Paladar Latin Kitchen and Rum Bar

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503 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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T
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent chicken tortilla soup combined w delicious duck and pork tacos at a very reasonable price. Friends all enjoyed their meals as well. Parking is somewhat difficult, but worth the search. Nice job,,Paladar!

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M
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

I had a group of 4 and we literally were the only people in the restaurant. We ordered food and it took forever to come out and to get our drinks. We rarely saw our waiter. Who/what else was he doing if we were is only table?

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JM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

love, love, love...the variety on menu, the sounds of live band, and the amazing bar!

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BH
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

First, we have eaten at Paladar many times. Unfortunately, they has gone WAY down hill. We really liked Paladar for special occasion meals, but no more. We (2 couples) arrived at 7 PM for our New Years Eve reservation. The service was EXCELLENT. The guacamole and chips very good as expected. The entree's, another story. My wife order her favorite BRAISED BEEF ROPA VIEJA, it was mostly KALE! It never had Kale before this. I ordered the ATLANTIC COD “VERACRUZ”. It was a piece of small piece of Cod (4 oz.?), surrounded by a few shrimp in a sea of rice. Not very good at all. Our friend who wanted to go there for the "Pork Chop" was cress fallen to find out it was no longer on the menu. She ordered the CRISPY PORK SHANK. Our server came back a few minutes later to tell us there was none. Really at 7 PM they were out of a main dish ingredient??? We did order dessert and those were at least good. Our overall experience was no great. Also, we found out that the other locations have closed and I suspect this one is not far behind.

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LA
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great place to meet friends. The Tyson’s Corner location closed so I drove an extra 20 miles to eat at the Gaithersburg location. Great service and food was as expected. Wonderful Mojitos!

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M
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

My wife and I come for the happy hour food deals, which are great. The regular menu is excellent as well. I like to cook and enjoy going to restaurants that make tasty meals that I'm not necessarily going to make at home. I count Paladar as a one of my favorite restaurants since they do a number of items in their menu very well.

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JM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing food!!! Everyone’s dish was delicious.

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s
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Paladar is still a regular go-to for us, but the food is not quite what it was originally, and the prices have crept up. However, my biggest complaint is the cocktails which are tragic. I don't know whether it's their playbook or the liquor or the execution, but they are consistently bad.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

We sat down and waited over 10 minutes for anyone to come to our table. We asked our waiter to bring us a straw for the water in the beginning... we didn't get it until the end of the meal. When we got our food both of our orders were wrong. My dinner companion asked for the sweet potato hash instead of kale... not only did they not get it wrong once but twice ... the second time they sent the hash but it was regular potatoes and not sweet potatoes. Bad service.

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JH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was superb!!

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J
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazinggg!!! Service was great ... the food was amazing ... and fresh! I Would definitely return again!

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

Both times we’ve been here for lunches, both with a small and large group, they have seated us directly next to the kitchen seats where it is loud and busy, with the only other customers there for lunch all directly next to us at tables and booths. I happened to eat here twice in a row this week for lunch and both days, I was seated in this area listening to and watching the kitchen, both times the only customers in the entire restaurant were close enough to touch-and both times service was lackluster and mediocre. I’m not sure why this is happening when literally the entire restaurant is empty, but it sure didn’t convince me to come back for lunch anytime soon. I happened to be there on business both times, which is why I didn’t ask for a seat change or better service-I had to politely put up with it...but meh, less than memorable...in fact, downright annoying.

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RP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 5

Been there several times. Generally very satisfied. Did not like being told that I could not take my happy hour drinks to our table. On a Friday at 7pm...they were out of avocados which meant we couldn't get their signature guacamole yet they had avocados for one of the other meals. (Harris Teeter is a block away...get avocados!!!) The server did not handle either situation well.
The Mojo salmon was dry but the braised beef tacos were excellent.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience when I come here. The servers are so nice and caring very friendly. Love love love!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing

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l
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Five of us came to Paladar to celebrate my daughter's birthday. The service was outstanding and the food was very good. We have a couple of people that can't eat milk based products, so that was a little challenging to work around. The waiter was helpful, and double checking with the kitchen. It was a nice celebratory lunch!

