Jaleo Crystal City

4.8
3851 Reviews
$30 and under
Spanish
THANK YOU
CRYSTAL CITY!
It has been a pleasure to serve you
the last 17 years. We hope to see you
again soon, and you can still enjoy
the best of Spain at our DC location
located at 7th & E Streets NW.
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Experiences

  • Weekend Brunch

    Multiple dates available

    Join us for Spanish brunch! Saturday and Sunday 11:30-3:00pm. ½ price pitchers of sangria or mimosas with either brunch tasting menu.
  • Jaleo Wine Shop

    Multiple dates available

    Come visit our wine shop located inside Jaleo Crystal City. Best selection of hand-picked Spanish wines in the area!
  • Jaleo Tasting Menus & Spanish Sips

    Multiple dates available

    Jaleo Classics Tasting Menu $55pp: Enjoy a chef selected collection of classic and traditional tapas, in addition to some original Jaleo favorites. The Jaleo Experience Menu $75pp: Take a tour of Spain with the ultimate Jaleo experience, featuring our chef’s favorite traditional and modern tapas. Spanish Sips $40pp: Sip your way through the vineyards of Spain with this specially selected collection of Spanish wines and beverages to pair with your chef’s tasting menu.

Offers

  • Sangria Hour

    Mar 12 - Dec 31, 2021

    Wed 4:00 PM - 8:45 PM, Fri 4:00 PM - 8:45 PM

    Wednesday-Friday join us from 4:00-7:00pm in our bar lounge for a glass of sangria rojo, canita, or vino. Selection of tapas available including our famous gambas al ajilo and patatas bravas. Also available togo. Don’t miss the fiesta!

Safety precautions

Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 3851 people are saying
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vipAuntieWheat
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our anniversary, as we had met at JALEO seven years before, and said goodbye to our favorite of Jose Andres’s locations. It was wonderful to see my favorite staff and managers and learn to which restaurants they will be going so we can follow them as well as begin to frequent some of the restaurants in Penn Quarter. We enjoy nothing more than the relaxed and festive JALEO and it sister restaurants, and the fantastic food and service at each. Meanwhile, we want to thank all the dedicated personnel a Crystal City for providing special experiences even when we just dropped in. We love you and we’re going to miss you.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad to have come and one of the last nights for Jaleo in Crystal City. Everyone was so wonderful

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Laura
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience5

I wanted to visit this location as they were shuddering their doors after 17 years. After being quickly seated, we waited for approximately 15 minutes before we had to ask someone if we had a server. The gentleman checked with the front and said he would assist us.

Although friendly, his service was horrible. He forgot orders, food arrived room temperature, incorrect dessert brought, and had to continously ask for the staples e.g., bread and dipping oil.

A separate server came to our table and was instrumental in getting us the correct dessert. He was kind enough to clear our table which the busboys overlooked when walking thru the restaurant. This other waiter provided us with the check and chatted with us. He was outstanding and represented the restaurant well.

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Polly
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is about to close. The building is being torn down. We had to have a last meal there, because it held so many good memories. The space is beautiful and the food is beyond compare. It struck us how incredible the ingredients are at Jose's restaurants. We hope he has a space in Arlington again soon.

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CMR1
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a terrible shame that this location is closing. Always great food and service.

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vipMcInva
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was outstanding at the Crystal City Jaleo, but with the restaurant closing soon this will be our last visit. One of the best restaurants in Arlington/Alexandria, it will be greatly missed.

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vipgostertag
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Bummed that the VA location is closing! Always great food and sangria, fun date night or dinner with friends.

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TomK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sad that this location is closing permanently in 6 days.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Sad that they are closing this location.

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vipAndreaF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great restaurant and I'm sad to know it is closing at the end of this week. Hopefully, another one of their restaurants will return to the Northern Virginia area -- be it in Crystal City or even Alexandria. The staff here and the food have always been among the absolute best! Thank you!

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Happybelly
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Catalan paella was just outstanding! Always fun to participate and enjoy the paella festival

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AloniaW
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We were there for my mother’s bday. Hostess acknowledged this note in the reservation, nothing from the waitress, who didn’t even introduce herself so I thought she was busser at first. Had questions about accommodating a dietary restriction and her answer was basically take it or leave it because nothing can be done. Food and ambiance good, service was just ok. Been to several of Jose Andres’ restaurants so surprised by how mediocre this place felt by the end.

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RealFoodPlease
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this Jaleo!!! Our go-to place ever since it opened!

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vipCedar2
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great as always. We will miss going to the Crystal City location. Please come back!

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AnnB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food—our server offered great suggestions on the eggplant and sangria in particular—with reassuringly distanced tables and air purifiers. If your party is large enough for a shared paella, ours was excellent!

