Recommended by 93%
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User4490278 · 2+ years ago
The Tabard Inn's wedding team was amazing. Special thanks to Judy and Roberta, who always answered my questions and made sure everything ran smoothly. They made it easy to plan our wedding at their inn, which also provided the great food. I must mention the food! You never know what wedding food will be like, but this was delicious. Every bite I had was great, and judging by how much was eaten, my guests agreed. They were able to accommodate a few special diet requests as well, for our guests with allergies. Everyone's glass was kept full all night, and everything went exactly according to plan – can't ask for more than that! And the venue itself is beautiful and well-kept. We didn't need to decorate at all, it didn't need it.
Lauren · Married on 12/01/2018
Amazing venue, perfect for an intimate wedding
My husband and I had our marriage celebration at the Tabard Inn in December, one year after we eloped (our families live in different countries, and it was important for us to bring everyone together to meet and celebrate with us). It was a perfect night for us and 50 of our closest friends and families, and exceeded our expectations in every way.
We had a completely DIY wedding, without a wedding planner, but this is so doable at the Tabard, because they provide almost everything, and the rooms are so colorful and gorgeous that all we did was buy some roses (from Costco) and the beautiful setting did the rest of the work. Daniel worked with us to put together a perfect evening that was better than we ever imagined. Tabard is a special venue because it's affordable yet so charming, elegant, and unique. The food is amazing; Daniel put together a tasting for us and two friends, and we were blown away by the options. We went with a plated dinner with lamb or fish, and convinced all the couples to go half and half so that everyone could try both dishes. Dessert was a chocolate orange cake, and the chef surprised us with a beautiful cake for my husband and me to split so we could have a cake cutting ceremony.
We had 50 guests, and the combination of rooms 24 and 26 was perfect. We had cocktail hours, a ring exchange, and dancing in the smaller room, and then dinner was in the larger room. I'm uploading pictures so you can see how we did the layout. The Tabard provides all the linens, tables, chairs, and candles. And the best thing is, the value is amazing! As long as you meet the food and beverage minimum, the venue itself and all the rest is free!
Our guests loved staying there, as all the rooms are unique and colorful, and the breakfast in the restaurant is great. The Tabard is the opposite of a corporate hotel, with lots of tucked away rooms and hallways. So guests with disabilities or who couldn't handle lots of winding stairs (there are no elevators at the Tabard) stayed at the Kimpton next door, which was super convenient. One thing to be aware of is that the lighting can be tricky for photographers, so have your person check out the venue in advance, or go with one of the Tabard's recommended photographers or someone who's worked there before. Also, since it's an active hotel, things need to end by around 11PM, but our guests all relocated to the downstairs lounge and hung out there until the bar closed.
We truly can't say enough good things about the Tabard (I had said more but the Wedding Wire website lost the text of my review!). It was also the place we stayed the night we eloped, so it is going to remain a very special place for my husband and me. Our guests all raved about it, and we are so grateful to Daniel and the rest of the Tabard team.
The Tabard is truly an amazing gem right in the heart of DC, allowing you to have an intimate wedding in a unique venue with amazing food for an unbeatable value. The best!
Natalie · Married on 08/21/2018
I worked with Angela Butler to plan a bridal shower for 18 people. Everything was so smooth, from beginning to end, and Angela was a pleasure to work with and made herself available whenever I wanted to stop by in person, or ask questions via email or telephone. The venue itself is beautiful - we were set up in Room 26 - and the staff throughout our party were so accommodating and kind, and went out of their way to give us what we asked for all throughout. The food was delicious, the drinks were a heavy pour, and we were able to bring in our own flowers and music/speaker.
All in all, I really couldn't have asked for anything more. Everything was perfect and well-organized. The bride loved the party, as did all of the guests!
Luther · Married on 08/20/2018
Personnel was friendly and flexible. I highly recommend.
Rebecca · Married on 03/25/2018
Our wedding reception was here and it was a wonderful experience. Judy and Daniel were responsive and helped us make all the decisions for making our day the way we wanted. I was very grateful for how welcoming they were of our guests with special needs. The wait staff were really pleasant and friendly. Everything went off without a hitch and we are very appreciative. The food was also delicious and we received many compliments from guests about the 'classy setting'. We were able to show elegance, delicious food and fun dancing within our time there.
