Ranazul

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$31 to $50
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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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Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined 15 hours ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great small plates..best desserts...

OT
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

They changed the menu and removed some of their staple dishes that have been there since opening like the arepas with shrimp. The food overall was OK. Crab rice still delicious. The white sangria tasted like water with a bit of apple juice and no alcohol at all.

CD
Baltimore
89 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The tapas at Ranazul range from good to delicious. Topping our choices were the crispy duck salad and the rib eye steak. A butter nut squash soup was creamy but thin. Mussels were large but the sauce was undistinguished. We were very disappointed that arepas is no longer on the menu. Service was excellent.

JP
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and wonderful meal. We all had the four course dinner and everything was fabulous. My favorite dish was the mushroom soup!

2
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I have eaten here many times in the past and have always raved about the food and the service however I was disappointed in the service this time around. I made the reservations several days before and requested a “quiet” area (not near the bar). When they walked me to the table they tried seating us about 15 feet from the noisy bar. After being relocated to the back area of the restaurant I felt we were somewhat neglected when it came to service. Our waitress was not very attentive to our table/needs. I needed to wave someone down to give us clean plates or to remove dirty plates or fill our water glasses. The waitress stayed in the bar area most of the time with her coworkers and only came back once after we had finished eating to ask if we wanted to order anything else. Overall I was very disappointed with the whole experience with regards to the service as I know they could of done better.

BK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food and service consistently good. Our go to place.

KH
Baltimore
20 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was really delicious....scallops, peach salad, mussels, ribeye....yum!
We were also very pleasantly surprised by the small plates! Very generous in portion. (I mean we have left restaurants featuring small plates before...still hungry) . Not here - we actually brought food home. Nice atmosphere....we had a nice table tucked in back so it was quiet. We will absolutely be back!

JM
Baltimore
28 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Ranazul. Our favorites are the Crispy Duck Salad with arugula , potatoes bravas and chocolate lava cake. The waiters are professional, polite and attentive. There is no loud music so you can talk and hear each other!!! Ranazul is tastefully decorated and a very relaxing place to dine. It’s our favorite restaurant ❤️

t
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great tapas. Always looking forward to eating here.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Jackson, was very attentive. He answered any questions we had and provided recommendations.

h
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The décor is nice and the staff are great!
The food is very good and I like that they have tapas and a prefix 4 course meal as well and entree's.
We went for a girls night out and its conducive to conversing with your table.

LB
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am on the ketogenic diet and they had a good amount of options that actually weren't bland, and tasted really good! Great service too

J
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu is superb - the food was delicious - the service was great - ambience was perfect

MR
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really enjoy brunch at Ranazul. It's quiet, the food is wonderful, and the service is great. Lovely!

WT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

The food is fair at best and not worth it for the price. Service seemed inexperienced and was very rushed. Our dessert was brought out TWICE, once while we were still eating dinner, and again while our dinner plates were still on the table. We handed our dinner plates to the server as he put down our dessert plates. Overall, really disappointing.

JW
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

"I love the relaxed atmosphere and attentiveness at Ranazul. I love Tapas! Ranazul is my go to place for Tapas especially their lamb chops. Yum! It was Restaurant Week in Howard County and I forgot they take of the lamb chops during this week. Ranazul didn't disappoint. The menu options were exceptional as always.

MK
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for restaurant week and could not have asked for a better dinner. Four courses at restaurant week pricing...truly wonderful choices and I would definitely go back to try some of the other offerings. The waitress (Krizia) who served us was phenomenal. She was very courteous and very knowledgeable in regards to the food and wine menu. She also did not rush us thru the four courses...she left ample time between each serving. Thank you Krizia for a wonderful evening.

D
Baltimore
29 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot. All six of us enjoyed our restaurant week dishes. Really excellent food. We will be back soon.
Good choices and great deals on the wine.

