Paladar Latin Kitchen and Rum Bar

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583 reviews
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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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MH
Miami
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

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 5 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

! 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
154 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

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
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

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
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

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
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

c
Washington DC
444 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere! I will definitely be back.

MM
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

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

3
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good night out.

BC
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 5

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

T
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

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
12 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

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
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Wait staff did not once offer to refill my coffee during Sunday Brunch

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing service & great food. Manager personally came and wished us well and congratulations for our special occasion and provided us with a presidential rum flight. Was. Great experience!

DW
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Outside patio was great, drink selection great. Had a little problem with the kitchen getting one item out and our waiter immediately made amends. Good service!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Paladars always has great food. The patio in the front is a little noisy but that is due to street traffic (opt for the back). They are dog friendly so please feel free to get a drink with the pup, id suggest a mojito!

q
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great rums. Do a flight. Good variety of menu items without being too large of a menu. Staff made great recommendations.

FJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I sat outside. It was seat yourself. The server showed up within a few minutes of being seated, gave great recommendations and the food was great!

m
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love the tamarind ribs - new item on menu. Smoky, spicy flavor - sumptuous!
Great value for the money
Innovative menu - always intriguing choices

A
Washington DC
95 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

The food was good, Paladar has nice ambiance, and Stephanie's service was excellent - the highlight of the evening.

I can recommend the beef tacos, though the accompanies beans and rice needed a lot of salt. The restaurant has a spicy sauce that has a real kick. Its orange in color - but don't let the appearance fool you. That sauce is has a kick!

WY
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was good and appreciate the varied take on classic Hispanic and other dishes. Service, however, was extremely slow. At one point I thought my server had left/gone on break. Not sure I’d go back if time is a factor.

n
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Maitre’d made a face when we requested a patio table

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have a wonderful experience every time.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day Brunch was incredible. Couldn’t find one thing I had issue with. The choices were plentiful and everything was delicious. Definitely need to check them out for happy hour.

MJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 4ambience 5

This food was ok...not worth the price for brunch!! The regular menu would be just fine next time. Excellent run bar and spirits menu though!!!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and service!

VC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Drinks were inconsistent and not as well prepare as I was used to from paladar. one was too spicy to enjoy. Food was good.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We first tried Paladar on New Years Eve 2018 and had a good experience. We returned on 5.3.19 to celebrate our wedding anniversary. What a tremendous disappointment it was. A server brought us water and said someone else was coming to serve us. Nearly 30 minutes later no one showed. Many wait staff walked by us at least 20 times. Finally, we decided to leave. We told the hostess who was very nonchalant about it. She never offered to call a manager. She did not try to address the issue or even get us to stay. We ended up walking down the block to Ruth Chris where I spent twice what I would have at Paladar but at least the service and food was great.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place!

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