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
Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Takeout
Taberna Tapas Ratings and Reviews
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.
The menu selections are varied and wonderful
Tapas are such a wonderful way to enjoy a variety of flavors and options. Seafood and vegetarian options are superb and so full of flavor and creative in presentation. Excellent Spanish wines, great atmosphere and top notch service with waiters who actually know about the food.
Great Small Group, Small Plate Option
The Small Plate Tapas selections are excellent, reasonably priced and quite enough for two if you order 3-4 options. The wine list per glass is much too pricey for a quick after work meetup dinner, so we opted for dessert and coffee instead. The chocolate mousse was divine! The tables are a little too close; I'm not into rubbing elbows with someone not seated at my table. However, having said that, I still will definitely go there again. Food and service are excellent.
Good not great
Went with a friend for dinner before a show at DPAC. The food is consistently good here but my chimichurri steak was lukewarm at best when it was delivered and I had also ordered some brussel sprouts but they never came out. We shared the arugula salad and it was great! My friend had the flank steak and enjoyed it very much. I just had an off night but having been here before and enjoyed better quality food at that time, I feel good about recommending Taberna.
We usually dine at that "other" tapas pl ...
We usually dine at that "other" tapas place down the road, but couldn't get in at the last minute. We had heard great things about tabernas so we thought we would try. While their menu is not as extensive as many tapas restaurants we have been to, the food was very good. The meatballs in almond sauce were amazing. The chicken coquettes were delish. The sangria pitcher was enough for 2. Oh, Bacon wrapped dates. yum! The tables are close and the atmosphere reminded us of dining in Paris. We'll go back for sure!
Delicious, innovative tapas with a wait
I met friends at Taberna for a Friday night meal. Once we were seated the wait staff were pleasant, knowledgeable, and quick, especially for a busy night. The food was delicious - we all loved everything we tried. The pork shoulder and steak with chimichurri were particular standouts, as were the brussels sprouts.
I would recommend this to other diners - but the space is small and tapas are not a fast meal, so either plan to wait, go at an off hour or make a reservation! I went with a reservation and did still have to wait approximately 30 minutes - it was a particularly busy night downtown, but beware if you are eating here with a tight timeline.
We had a delightful meal. Our server, Da ...
We had a delightful meal. Our server, Dan, was outstanding and helpful. I can recommend the clams & chorizo, the pintxo chorizo avocado, the pintxo with Serrano ham and goat cheese, the patatas bravas, the flan, and the chocolate mousse. All great! The atmosphere is a smallish linear room, but they plan to expand soon. We loved it, and there's no question we plan to go again. Highly recommended!
This was my first time eating here and I loved it! The food is really outstanding - don't miss the chorizo and avocado. We had a variety of dishes which of course is the benefit of tapas. Everything was fantastic, but unfortunately I can afford to come only for special occasions.
Yum yum food
I love Spanish tapas, and usually a lot of places don't have good vegetarian options. Taberna tapas did and did they deliver! Excellent food. Loved the tortilla espanola and the other vegetarian tapas. The vegetarian flatbread was good but nothing special. Wines were fantastic. Dessert was really good, though wifey thought it was good, not great.
It's a small place, and the tables are on top of each other.
Service was knowledgeable, friendly, and timely. All in all, a great place to go before a DPAC show.
Good Food and Service
It makes a restaurant dining experience quite enjoyable when the wait staff is friendly, attentive and helpful, and orders are prepared and served promptly and efficiently, and the food is visually appealing as well as tasty. So it was when we dined at Taberna Tapas.
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