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Spanish Diner – Bethesda, Bethesda, MD

Spanish Diner – Bethesda

4.4
4.4
3630 Reviews
$30 and under
Spanish

José and his team decided to bring this exciting restaurant to Bethesda, where José and his family reside. The menu at Spanish Diner is quintessentially Spanish, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find these dishes at any restaurant in Spain as these are the recipes that are found at home, shared around the kitchen table with family and friends, generation after generation.

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Booked 27 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Spanish, Home cooking, Southern Spain

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (301) 284-3700

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Contactless Payment, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Head Chef Daniel Lugo

  • Private party contact

    Sarah Martinez: (855) 821-1980

  • Neighborhood

    Bethesda / Chevy Chase

  • Cross street

    Elm Street

  • Parking details

    There is street metered parking available and we are within walking distance from a public metered lot.

  • Public transit

    We are walking distance from the Bethesda Metro Station on the Red Line.

  • Entertainment

    Jaleo Hour Sunday - Friday: 4:30 - 7 PM Saturday: 10:00PM - midnight Available at the bar only

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

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What 3,630 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Spanish

  • Maryland - DC Suburbs

    Fit for Foodies

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  1. M

    Musicadeclub

    Edinburgh

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Rica comida española en una zona en ascenso de Bethesda

  2. A

    Aaron32

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2

    Dining room was very loud, especially next to the bar. It was difficult to hear and understand the waiter due to the noise and the waiter’s mask and thick Spanish accent. As it was our first time there, we would have enjoyed more help in picking dishes from the waiter. The food was ok, not the best of Jose Andreas that we’ve had.

  3. MP

    MichaelP

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Knowledgeable and friendly, server Orlando gladly recommended some new dishes since I tend to order my top favorite, arroz a la cubana, all the time. Did not disappoint!

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Best gazpacho, croquetas y patatas bravas, gracias

  5. PC

    PaolaC

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Came here for brunch and really enjoyed their options. Similar cuisine to Jaleo as it was before but not tapas

  6. DA

    DawnA

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4

    Server was very inexperienced and repeatedly told us that. Drinks were slow to come out. Menu was overpriced for what you got. Food tasted good, especially the squid.

  7. JR

    JRR10022

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3

    The food was overpriced and unimpressive. The menu was not as expansive as I hoped.

  8. JF

    JohnF

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2

    Vegetable selections were minimal. The emphasis on fried and french fries is over blown. Come on. It’s just fried eggs atop french fries! The music was way too loud. The ambience was not conducive to a relaxed meal. The mixed drink was good. The service was good. The food needs significant improvement. We wanted to sit outside, to get away from the interior atmosphere.

  9. d

    dcyev

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3

    We have loved Jaleo and have been going there for 10+ years. We have hoped for a similar experience when it was converted to Spanish Diner - but it’s not the same. While the ambiance and the service are still good, the menu has changed dramatically and no longer offers the same great and unique choices as before. It’s much more limited now. It offers a lot of egg options on the menu and I don’t associate going to this kind of restaurant with ordering eggs and more eggs especially for the price. The cocktails quality has changed too - very watered down with lots of ice.

  10. F

    Foodlover25

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Spanish Diner is a wonderful casual restaurant that has all the right touches. The food and service were great and the atmosphere very enjoyable.

  11. SH

    ShelleyH

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Thank you Alissa and team for a wonderful lunch and the hospitality.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    The entire experience can be aptly summarized with a single gen-z aphorism: “Mid af”.

  13. CT

    CatalinaT

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The cogollos de lechuga con piquillo were absolutely amazing.

  14. JR

    JaclynR

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4

    Disappointed in the food - I love Jose Andres but the food here is average at best. And quite pricey.

  15. D

    Dogeyedoc

    Washington DC

    35 reviews

    3.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4

    Overpriced. When a dish is described, mire details needed. I ordered a chicken dish that was two thighs, and i dislike dark meat.

  16. BL

    BrianL

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience3

    We tried this for the first time last week. The food was of good quality, but not great. The service was reasonably good. Honestly though, you're just paying for José Andrés's name without a commensurate level of quality vs. price. There was nothing bad on the menu, but it absolutely did not warrant the steep price for everything. $30 for a watered down half pitcher of mediocre sangria? Come on. There are many better options nearby for food that is honestly better and 1/3 to 1/2 the same price. While I admire what José Andrés does as a person, I cannot justify coming back to this place.

  17. SM

    ScottM

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and service were spectacular. I highly recommend this place for food, service, and atmosphere.

  18. f

    foodloverindc

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience3

    I was looking forward to try the Spanish Dinner but was not impressed. The food selection is narrow, the plates are tiny and the prices are extremely expensive for what you get. We ordered a pitcher of white sangria and it was probably one of the worst and most overpriced sangrias I ever had in my life. It was wine with a mint leave and a slice of lime. My husband was hungry after we left. The only good thing was the flan. The ambiance and the service were ok but the actual food was not good and it’s very overpriced.

