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Jaleo Crystal City
Jaleo Crystal City

Jaleo Crystal City Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.jaleo.com
  • Phone: (703) 413-8181
  • Hours of Operation: Monday: 11:30 AM - 9:00 PM Tuesday - Thursday: 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM Friday & Saturday: 11:30 AM - 11:00 PM Sunday: 11:30 AM - 9:00 PM Jaleo Hour: Monday - Sunday: 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM, bar only
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: José Andrés; Head Chef, Drew Terp
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: The authentic cuisine,delectable flavors and creative touches of celebrated chef Jose Andres are now available for your party. Impress your guests with catering on a new level. Visit www.joseandrescatering.com or call 202.638.0202 for more information.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Jaleo Hour: Mon-Sun, 4:30-7:00 PM in our bar, $4 tapas, half-priced wines, $4 draft beers, and sangria.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 23rd Street
  • Public Transit: We are a 5 minute walk from the Crystal City Metro Station, located on the Yellow and Blue Lines. To reach us, exit the Metro, go left on 18th Street, right on Crystal Drive, and walk 5 blocks to 23rd Street, finding us on the right. Or come halfway up the escalator, left into the Shops, and proceed to 23rd Street, turning left to Crystal Drive.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There are two garages, one around the corner on 23rd, and one immediately north on Crystal Drive. Parking is complimentary after 4 pm weekdays and all weekend. We offer one hour validation for our daytime guests at the garage on Crystal Drive.
A word from Jaleo Crystal City
Jaleo brings alive the spirit and flavors of Spain with a menu reflecting the rich regional diversity of classical and contemporary Spanish cuisine, under the direction of renowned chef José Andrés. Jaleo offers an impressive assortment of tapas, the traditional small dishes of Spain, as well as savory paellas, superb sangrias and a fine selection of Spanish wines and Sherries in a festive, casual atmosphere. Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "We've been here several times, and this was the first time we were disappointed with our tapas. Of the 8 dishes we ordered, we each only genuinely enjoyed 3 of them. The others were just flat or not satisfying. It won't stop us from returning, we just know which dishes to avoid."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "The combo of great food, great wine and informed wait staff always makes this restaurant a great choice. Also love how much Chef Andres cares for his community."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "My wife and I were trying to decide on a place to dine for our four-year anniversary. We had talked a couple of weeks prior how tapas fit our lifestyle better now (no big leftover boxes to take home and remember to take for lunch, etc), so I suggested that we go to a tapas restaurant. We have both only had tapas once each prior to this, at separate establishments. After perusing menus and ratings of several top-rated tapas restaurants in the area, we chose Jaleos for our special night. We were NOT disappointed! From the moment we walked in we were treated to excellent service, a great atmosphere, delicious food and just a wonderful evening over all. I will highly recommend Jaleos to all of my friends and co-workers."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "I arrived early but was treated very well. Thanks for an amazing experience."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "We love taking family from out of town her for special occasions - it has never disappointed! So many opportunities to try and taste and share. Whatever else you get, DO NOT miss the cauliflower!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We really love the Jaleo downtown, so when we had guests from out of town and could not get in to that branch, we decided to give the Crystal City location a try. Overall, it was a disappointing experience. The food was not bad, but it definitely was a step below the food at the downtown branch. However, the service was the main problem. Despite asking for replacement napkins after a spill, it took a reminder to bring them. In addition, it took asking for knives and serving spoons before they were brought-needs were not anticipated. However, the most annoying part of the service was the aggressive clearing of plates. The bus staff hovered and repeatedly cleared plates without asking before we were done. In summary-we will not return."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "What a joy to have Jaleo in Crystal City. We have been here several times and I am pretty sure there is not a bad choice on the menu. It's a tapas place, so ideally everyone orders 1-2 dishes and shares. We found that 5 items plus dessert was plenty for 3 people. And there are some reasonably priced good wines as well. The end result was a wonderful dinner for 3 with wine for less than $200, including tip & taxes. Our dishes included Torta Pascualete (sheep's milk cheese and toast), Butifarra (pork sausage), Conejo (rabbit) and mini-burger sliders. These are not necessarily recommendations...only samples of the many goodies the menu has to offer. You really can't go wrong here. Great service, too, and outdoor tables (weather permitting)."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Jaleo never dissapoints. It's my "go to" restaurant for special ocassions or just because. The food is always delicious and the service is wonderful!."