Spanish Diner – Bethesda

4.3
3662 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.

COVID-19 Vaccination is required to enter Spanish Diner. Guests will be asked to provide their physical CDC COVID-19 vaccine card, government-provided digital record, a photo of CDC vaccination card, or COVID-19 Verification App such as Health Pass by CLEAR. Guests 16 and older must also show a government-issued photo identification card matching their vaccination card.

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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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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were never seated or offered a space outside. We have vaccine and negative Covid test

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vipKapsabet
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We enjoyed very dish that we tried, from the gazpacho to croquettes to Cuban rice and the excellent postres.

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vipLubi
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Small portions but SO delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We liked this much better in its previous iteration as Jaleo. The decor makes it feel like a cheaper place. At first the menu looked cheaper to fit the “diner” idea, but when the food arrived it was not “diner” portions. It was basically all tapas small plates except for the papatas bravas (which were 5*). The “entree” of chicken and rice ($22) was not large either and had no garnish or veggies to make it feel like a complete plate. My virgin mojito was Ok but not nearly as good as the one I had recently at Founding Farmers. In the end, we were disappointed and don’t plan to return, unless it was to get the patatas bravas to go.

DB
DonnaB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the first time we have been since the changeover from Jaleo's. He love every Jose Andres restaurant, for so many reasons. But the food is what makes it work.

KT
KevinT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great deal for restaurant week! Great staff and food!

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TimE
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2022
Overall3food3service3ambience3

expected much more from this place. regional spanish atmosphere doesn't really come through neither in design nor in food. it wasn't bad but just forgettable.

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vipjseelke
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2022
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great food, great service, and a great price! Would highly recommend again!

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vipBigFan
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Spanish food. It tasted just like the food I ate when I was traveling in Spain. Very authentic.

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Yuhyn
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Not a great experience here. Very few vegetarian options. $220 for four people just 2 drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu, so hard to choose. Can’t wait to go back.

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vipKevin
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very enjoyable to be back at the Spanish Diner. The food is excellent!

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MarcG
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a really good, casual meal with the family. Good service. Good size menu. Only drawback is they have an outdoor seating tent. We were seated on the side where the servers go outside. The door was opened every few minutes. It made for a very cold meal. Other side was empty so I’m not sure why they didn’t seat people on that side.

Recommend anyone to Ask to sit on the other side.

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vipcoolcoops
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Ate lunch outside under the heater. We had a half pitcher of sangria (good), grilled bread with tomato sauce (meh, skip it), squid cooked in its ink (excellent) and pollo with carmelized onions in a sauce (very tasty). Service was attentive and prompt. They gave us gratis each a cup of a hot drink similar to hot chocolate. We enjoyed our meals and would come back if for no other reason than to support our admiration of Jose Andres!

MZ
MarshallZ
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. The preparation of each - Cogollos de Lechuga a la Cordobesa, Calamares en su Tinta, Pollo Guisado con Arros and Flan de Mama Marisa - made for a memorable meal. The service was excellent! Jose Andres continues to set a high standard.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience2

I had a great time and loved the food. I did not like sitting beside a kitchen where a big tree was located right next to my table. I had to constantly fight off little flies that kept trying to get into my food.

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vipExcellent
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter and boyfriend went for drinks and appetizers and then brought food home for all of us for dinner. Amazing! So good and we prefer to jaleo. Lots of stews and pasta and sandwiches which were delicious. And the vaccine requirement was enforced!

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PaulV
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Everything was fine. The menu is idiosyncratic but clearly it is supposed to be so one can’t really complain about that. I actually preferred Jaleo.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Server was very good. Food was underwhelming and the price was steep. Best parts of the meal were the croquettas, gambas, and the desserts

TC
vipTripleC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Had very loud music and annoying dancer. So loud it gave me a headache and it was hard to talk. If i wanted loud live music and other forms of entertainment, I would have gone to a club or show. Not disputing the talent of the performers, but a restaurant is not the place for this. All we wanted to do was chat and eat. Why force this on the diners?

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vipKayV
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Food was truly amazing but the service was not. Server did not check in much and drinks took a long time and then we ran out of water and had to ask twice to get it refilled. For what you are paying, I would expect more. Good food, pricey and poor service.

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JimmyTC
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Very strange selections on the menu, and nothing we ordered compares to the quality of food at Jaleo.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hard to make a choice in the extensive menu, because so many of the dishes look delicious. The two of us were pleased with our meal and will return. Another grand slam by Sr. Andres.

