Ranazul

4.3
796 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Tapas / Small Plates
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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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Delivery or takeout
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Tapas / Small Plates, International, Continental
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Sunday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm, Saturday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm; Lite fare: Daily: 2:30pm - 5:00pm; Happy Hour: Monday-Friday: 3:00pm - 7:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thurs: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
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Phone number
(301) 498-9666
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jaime Ayala
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Free parking.
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Special events & promotions
Sign up for our email list to receive news of our upcoming wine dinners, tastings, and other special events at http://www.ranazul.us and visit often. Or friend us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/RANAZUL to keep up with all of our news.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
796 reviews
4.3 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
57%
Very Good
31%
Good
7%
Fair
2%
Poor
4%
4.4
food
4.4
service
4.4
ambience
4.1
value
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Washington DC
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went to Ranazul for a small girls' night out. We first met in the bar area and decided to stay there for an hour or so because happy hour lasts until 7 p.m. and there were fabulous tapas on the happy hour menu. We had dinner in the dining room and continued with appetizers, a few more tapas and dessert. The service was excellent, our waitperson was attentive, but gave us space to talk. I always have a nice time at Ranazul.

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Baltimore
5.0Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal and experience!

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OT
Washington DC
4.0Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Consistent and professional service. Very good food. Could use more true small plates (true tapas). Good wine list.

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KR
Washington DC
3.0Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I wanted this to be more Tapas oriented with small plates to share, but it was not. The plates were not very conducive to sharing, the service was slow and the food average. The ceviche was great, the pork empanada was overcooked, the tomato flatbread was average. We ordered the fresh berries dessert which took 15 minutes to bring a container full of berries with a glob of whipped cream. We ate there for lunch and it was empty when we arrived, but filled to about half capacity with what mostly seemed to be business lunches, so there really wasn't a reason for the very slow service. I would not recommend this place and I would not go back.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good service, we did not have to ask for water, it was filled when it was low, the staff provided service with out being overbearing or intrusive. Food was good, and atmosphere was nice. We did not feel rushed even though the restaurant was full. It was a nice and relaxed experience.

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OT
New York Area
5.0Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place, great food, service and ambiance. Everyone at this place was very pleasant, friendly and helpful. Meal was awesome. Will come me again on our next visit to area. We enjoyed fried manchengo, crab orzo, salmon medallions, pork empanadas and molten lava cake for dessert. Wine and port were top notch. Very memorable

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Washington DC
5.0Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So good. Drinks were amazing and food was great. Ribeye tapas was a bit over cooked but everything else was perfect. Yum yum!

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WT
Washington DC
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The pan seared scallops we're excellent as was the Azteca soup. Peruvian chicken was just so-so.

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TM
Washington DC
3.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

My biggest complaint is the menu never changes. If they added specials it would help but I craved another protein item and didn't see anything I wanted. Our friends wanted the lamb chops but they were out and he couldn't find a decent replacement either. The fried calamari/shrimp should come with marinara vs. salsa. I'm not sure if I'd recommend, maybe for a first time diner, but not so sure about long term suggestions. We love the duck salad and citrus salad. We didn't get dessert but I left unsatisfied as I only shared the calamari and salad for my dinner. The prices are kinda high, bread is not free.

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Baltimore
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dinner was perfectly paced and service was excellent!

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HV
Baltimore
4.0Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We did not particularly like the Gaspacho. That said, the lamb chop tapas were cooked to perfection and delicious. The tilapia Veracruz is fantastic and is large enough that we always take half home. We find that the tapas plates are ample. Oh yes, The cobbler alamode Is perfect and changes seasonally. On the whole the food is good and one can usually get a table. And most of the time the restaurant is quiet enough that you can talk to the people at the table with you. A very definite plus for the restaurant.

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L
New York Area
4.0Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lunch with my grandmother. Everything was good. The tomato soup is so good. Lamb chops were done well. The carrot cake and molten lava cake weren't worth the calories. Overall a nice meal.

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T
Washington DC
5.0Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic!

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Washington DC
4.0Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was good, but not wow

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EL
Baltimore
5.0Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food - the menu has expanded to now include cold tapas, hot tapas and some entrees (plus salads and dessert). We often share a bunch of tapas - the hot tapas are typically larger than the cold ones. They have a wide variety of seafood options, all of which are excellent, as well as vegetables that can serve as sides. reasonable large wine list with some unusual options, and nice pairings with the seafood and Spanish-influenced dishes. When we went they a special with half priced bottles of some wines, plus a price fixe menu.

