La Tasca

Spanish Restaurant / Tapas Bar
La Tasca La Tasca in Washington, DC's Chinatown offers authentic tapas with live music & mucho sangria. Share plates & pitchers of fruity wine in DC with Party Earth. Washington, DC United States 38.899222 -77.02206
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La Tasca - Spanish Restaurant | Tapas Bar in Washington, DC.
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Party Earth Review Once patrons step into La Tasca, the hustle and bustle of Chinatown is completely abolished, seamlessly replaced with the hustle and bustle of festive guests devouring tapas and slinging back pitchers of fruity booze... ... read full review

  • Metro:

    Yellow, Green, Red Line: Gallery Place/Chinatown

  • Phone:

    202-347-9190

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  • Hours:

    M–Th, Su 11am–10pm, F–Sa 11am–midnight

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth La Tasca Review

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La Tasca in Washington, DC's Chinatown offers authentic tapas with live music & mucho sangria. Share plates & pitchers of fruity wine in DC with Party Earth.

Once patrons step into La Tasca, the hustle and bustle of Chinatown is completely abolished, seamlessly replaced with the hustle and bustle of festive guests devouring tapas and slinging back pitchers of fruity booze.

Decorated like an elegant old Spanish estate, the vibrant yellow main room is decked out in spear-studded sconces, iron chandeliers, and a slew of Mediterranean knick-knacks. Comfy booths and large round tables fill out the space, and fill up quickly during the popular Happy Hour, which includes sangria and small plates for $3.75 a pop.

A boisterous energy carries over into the dinner scene, with big groups of ladies on a night out getting spendy over expansive tasting menus and lots of sparkling wine, while Fridays play host to a Gypsy King-style cover band that gets a lot of people on their feet before they’ve even finished eating.

Trendier couples in need of a break can always head straight for the intimate lounge downstairs, however, where chic retro couches provide a comfy escape from the frenetic pace above.

Colorful and fun, La Tasca is the kind of place where the spirit of sharing remains strong and the spirit of Spain keeps everyone’s senses satisfied.

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Tip from Emma:

La Tasca’s Happy Hour is great, but it’s hard to beat the free paella on Fridays! Show up at 6pm for the free nosh, and stick around for the band to kick off a few hours later.

  • Crowd

    Groups of girls on a night out, young and old area professionals, Spanish and Latin American expats, cultured college kids, trendy but unpretentious couples, 20s to mid-30s+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Latin/pop cover band, Deep Dreams, on Fridays from 9pm.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Authentic tapas menu including meat, seafood, and vegetable tapas, a considerable prix fixe tasting selection, and paella. Happy Hour daily 4–7pm.

  • Prices

    Appetizers $4–$6.75, tapas $6–$14, tasting menu $50–$65, paella (serves 2–3) $38.

    Beer $5.50, cocktails $6–$14, wine and sangria $6.50–$13/glass or $25–$85+/bottle or pitcher.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Business to fun trendy: suits, khakis, polos, jeans, button-downs, colorful dresses, sashes, sexy skirts built for movement, heels.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Fridays for the live music, or any day for Happy Hour.

  • Close By

    Zengo (781 7th Street NW) is another trendy and colorful Latin American joint with a wide array of exotic cocktails, including several varieties of popular mojitos.

La Tasca User Reviews

Average rating:
Classic Tapas
Mitzi T. Jun 9, 2013
La Tasca is a must-go-to restaurant/bar if you enjoy the diversity of a tapas meal. With an exceptional menu that is very extensive, everyone can find something to please their palate. Live music on the weekends from a salsa band really up the ante in regards to the atmosphere, and while dining, you can sit by the window and check out the crowds that are bustling in the Chinatown neighborhood. La Tasca offers something for everyone, from vegetarians to meat-a-tarians, and is a lively neighborhood hot spot.
Great for groups
Aliza R. Dec 4, 2012
I've only been to La Tasca a few times, and each time it's been for a group dinner. All locations are terrific, but the Chinatown one really seems to know what they're doing. Good food, good drinks...the sangria is stronger than it seems! They make it really easy to plan a group event, with four different group menus to choose from. They have a terrific team, from the private dining planners to the waitstaff...would definitely recommend to anyone planning a bachelorette/birthday party...we even considered it for a rehearsal dinner!
Really good place to eat!
Jody P. Nov 30, 2012
I've been to a few different locations of this chain, but I really love the DC La Tasca. I actually ate there once with friends who were visiting from Europe (Switzerland, England, and Spain). We all had an amazing time. The waitstaff was extremely friendly a patient with the various languages and accents and even our Spanish friend thought that the tapas and paella (we had quite the feast) were awesome and authentic. Our waiter was really knowledgable about wine which was unfortunately wasted on us since none of us were really wine experts. But we had several different bottles (don't worry, we had a big group and no one was driving) and really enjoyed them all. The second time I went to the DC location was for my bachelorette party. My bridal party knew I had plans to move to Spain so they wanted to do a Spanish themed party and started off with dinner at La Tasca before hitting the town. I have an undergraduate degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management so many of my friends are in the hospitality industry (read: difficult to please!) but La Tasca really impressed everyone. For the dinner, my maid of honor contacted the restaurant and they accommodated us beautifully. When we arrived, there was a table set with pitchers of white and red sangria and food shortly followed. The tapas were delicious and there were ample, delicious options for everyone, including the vegetarian friend. After dinner, we were already in a bustling area of DC so it was easy to go out from there. I would definitely recommend this place for a casual dinner or for a party.
Tapas Before or After the Game
Jimmy D. Nov 22, 2012
Another great option instead of bar food if you are heading down to the Verizon Center for a Wizards, Caps or Georgetown game. Rosa Mexicano offers a more expensive Mexican alternative across the street. But if you are in the mood for good sangria and spanish tapas, then La Tasca is the spot. Definitely fills up before and after the games, but I wouldn't say its gets overly crowded like some other bars in the area (including Clydes).
Delicioso!
Helena B. Oct 16, 2012
I have to say that I'm surprised that La Tasca does not have higher ratings. First of all, they have an AMAZING deal on Mon-Wed for unlimitted tapas for only $20 (!!!!) during lunch and $30 during dinner. If you're a group of 4, for example, each of you would have to get the special. Obviously. They have great happy hour specials and pretty impressive selection of tapas for $3. I've eaten here twice and both times I have been very satisfied with the food. The service isn't exemplary, and neither is the ambiance, but the food makes up for what's lacking in those two respects. I think their sangria is great; I personally prefer the Rosada which comes with blueberries and strawberries and gets a pretty good buzz going. My boyfriend got the Solomillo de Cerdo Iberico, which comes with an AMAZING cheese sauce. I think I made a meal out of the cheese sauce with the bread. It was just deeee-lish. I got the Brocheta de Gamba y Vierias--the scallops come wrapped in bacon. This was particularly tasty, as well. We both got a few other things, but these stood out. As compared to Jaleo, I would say La Tasca is better. Jaleo has somehow managed to get a more uppity reputation, but La Tasca has personally left me more satisfied. As compared to Bodega (in Georgetown), I would say they're neck and neck. What puts La Tasca above Bodega is the happy hr specials, and the $20/$30 unlimitted lunch/dinner. The only thing I've been able to get at Bodega for a comparable price during HH are the chicken fingers or the bread with honey and goat cheese...ehem. Understandably, at Bodega you're paying for location and their ridiculously gaudy decor. That said, I am not an interior designer, but I enjoy the unpretentious, welcoming setting of La Tasca. And their food is great, to boot. Recommended!
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