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Interior dining room of Spanish Diner - Spanish Diner - Bethesda, Bethesda, MD

Spanish Diner - Bethesda

4.3
4.3
3787 Reviews
$30 and under
Spanish
An Iberian take on the classic American all-day restaurant, Spanish Diner features larger portions of Spanish favorites from the mind of award-winning chef José Andrés. Dishes like gambas al ajillo, croquetas de pollo, gazpacho, and patatas bravas are all on the menu, along with a focus on regional specialties like fabada asturiana and cocido madrileño. Egg dishes are a specialty with classics like the iconic tortilla española, huevos estrellados, and huevos revueltos. The menu at Spanish Diner is quintessentially Spanish, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find these dishes at any restaurant in Spain as these are the recipes that are found at home, shared around the kitchen table with family and friends, generation after generation.

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2 people

21:00


Booked 25 times today
Experiences are available.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Spanish, Home cooking, Regional Spanish (Southern)
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Fri 11:00–22:00 Sat 10:00–22:00 Sun 10:00–21:00
  • Phone number
    (301) 284-3700
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Miguel Arias
  • Catering
    Spanish Diner offers a selection of “Fiesta Menus” perfect for feeding groups of any size. From paella feasts to party platters and full size Basque cheesecakes, Spanish Diner is your go-to for a Spanish-style celebration!
  • Private party facilities
    Spanish Diner offers special menus and private party spaces of any size and style to suit the needs of you and your guests. For larger events of 100-200 people, we even offer full or partial buy-out of the restaurant. Plan your next event with help from our expert team.
  • Private party contact
    Coleen Bendig: (202) 638-1910
  • Area
    Bethesda
  • Cross Street
    Elm Street
  • Parking Details
    There is street metered parking available and we are within walking distance from a public metered lot.
  • Public Transit
    Bethesda Metro Stop, red line
  • Entertainment
    Jaleo Hour Sunday - Friday: 4:30 - 7 PM Saturday: 10:00PM - midnight Available at the bar only
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Flamenco Dance Class

    US$50.00 per person

    26 Feb 2024 only
    Join us on Monday night for a Flamenco lesson from our resident dancer, Mariana Lopez! Learn all the basic movements of traditional Flamenco dancing, and then join your fellow Flamenco enthusiasts for sangria and paella! Ticket price includes dance lesson, one glass of sangria or cava, paella, salad and flan! Our full menu will also be available for additional orders. No substitutions can be made to the food provided in the ticket price. This class is open to both adults and children. Upon arrival, you will be charged $50 for an adult ticket or $30 for a child's ticket. IN THE RESERVATION NOTES, PLEASE PROVIDE THE NUMBER OF ADULTS AND THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN IN YOUR PARTY.
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Offers

  • "Savor Bethesda" Restaurant Week

    16 Feb - 25 Feb 2024
    Sun - 16:00 - 21:00,Mon - Fri - 11:00 - 15:45, 16:00 - 22:00,Sat - 16:00 - 22:00
    Savor Bethesda Restaurant Week is back! Enjoy multi-course menus featuring our favorite tapas and Spanish comfort foods. Plus, specials on wine and two signature cocktails. Our three course lunch and dinners menus are priced at $20 and $35 per person.

    "Savor Bethesda" Restaurant Week photo

What 3,787 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

3,786 Reviews
  1. overpriced

    Washington DC

    46 reviews

    3.0

    46 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    the food was unremarkable as fars as Spanish food goes. It could have been served at someone's poor home.

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  2. Ella

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food, especially the gambas al ajillo and the Lubina a la Donostiarra

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  3. Amin

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The $35 Savor Bethesda menu was a great deal, but the food is alwaysdelcious at Spanish Diner, regardless of whether it's Restaurant Week or not.

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  4. Marie

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Through the years I have enjoyed excellent meals at other Jose Andres restaurants. Our meal last night at Spanish Diner was so disappointing! Service was excellent but the best food item was the chocolate goat cheese ice cream. Several of the food items were barely eatable.

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  5. judys

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was very slow, waiting for food. Our waitress was friendly and helpful. We had the Savor Bethesda three course meal. We found the dish with chick peas and egg quite tasteless. Our waitress replaced my husband's meal with the other vegetarian one with mushrooms, which was better. I wish I had done the same. Desserts were good.

