Jaleo Crystal City

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$30 and under
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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.

Jaleo Crystal City is the proud home to the only all-Spanish wine shop in the DC-area. Stop in to grab a bottle for your next dinner party or for your meal at Jaleo. Our servers and managers are available and ready to help you select something perfect from our unique collection.
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St. Louis
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great space for a business dinner (which is what we had). Lots of different dishes, and the service was very good. Would certainly go back.

OT
Miami
69 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Fun place excellent service.

KC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The dishes that were good, were incredible, but some were misses. I highly recommend the paella and the toast with sea urchin. The octopus was a little bland and the sangria was so-so. The staff and ambience were top notch. I would definitely give it a second chance.

OT
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Did the tasting menu and every single dish and drink was delicious and well thought-out. Service was perfect. Loved the easy access to parking, too!

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great time at Jaleo. Our waiter Ricardo had excellent recommendations and was very friendly.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Rebecca was outstanding!

H
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Rebecca was awesome, perfect suggestions for wine and dishes.

P
Atlanta
46 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service authentic Spanish food. Actually the best outside of spIn itself. O am from Spain so I can attest to authenticity. I highly recommend.

LN
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jose Andres restaurants never disappoint. Love the small plates to share. Great night out with friends. The croquettes are delicious. We had the cauliflower too. All delicious.

LS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was fantastic! Everyone was very friendly and attentive.

RA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

I would not recommend Jaleo for Brunch. I’m not sure they had enough staff on hand. We were sat next to a large party and crammed in to a small table next to them.
My party was ignored for 10 minutes before our order was taken. Bread was brought to our table well after we had eaten the main entree and our tapas were brought out at least 7 minutes after that.
I normally look forward to coming to Jaleo but this experience left much to be desired.
I might try again for evening tapas but it will be awhile before I come back for brunch.

CC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I eat at Jaleo almost weekly and it’s always great. What really makes it fantastic is that we ask for our favorite server, Mac, and he is always on top of every need before it’s even requested. Now I just need to figure out a setting in OpenTable to only make reservations when he is working and only be sat in his section.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fantastic cod fritters! Great service from Diego too!

s
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was interested in trying the Crystal City branch of Jaleo and wasn't disappointed. The food was fabulous, the layout of the restaurant bright, stylish and inviting and the service outstanding. I will definitely go there again (and again)!

e
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I brought out-of-town guests there. One is vegan and one has food allergies and I knew they could find something delicious that met their needs. I was right. Lots of good choices. The special menu marking allergens was helpful. The only drawback was the noise. It was challenging to have a conversation and we were trying to catch up after living in different cities.

GC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, outstanding service. My colleague was pressed for time as he flew out of Reagan that evening. The staff worked hard to bring out o our order quickly. Much appreciated!

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef was very accommodating to our party's ovo-lacto vegetarian and put together a brunch tasting menu to her specs. We ordered a side of jamon for the carnivores and ended with a surprise birthday flan.

KA
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

This tapas haven is a welcome treat when visiting crystal city va. Be sure to order many items so you can share with your friends

CC
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had a great time!

P
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Jaleo is a national treasure. The founder is a food genius. But now, they have raised the prices so dramatically, that it no longer is a FAIR value. Can you imagine...the Spanish anchovies (sardines) used to be priced around $15 for a tapas-sized portion. Now, they ask $30. And a "carafe" of Sangria (red), containing a bit less than one bottle of wine: $43!!!!!. That Sangria is excellent, but this same recipe and wine was previously, perhaps $24. SOOOO, what must be done to bring this price escalation under control???

a
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Not as good as it used to be. Service was spotty. Food was average and disappointing. Overall thinking I will not go back anytime soon. Too bad. Used to be fun.

SM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Rebecca did a great job recommending dishes. She was very attentive and we had great service. Food was awesome as usual.

TC
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Met a colleague and friend for an early dinner as he passed through town. Had one old favorite and one new dish. The flamenquines were as good as always. The new dish had scallops with raisins and pine nuts in a reduction of Pedro Ximenez. It was excellent; I’m sure it’s one I will order again some visit. The restaurant is usually very noisy, but because of the early hour was only moderately noisy tonight. Service was prompt and knowledgeable.

JH
New England
34 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We tried the "medium size" tasting menu and weren't disappointed. Rather than the wine pairings, our waiter helped us select a brut rose cava and a tinto. A delightful evening.

AG
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is always incredible. We love the menu and we love taking our friends here. The service is always impeccable too!!

KA
Washington DC
96 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice evening out. Great food and service. The small plates are fun and you get to same lots of options. We enjoyed it very much especially the red sangria. Perfection. Thank you Jose for another outstanding restaurant.

s
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I hadn't eaten at Jaleo in a while but it didn't disappoint. The food and service were excellent. It's a great place to go with friends or family. I went with a friend and we shared the sautéed spinach, button mushrooms, hangar steak, and roasted onions, plus a flan for dessert. I though the roasted onion was good, not great, but it's one of my friend's faves. My only complaint is that it was noisy but that's a problem in many restaurants these days.

CF
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was visiting the area and wanted to take my Mother out for dinner while I was in town. When I lived in the DC metro area, I would frequent Jaleo often, but this was her first experience. The food, the service, the drinks...everything was excellent and did not disappoint. She loved it and I believe she's already been back once or twice lol. Keep up the great work.

IS
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

I’m Spanish and so I know the cuisine well. Food was good, not great. But service was excellent, great ambiance, wine selection was good, nice bar area. China Chilcano by Jose Andres was much better with regards to food. Regardless we had a lovely time.

CV
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place for delicious tapas. My favorite restaurant in Crystal City.

E
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service at the bar. Delicious sangria and tapas. I only wish we could have tried more!

IR
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super friendly, fast service and delicious plates to share

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great as usual.

D
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Jaleo, Chef Andres, and the location. Their tasting menu is excellent, too. Brilliant.

JE
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I met two friends for dinner. The decor is beautiful, and the service was excellent. It happened to be during Restaurant Week in Northern Virginia, and there was a special menu. One thing I did not like was a rule that required ALL of us to order off the regular menu or the special menu. I had had a late lunch and was not very hungry. My two friends wanted to order from the restaurant week menu, which meant I had to also. It was too much food for me. But the food was delicious. The gambas al ajillo were perfect, the flan was great. I can't remember the other items I ordered (there were five) but they were all good.

BE
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really appreciate the Allergen menu, and especially the Gluten Free options.

SM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We did the Tour of Spain with the wine pairings. It was amazing!

OT
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Fabulous food, good prices, fine service--but good luck holding a conversation--the music is way too loud. Several requests did not result in a lowering of the volume.

P
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

I (female) arrived first. No one came by but the guy with water. I finally flagged down a waiter fir a menu with all its pages and asked for a Salty Margarita. The waiter told me the bartender said they were out of Triple Sec — on a Saturday night. My male companion arrived, expressed disappointment that there would be no Margaritas and, as if by magic, the bartender found the Triple Sec. When we were nearly finished, a third Margarita arrived for my male companion “extra full” to make up for any inconvenience caused to male companion. I then described my long wait and denial of a Margarita and demanded a free one on the bartender for her behavior. It arrived in “Sec”onds

BW
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There was a small glitch with our reservation but Rebecca Janson, the Training Ambassador on site, as well as our wait person, Caroline, more than made up for it. Service was professional while friendly. The food was interesting, delicious, and presented beautifully. It was a wonderful experience. This will be our go to restaurant whenever we are in the area!