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LS
5.0Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time eating there, it was amazing! The tappas was delicious and wine was outstanding. Our waiter was knowledgeable and very attentive.
I would definitely make this place a favorite of mine.

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SB
Baltimore
4.0Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Friday night dinner of four with friends from out of town. Food and service were great. Three of us had the Prix Fixe dinner. Serving sizes were more than sufficient for tapas meals. Everyone enjoyed their selections.

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TM
5.0Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for your service Nick! Everything was great!

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DB
4.0Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Good food but small portion quantity and the service wasn’t good

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Baltimore
5.0Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

First time and impressed with the ambiance and the diversity of the menu. Service was good despite a busy evening.

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WG
Baltimore
5.0Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. We went at an odd time (4:15) between lunch and dinner, so it was very quiet. It was starting to fill up before we left. Service was very good.

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Baltimore
4.0Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and service were good. However only a broken high chair for our toddler. Other one was in use. It seems like the restaurant should have more than 2. Plus there were no menu items specifically for kids .

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LJ
Las Vegas
4.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We went for Mother's Day. The server, Hailey, was fantastic! The food was excellent. I wish there were more options in the pre-fixed menu as far as the courses, like 3 instead of 4 maybe.

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Washington DC
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food at ranazul!

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Washington DC
3.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Mother's day

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Baltimore
5.0Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One can expect excellent food and service, for a reasonable price.

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C
Baltimore
5.0Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

My husband and I have been to Ranazul before, but this time we brought our two sons (and wife) and daughter (and boyfriend) to experience how awesome Ranazul is and we were not disappointed! All the small plates we had were delicious and Steven, our server, was friendly and efficient.
One suggestion is that when a reservation for 7 people is made, it would be a good idea to let the guest know that a 20% service charge is automatically added to the bill. I didn't realize this and I double-tipped! I'll know better for next time (and there will be a next time!)

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S
Washington DC
5.0Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great experience. Steak was a bit too salty but everything else was wonderful. Will be back.

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LM
1.0Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

We had a party of 14 for my son's college graduation on May 12 at 12pm. The restaurant was not busy so the place was quiet and inviting. However, the service was absolutely terrible. Our food took forever to come out and when it did it came in bursts - 3 meals then 5-10 minutes later 3 more meals, etc. The first people were done before the next set of people got their food. We ordered only three desserts and they took at least 20 minutes to arrive. We only received drink refills when we requested them - the server never asked if the food was ok or how we were doing. Part of the problem was that they only gave us one server for 14 people. Of course we were trapped because they automatically charge 20% service for large parties so we had to pay for that poor service. Some of the food was ok however the peruvian chicken was awful. Four of us ordered it and no one liked it. The sauce was ok but the chicken tasted "old" - like it had been frozen or something. Very disappointed as it was a special occasion and the meals were very expensive. We will not return.

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OT
Washington DC
5.0Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great food

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Washington DC
5.0Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love and appreciate this restaurant! We live in Silver Spring and go there often for a relaxing and delicious meal. Love, love the 6 oz filet, the scallops, the flatbread, the citrus salad, the lamb chops... awesome menu variety and portions!! The food is consistently excellent without breaking the bank. The parking is easy peasy and tables are always available. It is much quieter and more spacious than most restaurants in DC and Bethesda, so is a wonderful place to have conversation. ALL staff are friendly and professional.

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JO
Washington DC
4.0Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food. Reasonable portions.
We’ll be back.

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OT
5.0Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply amazing. Great staff and delicious food.

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JM
5.0Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the service and the food. Not cheap but within reason. Will go back.

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Baltimore
5.0Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great in all respects. We were first seated right next to he bar- couldn’t hear each other talking. We asked hostess to change seating and some immediately. Really wonderful attentive service and huge difference in experience. Waiter was very attentive all night for us. Great evening!

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Baltimore
5.0Dined on April 4, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

What a lovely evening we just had. We had out of town company and had a great meal, wonderful service and were able to visit without lots of noise . We will definitely be back !

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RC
1.0Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Food was cold
Service was horrible
I would like a refund

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Baltimore
5.0Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch was delicious and very well priced. Server was excellent and encouraged us to linger as long as we wished. Great value. Lovely meal. Highly recommended.

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TE
5.0Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Although service was slow I had a great experience.

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BM
Washington DC
4.0Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had the four selection fixed price. Everything was delicious, but way more than we could eat. The portions are generous for a tapas. We will be back, but more mindful of the portions.

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