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  6. QbanInAlx

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Will definitely return to try lunch or dinner. I ordered huevo fotos and the fries were overcooked. I ordered it mixto (all the meats) and it didn't have ham. My husband's sandwich was good but we were underwhelmed at the selection for breakfast.

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  7. Satnight

    New York City

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Needs more options for vegetarians. Jaleo menu is and was better when this place was Jaleo earlier.

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  8. AlekD

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The food is good but prices high for the type of menu. Atmosphere is pleasant but a bit noisy. Service is efficient but rather contrived.

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  9. RobertT

    Washington DC

    93 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    93 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    You can’t beat the Bethesda Savor deal. Lunch at $20 for a delicious 3 course meal. Coquettas were memorable. The remainder of the meal was very satisfying. As it was my birthday, I treated my self to the 36 month Iberian ham. What a disappointment and a waste of good money. The slices were as tough as shoe leather with zero flavor. 

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  10. BarbaraP

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    as always food was good and Service was excellent. We love this restaurant for Brunch on Sundays

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  11. AndresO

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    Outstanding service! Good drinks but I did not enjoy my entree.

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  12. Nothanks

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 8 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great place. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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  13. LisaJ

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful service and the food was amazing! Love coming here with the family!

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Just like mamás! And Moscatel from Chipiona! Six stars if I could.

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  15. TAC59

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The butternut squash soup, chicken guisado, patata bravas and sangrias were very good. Tomato bread was ok--luke warm and chewy. Gambas al ajillo were not as flavorful as I've had at other restaurants. But the big shock was $25 for 6 thin triangular slices of cheese. When it was brought to the table I couldn't believe it. Really? Not sure I would go back. Service was outstanding.

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  16. Mike

    Washington DC

    49 reviews

    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Having visited Spain many times, this is perhaps the most authentic Spanish food I have found in the DC area. The jamon serrano with Manchego cheese was absolutely fantastic. The patatas bravas were perfectly seasoned and had a fantastic texture. The tortilla Española was the best I have had on this side of the Atlantic.

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  17. BobinatorDC

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great food and service. Great selection of tapas and traditional home style cooking.

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  18. SARKIS

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 29 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Completely uninspired menu and food at Spanish Diner. Limited selections, very basic (fried potatoes ? anchovies over potato chips?) hardly any decent tapas. Not particularly tasty. Service was excellent, but that's about it.

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  19. DEater

    Washington DC

    43 reviews

    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on 24 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Outstanding food served in a very friendly, warm, and engaging environment. Jose Andres has another gem!

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  20. syhs

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 23 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    love sampling new dishes during Restaurant Week 2024!

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  21. GailC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Spanish Diner had a wonderful staff! They were attentive and helped make our birthday celebration wonderful. Consider lowering the price of hot apple cider and increasing price somewhere else. Consider adding chips/salsa at each table to snack on while you wait for entree. Overall a fantastic experience.

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  22. JoseS

    Baltimore

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on 22 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent meal. Professional and courteous service. Nice ambience.

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  23. grazer

    Washington DC

    51 reviews

    2.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    So-o-o disappointed with our restaurant week brunch. It was more ( $35) than most and definitely not worth it. My friend and I ordered fried Brussels sprouts (luke warm and just ok; didn’t finish); croquetas de cocido, the only thing that was very good; mollete de salmon ahumado (requested no egg so it came with one slice of bread with lettuce and two small slices of salmon, and the other slice full of guacamole that was just ok; huevos chistorra, not very appealing; flan and cheese cake which were both fine. Despite the food, the service was very good and the restaurant was comfortable. However I will never go back.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    The night we ate at here, the restaurant was extremely cold. It was a cold evening in general, but inside was uncomfortable. When we asked if they could make it warmer, they offered us hot tea instead so it seemed like there was nothing they could do about the fact that it was 63° indoors. We were also disappointed with the quality of the paella, which was subpar. However, the service was excellent, and the drinks were delicious.

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  25. luv2eat

    New York City

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 19 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was okay, nothing to rave about. I felt as if I was eating my mother’s smothered chicken with rice that I grew up with as a constant item on my family’s dinner menu.

