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Tabard Inn

Tabard Inn

Hotel and Restaurant
Northwest Washington, Washington
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    The experts at The Wall Street Journal and Eater recommend this place
    • The Wall Street Journal
    • Eater
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    Brunch and the City
    "One of my very favorites for brunch in DC."(4 Tips)
    Rachel W.
    "Donuts are an absolute must here - fluffy, soft and delicious."(39 Tips)
    "They have a nice fireplace and a stately lounge."(3 Tips)
    Steve M.
    "Wonderful vibe, fantastic gumbo and great bartender."(3 Tips)
Tips and Reviews icon142 Tips and reviews
  • donuts
  • brunch food
  • breakfast food
  • outdoor seating
  • Southern food
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  • Mike R.heart icon on user image
    Mike ReidJune 16, 2013
    Amazing ambiance and cuisine. Had the corned beef hash with a med scrambled egg. Tried the pancakes and the donut. All delish. They require 30 day notice to book a reservation though so be warned.
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    51620a0eJanuary 13, 2013
    Its should be just another history mark on your list. Amazing stuff. Delicious food. Drinks from old bar books. 5* just for bread&butter during dinner and mini cupcakes during brunch. Can't miss.
  • Dara F.
    Dara FisherDecember 26, 2012
    Brunch seating opens up at 11, so get there before 10:30 (at the latest!) to get your name on the list and be guaranteed a table in the first round. Best brunch in DC.
  • Andrey B.heart icon on user image
    Andrey BachvarovJanuary 26, 2014
    A fantastic gastronomic journey to this small, stylish and very cozy hotel. Brunch opens at 10.30, if you want a table make sure you have reserved way in advance! Sunday brunch was PACKED! And GOOD!
  • Washington Post
    Washington PostMarch 14, 2013
    Tabard's simple yeast doughnuts are a must. Before the designer doughnut obsession took off, these guys held the title of best fried dough in the District. They're still amazing and freshly-fried. Read more
  • Melvinheart icon on user image
    MelvinJune 23, 2018
    The chicken and waffles are really good. The waffle has bacon cooked into it. Very chill and charming spot in DC. Kinda hidden too.
  • Reagan B.heart icon on user image
    Reagan BarbosaMarch 24, 2017
    The Chicken and waffles was SO GOOD. I don't know what they did to that chicken, but it was amazing. And of course, you can't come here without getting the doughnuts.
  • Chucho S.
    Chucho S.April 26, 2014
    Perfect for special occasion brunch. Shrimp & grits an original and delicious option. Make sure you save room for a donut. If it's nice try to sit outside. Service is good but slow.
  • Alex
    AlexSeptember 22, 2013
    If I had to chose between eating this French toast and having sex with Ryan Gosling I'd chose the French toast. Eat the fucking French toast.
  • Eliza G.heart icon on user image
    Eliza GaloMay 4, 2015
    Perfect if you looking for a place that is both romantic and classic. You can listen to live jazz music sitting on a couch and in front of the fireplace.
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 4, 2014
    Opened in 1922, the hotel has 40 elegantly appointed sleeping rooms in which no two are exactly the same. Top tier cuisine is available at the restaurant. Read more
  • Steve M.
    Steve MarcheseJanuary 11, 2019
    Wonderful vibe, fantastic gumbo and great bartender. Old school in all the best ways.
  • The Telegraph
    The TelegraphMarch 12, 2013
    On a budget: The Tabard Inn (001 202 785 1277; is in a quiet corner of the vibrant Dupont Circle area. Its 40 rooms offer DC’s quintessential boutique experience. Rooms from £80.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    Gorge on the best brunch bread basket in town and then repair to one of the funky rooms in three converted townhouses right off Dupont Circle. Read more
  • Blake
    BlakeDecember 10, 2011
    The burger is great, but add bacon and blue cheese to it and it will be fantastic! Have a Port City Wit beer with the burger (wheat beer made in Alexandria, VA).
  • Theresa G.
    Theresa GJune 2, 2013
    Amazing brunch! Must get a homemade donut to start. Ecclectic menu of standard brunch entrees mixed in with southern and french influences.
  • Alex L.
    Alex LeonidasNovember 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Can't mess with this place either for food or drinks. Cocktail list has some more "classically" styled drinks, and some more adventurous choices now that Pat Owens came here from American Ice Co.
  • Blake
    BlakeDecember 10, 2011
    The food here is great a I loved the atmosphere! Get the Tandoori Chicken if you aren't feeling "breakfast" for brunch. It was a delight, especially with a mimosa.
  • Trace D.heart icon on user image
    Trace D.December 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    One of my favorite places in #DC to enjoy a good #brunch. Make sure you get the donuts and trust them about cheese.
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchJanuary 12, 2014
    The Bitches Say: C+. A- for the food. But, Tabard Inn has gotten too big for its britches and is skimping on the service and details. Awarded with the Bitches' Biggest Fall of Grace Award for 2013.
  • Tim O.heart icon on user image
    Tim O'ReillySeptember 10, 2012
    Softshell crab at first seemed too spicy but I came to adore it. Delicious and satisfying. Grilled calamari and octopus appetizer was also great!
