Paladar Latin Kitchen and Rum Bar

4.4
742 reviews
$30 and under
Latin American

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Casual
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.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser 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
  • Waiting staff 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 742 People Are Saying
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Service
4.3
Ambience
4.2
Value
Noise · Moderate
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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

Why is the service so bad? The Annapolis location staff was fantastic. I’ve been to Gaithersburg twice in the last two months. One bad server experience doesnt ruin a restaurant, so I gave it another shot. Service was WORSE! Inattentive, hard to find, did not bring things we requested, brought check before offering dessert, etc. Can’t hear anyone with the masks on (bartender, server, hostess, etc.). Love the food but the service really dampens the experience. PLEASE get quality servers.

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Jodi
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Everything was great but the service was standout. It was a particularly cool day and the heaters weren’t working on the back deck. The server was very accommodating and happily moved us to the front patio. Another great meal at Paladar!

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Penguin49
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

The mojito I ordered came weak--couldn't detect any rum. After complaining, the wait-person and bartender made it right by bringing another one at no additional charge. Nice menu, with combination of light Latin dishes and more complete dinner entrees. Not over-priced.

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AmyB
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

It was surprisingly not crowded on a Friday night and we ate outside. The food and atmosphere was good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved it! Everything was delicious

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vipVVNN
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience3

not worth the time or money. not worth the time or money.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is always consistently delicious and service is prompt and pleasant.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2021
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience4

The waiter failed to bring us water when we asked for it and didn't provide utensils, napkins, or plates when our appetizers came out.

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DanitaD
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The drinks are varied and delicious, but I was surprised they didn’t have Rumchata. The food was delicious (except the sorta bland chicharrones). Had a variety of HH food: guac, shrimp lettuce wraps, fried calamari, sliders, and my fave (not HH food), crispy brussel sprouts with ham.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience, waitress was amazing. Food delicious

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vipJonathan
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

First time eating on the back patio. Very pleasant tropical garden atmosphere with string lights and umbrellas. More romantic than inside which was perfect for our anniversary.

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vipSean
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

The food here is good, but the service is consistently slow and fairly poor. Have to ask for things on a regular basis and apps coming out after entrees.

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MarkB
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience4

Date with my two daughters.

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Nickname
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2021
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience3

Service was a bit slow. Patio in rear of restaurant was very warm whereas the outdoor seating at the front was more in the shade and much cooler. Food was excellent. A drink was ordered from the bar was not the correct drink when served..

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CORKyVino
Washington DC
72 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Many traditional latin dishes from which to choose complimented by rum cocktails. Staff very attentive and food is made fresh. Too filling to try desserts so leave room if you have a sweet tooth.

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KimR
Hong Kong
2 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect place to get together with girlfriends. Food is excellent, great service, and never rushed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

Beef tacos and Pom ginger margarita are the best. My bf didn’t like his burger very much, but said his old fashioned was strong and delicious.

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vipanonomous
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Lovely evening. Everything was to our liking.
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vipWildonva
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Our server Andy was great 😎 I was disappointed in the avocado toast because the bread wasn’t toasted and was soggy under the toppings. That’s not toast. The watermelon mimosa was great!

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vipLindaG
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience3

The restaurant is pretty, but the food and service were awful. One good thing was the guacamole with plantain, yucca and corn chips. The fish tacos were horrible—under seasoned and way overcooked. The ham and egg breakfast sandwich was awful too. The server rarely checked on us and never asked if we wanted our coffee/soda/iced tea refilled. We left a lot of food on our plates, but had clearly stopped eating. Neither the server nor the runner took our plates for over 30 minutes. I would not recommend dining at Paladar.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Service and food is great. It is very noisy anc wait staff are wearing masks so it tough to hear them.

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Chinalyn
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love to dine at Paladar Latin Kitchen and Rum Bar. The service is alway great and the food even better. Love the ambiance and the music selection is perfect for a group or intimate setting

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FoodNut
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good food with a variety of dishes inspired by Mexican, Cuban and other cuisines - we tried the fish tacos and Cuban sandwiches, both were good. Red sangria was also good - though without the tang that fresh fruit in the glass would have added.

