Jaleo Crystal City

4.6
3290 reviews
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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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Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

They did a terrific job accommodating my group, which included a friend with food allergies and another friend in a wheelchair.

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m
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a legend party and we changed our reservation to an earlier time last minute. Jaleo was happy to accommodate us, which we appreciated.
The food was great and the service impeccable.

Portions are a little small for the price, but hey, that’s tapas.

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C
Calgary
24 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place for lunch or dinner. Have been here a few times. Always great food & solid service. Highly recommended.

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SB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience and food was amazing. Our waiter, Marc was wonderful. Definitely coming back.

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c
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really enjoy eating here. It’s a part of my neighborhood. The vibrant atmosphere inside and the pleasant outside dining are only part of it. The people who work here make it special. They listen and craft your dining experience.

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SG
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great place- too much to choose from so we did the tasting menu- delicious! My only critique was that the music was too loud which made the noise level high. It was hard to have a conversation without yelling at each other.

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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always good food, good service and good Sangria. Best Tapas place in the NCR !?

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GF
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Continues to remove its better dishes from the menu, this time the quail.

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MM
Savannah
5 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Loved the food. Great location near the airport.

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D
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful. Flavorful. Exciting

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MV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Very disappointed in the oxtail paella. Undercooked rice, no flavor.

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J
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had the classic tasting menu. Awesome is the only way to describe it

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OT
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

The food was not too great. The paella especially was very below or especially for the price. It was greasy and the aioli was like straight mayonnaise. It was not paella in any way.

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f
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Food was bland and lacked any wow factor. Not what I’m used to in José Andrés’ restaurants. Perhaps because it was the “daily lunch deal” they were rushed, but very disappointing.

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

Never disappointed at Jaleo. It’s been one of our favorites for years. Food is always spectacular and so is the service. However, Our server in this evening, Mark, was one of the best servers we have ever had! Will request sitting in his section from now on!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got the tasting menu and it was fantastic, but we had to get a takeout container as there was a lot of food.

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MB
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun to have tapas! Get to taste many dishes!

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

We had the 5-course tasting menu and it was windersyl!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great tapas. We had the paella which was phenomenal.

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NS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday excellent food and service

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Washington DC
164 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another return visit which we thoroughly enjoyed.
It is great to visit an place where the staff are so positive, friendly helpful. They clearly enjoy working for Mr. Andres!

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M
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fathers Day

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GF
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed the scallops with butternut sauce, the fennel and apple salad, the cauliflower dish, and the Sangria. The calamari were great to eat with a little lemon by themselves. We did not care for the black sauce or the spicy red sauce. A more standard cocktail sauce would have been great to have as an option. The Catalan flan and whipped cream were great for dessert. We were outside, which fit the weather, but the traffic was noisy.

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CJ
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My out of town guests loved the variety of tastes and really enjoyed the experience.

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D
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were excellent. Waiter did a nice job of explaining tapas. Great place to meet

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JW
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This location is very busy but the staff never got rattled and never forgot us. We had a lot of fun and will return for sure.

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o
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great fun. Good food and drink.

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KM
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I decided to get the "Jaleo Experience" chef's tasting menu. I have always enjoyed the tapas at this restaurant and it was really fun to taste so many items on the menu -- some familiar and some new to me. I definitely added a few new items to my list of favorites! It was a really fun experience to be surprised at every course. Our waiter did a wonderful job with the timing and presentation as well.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Did the Jose’s way experience and it did not disappoint!

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JM
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food, solid service, helpful staff. The restaurant is quite noisy though

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Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The waiter took very good care of our group and the Tapas Selectiins were very good!

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S
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed the conos de salmon and the gambas al ajillo. Service was excellent!

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

Food is amazing. Quality of food is great.

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B
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Anniversary. What a terrific restaurant. Always a favorite for years. Never fails to bring great food and service. Highly, highly recommended

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great attentive service . We sat outside- fortunately because inside was way, way too loud. Really liked the food- interesting and tasty. Enjoyed the trout especially.

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j
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So many items to love - we ate their three times in one week because, well, so many items to love! Try the brussels sprout salad, the endive salad, the liquid olives, the Daniel Patrick Moynihan. Then order another serving of the warm brussels sprouts salad so you can figure out how to make it at home.

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VK
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Jaleo is one of my "go-to" spots for lunch or dinner as it offers small plates that accommodate many special dietary needs and has variety.

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FM
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Food was not good. The octopus was bland and had no taste. The meat was cold. The sangria was watered down. The best thing was the bread and oil.

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

Food and service was outstanding. My wife and I really enjoyed it!

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r
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch menu has evolved to a less complicated ordering process. It would be great to have a traditional Spanish cuisine list and an other Americanized option. Jaleo os representing multiple cultures of Spain.

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