Jaleo - Bethesda

4.4
2871 reviews
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$30 and under
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Spanish
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Sunday - Thursday: 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday: 11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m. - Midnight.

* We are open daily throughout the day.
* Lunch menu served until 2:30 p.m. Monday - Friday.
* Brunch menu served until 3:00 p.m. Saturday - Sunday.

SANGRIA HOUR
Sunday - Friday: 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 p.m. - Midnight.
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Phone number
(301) 913-0003
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
José Andrés; Head Chef Miguel Rebolledo
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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.
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Cross street
Elm Street
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Parking details
There is street metered parking available and we are within walking distance from a public metered lot.
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Public transit
We are walking distance from the Bethesda Metro Station on the Red Line.
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Entertainment
Jaleo Hour

Sunday - Friday: 4:30 - 7 PM

Saturday: 10:00PM - midnight

Available at the bar only
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Special events & promotions
Our events team will be happy to assist you in choosing a menu from our events package and planning your special event whether a birthday celebration, corporate meeting, or office get together. Also, make sure to inquire about our private cooking demonstrations!
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

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 and with a variety of spaces for your special event, we can accommodate any special occasion.

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2,871 reviews
4.4 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
62%
Very Good
26%
Good
9%
Fair
3%
Poor
1%
4.5
food
4.3
service
4.3
ambience
4.0
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4.0Dined 2 days ago

Extensive menu and good food. Everything was great but the sangria and shrimp tapas are overpriced.

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3.0Dined 3 days ago

It was a pleasant place to sit and talk but the portions were very skimpy

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Terrific, as always. First time trying the tasting menu. It was great -- but I think I prefer the pick and choose approach here. We sat outside, which is always reasonably quiet -- and generally considerably quieter than inside.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Fried bacon wrapped dates were incredible! Also loved the Cosmo in the Clouds drink.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Excellent food and service! Will be returning soon.

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3.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Food was good but not exceptional.

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4.0Dined on July 11, 2018

My out of town friend loved the small plates and variety offered. The summer special gazpacho was delicate and flavorful! We started with a carafe of sangria and enjoyed every morsel of food. Our waitress was attentive without being overbearing.

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3.0Dined on July 9, 2018

Really just mediocre tapas, but at a premium price. The Chinatown location is typically much better than this, so perhaps it's a complaint specific to the Bethesda location, not sure.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Pleasant outdoor setting, excellent service, a wide range of fine menu choices, and reasonable prices. The seafood paella was particularly outstanding. It is always a pleasure to support the ventures of Chef Jose' Andres, in view of his good works and courageous stands on social and political issues!

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3.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Our table was in the blazing sun. My beer was $9– ouch. The special raw tuna was very bland. The bread and olive oil were terrific. And I liked the sausage and white beans. The waiters were slow in clearing dirty plates. It was an average experience.

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4.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Food is still delish. The service less so. Wait staff behaves like order takers, not providing oversight of our experience.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Great food, attentive service, lively ambiance, great atmosphere, good list of wines as well. For those who enjoy different foods, small portions, great flavor, and the Spanish way of life.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Jaleo is a great place to spend time with friends. Sharing dishes helps create an intimate environment - look forward to returning soon!

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3.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Jaleo still has good food, but not as good as when they first opened in DC and Bethesda. The atmosphere seems dated and the restaurant needs to be updated, so it doesn’t look pretty much the same as 15 years ago,

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

As usual a wonderful meal! It seems Jaleo has become my "go to" restaurant for reliable dependable great meals. The menu contines to evolve will keeping a few good staples like the spinach with pine nuts and roasted sweet onions with blue cheese.

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Great food, sangria and atmosphere!

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

We needed to grab food quickly before a movie and the food was yummy and arrived in lightning speed! We especially loved the bacon wrapped dates.

