Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar
Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar

Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.paladarlatinkitchen.com/
  • Phone: 4108971022x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin American, Caribbean
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Your guests will love discovering the flavors of Latin America at your off-site catered event. Consider Paladar your partner in organizing a successful event. Please contact us to discuss further or view our catering menu at www.paladarlatinkitchen.com.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Riva Road
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a plentiful parking lot adjacent to the restaurant as well as several covered lots through out the Towne Centre.
A word from Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar
Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar is a fresh, colorful and fun Latin American restaurant experience inspired by Central & South America, Cuba and the Latin Caribbean. With guidance from our warm and welcoming staff, our guests discover the bold flavors and vibrant cultures of Latin America without leaving their comfort zone. Our approachable menu features freshly prepared guacamole, slow roasted and grilled meats, fresh seafood and homemade salsas. The rhythm of Latin Music sets the tone at our unique rum bar that offers fresh muddled Mojitos, over 50 selections of Rum and an affordable and exciting wine list.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
86 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (32)great for outdoor dining (31)vibrant bar scene (30)fit for foodies (26)neighborhood gem (23)special occasion (23)great for lunch (21)romantic (20)hot spot (18)great for brunch (12)kid-friendly (12)late-night find (8)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Tasty but Uninspired; "Meh" Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Visited Annapolis for a HS Band Competition. Found Paladar in the Annapolis Town Center. Interesting interior, but not reminiscent of a Latin décor except maybe the colors on one wall. Halfhearted service, tasty but predictable food, lunch for 3 was $45 - more than it was worth, really. I left full -- but not satisfied.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Super nice date night!
    Zinnalea
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The grandparents took the kids so we could have a nice night out. I love the cocktails and the lamb stew. Great place for out on the town (for the early birds, anyway :).
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Avoid the corn tortillas
    RavenGirl
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Since we arrive early the restaurant was fairly quiet - a plus for us. We ordered chicken empanadas and I had a pom-ginger mojito, which did not disappoint. I was looking forward to the fish tacos, but ordered them with 100% corn tortillas. They should NOT offer these. They were served raw and stale, barely warmed. I ate just the insides (which were curiously bland) and left the tortillas on the plate. My husband ordered the mixed grill and really enjoyed it, but I find now I must give this restaurant a long break. Please don't offer corn tortillas if you don't know how to prepare them, they require more than a slight steaming. They get one extra star because my husband's food was good and the Mexican chocolate cake is still to die for.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Regular outing
    Tweet
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I would come back for the food but not to celebrate anything special
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    The ambiance and service were great. The food was diverse and overall good but no one in my party had anything that blew us away. The guacamole and sweet potato tacos were pretty bland. I was also a little annoyed that they wouldn't accept my coupon for a complimentary guac from my phone - it had to be printed. I would give it another try but again, a little skeptical.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • unique menu and drinks
    Pumpkin
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    we've been here for dinner several times. surprisingly good food considering rum is the main attraction. there are reliable standbys - brisket tacos are really tasty. try the feijoada stew at least once when you come here, mouth watering. this occasion I tried the short ribs, served over kale and grits with fried onions. really good. also tried a couple of the rums, liked the 7 year ron abuelo best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good as usual
    Greg
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We like to take friends and family who don't have convenient access to food like this to Paladar. I think everyone we've done that with so far has loved it. All food and drinks were fantastic. Our server was got confused a couple of times, and forgot about my drink until the entree showed up, but that's easily forgivable. We will continue to go to Paladar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fun spot
    neil2eatVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Young servers very busy talking to each other. sooooo slow service, food was pretty good. portions were just O.k. fun vibe so overall decent
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Bar Only
    Eat2enjoy
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    I would only recommend the bar during Happy Hour. Food in the dining room was not highly seasoned as I would have expected a Latin restaurant to be. Disappointing. We will return to drink and eat in the bar only.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tacos
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Grab anyone of the taco dishes and especially the special for the day
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome
    MrReagle
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Food was great. Drinks were great. Wish I lived closer and could dine here more often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paladar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Great rum list. Food and Beverage manager is enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Great Latin food offerings that can't be found at typical restaurants. Server was very attentive without rushing us.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyable
    Groupfun
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Enjoyed the atmosphere and the food. Great for parties and also for dates. Great sweet potato donuts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good
    titoVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    have many good and bad experiences at paladar, hit or miss on food and service. it was good, my steak was overdone, even after I asked t to make it med rare.. so don't think they know what med rare is.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great vegan/vegetarian choices
    SharonVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Being on a vegan diet, it is hard to find restaurants that cater to our diet but Paladar has lots of excellent choices. The grilled portobello mushroom entree is excellent as are the grilled sweet potato tacos. Sauteed kale is the best! And the service is always very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too Much Vinegar!