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KS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We dined at Paladar for our 10th wedding anniversary dinner date. It was hard to decide on our entrees because there were so many appealing options! The rum selection was also extensive and appealing. While the food was just shy of knock-our-socks-off, it was a quality, delicious dinner and we can definitely see ourselves returning.

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DW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Paladar. The Gaithersburg location is my favorite. I wish the bar was roomier. They cater to food allergies and celiac!

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s
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

We always love Paladar. This visit missed the mark.
I tried the crispy pork shank for the first time. It had a lot of connective tissue and not that much meat. I liked the brussel sprouts but the kale which is usually a hit was not cooked enough and pretty tasteless. It was better after we had it redone.
Beer was good shrimp tacos good, just a bit too spicy.
Server was attentive even though there were a lot of homecoming groups.

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D
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really love the Rum Flights here! We went on National Taco Day and had an awesome time. The music was a bit on the loud side; had to shout to hear each other and to order food/drinks, but overall we had a great time!

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S
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

This is my second visit. Previous time my food was excellent. This time, not at all, except for the bread pudding. Service was good.

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L
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 1

The food was just.not.good. The sock-eye salmon was dry and salty. We sat outside but were bombarded with bees. Overall disappointment.

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m
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Paladar is one of our go-to restaurants. We went there recently for my wife's birthday. We were seated promptly. Our waitress was efficient and friendly. The food, under Chef Greg, is delectable! WE love the ethnic breadth of the restaurant's menu. My daughter loved the beef tacos, and they were devoured in no time. I had the cod in banana leaf - extremely fresh fish with a nice melange of flavors (accompanied by corn and ancient grains). DELICIOUS! Paladar is one of those unique restaurants with reasonable prices, good portion sizes, a great vibe, an inspired menu (where there are several dishes that we have not tried and are interested in trying), and most importantly, amazing Latin American cooking!

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T
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Paladar in Gaithersburg! Came for birthday celebration and late night happy hour. The portions were enormous and delicious. The Mexican Chocolate Nutella cake was amazing!!

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PP
London
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice restaurant, especially the guacamole selection. The lamb burger for mains was exceptional!

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n
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Everything was great. Our server, Elayne , was awesome. Out of plantains was only reason for 4 star on food. And as usual, the rum choices were the star of the evening. Will visit again.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had planned to go to another Latin restaurant in the same area but luckily we ended up at Paladar! Our server was lovely and so friendly, the food was incredible and the hosts ability to seat us outside was greatly appreciated! We’ll definitely be coming back!

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w
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and not too pricey. Will go there again

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MR
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was outstanding. Asked for a recommendation and it couldn't of been better. My kids loved it.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

The food was pretty subpar and expensive considering the overall taste. The service was sloooooooooooow.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Waiter was nowhere to be found.

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MC
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lot of intriguing dishes on menu, representing different Latin cuisines. Everything we ordered was tasty. Portion sizes were massive. Service was friendly and attentive. We are looking forward to going back sometime soon.

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r
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always fun. As usual, great service and enjoyed brunch.

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N
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was very very good. I am a foodie and there was an interesting menu and our meals were delicious. Service was fantastic. Very loud but it was an Friday night and I believe the happy hour crowd spilled over

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IA
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

My mushroom empanada appetizer, duck tacos, kale side dish, and plantain-sweet potato hash were all exceedingly delicious. They were all excellent portion sizes. My husband had the 21-day aged skirt steak. The steak was good but the plate was steak surrounded by a very large amount of rice and beans, which was kind of boring. I give 4 stars on food because of that. For value, I also give 4 stars only because I think any Latin restaurant should give you chips and salsa without you having to order/buy it. All said though, loved the restaurant and will definitely go back again soon.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Food very slow... restaurant was not busy and it took a long time to get our tacos and kids to get their food... not the Paladar we remember unfortunately. Food quality not like it used to be either. I hate to write this.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always have a great time at Paladar, the food is amazing and the service great!

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PH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great brunch, service was a little slow but the World Cup was going on so they get a pass this time. I will be returning for the great brunch and drinks.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 3

Food wasn’t very good for the price

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was okay. Overpriced.

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