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4.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Jaleo never, never fails to provide a great experience. The menu is creative, ever changing, and everything is really delicious. Although, I'm a sucker for the ham croquettes every time.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

As usual, had a great meal celebrating our dad and sister’s June birthdays at Jaleo. Yolande was our server and she was fantastic! Very knowledgeable about the menu and options for our son with food allergies.

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Wonderful dinner! The service was exceptional.

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2.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Service was atrocious. We sat down and asked for club soda and a glass of water. After 5+ minutes, we were given one glass of water and one EMPTY glass that looked like a candleholder. Server mumbled something incoherent and left. After asking a different server for club soda, the same guy who brought the empty glass came back with another glass and a small bottle of club soda which he left on the table, unopened, and silently walked away. WTH, he couldn’t have opened the bottle?? Or said something, anything, like do you need anything?? The various servers were dismissive all evening: no eye contact, no “how was your meal”, no water glass refills, nothing. Food was decent but not outstanding. Overall, we were disappointed. When we made the reservation, we indicated it was our anniversary, which was totally ignored by the restaurant. Why ask if you are not going to treat it as a special occasion?

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

Enjoyed a delicious, fun lunch sharing several different tapas dishes, including sautéed spinach with pine nuts and raisins, roasted cauliflower with olives and dates, seared salmon and veges, gazpacho, fennel and apples, Spanish omelette with veges. We were celebrating two birthdays and had truly outstanding service! Red sangria was fantastic.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Amazing food, good service, great ambiance. Will definitely visit again, and will recommend to anyone.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

We had been to Jaleo earlier in the week and thoroughly enjoyed it and we were only in Bethesda for a week so we met a friend there for lunch. Again we all thoroughly enjoyed it! I wish there was one in western Massachusetts!

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4.0Dined on June 22, 2018

We stopped before a movie and ordered the daily menu, which is very reasonable in price. Everything was delicious and better than expected for a fixed menu. There are a number of choices for each course and we really enjoyed each one of them. The dishes were nicely presented and seemed to be done with great care. We love this restaurant and it will continue to be one of our favorites.

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5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

Attentive waiters, quick service. We were there for a couple of hours and never felt rushed to leave as we were enjoying conversation.

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4.0Dined on June 19, 2018

Good interesting food

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Food and service were excellent. This is a reliably great place to dine for any occasion!

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3.0Dined on June 17, 2018

We usually have a great experience but service was very off on this occasion. We spent almost two hours on what should have been a one hour and fifteen meal. Pretty disappointing.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

The food at Jaleo, service and atmosphere is always excellent at Jaleo. Enjoyed the Gazpacho, Chicken Fritters, Shrimp with garlic, hanger steak, cauliflower and artichokes- all fantastic.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

We always enjoy Jaleo, but even more lately. The kitchen, management and staff seem to be back in sync. Bring back locally farmed vegetable specials!

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2.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Had to wait for half an hour for a table even with a reservation.

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4.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Another great meal at Jaleo. Always interesting and tasty. I brought a friend from out of town who very much enjoyed it.

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2.0Dined on June 9, 2018

The restaurant has a great wine list. Unfortunately, you can't always get the wines on the list. My concern isn't that they were out of the wine, but that it took 50 minutes between the first order and then the re-order for any wine to get to the table. By that time, we had finished the food with no wine.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

We were seated outside, and when a sudden downpour hit, we were able to be easily reseated inside. They were very pleasant about our change.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Outstanding food. This was quite possibly the best tapas we have ever eaten. That includes sampling tapas across most of Spain, plus several major American cities. Bravo! We will be back!

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Jaelo's continues to impress! So pleased with some of the items brought back on the menu -- Had the short ribs and they were delicious! Everything was fresh, and wonderful. Our go-to restaurant -- it's never missed and our favorite place to dine!

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Buenísimo!

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Everything was so good.

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4.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Everything was great with the exception of the rabbit I ordered which was over-cooked to the point that it had a beef jerky texture.

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