Paladar Latin Kitchen and Rum Bar

4.3
485 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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Latin American, Latin / Spanish
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(301) 330-4400
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Gregory Webb
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Catering
Your guests will love discovering the flavors of Latin America at your off-site catered event. Consider Paladar your partner in organizing a successful event. Please contact us to discuss further or view our catering menu at www.paladarlatinkitchen.com.
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Cross street
Rio Blvd
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Parking details
Street and parking decks within walking distance.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

Private Dining

We would be delighted to host your party at Paladar or cater an event at your home, office, or other venue. Your guests will love discovering the flavors of Latin America while enjoying time with friends and family or with colleagues.

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What 485 People Are Saying
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Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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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OT
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
17 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
38 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
4 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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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was great. It was a fun environment. The service was very slow though. We were almost done with our meal by the time the waitress checked to see if we needed any drink refills from our initial order. By the time the drinks were delivered we were almost done our meal and didn’t really want them anymore.

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AH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This place was utterly disgusting. I never has this level sup par food. I always go to the the one in Tysons and Reston Ingrid did not know what she was talking about. I have already posted the pictures and Videos on my Facebook account .

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

U went there for Fathers Day brunch. It was a buffet style brunch where each adult paid $35. The service was good, the food however wasn't all that great. I dont want to say it was terrible but the buffet options were rather short and not that many brunch style options to chose from. I do know this is a Latin American restaurant so of course I expected Latin American food but to price a buffet that much and not provide too many options seemed a little out of touch. Overall the service was good, and the food options could have been better. At least they had bottomless mimosas, which I really appreciated.

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RR
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We had an excellent waiter who was very accommodating, since we had brought our own cake for my son's graduation dinner. My only complaint was that the main entrée was warm and almost cold and actually not very tasty. I like my food to be hot like it was just out of the oven. I ordered the Rum Glazed-Cuban Pork and was very disappointed. I've eaten there before for lunch and was very pleased with my selections.

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SV
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was really good. The coconut mango rice was great as well as the plantains. The pomagrante mojiot was wonderful. I also ordered the chicken empanadas...which were good EXCEPT they were barely warm. So that was a bit disappointing. Overall, I will definitely come back

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WR
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice birthday dinner. Too bad expresso machine was broken but meal was very good. Our server was exceptional, going out of her way to encourage bartender to make my wife - whose birthday it was - a Pisco sour, despite the fact that the blender @ the bar was broken.

Broken blender & expresso machine... Go figure.

Nice experience none the less.

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WG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Excellent food!! Mojo Pork Tostones are always delicious!! And so is the fresh Guac.. and the Cerviche... and the ......

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s
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

I tried a rum flight this time which was interesting, especially by referencing the "rum bible" our waiter provided, with lots of background information. The guac and chips were good as always. I had the banana leaf cod; never before was it incredibly spicy, and had I know I would not have ordered it due to some tenderness in my throat this time. I should have sent it back, but service was a bit slow this time so I ate around the exposed parts and gave my dinner mate one of my shrimp which I could not eat. Not sure if they changed this item, or if someone just got creative at the wrong time.

It was nice to have a table out back on a nice early summer evening.

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J
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

The food was really bland which is surprising for a Latin restaurant. The guacamole was great!!!...The "Jamaican Jerk Chicken" was not jerk chicken at all. Our waitress was WONDERFUL and so was our server. Overall I don't think we will be returning here.

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OT
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic waitress and experienced great service and food at brunch.

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JG
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been here several times and each time I've not only had a great meal but the menu has so many cool choices that you need to go back to sample everything. Our waitress was very knowledgeable on Rums and didn't push us towards the most expensive thing on the menu which I always appreciate.

This is a great place for any number of occasions and/or events. It's a good deal all around and I'm glad that they made camp here in Montgomery County.

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JC
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was great but the services was no so great. Our drinks were delivered to the wrong table. The meal we ordered for the kid at our table never showed up and our bill had other peoples drinks on it. To top it off, the credit card that was used to pay was dropped and luckily the manager found it. I am hoping this was only a one time issue because it was busy, but I didn't feel like we were taken care of at all.

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k
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Was pretty good, nothing too extraordinary!

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SP
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

It would have been nice if we were offered a dessert menu. The waiting staff just gave us a check when we were almost done with the food. Looks like they were in a hurry. We usually order the churros but we did not order it that day.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

He waiter didn’t have the table set when we got to our seat. We never got the complimentary chips and dip. We asked one of the servers if we can have utensils since they were missing from our table and she responded rudely. The food came relatively fast and tasted really good. The hostesses/hosts were very friendly when we entered and were easy to approach with our table not being set situation. I think we would have enjoyed our visit and the food more if the service was better.

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MN
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting friends in the neighborhood and they recommended Paladar as their favorite. For good reason! Everything was fabulous! Make your own guacamole, sangria, and amazing entrees. Don’t miss it!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful thank you!

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NW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I really enjoy going to this place The food is good and the staff is very friendly.

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