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JessicaB
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent, took my mom and family here for her birthday 🥳 Great food. Our server was very nice. They brought out a cake slice for my mom with a lit candle.

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AndyP
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Food was good and Drinks were good. Overall a very good experience.

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Richardom5
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience5

My friend and I were both disappointed with the taste of the food and other issues. So much so, that we will probably not go back.

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MrCruz
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

The area and the ambience is nice, need to put more than half ounce for the rum flights. The empanadas were not good. The happy hours it’s ok, the sliders were ok. Parking deck nearby.

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vippheetie
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

The honey Cuban pork was no longer on the m.

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PaulG
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Food and service was great. We had a great time and the kids meal was way more than we expected. I got the pork tacos which were amazing, both crispy and soft at the same time with a phenomenal flavor. Will be back and would highly recommend.

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vipBrendanK
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Awful. Service was terrible. Food was just as bad. We have been here before the Pandemic and things were much, much better. Will NOT return

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Jodi
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food at Paladar was outstanding. I invited friends who live on the other side of the District, one of whom had never visited Downtown Crown and both were blow away by the décor, the drinks, and the food. One friend ordered a spicy rum flight and asked for a drink to be made with her favorite rum from the flight, bartender's choice, and he came through in a big way. Everything we ordered came out to our specifications and satisfaction. I was surprised it wasn't more crowded for a Saturday lunch but had no complaints as that kept the noise level at a minimum. Highly recommend for brunch, lunch, or drinks.

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JessicaL
New England
26 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Worst than my first experience here.. blame it on covid or whatever, but both service and food was slow. I ordered a salad and the dressing was overdone, making the salad soggy- nothing spectacular about the salad, would definitely not order again. The ceviche was less than stellar, barely any tuna in there, mostly composed of radishes. I would not go back here nor recommend it to others in the future.

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TnT218
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience4

Waitress was oblivious and inattentive. Mojito was trash, tasted like seltzer. Asked for scrambled eggs got over easy. Then waitress bought back a steaming pile of industrial type scrambled eggs (what you would get in a hospital cafeteria). My Mexican street corn avocado toast was tough, I had a hard time just trying to cut a piece to eat. I’ve been to Paladar for lunch and dinner before and enjoyed myself but this brunch experience was awful.

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vipanotherbethesdadiner
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience4

Enjoy going there for brunch. Lots of outdoor seating.

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RonT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

Food was ok. This was a birthday celebration. Asked receptionist privately for a piece of cake for after dinner as a surprise. The waiter began clearing the table before we were done eating. Asked us if we wanted to stay awhile or the check. We said stay but he came back every few minutes to ask if we wanted the check. Annoying. Dinner was done in well under an hour. Never got the cake. Not going back.

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GinaW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service, food & drinks was excellent. As always, Marlon provided exceptional service that keeps me coming back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love Paladar - the food is fantastic, drinks are top notch and the atmosphere is great. What makes the place really special though is the unbelievable service. Alvaro, Bill, Hossein, Ivan, Michael, Nathan, Rosie, Johan, Hanna, Matthew and the rest of the team make Paladar our go to destination in Gaithersburg.

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AmandaH
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Paladar was awesome! Very welcoming and accommodating to our family which means a lot since we have 2 young daughters. We were seated quickly on their beautiful outdoor patio. The atmosphere was beautiful and relaxing. And the food and drinks were delicious! We also loved how the kids meals came in cute little "TV dinner trays." We had a wonderful experience!

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MaryS
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good food, and not loud! I will definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best
Manager was phenominal

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 takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (301) 330-4400.

Paladar Latin Kitchen and Rum Bar is rated 4.4 stars by 742 OpenTable diners.

Paladar Latin Kitchen and Rum Bar does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.toasttab.com/paladar-gaithersburg/giftcards.

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.