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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viphotmama
Baltimore
32 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dining room where tables are not too close together, service is attentive and well paced, and food was delicious! We will definitely return!

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NicoleB
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I do not live in the area but have dined here several times. The food has been fantastic every time, and sometimes they offer a very nice discounted wine list. Can't wait to go back!

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vipCharlie
Washington DC
61 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A special thank you to Jacob Who is a fantastic server.

The food is wonderful and the value for the amount of food you receive is incredible. We have had many great dinners here and will continue to do so. Luckily the restaurant is only 10 minutes from our home which makes it An excellent choice

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vipcharmcityfoodie
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great evening out! The “tapas” style portions far exceeded our expectations. Especially enjoyed the scallops!

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vipVeronica
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ran late for our reservation but they were kind and sat us right away. We had a party of 6 and the server was happy to get our drinks even though we didn't have our entire party. The highlights for our meal were the crispy duck salad, scallops, petite filet, and the carrot cake. I would go again for a special occasion. Delicious!!

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vipRamond
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

$65 per person Valentine Special set menu is a bit expensive.

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Pearle
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were here for Valentine’s Day and had a wonderful dinner and evening. Having the talented guitar player added unexpected ambiance...it did not disturb our conversation at all. Excellent service!!

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TamaraL
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent assessment of small plates with seafood, beef, chicken and vegetarian options. A cozy atmosphere. Stellar service.

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Valerie
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. Went a day after restaurant week ended and luckily the pre fixe menu was extended to my husband and I. We agreed that the food was delicious. Loved the pear/blue cheese/walnut salad,mahi mahi and carrot cake dessert. Husband really loved the ribeye. Server was attentive and helpful. Chairs were comfortable as well. :)

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We tried a number of restaurants for Howard County Restaurant Week 2020 and hands down this was the best. The food was delicious and our server did an amazing job pairing each course with the right wine. This was our first time here and we will definitely be back.

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vipStach
Baltimore
45 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

friday night, bar was very active and a bit loud.
service was spot on and food delightful

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Ccyndy15
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant week options.

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vipJohnsonmaria8
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We did restaurant week and all the options we chose were delicious! Also the red sangria, very tasty :)

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JonL
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience4

First visit a couple of years ago was underwhelming. Thought we would try again.
They have gotten WORSE. Sat for our 8:00 reservation. Took 10 minutes to be greeted by waiter. 10 minutes to get drinks. 10 minutes to order food. 25 minutes for food to arrive. They missed one dish. We called the manager over, he was useless. Food was mediocre, slow in coming, over priced. Will never go again. One of the poorest experiences.

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PhilipL
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time at Ranazul. Our food was delicious and our waiter was excellent. I just love the sauces you have created for each dish. They are all very tasty. We will come back again definitely.

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ZBF13
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful space, incredible service. Jacob was delightful. The food was amazing.

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vipdavie
Baltimore
248 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Ranazul is always good. The menu pretty much stays the same except for soup of the day.

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vipakulikov1
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food was hit or miss. The scallops- good, the ceviche — way too spicy and oniony, the duck salad - great, the rack of lamp undercooked and overpriced. Good win selections the service is fairly good. The space is not particularly cozy. The seats sink in and are not comfortable. Overall, it was good to ok, but definitely overpriced.

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Jennifera
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants, the food is always the same ( really good) and serví I’d incredible

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EricL
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly service with good food. It is popular with many repeat customers. Portions are the right size.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and atmosphere. Highly recommend.

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vipLooking2Relocate
Baltimore
51 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

My husband and I decided to dine at Ranazul before the New Year’s Eve worship service. The portion sizes were rather small and lacked substance. On New Years day we both had the misfortune of gastrointestinal issues which lasted several days.

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vipTommy
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Recently had lunch with friends. Ranazul used to be one of my favorites but no more. They no longer offer tapas ( at least for lunch) which is disappointing. The sandwiches and other lunch entrees are good but not spectacular. The worst was the service which was extremely slow despite the sparse crowd. Not planning on a return trip which is too bad.

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vipnadineand3
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Eve with adult kids before church

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Drake
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Such an inviting atmosphere, the food was wonderful. My date and I enjoyed our visit very much. I would definitely return again.

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vipbaltimoreJim
Baltimore
23 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

nice friday special pasts. nice tableware. jackson was our service - excellent

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GGSN
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Haven’t been at Ranazul for a while and it didn’t disappoint! Ordered the pear salad, which was delish and large enough for 2 to share. Tuna and tilapia dishes were perfect. Would definitely come again!

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vipMicheleh
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the 4 course set menu. Excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Consistently good.

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MarylandKC
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food and service were excellent. Keith was great at explaining the menu and timing the courses. We started with the cheese plate, which had a nice selection of cheeses and fruit. Followed that we a delicious pear salad. I had the tuna steak tar tarte and my wife had the shrimp and pasta. Both were excellent. Dessert was the fruit cobbler with ice cream. Also very tasty. The negatives are fairly minor. No draft beer. The fixed price menu was not a bargain (we didn't go for it). Also the menu wasn't clear about which selections were tapas and which were entrees. For example, the shrimp and pasta was enough for two entrees. This is worth mentioning because the restaurant considers itself a tapas restaurant.

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vipLJAH15
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible food!

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vipCMCA
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Enjoyable neighborhood spot with friendly staff and great food.

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vipSBB55
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We arrived early for our 7:30 reservation and enjoyed a drink at the end of happy hour. We checked in for our table and waited while they set our table. By the third time we checked in (and nearly a half hour later in a restaurant not completely filled), we were seated. It took 3 trials/tastes before we found a wine that we liked but they were good about allowing us to return an unpalatable selection. Our food was fine - nothing noteworthy and nothing terrible. We were only given bread and butter plates to use as we shared our tapas. The focaccia was more like white bread sliced into rectangles, the Cesar salad was difficult to eat with very large and overdressed pieces of romaine dotted with insufficient anchovies and the spinach should have been cut smaller and served more savory than sweet. All in all, we enjoyed our waiter’s service but certainly could have hoped for a better overall dining experience.

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LocalDiner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a great meal of tapas. It was a lovely and relaxing environment.

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MikeC
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, as usual

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Pnemeth
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service, good cocktails, good food selections and portion size options... but happy hour is only at the bar. Inconvenient policy.

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vipDave
Baltimore
38 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ranazul sustains an exceptional level of quality in their appetizers, entrees, wine selections and desserts! We had a fabulous dining experience. Thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent customer service all around.

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vipFinediner123
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great small plates..best desserts...

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

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.

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