Ranazul
Ranazul

Ranazul

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ranazul.us/
  • Phone: (301) 498-9666
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Sunday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm, Saturday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm; Lite fare: Daily: 2:30pm - 5:00pm; Happy Hour: Monday-Friday: 3:00pm - 7:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thurs: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental, International, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Jaime Ayala
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact for more information.
  • Private Party Contact: Manager 3014989666x
  • Special Events: Sign up for our email list to receive news of our upcoming wine dinners, tastings, and other special events at http://www.ranazul.us and visit often. Or friend us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/RANAZUL to keep up with all of our news.

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Free parking.
A word from Ranazul
Ranazul, an international Tapas style restaurant, truly offers something for everyone. Located in the newly developed Maple Lawn area of Howard County and just minutes off I-95, Ranazul delivers a level of quality and style typically associated with high priced big city restaurants, but does so affordably and in a very warm, friendly, and neighborly way. From the abundant(and free) parking to the custom Maryland made ice creams on our house made desserts, you're sure to enjoy everything about your Ranazul dining experience. Our service staff is especially trained in guiding you and your palate through the Tapas experience as you enjoy signature dishes such as Tuna Tartare, Arepas, and New Zealand Lamb Chops. Our wine list offers over 150 labels with many half bottle selections so that you may enjoy a multitude of wines to match our vast food offerings. So we invite you to join us and experience for yourself why Ranazul is at the top of everyone's list of favorite places. See you soon!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Ranazul reviews from OpenTable diners
84 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (57)neighborhood gem (42)special occasion (37)good for groups (32)romantic (27)notable wine list (26)great for lunch (14)vibrant bar scene (9)great for brunch (5)hot spot (4)late-night find (3)kid-friendly (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Delicious interpretation of seasonal tapas
    Kiish
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The food is fresh and delicious. What I like most about the restaurant is that they will at times offer a prixe fixe menu outside of restaurant week.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food was great
    BirthdayVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    This is.our 5th visit . the food was great but the service was horrible. Took 10 minutes to get a drink.They were very slow to clear our.plates during the main meal. But the worst thing was.. They did not ever finish clearing our plates before dessert came. We stacked fhem and pushed them away. Got coffee and used those spoons while waiting for new spoons. Finally got spoons and was told ..they had just come up. Then when paying thr bill he didn't bring us the rigjt copy to sign... Will go back again..because we like the food, but our friends won't be coming back. They don't have any history with them. Hope things improve soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good (as usual), but. . .
    Skyway
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    When to my "go to" special occasion place for my birthday. Although place was full, service was very good. Wait staff is very young but our waiter was very good. A couple of miscues were covered well. Food, as usual, was excellent, with one exception - the seared scallop (a signature dish and normally my favorite) was served over slices of pumpkin that were so dry and tough I couldn't saw through them with a steak knife. One other person at our table had the same problem. As usual, the pork tenderloin was to die for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very good food, very poor service
    EllenVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    There is obviously a very good chef at work here. The scallops, for instance, are always served on a bed of seasonal vegetables in a delicious sauce and is one of the best dishes of any restaurant I've been to in the Washington area. If they could just provide some professional service, Ranazul could be great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sophisticated Tapas
    Janrez
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    We have been a number of times and it is consistently good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tapas with Spanish Music - SUN Nite
    JimDeeVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    It's always a Treat to dine here. We especially enjoy SUNDAY evenings since Bruce Casteel is generally serenading us with beautiful music. Our favorite dishes are the Salmon Avocado Sushi and the Salmon Medallions. The prix fix menu was also amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fancy, pricy, average
    Jennifer
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    The place has white table cloths. It's seemed fancy but not stuffy. The service was bland, without personality. The food was a bit pricy and average. Not spectacular. Doubt I will return and only likely to recommend as a possible special occasion for locals.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place!
