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
580 reviews since May 6, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (393)good for groups (213)hot spot (213)special occasion (211)neighborhood gem (163)great for lunch (146)vibrant bar scene (123)notable wine list (108)great for outdoor dining (86)romantic (76)late-night find (64)great for brunch (62)kid-friendly (51)scenic view (12)Show More
  • Great Jose Andres find!
    NomiVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Another wonderful Jose Andres find! Fantastic Tapas, and fantastic service. We were so happy to be here after, so many disappointments in DC!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Back is best
    NancyDCVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Cauliflower, potatoes, sandwiches, mini burgers, croquettes... the food was all great! What I can recommend is a table in the back - first it seems its like the last table in the whole restaurant :) but its quieter there, I really enjoyed it.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We had a great server. All the tapas were delicious and the cocktails were top notch. We will gladly come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jaleo wins again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My cousin and I met for lunch at Jaleo and enjoyed it a lot. We both had the updated Sangria which they recently changed from traditional to more like a glass of wine with some citrus slices in it. I prefer the traditional but it was good. The steamed mussels were delicious and we had the toast with roasted tomato on top which was a bit saltier than I like. My cousin had the tuna salad plate which was full of very good veggies as well as tuna - and the mushrooms with garlic sauce - very yummy. Jaleo food is always interesting and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • TashiVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    A terrific meal and we especially enjoyed the tomato salad that is part of the current tomato celebration. Where else do you see the kind of attention to detail that not only provides you with perfectly ripe, peeled heirloom tomatoes, but even the grape and cherry tomatoes were peeled and cut in half. All of our dishes were excellent, but the salad was the star this time around!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Out of towners from Minneapolis
    BecklynnVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    This was recommended by a friend and was our favorite meal of our 5 night stay in DC. Great food. Awesome service. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Such a great meal but....
    FrequentFoodie
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I love Jaleo. I do. The service is attentive, the food is divine, but when did this become a place to bring children?! This isn't the restaurant's fault at all, but the screaming and running children-- from not one but at least two other tables was more than irritating. I'm not sure why the staff didn't ask them to control their children, or something else, but this was my only concern.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Relaxing & Delicious
    Cat52
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    I went to Jaleo with friends. The evening was so relaxed with sufficient service to feel taken care of, but not intruded upon. The waitress recommended that we order 3 dishes per person, but we ordered 2 each and it was plenty. The food was really interesting and delicious. I never would have ordered dates wrapped in bacon and breaded and fried, but it was delicious. The hanger steak was to die for. It was such a relaxed and satisfying evening, I'm ready to return already.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    A great place for eating with friends. The food is great, and sharing the food seems to encourage sharing everything else. I keep going back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Favorite DC Restaurant
    Janet
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    After driving to DC to restaurants quite often from our northern VA home, I have found the one place that's worth driving in for over and over again. The food is unique and delicious, and the small plates allow us to try many different and unusual dishes. This time we had the toast brushed with tomatoes and topped with Manchego, stuffed olives, potatoes bravas (our fave), tuna and potato salad, gazpacho, bacon wrapped dates, chicken croquettes, chocolate hazelnut cake, flan and olive oil ice cream. We sat and debated if we "needed" to order more, and we would have if we weren't all stuffed. Our server was knowledgeable and helpful, and the food came out promptly. We love this place and will take the hour long drive again gladly.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch was great
    KimC
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We met for brunch on a comfortable August Sunday, so we sat outside. It was such a pleasant setting despite a panhandler circling around & soliciting us! The food was great, the menu varied. We'd have preferred the usual brunch menu, but, because of their Restaurant Week offering, they weren't serving 'brunch.' Otherwise, it was a great meal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Washington stop
    Westernfoodies
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Fabulous find.multiple small plates great for sharing in a larger group. Pricey,but, you know that this is not a bargain going in. Knowledgeable staff help you navigate the long menu. Service was very attentive and pacing of various courses perfect making for a very enjoyable evening.restaurant is very trendy (aka noisy!) but one does not come he re for a romantic tete-a-tete.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Tapas
    jlb57
