Paladar Latin Kitchen and Rum Bar

4.2
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624 Reviews
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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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TACO TUESDAY!

Join us every Tuesday for $3.50 Tacos and $5 Margaritas!

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: February 11, 2020

Ends: February 12, 2119

Availability: Tue 11:00AM-10:00PM

What 624 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.0
service
4.2
ambience
4.0
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server was great

s
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was good but not exceptional. Would recommend the restaurant since it had more of an eclectic selection than I have seen before--and the margaritas were very good.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Latin Rum Bar in such a cool area

KM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Price is decent, but I think it is worth it. Great selection of alcohol to match food

CM
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I met a friend for lunch. We hadn’t been there for awhile. The food and service were very good. We both had the taco lunch with 2 different tacos and a side for $10. It was a great value and the tacos were interesting and delicious. The black bean soup was terrific! Definitely will return for lunch again!

OT
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Paladar works best when you are in a festive mood and plan on having a few drinks at dinner. The food is good if a little uneven; often great ideas are marred by execution.

j
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience2

Noise level was unbearable. Next time will ask for carpeted dining room instead of bar area.

LG
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Interesting assortment of tasty LatAm cuisines (of which I'd like to see more of!) as well as some standard fare. Service was first rate as were the rum drinks!

SR
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great service.

r
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time here and I really liked it. Everything tasted awesome and the staff was kind.

RR
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Good food, service was poor. Their waiters and waitress are usually very good, the one we had this evening was marginal at best. She was slow in serving us and not accessible. Not to mention she had an “attitude”.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Service was great and the food was even better! I would definitely come back. The only thing I can criticize is their drinks. I had the Mojito which I would not recommend. The pineapple margarita was okay but overall, nice place with delicious food!

AD
New England
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an enjoyable night celebrating a family member birthday. The ambiance and food were great!

OT
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

It was OK..........,,!

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

The service here has been unimpressive for some time, which is why we have not visited in so long. After today, it will be another long time before we go back. The one drink (coffee) the table ordered did not come until after our appetizer was finished. We also did not have silverware for two guests until well after that as no one checked on us. We waited nearly an hour for our food, which was served lukewarm, at best. In the meantime we watched another table sit down and leave as they did not receive any service. I understand the restaurant was understaffed, but it was also empty as we came at an odd time. The manager did offer us a free dessert but the overall experience will not have us coming back. I think it is important to let the staff know of issues when they still have a chance to remedy, but I don’t enjoy having to do that every time I come here. Maybe we will order takeout because we do really like the food, just not the dine-in experience.

OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing time! Unlimited mimosas for $15, with no time limit within brunch hours. Our waitress was personable and fun. The food was SO good. Will definitely be back!

SR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

All staff were very attentive from the bartenders to the wait staff to the manager that checked on tables personally on a busy NYE.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was great. Very friendly

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

We sat in a booth that had a wall length mirror next to it. The waitress came, looked in the mirror and fixed her hair, and then looked down at us and said hi. Every time she came to the table, which wasn’t very often, she looked in the mirror at herself and touched up her hair. She never cleared any of the finished appetizer plates or dinner plates from the table. The guacamole was excellent but everything else was disappointing. Even the room was a mess with the soap dispenser hanging off the wall. Never going back to that place.

GR
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Too expensive for a poor breakfast buffet. The food was not good. not too many choices for the price.

F
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

I ordered a mango chicken salad. The salad was tasteless. The chicken was overcooked. The mango wasn't ripe but chewy. Nothing else interesting in the salad to chew on. Waste of money.

CS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food, as usual, was excellent. We were particularly thrilled by the number of vegetarian options. The brussel sprout and sweet potato tacos were fantastic. Our server was overall good, but it was a bit frustrating that she seemed confused by a party member who does not eat eggs. Ultimately it worked out. We were very happy, though, that the manager came back to inform our party member that the quinoa burger bun had an egg wash. He was able to provide a lettuce wrap instead. The food was really excellent and we'd definitely recommend going back.

LA
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
16 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
21 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
71 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
59 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
Des Moines
1 review