    JoMom
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We always come back to Ranazul for delicious food in a lovely atmosphere. We love the salad with crispy duck and the filet mignon is absolutely delicious. The potatoes bravas are yummy. My husband got the pasta & shrimp with alfredo sauce and enjoyed it. Our friends liked the Peruvian chicken, and fried shrimp & calamari dish they shared. Ending dessert with molten chocolate cake was perfect! I would recommend Ranazul to anyone who wants a delicious, relaxing meal in a pretty setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable Restaurant
    LRG1960
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Four of us were there on Saturday night and really enjoyed our selves. The choices for Tapas was unending. We choose eight of them - one too many for us. All were unique and delicious. A couple of us thought the pork was over cooked - but the rest of the dish made up of it. Service was terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner Date
    JohnnyAwesome
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Sophisticated and spacious atmosphere. Best enjoyed in groups willing to share. We set out for drinks and tapas before going someplace else for entrees. Fried manchego was a pleasant surprise. Frito mixto (fried calamari and shrimp) was pretty good, light and crisp, conservatively seasoned. Bread and olive oil was exactly that. One more tapa would have been enough to negate going someplace else for entrees.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Service was great. Tapas were larger than other tapas restaurants I've been to, so fewer is better. The Azteca soup was excellent, and the scallops was good. I felt the other tapas I ordered used too much butter and cream to make them rich but not very flavorful.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our favorite local place
    SMR1989VIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We love to sit at the bar and enjoy the tapas. The bartender, Jeremy always makes us feel welcome. Love the Riojas on the wine list. Our favorite tapas are the patatas bravas, the spinach, empanadas and the lamb. Everything is delicious! Our favorite place to go for food and relaxation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Our dinner was hit and miss. Loved the asparagus, creamed potatoes and the salmon medallion was loved by one and over cooked for the 2nd diner. Seems to have lost some of it's punch.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I Love the Food!
    LoveLove
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    The Tapas are a nice size and can certainly fill you up! Everything is seasoned to perception! I've enjoyed every dish that I've tried. The servers are friendly and knowledgeable. I wish I'd discovered it earlier.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A nice treat
    EvilAl
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    A nice surprise. Atmosphere was good. Quiet table provided as requested. Service was professional and "just write". Food was a real treat and a nice surprise re: quality and taste.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lots of good choices
    Bsss
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    The hardest thing about eating here was deciding what I wanted to eat. Since the restaurant serves small plates, that leaves more options available for the meal. Everything I had was delicious and the experience as a whole was quite pleasant. We will be dining here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Twogood
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We started our experience with a couple of cocktails at the bar (our routine). They had the special mixtures that makes our drink request. Dinner followed at a very comfortable table were we ordered tuna and lamb chops that were perfect. The help was present but not over-bearing. A great night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    great ambience and food. server was patience and knowledgable!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bigfan
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Excellent and diverse menu that suits small or large appetites with delicious fare. On our recent visit, we had the mushroom soup (soup of the day) and the pan seared scallops, which were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food is excellent.
    RosesHawk
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Wonderful food, great service. The wait staff are friendly and knowledgeable about the menu and the wine. You really can't go wrong picking Ranazul for a good meal and a relaxing atmosphere!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sharing is caring!
    SkinnyFatGirl
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    A great place to go with a group and order various tapas to share!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    eric
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Great tasting food and larger portion sizes than at other tapas restaurants I have been to which may partly explain the slightly larger price per tapas at Ranazul.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightful meal
    Alex
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We were with people from out of town who we wanted to talk to. We were seated in the small room in the back. It was great; quiet and private. The food was very good as we have come to expect having been here several times. Service was a bit slow but I believe we had a trainee waiter. Since we were in no rush, it was a pleasant meal for all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Forgotten gem
    PinkFuzzyBunny
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We were looking for a restaurant to eat dinner at on Saturday night. I had forgotten all about Ranazul. We decided to go. We started with grilled pumpkin salad with manchego cheese, dried cherries and a honey vinaigrette. Fantastic! We then had the sea scallops..tender and moist. Moyth watering. We decided to have the petit filet and asparagus. Everything was delicious. Our server was attentive and fun without being annoying. We decided to finish up with the strawberry cheesecake. We left satisfied without being stuffed. We will definitely be back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tapas or entries.
    RobOVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    What to decide when celebrating, both options are good. We chose the seasonal recommendations. Excellent!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a nice time at Ranazul
    Mike280
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Went here with a friend for dinner, and have been here many times before. The fried oysters are amazing and highly recommended! I also really liked the fried green tomato. We got one interesting dish that I'm not sure I'd get again, but was fun to try, called arepas.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not so small - plates
    JazzyJ
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Our party of four was celebrating our wedding anniversary. Heard about the restaurant through Groupon and liked the idea of "small plates". All of us ordered from the prix fixe menu, four courses, expecting small plates. The food was excellent, but there was way too much of it. Two courses would have been plenty, or the prix fixe menu could have been shared by one couple. We all felt gorged and couldn't finish the last couple courses. The soups were excellent (we tried the bean & tortilla chicken). The mussels were good, but I thought the red onion was a bit strong. Coffee creme brulee was delicious! Very nice calming ambiance. Very attentive waitstaff without hovering!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Date Night with the Kids
    FamilyFoodies
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We love being able to walk up to have a great dinner of tapas. We started going alone and now take our younger children (ages 6 and 9) who love all the tapas they offer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet Monday Evening
    AdventurousDiner
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Went on a Monday night at 7:30 with a friend. We were able to have a nice leisurely meal and conversation. Waiter was attentive without being overbearing and the food and wine was excellent!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • neighborhood gem….
    dchan
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Ranazul is a great restaurant with a wonderful ambiance. The food is all quite good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Food!
    ABCov
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The food and service are always amazing! Wait staff is always attentive. I recommend everything on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ranazul is Superb!
    Dave
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Ranazul has superb staff...from the Maitre De, the waiter - Nathan and Chad the General Manager. A wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice tapas!
    foodieforeverVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Generous sized tapas which were easy to share among the four of us. Especially enjoyed the ceviche and asparagus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 51 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 363 reviews are from the Ranazul reviews archive.
  • Excellent food and service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/16/2013
    Excellent food and service. The live entertainment (classical guitar) was lovely, a welcome change from the canned, too loud music you often get in restaurants. The atmosphere was elegant, but casual and the staff were all very welcoming!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable Dining Experience
    PaulVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2013
    We dined at Ranazul on a Saturday night in June. Our Open Table reservation was accepted without problem. Our waiter, Steven, was excellent and very knowledgeable of the menu and wine list. We ordered from the tapas menu and were generally pleased with the food and the presentation. That tapas we tried (in order of excellence): Camaron al Tequila; Fried Oysters; Seared Scallops; Crispy Chicken; Arepas; and Bruschetta Rojo. Only the Bruschetta was a disappointment, as the bread was not toasted and the bland tomato salsa was overwhelmed by too much Gorgonzola cheese. The restaurant itself was 75-80% full during our visit, so reservations are probably a good idea.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food/Ambience good, service slow
    nwrust17
    Dined on 6/7/2013
    Really nice food and setting, but although I liked the server, he was a little slow at times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    foodExpert
    Dined on 6/2/2013
    The food and service was great. We recommend fried oysters and scallops dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner at Ranazul Restaurant
    jtbbkbVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2013
    My wife and I had dinner at Ranazul's to celebrate her birthday. I ordered from the Fixed Price Menu ($35) which included dessert. My wife ordered two Tapas selections and soup. The Brazilian Chicken was very good as well as the Salmon Medallions. Shrimp bisque was outstanding. Prices are not noted on the menu for specialty drinks - the $10-11 dollar range seemed high based on the size.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Back again as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/28/2013
    Its our regular "guest-in-town" need a good place for dinner spot. Never fails
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, service could improve
    ReneVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2013
    Ranazul offers outstanding, creative food. It is a neighborhood gem. Waiters are attentive, but they need to be better trained for a restaurant of the quality of Ranazul. We got our food but we didn't have silverware. We had to wait some time to get it. Ok, one time is ok, but the same happened again for dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.