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "tapas are fantastic. Mojitos are delicious. had chicken paella - was incredible"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "My recent experience - to watch the World Cup final - was not so good in that the feed to the TV screen was poor and kept cutting off. Definitely a disappointment to watch a sports final that happens every four years and have a tv that doesn't work properly. Plus we couldn't hear the commentary. Still, no complaints about the food, which is our family's favorite in the Washington area."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "So I have been to the Jaleo DC location many times, and at the Crystal City location I have had about the same experience. Great food, great ambiance. The servers at Crystal City are perhaps less consistent with their service so its necessary to order a bit more at first versus at the DC location, but it's still an amazing place. 3.9/5 stars, for sure."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "My husband & I were in DC for museum-going & specifically stayed in Crystal City because Jaleo CC was the only one of Jose Andres' restaurants with a reservation available at the time we wanted. We had previously eaten at one of the restaurants close to Verizon Center downtown. The service was exceptional (TUM) & all the food & wine terrific. We will definitely try other restaurants in Andres' group."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "My second time here, the wine and cocktails were excellent. The bacon wrapped dates were pretty good too. However, the entrée left us with a bad taste. Ordered Paella with shrimp and calamari, but had a strong taste of fish stock....it just overpowered the dish. Disappointed...."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Underwhelmed and overpriced.Have eaten tapas in Barcelona and these don't come close the the real thing."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The bar menu from 4:30 to 7:00 is awesome. About $3, $4 a plate. Croquettes, dates wrapped in bacon, shrimps, cured meats ... if you hit this spot at the right time you get the trifecta of cheap good fast food. The "salt air" margarita is awesome, it's a bit of salt foam with every sip. The quintessential bar food experience, perfect for after-theatre noshing."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We spent three hours chatting and trying different tapas including the calamare, a wonderful seafood soup, bacon wrapped dates, an incredible honey eggplant, garlic potatoes, cheeses, meats, and an out of this world garlic grapefruit ice cream desert. Wines and liquors were excellent. Manager Horie reminded me of a NYC fine dining restauranteur. Terrific experience."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "The food is excellent, the service starts strong, but once the first few plates are served we don't see our server again until all of the plates are out and finished. We eat at Jaleo every few months, and almost every time have the same experience, whether the restaurant is crowded or not. It's tapas, it would be nice to be able to add plates mid meal. A word of advice, order whatever you think you might want while you have the chance, at the start of the meal. Otherwise you will leave hungry."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Good food, great service. We will return ! Thank you"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "The service was excellent. I did not like one of the tapas and a new one was immediately given to me."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Enjoyed a great early dinner there with family and was having a great time already when the waiter brought over two complimentary desserts . The kids at the table...their eyes lit up and dug right in. We were so impressed that we had to go up and talk to the manager that the waiter really did go above & beyond...something you just don't see often enough. He was already doing a great job, but he was so great the little kids at the table and then the desserts; we couldn't say enough nice things about him. The manager came over after we went and talked to him and he thanked us for taking the time to bring this to his attention. Just a great time all around from start to finish."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We were very disappointed in our recent dining experience.The service was very slow and the food was average. We arrive about 20 minutes early for our reservation but had called ahead to let them know. We were willing to wait at the bar if needed but the hostess said they were ready for us. They sat us at the table, gave us water and menus then we did not see a waitress for at least 10 minutes. We finally placed our drink order and it was another 15 minutes for us to receive our drinks, beer and sangria. The rest of the meal continued at about the same pace, a lot of waiting and looking for wait staff. I had ordered a 2nd glass of wine and finally gave up and asked to have the order cancelled as we were ready to leave. Won't go again."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Once again a group of us met and had a great evening of food and discussion. Love their seasonal variations!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Service was great, food did not take long to get to my group of three, food was delicious, and nobody tried to hurry us out. A little pricey, but the food is high quality and portion controlled (ideal for lunch). You definitely get what you pay for at Jaleo's and it is a great place for lunch."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "There was a group of 4 of us. Each of us found something that we liked on the menu. It is an extensive menu with a broad range of options. All the food was delicious. The waiter was friendly, but had to be reminded of a few things and we had to ask very specific questions to get what we wanted."