PP
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Restaurant Week is always wonderful at Ranazul

C
Washington DC
127 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Ranazul is located in Maple Lawn development and has been open for several years. The highs of our dinner included wonderful shrimp and scallops appetizers. The main dish was a ribeye which was delicious, but the Portuguese chicken was a big miss and we went it back for another ribeye. The molten chocolate cake and cobbler were also fantastic

The kitchen told far too long to deliver our entrees, but I give our server and management a lot of credit in they handled these issues with care and sensitivity. We will return.

KR
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

My first experience at Ranazul about a year so was nice. The ambiance, food, service, and wine were all good. This last experience on July 27th left much to be desired. The ambiance was fine; however the food was not flavorful and the presentation could have been better. Service wasn’t horrible but I did take issue with the waiter never forgetting to check with fiancé on how he liked the food and drinks but he never really showed concern as to how I felt about my meal (I was not drinking). I had high expectations for the dining experience based on my last visit. Those expectations were not met.

AB
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my husband’s 70th birthday here! The food was great.

s
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Always unpleasant to eat in a room which smells so strongly of meals being prepared/fried. Would be so much nicer if the kitchen odors were not so obvious.

DM
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great as usual. Pricing is on the high side, but we enjoyed the evening.

HN
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Pleasant quiet setting in Maple Lawn. Excellent service. Quiet which makes conversation easy. The Prix Fixe is delicious bargain with avery good variety of tasty selections. You can't go wrong with any of the choices other than the pork tenderloin which tends to be a bit dry. Don't let that keep you away. The other options are excellent.

CL
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Upon my request, a quite table away from the bar was reserved for my party. That gave my party a very pleasant and enjoyable dinner. Thank you.

J
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant. The food, service, and ambience were wonderful. We will frequent this restaurant often, and it's only about 10-minutes from our home.

SK
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The service is always friendly and attentive, topped only by the food, beautifully presented and tasting delightful.

MG
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

The food lacked taste. My husband and I shared a salmon dish. I had one taste and no more. It tasted like I licked the scales of a fish. It was awful.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Everything was good.

KH
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and atmosphere was amazing! The service was amazing as well.

SC
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was delicious. Very Nice environment. Will definitely return.

FS
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was quiet the time we were there, but that was Saturday at around 12:45 when there was only a few people at table. I suspect with all the windows it may get rather noisy when te restaurant is crowded.

All in all, it was a quite pleasant experience.

c
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This restaurant never disappoints. The food is always delicious and we’ll-presented; the service always attentive and friendly. My friend and I were seated at a quieter table as requested on Open Table. The sun was very bright and the staff offered to lower the shades without being asked. Jose our waiter made sure we were well taken care of, which involved numerous trips to our table as we were chatting and slow to order. We both went with the Prix Fixe menu and took advantage of the substitution options which was a welcome feature. We wanted to share a bottle of wine and Jose offered to have their wine knowledgeable staff assist. Mariano was so helpful and we enjoyed his recommendation as it went well with the entire meal. Can’t wait to return!

d
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A real gem in the Maple Lawn Area. Well-lit, clean, and new space with panoramic windows is inviting and comfortable. The wine list was extensive and well cultivated (including links to local talent!). Most of the tapas were top notch (the crab orzo was *spectacular*, in specific), with only a few weighing in at merely "well above average." The host staff was a bit under-experienced, but the floor manager more than made up for it with a table correction and attentive service for the rest of our evening. We spent quite a bit of time and money, so the 4/5 rating is only in relation to bill tally. Ranazul is excellent!

CA
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful time... Happy hour drinks and 4 tapas - exquisite!

B
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The woman next to us was talking on her phone on speaker very loudly and no one from the restaurant stopped her. The server was training another server ok how to open a bottle of wine in front of us. She almost stabbed herself. The server also advised us on how much tapas to order and she oversold us. We would up ordering way too much food.

DJ
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

This was a nice vinue for Mother's Day and thr live music was very pleasant and help to set the atmosphere. The drinks was really good and I would suggest them to anyone. The food was good we had the 4 course meal and thr quality was ok for the price. The dessert was awsome, but the main attraction was the ambiance.

g
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was very good as well as service. The guitarist was a wonderful added touch that made the evening memorable.

a
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

A bit expensive for the suburbs, but a favorite for special dinners.

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