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Tabard Inn

Tabard Inn

Hotel, Hotel Bar, and Motel
Dupont Circle, Washington
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  • The experts at The Wall Street Journal and Washington Post recommend this place
    • The Wall Street Journal
    • Washington Post
  • 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."(38 Tips)
    David
    "They have a nice fireplace and a stately lounge."(3 Tips)
    Larry T.
    "cocktail menu at the bar on Wednesday & Thursday evenings."(12 Tips)
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  • 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.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Andrey B.
    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!
  • Mike R.
    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.
  • Seredov
    SeredovJanuary 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Reagan B.
    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.
  • The Telegraph
    The TelegraphMarch 12, 2013
    On a budget: The Tabard Inn (001 202 785 1277; tabardinn.com) is in a quiet corner of the vibrant Dupont Circle area. Its 40 rooms offer DC’s quintessential boutique experience. Rooms from £80.
  • 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.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Eliza G.
    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
  • 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).
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Tim O.
    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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Trace D.
    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.
  • 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!
  • adam s.
    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 W.
    Rachel WangOctober 11, 2014
    Donuts are an absolute must here - fluffy, soft and delicious.
  • Lindsay E.
    Lindsay EyinkJuly 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    If you are staying at the hotel, brunch will be crowded but you can get coffee and donuts from the bar. SO GOOD.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Alex P.
    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.
  • 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 cocktail...post a pic of your favorite.
  • Rachel K.
    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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Lauren S.
    Lauren S.July 18, 2011
    The Eggs Benedict is the best in DC!! Also try the homemade donuts and mimosas with freshly squeezed orange juice for brunch!
  • 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!
  • Angie H.
    Angie HarmonAugust 16, 2014
    Good brunch. Doughnuts and bloody marys are good. Avoid wagyu burger; it had good flavor, but consistency of oatmeal.
  • Spencer F.
    Spencer FlaggAugust 30, 2010
    Brunch is fantastic. Donuts are a must. The ambiance inside is nothing great-- crowded and loud in a cafeteria sort-of-way. I hear the back patio is much nicer.
  • D S.
    D SicSeptember 2, 2016
    A quiet gem in DC. Great menu variety, excellent brunch out back on the patio.
  • Lindsay E.
    Lindsay EyinkJuly 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    There is an adorable old Victorian hotel above D.C.'s favorite brunch spot. Stay here next time.
  • 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.
  • Mohsin
    MohsinDecember 31, 2012
    Breakfast and brunch menus are different, donuts are only served for brunch... Found out the hard way
  • Brunch and the City
    Brunch and the CityJanuary 21, 2012
    One of my very favorites for brunch in DC. Be sure to order the homemade donuts! Read more
  • Mike B.
    Mike BOctober 15, 2012
    The den downstairs is a great place to grab a drink by the fireplace in the winter.
  • 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.
  • Amsterdam Falafelshop
    Amsterdam FalafelshopDecember 12, 2011
    Not to be missed: the amazing taco appetizer that changes frequently and is always delicious!
  • Allison K.
    Allison KasicNovember 16, 2014
    The menu at the restaurant changes daily. The food is delicious.
  • Bethany S.
    Bethany SilvaJune 2, 2013
    Ask for Travis as your waiter. He's super good. and super cute. Bonus!
  • Tina H.
    Tina HoangFebruary 23, 2013
    i ordered the steak.. cooked perfectly! and the ceviche was awesome too!
  • Mike R.
    Mike ReidAugust 18, 2012
    Quaint, charmingly old world. Good brunch. Don't blink or you'll miss the place.
  • NOM NOM Boris
    NOM NOM BorisJune 22, 2013
    Its like brunch with Mr Cumberbatch, Eggs Benedict House Smoked Salmon (4/5 NOMs)
  • Sara G.
    Sara GAugust 29, 2011
    bloody marys at brunch here are to die for! tastes fresh and just the right amount of heat.
  • Joshua C.
    Joshua CasingalMarch 5, 2015
    I enjoyed the biscuits and gravy the most. Definitely try the donuts.
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesAugust 11, 2015
    If you can, sit at the bar. Helps minimize the long wait for brunch.
  • Adrienne R.
    Adrienne RayMarch 4, 2013
    Delicious food and cozy atmosphere! Looking forward to going back.
  • Kelsey H.
    Kelsey HayesAugust 8, 2014
    Make sure to get reservations. Awesome French toast!
  • Emily W.
    Emily WarrenAugust 3, 2015
    Love the cozy atmosphere, and the trout is delicious!
  • NOM NOM Boris
    NOM NOM BorisJune 22, 2013
    amazing spot for some nice thick and crispy bacon!
  • Nick S.
