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.View Private Dining Details
I have been a fan of Jaleo for years. Now unfortunately I get the feel of a "chain" and some of the food strikes me as having been prepared in a commercial kitchen, packaged and heated or fried before serving-- ie, bacon wrapped dates, croquettas. I now know of several tapas places with better food.
The food and service was excellent, but the area where we were seated was very cold. Our table was at the back of restaurant near the door that leads to the patio area. Will come back, but will not sit near the back.
I haven't been to the Bethesda Jaleo in a few years. I live 35 miles away. I've had some wonderful meals there and in DC, but this one was lackluster, as was the service. For instance, the dates with bacon were mostly breading and had very little flavor, other than the sauce. Quite disappointing. I would go again (it's an old favorite). But if I had a second meal like this one, I'd probably cross it off my list of go-to dependable restaurants.
Arrived and was seated quickly and water glasses were promptly filled, but we then sat for 20 minutes without a visit from a waitperson or anyone else. When we asked a passing waitress about the delay, we got serious attitude, but no explanation. As it turned out, this same waitress returned a few minutes later as she was our server. The rest of the meal was awkward as she barely communicated, but the food was good as usual. Disappointing for a Jose Andres restaurant as the service is usually good.
Excellent, authentic modern spanish cuisine. Equal to anything served in Madrid. Portions are small, and the food is a tad expensive, but everying is delightful and unique. Uncultured souls/nonadventurous palates need not apply.
Good decent food. My neighborhood restaurant. Can count on Jose Andreas for consistency.
We had an early dinner prior to Ute Lemper at the Kennedy Center. The food at Jaleo is quite good and the tapas gives you the opportunity to sample a variety of dishes. The appetizers and Queso are outstanding. The octopus is really good, and the baby squid is pretty good. And everyone must try the coquettes with jambon as well as any other spanish ham item on the menu. Don't forget a little bit of the veggie options . . . we will be back again, and again. The desserts are good, and not just the flan. The basque special dessert is phenomenal. And they make very decent espresso. Go. Enjoy. We made the concert on time in spite of a reluctance to leave Jaleo behind.
Very accommodating, highly informed staff, most importantly the food was excellent. Enjoyed by the adventurous and the conservative alike. Good for vegetarians, seafood lovers and meat lovers. Really good. Not cheap but good value considering what you are having.
Really overpriced for what you get it seems.
Food and service great as always. Noise was unbearable, not “energizing.” I was going to invite some friends but I know they could not hear over the noise, while I simply detest it. Will revert to my usual pattern of lunch on a quiet day.
The food was terrific. And so were the cocktails and sangria. The service was also excellent. We had a great time and I look forward to going back.
Loved the food & ambience along wirh rhebxompany of my two adult children.
I love Spanish tapas and Jose Andres, so it is a win win for me. I have been at Jaleo, several times, but my friends had not (group of 8). Their comment was that the food was delicious, but it is pricey for the amount of food you get. One of the dishes I ordered, was the "paella de fideos", and the flavor was good, but hardly got any seafood, my friends had the same observation.
Our main server was rather uninterested in giving us much attention or eye contact, although his bussers did a good job bringing out the food & drinks and clearing away. I asked the main server for a dessert menu but never got it, just the bill and a perfunctory thanks. It was the only time I’ve had such unenthusiastic service at Jaleo so I chalked it up to him having a bad day.
Outstanding food and service, as always. Best restaurant in Bethesda.
My boyfriend and I had a wonderful experience at Jaleo. Our server was attentive and kind, and made our meal really special. The food was creative and delicious, we especially enjoyed the Salmon tartare and trout roe cone. We will be back soon!
We have been to Jaleo many times, and the experience is always great. The food is inventive and fun, and the atmosphere is casual and energetic. Our favorite dishes include Iberico jambon, shrimp sautéed in garlic and spinach sautéed with pine nuts, apples and raisins. We love the gazpacho and the Fisherman’s soup too.
The food, as usual, was very good. But they service was top notch. Our attendant - forget her name, unfortunately - was exceptional. Very warm, friendly, and attentive.
I hadn't been to a Jaleo restaurant in around 5-8 years, since I no longer work downtown. I was surprised to find that the "little" plates have grown much larger. The prices don't seem to have grown as well, however. I must admit that I did like the smaller helpings that afforded the opportunity to experience more of the wonderful cuisine. The larger plates, though, are better for sharing. Wine and waiter at the Bethesda location were amazing. It will not be long before I return!
