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Taberna Tapas


325 W Main St
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 797-1457
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Photo of Ramya Marathi Ramya Marathi
Jun 27, 2019 4

Very good place for sharing small plates, but doesnt fill you up. I ended up ordering dinner at a restaurant nearby.

Photo of Frank Carbone Frank Carbone
Apr 15, 2019 4

Pretty decent food but very pricey for tapas. Worth checking out but go on pay day haha! Definitely try the smaller paprika chicken it was delicious

Photo of Fran Seaman Fran Seaman
Jun 12, 2019 4

Great food at a reasonable price - mostly Spanish food. Nice wine selection, and some good beers and ciders on tap as well. Walking distance to DPAC. Friendly service.

Photo of David Aman David Aman
Jun 8, 2019 5

Tapas are just the best was to enjoy food with family/friends. The dishes here are tremendous and the service was great. I highly recommend it.

Photo of Melissa M Melissa M
May 29, 2019 5

Great ambiance for small groups to do shared apps.I've been here twice and sampled at least half of the menu with my group and haven't been disappointed in a single dish.The staff are very friendly as well and seem to have mastered the art of being distant enough not to interfere with great conversation, but also present enough that nobody's wine glass stayed empty unless they wanted it to.

Photo of Bill Zaccardi Bill Zaccardi
Jun 1, 2019 5

What a great surprise. We stopped in during a road trip to South Carolina. The food is top notch and creative, the staff is excellent. I thought we were in NYC eating at a highly recommended restaurant. Yes, it was that pleasant and tastefull.

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.

Photo of Bruce Deushane Bruce Deushane
Nov 27, 2021 5

Wonderful Tapas. Nice menu selections. Good offering of Spanish Wines. Friendly & helpful Wait Staff. Little disappointed that Hostess' seated Party so close together on the combo Bench / Table side if the restaurant. Restaurant wasn't that busy when we were there and Party's we're seated right next to each other even though there was plenty of room to spread them out. Would go there again but ask for a table.

Photo of Julio Somohano Julio Somohano
Feb 21, 2022 5

Had a good time at Taberna Tapas. Excellent selection of tapas and wines. I had a specific request to sit by the window as I'm not too fond of closed-off tables and the management team, which was near the bar heard my request and stepped in to ensure my request was taken care of. I highly recommend coming here.

Photo of Ethelda Dyer-Major Ethelda Dyer-Major
Feb 4, 2022 5

Nice ambience however the food with the exception of the salad was not as savory as before. When I previously resided in Durham,Taberna Tapas was one of my favorite restaurants to enjoy a good meal and good background music. I was disappointed tonight. Decent service though.

Photo of Alphonza Faison Junior Alphonza Faison Junior
Feb 14, 2022 5

Overall great culinary experience. The setting is close quarters, low lit, and intimate. Great for a date. The food was perfect sized for two people with excellent flavors. Almost like it should be criminal to be that flavorful. My first octopus that made me change my opinion about the dish, it was the star of this program. Paella was her favorite. No doubt packed with flavor and savory for two.

Photo of Everette Blackman Everette Blackman
Jan 7, 2021 3

My girlfriend and I visited their restaurant and wasn't impressed by our experience. The food came to our table luke-warm (bacon looked dried out on our bacon wrapped dates) and the waiting staff were very pushy because they were closing soon. I suggest spending your money some where else.

Photo of Liana Snyder Liana Snyder
Dec 15, 2020 5

Best tapas I've had in a while. Generous portions served by friendly staff. They're doing distancing really well to keep people safe while allowing some recreation. Very nice drink list and plenty of options for food depending on your diet needs.

Photo of Katarina Popovic Katarina Popovic
Nov 25, 2020 5

Amazing food and great cocktails! This is one of my favorite tapas places to visit!

Photo of Jason Bieber Jason Bieber
Nov 6, 2020 5

I always love Spanish food and this restaurant give me the satisfaction of my cravings. Wonderful staff and beautiful environment!

Photo of Jeff Everson Jeff Everson
Aug 31, 2020 3

This is an update to an earlier review I left last year. This one dated 8/31/2020. This used to be my favorite restaurant in the Triangle area. I'm here at least 4 times a month. There has been aanagement change and they have changed the recipe for a few of my favorite items on the menu (skirt steak, short rib). The quality has went down hill it seems. It's a shame because my wife and I used to love eating there

Photo of Raechel Horton Raechel Horton
Sep 29, 2020 5

The whole dining experience was phenomenal! We chose to sit outside since the weather permitted it and it was very quiet and serene. The waitress was timely and attentive. My husband ordered the skirt steak, octopus and spicy lamb sausage (all of which were cooked to perfection). I ordered the crab stuffed peppers, arroz negra, and oyster mushroom & kale sauté (my personal favorite of the evening). We will definitely be returning to this establishment!

