Botanero

4.6
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628 reviews
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$30 and under
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American

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Cozy neighborhood restaurant, cocktail and wine bar, serving inspired small plates in Rockville, Maryland.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one of our go to restaurants before covid because it is delicious. We have been twice since restaurants have reopened and can I say that the quality and service is just as good! The only thing we hope they bring back is the octopus.

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DeniseS
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A friend + I walked over to dine outside. In addition to their usual excellent food + service, we saw the tables appropriately spaced apart, cleaned throughly after each customer left, and wait staff wearing appropriate ppe.

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Momma123
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great for when you want a well-cooked meal without the effort, especially if you live close by.

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JAMESS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Welcome back Botanero! You are just as fantastic as you were before the pandemic! You were missed!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place

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Jenny26RED
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside as our first date back out after Covid restrictions were being lifted and I’m so happy we went with Botanero. The food is always great and the servers are always friendly. Thanks again!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time here. Food was delicious, service was perfect!

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J225sc
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. There wasn't one dish that we did not enjoy. We will gladly be back!

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MicheleP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

As my first time I was a bit disappointed with the length of time it took to take my order when it wasn’t really busy and I was disappointed by the quality of the beignets. Not sure if I will go back, too bad it’s in my complex.

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RebeccaE
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Staff was very attentive and friendly. Went out of their way to make sure our experience was a good one. Empanadas absolutely delicious. All brunch entrees were very good and very generous portions. Safety was a priority as well, which made it a very comfortable and enjoyable experience. Highly recommend.

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DonN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Whole outside deal worked seamlessly. Service was excellent. Food is very good, with the short ribs being the standout - some thought they were the best they had ever eaten.

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vipJenniferS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After not being able to eat out for three months, being able to sit outside with a small group of friends and enjoy happy hour was lovely

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are so pleased that El Botanero is open again for outdoor dining! We had one of several tables in the shade on the Pleasant Dr sidewalk. We had a mix of old tapas favorites—flaming shrimp, bacon-wrapped dates!!—and new for us, lamb chops, all outstanding, and fine wines as always. Excellent friendly service. Welcome back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

First night out since our quarantine stared

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vipplhreh
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Because of the restrictions we ate outdoors, but fortunately most all of Botanero's outside seating is in the shade so it was a great night to eat outside. All the tables were widely spaced so the only time anyone was within 6 feet of you is if it was the wait staff or someone walking to or from their table. All the staff wore PPE and they were sanitizing the tables once they were unoccupied. Botanero has such amazing food, and I continued to patronize them through curbside pickup. But, nothing beats enjoying the food right as it comes out of the kitchen! Try the scallops. Incredible!

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Plsd
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our brunch entrees were delicious - we had the smoked salmon eggs benedict and the shrimp and grits - both were excellent. I will go again if we are in the area.

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KathyM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server recommended a great wine. We had the artichoke and butternut squash flatbread, brussel sprouts & the scallops with risotto...everything was delicious!

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DeniseS
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Introduced two new people to BotaNero - they loved it! :)

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Foodfriend
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A neighborhood gem! Delicious food, friendly service and lovely atmosphere. My husband and I are big fans.

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vipHealthyEater
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

fun wine bar with good food, tapas style. was fairly expensive, but would still go back.

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vipSoup
Washington DC
114 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This was our second trip to Botanero. The first was for lunch; this time for dinner. We shared six small plates: the oyster/spinach special, spinach and cheese empanadas, beef empanadas, chicken "egg roll" (which was the disappointment of the evening), the shortbread with beef, caramelized onions, & brie, and the bacon wrapped dates stuffed with goat cheese. The empanada fillings were good, but the crust is way too thick. The bacon on the wrapped dates was burned almost to a crisp and detracted form the flavor of the dish. On the plus side, there are interesting sauces that accompany the dishes. We did not opt for dessert. If we were wine drinkers and lived in suburban Maryland, I suspect we would visit here more often.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Going away dinner for my daughter. Just she and I. Attentive service. We always order the deviled eggs and bacon wrapped dates. Delicious. Duck confit, chicken skewers and fried brussel sprouts were all amazing. Finished wish a delicious tiramisu. Perfect send off.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This little restaurant is a gem! Everything was delicious and the service was pleasant as usual!

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vipsusie
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The Thai egg rolls were inedible. The menu said shredded chicken inside, but it was pure mush.
Enjoyed the ceviche, octopus, chicken kebabs had a nice flavor, but the tenderloin was used, I think, so they lacked the proper consistency of a true kebab.
Overall, we weren’t very impressed.

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AtiT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Will be back soon

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CarmenP
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was great. Our favorite tapas were the scallops, dates wrapped with bacon and the Thai curry egg rolls. The Tempranillo wine our server recommended was on point, we ordered another bottle to go :). The only negative was the goat cheese nougat, it was too sweet paired with the charcuterie. Overall, we had a great time and looking forward to our next visit!

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vipBobS
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines Day 2020. They had a special menu for two that was fantastic. Super service and great food. Makes for a great Valentines Day date.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Small plate concept. Food was good.

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RoddyG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came across this place in a search for restaurants in Rockville. It turned out to be very nice little bistro, with a varied food selection--something for everyone. Not noisy at all, which was much appreciated, given that you can barely hold a conversation in many restaurants now. Service was good, and it's in a location easily accessible from I-270, Rockville Pike, etc.

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vipNotgoingback
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food. We’ve never had anything we didn’t think was excellent. Great place, friendly and fun. Love the seasonal menu changes.

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vipSquiddy
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is excellent, atmosphere is small and cozy, “tavern like”, food is delish! We’ve only been there 2x and we had excellent experiences both times. Wish they had a few more salad type entrees and gluten free options. Everything was nice to share and made for an enjoyable evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have been to Botanero twice and have greatly enjoyed both visits. The restaurant is tastefully decorated and pleasing to the eye. Our servers were friendly and helpful. When trying to determine what we wanted from the menu, we received welcomed recommendations that were spot on for our tastes. Speaking of tastes, the food is outstanding. We have tried probably 15 things from the menu and everything has been delicious. My favorites are the calamari, Brussels sprouts, beet salad, and the shrimp flatbread. The scallops are good too. If you’re a sangria drinker, the red sangria is excellent. I can’t wait for our next visit!

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Trey
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Went with a few friends for brunch and had a great time. All the food was delicious and the bottomless mimosas were kept full. We really enjoyed the brussel sprouts.

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Rebecca
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience5

My potatoes weren't terribly warm and the service was pretty slow for the fact that only like 8 people were there. I will go again based on prior experience, not this one.

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DianeD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The larger dining area away from the bar is much less crowded and loud. Food was excellent and great prices. Service was a little slow but very nice server. We would definitely come back to try other items on menu.

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Sarah
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We went for restaurant week. The service was a bit slow but they were busy. All the sides were good enough. When the main dish came I was surprised by how small the lamb chops were. Because of the size all I tasted was charred meat. My fiancee got a fish dish that was great. Additionally, the sangria had a strong brandy taste to it, I was not a fan. Overall the experience was good! However with so many other options to dine we will not likely be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Won’t be coming back. Food was undercooked and portions (for “entree” not tapas) was embarrassingly small.

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JoanneT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Too noisy, out all the small plates 3-4 were good, in our opinion

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NeenaBella
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was DELICIOUS 😋! I was pleasantly surprised. Everything was very good especially the empanadas! I will be going back!

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Gizmo
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

GREAT AS ALWAYS!!!! Love this place.

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Botanero does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Botanero also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (240) 474-5461.

Botanero is rated 4.6 stars by 628 OpenTable diners.

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