Ranazul

4.5
843 reviews
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Tapas / Small Plates
Ranazul, an international Tapas style restaurant, truly offers something for everyone. Located in the newly developed Maple Lawn area of Howard County and just minutes off I-95, Ranazul delivers a level of quality and style typically associated with high priced big city restaurants, but does so affordably and in a very warm, friendly, and neighborly way. From the abundant(and free) parking to the custom Maryland made ice creams on our house made desserts, you're sure to enjoy everything about your Ranazul dining experience. Our service staff is trained to guide you and your palate through the Tapas experience as you enjoy signature dishes such as Tuna Tartare, Arepas, and New Zealand Lamb Chops created by Executive Chef Jaime Ayala. Our wine list offers over 150 labels with 25 by the glass so that you may enjoy a multitude of wines to match our vast food offerings. We invite you to experience for yourself why Ranazul is at the top of everyone's list of favorite places.
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Richmond
1 review
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 5

It was really loud! Could barely hear the person I was sitting beside.

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c
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration!

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

This was our first time at this restaurant. We really enjoyed the food and the environment in general. The service was excellent. Will definitely return in the future.

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

We went New Years Night. Excellent, it is close to home, they had excellent small plates, the service was first class, the environment was fun and energetic for the New years. I highly recommend this place for business or pleasure.

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d
Baltimore
65 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

First time dinning at this place...probably one of the worst service experiences of all time...delivered wrong bottle of wine, but said it was the correct one...after talking with the server he confirmed that it recently changed and menu was incorrect...martinis arrived without olives...extremely slow service all night...it was a nightmare...food was actually very good, all dishes, when it did arrive...20 - 30 minute wait per tapas is unacceptable...this place needs to hire new wait staff immediately...

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J
Baltimore
32 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Very very average. Wait staff is trained to Olive Garden standards. Food tastes processed. New Years Eve is a tough service but what we had was not worth $75/ person.

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was tasty. Our server had a large party and we were often ignored because of this. Also, the restaurant was closing early for a private event and chose not to notify us (or any customers) until they asked us to leave well before we were ready.

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J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We've been here for dinner several times and it was always good. We had previously been on Christmas Eve and went again this year. Unfortunately this time the full menu was not available and the lack of choices was a disappointment. Most of our favorites were not on the menu, so we settled for meals we wouldn't have usually ordered. Some of the food was good and some not. One of us had the pear salad and the pear was hard. One of us ordered the Peruvian chicken, which was dry. Also, the service was slow and it wasn't that busy while we were there. We ordered a glass of wine before the meal and were never offered a 2nd glass anytime during the first 2 courses. The waiter didn't come back before the dessert arrived and when he did, I asked for another glass of wine - he didn't ask. Meanwhile, we watched as the waiter hung out near the bar.

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LM
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoy Ranazul and frequently go for a glass or two of wine and a light dinner. The food is good and the service is excellent. Friendly staff.

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J
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was very creative and delicious. The food was displayed well and the portion size was perfect. I would certainly go back for happy hour.

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LB
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great place. Been there a few times already even though it is quite a drive for us. Contemporary setting, great food, great service. They play good music.

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V
Baltimore
28 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met friends for lunch due to government being closed. Service and food was great! The lunch menu is a great value.

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AT
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food... Duck salad is amazing! Good service.

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JB
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, delicious food, and great atmosphere.

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OT
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place!

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Big birthday!!!!

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Washington DC
94 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Friday night spot. Expansive wine list and great staff. They were running a special of the night of lobster with a butter sauce. The lobster was extremely well prepared. Will definitely return for the experience.

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CD
Baltimore
75 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We have been to Ranazul many times. The food (tapas) and service are great. The only criticism would be as to the pacing of service. We were in and out in slightly more than an hour. A more leisurely pacing would be preferred.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Service was a bit slow, food as usual, was good.

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MT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were celebrating a birthday and we enjoyed a delicious dinner! Everything was perfect.

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JO
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We went to celebrate friend's birthday. Meal and service were great.

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

This was my first time dining at Ranazul. I will most definitely be back. Everything was fabulous. The selections were good and the dishes were quite delicious. The Prix Fixe menu is a great value. It’s a full course meal for under $50. The Sopa Azteca and the Cameron al Tequila were especially noteworthy. The carrot cake finale was an excellent ending to my Ranazul experience.