Photo of Paul Roberts Paul Roberts
Jun 29, 2019 5

Had lunch here. Awesome experience at Taberna! Wait staff was super nice, they keep our water replenished, answered questions happily, and made sure we were well take care of. The food was deliciously delicious. We had the bacon wrapped dates (OMG!!OMG!!), spicy garlic wings, Brussels sprouts (💥), and patatas aioli (👍). Definitely a spot I want to make a regular spot, their menu is large and the prices are wonderful. Great quality, great food, and great prices!

Photo of Kylie Kylie
Sep 29, 2020 5

SO. DELICIOUS. The empanadas and paella were good, the Brussels sprouts were amazing. I got 3 of the 4 desserts on the menu (sometimes you gotta give in to the sweet tooth) and they were all great but the chocolate mousse was absolutely delectable. My boyfriend ate the skirt steak in chimichurri sauce and unfortunately got really sick. So he wasn’t a fan of the meal but everything I ate was lovely.

Photo of Amanda Dickinson Amanda Dickinson
Sep 6, 2020 5

Great food. Pat makes the best drinks and the atmosphere is fun!!

Photo of Tingle Belle Tingle Belle
Jun 26, 2020 5

This is my favorite date night late night spot. Can't wait to come here again!

Photo of Paul Roberts Paul Roberts
Jun 29, 2019 5

Had lunch here. Awesome experience at Taberna! Wait staff was super nice, they keep our water replenished, answered questions happily, and made sure we were well take care of. The food was deliciously delicious. We had the bacon wrapped dates (OMG!!OMG!!), spicy garlic wings, Brussels sprouts (💥), and patatas aioli (👍). Definitely a spot I want to make a regular spot, their menu is large and the prices are wonderful. Great quality, great food, and great prices!

Photo of LAP465 lap465 LAP465 lap465
Jul 31, 2019 5

Best Spanish food (Spain) in the area. Try their Paella Tres Mares and their Chocolate Moose. You won’t regret it. 😛

Photo of Doug Jurusik Doug Jurusik
Mar 9, 2020 5

Great tapas! We tried a bunch of different tapas, all were excellent. Serve was outstanding@

Photo of Lillian Hagmann Lillian Hagmann
Jan 15, 2020 3

There are so many places in the area that do a better job with tapas, but it's good quality food.

Photo of Corey O'Brien Corey O'Brien
Feb 19, 2020 4

This restaurant has a nice quiet atmosphere and an interesting upscale menu with lots of creative dishes. I look forward to exploring its many options. I thought the portions were quite small but enjoyed the price/portion value of the paella dishes. Great flavors, courteous wait staff, wonderful ambience, I would definitely go again.

Photo of Tiffany Bond Tiffany Bond
Jan 6, 2020 5

Have loved this place for years. And if you have not been back they have more than doubled their size taking over the space next door. Love their small plates. They have a wide variety of tasty lamb and other dishes that are always perfect. And for your vegetarian friends, a great place to go.

Photo of Alyson Burns Alyson Burns
Dec 16, 2019 5

Super Friendly staff & management!! The food was delicious & came out quickly & hot! Drinks were made well & strong, I will be back for sure!!

Photo of Meaghan Morgan Meaghan Morgan
Dec 22, 2019 5

Not cheap, but the best night out with good friends. Everything we tried was excellent. Nice to share small plates of good food. Excellent wait staff, best service I've had anywhere.

Photo of Lila Lawson Lila Lawson
Sep 28, 2019 5

The food is really good here, I forgot to take pictures. They have vegan options and items they can veganize. The red sangria was delicious.They are small plates so be prepared to get several different things and expect to spend at least $40 per person.

Photo of Corrine Englert Corrine Englert
Sep 30, 2019 5

Great spot for a girl's night out or a date night. Tasty tappas and a nice drink selection. Wouldn't recommend taking kids. Parking is either on the street or in a garage, but not too bad.

Photo of Zims Brew Zims Brew
Sep 9, 2019 5

Extremely well prepared Tapas with a great wait staff and nice selection of predominantly Spanish wines. Great for a group that you want to have an interactive dining experience as you converse and enjoy multiple rounds of food and drink. I definitely recommend the group Paella, they do a good job with it. Don't be afraid to explore various wines, the Spanish wines may not be as familiar by name, but can be a beautiful accent to the food.

Photo of Andy Raynor Andy Raynor
Oct 19, 2019 4

The staff were friendly and engaging and it has a nice, intimate atmosphere with subtle background music. The wine list, while short, has some really tasty choices. I had the paella tres mares. While overall very good, the clams were some of the chewiest I've encountered. Lots of great dessert options so try to save room.

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Sep 24, 2019 5

Intimate atmosphere, tasty tapas. Attentive, professional staff. Pat is a wizard behind the bar. This place never disappoints. Thanks guys! See you next time

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 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 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 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 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 Allison Alvarado Allison Alvarado
Jan 24, 2022 5

Patrick is the best server and bartender in the Triangle. The food was also incredible: if you like spicy, get the Diablo sauce with the wings. The Shrimp is fresh and the flavors on every dish are delicious. Top 3 Tapas: Empanadas (all varieties were incredible), Gambas Anjillos, and a toss up between the Skirt steak and short rib.

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 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.