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Taberna Tapas


325 W Main St
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 797-1457
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Photo of Ray H Ray H
Oct 27, 2022 3

I want to start with some positives. Our waitress was excellent. Her name is on the receipt, Beatriz A. Thanks Beatriz for your efforts to make our time and meal enjoyable. Next, the Spanish wine she recommended was very good. You can see the pics of the wine label. Yes, this is a Tapas bar so the portions are rather small, but the food quality was average, nothing special. You can see the current food prices on the menu pics. That last pic was the sticker shock when we saw the receipt. We were still very hungry and decided to get a pizza on the way home.

Photo of Manisit Das Manisit Das
Aug 14, 2022 5

Great options for tapas. We loved everything that we tried but especially the octopus. For 2 people to share, you may want 4 plates. The staff is very cordial and polite. A great place to grab a meal if you are in the Downtown Durham area or attending an event in Carolina Theatre or DPAC! Plenty of city parking options nearby.

Photo of Amber Hudson Amber Hudson
Aug 8, 2022 5

I had no idea, aside from the sangria, what I was ordering but the food was amazing. Ordered some seafood trio and the bacon wrapped dates were phenomenal! Will definitely return! Atmosphere was so cozy and inviting. Staff was super friendly as well!

Photo of Lauren Friedman Lauren Friedman
Jun 24, 2022 5

This is a great place for a semi-relaxed evening. The servers were all very kind and helpful and the tea lights on the tables were a nice touch for ambiance. The bacon wrapped dates were to die for, as was the chocolate orange ice cream. Will definitely be back to try more of the menu!

Photo of Jacqueline Wilson-Merrill Jacqueline Wilson-Merrill
Jun 23, 2022 5

Tapas very well presented and so tasty. Bar area comfortable with efficient service. Great for date night!

Photo of Stephen Parker Stephen Parker
May 27, 2022 3

Decent food and a nice atmosphere. Try it out if you’ve never experienced Spanish tapas before. But I didn’t catch the service staff on their A game the day my wife and I visited. We could have easily spent more money and enjoyed more tapas and wine but didn’t see our waitress again after we placed an order for 3 small plates. Staffing is tough these days but there’s a difference between slow service and apathetic service.

Photo of Katie Chai Katie Chai
May 18, 2022 3

Mediocre to bad experience. Food was okay. Nothing special, and I left unsatisfied. Our waiter was absent for most of the meal. He seemed to be overworked. Still, we had to wait a long time for water, menus, to get our order taken, etc. Stopped coming to our table halfway through the meal, and we were left waterless. Very rushed experience for such an expensive restaurant. Ordered the patates bravas, croquettes, empanadas, calamari. All of it was extremely heavy and oily. Not the best experience. You could not pay me to go back.

Photo of Matt Lavin Matt Lavin
May 14, 2022 5

Ordered 10+ dishes. Everything was delicious. The Diablo wings were very spicy. Good but watch out. The ox tail was very flavorful and uncommon (good) option on a menu

Photo of Gabbi M Gabbi M
May 13, 2022 5

Overall a great experience. I had several small plates. I tried their meatballs, oyster mushrooms and kale, they are shrimp and potatoes with garlic aïoli and they were all very tasty. I would definitely recommend for a date night.

Photo of Shanah Bell Shanah Bell
Apr 15, 2022 3

We only had a short amount of time before a show we were going to at the Carolina Theater, so we figured this would be a good place to check out for a quick bite and a drink. We sat down at the bar right away, which was great. We were handed menus by the hosts, looked through the drinks and the food options and had decided on everything all before we were even greeted by our server. Our server/the bartender seemed to be more engrossed in conversing with other employees than acknowledging us, which was disappointing. Once she did come over, we told her we were in a hurry and wanted to order everything. She got us our drinks fairly quickly and the food came out not too long after that. But she didn't follow up to ask how we were doing and if we needed anything else, which we did. The Beet Salad was decent, but lacked flavor. They could've done a lot more with some spices, oils, and/or vinegar blends to bring out the flavors of the salad more. I was excited to try the Patatas Aioli, but wasn't that thrilled with what we got. They were also fairly bland and lacked anything noteworthy to make them memorable or worth the price. Overall, because the service and food were both fairly subpar, it's not a place we plan to try again. However, the atmosphere was nice and they did a pretty good job of labeling things on the menu if they were Gluten Free or not.

Photo of Kailey Kailey Kailey Kailey
Apr 8, 2022 4

Pretty good not the BEST tapas I had. I thought some of the dishes were lacking flavor. Overall though pretty well.