Jaleo DC
Jaleo DC

Jaleo DC

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.jaleo.com/
  • Phone: 2026287949
  • Hours of Operation:
    Tuesday – Thursday: 11:30 AM – 11:00 PM
    Friday and Saturday: 11:30 AM – midnight
    Sunday and Monday: 11:30 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: José Andres; Head Chef Paul Yeck
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Catering on a whole new level José Andrés Catering elevates catering and event planning to new heights in the Washington, DC area and beyond. Now you can experience the inspired creations of celebrated chef José Andrés at your own party or venue. Visit us for more information at www.joseandrescatering.com, or call us at (301) 913-0003.
  • Private Party Facilities: Our Events team will gladly assist you in planning your gathering. Groups of 12 guests or more need to contact them directly to proceed in booking.
  • Private Party Contact: Events@thinkfoodgroup.com 202-638-0202
  • Special Events: Located in the heart of the Penn Quarter, the lively atmosphere of Jaleo DC makes it a great place to host a lunch or dinner.
    For menus, pricing, availability and other information on events at Jaleo, please contact our Events Manager at (202) 638-0202

Getting there

  • Cross Street: E St.
  • Public Transit: We are located 1 block south of the Gallery Place/Chinatown metro station on the yellow, green and red lines. Take the 7th and Arena exit, walk one block south. The restaurant is located on the right hand corner of 7th and E St.