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  26. KarinR

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 18 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food as usual. Since it was lunch, there was no noise, and we could acually talk. Very good service.

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  27. MonaK

    Washington DC

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on 18 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was mediocre. My friend ordered pumpkin soup. It was too watery and not very tasty. I ordered fried Brussel sprouts. They were too salty and too oily. We shared the chicken plate which was just OK. And we shared something like a croque monsieur, cheese, and ham between two white breads that was toasted. It was just OK. The desserts were good, the only good part of our meals.

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  28. HUreview

    Washington DC

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on 18 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ate here for lunch during Restaurant Week. Everything was delish. I had tuna potato salad, lentil stew and flan. Portions were large and yummy. First time at Spanish Diner. Hope to be back soon!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 18 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have been at this restaurant many times before, when it was called Jaleo. We loved the ambiance and the service! Unfortunately, these last couple times has been very disappointing. My daughter and I were craving a good sangria and ordered a 1/2 Pitcher. It was full of ice, no fruits and it didn’t taste good. Food was ok. Nothing special. Cheap ingredients and very overpriced. Sadly, we will not be back.

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  30. LindsayS

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 17 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The ambience was neat! Our waitress was super helpful in explaining the restaurant week menu. We sampled a little bit of everything and all of the food was incredible. The sangria was also really good. We'll be back to this gem!

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  31. barbarag

    Portland

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    My entree was cold, side dish (rice)very plane , liked Brussels sprouts, though.

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  32. AmyH

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The heaters were broken so it was cold. They did give us a warm mulled wine which helped. Overall the food was disappointing. Not one dish was delish. Too bad. I love Barcelona style good. This just didn't measure up. Worst of the Jose Andres restaurants. All the others have been great. Too bad.

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  33. syhs

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 15 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was very good but disappointed they didn't honor Restaurant Week lunch, only brunch.

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  34. Chelsea

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing comfort food.

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  35. Lisa

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Terrific food, a welcome change from the usual stuff at chain restaurants. Friendly and efficient service. We look forward to going back.

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  36. AvaB

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 12 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love everything about this place. Had a great evening.

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  37. JasonP

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have been several times and the experience is always consistently great. Our server (who I regret not hearing her name now) went diligently through each section of the diverse menu, even to the point of describing the size of the dishes. This was very helpful in making decisions and everyone enjoyed their meal.

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  38. PaolaB

    Wilmington

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Some dishes were good (Croquetas de Cocido, Gambas al Ajillo, Pollo guisado con arroz) but we were quite disappointed by the spanish omelet (too liquid) and the roasted branzino (it did not smell fresh). I would recommend with caveats to avoid certain dishes.

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  39. Mookie79

    London

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on 1 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a great find for boring downtown Bethesda! Great location and a very interesting menu. The bruleed rice pudding was amazing. Will be back!

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  40. KDD1

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 1 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Not up to Jose Andre’s standards. Food just mediocre. Desserts were great however.

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You can order delivery directly from Spanish Diner - Bethesda using the Order Online button. Spanish Diner - Bethesda also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (301) 284-3700.

Spanish Diner - Bethesda is rated 4.3 stars by 3787 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

21:00


Booked 25 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Spanish Diner - Bethesda

7271 Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Elm Street
  • Area
    Bethesda
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Fri 11:00–22:00 Sat 10:00–22:00 Sun 10:00–21:00
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Spanish, Home cooking, Regional Spanish (Southern)
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    There is street metered parking available and we are within walking distance from a public metered lot.
  • Public Transit
    Bethesda Metro Stop, red line
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Miguel Arias
  • Entertainment
    Jaleo Hour Sunday - Friday: 4:30 - 7 PM Saturday: 10:00PM - midnight Available at the bar only
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (301) 284-3700
  • Catering
    Spanish Diner offers a selection of “Fiesta Menus” perfect for feeding groups of any size. From paella feasts to party platters and full size Basque cheesecakes, Spanish Diner is your go-to for a Spanish-style celebration!
  • Private party facilities
    Spanish Diner offers special menus and private party spaces of any size and style to suit the needs of you and your guests. For larger events of 100-200 people, we even offer full or partial buy-out of the restaurant. Plan your next event with help from our expert team.
  • Private party contact
    Coleen Bendig: (202) 638-1910
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