to interrupt. Definitely lowered the quality of the atmosphere.
This was a great find for dinner before ...
This was a great find for dinner before a show at DPAC. I need gluten free options due to an alergy, and the menu is marked for this, a great plus in my book. This wasn't a watered down GF menu, there were some great options including the bacon wrapped dates. You have to give these a try. Everything was great including the paella that my daughter ordered, which we all ended up sharing. Definitely recommended and will likely return next time we are in Durham for a show.
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