    We are also 1 block North of Arhives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter station on the green and yellow lines.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Jaleo DC
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 WinnerSpanish
Jaleo DC reviews from OpenTable diners
508 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (360)good for groups (192)hot spot (187)special occasion (168)neighborhood gem (148)great for lunch (109)vibrant bar scene (87)notable wine list (76)romantic (56)great for outdoor dining (56)great for brunch (40)late-night find (39)kid-friendly (34)scenic view (9)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Great service - great food great location to museums
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    So many tapas to choose from. Categorized nicely to lead you from appetizers, through as many courses as you wish, to dessert. Highlights for me, fried bacon-wrapped dates - crunch outside, creamy texture inside, smoky, salty. Then a pork tenderloin - so tender, so flavorful. A meal to remember.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old Favorite
    campianoVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We have eaten at the various Jose Andres restaurants in DC over the years and have generally been pleased. This particular day was lunch at 3:00 and we ordered 3 cold tapas plates and 1 hot one. It took 30 minutes for the cold ones to arrive and then another 10 for the hot one and the place, as one would expect, was not all that busy. Really odd. Someone dropped the ball. Very irritating. On the plus side, the food was excellent! We also went to Oyamel on this trip and it was very good as well, although not excellent. Soon he has a Chinese/Peruvian place opening next door. With chef turnover and maybe not enough supervision, the Andres restaurants go up and down, but I gotta say the recipes are dynamite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always enjoyable
    Miriam
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Another great dining experience at Jaleo DC. Great service, good food, pleasant table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is a favorite restaurant
    BikeAndBrunch
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I've been coming here for many years. The food and service are great and it's convenient to Metro and theaters. The staff was consistently gracious and efficient and seemed determined that we'd enjoy our dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • better than ever
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    My husband requested Jaleo for his birthday dinner. We had the black paella and several tapas plates, plus dessert. It's been a couple of years since we last ate here, and I was pleasantly surpised; the food was good to really good, the new(ish) decor is a huge improvement, and the service was very smooth (although impersonal).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a trip to Spanish food
    charlieboy
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Quality and presentation of food was excellent, but pricy!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This tapas spot never disappoints.
    Lynn
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Great food, perfect service, just love it for lunch. The shrimp in garlic sauce cannot be beat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • creative food
    rowdyparty
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Excellent food and service. Had, 2 sangrias, 2 beers, 2 tapas, $75.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Very tasty but slightly pricey. I would recommend for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome variety, slow dining
    Makingmehungry
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    First off, reservations a must! Got in same day with Open Table. Yay! Loud, lively feel. Tons of great food options. Paella seemed outrageously priced, but we found a "pasta paella" with shrimp and calamari (dish called rossejat) and it was a great tasty value! Service was excelkent. Cool place. Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun dinner
    Wouter
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Overall fun with great food. Only negative was a droid and bean plate that I found too salty.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TashiVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Jaleo was slammed on a blustery Wednesday night and even with a reservation, we waited for a bit. To sit in Jorge's section is worth the wait and our guest from out of town was "wowed" by the wonderful food and exceptional service. The garlic shrimp, sauteed spinach and salad of shredded brussels sprouts, apricots and sherry vinaigrette were the stars of the evening. Thanks for a great time, Jorge!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    4mercustVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Food was excellent. The place was very busy and had to wait for our table about 20 minutes. Still worth it. Was disappointed in my mojito (mint as a garnish but not in the drink) but that will not dissuade from coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It's one of the best... Always go!
    Porfiriopicante
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    The food is awesome! Small, pricey but worth it! Scallops ohhh the scallops are wonderful! Gambas Al Allijo was even better! Dip your bread in the garlic sauce!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was good; service was so bad.
    Mizuho
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    we arrived early and there were only 3 or 4 other tables. There were many waitress/waitor walking around; however, No one offered us water or introduce the menu to us. I ended up asking a random waitress to bring us water. No introduction of menu or recommendation when we ordered. At the end of the night, they forgot to bring us all of our checked coats, and we had to remind them there were a total of 3 jackets. If it was busy when we arrived, I would have understood their absent mindedness; however, it was not busy when we arrived. I will never go back or bring friends to the reataurant when I am in town for meeting next time.
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  • VAfoodie
    VAFoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The food was fantastic. Service ok, a bit distracted.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • elsmom
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    I have brought many of my friends and clients to Jaleo for their first time. I am never disappointed with the food. Everyone always thanks me for making such a great choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good
    kathalalth
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Overall the food was very good but I will never get the boiled octopus again. It was everything octopus shouldn't be.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting adventure
    msla
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    My husband had never had tapas before. A traditional Spaniard restaurant, there were a variation of meats and cheeses, but not a lot of vegetarian dishes. I would recommend looking over the menu before going to have a better idea of what you are in the mood for that day. We were catching up with friends & I did not have much time to really look over the menu. I was not over the moon over the food. I ordered a salad & noticed toward the end of my meal that it had not come & I had to ask for it & because I did not have much time to fully review the menu, it came with blue cheese. I am allergic. I finally got my salad, but I was already full. For the money spent, I would have gone elsewhere to have a more fulfilling meal. I would grade it a B+
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  • A little salty
    DinerVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Four of us had 10 dishes. The combination of flavors was interesting. Some of the tastes were very nice. Several of the dishes were over salted. The manager was very helpful with the wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Held Reservations for us!!!
    SouthernBelle
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Great Food! And we were running late by 30 minutes and we called them and they held our reservations for us and got us in and out by showtime! A big relief because we had theater tickets.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One Step Away From Spain Itself
    SPete
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    After living in Spain for two years, I have been dying to find a place that serves quality, authentic spanish cuisine. Jaleo is as close to spanish food as you can get without getting on a plane. I am definitely going back many, many times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great date night!
    dani
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    My husband and I both have October birthdays and our son was born last October. This was our first night out together, just the two of us, in almost a year! We were celebrating our birthdays by going to a hockey game and decided to make a reservation at Jaleo. The food is amazing! Every ingredient was fresh and delicious. Perfectly cooked. Fernando was our server and he was excellent. He helped us pick a lovely bottle of wine and explained the menu to us. He was very pleasant and attentive without hovering. We will definitely go back, especially because it's so close to the metro and Verizon Center!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty Spanish food but pricey
    Joani
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We like the chicken croquetas, fish bunuelos, mini burger, tortilla de patata and the patatas bravas.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Definitely Tapas
    BP1972
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    The food is good. We normally dine inside, but decided to dine outside this time. The noise was so loud due to the street traffic. The tuna tartare was literally the smallest dish I have ever shared. Definitely not something that is shareable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jaleo makes we want to visit Spain!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    My son and I shared a 16 course tasting menus and it was wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Torn between 3 and 4 stars
    ChristinaVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    For the food alone, I would probably give this place 3 stars. While the menu has wide variety and a lot of delicious items, I think a lot of the stuff is overpriced. What saved the experience for me was the outstanding waiter we had. It was our first time here and the menu is huge, so he devoted five to ten minutes to talking us through the menu and pointing out his favorites for every category (and he described each dish's preparation and flavors in great detail- impressive!). What we ordered was largely based upon his recommendations, and we were not disappointed with the flavors of those dishes (but again- overpriced!). Not only were his recommendations great, but his overall service was excellent as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • sumptuous
    foodlove
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Great dining experience with very friendly service.......fresh and original tapas......a must try!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The tapas were excellent but the pork rib and artichoke paella had a burnt garlic taste to it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun with so much to choose
    Bostonepb
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Recommended by a friend. Loved all of our small plates and desserts. Would love to go again when back in town!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great tapas
    LadyRedSoxFan
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Thank you Jose Garces for spreading tapas and great food across the country. Loved Amada in Philadelphia, and now recently dined at Jaleo. The Pisto manchego con huevos - traditional stewed vegetables topped with fried quail eggs, may not sound like much, but it was absolutely delicious! The creaminess of the little egg yolks oozing onto the Spanish-ratatouille was a sensory sensation. Great food, great service, fun atmosphere. The only thing I would say pass to is the Chocolate Hazelnut Cake. It was bland. The hazelnut ice cream with it though was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jaleo
    spatzdoVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Great Spanish tapas food. The sangria is out of this world
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • CubanB
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    This is my 3rd visit to Jaleo and it never disappoints. Food was flavorful and service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • jose's weak sister
    FStreetFoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    I really want to like Jaleo. Probably because of Jose Andres. Think the world of him. But the food here just doesn't live up to his other restaurants. And the service is ok, but you definitely get the feeling that Jaleo has become more of a tourist mecca rather than a PQ local haunt. It's not that I can point to a specific shortcoming. It's just that the end product doesn't end up meeting expectations. Notable exceptions for us this particular night were the liquid olives, and the apple and fennel salad. They were up to Andres standard. It's also pricey for what you get. I'd go if you haven't before to get the experience. And the new renovations have cut down on the noise some. But head to Oyamel or Zatinyah instead otherwise.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Did not live up to the hype.
    YummyInMyTummy
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    First time at Jaleo - highly recommended by several people. Ordered quite a few dishes, half of them being the top recommendations of their staff. What a disappointment. The super special 'can only be imported by our chef' swine was a snooze-fest. The potatoes with garlic mayo had a big blob of mayo in the center portion so you either got a ton of it, or none at all. Their version of calamari had more bites than expected and was tender and not rubbery at all, the flan was good with great whipped cream, hazelnut cake was a huge let down, hazelnut ice cream was fantastic. Bacon wrapped figs were great. Goat cheese with fig jam was a small portion and so-so at best. We felt our $115 (2 people, 1 bottle of fizzy water, 2 desserts) were wasted.
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  • er food tapas
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Very good tapas and nice selection of Spanish wines. Be sure to save room for the flan and the ice cream desserts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great tapas
    MartyKVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Went to Jaleo with business colleagues. We had a variety of tapas. Favorites were the braised lamb and the tortilla. We also had a oaella with jumbo shrimp from Spain. The paella was way oversalted but the shrimp was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for tapas
    srussell3
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    The food is very good, a bit pricey for my taste, good selection, and fun atmosphere. Reservations suggested.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tapas to Share
    KikiVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    The selection of tapas is excellent and each one is delicious. It is fun to go in a group of 4-6 people and share several different kinds of tapas.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet