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“Great Flavors from South of the Border”

Paladar Latin Bar and Restaurant
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Ranked #56 of 357 Restaurants in Annapolis
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Latin
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Good for: Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Riva Road
Description: Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar is a fresh, colorful and fun Latin American restaurant experience inspired by Central & South America, Cuba and the Latin Caribbean. With guidance from our warm and welcoming staff, our guests discover the bold flavors and vibrant cultures of Latin America without leaving their comfort zone. 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.
Reviewed July 15, 2013

Nestled among the trendy boutique shops and eateries in Annapolis Towne Centre at Parole is Paladar, which bills itself as a Latin Kitchen and Rum Bar. I’m usually slow to check out chain restaurants, and Paladar is a small one, with a half dozen locations, mostly in the Metro DC area. But some friends wanted to meet us for lunch yesterday, so off we went to Paladar.

It turned out to be a good call indeed. Paladar’s menu features a mix of Mexican and Central/South American cuisine and something to suit most any taste.

We started with some Mojitos and two types of guacamole, one spicy and one with heirloom tomatoes and basil. They were accompanied by a basket of dippers … not just the usual tortilla chips, but also strips of fried yucca and plantain and rounds of fried malanga. Both varieties were very good, and we enjoyed the different flavors of the dip strips.

My wife went for the Ropa Vieja for her entrée, and I had the Feijoada. I haven’t eaten that since I was in Lisbon a couple decades ago, and back then I pushed the blood sausage to the side. This version was Brazilian, with a slightly different seasoning mix and chorizo instead of blood sausage, along with a bit of green cabbage. Regardless, it was delicious, and only a sense of decorum kept me from licking the platter clean. My wife relished her Ropa Vieja, but had to take half of it home. Big portions.

Our dining partners went with more tame entrees (Quesadilla and Huevos Rancheros), and enjoyed them as well.

Good efficient service and respectable prices, and great food. I’ll be back.

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Reviewed July 7, 2013

Sitting outside before the Friday night concert, great food, drinks were over the top and service was excellent (sorry I can't remember our waiteress name) Braised beef tacos are delicious, queso fundido decadent, quac watery but chips awesome. Can't wait to go back:)

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Thank BurnsEllicottCity
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Reviewed July 2, 2013

My husband and I visit Paladar regularly--at least twice a month, and sometimes more for several years and in all that time I think I can honestly say we've never had a bad meal and some of the best meals we've ever had were here. My husband had a duck breast special there at least 2 years ago and he still talks about it!

I like that they rotate the menu and have great specials that change all the time--there is always a new guacamole option (always hard to pass up), as well as new drink and dessert options. I highly recommend the specials, as they are always fresh and fun and super tasty.

But if you want to order off the menu, you can't go wrong there, either. The short ribs with smoky grits, roast chicken, fejoida, and tacos are all fabulous and consistently great. The desserts are always yummy, too--we love the churros, the flan, and the sweet potato puffs with dipping sauce.

Paladar is well worth the visit and I'm sure you'll keep coming back like we do!

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Thank mommyb523
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Reviewed July 1, 2013

Last Saturday evening, we had an impromptu dinner with out-of-town guests at Paladar. We were seated immediately and our server was pleasant and attentive. The appetizers were served promptly with additional "hots" for those at the table that wanted more "heat" in their guacamole. All of the entrees were delicious, especially the short ribs and feijoada. We were too full for dessert, but were fascinated by the malanga root chips. Our server (sorry - forgot his name!) brought a malanga root to the table to show us and explained how the chips are made. It was a great evening and we definately will return!

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Thank BooksandWine
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Reviewed June 28, 2013

Can't rate the food or drinks because the service was SO bad that we never even got a menu. Got a table as soon as we walked in and only the outside area could be classified as busy. After going to ask someone if they could take our order (after a 20 minute wait with no menus) we placed drink orders. 20 minutes later, still no drinks or any sign of the waitress who took our orders. By the way, that waitress made a point to say she was not our waitress and that whoever should have been our waitress was not doing her job. Didn't get her name, but for management id purposes, the woman who did wait on us had multiple face piercings. We had plans to meet 6 other friends there that evening but after that experience we left without ever being served. Made other plans and went to Tsunami's instead. Had a great experience at Tsunami's, as always. Not even tempted to try Paladar's again.

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