Jaleo - Bethesda
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We enjoyed our food, but had ordered soup first to get started on, but it didn't come until way after our tapas were delivered.
Attentive, professional service, delicious food with gorgeous array of tapas choices.
I’ve been there many times and the food is always delicious!
The server was overbearing. I was disappointed in his approach to serving us.
I would not recommend to a friend with a lot of Tapas experience. I was unimpressed compared to prior visits. The pan de cristal with tomato was good but not amazing. The dates are now breaded and fried which takes away a lot of the date flavor. The tortilla was very pale and not very flavorful. The Spinach with raisins was nice. The croquettes supposedly had different fillings but they all tasted very much alike, you couldn't really tell they had different fillings.
The gazpacho was perfect! I actually could have happily eaten bowl after bowl the entire evening. The only disappointment was the spinach with apples, raisins, and pine nuts, which wasn't as good as the one served at the DC branch of Jaleo. Most of our meal was made up of old favorites--the two previously mentioned, the stuffed red peppers, chicken croquettes. We tried one new dish, very pricy but also tasty, the seared scallops. I was so stuffed, I did without dessert, but my husband and friends had the great flan.
Wonderful time. Ordering was slow but once the order was taken the food just flowed out of the kitchen. It was great as we all (7) shared the dishes.
Our server was attentive and fun. We ate outside on a beautiful evening. We let him consult with the bartender as to what Chardonnay we would like as the wines were all Spanish and unfamiliar to us. We especially liked the garlic shrimp and the sausage with mashed potatoes. All the tapas were delish! We like supporting this restaurant because Chef José Andrés is such a wonderful humanitarian who has fed countless victims of hurricanes in Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, and many other venues.
Took waiter a king time to bring us our check. Too long and we were not in a hurry so it didn’t make sense.
Definitely recommend Paleo. The variety and quality of the food are first-rate. Our waiter, Fernando made the dinner especially enjoyable.
Excellent all around
The descriptions of the food far exceeded their actual appearance or taste. The price for each tapa was about what one would pay for an appetizer plate, with far more substance. It took an inordinate time to get our bills sorted out, (45 minutes). Really would not recommend this to anyone.
We had one of the tasting menus. It was great. Server and reception staff were very helpful with our requests. Open later than many Bethesda restaurants. Wide variety and creative dishes.
Always fabulous food, staff, ambiance and low noise level for conversing. And it feels good to support the humanitarian work of a great humanitarian— Jose Andres. Even his corporate staff and restaurant employees are involved in some way with his World Central Kitchen.
Wow! great restaurant. Easy to find. Parking close by. Unbelievable service. Delicious food. Creative, different, variety, nice portions. Quite reasonably priced. Good sangria too! You can’t go wrong at this place. Can’t wait to go back!
Phenomenal dinner. We ordered waaaaay too much food, though! (We ordered 4 plates each for three people - next time 3, max).
Excellent food; very creative. Excellent service. (Music is too loud.)
Sadly , Bethesda Jaleo does not compare to the DC location in food quality or quantity. I can order the same salad, go example, and it seems as if two very different recipes were followed - including different amounts of ingredients. This used to be my favorite restaurant in Bethesda , but it now seems to make little effort .
Very disappointing. The way to win back clientele is to improve, in quality and in quantity of the significant ingredients.
The food was excellent and the service delightful. The only thing that caused me to count Jaleo down was the inability to conduct a conversation at anything less than a yell.
My group tried about a dozen dishes, and loved all but one of them. The bacon wrapped dates were a particular favorite, as was the cauliflower.
Always wonderful food, lovely service and a great experience
It’s just the best restaurant in Bethesda especially if you like vegetables
Jaleo is small plates, and there are a number of good options on the menu. However, I find there are a couple of fantastic items (garlic shrimp, for example) and several decent-but-not-mind-blowing options (sausage in white beans). This set up makes Jaleo a solid choice for large groups, but it’s not my favorite of JA’s restaurants. The inside decor is funky and fun, but I prefer the outdoor seating, especially during fall and spring.
My wife and I shared four tapas: eggplant/red peppers, pane tomate, jambon iberico, and fried green tomatoes. Plus my wife got the mussels. The four tapas were great, but she said that the mussels were just OK. We had a white wine recommended by the staff--Granbazan--which was very nice, but a little lighter than we wanted.
We picked food from Tomatina menu; I would not recommended it at all
Took our daughter and roommate to dinner. Both are researching at the NIH.
The meal was spectacular and accommodated the vegan in the group.
Fun evening. The server opened the window next to our table and gave a great sense of also being outside. Plus, I love that José Andrés cares about feeding people in crisis.
We like sharing Tapas, and Jaleo does a good job. It had been a while since we had been. We missed the rosemary lamb chops, but our choices were delicious: fried green tomatoes with blue cheese, asian crispy eggplant with honey dressing, potatas bravas, hanger steak, and ham wrapped trout. The only drawback on our anniversary visit was the very noisy reunion going on in the bar area, which is tightly integrated with the dining area. Otherwise, we had a wonderful time.
I probably go to Jaleo too often and I should try a couple more spots in Bethesda. That said what brings me back to Jaleo is the first rate quality of the food. Each dish appears to have been prepared one minute ago. It’s a four star restaurant at 2 star prices.
Good waitstaff, ask for Fernando. He knows what he is doing.
Son’s birthday, Food and service was excellent, as always.
We had fruit flies on us on the window and flying around but was very annoying and unhealthy. I did notify manager but he just thanked me.
Sat outside on a gorgeous evening. Shared five yummy tapas and a dessert. Our waiter was very accommodating and delightful.
We love Jaleo, but this was not our best time there as we were inundated with tiny flying bugs around our table. It really made it hard to enjoy our time there.
Food and service was great. It was however very cold inside the restaurant.
My husband and I ordered the 25th Anniversary tasting menu with wine pairing. It was exceptionally delicious and an unforgettably special evening. We are long time appreciators of Jose Andres, his cookbooks, cooking/traveling series, and restaurants. Entirely worth the price.
It was excellent. Food was great and service very good
This restaurant never disappoints. The food is always delicious, and it was a very generous menu for restaurant week. We had excellent, excellent service.
It's always a pleasure eating at Jaleo.
My daughter and I started eating at Jaleo in DC in 1994. We just went back there for Restaurant Week on Aug. 13th. Now we frequent Bethesda Jaleo more often because it is closer to our homes. I have never been disappointed in a Jaleo meal including the excellent service.
As always outstanding menu, excellent food and good service.
Restaurant week is always a time to go to Jaleo! Five courses with three choices each of the delicious Tapas offered there. By far the best thing was the salmon with the crispy skin with two sauces. We always order the potatoes bravas And the spinach with pinenuts, raisins and a-wonderful cider vinegar dressing! It is a wonderful experience except that the air conditioning was broken that day.