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Jaleo DC
Jaleo DC

Jaleo DC Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.jaleo.com
  • Email: downtown@jaleo.com
  • Phone: (202) 628-7949
  • 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 & Promotions: 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. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpanish
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "We had a quick vacation to Washington DC and wanted a nice meal while we were there - Jaleo was our answer. The waiter was friendly and helpful, giving advice to my husband on the best picks of the large and slightly overwhelming menu - so much wonderful-sounding food and only two stomachs! We threw caution to the wind and had some cheeses, jambon, garlic shrimp, patates bravas, spinach, bacon wrapped dates and a few of the quirky individual items, as well as the white sangria. All of it was great - tasted fantastic and looked wonderful. We chatted briefly to the lovely couples on either side of us, helping each other decide on what to pick from the menu. Sadly we couldn't order everything we wanted to, so we'll have to come back next trip."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Loved the liquid oysters! Had a fabulous lunch and the food was outstanding. Can't wait to return!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Its not easy to be married to a spanish woman and not to be critical to spanish food. Of course Jaleo is not the typical spanish restaurant, and certainly José Andrés is not only a spanish chef its The Chef!. Our experience at J was wonderful something to remember not only for the playful food, but for the special attention of our waiter Juan. Traveling into the José Andrés Jaleo's experience enjoying 16 dishes take us to different places of Spanish in just one night. We open our senses with a tasteful alginate based encapsulated olive (wonderful) going through an array of traditional but modernized spanish flavours including 'paella' and ending with breathless desserts (sour and sweet). Excellent! need to repeat it again but backwards. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Can't say it's kid friendly, but my ten year old loved it!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Jaleo never disappoints. Fantastic food, great service."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "This is one of our favorite restaurants and the food is outstanding. Out of several visits, this is the only time the service has been anything less than exceptional. Our server was notably absent and offered no recommendations or charm, but is truly an anomaly and we will of course go back. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "My wife & I enjoyed dinner at Jaleo DC the Saturday night before Easter. The restaurant was packed, and we were initially concerned that the noise might be too intense. The hostess found us a table in a more secluded area that was quite nice. Our waiter was excellent, offering good advice on wine and specialties of the day (lightly breaded sardines, for example). Jaleo provides a consistently great dining experience."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Interesting food; specialty drinks seemed a bit watery. Felt a little crowded."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I had a great time here. I mentioned in my online reservation that it was her birthday and all of the staff came by and wished her a happy birthday. She felt so special"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We visited the Zaytinia restaurant, loved it, and decided to reserve Jaleo. Amazing ambiance! Cool, modern, innovative, artistic! Great service. Food was tapas-style, small plates. Delicious. Will highly recommend the place for DC visitors. For the central location - absolute food jewel. "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "This is our second time there. The food is great! The service both times was terrible. It was bad enough we will probably not return. We had a friend and co-worker from out of town that needed to get to the airport. We had allowed 2 hours for supper and barely made it. We had to keep going to the front desk to ask for silver ware, another round of drinks, etc. The food servers were prompt and excellent."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "What happened ... New chef ? This was one of our favs. Been many times in DC and Vegas. This time was terrible. The Paella was horrific... Watery and chicken parts in edible. Was the best in US previously. Very sorry to see. Please fix it Jose. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Jose Andres appears to be resting on his celebrity status and reputation. Paid $74 for mediocre sangria, two tiny slivers of queso, and paella that could only be described as a bland dish of greasy rice, mushrooms, and tasteless chicken chunks. Overall terrible experience at a restaurant I've wanted to try for years. Will not be going back. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "was everything we hoped for after seeing the place in the neighborhood."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Service was pleasant, although it took 15 minutes to get seated despite arriving early for our reservation. Great food, although the cost of food added up more than I had expected. You can dine at a glass topped foosball table if you wish, that seemed to be a kid favorite. If this is what you want, be sure to request it when making your reservation. However, people do bring their kids here a lot so might not be a great spot for a first date or something. "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Service was quite disappointing. They clearly forgot our main entree tapas order, based on our plates being cleared, and we had to ask on the status of our remaining two dishes. When they arrived, approximately 15-20 later, I was an expecting an apology of some sort. Then when our bill arrived, I was expecting at least one, if not both, of the entrees to be removed from the bill. Neither of these things happened, unfortunately. Can't recommend this place based on the price and the poor quality of service. "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "The service was so bad that we had to constantly flag the waiter- any waiter- to get anything- and there were very few people in the restaurant at the time."