Everything was very good, as always. In addition to usual favorites like potatas bravas, we tried the scallops and the rabbit confit. Everything was delicious.
The lunch special is amazing!
Always excellent food from another Jose Andres restaurant. Small plates of really stylish, tasty, and traditional food. Good wine list and great cocktails. Try a gin and tonic.
Very quick service, which was great because we were en route to Round House
Had another great meal here. I'm gluten and dairy free (and temporarily not eating corn or soy) and they have an allergy menu that tells you all of the allergens in the food. There were plenty of good options for me.
This was a good-bye lunch for one of our lab members.
It was delightful - excellent food, wine and service. It seems to have been a quiet Friday - maybe because the weather was a bit grim - but we loved it.
We will surely be back.
Very nice, relaxed atmosphere with good service. The dishes were all very tasty but the lamb was by far, my favorite. It was very flavorful and cooked just right. Yum!
Not inexpensive, but a great way to explore Jose's take on tapas. Great wine list.
Also nice to celebrate a special event, day etc.
The food is always fabulous, small plates are the way to go for variety. Good wine list.
I've been frequenting Jaleo since 2012. I've visited both the DC and the Bethesda locations many times. The quality I've come to expect from Jaleo is extremely high. I've watched A Taste of Spain and I have Jose Andres' book. I have a huge bias to like his restaurant and his food. However, this time was a devastating disappointment. The prices have skyrocketed and the quality has plummeted. The croquetas de jamon are much smaller than before, the taste of jamon has been dimished by more filler, and the breading is a lot less fluffy and airy than before. The patatas bravas are no longer fried to perfection or crunchy. They're simply soggy. The sauce for the bunuelos de bacalao is now tasteless instead of sweet and tangy. The chistorras with chips have soggy chips on them. The escalivada had way too much vinegar in it and killed the balance of the dish. The pulpo was not melt-in-your-mouth tender like it used to be. It's hard for me to even go on. This was one of my favorite restaurant in the world and my wife (from Spain) and I have traveled all across Spain by car and we've tried restaurants from many regions and we both agreed Jaleo was one of the best, even amongst restaurants in Spain. It's now no better than a random bar de tapas with average/mediocre food and on top of that, it's wildly overpriced. Hopefully the DC branch has not fallen this low
While the food was excellent, service was spotty. Had to ask three times for a refill on the o live olive oil supplied for dipping with the bread. Other than that, service was good.
Mi esposa que es puertorriqueña y yo queríamos ir a alguno de los restaurantes de Jose Andres ya que lo admiramos muchisimo por su labor humanitaria en Puerto Rico.
Magnifica comida y servicio.
Overall, a very pleasing dining experience with all but 1 dish excellent and attentive service. Also very accommodating about food allergies. Their patatas bravas are the stuff of dreams, the shrimp lovely, the cauliflower with dates and olives a delightful combination, the endive with goat cheese reliably great, the pan de cristal had wonderful flavor and crunch... Sadly, the quail was uninspiring.
Service was less than expected.
We went for Valentine's 2018. The restaurant provided complimentary Rose cava, and had special and regular menus available. The restaurant was crowded but the food and cocktails were lovely. We had a great time.
We used to go to the downtown Jaleo frequently after the theatre, and always enjoyed the variety and tastiness of the small plates. So we were looking forward to our treat in Bethesda on Valentine's Day. We ordered the tasting menu @$55, and a bottle of Spanish wine (very good). The food, however -- 8 different plates -- was either bread with something on it (tomato, eggplant) or fried (cheese) or some kind of cured meat (sausage). In short -- nothing succulent or inviting, like the baby lamb chops we used to get downtown. Even the spinach w pine nuts and raisins, wh I always used to order, was thrown together here and oily. I hate it when a good restaurant gets careless and tries to save money on the food. Especially when they're charging so much.
We came Jaleo's because of the truffle festival, and because it was Valentine's day. We ordered one of the set menus of the day, and added truffles to a couple of the dishes. On the down side, the truffles were either too bland or to subtle for me to taste. But having lived in Italy and experienced fresh truffles every year, I don't think they were subtle. On the bright side, every single dish was so wonderful that we didn't really mind the blandness of the truffles. The lesson- trust the chefs at Jaleo's to create what they want, and don't try to mess with perfection!
Jaleo is one of the few reasons I would ever venture to downtown Bethesda. It's great to see the Jaleo brand retaining its high quality when expanding out of downtown DC into the 'burbs.
Wow food is EXQUISITE! Servers are Outstanding!