    Nick SeguinDecember 18, 2013
    Dig the atmosphere. Speak easy and enjoy the music. Wonk and diplomat haunt.
  • Kirsten S.
    Kirsten SherkSeptember 12, 2012
    Try the Gumbo Woth Fried Oysters And Chicken Confit
  • Eugenio O.
    Eugenio OsorioJuly 21, 2013
    Great food, long wait and the slower bartender in DC
  • Yewande E.
    Yewande Enobaks-AdewusiSeptember 14, 2014
    The brunch was fab. I'll be back there in a heartbeat
  • Lulu P.
    Lulu PhongmanySeptember 12, 2014
    "By all means move at a glacial pace. You know how that thrills me." - What Miranda Priestly would say if she ate here
  • Jason N.
    Jason NovakNovember 19, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    The lounge is perfect for fall and winter weather, but for a real treat, sit at the bar and see what cocktails expert mixologist Chantal Tseng is serving. Read more
  • samyuktha
    samyukthaJune 16, 2014
    The food is good, but not extraordinary for the hype and price. Long wait for the food and a bit too pricey. One visit is more than enough.
  • Jay M.
    Jay MinerFebruary 2, 2010
    If you come early for brunch, don't just sit in the lounge and wait for the dining room to open - there's a wait list. Get your name on it.
  • Stephanie S.
    Good place for a quiet drink. I recommend the Emerson.
  • Chris D.
    Chris DulnyOctober 5, 2013
    Best eggs benedit I've ever had!Don't miss the donuts!
  • Edrea
    EdreaMay 31, 2012
    Place to go for a killer brunch! Reservations recommended.
  • Penn A.
    Penn AppetitJune 11, 2012
    With homemade doughnuts for brunch, you can't go wrong!
  • Sandra R.
    Sandra RubinchikMarch 29, 2015
    Cozy, classy spot for a special occasion.
  • David L.
    Get the donuts, don't order the muffins because sometimes they just bring them complimentary
  • jenny b.
    jenny beneventoOctober 15, 2012
    Smoked salmon. Always. If you can get the donuts, get the donuts.
  • Ryan K.
    Ryan K.April 24, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Ask to sit outside on the patio, if it's nice.
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesAugust 11, 2015
    The best donut. So good. So delicious.
  • Bernadette B.
    Bernadette BaumFebruary 19, 2013
    Best French toast and pancakes ever!
  • Scott H.
    Scott HMay 26, 2013
    Went for brunch. Waited 45 minutes for our meal (brunch) and they under cooked the chicken. Food service is horrible. If you have a few hours to waste and like salmonella, this is the place for you.
  • Andy D.
    Andy DiazFebruary 5, 2013
    Avoid the shrimp toast and the risotto, which is too cheesy and salty. Atmosphere is great, though.
  • David
    DavidDecember 29, 2009
    Very nice place to sit and have a drink in the winter. They have a nice fireplace and a stately lounge.
  • Kirsten S.
    Kirsten SherkSeptember 12, 2012
    Try the Glidden Point Raw Oysters - Oysters from Damariscotta
  • Xavier L.
    Xavier Lopez-AyalaAugust 1, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Order a dozen oysters (or two!) ... you won't regret it.
  • Angelina Z.
    Angelina ZeppieriFebruary 11, 2015
    great brunch on the weekends!
  • Nushy S.
    Nushy SCFebruary 16, 2015
    Really nice setting and decoration with a cute patio and many details.
  • Collin C.
    Collin ChartierNovember 24, 2015
    Cozy atmosphere. Great drinks.
  • Jacqueline L.
    Jacqueline LueptowMay 17, 2010
    One word: doughnuts. Also recommend the eggs benedict, and sitting out back on the patio.
  • Chris H.
    Chris HallMarch 23, 2011
    Ask for a Vesper. They truly know how to make them here.
  • Max W.
    Max WennekerJuly 16, 2016
    Great donuts, but they're huge only order one per person.
  • Eric A.
    Eric AndersenDecember 15, 2015
    The 1739 is strong and trusty…
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Brian McBride, chef of Brasserie Beck, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Eggs Benedict w/ tasso ham. Read more
  • Jae Young L.
    Jae Young LeeJune 30, 2014
    Good food service is a bit slow
  • Jesse L.
    Jesse LeonardAugust 24, 2010
    We had been warned that there was no great brunch in DC...this place proved them all right. :(
  • Baratunde
    BaratundeJanuary 31, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Order and eat the donuts. Served only during brunch. Do it. Just trust me
  • Maleri S.
    Maleri SevierSeptember 2, 2012
    Omg, get the donuts! And make reservations!
  • Yewande E.
    Yewande Enobaks-AdewusiSeptember 14, 2014
    Fabulous eggs
  • Devon B.
