Jaleo - Bethesda

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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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Miami
1 review
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

Poor service
Too loud
Not as nice as DC location

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p
Nashville
19 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quick dinner prior to leaving town after a meeting. Food was outstanding. Highlights were the liquid olive and the olive oil ice cream with grapefruit (yes I like olives). Impressive longevity for this restaurant. This would be one of the best restos in Nashville.

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GS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wait staff saw we had two little boys in our group and offered the food all table. Super thoughtful wait staff!

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SG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated in an alcove with a round table, perfect! Everyone was delighted with the food and our waiter was excellent. We were each welcomed graciously at reception.

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DD
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Would have said perfect but for tad high music volume. Maybe next time??

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it, service was fabulous, only complaint is courses came way too quickly.

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NL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Can't wait to return again with a large appetite to try more dishes.

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LF
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

There was no server available. We waited 15-20 minutes just to get water. I kept asking the hostess and other servers to send someone to our table.

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NH
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I love Jose Andres. I love tapas (we are of Spanish ancestry). Jaleo has decent tapas and a very nice Bethesda restaurant. However, there were 5 of us and we spent $390 with tax and tip. This did not include desserts or coffee. The food was not outstanding . . . for the price you pay for it, it should be.

So, I've debated whether the answer to the question "Would you recommend Jaleo - Bethesda to a friend?" should be. I had to choose between yes and no, and chose the latter. I wish I could have qualified it with "maybe--if you are willing to pay a lot of money for just OK food".

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LD
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I’ve eaten in other Jaleo locations and this was not up to par. The manager and staff were kind and attentive in giving us a complimentary beverage for our occasion.
But the meal then started coming at a very fast pace. We had no sooner taken a bite of one dish then another arrived - unusual and unnecessary in a tapas place. The staff was also super concerned with removing plates, even if were not finished with a dish.
It could have been a nicer experience with slightly slower pacing, which we even asked for. Also, while I have previous had food I’d considered “memorable” the meal was competent but not special.

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f
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and ingredients well specified

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MR
Baltimore
24 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The restaurant is just a special place. Everything we tried on the special lunch menu was unique: attractively plated and well-seasoned. The standouts were a strawberry-watermelon gazpacho and a chicken dish in a green sauce, though I’d definitely order the fried potatoes again, too. And the flan was perfection. To add to the experience, we could carry on a conversation without raising our voices at all.

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AB
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Jaleo is our favorite but was disappointed w the paella - very very salty and wet. Didn’t impress our guests and us. Disappointed

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good restaurant but air conditioning wasn’t working properly.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing tapas and drinks!! Definitely pricey!

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SF
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cool restaurant in a bustling, vibrant part of downtown Bethesda. Menu was a little overwhelming for first timers, but our server was very helpful and made excellent suggestions.

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VC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went on a Saturday night and it happened to be during their 10-11 happy hour. Great deal on sangria and tapas. Love the croquetas. Service was great! We loved it.

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G
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently good, fresh dishes, well-prepared and served in a comfortable, al fresco setting. Service is always cordial, attentive, top-notch. Dishes are fairly-priced, especially the paella. Overall, Jose Andres' is doing good, admirable things -- in this restaurant, and on the national and world stages!

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p
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was terrific, but the place, when full, is very noisy.

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MM
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Omg-awesome! Everything we ate and drank was out of this world flavorful?

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FD
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

At the beginning the service felt a bit rushed. Pacing of the dishes could have been better.

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TS
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is delicious, but very pricey. Service on this occasion was a bit indifferent.

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L
Washington DC
111 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Not the atmosphere of Jaleo DC. Tapas were good but not fab. However, Tempranillo wine, delicious. We had the place to ourselves because it was early. Staff were nice, but waiter was not familiar with Rioja, a Spanish staple.

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PA
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, as always! I appreciate Jaleo and Jose Andres

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DS
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love Jaleo for its reliably well prepared and interesting takes on Spanish tapas. The wait staff are helpful without being intrusive. Our favorite dishes are the spinach with pine nuts and the best fried calamari anywhere (including in Spain).