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OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great cocktails and wine selection. Truly a hidden gem. Tapas are delicious and filling. A must go to!!

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f
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent! I love Ranazul. The food is always fresh, unique and very well prepared. Our server was nice, informative and allowed us to enjoy our meal and conversation. Great experience all around!

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OG
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Nice location, good food, excellent wine selection. Tapas portion are good, but tapas itself sate not that Spanish:) wine selection is good, also nice bar that has everything you can think of, but you have to ask bartender about drinks, waiters do not know what bar is serving

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CS
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply put Ranazul was an wonderful experience. Service and menu selections were excellent. The Tapas portions were large, making sharing very easy. All of our selections were very tasty. Everyone in our party was extremely satisfied.

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GM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always enjoy Ranazul. Good food, good service, good value.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great! Great food & service!

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DH
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The small-plate tapas style gives great variety at Ranazul. The staff is great too. On my last visit a classical guitarist serenaded through the meal. It was perfect.

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n
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We've been going to this restaurant since it opened. We love tapas and it is close to our home. I was disappointed this time. My favorite shrimp with mango and avocado no longer is on the menu. I asked if it could be made and was told no. Another favorite, the spinach with apple and pine nuts, was watery and not very tasty. It always bothers me that you have to pay for bread and oil. I enjoyed my peach salad and my husband really enjoyed his lamb chops; the almond crusted manchego was as good as ever. We went to Jaleo the next night because our itch wasn't scratched. One dish was more delicious than the next.

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S
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at Ranazul and we really enjoyed it. Our server made recommendations, and they were spot on! We really enjoyed our visit and can't wait to go back!

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CS
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome tapas! The scallops, crab orzo and shrimp are delicious!

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c
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service and food are always high quality. Our waiter was friendly and attentive without being intrusive. My dining companion and I tried the prix fixe menu this time and shared everything including a bottle of Blanco Pinot Noir which paired well with most all of our choices. We found the selections and portions made the prix fixe a very good value option. The peach cobbler dessert is actually not small. The food is typically creative and delicious here - the only disappointment this time was the Peruvian Chicken which was a bit dry. I would substitute the other meat option next time if I go prix fixe again. The lamb is also quite good if ordering a la carte.

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LP
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband wanted to go to a tapas restaurant (and the only one I knew of was in DC) Googled it and found Ranazul not too far away. We just happened to be there during Howard County's Restaurant Week - great deal and SO much food! Some of the wonderful dishes we had were - Peach Salad, Coconut Shrimp, Ribeye and Peach Cobbler with Vanilla Ice Cream. All just wonderful! We will be back!

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

We went for dinner and did the pre-fixed menu for restaurant week. The food was delicious and the portion sizes were generous for Topas plates. My guest and I really enjoyed our selections from the four course restaurant week menu and found the value/price to be good as well!

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CM
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was ok, but we were not told what our cheese selections were when they brought out our "chef's selection" cheese plate. We never had our water refilled the entire time, it was only at end of the meal that I was finally able to ask the waiter to refill it. We ordered a bottle of wine, and had to pour our own glasses as well.

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k
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We participated in the Howard County Restaurant Week special. All four of us loved our meals. The salad with grilled peaches was excellent and the scallops were outstanding. The weakest part was the fruit crisp - it didn't have much flavor. I would definitely go back to Ranazul.

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TR
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Went for Restaurant Week and was not disappointed. The standouts for me on the four course menu were the Sopa Azteca (deliciously spicy) and the pan-braised scallops; for my husband it was the the same soup and the pork empanada. The only negative was the long-wait for our dessert. I thought perhaps they had run out of our choices (there were four different choices and we chose two of them) and were baking more rather than asking us if we wanted to change our selection but they finally came out although mine was not what I had ordered. Since it was my second choice I didn't say anything but they realized their mistake after we were almost done eating and brought out the original which I had them put in a takeaway container.

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s
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was just 'ok'. Very fancifully plated but boring or overly salted. My wife's scallops were the only standout dish of the evening. For a tapas place the menu selection was quite limited. We likely won't go back.

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FJ
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food, cocktails, great service. A must in Maple Lawn!!!

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