Spanish Diner – Bethesda

4.4
3597 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.

This location will feature dishes from Asturias, where José was born, in addition to hearty stews, classic tapas, fresh salads and vegetables, and the delectable Madrid specialty, Huevos Rotos Casa Lucio, fried eggs with crispy potatoes and choice of Spanish meat.

ThinkFoodGroup requires all our staff to be fully vaccinated. We request all guests over 12 years of age who are dining indoors to be fully vaccinated.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
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LeelaD
Baltimore
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall the service and food was really good, despite a rough start. The staff displayed a positive attitude, which is not the case everywhere these days. Apparently you can't reserve the outside tables and we had to wait for about 25-30 minutes beyond the reservation I made for 7pm. The manager even offered a drink while we waited because there had been a mixup when they accidentally texted me my table was ready when it actually wasn't. Now that is service! Will return!

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LynC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Prefer the Jaleo menu for interest and flavor.

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vipOlgaR
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ate outside in the blocked off street on a beautiful night but hard to enjoy the “ambiance “
Service and food were excellent! It’s the food that will have me coming back soon
Not a cheap dinner when you get appetizer, eggs and dessert
Tomato on toasted bread was my favorite appetizer and the flan dessert was delicious too
If you enjoy eggs, many choices and they were prepared right

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vipBarcelones
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love that the menu includes dishes I would eat at home in Spain (fricandó, a Catalan beef stew with mushrooms or grilled squid in its ink) but that you don’t easily find in restaurants

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viplocal
Washington DC
80 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Jaleo and was happy to see José Andres kept many of the menu items. Service was excellent and food as good as ever (flan is such a forever favorite.) I was concerned that an early WashPo review derided the service. Things were fine! Also appreciate keeping inside as vaxxined only. Hope more restaurants do that as days get colder. Perfect place for a casual lunch.

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vipAmyC
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The service and ambiance were good. The good was just ok.

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MaMo
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We went to Spanish Diner to celebrate my niece's new job and the experience couldn't have been better. Special shout-out to our server, who was attentive, walked us through the menu clearly and patiently, and went the extra mile to make the evening special. While I miss the variety of selections from Jaleo, the food is both a bit of adventure and a lot of comfort. A lovely evening.

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VictorA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another hit from Jose Andres. Everythig (Pollo guisado, Albondigas, Calamar en su tinta, Patatas bravas) was delicious, great ambiance and staff very friendly.

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Weee
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

With the help of our wonderful waitress, we enjoyed a wonderful meal. The Cannelloni was amazing! Everything from good to atmosphere to service were great. The only reason I gave the atmosphere a 4 was because the music was too loud. Not enough to not allow us to have a conversation but too noticeable. We would definitely go to the Spanish Diner again to explore more amazing dishes.

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LRGN
London
6 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious! The gazpacho was first rate as was everything else!

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AnaM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

During our visit to DC we decided to go outside the city and could not have made a better decision . The restaurant is spacious, casual with amazing Food.

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vipKiwiBubbles
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I have been waiting to try Spanish Diner, and nearly everything was perfect. The croquetas will melt in your mouth, and the Pollo Con Arroz is so tender that the meat literally falls off the bone. We also ordered the Macarrones with chorizo, but the sausage was so salty that the whole dish was inedible (our server graciously removed it from our check). The wine list is impressive too. Will be back for another visit!

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vipluv2eat
Washington DC
149 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Nothing was what I had expected. The salad, the toasted bread or the Spanish omelet. I didn’t really like any of them. My husband got the Ham and cheese sand which which is very good. They offered bottle of wine at half price if bought a glass of it which we got. I wouldn’t go back

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Anthony
Baltimore
23 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stumbled upon the restaurant after the recommendation from a good friend and we were not disappointed. The atmosphere, drinks, food and service were all top notch. We will be back! You need to try it if you are in the area or just male a special trip there.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Eggs Were under seasoned

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AuroraM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The huevos rotos is delicious and the canelones is divine. Try the callos too and the croquetas cocido. We were a group of 5 and ordered different things from the menu and it was all delicious and reasonably priced.

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GladysS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, José Andres' restaurants are great. The Spanish Diner is exactly what Bethesda needed. The menu was varied and all the dishes we ordered were delicious. I'll be back soon!

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vipBigEater
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was outstanding! Service was attentive. Everything we ate was excellent, but the Ensaladilla Russ and Pollo guisado were truly memorable.