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ML
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Two veterans, four first-timers we were thrilled to have experience Jaleo. Once again, as always, the food was spectacular and delicious, and the wait staff made us feel appreciated: not the overly-friendly version, but truly as though they were glad to have us their. Thanks, Chef Andrés, for all the good you do for us and for the world!

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L
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 2

The food dishes were diverse and interesting. But be prepared to have dishes dropped on your table and not much else.

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Y
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Liked the mushrooms dish, otherwise - the food was just okay, the service pretty good, but the value is too poor for us to come back.

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EM
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I enjoyed an early dinner before the movies at Jaleo Bethesda. We ate outside in the shade. I have had many meals here but there is always something new to try and we did so on Saturday. The octopus was great, the sauvignon blanc was refreshing and two glasses disappeared quickly. My friend enjoyed the imaginative gin cocktail. Sunday night I ate at the Jaleo on 7th street with 3 friends and we shared the paella, one of the paella festival dishes. Again, friends enjoyed some imaginative gin cocktails. So, you can tell I love Jaleo.

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JB
New England
8 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fabulous as always Couldn't have chosen a better place to take visitors

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MC
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, I loved dining at Jaleo’s and so did my friend! Excellent menu. My only suggestion is to change the menu occasionally. Last but not least I go there because of the owner, Jose, and his activism for others. Thank you!

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RL
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Jaleo was a unique experience for us in the States. We have had tapas in Spain, but never in the US. There were so many dishes to consider, it was difficult deciding. Those we selected were tasty and met or exceeded our expectations. The half carafe of their classic sangria was so-so. The flan for desert was exceptional. This is definitely a place to experience. The service was superb and the wait time for the dishes was only a few moments.

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PC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is always great and the service we received was exceptional.

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NA
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I'm usually afraid I'll leave hungry when I consider tapas. That is certainly not the case at Jaleo. The food is tasty and well-prepared and, ordered correctly, plentiful. Our server, Sarah, was wonderful and knowledgeable about the extensive menu. The coquettes (fish and chicken) are amazing - in fact, I didn't have anything I didn't like and a couple we ordered twice. It's not a cheap date - with small plates ranging from $4-$18 (median seems to be $8) each and a recommendation of two to three plates per person, it can add up. Worth it? Absolutely.

The restaurant is stylish and quite comfortable and centrally located near Bethesda Row. Noise level is modest - we had to lean in when it got very busy, but not as bad as some of the newer places that seem to be all hard surfaces.

A great dining experience all around. Easy to recommend for a gathering of friends or a special occasion.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always consistently great.

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JM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

We had a good time because we were with friends that we hadn't seen in a long time. However, both my wife and I were disappointed in the food. We had about 7 or 8 different tapas dishes, but only a few of them were really good. Most were meh.

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DD
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Jaleo provided an outstanding meal overall and a great value for the quality of what was served. There were 4 of us and we tried 10 dishes with Cono de Mermelada de Tomate y Queso de Cabra (tomato and goat cheese) and the Pato a la Plancha con Setas (seared duck breast) being standouts. We will probably pass on the Puntillitas de Cádiz Salteadas con Pochas (baby squid with beans) and the Pisto Manchego con Huevos (quail eggs on stewed vegetables). The squid was a bit rubbery and the quail egg dish was oversized for how rich the dish was. Cocktails and wines were winners across the board.

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RR
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent selection of tapas and energized atmosphere.

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J
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We decided to go to Jaleo for a girls night out. It was a great experience and we took advantage of our server’s knowledge when choosing items from the vast menu options. We totally enjoyed each item brought to us, and found the paring of flavors on each plate exceptional.

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BI
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate outside on the Jaleo terrace . We enjoy dining there as it is relatively quiet . The food , wine and service was excellent . We highly recommend Jaleo Bethesda .

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