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We enjoyed the Sunday paella special. Our meal started with a gazpacho with a nice zest followed by a salad....our paella was taking a bit longer than it should so the gracious manager brought us this delightful bread with tomatoes on it. Apparently the bread is par-baked in Spain, frozen and shipped here...yum yum. Delightful flavor from the tomatoes and just right crispieness of the bread crust. We enjoyed the vegetable paella with a rich mushroom taste, it was so good. Our meal concluded with flan for dessert. Be sure to try the sangria!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "This was our third visit to Jaleo. We celebrated a high school graduation with family friends. We did the classic tasting menu for the 7 of us which allowed to sample close to 17 dishes! Every dish was well seasoned and temperature appropriate. It was a great balance of veggies and proteins. The staff was very responsive to requests for more of something. There was more food than we could finish so they boxed up the bits at the end. The flan was like silk and a great way to end the meal. We would do it again."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "I have eaten at this restaurant several tomes and unfortunately this occasion was not the best in terms of the food. Had the paella with pork ribs. The rice was not properly cooked and the pork robes were sparse in number and we're quite tough and chewy."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I love Jaleo, especially the Crystal City location. The food is always fantastic and, even as a vegetarian, there are always great options. Especially in comparison to the Jaleo in Chinatown, this one is always on top of its service. There's a steady stream of customers, but I don't wait when I have a reservation, orders are taken quickly (though I've never felt rushed if I still want time to think about it), and food comes out in steady waves. Tapas lends itself to this sort of flow, but the restaurant does a good job of managing so that our table of 4 that has 16 dishes doesn't get overwhelmed with everything at once. It is a bit pricey, but totally worth it for a special evening!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We had the pleasure of dining at Jaleo Crystal City 3 times in one week while we were visiting the DC area.We were hooked on our first visit! Having spent a couple of weeks in Barcelona a few years ago, we love the tapas tradition. Not since that trip have we had the sort of foods we fell in love with in Barcelona including the divine Jamon Iberico Fermin. The service, food, wine and cocktails, were all excellent, but what really put it over the top was meeting the General Manager, Mayu Horie. Jaleo should crown her the Queen of Service! She is genuinely enthusiastic about everything having to do with Jaleo, treated us to some special dishes, and even gave us a thank you note and a lovely bottle of cava on our last visit. She is the best!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The staff helped us make fabulous tapas selections. Great sangria. Great dessert! We weren't rushed. A really nice meal!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Stopped here for dinner once again while on crystal city. Food is is but not superb. What will keep us from coming back is the outrageously slow service."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Went for daughter's graduation dinner. Food was great. The service was excellent and very helpful. We had a great time."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Except, notably, this restaurant among all of them still has the fabulous, legendary Basque cake on its menu that is gone from all the other Jaleos. I will probably make this my Jaleo #1 for that reason. Other than that, it's the same great tapas. I love this place, after 20 years the shine is still there."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We came here for Father's Day, with little experience of tapas. I was worried about my daughter (11) finding things she would like to eat, but she tried everything and liked it all! I think the shrimp (very, very famous) and the chicken fritters were our favorites. EVERYTHING was delicious. The desserts are not to be missed."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The server was very attentive and could suggest the fried calamari as a replacement for the fried shrimp not on the menu. Calamari best we have ever eaten, but we missed the shrimp. As always a treat. Food delicious, have a few favorites and try something new every time."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We ordered the rossejat expecting for it have calamari in the dish as the menu described. However, there were shrimp pieces in the dish instead, with the manager explaining the the calamari is only in the broth. Our waitress was also not very attentive, taking more than 15 minutes for us to place our order through her, and did not check back in on us when the entree arrived."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Always a favorite spot for me, the servings are the perfect size for groups. Everything tasted wonderfully, was presented well, and came out in a timely manner. Service was good, and sitting outside on the perfect day makes it all the more better dining experience."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Great food, great service. There are many glowing reviews of Jaleo on the Open Table website and they are clearly well deserved. We had a great experience."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "This was our 1st time at Jaleo and we were thrilled with how delicious it was. The server was extremely knowledgeable on the food. The way she described the food made us very hungry. I highly recommend it...especially sitting outside on a nice night."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I highly recommend Jaleo! It was a wonderful dining experience and is a great place to bring a group and try a variety of Spanish tapas! Sangria is delicious :)"
    Dined on 6/9/2014