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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
While the food at Taberna was okay--the arugula salad nicely composed--it was insufficiently good to offset the effect of the slow service. I hate to pan an establishment where the servers seem to be working hard, but perhaps management needs to evaluate its staffing requirements? My party and I dined at Taberna on two occasions about six months apart. On the first occasion, we had a long wait before our drink orders were taken and another long wait before our drinks were served. Then, just as our drinks had finally arrived, the food arrived, giving us no time to enjoy drinks or order a second round. The wait person, while cordial, was covering too many tables; the person tending bar was also waiting tables and greeting customers. In all, the place was understaffed. We assumed our negative experience was anomalous, so we booked again when we were in the area. Same experience: overworked staff, slow service, lack of response to requests for bread etc.
This place had delicious food and I thought the tapas were better than Mateo just down the street. Wonderful flavors. Great for a night on the town for my wife's birthday. The location is...intimate (read: tiny). Elbow to elbow and if not fully crowded, a bit hard to not hear other conversations. But delicious and plan to go again!
Food was good, but service wasn't great. I think we just had bad luck that night though. I was a waitress for several years myself, so I try to be understanding. We got sat 20 minutes after our reservation, even though there were open tables. They finally sat us at one of the tables that sat open the whole time. We then had to wait a while for our waitress to even come over and get our order. I had wanted to order a second glass of wine, but by the time our waitress came over to check on us we had been finished with our food for a while, and I didn't want to wait a lot longer. Overall though, I think the food was good, and our waitress was probably just really busy and having an off night.
If you are looking for tapas, Taberna Tapas will not disappoint. I can't even begin to tell you how amazing the dishes are. The bacon wrapped dates were outstanding. We also tried the Brussels Sprouts, the Beet Salad, the Charcuterie, the Clams & Chorizo, Tortilla Espanola, and the Tres Mares paella. The paella wasn't great. It wasn't inedible, but it wasn't our favorite. But everything else was amazing. We had the flan for dessert, and while I'm not normally a flan fan, it was INCREDIBLE! I highly recommend everything (except the paella).
Our waitress, Stephanie, was also great. My boyfriend is gluten free and she had to send a few dishes back because they put the baguette on the plate instead of on a separate plate. I appreciate that she had our back, even before the dishes got to us (we were seated near the kitchen and saw her send back a few dishes, and then heard the chef tell the staff to remake the dish). She gave great recommendations and did not steer us wrong.
Also, the sangria on tap - TRY IT! They were out of red, but the white was AMAZING. I'm not normally a huge fan of white sangria, but this one was different from any I have had in the past. It was crisp and refreshing. It's the kind of drink you have 4 of and all of the sudden you can't walk...and you don't know why. It's dangerous, but in a good way.
We'll definitely be back - there's so much on the menu that we didn't get to try, and we want to try every dish!
Taberna Tapas is a lively Spanish restaurant with extraordinary food. Every meal we tried was packed with flavor. The dishes were creative and attractive.
Our server was very helpful when choosing meals. She recommended a few cocktails as well that were excellent.
The only drawback is that the restaurant is very small, so prepare to get cozy with the other diners.
I highly recommend this restaurant.
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.
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