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“Spanish tapas and Mexican surprises” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Jalapeno's

Jalapeno's
Ranked #10 of 347 Restaurants in Annapolis
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mexican, Latin, Spanish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Kids, Families with children, Business meetings, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Late Night, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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194 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Spanish tapas and Mexican surprises”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2013

This is a wonderful restaurant that one does not expect to find in a strip mall next to the Dollar Store, but there is nothing budget about this place. It is not a chain and the menu is perhaps too extensive, but it was jam-packed on a Saturday night. It is not near DTA so it is a locals place.

There are many tapas to choose from. One of my favorites was the portobello mushrooms. The ropes viejas (Cuban) were popular at our table. The paella is generously packed with seafood and they serve generous single portions of it. They also have warm fresh rolls along with chips depending on what you order. Needless to say, the food was excellent, the service above par, and the sangria good. The vast array of choices can be overwhelming, but there wasn't anything bad on the menu. It is not a chic DC or NYC eatery, but more of a family run and family feel restaurant. Mercifully, it is not a greasy Tex-Mex. if you appreciate good solid Spanish food, this is a great find. Many repeat customers there and totally understandable!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Alexandria
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64 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“The service is fantastic and it's a very nicely decorated restaurant however”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2013 via mobile

The food was quite bad.

The salsa tastes canned not even comparable to Old El Paso bottled salsa (Which is only ok). It's chunky but not very flavorful.

Main dish was ropa vieja, it was bad. It wasn't that it was bland but it had a chemical odor and taste that I couldn't pinpoint. I can generally bare most foods so as not to be wasteful but geesh.

The queso was ok and the food is really inexpensive. The waitress removed the dish from our check without any fuss or additional questions.

Service is absolutely great. The manager removed my coat and the waitress was polite and prompt.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Thank kshalayj
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Saratoga Springs, New York
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207 reviews
156 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Great Mex/Spanish”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2013 via mobile

Food here is fab!!! Great atmosphere, great bar, great dining room, great happy hour. Don't be fooled by the fact that it is in a strip mall adjacent to the Home Depot. The place is a gem.

    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank scotch1958
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Sayville, New York
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88 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Solid and consistant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2013

Follow up visit. I ate here solo at the bar to take advantage of their happy hour specials. Once again service was excellent, food as good as my last visit. I had to repeat with the mussels in white wine, excellent. Cheviche Levantino was also as good as my last experience, excellent. Can't be beat with $5 and $6 tapas and $2 or $3 beers. My go to place when in town on business.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Markeatsgoodfood
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Annapolis, Maryland
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57 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Happy hour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2013

I have been a customer of this excellent restaurant for many years but had never tried their happy hour. They offer $5 tapas in their bar every night and have rather a large selection. Every one I tried was absolutely delicious. Any of their dishes with a cabrales sauce are outstanding. If you're vegetarian, the Portobello champignon is wonderful. But I think you can't go wrong with anything on the menu. The only downside is that there always seem to be people waiting for a table. I only wish they could expand the bar so that they could seat more people for their happy hour. Long live the non-chain restaurants!

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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