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none
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extremely pleasant—ate outside, food fabulous, service good and helpful. Only small complaint, the sangria rosada was quite watery from too much ice. But we all had a great time!

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Maggie
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved Jaleo's and were anxious to try Jose Andres' new place, the Spanish Diner. Since the weather was beautiful and we read on their website that all staff were vaccinated and masked, we made reservations for a very late lunch. We opted to eat outside. The menu and food did not disappoint. We ordered a 1/2 pitcher of Red Sangria and ordered Tapas-style including white Spanish anchovies, Spanish Omelet (with potato chips) the Pan con Tomate, the 36-month cured ham, and an egg dish. For dessert we shared the rice pudding. It was all outstanding. Our wait staff was so helpful and while serving many tables, she checked with us often. With their vaccination and masking policy for all staff and inside seated patrons, we plan to visit often during the colder months.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very good, but prefer Jaleo and Omoyal (not sure I got the name right)

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Tlovesdrinks
Baltimore
24 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Jaleo was in this spot for many years…it’s not tapas like Jaleo….so for us it wasn’t the same. But it was good just not the same …our waiter was wonderful ….always there to get us another drink….

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Dineandwine
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Jose’s version of a Spanish diner. The wine list has been pared to bare bones as has the dinner menu. Disappointed that they no longer feature the squid in its own ink but understand the corporate need to stay afloat in these hard times.

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DavidA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

food was very good. And the restaurant was very clean

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience4

I love to eat and drink. China Chilcano is my favorite restaurant and I’m happy to pay for that. The food here was overpriced and not good. The chorizo sandwich had so much grease, the fried cod had no flavor and the beef stew was okay. The rice on that dish was really good and the garlic was a delicious touch. Sangria was good...best part of the lunch.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Miss some of the tapas options available when it was Jaleo

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Makewayforducklings
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience3

The food was delicious. Giant servings at reasonable price.

Perhaps it was because we were there later on a weeknight or perhaps they weren’t trying to rush us, but we definitely felt ignored by our server. We sat more than half an hour with empty dessert plates in front of us waiting on a check.

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PeterE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the food, Jose Andres and everything he stands for.

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Rozer
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved Jaleo and we love this new place! Some excellent service, delicioud new food, and fabulous cocktails!!!

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Ivanna
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I came here with my parents and boyfriend for a Sunday lunch and it was such a pleasant experience! To start off, we got the patatas bravas and the croquetas de cocido. Both were so delicious and very flavorful. The food overall was very good and the ambiance was great! The staff was very friendly as well. I would love to come back another time! It's so nice to see a Spaniard cuisine in Bethesda Row!

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Marksreviews
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Despite being called a diner there is nothing ordinary about this one. Superb is every way. High quality ingredients combined with perfect preparation make it a gem. Recieved a free Birthday Flan too.

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KevinP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was outstanding, well prepared and presented
big selection

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DianaR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and I can't wait to come back!

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SusanF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Authentic! Excellent quality ingredients!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seamless seating and wonderfully qualified staff. Sandra the manager was exceptional. Spanish Diner is a great addition!

Dr. Roy Joseph

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CarlE
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food remains excellent. They appear to have ironed out earlier service yips so a seamless experience. Only downside were plexiglass dividers between tables which is the correct public health approach but is still a distraction.

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vipNoel
Washington DC
230 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific food. Just as terrific service--thank you Norivette!! And the outdoor seating was super. Indoors looked good, too--vaccinations required, tables distanced, etc. Can't wait to go back to try more from their menu.

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BarbaraB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were surprised by the menu and how different it is from Jaleo. We tried the bread with tomato and the anchovies for appetizers and they were delicious. The main courses of cod, both the fried and the version with oil lil sauce, were excellent. I am not typically a cod fan but this was delicious. The stuffed pasta with bechamel was rich but also super. Best of all was the flan. Enjoy!

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vipftrock
Washington DC
67 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

It's expensive. The eggs were cold. The fries were good but not hot enough. The smoked salmon was good but did not appear to be smoked in-house. The macaroni with sausage was good.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had brunch outside. Service and food were excellent. So many great dishes on the menu, hard to choose. We'll be back

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Spanish Diner – Bethesda is rated 4.4 stars by 3597 OpenTable diners.

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