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Jaleo DC
Jaleo DC

Jaleo DC Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.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
  • "A friend recommended the restaurant and what a delitgful experience!!!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Unfortunately, we were seated directly next to the back door of the restaurant which proved to be very annoying when their outside seating is busy. Every 15 or so seconds, the door would swing open and slam closed making conversation almost impossible. We asked to be relocated to an open table adjacent to us, however they were unable to accommodate due to fact that the place was packed. The food overall was mediocre, and we were really disappointed by the paella. Despite the terrible experience due to the seating, the manager did attempt to compensate by picking up the bill for the sangria - which was nice."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We did one of the tasting menus. The food was simply amazing. A really great mix if classic tapas and some innovative, molecular gastrinomy elements. Those can sometimes be weird, but the execution was flawless. The only complaint I'd have was the service was a little too prompt, and the tasting had a little too much food. It was so good, we had to eat everything, and then hardly had room for the full sized deserts that were included. For 70pp, the mid tier tasting was a definite winner."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "My wife and I visited this restaurant to see it from our pov after learning about it on Anthony Bourdain's show. Loved it! We tried a variety of different tapas, and all were fabulous, especially the salmon crudo and croquettas de pollo - YUM!!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "It is a tapas bar, so it can be pricey, but overall we enjoyed our food and the service there and would recommend it for anyone looking for a Spanish style tapas bar."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "La comida es increíble, como la española. Pero me hubiera gustado comer mis croquetas en las zapatillas de cristal."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I'd been to Jaleo many times, but never for lunch. The sandwich option is very nice...the $25 three-course menu that my colleague ordered seemed like a ton of food. Chips (despite the special packaging) didn't seem all that special but the sandwich was excellent. Sometimes a little challenging to get server's attention."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "I like to bring guests to Jaleo for lunch because the food is excellent, and also because of the variety -- the appetizer-size tapas plates allow even a small party to try lots of different things. Usually I don't make a reservation, but on this last visit, I did. The day before, I received a phone call to confirm the reservation, and also to inquire whether I had any special requests or needs. I replied that it would be nice to have a table where 2 friends who hadn't seen each other in a while could sit and talk. When my friend and I arrived, we were shown to a nice booth towards the back, where it was quiet. We were able to chat and have a leisurely lunch. The wait staff was attentive, without being obtrusive."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Easy to get to; fun. We tried several dishes and all were good; I especially liked the seafood paella. My guests cleaned up every morsel of every dish. The hazelnut ice cream with the chocolate dessert was great. It's noisy, so if you're trying to conduct business it may not be the best choice."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Wonderful food and service. Waiter steered us correctly and paced food in a very good way. Yummy desserts, too. Only complaint is that the coffee was quite weak."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The menu is very extensive and the choices intriguing. The service is outstanding and recommendations were well worthwhile taking. The food is well prepared and presented. The restaurant is a "keeper"."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Loved the decor . Very friendly staff .food was very good . Will definitely come here again"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "This place is great with the exception of the loud music. we moved to a table by the north windows and that helped. But the previous weekend, my husband and I had to ask the manager 3 times to turn it down. We come at 11:30 for brunch expecting it to be quieter but the young manager just doesn't understand how older people have hearing issues and the experience is less than pleasant when this is the issue. We may leave right away in future visits if we can't get a table away from the speakers above the registers on the north window sides (banquet seating). You are our favorite brunch place but we need more robust action when we request the music be turned down."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Go hungry. It is expensive but it's great food. This place consistently has great service. A must visit in DC."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Go with many people to taste many things or just over order, worht it!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "It is a good Spanish food but you expect to find an innovative cuisine with mix of food and new favors but we didn't find it!!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Great Tapas. Excellent paella, gin and tonic oysters, rabbit confit"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Loved the paella, signature shrimp and crab salad! Very busy on a Thursday night - very loud but fun atmosphere. I don't recommend the marinated chicken, it lacked flavor and was a bit greasy."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Jaleo's food is tasty, attractive - my wTermelon salad was visually appealing and tasty! - and doesn't come on platters. 2 friends and I shared 6 plates of garlic shrimp, fresh tomato rubbed bread and the best potatoes with aioli ever cooked"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "We had a great time in Jaleo in our visit at Washington DC. The "rossejat" was great, very similar to my mum's one in Barcelona. Thanks a lot for sharing this nice time with you!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "We went as a family and the food was very good and the service great. They brought the wrong bottle of wine, but it was fine for the evening. I would go back."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Great food, great ambiance. Highly recommend anyone stopping by D.C. to put Jaleo on their list of restaurants to visit."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Lovely experience with delicious food in a lively atmosphere that was not too noisy. Terrific location and perfect timing for theatre!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Two words that don't often go together. Many favorites on the menu, and they come out consistently good. Also: thank goodness for some Sherry in DC - a good list here to try. Because the tapas come out as they are ready, never feels like you are waiting long."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "My husband and I dined at Jaleo in early July and had a splendid meal. The food was all great, the service though sometimes a bit confused was fine. The table setting in the restaurant is a tad too close so overhearing the conversations of other diners was a given but that provided opportunity to share in the dining experience and make more informed choices off the menu. I would recommend this place to any prospective diner."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "I am a big fan of all Jose Andres offers so I may be a bit biased. However, I can be balanced. Jaleo is just a prime example of why I love him. Great atmosphere and service but the food is what shines-- basic Spanish tapas done up just a tad to make them different than any other Spanish tapas place and perfectly executed every time. Jaleo's sidewalk seating is the epitome of the tapas experience...laid back to give the diner the opportunity to get a broad taste of the menu while really enjoying each dish as a new experience. If you are in a rush, however, don't come here. The service is fantastic and timely, but you will miss the whole point of dining here."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Always enjoy the food but always also feel the servers are rushed...like they drop stuff off and run before you can make eye contact and thus ask them a question. BUT, Jose Andres is still one of my favorite chefs and people in general. Love his food and his humanitarian efforts!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Once again, the food and service at JALEO were super excellent in every way. I shared the meal with two New Yorkers who were ecstatic about the food and the experience."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Perfect for getting together with friends to sample a variety of foods and enjoy a few cocktails. Everything we sampled was delicious and the service was good. Atmosphere was lively and invited conversation. Wouldn't be my choice for a romantic evening but it was great spot to catch up with friends and family."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Usually, Jaleo is tops. Unfortunately, they fell short on delivery of food and service this time around. The food was too greasy...not just 1 dish but 2. Vegetables were overcooked, salted and way too much oil-not the quality expected and usually have. The service was slow and they were not overly crowded as it was before Dinner rush and after lunch rush."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The food was absolutely wonderful but I found a hair in the calamari. The server seemed annoyed when we pointed it out... Which was beyond me."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Jaleo is an amazing tapas place. 6 of us went on July 4th and were seated at one of the front foosball tables. My husband and his buddy loved that they could be 12 again during dinner. We ordered a good variety of tapas. While the plates are small, there was plenty for everyone to pass around and share. We were stuffed but the pistachio gelato is a must."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "This time it was the squash blossoms filled with goat cheese, battered and fried. There were various watermelon specialties too. There is always something new and interesting on the menu, but there are also all our usual favorites. This is a terrific place to come, either before or after the theater, or for a special occasion."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Really fabulous food! A great place during World Cup month too! Favorite food was the Gaszpacho!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "My wife and I enjoyed the hanger steak and shrimp in garlic sauce, after the apple and cheese salad and sautéed spinach with pine nuts - for a memorable dinner. We also had the jam on iberico, but it was a bit salty for our taste. This was a great holiday choice on a short visit to Washington DC."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "I was vacation in DC and found this amazing place. I wish there was one near me. It was my first experience with tapa dining and I loved it! Every single item I tried was absolutely delicious! I went for my wedding anniversary and I would 100% recommend it to anyone!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "You are guaranteed great food if you walk into any of Jose Andre's restaurants. Jaleo had a busy lunch crowd on Thursday. As I walked in you felt a buzz. We were acknowledged right away and brought to your seat. Great food which was brought to the table in a timely manner. Will always go back."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Enjoyable atmosphere and decent food. Wide range of choice selection. Nothing I was too excited about. But could be good for others."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Because I made my reservation on OpenTable, I was NOT allowed to sit with my guest at a window table despite there being 3-4 available and unused for the duration of my hour long lunch. The hostess informed me that we had not made that request at the time of the reservation. Didn't know I had to or that "option" was available. Surprised it isn't an obvious courtesy/ policy to offer that either by the restaurant or via OpenTable. Concerned now this is policy at all restaurants that I book with OpenTable and makes me less inclined to use OpenTable. I didn't much of it at the time, but I was not seated at a window table at my last lunch reserved on OpenTable. We'll see about my next one... today."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "My husband and I have gone to several other Jose Andres restaurants and have thoroughly enjoyed it. We were excited to try Jaleo, but the food jsut did not compare to the others. There were a couple of dishes that were really good, the Mini-Hamburgers were exceptional, but everything else was okay and very salty."
    Dined on 6/28/2014