  • Design*Sponge
    Design*SpongeAugust 3, 2014
    I have had many meaningful dinners at this cozy inn in Dupont Circle. It’s one of the best brunches in DC! Read more
  • Rachel W.
    Rachel WangOctober 11, 2014
    Donuts are an absolute must here - fluffy, soft and delicious.
  • NOM NOM Boris
    NOM NOM BorisJune 20, 2013
    you just have to try Fried Donuts $3 (6/5 NOMs). A puppy might punch you if you don't order this!
  • ISC C.heart icon on user image
    ISC ChicagoOctober 25, 2019
    Gochujang Cioppino (mussels, shrimp, market seafood, saffron rice)
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 28, 2011
    The quaint Tabard Inn winds throughout an historic Dupont Circle building and serves up American fare and a killer brunch. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • adam s.heart icon on user image
    adam shaneApril 22, 2015
    huevos rancheros and brioche French toast! Food was great though the service was lacking which was odd since we were the only table for part of our meal.
  • Rachel K.heart icon on user image
    Rachel KMay 18, 2015
    The veggie frittata with peas, red bell peppers and topped with a salad is ok. But the donuts are so much better.
  • Lindsay E.
    Lindsay EyinkJuly 15, 2012
    If you are staying at the hotel, brunch will be crowded but you can get coffee and donuts from the bar. SO GOOD.
  • 2M S.
    2M StreetJanuary 11, 2014
    Reservations are tough to get-but if you go at 10:30 sharp you can always get a seat at the bar
  • D S.heart icon on user image
    D SicSeptember 2, 2016
    A quiet gem in DC. Great menu variety, excellent brunch out back on the patio.
  • Danielle D.
    Danielle DaSilvaJuly 12, 2018
    Cozy brunch spot with yummy donuts. Warm interiors and lovely outdoor space
  • Jane F.heart icon on user image
    Jane FriedmanDecember 13, 2019
    Go for a night cap and dessert in the lounge. ❤️
  • Angie H.heart icon on user image
    Angie HarmonAugust 16, 2014
    Good brunch. Doughnuts and bloody marys are good. Avoid wagyu burger; it had good flavor, but consistency of oatmeal.
  • Alex P.heart icon on user image
    Alex PriestAugust 5, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Some of the best cocktails in the city. So-so chips and guac. Brunch is by far the best time to get food.
  • Larry T.
    Larry TAugust 5, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Don't be afraid to try something from Chantal's cocktail menu at the bar on Wednesday & Thursday evenings. And if you're not familiar with an ingredient, do not hesitate to ask!
  • DmedusaD
    DmedusaDMarch 18, 2010
    One of the best stocked bars in DC. Order the hard to find Amaro Nonino, barrel-aged Italian grappa infused with alpine herbs. Read more
  • Jeffery B.
    Jeffery BialekMarch 24, 2010
    Never a bad meal at Tabard Inn...explore the ever changing menu and the impressive wine list - you will not be disappointed. Just make sure to save room for amazing dessert menu!
  • FiOS 50
    FiOS 50November 28, 2011
    Try brunch here and order their house-made doughnuts or go the oysters on the half shell route, They also make a killer a pic of your favorite.
  • AOL Travel
    AOL TravelFebruary 15, 2011
    Opened in 1922 and named after a pilgrim’s place for respite in Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, The Tabard Inn remains the oldest continuously running lodge in D.C.
  • Suzannah S.
    Suzannah SimmonsApril 8, 2010
    This is a "go-to" place. Whether you want a romantic evening, a night out with the parents, a meal with friends, business dinner, or an interesting meal by one's self GO TO Tabard!
  • Alycia
    AlyciaAugust 29, 2010
    Arrive for Saturday brunch around 10:45 if you don't have a reservation. You'll be able to get in as soon as they open. And always choose the patio on sunny days!
  • Allison K.
    Allison KasicNovember 16, 2014
    The menu at the restaurant changes daily. The food is delicious.
  • Lauren S.
    Lauren S.July 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The Eggs Benedict is the best in DC!! Also try the homemade donuts and mimosas with freshly squeezed orange juice for brunch!
  • ISC C.heart icon on user image
    ISC ChicagoOctober 25, 2019
    Cute little place inside a small boutique hotel
  • Edlynne L.
    Edlynne LSeptember 12, 2014
    Want to sit on the patio? Made a reservation? They won't honour it. Patio is first come first serve despite what the online reservations say.
  • FiOS 50
    FiOS 50December 27, 2011
    For your elegant dinner party needs, reserve Tabard Inn's Room 51. The turn-of-the-century private dining space can be reserved a month in advance.
  • Lindsay E.
    Lindsay EyinkJuly 15, 2012
    There is an adorable old Victorian hotel above D.C.'s favorite brunch spot. Stay here next time.
  • Mohsin
    MohsinDecember 31, 2012
    Breakfast and brunch menus are different, donuts are only served for brunch... Found out the hard way
  • David L.heart icon on user image
    David LubinJuly 31, 2017
    Get the donuts, don't order the muffins because sometimes they just bring them complimentary
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