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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
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.
Fantastic meal, close to public parking. Heard from some reviewers that the service was slow but experienced quite the opposite. We ordered about 9 tapas total and every one was exceptional. I hope to get back again and try the rest of the menu. They're renovating half of the restaurant but we were still able to get a same day reservation.
Food was delicious (really enjoyed the oxtail) and the drink specials were pretty solid. However, service was sloooooow. We ordered drinks and didn't receive them until after we had finished our first Tapas! They also ran out of the liquor required for the special of the night...
I really enjoy the food here. Though not as great as the other Spanish Tapas restaurant (around the corner from Taberna Tapas) it is an excellent choice. Two negative comments: The supposed great mojito, was watery and not good at all. The red Sangria was very nice, however. The ham croquettas were not hot enough, they were cool in the middle.
Service was slow. Food was very good. They weren't very busy so I was surprised at the lack of attention. We would have stayed for another drink but our server took forever to acknowledge our glasses were empty. We finally just got the check and went to the Counting House Bar across the street for another drink. I go to Taberna often and it's usually better.
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!
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!
Taberna is a much friendlier option than Mateo down the street. Good food, can be crowded but staffers always do their best to provide the best service. Decent prices for tapas. Good place for friends/dates/wine. Cozy, warm atmosphere with a nice big window for people watching.
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.
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.
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