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Great food, very busy and loud, but all in all, a good experience. Had to wait for over a half an hour with resos on a Sat. night and it seemed they didn't really care. I would def. go back. Have the paella and the chorizo with mashed potatoes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very loud
    terry
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had a drink at the bar and decided not to stay. We had the tuna Tartare cones and they are wonderful but $5 each I felt it was pretty expensive.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • dc1763
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Went for restaurant week, not bad but we should have chosen from the regular menu instead. They recommend 4 tapas plates but 3 is pretty filling and you want to leave room for the yummy desserts. Good experience overall, will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always something new
    DiningOne
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Excellent and innovative food and super service help make Jaleo an exciting place to dine, pre-theater or later. Noisy, so not the place for quiet romance, but certainly vibrant. Initial seating was poor (in a walkway for trays of food) but a quiet word and a request and we were reseated near the window. Nice catch. The wine list on an i-pad selection system did not work however, so we fell back on the "tell the waiter and have him get it". I prefer low tech, esp. when high tech doesn't work. Always new dishes and fun choices.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Tapas
    Redhotme
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Enjoyed the tapas. Had mussels, bacon wrapped dates, chicken fritters, spinach, tuna potato salad, goat cheese on endive, and drinks. the mussels were our all-time favorite, tasting smoky and served with french bread for dipping in the sauce. Chicken fritters were interesting in that they had a soup-like consistency inside, but not much chicken. Potato salad was light and tasty with the tuna mixed in. I had their Sangria, which was tasty, not too sweet. Would highly recommend as the menu is large and the wait staff seemed very nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Food was very good! Server didn't ask us if we were enjoying our apps or main course once.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Food was excellent and great service, reservations are meaningless, we had to wait 30 minutes and they were about to give us a table in a spot that was less than ideal. Management did come through though and found us another table and were gracious in compensating us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasted many different dishes
    jasr
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We went for a birthday celebration during restaurant week and were able to taste many different dishes. The food is very good, some dishes better than others. Beet salad was excellent and very generous portion. Wilted spinach was good but too wet for my taste. Loved the chorizo with mashed potatoes. Would return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BEST TAPAS IN DC
    Foodie804
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I came here for the first time with a few friends for restaurant week and honestly had the best meal I've had in a LONG time. It was a great deal - 5 courses for $35.14. We all ordered something a little different and shared. The chorizo was absolutely insanely delicious, best chorizo I've ever had, hands down. The salmon was second best, it had an amazing cauliflower puree and raspberry sauce. AWESOME. The white been salad and bacon wrapped dates were phenomenal. I would have to say that the chocolate flan dessert was one of my favorites though, I was so full after the first 4 tapas but I still ate the entire dessert because it was THAT good. I HIGHLY recommend this place to everyone especially for special occasions and date nights!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Chefs Selection Menu
    DoxieLuvr
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We were overwhelmed by the number of delicious sounding items in the menu. We decided to try the chef's tasting menu. Everything came out delicious! We were able to try things we normally wouldn't have ordered. The menu was also good for a couple who really enjoy talking. We didn't have to refer back to the menu and could continue our conversation with very little interruption.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant week delight
    starvingstudent
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The food was incredible and surprisingly filling, the service was not only knowledgeable but friendly and talkative in a welcoming way. The decor is fascinating and all blends together to make a unique dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    With a daughter married to a gentleman from Spain she knows her tapas. We all loved the food but it was important that she gave it her stamp of approval. I loved the creative cocktails.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service Disappointing
    VeteranFoodie
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Have dined here numerous times. The tapas are creative and well-executed. The location is very good, especially if you are attending an event at the Verizon Center. Prices are expensive for tapas. Restaurant's shortcoming is the service. Waiter was polite and friendly but inattentive. Constantly had to search for him -- and restaurant was not THAT crowed. Wine arrived halfway through dinner.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent restaturant week menu
    Donna
