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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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Diner Reviews
  • "Underwhelmed and overpriced.Have eaten tapas in Barcelona and these don't come close the the real thing."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "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
  • "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 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 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
  • "Good food, great service. We will return ! Thank you"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "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
  • "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 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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "The Lamb bocata was excellent a lot of flavors comeswint every bite. The mini burgers as also good"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "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
  • "This time I had lunch with clients and we shared a bunch of tapas and some desserts. They loved it and it was very affordable for a large group as well."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "We had wonderful food and great service at Jaleo. Every small plate is a new food experience. Geoffrey Zakarian, chose the Jaleo paella as "The best thing I ever ate." We will be returning to this restaurant! "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "As always, the food was outstanding. The service was uneven in timing, though the wait staff were perfect. It was difficult to hear the server over the din of the music. This is one of my favorite restaurants."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "I had dinner at Jaleo Crystal City with a few friends visiting from out of town. It was my first time here, and was recommended to me by colleagues who have been here multiple times. I was told it was a great place, and I completely agree. What I liked about it was the ambience (just perfect for a dinner or lunch with a bunch of friends - energetic and attitude-free) and of course the food. The tapas choices were plentiful and all delicious. We tried about 10 of these and also got a gigantic paella - all of which were delicious. But the best part was our waiter. He knew how each thing was made and what wines to pair tem with. The food came at a relaxed tempo, and they changed our plates several times. I think, a bit pricey but I'll be back!"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "This was our first time trying tapas. We chose a variety of plates and the service was always impeccable."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "First time visiting Jaleo and I will be back for sure! Everyone was super attentive and the food was great! Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Walked through Crystal City's underground passageways, feeling like a not-s0-bright laboratory rat from the Synetic Theatre to Jaleo. At my request, I was seated at a table near the large windows on Crystal Drive, where I had good AM radio reception on my Sony Walkman for the Oriioles game (which prevented me from noticing how noisy the restaurant was otherwise). Got a tortilla, a sausage from the daily specials list, a chorizo in a blanket, and the Spanish "slider". All were very tasty, as was the sangria I had with them. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We've been to Jaleo Crystal City a few times now, usually for special occasions. As vegetarians, tapas can sometimes be disappointing. Fortunately, Jaleo has an extensive menu with plenty of options for us and we never leave hungry. It does get a little pricey for a normal dinner, especially if you eat meat, but it is perfect for a special occasion."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "As our server repeated many times to make sure we understood. (I can only imagine the number of times she's had to deal with shocked diners after being served their unexpectedly small portion). Aside from that, there's nothing I can add that hasn't been said before. It was delicious. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Jaleo is a great find in Crystal City. There is FREE parking after 4pm in the Underground and on the street after 6pm. Easy access to the restaurant either way. There is a wide array of spanish tappas and good sangria. If you are going to the theatre you can buy a package for a 3 course price-fixed dinner at the same time you buy your theatre tickets. It is also a pretty space with windows and high ceilings. The service is great."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "This was my first time at this location. Food is always good but a bit pricey. Unfortunately the server made us feel like he was doing us a favor by serving us. Service was slow and he made any special request sound like it was a huge bother and that he was doing us a big favor by doing it."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "The food was fantastic, and the service very professional! The waiter made sure the best choices were brought at appropriate intervals, and he and the rest of the wait staff were fun to have serve us. You are lucky to have such good staff both behind the cooking area as well as in front. In a busy area like Crystal City, Jaleo is definitely a plus...highly recommended."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Great Tapas place. Unusual dishes. Very good pairings of foods."
    Dined on 5/21/2014