Paladar Latin Kitchen and Rum Bar

4.3
676 Reviews
$30 and under
Latin American
Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar is a fresh, colorful and fun Latin American restaurant experience inspired by Central & South America, Cuba and the Caribbean. With guidance from our warm and welcoming staff, our guests discover the bold flavors and vibrant cultures of Latin America. Our approachable menu features freshly prepared guacamole, slow roasted and grilled meats, fresh seafood and homemade salsas. The rhythm of Latin Music sets the tone at our unique rum bar that offers fresh muddled Mojitos, over 50 selections of Rum and an affordable and exciting wine list.

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
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 676 people are saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.3
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4.3
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TiffanyS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

I used to come to this location quite frequently when it first opened. Probably 5-6 times a month, if not more. Hadn’t been back in a few years and wanted to come back because the food and drinks were always good and reasonably priced. I was pretty disappointed with my visit. I feel like the quality of food has drastically changed, the items that I loved to order before no longer taste the same and were even presented differently. I came here for a date night with my boyfriend and left very unsatisfied. I hope the quality returns to the food. I’d like to give you guys a try again before completely writing off this restaurant.

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vipBandido
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Interesting and varied menu. Had the Argentine mixed grill - the chicken was dry and the steak lacked flavor. Service was friendly but slow, which may have been because we were outside. A fine selection of rums though. Try the El Dorado 15 year old from Guyana - outstanding!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my dad’s birthday. Thank you for terrific service and food!! The fish tacos were incredible!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Paladar used to be a place for good food. The food has gotten worse. The food is dry and it now lacks flavor. The service has always been ok and I can say that hasn't improved. It was quite disappointing.

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RPal
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every dish we’ve had here has been an experience, not just cuisine and culture to be frank. You can tell the quality and selectivity of the ingredients in all the dishes, from fresh calamari to the wild caught tuna, from mushrooms to lamb.

This is our Gaithersburg go-to for rum and rumbling tummies—satisfaction is guaranteed as long as owner and chefs keep up exactly what they’ve got down :-)!
RG

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Fitting for a casual dinner for two.

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PegA
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The chicken was flavorful but the black beans seemed over cooked and dry in spots. The wine was amazing! The service was ‘off’ as I had a trainer and trainee so part of my order had been forgotten - ticket mix up??

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nicoleg
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food and drinks were very good, service was slow.

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LatashaG
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family loves Paladar. We use to frequent the Amnapolis location until it closed. We have been to the Gaithersburg location 3 times in the last 2 months. AWESOME food and service. Their staff is attentive and personable.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Server was awful in every way imaginable

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this place!!

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vipKEArion
Washington DC
65 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I used to visit this restaurant when it was in Rockville, so I was thrilled to find a different location! The food is delicious, especially the plantains! And their mojitos are so good.

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LatashaG
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family loves Paladar! And this location is top-notch. We miss the Annapolis location, but the long drive is SOOO worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The Manager is professional, attentive, and sincerely helpful. Friendly staff. The food and service are good.

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JosephD
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a great time. Have been several times before but had no idea they did brunch on the weekends. The food was great and my GF agreed.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience4

Service was good. I did feel that the servers & possibly bar tenders were a little on the slow side. We had requested two different brands of shots that were both not available but took a while for us to be told about each one. For example, by the time we got our 3 shots, our appetizers AND entres came all at the same time. A little annoying but the food was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service, drink, ambiance and safety measures
This is our new go to place! I can not recommend it enough

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Drinks were watered down and the food was just ok.

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vipSanketS
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Not super impressed with the flavors and and taste of the food. Drinks are slightly watered down as well. I was here 5 years ago and remember the food being so much better. Might not return back here and look for more hole in the wall authentic places.

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vipJennieL
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and Great service. Our server Nathan put us on to a unique goat-cheese guacamole that will definitely make us come back for more!

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vipAnnC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was okay. Needed seasoning. I had the mushroom burger and it needed more flavor. Fries were great.

Husband had the steak tacos. The steak was stringy and tough.

The jalapeno margarita was excellent.

The sweet potato donuts were terrible. We brought them home and threw them away.

Service was great and server was very friendly and attentive.

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Victory
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

True value was not worth it food was alright not spectacular.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the food, ambiance and COVID precautions. It was out first time out to a restaurant since shut down March 2920.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and experience. Thank you for having us!

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SharonN
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very Inviting Atmosphere and great food.

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OpenTable Diner
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Food was fantastic.

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Vibopentable
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Slow cooked pulled chicken for my partner and Brussel sprouts taco for me. Mushroom empanadas to share. A very full and satisfied tummy after a night of “wow this is so good”.

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vipBenC
Cleveland
16 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Great mojitos. Amazing guac. Meals themselves were subpar- smoked chicken was just above room temperature and not flavorful. Lamb burger was mediocre.

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vipSuzieQ
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience1

It took way too long for the server to bring our drinks and to check back on us. The food was fair to mediocre and the ambiance was horrible.

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vipWoody
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is a great place for date night, to watch a game or just to grab a drink. Plenty of good choices in the menu and a good specialty cocktail list.

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SteveM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

I really think the Rum is the attraction at this place, don't get your expectations too high for the food that is served.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. The food never lets me down, it’s a fun atmosphere for brunch with friends or a fun date with your SO. They have outdoor seating to accommodate for the COVID aware and heaters to make you feel more comfortable as the weather gets chilly.

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RamiroG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good socially distant setup. Plenty of outdoor tables.

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MichelleS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

The service is terrible. Sat for nearly 20 minutes until a waiter came to the table. The restaurant was not busy at all so there was no reason for it. It should take 15 minutes for them to bring the check once its requested.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience5

We chose this restaurant because of its service , food and atmosphere. We arrived and the hostess greeted us well. However, upon seating she placed us by the door. We asked if we could sit at another table because the people
In the party we’re very tall and sitting right at the door would be an issue. The young woman snapped at us staring it will be 10 minutes and walked away. For over 20 minutes we were left standing on the patio and the person NEVER came back to tell us what’s going on. My sadness because I’ve loved this place. Me and my friends spend a lot of money here and we often recommend this place. The food outstanding. Eventually the waiter took care of us. But a nite the white folks recieved their food before us and came in 1 hour after us. We had to ask for everything. 😢

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rajA
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall1food1service5ambience5

The online menu and the menu in the restaurant were quite different. We ended up leaving the restaurant without having any food as the dinner menu didn’t have the items that we liked on the online menu

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful ambiance, delicious food, and wonderful service! Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

It took a really long time for a server to come out to us. It seemed like there may have been confusion on which server was to be waiting on our table. Otherwise everything was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with my family to celebrate my adults son work promotion for Sunday brunch. The food was very generous and very good. Ate indoors and social distancing was great. We sat in a large booth with really no one sitting near us. Our waitress was excellent and on top of things. Would definitely recommend to others.

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Uddin
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

It was an average fair place, nothing spectacular. The food was good, service wasn't, because we were eating and not wearing their mask we kept telling the staff to cover their face.

FAQs

Paladar Latin Kitchen and Rum Bar does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Paladar Latin Kitchen and Rum Bar also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (301) 330-4400.

Paladar Latin Kitchen and Rum Bar is rated 4.3 stars by 676 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.