Paladar Latin Kitchen and Rum Bar

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$30 and under
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Latin American
Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar is a fresh, colorful and fun Latin American restaurant experience inspired by Central & South America, Cuba and the Caribbean. With guidance from our warm and welcoming staff, our guests discover the bold flavors and vibrant cultures of Latin America. 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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4.2
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4.2
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4.3
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Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The place is very nicely decorated. The service was good enough. However the food is so flat, something that you forget in a week, completely average at best. We went for brunch, my wife had the “feijoada”,a “popular” one. This was a black bean stew, period. This is not feijoada. Not even close. Where in the world is the feijoada already served over rice? No farofa, an staple in feijoada. And the taste, so uneventful, our home made feijoada is 10 time better and we don t dare to put a restaurant. Then i ordered chorizo and scrambled eggs tacos. I can do the same thing at home in a rush, nothing stood out.we ordered cafe con leche(cuban style),the waitress told us could take a while, didn t understand why. We had to roder to steam again the milk, was like microwaved, no silky texture as the steamed milk in cuban cafe con leche. We really enjoyed the grapefruit fresh juice. And that was it.

Sad that latin food is presented in such a boring menu and delivery, when is so tasteful and delicious. This place may be good for rum, but has no chance as a restaurant. Never coming back. Dining is a expericnce for the senses, this place failed to deliver.

LT
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience5

The restaurant is beautiful but our waiter was just an order taker. He brought us our entrees before we even finished our appetizers. He never checked on us to see how our meals were and he started clearing our tables before we were all finished eating. Disappointing service with subpar, non-authentic food.

S
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience3

While the overall vibe of the place was decent, and the cocktails were good, the food left a lot to be desired. Appetizers were generally very small portions at upper end prices. The most disappointing portion of the meal was the entree. I ordered a Argentinian mixed grill, and the chorizo was dry as bone with little spice to it. The steak was tough and under salted and extremely grisly. If you go just for cocktails, it's probably great, but the food was a bummer.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great. New things on the menu since we had last been including new fun cocktails.

JC
New Orleans
21 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Enjoyed the guacamole sampler and the mojo salmon.

IC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

I went there to meet a friend of mine. It just so happened to be during the Nationals World Series game #1. The waitress was great. The appetizers were pretty good. However, my main course, which was grilled chicken (with cilantro rice and black beans) was dry. The pomegranate-ginger mojito and the pomegranate-ginger Margarita was amazing. Overall... it was a good experience.

J
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has become our go-to place in the Crown. Easy access from the garage, consistantly delicious food and great, friendly service.

SD
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good food and service! Everyone in our group thoroughly enjoyed the evening there!

NE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

It was a lovely fall evening so we enjoyed the patio. The flowers and lighting made Friday evening more festive. We missed corn chips with the guacamole. The plantains chips were think and hard. The braised beef tacos were not as good as usual. One guest enjoyed the grill platter. Both of our servers were very attentive and professional.

W
Baltimore
70 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Recommend the braised beef tacos. Next time I will be trying the pork tacos.

MW
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great, nice waitress and informative. Food was delicious, and our whole table enjoyed it all. Drinks were amazing too! Definitely will be coming back.

OT
Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It was the restaurant's 5 year anniversary and it was chaotic and very loud. It would have been good to know that when booking. I would not have gone that night. Great guacamole and fabulous Brazilian cheesy bread.

OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service and the food was great!

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food3service3ambience4

Our waiter was good but rushed us through our meal. We ordered the bread pudding for dessert and our waiter brought it when we were half done with our entrees. Needless to say, the bread pudding was no longer warm by the time we got to it. It all felt rushed from drinks to dessert. I guess that could be good if you are in a rush but my wife and I were trying to enjoy a nice dinner and conversation.

DW
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and fun menu. Really enjoyed the rum flights and extensive gluten free selection.

MN
Montreal
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here. Very impressed. Great service!! Great food!!

s
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Taco Tuesday is a bargain! Good selection of Tacos and the ones we had were all good to excellent. Can't beat $5 rail margaritas to accompany the tacos. Guac was very good, spicy salsa was very good, and the "chip" basket is always fun.