    DMVNative
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Overall, my experience with the restaurant was fine. The guacamole, chips and mango calamari were very tasty. However, I ordered the steak chopped salad, which came with a blue cheese vinaigrette dressing that had more vinegar than blue cheese. I have never had a vinaigrette dressing that actually tasted like vinegar! Needless to say, the manager offered me another dish and I chose the sweet potato pancakes that came out so quick that I asked the server if they were done. Unfortnately, they were flat and not very tasty.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I have had a few good meals at Paladar and a few surprisingly mediocre ones. They seem to cut corners on the quality of their salads in particular. Tacos and guacamole are great as is the rum selection. Good happy hour.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I loved the food and the service
    Adrienne
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We had a great waiter, a very attentive and polite young man. I introduced my mom to the Rum Glazed Cuban Pork and she can't get enough of it. I will return to Paladar again and again. I am thinking about having a birthday celebration there in October.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ange
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I've been here numerous times, this was the best meal yet. Excellent dessert, entree and drinks!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice and Tasty
    PattiVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Is in a very nice shopping complex. Decor very nice. Guacamole with shrimp was very good, my husband got the chicken tortilla soup and it was the best we ever had any where. We shared the key west crispy chicken wrap with key lime mustard sauce which was very tasty and the wrap was completely full of chicken. Also try their pineapple and lime colada for a nice start with the guacamole.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    When I think of a nice romantic dinner with my wife or just an enjoyable family dinner, Paladar is the first restaurant that comes to mind. I always enjoy the atmosphere and I always recommend it to my friends and family.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and drinks
    swingsetabby
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Love the food here! And the mojitos are excellent. The one thing I wish were different? The noise level. It's nearly impossible to have a conversation here without shouting.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Place
    TheSuperChef
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Great food and atmosphere Great for a first date. Make sure you try the Mojitos
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner and a Movie
    GDad
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Came to Paladar after a movie in Annapolis. The restaurant is very large simply decorated. My wife and I were looking for something different in the way of food. The Latin style of cooking is new to us and we found it to be very good. My wife loves guacamole and Paladar's was freshly made and very tasty. I had the Cuban sandwich which was excellent. My wife had the fish tacos which were also very good. The service was great. Karlene took very good care of us. She was attentive without being intrusive.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • first time in Annapolis
    bcquilts
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Beautiful restaurant, good service, attentive staff. For a chain, they are doing everything right. Food was a little tasteless for me. Was hoping for more authentic Latin dishes.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable
    CindyHVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Food is good, but the service is starting to slip a bit. Granted, it was a Friday night and there was a concert outside at the Towne Centre. Despite a reservation, there was a walk-in party (same size as ours) seated before us and there were lots of open tables. Still an overall good experience, but the service definitely needs some attention.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always fun
    JMVenhausVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We eat at Paladar regularly and are never disappointed. The short rib tiny tacos on this month's specials and the guacamole with feta are exceptional. Wash it down with a caiparinia or few and you've got a great night out with friends. Our server this time was obviously new, but he had an eager smile and a charming disposition which helped to keep the mood fun. Kris was showing him the ropes. If he turns out to be half as good as she is; he will be awesome!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Steak Was Not Cooked to Specs
    DannyJ
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    I ordered the skirt flank steak and was disappointed -- the steak was ordered well done and it was over cooked and not tender at all. This is my first bad meal since I have been coming here in 5 years.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SueSue4
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    The food was amazing. We loved the guacamole, the shrimp and grits, and the dessert. We definitely would like to eat there again. The only problem was the music; it was some sort of alternative music, not latin at all. About 15 minutes before we left, they started playing the wonderful latin music.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A very good find
    ShamrockParent
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    My family and I were in town for a Lacrosse tournament and were staying nearby. We did not want the normal chain restaurant experience and I found this restaurant on Open Table. The food was very good, the ambiance was excellent, and it was family friendly (traveling with a 12 & 18 year old). If my little guy plays in this tournament next year we will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gluten free plus
    paul
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    If you need a gluten free meal but you are the only one in the group, then this is the place. The staff really understood and delivered.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very impressed
    KPReatsVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    We really enjoyed our visit. Everything we ordered was very good and was served very promptly. I would recommend not ordering anything until you are ready for it because the kitchen was putting out food within minutes of ordering. We had the ropa vieja for an appetizer, my wife had lamb stew for her entree while I had the roasted mojo pork. The flavors were great. Combine this with a very expansive drink menu and it made for a great evening. We will definitely be back. A friend of mine recommended Paladar for brunch, so that may be the next box to check.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 54 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 857 reviews are from the Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar reviews archive.
  • Hot Spot For Groups
    DannyJ
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    This place is fabulous for social gatherings and get together.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love the mojitos and fish tacos!
    RavenGirl
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Paladar features fantastic mojitos, the best fish tacos anywhere, and an abundance of Cuban food to satisfy any of your cravings. This night, however, we diverged on our usual and I had the rum glazed pork with coconut-mango rice and my friend the roasted pork tacos al pastor. My food was made to perfection; my friend's tacos were too spicy for her on the first couple of bites, but her taste buds settled into the spice and said she enjoyed them, although I noticed she didn't eat much. The spicy guac and chips were delicious, and the Mexican chocolate cake was divine. I only wish this restaurant wasn't so noisy. When we told the waitress we wanted to split a dessert she left and came back with two checks; even they can't hear!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not for foodies
    Cleopatra
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    If you need to meet friends off of 50 and it happens to be 97 degrees out in the shade, then this is your place. Convenient, easy access. But don't go for the food. Mango chicken salad had not yet ripened mango. Guac and chips was decent. The waitress was very nice.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loving Thsi Place!
    DannyJ
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Paladar - one of my NO. 1 hangouts in the DC-Baltimore area. The food was and is always excellent and prepared to perfection!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time won't be the last
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    This was my first time at Paladar & I was NOT disappointed. Our server was fantastic as he made recommendations & he was spot on! Everything he recommended was amazing! The dishes were fresh & very tastey. Even the Pineapple Rum Upside Down cake was warm as if was just baked. I will definitely be returning.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Taco Tuesday
    basketcase
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    I enjoy sharing Paladar with friends who have never been there. The food is always amazing, right down to the mango iced tea. On Tuesdays, the tacos are three buck apiece.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Oh Yeah!!
    pgso300
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Rum Glazed Pork!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Papusa and the duck tacos were amazing...great rum selection too.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Was Pretty Good
    ZiltoidTheOmniscient
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The food was absolutely amazing. The service could have been better, as the waiter would forget what we had asked for a few times. Also, being seated next to the kitchen when the restaurant was pretty much empty except for maybe 4 or 5 parties was not the best part of my experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate