Jaleo Crystal City
Jaleo Crystal City

Jaleo Crystal City

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.jaleo.com/
  • Phone: 7034138181
  • 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: 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpanish
Jaleo Crystal City reviews from OpenTable diners
232 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (162)good for groups (120)neighborhood gem (89)special occasion (84)great for outdoor dining (67)hot spot (65)notable wine list (56)great for lunch (53)vibrant bar scene (42)great for brunch (41)romantic (41)kid-friendly (30)late-night find (23)scenic view (4)Show More
  • Great as usual!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The waiter made us feel right at home, entertaining us with his descriptions of the menu items. The dishes were brought to our table with the pace that we have come to expect at Jaleo! All of the food was devoured, with the exception of the frittata, which we felt was too salty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love Jaleo!
    Katdog21
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    This place is on my all-time top-5 list! Love the liquid olives.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Great Fun
    DinerVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We went to Jaleo for our 25th wedding anniversary. We were warmly greeted and offered a glass of sparking rose. We then ordered from the pre-set tapas menu. We ordered the Chef Experience which consisted of 25 tapas treats. Each was absolutely delicious. The wait staff was excellent and fully explained each item and answered all our questions. This was a fabulous way to celebrate. The food was so good that my wife and I ate way more than we should have. Of course, I'd do it all again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hot spot in Crystal City
    Kimber2660
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    A beautiful, large space that's perfect for dining. But the food is really the standout. Went for the first time the other night with three friends from work. Our whole experience was wonderful - the food was delicious, the atmosphere was vibrant and the waiter was attentive. There were many dishes from which to choose, and since the restaurant serves small plates, we sampled several without feeling too full. We had the stuffed peppers (flavorful), fried cod and potato fritter (delicious), fried bacon-wrapped dates, patatas bravas, hanger steak (very tender), sesame-crusted tuna - all were delicious with the tuna being the only "miss". I definitely would return to try more dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    The two ladies at the entrance were very nice. The server was nice too but he looked stressed or annoyed and did not ask what we wanted to drink but at least we had water at the table. I felt the service was rushed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Our whole experience was fabulous - the food was delicious, the atmosphere was vibrant and the waiter was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jaleo 10/12/14
    BronxYankeeVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I have been here before, and I like the restaurant very much. The food is authentic and awesome, and the service is great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • California Girl
    Californiagirl
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Jaleo is another one of Jose Andres restaurants, and like most of his places it didn't disappoint. The atmosphere is fun, the staff is inviting and attentive, and the food is great. There is a lot to choose from, and since they serve small plates, you can have a lot and not walk away feeling too full. We had the stuffed peppers, apple and leek salad, mini burgers, croquettes and one of the speciality hams - all were delicious. This place isn't fancy, with the food being served on glass plates and boards, but so worth it for night a fun and good food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food good, but too loud
    Stardantzer
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Overall, it was so loud that it was hard to have a conversation - not idea on a first date. Although our server was nice, he seemed distracted and wasn't really refilling/clearing things from our table. The food was good, but unfortunately not good enough to overcome the volume in the room. The shining star of the evening was the wine which I grabbed from the Wine Shop over the bar prior to my meal. For a fruity red, the salesman recommended the 2012 Adrás. It was superb, and at $46/btl was a phenomenal deal - besting many French or Napa reds I've had at over $100/btl.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Place
    Mitch
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    The service was outstanding. The waiter was knowledgable, friendly and knew the menu well. He was very helpful and friendly. The food was tasty and outstanding. It was a great evening out and we enjoyed the restaurant. A great place to have dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great happy hour!!
    globeschlepperVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Went for happy hour. Wines offered were good Spanish. Great assortment of tapas - enough to make a great dinner. Bill was extremely reasonable. Space was very open and modern. Good crowd for a Sunday.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jaleo Brunch!
    JimCVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We have been to Jaleo several times in the evening and enjoy their very wide selection of excellent tapas. We decided to take a group of folks celebrating birthdays to their brunch which features all you can eat paella (limited selection - none of the seafood paellas -- but very good assortment of 3 or 4 different paellas to chose from). Also includes a choice of salads, cold gazpacho soup, and excellent flan for dessert. Priced well at $20 per person. We had Spanish wines and a ginger beer to drink. The paella was excellent and they kept bring it -- we tried at least one platter of each type. Recommend as a nice alternative to the typical brunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    catholicmama
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We've been to Jaleo twice so far, and the food is excellent. The service seems a little pushy at times, but they really worked to fix anything that went wrong (brought three cokes before we got one that tasted normal), AND they remembered we were celebrating a birthday and brought us a free dessert. I think we've only eaten one thing we didn't love... just be prepared to spend a bit. Without ordering wine, we were up over $90. For us, it's worth it for a special occasion :)
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    Wendy
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I live in the neighborhood and love Jaleos. The Sunday night Paella special is fantastic and the food is fantastic! The outside dining area is always in great demand - sitting right out on Crystal Drive where all the action is the most fun - lots of people traffic. And it is busy on Sunday night. My friends and I dine here monthly because everything is just so perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pretty good tapas
    Marcela
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Jaleo has a very good assortment of tapas, as their menu is pretty extensive. We tried some classics, like patatas bravas, pan con tomate, gambas al ajillo, flautas con jamón ibérico, and quail. All the tapas were very well done, if a tad overpriced, especially for lunch. Still, a pretty nice food experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good not great
    dawmusicmanumit
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The service would have been perfect had it been a leisurely afternoon. I don't want to fault them too much. We didn't make it clear that we were in as much of a hurry as we were. The consensus seems to be that Jaleo is still good, but not as good as it was in the past.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great group dinner!
    Loansumgirl
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Brought a group of 9 people to Jaleo in Crystal City from a business conference. The communal atmosphere of ordering many small plates and sharing and passing food around was a great experience. The menu is extensive and authenic, reminding me of late nights in Madrid! Ordered two different paellas which were portioned and served by the wait staff. Ideal for picky eaters, adventurous eaters, dieters (as the protions are small) and those looking for a good wine experience. Highly recommended. I'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great waiter
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Our waiter was extremely helpful and we followed all his suggestions for which tapas to choose.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • AOK
    TigresSKSVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Jaleo was a fine restaurant; however, I was expecting the vibe of Chef José Andrés's Zaytinya. The service was a mixture of over-attentiveness by the server and sloppy bussing. The food was good: especially the flaun.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but not for me.
    KyDa
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This was our second time going to Jaleo. We wanted to give it a second chance since it gets so much hype. The food is good, but the whole tapas thing is not my speed. Servers don't stop by enough to order not tapas so you could be waiting 30 mins or so in between for you next 3-4 tapas. This could just be the experience on a Friday night, the place was extremely busy. I would go back if a friend wanted to go. I don't think I would chose the place on my own though. I want to like it, but it's just not my speed, even as a foodie.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Definitely try the tasting menu
    AnonymousVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    There are 2 tasting menus: classic tapas at $60 per person, and Jaleo experience for $70 per person. I recommend going all out and getting the experience. The server asked us if there was anything we didn't like. The dishes kept coming until we told the server we were ready for dessert! Do be careful though as we told the server we didn't want certain things and sure enough, we had dishes with both items! When we told the server and the manager they substituted other dishes and took the 'offending' dishes away. I can't believe how much food we got! It was certainly worth the cost. I think we got twice the amount of food than if we had ordered the dishes a la carte. I think everyone should try the tasting menu at least once!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great tapas in Crystal City
    KnoxvilleGuyVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    My wife and I have visited this Jaleo a number of times. What they do, they do very well -- inventive tapas and great Spanish wines. Service was good and we enjoyed everything we had. It was plated well, had good temperature, great taste. We had cheeses, rabbit, scallops, and dessert, with some great red wine. If you want a nice tapas experience, give it a try!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food!
    Traveler14VIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    The menu is quite large and takes some time to read and get thru which slows down the service a bit (nothing wrong with the servers, it just takes so long to get thru the menu to decide!)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time here, will come back !
    NussbobVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I had heard mixed reviews from friends about Jaleo, so I was not sure what to expect. I took my cousin who was visiting from out of town and I wanted a place close to his Hotel in Crystal City. It was either Morton's for a straight-forward steak, or Jaleo to try something new. My cousin let me know he was willing to try something different, so we went. The service was outstanding, very attentive, great recommendations. The food was exceptional. We shared the chicken/mushroom Paella and it was delicious. We ended up taking half home because there was so much. The shrimp sauteed with garlic tapas had an amazing sauce that we sopped up with the bread. All in all, I will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very disappointed
    mandaleebee
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    My friends and I came to Jaleo for dinner and drinks before a comedy show later in Arlington. The food was outrageously overpriced (example: $8 for ONE slider) and nothing was so to-die-for to make it seem worth the excessive cost. On top of that, our service was sub-par. It was not an enjoyable dining experience and we all felt the restaurant had been very over-hyped. We won't be returning.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great atmosphere
    JYSP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    The restaurant is spacious and beautiful. The food was ok. Not the best, not awful. Everything was a bit too salty for my taste. Wine was good.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Chef's Menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    What a treat. We had four adults and did the $60 chef's menu. WELL worth it. Every dish was explained by our amazing waitress and we had more than enough to eat. Each tasting was excellent - the rabbit was exquisite and unexpected!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not such a special occasion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    This Jaleo outpost has service that is brisk and businesslike, but feels somewhat disjointed. We went for the paella Valenciana, which we had enjoyed at the downtown Jaleo previously. It was not available, a shame. The chicken and mushroom paella was barely a step above Rice a Roni in flavor, although the rice was properly al dente. Our two drinks arrived separately; the one ordered first came last. The appetizer was a nicely balanced gazpacho. Our salads arrived 5 minutes apart. When (frustrated) we mentioned to the waiter our anniversary, they started to make an effort to provide thoughtful service. We ended up with a complimentary dessert and cava. It did not quite make up for a confused, disappointing evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SarahsamplesVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Service was wonderful as always. The tomato and flank steak special was out of this world.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fanfriggintastic!!!!