MH
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The Cuban sandwich was cold and the salads and soup came at the same time as the main dishes. The managers were kind and removed the charges from the bill but it was our first time there and we won't go back. Sorry

LP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience5

! Waitress was barely available! So drinks and food was ordered at the same time. Once ordered food and drinks they came in a reasonable timing .

L
Washington DC
161 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We talked about having Mexican food, but when my wife mentioned Paladar, we decided that was a good choice. We started with guacamole which we ordered with shrimp. It was delivered without the shrimp. When we pointed out the omission to our waitress, she took the guacamole away and brought back a fresh serving with the shrimp. There were several shrimp split in half but they were sitting on top of the guacamole instead of being mixed in. The shrimp didn't add much flavor to the dish. The variety of chips was well presented and added to the dish. However, when we got the bill, we were charged for both guacamoles. The waitress corrected the mistake but whoever rang up the bill should have been paying attention. We also got the cheesy bread which was delicious. My wife got the salmon dish which she enjoyed. I got the crispy pork shank which was wonderful. I like well done meats and the pork shank was very well done. Both of our dishes were very large and we each got a second meal from that dinner. We also ordered the plantains which were very tasty and the flavor was enhance by the accompanying sour cream. The rum menu has been redone since our last visit and it was harder to follow than when it was set out where flavors were how they were listed.

LS
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience2

I had to send my lamb burger back because it was too salty to eat. They were very accommodating and the subsequent burger was fine. The shrimp jalapeno ceviche was very good. My husband liked his fish tacos.

JD
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

I used to love this restaurant, but the service has become so slow and it is extremely loud. Our reservation was at 9 pm so it was not busy, however, it took a very long time for us to get our food and drinks. Additionally, the noise level was so high that I could barely carry a conversation.

DH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The Mojito‘s were amazing.
The steak in the steak salad was over cooked though. The shrimp tacos were OK but nothing special I was a little bit disappointed by the food.

L
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Everything was average, nothing was outstanding. The restaurant was 20% full, but the service was as if it was 80% full. We had to ask for everything; more coffee, more sweetener, salt and pepper, to go boxes - things that an experienced on the ball server would have caught.

The manager did come over and greet us, which was a nice touch.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took six of my colleagues to lunch and we all had a fantastic time with outstanding food I highly recommend Paladar

c
Washington DC
458 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time and it was a hit. Great service and cocktails. Guacamole mixes were outstanding mango, spicy and regular. Fish tacos and salmon dishes were the main dishes and they were awesome.

AS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere! I will definitely be back.

MM
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience3

There was a fly that kept flying around our table that we had to keep swiping at. Extremely annoying.

3
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Went on a busy Friday night. Happy Hour was just ending but it was still very loud in the section farthest away from the bar area. Food was delicious. Attentive service.

TR
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I love this place and location. Great food ana service. Have to go back for dinner to try the drinks ana for the happy hour specials. A must check out for locals.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great experience. The live music was nice, the place was clean, and service was quick.

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good night out.

BC
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience5

Ordered the Argentina Mix Grill. Steak I asked for it to be well done. First bite blood was dripping out.

T
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

The food was tasty, I recommend the queso! We sat on the back patio which was lovely and quiet. Unfortunately it didn't have enough umbrellas so we burned a little bit. I don't know if it's because it was Sunday, or if the back patio, but service was slow to the point of pain.

AR
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Great food, as always. Terrible service. She forgot to our appetizer order in, so the guacamole arrived at the same time as the entrees. Meantime, we were very hungry.

PM
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Our server was lacking, both in knowledge and experience it seemed. We ordered the house specialty guacamole as an appetizer and it actually came after our entrees. We discussed sending it back but ultimately kept it. Grilled chicken looked good but lacked flavor. Excellent plantains. Pulled pork was a little dry. We asked to xtra sauce when we ordered but it didn't come, I think waiter didn't know if it existed. Overall decent food at decent prices but i personally will not go back, nothing special.

KB
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I had the Caribbean grilled chicken dish and it was not seasoned. Seems like the kitchen cooked the chicken and then put some sauce on top. The best item on my plate was the black beans and I’m not a fan of black beans.

d
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Shrimp and grits from the brunch menu was yummy with bottomless mimosas. Service was slow to start as it was pretty busy once she took our order she was very attentive.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We come here often and the food is always great. Steak is one of the better steaks I’ve had including steakhouses