Apr 11 2023

Washington’s Restaurants From Spain - Certified!

Feast your eyes, and palates, on these certified Restaurants From Spain in Washington DC

There are many must-try Spanish restaurants in Washington DC. We’ve selected the best for our DC gastroguide. So, feast your eyes, and your taste buds, on these certified Restaurants From Spain, both in the capital city and surrounding Maryland.

Jaleo by José Andrés

When it opened in 1993, the Jaleo team helped to create all the hubbub surrounding Spanish dining in Washington. Its inspired yet diner-style cuisine takes the form of unexpected flavors in classic Spanish tapas and dishes.

Must-try: Jaleo Classics tasting menu

Spanish Diner by José Andrés

If comfort food doesn’t do it for you, then the indulgent combination of brunch style dishes with flavor from Spain ought to do the trick! Spanish Diner is a fun concept in casual dining in Washington DC - includes seasonal menus and a Flamenco Brunch… ¡Olé!

Must-try: Huevos rotos Casa Lucio

Xiquet by Danny Lledó

Kudos to this newer offering in the heart of Glover Park, as Michelin-star chef Danny Lledó leads the way in Valencian cuisine - with a lot of paellas on grills! Xiquet has picked up a string of accolades since opening in 2020 - including Michelin’s Sommelier of the Year in 2022.

Must-try: Chef’s Tasting Menu

Taberna del Alabardero

Taking a cue directly from its original location - right in front of the Royal Palace in Madrid, Spain - the Taberna del Alabardero is also quite elegant. Spanish Chef Carlos Gómez Segovia combines traditional Spanish dishes with a touch of modernity - including seasonal plant-based options.

Must-try: Fideuà de Langosta

Joselito Casa de Comidas

Based on the warmth of family life and soulful dining, Javier Candon created a culinary ode to his father in Joselito Casa de Comidas. Expect a warm and nostalgic vibe at this Capitol Hill establishment, offering Spanish favorites with a twist and great cocktails.

Must-try: Arroz caldoso de pescados y mariscos

Boqueria (Dupont Circle and Penn Quarter)

You´ll find a quick fix in Spanish cuisine or an easy group get-together at either Boqueria location in Washington DC. Choose from a vast array of Spanish inspired bowls, brunch, paellas and tapas, with its happy hour ensuring everyone is just that - happy!

Must-try: Ensalada de alcachofa or the Tapas Lunch

El Mercat Bar de Tapas

With a focus on shareable dishes, El Mercat Bar de Tapas https://www.foodswinesfromspain.com/en/restaurants-and-shops/restaurants/e/el-mercat-bar-de-tapas  brings the idea of Spanish tapas dining quite literally to the table, in Rockville, Maryland. Executive chef George Rodrigues presents a modernized version of Spain - meaning vegetarian options along with the classics.

Must try: Mejillones con chorizo

Madrid Spanish Taverna

Based on the taberna culture of Madrid, this cozy family restaurant in Columbia, Maryland will transport you in flavor and ambience, through the food, wine and music of Spain.

Must-try: Shrimp and garbanzo cazuela