    Matt
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I love this place. I love that we don't have to choose because it's small plates. The wait staff is cuteous, knows the menu and prep, and offered great suggestions. Did I mention I love this place?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eh.
    FoodieAnn
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Nothing memorable or delicious here We used the 2014 restaurant week menu. Salad with beets was large with many beets, but some had inedible and unsavory tops. Fried dates sounded great but were dry. Shrimp with garlic quite good; mushroom risotto under-seasoned and mushrooms weren't cut up. so they were hard to eat (they provided no knife). Salmon and pork plates good- it was amazing that protein sliced to 1/2-inch thickness weren't dry. Overall, food was mediocre Service was inconsistent-we had to ask several times for our beer and Coke--but generally acceptable. This is a large and noisy restaurant, but it was not very crowded so we were able to have a conversation without much problem. It was an OK experience; we wouldn't go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another Fantastic Evening at Jaleo
    Kathie
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This was our third time to dine at Jaleo Crystal City and the food was again, spectacular. Our table of 4 shared a few tapas to include the spinach salad w/raisins and pine nuts and salad w/watermelon before the Mediterranean Paella. The Paella was fantastic and after a few tapas, we had trouble finishing the dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Place
    YayFood
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We love this place. I highly recommend it. It was restaurant week and with a table of four, we ordered everything on the special restaurant week menu.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food. Great service
    grtrxVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    As always service was very good despite a slow start with server having a bunch of tables closing as we arrived. Wine selection is astounding and very Spanish. Good always good. Server offered some off the menu items like Padron peppers and croquettes of blood sausage. Very tasty! Love the good and service. Wish the owners would refresh things like worn menus and restrooms that show a lot of use.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Must for Restaurant Week
    PaperPills
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Jaleo never disappoints. My boyfriend and I enjoyed a visit during DC's August 2014 Restaurant Week. Each portion is the perfect size and prepared with attention to every detail. The service was a little slow but very attentive, and the serving staff is very knowledgeable. I recommend Jaleo any time, but especially during Restaurant Week when you can sample so many delicious dishes!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprisingly Filling
    gmustargazer
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We went here for restaurant week and at first, we were worried that we weren't going to hardly any food for the amount of money we paid. We were pleasantly surprised by how delicious and filling the meal was. However - I think it would've been better to forgo the restaurant week menu and order whatever we wanted since the "deal" probably didn't save us any money.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tapas Spectacular
    BlumGourmand
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Wonderful assortment of Tapas and desserts. Chicken fritters, bacon-wrapped dates, and pear sorbet was amazing. Vibrant atmosphere and great service. Highly recommend
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful meal.
    threelions66
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    For the quality of tapas provided, very affordable and delicious. I would absolutely recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • bailey
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Tapas are fun and a nice change from the usual date. Great was the calamari with rice and squid ink, chicken pieces, garlic shrimp, and goat cheese with quince jam toasts. Yum.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Restaurant Week
    The3Cs
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We ordered off the Restaurant Week menu, and despite the limited number of choices for each course had trouble deciding on the dishes. Among the standouts were new versions of two old classics, lomo de cerdo and gambas al ajillo. The lomo de cerdo was served on a large caramelized onion, excellently done, and a large portion. The gambas now comes with a sauce that includes some fire, and was excellent. The only dish that was less than stellar was the new potato chips with cabrales cheese sauce. It was worth ordering once for the novelty, but we wouldn't go there again. The restaurant is noisy, but the tables are more spread out at the moment because some are moved out onto the sidewalk for street-side dining. Service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.