Mary-Margaret · Married on 12/30/2017
Loved loved loved the Tabard Inn. So happy we had our intimate, charming wedding at this delightful inn. Judy and her staff were outstanding. Our guests kept remarking about the wonderful service , atmosphere and food. A+
Kerstin · Married on 12/02/2017
We were totally blown away with everyone at the Tabard Inn, and are so thrilled that we chose them as the location for the venue and reception!
Shout out to Judy and Marianna, they made everything perfect for the special day.
You won’t regret having any event there!
Linda · Married on 10/20/2017
Charming, festive - an iconic Washington institution that wowed our guests of 50 for our son's Rehearsal Dinner. A professional staff of coordinators from Judy and Elena in Special Events and Restaurant Manager, Daniel who helped with our wine selection. From set-up to take down - and everything in between - a well-run, first-class operation. Fine, fine food..wine...venue. (Crab cakes possibly the best in the D.C. area!). Thanks to your team that made it a magical, memorable evening.
amy · Married on 10/14/2017
Professional team, fantastic food. The room upstairs is stunning. Perfect all around.
Shannon · Married on 09/30/2017
We couldn't have imagined a better venue for our small wedding (about 55 people). Special thanks to Judy and Elena for going above and beyond to make everything went smoothly. The patio and rehearsal dinner were picture perfect, and the food was incredible. Don't think twice about hosting your event here!
Martha · Married on 09/27/2017
We had a wonderful experience hosting a large-scale dinner at Tabard Inn! The staff were helpful, responsive, flexible, and so wonderfully kind! They made the whole experience easy and trouble free. Food was delicious and everything went well! We will definitely be hosting more events at Tabard Inn!
Marilyn · Married on 09/16/2017
Absolutely speechless! Every guest, family member and the happy couple (that includes me) were astounded by the effort, commitment and dedication to making the big day memorable. The Tabard Inn was one of our first dates, so, naturally, it held a special place in our hearts. The space is truly unique, especially the patio where we first had dinner. The biggest selling point, though, was the staff. The Special Events Lead Judy Ingabire was by far the deciding factor in our decision to book. I've said it many times and will continue to say it. Judy made us feel secure. And that's a HUGE deal. She understood our perspective and was open to sharing insights with us. Even better, our day was EXACTLY as she had detailed and we had no surprises. When Judy was not available to chat, Elena was an amazing support as well. She carried us through the winter months when we just getting all the big details together.
We also leveraged the Tabard Inn for our room block. If you've never seen a Tabard Inn room, they're extraordinarily quaint, with no TVs (there's wifi, no worries), clawfoot tubs, big open windows and a maze-like quality through the three townhouses. It's that place you always read about when growing up, but never had the opportunity to see for yourself. Many guests stayed on-site to maximize their wedding experience and it worked. Nothing like walking upstairs or down the hall to your room. On this front, Alba was our quarterback. All I can say is... WOW! Alba was quick to respond, made every room special and established a strong connection from the moment we chatted.
One last thing! THE FOOD!!!! The Tabard Inn made everything so easy as it was a one-stop shop. Catering, venue, room block all in one. Every guest told us how much they loved the structure of our wedding. We didn't do a traditional sit down, but had delicious passed appetizers with stationed bites and nibbles throughout the entire night. Thanks to Hotel Manager Dave for cheering us on as well!
Laura · Married on 08/12/2017
I am very grateful to everything the Tabard Inn did to make my wedding reception this August a relaxed, lovely event.
The staff is outstanding and the meetings leading up to the event really helped shape it into exactly what we
wanted. The rooms were great, the food outstanding. I highly recommend this wonderful venue!
John · Married on 05/28/2017
Our experience with Tabard was excellent and we would definitely use them again. Every detail was thought of and any hiccups were quickly taken care of in a professional manner. Thank you for helping make our rehearsal dinner special.
Alex · Married on 05/28/2017
Tabard Inn went above and beyond putting together the perfect evening for our rehearsal dinner. They listened to each of our requests and somehow put together an evening that far exceeded our expectations. The only thing that trumped the service (which was impeccable) was the absolutely delicious food. If I could rate them higher than 5 stars I certainly would!
User6957370 · 1+ year ago
We could not have selected a better place than the tabard Inn to be married in the winter. While the tabard Inn is great for all seasons, we chose to get married in the winter which leaves us with a lack of locations. Tabard Inn was absolutely magical, like a fairytale. But also made getting married at the tabard Inn so great was working with their staff. And particular, Elena was wonderful and spearheaded everything for them on their end. She was very responsive, levelheaded, and punctual. We truly felt like everything was taken care of with her and had full confidence. From an economic standpoint, the tabard Inn is very reasonable. In fact my husband and did a double take when we got the bill because we were so pleased with it. I would recommend tabard Inn to anyone!