  19. AR

    ARLeats

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    For an egg, potato, ham and avocado lover, it was perfection.

  20. MP

    MichaelP

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food as always and service by Orlando was friendly, knowledgeable and professional.

  21. P

    Polly

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our first visit to Spanish Diner was a pleasure. We enjoyed tapas, a sandwich and a larger entree. The Cava Sangria was so fresh and a terrific addition to our meal. We will definitely be back.

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service. Food was great!!

  23. b

    bookwormwmb

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2

    Al I can see is I miss Jaleos . The nicest thing was the appetizer which was pan con tomate - perfectly done and brought with a smile.

  24. DK

    DennisK

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was my first visit to Spanish Diner but I am a big fan of José Andres´ and this restaurant did not disappoint. I had the menu del dia and selected the Gazpacho, the grilled cheese, and flan for dessert. Everything was delicious and the service was attentive but not intrusive. The restaurant was pretty empty for a lunch time in the middle of the week. Covid no doubt is still keeping people from dining out. A lovely meal in a lovely setting.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Spanish Diner’s food is consistently excellent and delicious. We’ve been many times, and always been delighted. Service is good, and the ambiance is great. Plus it’s always a pleasure to patronize one of Chef Jose Andrea’s restaurants.

  26. p

    pcdc

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We were long-time fans of Jaleo, and we have been converted to being fans of Spanish Diner. The food was wonderful, and the service was great. Our one negative was that the music is very loud. The hosts did turn down the volume a bit when we asked, but it was still a challenge for the four in our party to carry on a conversation across a standard-width table.

  27. J

    Judy

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2

    The setting is very nice but the noise was excessive with the bar group and then a private party in the section below the bar.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 22, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    Limited menu, with hardly a healthy or vegetarian option to be found. Very heavy food. Definitely a step down from the old Jaleo.

  29. MM

    MariaM

    Washington DC

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We went for the Sunday La Liga game this visit and it was a great experience. We dined on all our favorites sampling and sharing a little bit of everything including the amazing desserts. Our server was excellent giving us the room to graze while attentive enough to recognize when to go boxes were in order. Can’t wait until our next visit!

  30. L

    Landsmac

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of the best dishes I have eaten in a long time. So flavorful - the breakfast sandwich! Waitress was great as well!

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous remake of Jaleo in Bethesda. Excellent food...as expected for Jose Andres. 🥰

  32. RL

    RoseLoke

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful customer service. Everyone enjoyed their meal.

  33. f

    foodlover1

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience1

    Meh! Just mediocre. Don't think we will be going back.

  34. L

    Lili55

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Relaxing. Great service. Good and wine just right.

  35. KR

    KarenR

    Washington DC

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Some friends and I tried Spanish Diner on a Sunday evening and it was great! Not too crowded, the service was very good. We ordered a few appetizers to split that were wonderful. We each ordered an individual entree that were perfect. Spanish Diner is a fantastic family-friendly alternative to Jaleo and MiniBar with food that is every bit as outstanding.

  36. JC

    JC10

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was my second time eating at Spanish Diner. I am major fan of Jose Andreas for his humanity, selfless devotion to those in need, and his excellent restaurants. We ordered a variety of dishes, each of which were delicious. I do not want to butcher the Spanish language, so I will just summarize what we ordered. A chicken salad dish, the potatoes with cheese and a tomato-type sauce, fried brussel sprouts, macaroni with chorizo, garlic shrimp, pork meatballs, and a pitcher of red wine sangria. There was not a morsel of food or drink leftover. The flavors in each dish were outstanding. The wait staff was professional, friendly, and the provided the exact right amount of attention. I highly recommend Spanish Diner and am looking forward to going there again.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience4

    Disappointing, over priced food

  38. P

    Percy

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Like all Jose Andres Think FoodGroup restaurants, Spanish Diner provides excellent food, service, and ambience; wish they would turn the music down a bit as the background noise and cross-talk make conversation and staff interaction difficult for seniors on a busy night.

  39. MH

    MaryH

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always wonderful

  40. KN

    KathN

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    Food was mediocre and overpriced.

Safety precautions

  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Staff is vaccinated

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You can order delivery directly from Spanish Diner – Bethesda using the Order Online button. Spanish Diner – Bethesda also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (301) 284-3700.

Spanish Diner – Bethesda is rated 4.4 stars by 3630 OpenTable diners.

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Booked 27 times today
Google Map for Spanish Diner – Bethesda

7271 Woodmont Avenue Bethesda, MD 20814

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Elm Street

  • Neighborhood

    Bethesda / Chevy Chase

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Spanish, Home cooking, Southern Spain

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    There is street metered parking available and we are within walking distance from a public metered lot.

  • Public transit

    We are walking distance from the Bethesda Metro Station on the Red Line.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Contactless Payment, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Head Chef Daniel Lugo

  • Entertainment

    Jaleo Hour Sunday - Friday: 4:30 - 7 PM Saturday: 10:00PM - midnight Available at the bar only

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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