    Devon BowersAugust 9, 2014
    The donuts are insanely good
  • Stephanie
    StephanieNovember 27, 2014
    Has gone waaay downhill after shakeup in ownership. Is you're eating, go to Iron Gare across the street instead.
  • Maxwell Z.
    Maxwell ZJune 6, 2010
    Great old-timey restaurant for brunch. Also, donuts - order one.
  • Andrew D.
    Andrew DePaulJune 21, 2010
    Great food. Crab cakes and duck sausage are outstanding
  • Mark A.
    Mark A.July 14, 2011
    Only bar I know that lists an old school "Stinger" on the menu
  • Susie S.
    Susie SoozMarch 18, 2010
    I love The Crusta with whiskey (you can choose from Brandy or Gin as well)!
  • Mitchell
    MitchellAugust 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Donuts are totally amazing.
  • Nicolette P.
    Nicolette PizzitolaFebruary 21, 2010
    The poached eggs and cheesy grits were light and delicious - the coffee, not so much
  • Christina L.
    Christina LeeAugust 3, 2015
    Amazing biscuits and gravy!
  • Michelle M.
    Michelle MillerFebruary 1, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Get there early on weeknights to snag a seat in the comfy bar.
  • Arti V.
    Arti VillaAugust 10, 2014
    Best eggs benedict ever!
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesAugust 11, 2015
    Best brunch in DC.
  • Xavier L.
    Xavier Lopez-AyalaAugust 1, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The Seafood gumbo is great.
  • Matt B.
    Matt BernsteinNovember 1, 2014
    The donuts are life changing
  • Michelle A.
    Michelle AmorosoApril 14, 2010
    Hands down one of the best brunches in D.C. Make sure to make a resi.
  • Adeem A.
    Adeem Al ShuaibiDecember 23, 2016
    Great brunch spot.
  • Kenley N.
    Kenley NeufeldJune 25, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Cute and cozy lodging in a central location.
  • Kehinde W.
    Kehinde WatermanJuly 11, 2012
    Get the beignets!! Wonderful....
  • Jort P.
    Jort PosselMarch 17, 2013
    Amazing donuts
  • Robert T.
    Robert TrioJuly 25, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    I have always wanted to stay here
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WeinsteinDecember 14, 2014
    Hang at the lounge after work.
  • Devon B.
    Devon BowersAugust 9, 2014
    Miguel is a baller server
  • Rigo H.
    Rigo HernandezMarch 24, 2013
    Try the pork chop
  • Laila L.
    Laila LambMay 9, 2014
    Brunch and donuts!
  • Alex M.
    Alex MurphyNovember 10, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Apparently they fired their pastry chef, their pastries just went from exceptional to mediocre at best.
  • Rossanna W.
    Rossanna WangMarch 27, 2010
    Fresh oysters from Cape Cod are delicious!
  • Jesse L.
    Jesse LeonardAugust 24, 2010
    We heard you couldn't find good brunch in DC...Tabard Inn proved them right. :( :(
  • Stacey
    StaceyJune 17, 2010
    Those donuts .. oh boy. You must get the donuts.
  • TY
    TYAugust 22, 2011
    Holy shit the Ginger snap ice cream. Liiike wtffff
  • Nicolette P.
    Nicolette PizzitolaFebruary 21, 2010
    The poached eggs with cheesy grits was wonderful - the coffee, not so much
  • Vanessa F.
    Vanessa FrenchSeptember 11, 2011
    Great bloody mary's here!
  • cameron
    cameronOctober 5, 2012
    Get the donuts!
  • John J.
    John JohnsonJune 30, 2009
    Everything is good here. Catfish tacos and guocamole were tasty tonight.
  • Aaron S.
    Aaron ShafferJuly 5, 2014
    Good food, but incredibly slow service.
  • Irma G.
    Irma Gomez-DibMay 29, 2010
    Pancakes are a must.
  • Suzannah S.
    Suzannah SimmonsMarch 17, 2010
    In my top 5 restaurants of DC!
  • Jehiah C.
    Jehiah CzebotarJune 26, 2010
    Perfect spot for an anniversary date!
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WisemanFebruary 5, 2011
    Karate chop your neighbor
  • Melissa S.
    Melissa SquireJanuary 12, 2011
    Hot.Buttered.Rum
  • Shonali B.
    Shonali BurkeJanuary 14, 2010
    You gotta try the guacamole.
  • Robert G.
    Robert GellerJune 20, 2010
    Try the doughnuts.
  • Matthew Z.
    Matthew ZabludNovember 24, 2009
    Free sunday evening jazz in the lounge - 7:30pm to 10:00pm Read more
  • Leandro L.
    Leandro LageraJuly 4, 2016
    Such a hidden gem of a restaurant
  • Hala A.
    Hala AOctober 31, 2015
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