Abby · Married on 02/18/2017
Perfect venue for a smallish wedding. Everyone loved it! The staff was very helpful and food was delicious!! We had 57 people and it still felt intimate.
Abigail · Married on 02/18/2017
If you want something extraordinary, you will be happy you chose the Tabard Inn. It's a one of a kind experience and our guests absolutely loved it!
Erin · Married on 12/10/2016
The staff at the Hotel Tabard Inn was absolutely fantastic in planning and executing a stunning birthday dinner for my mom's 60th. From the menus to the cocktails to the decorations... everything was beautiful. They incorporated flowers I had delivered and the table setting was absolutely stunning. Judy, Elena, and the entire staff were fantastic and easy to work with. Thank you, Hotel Tabard Inn, for such a wonderful event!
Susan · Married on 12/02/2016
The one word that comes to mind when thinking back on our wedding at the Tabard Inn is: spectacular. Every detail was seen to, from the lighting on the patio for our ceremony to the serving of the incredible meal at our reception. Elena was absolutely wonderful, as were all of the staff. We couldn't have been more thrilled, and our guests are still complimenting us on how beautiful the venue was and how all of the food was impeccable. We would happily and heartily recommend Tabard to anyone who is looking for the perfect venue.
Laura · Married on 11/12/2016
I had the pleasure to work with Judy and Elena from the Special Events team for a wedding client of mine! They were absolutely amazing to work with and very responsive! We had many food allergy requests and they were able to accommodate them all. Mini shout out to Ms. Nieves, one of the banquet attendants!
If you are looking for a small intimate wedding or gathering - definitely consider this venue!
Jen · Married on 10/01/2016
I can't say enough about the Tabard Inn. Judy and Elena and their team made our wedding the most special event in our lives. The food was incredible, and I give the service and venue a 5 star from start to finish if you're looking for an intimate wedding. My guests are still raving. I'll also be a regular at the Tabard restaurant for sure. Love the ambience. Our cake designer Dalo was also remarkable. He's a recommendation from Judy. We love the Tabard Inn! Thanks, The Johnsons
Katherine · Married on 07/30/2016
The Tabard Inn was an elegant spot for our rehearsal dinner. Amazing food, great ambiance, and a private room. Couldn’t have asked for more.
Megan · Married on 03/19/2016
We had our wedding rehearsal dinner for about 30 people in the beautiful Green Room at the Tabard Inn. We wanted an intimate, reasonably priced, and classic DC restaurant for our dinner, and The Tabard Inn was the perfect choice. From the beginning, the whole staff, including Mariana, Elena, and Judy, were great to work with. They were responsive to all of our questions, and did a great job organizing everything.
For the actual dinner, the restaurant put up welcome signs for our guests, had name cards with entree selections, and printed custom menus. The Green Room is a great space with an area for drinks and passed h’orderves before dinner and then a larger room with space for several round tables. Plus there's a private bathroom, which is really nice for guests. The service was also great and they had everything set-up early, and kindly served some of our guests that arrived earlier than we had planned.
The room and service were great, but the food was the real star. We decided to have 3 passed h’orderves- watermelon lollipops, scallop chorizo skewers, and lamb chop lollipops- which were the perfect way to welcome everyone to the dinner. Our dinner started with a mixed green salad that had an amazing vinaigrette. Our guests then chose between three entrees- filet mignon, crab cake, and vegetarian pasta primavera. Everyone raved about their entrees. Finally, we had an incredibly delicious cheesecake for dessert. Everything was fantastic, and we highly recommend Tabard Inn!
John · Married on 09/26/2015
I'm normally not one to write reviews but was so impressed by my recent experience at the Tabard Inn that I want to help get the word out. We held a small wedding reception for approximately 50 guests. We had a pretty even mix of out-of-town guests and DC locals and they ALL raved about the space, food, and service. The venue has a charm that unmatched and it makes for a very authentic DC wedding experience.
The event staff, Elena and Judy, were so accomidating - even when we had the inevitable last-minute changes to our food counts and schedule. They even modified the menu to accomidate a special request. This has to be one of DC's best-kept secrets and a total bargain.