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JohnR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We found the food to be very interesting and quite delicious. The taps-small plate concept is one we both enjoy. The service was just as good, with prompt, attentive service from all (Austin was great!). Everyone was very friendly. We also found they knew the menu well, and made nice suggestions for add-ons that were worth the cost. The garlic shrimp was right on spec, but perhaps our favorite was the potato salad with tuna and veggies, topped with trout roe -yummy! We will make it a point to return when in the area, and wouldn't hesitate to recommend to others.

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MR58
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor seating is good and all covid precautions are taken. Service was great as always, and food and drinks delicious. We asked to be seated before our reservation time and the staff were very accommodating. We'll keep coming back to Jaleo.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Restaurant was empty. Hostess insisted on seating us in the back though I had requested a window table. That table and most of that area were still unoccupied when we left.
The meal was good and staff accommodating of our low carb request.

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Thanks
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food.

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AimeeT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic “Taste of Spain “. Portions were perfect and the sangria was amazing! We’ll be back!!

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billinarlington
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We opted for inside because it wasnt crowded and the decor and ambiance is so co.fortable and inviting. Sangria Hour is a wonderful way to sample delicious tapas and wine. Then, on to the paella. It was delicious and perfect for 4, could even have gone further. Wait. staff were friendly and attentive. Ambiance is lovely. It was quiet due to pandemic, so easy to social distance.

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OpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice atmosphere

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vipMrsK
Baltimore
25 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We did the Tasting Experience and were delighted with the quality and quantity of food. Standouts included the Catalan-style (a dried fruit, a fresh fruit and a nut) spinach, the rum pineapple, and the gazpacho). All of the dishes were delicious and there were a LOT of dishes! We did have a setback with our drink but the manager was very responsive. Our server, Mark, was informative and attentive, as were the assistant servers.

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JenniferG
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We did the Jaleo Experience - this was $75 a person for about 13 tapa plates. The food was overall great, some was over the top delicious, and some were just okay. I would have expected a little more honestly. i do think a menu walking you through what each tapa was would be nice, with staff in masks (which we love!!) it was IMPOSSIBLE to hear the descriptions of the food. Mostly, i have been to other Tapa places that i think are better, and for $75 a person i did not feel totally blown away. I will come back, but i would probably just order a select few instead. Also, they say they require vaccination cards but never asked to see ours, that does not make me feel like it is an enforced requirement.

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EvanW
Central Texas
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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LoriM
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambience was perfect. The food, amazing. Our service, knowledgeable, friendly, prompt. Great time.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent birthday dinner. Fabulous service.

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PatrickL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent experience. A/C was a bit high which was making the interior a little cold (and cooled the food quickly). Food and service were outstanding, beautiful setting!

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MeredithT
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am gluten free and they always do a great job or informing me of any issues, cross contamination, etc. We had the classic tasting menu and they were able to make small modifications to keep all of the plates gluten free. I love Jose Andres and everything I've ever eaten at Jaleo. We are always glad to dine here and look forward to coming back!

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lindal
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad we found Jaleo on our visit to Arlington. The food was so well done with unique flavor combinations. Service was excellent!

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Mo10
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was well thought out and delicious. Our server was attentive, knowledgable, and energetic. It was a very special way to celebrate an anniversary.

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MichaelH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Another wonderful dinner at Jaleo’s on a beautiful September evening.

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vipMrsK
Baltimore
25 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great choices for a price fix lunch guaranteed to be completed in 1 hour!

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MadelineA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'm already a big Jaleo fan which is why I chose the Crystal City location for a special occasion. Outdoor eating option was perfect (I didn't even notice any traffic noise). The menu selections and presentation are so creative. Our server (#217) was extremely pleasant and very knowledgeable about the menu options. I continue to love Jaleo and admire Jose Andres for his humanitarian efforts.

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cbinder
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really appreciate that they allow you to make reservations for an outside table and that for indoor dining everyone needs to show proof of vaccination. Our wait staff person gave us great food recommendations and we tried a new cocktail “el compadre”. It was delicious!

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Dineandwine
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my granddaughters favorite restaurant. Jaleo has always exceeded expectations. Best tapas bar outside of Spain.

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vipBahadirY
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, causal and comfortable setting, good service…

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vipCedar2
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, as usual.

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CharlesH
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and fantastic service. Tons of choices and everything was delicious. We loved the chicken thigh

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vipblooddad
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Inventive tampas and cocktails what could be more fun? The restaurant does not disappoint. Service was prompt and attentive. The flan was heavenly.

FAQs

Jaleo Crystal City does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Jaleo Crystal City also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 413-8181.

Jaleo Crystal City is rated 4.8 stars by 3851 OpenTable diners.

Jaleo Crystal City does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://thinkfoodgroup.myguestaccount.com/guest/egift.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.