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "The great thing about Tapas is the control of your dinner. Having small plates provide selections of very fine morsels and no one does the morsels better than Jaleo."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "We chose Jaleo to celebrate our anniversary. We chose them because we had previously received excellent service and outstanding food. We were not disappointed this time. All the dishes were fresh and vibrant, and each server that brought us the dishes were very knowledgeable about them, as well as the wine pairings. We will definitely go back each time we visit DC."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "WOW!!!! If you are on the fence about trying Jaleo, get off the fence and go try it! Trust me, you will be thanking me over and over again! This is by far the best restaurant I have been to in the DC area and one of my top favorites ever... and I admit I am tough to please!! Food, drinks, service, ambience were phenomenal!! Go to Jaleo...you will be glad you did! ALso, even if you are full, GET DESSERT!!!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "As a first time visitor, the menu seemed a little overwhelming. The tasting menu was great for us - we got the least expensive choice, which was $55. That got us a total of 15 plates - well, 14 plates and a glass sneaker - that left us more than satisfied. The red wine picked more or less at random from the wine list was excellent, so we had another bottle! Service was very friendly and attentive; server did a good job explaining what everything was. This was a really enjoyable pre-theater experience. As I said to my wife, this is why there is such a fuss about tapas."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Service was a bit on the slow side and it was quite loud. I'll go back for the food but with more time to spend and adjusted expectations regarding the ambiance."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "The food and ambiance was great; the only reason I marked down the service is because I made a reservation for 8:45pm but wasn't seated until after 9:00pm."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "I have been many time and love the food, the atmosphere and the service...."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "the beauty of the small plate is that you can have more. The fun here is trying out new things, and after many visits there are still are lots more to try."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The title of this review says it all but I must type 50 characters so I'll just add, "Don't miss it!""
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Awesome decor, great taste combination. Fantastic sangría."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We had friends in from out of town, wanted a restaurant with ambience, good food, where we weren't rushed, and could enjoy conversation. We got it all at Jaleo, except we had exceptional . We started with the gazpacho...delicious... and then ordered a couple of plates to share at a time, stopping when we were comfortably full! We had 8 small plates and, while all were delicious, we all agreed that the green beans plate with apricots and grapes, small pieces of ham was among the best. The skirt steak was perfection, and for dessert, the flan. We had a wonderfully attentive waiter. What more could we ask for a memorable evening out."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We hadn't been to Jaleo in a few months and an out of town guest wanted to eat there, and obliged. We had fond memories, but it was even better than we had recalled. The food was excellent, the atmosphere energetic but still reasonable for conversation, the service was attentive and helpful. We are looking forward to going again soon."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We had an 8:15 reservation and were not seated until 8:30. Service lagged throughout the evening."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Server was distracted, served others first, never brought bread, and we had to prompt him several times."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "The fried oxtail is rich, creamy, and flavorful. Trust me you'll love it! Only the cramped seating at this Jaleo makes me withhold giving it a perfect rating. Your packed together and so you'll share conversations."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Filled up too soon on the early courses. I think we missed some of the best dishes!"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "We were new to the tapas scene. The waiter was very helpful in recommending a strategy, as well as individual menu items. Everything was delicious! Way cool bathrooms as well!"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "One of the best restaurants in DC. Had a great meal. So much variety, so delicious. We love Jaleo!"
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "The food was superb, as was the wine. A bit noisy, but the waiter was energetic, knowledgable and service was great. Would definitely go again."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Three generations of our family met for dinner at Jaleo and had a fabulous time ordering a variety of tapas. Our waiter was very helpful and encouraged us to not feel rushed to order. We all enjoyed tasting each other's choices. We will go there again when we get the chance to get together."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Really good tapas-great ingredients, preparations & presentations. Servers attentive & helpful but not intrusive. Nice cocktail & wine list. Good energy vibe, fun decor & comfortable lighting. Wonderful place to go after Shakespeare Theater, Verizon Center, etc. One of Jose Andres gems and always reliably enjoyable."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "LOVED the food at Jaleo and the whole experience overall. But I shelled out so much dough that I might have to fast this week."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Sat at the bar after a movie at E St Cinema. Each had a gin and tonic (jose's pick and london dry). Oxtail fritters, flat bread with tomato, iberico ham, and olive oil. Liquid olives. Roasted mushrooms with garlic, lemon, and olive oil. Awesome food. Great atmosphere! Lot's of fun. Perfect end to a great date night!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014