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    every choice was very good and were able to have a wonderful conversation around great food and service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bad seating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The food was good and the selections were numerous and varied. The hangar steak, recommended by our server, was delicious. We made a reservation on Open Table for after a matinee at the Woolly Mammoth. The restaurant wasn't crowded when we arrived and many good tables were available but we were seated in the back in the clear path of servers who had to take food to outside tables. It was busy and distracting. The hot air kept blowing in the door. I think if we had made the effort to make a reservation we would have been seated in a better section and the less desirable tables be give to those who hadn't made plans. The server also rushed us for our order...difficult since we had never seen the menu before there were many choices.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • review of Jaleo restaurant
    jimmy
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    good variety and price during restaurant week. we enjoy the tapa selections.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All things good, some extraordinary
    JackOfNoTrade
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I went with a party of four. We ordered a variety of things and shared between the table. Everything was good. We ordered various jamons, all of which were excellent. The croquetas were great - as good as any I have had in Spain. Anyway, I could go on. Just a wonderful experience for everyone
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jaleo is always good
    ch22VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Jaleo is probably the best restaurant deal I've come across in DC. This time, the food was only very good instead of excellent though. I'd still go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ¡Magnifico!
    OhioBrian
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food and service were great. We had an early reservation but took our time and were expertly guided through the menu by our server. I love eating Tapas and every plate was delicious. I also love how plates come out when they are ready, ensuring hot, and fresh food! We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • saturday lunch
    dontgetoutmuch
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Food was good/fun; service was sporadic. Wine was forgotten until reminded. Excuses with respect to kitchen given when asked about different dishes that were missing. Ended up with a plate that was not ordered at one point late in the meal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food!
    jvrw
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I've loved this restaurant for years. Never disappoints!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    SueM
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I've been to Jaleo in numerous ocassions, this time it had a lot to be desired. It was the first time for the rest of my party, and they will never go back. Food was not fresh, service was awful, and waiter and service staff were not too friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent meal and experience
    luv2dine
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Our meal at Jaleo was fantastic. The staff and the service were great and the food was definitely an experience. Well worth the stop for anyone interested in upscale Spanish tapas.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mixed feelings
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Our greeting by the hostess was immediate. The waiter was unimpressive - felt like his job was an inconvenience of his day. We received spoons for dessert and had to advise him we hadn't yet received our first course. He seemed friendly only as we neared 'tipping' time...
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Dining Experience
    DCfoodie
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Had a delicious dinner at Jaleo and a wonderful overall dining experience. All the tapas were amazing - I would recommend trying pretty much everything on the menu! Our waiter was fantastic and provided us with excellent service. The London Dry cocktail was the best drink I've ever had and I'll definitely be back for more of those. Would absolutely come back to Jaleo - it's evident why this is one of the top restaurants in DC year after year!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Time During Restaurant Week
    econguy
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We had an early reservation on the Thursday of restaurant week. The RW menu was limited but adequate, and the food was excellent as always. The waitress did an excellent and attentive job, so I rated the service very good. Unfortunately, the frequent visits by the busboys became annoying, to the point when one person tried to take my plate before I was finished! That experience, which made us feel like we were being rushed, plus the high level of noise caused me to lower the ambience to just fair. Our experience during prior visits was much, much better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Food!
    FoodisFun
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We had great food - eight different tapas. Everything was awesome! The restaurant was crowded but it added to the ambiance. Service was excellent as were the drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and Ambience
    Gita
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The service was consistent and efficient, our server as extremely knowledgeable about the wine and the food. The gazpacho soup was perfectly seasoned with chunks of tomato and cucumber, the beet salad with blue cheese was a harmony of flavors and textures, the watermelon salad with microgreens and balsamic was sublime, stuffed roasted red peppers were succulent with mouth-bursting flavor, and the pork loin was perfectly cooked. Dessert of flan and chocolate rounded off the meal and the finale of black coffee with a lingering chocolate taste was superb
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.