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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
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.
We came from out of town for a Flamenco concert at Duke so this was perfect for immersing ourselves in an evening of Spanish culture beginning with food. Our time was a little tight since they open at 5 and concert was at 7 but with tapas, good service and being just 10 minutes from Page auditorium we figured it would work, and it did quite well. The hostess was very friendly and accommodating, as was our server. The one thing about our server I was a little taken aback by was the length of his beard, I had never seen a waiter with facial hair down to his chest so I stayed vigilant for hair in my food, but there was none. The food was delicious, the gambas salteado and they were delectable, I also got a serving of bistec la plancha and it was also very good. Presentation was good was well. I sampled my wife's "crab cakes" and while they were good, they are not cakes, they are crab balls, smaller than a golf ball, I know it's tapas but come on! My mom got a paella and it was very good. So overall I am very pleased with the experience as a whole. I live an hour and a half away and with out a doubt would make the drive back just to eat there again even if we weren't going to another concert.
What a hidden gem! Taberna is our new favorite tapas restaurant and go-to in downtown Durham. It's great for a date night or gathering of friends. Cozy, not too loud. The service was excellent & the tapas were authentic & delicious. We especially like the Lamb Chops w Creamed Turnip, Salmon, and bisteca dishes. Leave room for the churro or chocolate mousse desserts too. We can't wait to return soon!
Taberna continues to be one of our favorite places to dine. Even though they were particularly busy on our latest visit, our experience was not impacted. The food was as good as ever, and the service at the level we have come to expect. Looking forward to the next opportunity to go back!
I’ve been there many times but this time I made the mistake of not requesting my fav server Jen. I indicated on the reservation that is was my partner’s birthday which the host did acknowledge but the server never did. Also we were seated at a fairly noisy table by the kitchen, which was ok at first but then a couple with a yelling child was seated right next to us. I mentioned it to the server who said he wld handle it but never did. Also waited abt 20 min for drinks to start. Food was great as usual but def didn’t feel like he cared much abt us or the occasion
This restaurant was delicious with a wonderful warm ambiance. There is a patio but I didn't see it while we were there. The service was excellent and our server made great recommendations. The place is pretty small so it can be a little loud but it wasn't intrusive at all.
I thought the food was fair. We ordered the Durham oyster mushrooms and kale saute and the sundried tomatoes were very tough, like they needed to be soaked in boiling water for a while. Also, it would have been easier to share if the kale wasn't left in such large pieces . The calamari was okay, the breading was very dark and it seemed well done. We had a few other plates and they were okay. I also thought the portions were somewhat small for the current prices. The wine was the best part of the meal, as was the service, as they accommodated our need for a highchair. I think that with some additional attention to detail in their kitchen when it comes to prepping the food, Tabernas has the potential to be a tasty dining establishment.
My husband is not a fan of tapas, but even he had to admit the food was good at Taberna. I liked that dishes were brought out as they finished cooking. We were able to enjoy a dish before another came out. The food was delicious and we enjoyed each of the dishes we picked to share. I think it is too pricy for every day, but I did enjoy it for our special occasion. I would recommend it to others.
The food and handcrafted cocktail menus looked amazing, but what we ordered was definitely not worth the price. The cocktails (rye Manhattan and bourbon basil) were underwhelming, something I would expect at Applebee's or TGI Friday. I switched to wine, and the Tempranillo I ordered was on point. The beet salad and croquettes were DELICIOUS, but the chimmichurri skirt steak's plating was amateur and the crab "cakes" were definitely balls that were the size of small truffles.
Dan was our server and he was struggling to run his section, which I think had everything to do with a large party sitting next to us. So our service was slower than it should've been, but as a former server I'm willing to cut him some slack.
It was so loud, I had a hard time hearing and had to shout to be heard. Once the party next to us started eating, however, the noise level dropped considerably.
Our first visit to Taberna about a month and a half ago was so wonderful. We went on a weekday night, early evening, when it was slower, and the food was divine as was the Sangria. The service was on point.
Unfortunately, we visited last weekend and the place was slammed and the wait staff were noticeably overwhelmed. Our waiter was super kind, but he had forgotten that he had already taken our order. Someone else dropped a glass and it shattered everywhere. Accidents happen, but it was less of the calm, wonderful dining experience we had had before. We felt more on edge. We waited a long time to receive any drinks or food. One of our dishes was completely cold.
For the price we paid, and trust me, we saved up for this meal, we were pretty disappointed.
Excellent meal. Servers very helpful with suggestions. Outstanding octopus, salmon, paella and veggie dishes. Too full to sample desserts this time. Definitely worth dining here. I generally don't like the tapas style of serving but everything clicked here and we had a very enjoyable dinner.
Our evening at Tabernas was great. We had a party of 11 women all with different meal and alcohol orders that would have confused the best serving staff, but Jennifer handled it all with aplomb! The food was great. We did have a tapas expert in our party who took care of most of the ordering, but Jennifer also gave super recommendations. She did such a good job handling all of our differing orders when it came to alcohol and desserts and with a group of 11 women all over 50 that is saying something. I was stressed out about that part of the evening before we even got there, but Jennifer made it all go so smoothly! I highly recommend Tabernas. Delicious food and great service!
Tabera offers a wide variety of small dishes and flatbreads suitable for sharing. Most come with between 3-5 pieces (eg: sauted shrimp comes with 4 shrimp, or 5 bacon wrapped dates) which are easily split. There are a variety of vegetarian and seafood options as well as meats. My one complaint (and pet peeve) is there is a limited and relatively expensive wine list. I understand there is a significant markup over retail at a restaurant (often 3 times the retail price) but the restaurant is not paying retail and there is no reason they cannot offer a wine list that has more $30-$40 options.
The service and atmosphere at Taberna is excellent and we will certainly consider returning on our return to Durham.
This visit was disappointing. The service was wonderful, but the food was uninspiring. Or at least uneven. The beet salad was very good, as was the sangria. But the main dish--a seafood paella--was not. It was dry and overcooked, some of the rice sticking to the plate on which it was served. It was pretty tasteless. I tried bites of three of my friends' tapas, only one of which was good, the others also overcooked. I give them points for excellent service; the server was attentive and thoughtful without being hovering. But I'm not sure I'll go there again, too many great restaurants in Durham.
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