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Recentdiner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went early and was one of few customers. Able to get table away from other customers. Food was delicious: ordered omelet and hotdog-like sandwich and flan.

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foodieman
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The food was quite good, the ambience was nice. I think you have to adjust your expectations to understand this is Spanish food, not Mexican. The traditional dishes were well prepared and tasty. Overall however, I think the food cost more than the value it delivered. That said, it's the only place I know of that you can get good Spanish cuisine. Hope you enjoy!

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SamM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

We had the worst experience ever. I was expecting something much better from a José Andre Restaurant. The menu was limited, the food was very salty and greasy, the waiters was not very informative. Even my husband got sick from the food when we got home. I was very disappointed especially that the food was pricey too.

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vipTerry
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was outstanding! Food was great as always. But again kudos to the really exceptional service.

JR
vipJoanneR
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I tried again. First visit this summer was for dinner and I left thinking it might be a better place for lunch. Got the signature eggs with potato mixto this time and was again underwhelmed. Eggs were freshly cooked but everything else appeared and tasted as if cooked well in advance. Oil saturated potatoes, small discs of hard morcilla, unappealing presentation. Such a disappointment as I am a huge fan of Andes and Spanish cuisine. Is anyone overseeing the kitchen?

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Ethel
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience1

Overpriced tasteless very badly prepared food. Jaleo was the best Spanish dinner ever. This new place was terrible. What a loss to Bethesda diners! It’s a shame!

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Marylanders
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had dinner during the week (originally reserved for outside but ate inside because it was not crowded). All the food was wonderful. In particular, we liked the patatas brava and the cod dish. My husband especially enjoyed his after dinner coffee in a very unique cup. We are happy to see that Jaleo has such a great replacement.

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vipPatriciaS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Very few dinner menu options other than eggs and sandwiches. An excellent chicken dish saved the evening but we sorely missed Jaleo. Disappointed by menu though what we did have was tasty and well-prepared.

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RestaurantRob
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at the "new" Spanish Diner (we used to go frequently to the former Jaleo in the same location), and we were more than pleased. The food exceeded our already high expectations. We didn't want the plentiful egg dishes for dinner, but there were plenty of other items on the menu. The piquillo peppers confit, which came with several dishes, were a wonderful surprise. The salads, small plates, and main entrees were all outstanding. Jose Andres has done it again!

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Jovite
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful outdoor dinner last night. Food and service were excellent. We had Pan con Tomate and the avocado salad as appetizers, Pollo Guizado and Coliflor con Béchamel as entrees, and Tarta de Chocolate y Queso for dessert. Would absolutely go back again.

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vipluvdining
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Excellent Spanish food, attentive waiters, good spacing of tables. Our first time at Spanish diner, and we will return!

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vipChar
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Three of us had a delightful birthday lunch at the Spanish Diner. The croquettes were outstanding. We loved the Russian creamy salad of tuna, potatoes and other good stuff. The squid was a hit. The white sangria with proseco was fabulous. The burnt cheesecake is delicious. Enjoy this gem.

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vipBethesdan4711
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and well prepared. Will return.

RM
ReneM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular comfort food and drink.
We plan to come back to try the rest of the menu.

DD
vipDearDivorceCoach
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I was able to navigate the menu more easily with my Spanish speaking friend and enjoyed the meatballs as well as a Spanish omelet with a side of white rice. She had the chickpea soup too which she said is very good.

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LandR
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

I did not love the menu. I do not eat meat and there are very few vegetarian or pescatarian options. The hake is accompanied by soft vegetables, which are not palatable to me. The only option was a salad, which as an entree in winter is not very enjoyable. I miss the bread and oil offering of Jaleo, the cod balls, the shrimp and the range of vegetarian options. In addition, I made the mistake of choosing the restaurant when we had our niece with us and there really are no kid-friendly options. Altogether I was disappointed.

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ManuelV
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow!! Mariana Gatto Duran delivered the best service! My daughter and I had a great time and felt great too! We are definitely coming back. I understand Mariana is also a dancer and flamenco performer. Well, say no more, if you have her perform at Spanish Diner, please contact me. Better yet, feel free to make a reservation for three, I authorize you to do it.
Best service and food Have had in a long time.
We’ll see you again soon!
Manuel

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Spanish Diner – Bethesda is rated 4.3 stars by 3662 OpenTable diners.

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