Jaleo Crystal City

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$30 and under
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Spanish
TEMPORARILY CLOSED. In response to the increasing risk of the COVID-19
coronavirus and to help encourage social distancing to stop its spread, we have made the difficult decision to temporarily close. More details available on our website.

http://www.jaleo.com/covid/

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.

Support Jaleo Crystal City during COVID-19

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Punch
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat. This is my third time and I will go back. The food is good and you can share the dishes.

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vipRebeccaR
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

As always a great dining experience. Made it to two Jose Andres restaurants this week and both were delicious.

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vipStephen
Washington DC
151 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Jaleo is one of our regular places for Spanish food, especially tapas. We were celebrating my and my son's birthdays. The food was good, but mixed. The Rossejat, a traditional 'paella' of toasted pasta with shrimp and squid sofrito, was excellent, but the Pulpo a la Gallega 'Maestro Alfonso', boiled octopus with peewee potatoes, pimentón and olive oil, was poorly prepared in comparison to previous times we have had it. There was very little octopus and lots of potatoes. Given the mediocre preparation and the limited quantity of octopus, it was overpriced at $17.00. We also had Gazpacho de remolacha con queso de cabra, Setas al ajillo, Pisto manchego con huevos, and Patatas bravas, all of which were good, but not as good as in the past. We had the Plato mixto de croquetas which was so salty that my wife did not finish even one croqueta. It was not a bad meal, but not as good as we have come to expect from a Jose Andres restaurant.

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Freshfoodjunkie
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love tapas. It is a great way to sample a variety of items. Jaleo does a wonderful job preparing a great selection of Spanish items.

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Nice
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I understand that "Tapas" can get expensive, but that is precisely what keeps me out of those types of restaurants usually. The food is good, but you pay a lot. Perhaps some sort of deal with the most popular dishes could be arranged. It just always feels like you don't get your money's worth.

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Cedar2
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, as always. We went for the new "date night" menu. Everything paired well with the recommended wine. It was nice to have a smaller menu to choose from.

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Jbean
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Tapas are so fun! A little pricey but every dish was so tasty. The fried dishes are a bit bigger in portion (highly recommend the eggplant) while the meat dishes are a bit smaller. The sangria was delicious and server even brought out a dessert for my friend's birthday.

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Gerardo
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow. If you could take the experience of having dinner party with some of your closest friends... Now, add the experience of excellence to seal the deal. Carolina really took care of me and my guest. We were unaware of how to go about the menu. She recommended the Jaleo's Classics from the "Chef's Tastings" menu. Boy was this is an experience.

There was this feeling of being a part of this exclusive tasting, even though there was many other people in the restaurant. The staff did an excellent job at keeping a steady cadence throughout the dining experience. Carolina made sure that we had everything we needed while letting catch ourselves after evey taste.

Now.. the food.

The Jaleo's Classics is perfect for you if you are "Neuvo en la Vida". Chef José Andrés put together a beautiful tasting. It was like him leading you in dance. You knew what step was coming next, but were you ready? As a person who frequents restaurants a lot, it is nice to have experiences that are curated like this

Some of our favorites were:

Cebolla Asada con Queso Valdeón (Roasted Onion with Valdeón Cheese) - The tender sweet onion along with the Valdeón Blue Cheese & Pine Nuts. Delicious!

Coliflor Salteada con Aceitunas y Dátiles (Sauteed Cauliflower with Olives & Dates) - OH MY WORD! This was probably my favorite! It is so simple, yet how did I never think about putting these flavors together. The dates... mi corazon!


Canelones de Cerdo Gratinados con Salsa de Béchamel (Canelones Stuffed with Pork and Béchemel Sauce) - Creamy and dreamy! Texturally, you would mistake the Béchamel sauce for maybe a ricotta or almost buttery foie gras, but then you get the pork notes. Amazing flavors.

As far as "el dinero", if you worried, obviously this is a steal. You are getting a premium experience at a casual restaurant. The drinks are great! If you are fortunate to get her, tip Carolina well! She and the staff at Jaleo - Crystal City are a delight!

Gracias & Salut,
Gerardo

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KristinaM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friends/business lunch, perfect place, amazing food and service and great acoustics - we could hear each other perfectly but with privacy in enough background noise to talk without fear of being overheard. Great spot!

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vipChris
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Would have liked more garlic in the garlic with shrimp dish. Food was tasty and the service was good.

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Bebe
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner with our daughter, who was in town for a meeting. Our server, Mark, was
a huge reason for our delightful dining experience--the food was excellent, too.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Jaleo is a tapas restaurant, but the portions were generous compared to other tapas places. We ordered three plates each and were struggling to finish them. Not to mention, the food was amazing- huge flavor, very well created and cooked. We will definitely be back to try more plates!

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vipJDinDC
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience4

My wife and I both got sick after this visit. Checked with the restaurant and they didn't have any other reports of sickness following the night we visited, but I'm suspicious.

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RobinH
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was perfectly paced. We especially liked the garlic shrimp, chicken croquetas and house made chorizo. Can’t beat the flan. And of course, sangria.

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anniversarygirl
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You never think you will get full off small plates but you always do when the food is good. Everything we ordered was delicious.

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VanessaJ
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was wonderful and the service was too. I will return in the near future.

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Till
Palm Springs
21 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Disappointing - ordered from special truffle menu with extra truffles and dish had zero truffle magic. Runners dump plated food at your table, say nothing or mumble something unintelligible and scurry away. Reboot, please!

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vipJulieR
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I would give 5 stars but waiter forgot a dish. This place is a favorite when we go to Synetic Theater

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The3Cs
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went as a family, and this is the first time we have been to Jaleo in late afternoon. The food was excellent, as always. Among the new items we tried was the crispy fried Japanese eggplant, and we all would recommend that dish. Usually, the restaurant is very noisy, but with very few people eating before 5:00 on a Sunday afternoon, it was much quieter than we've ever had it.

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Valkyrie
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ricardo, our service person, was tremendous. I took a friend, who brought her "active" children, and Ricardo and the door staff were patient and lovely. I only gave a "good" rating on Value, because Jaleo is not inexpensive ...and you know what, I don't care. I am so happy to see you in Arlington where I live. I moved here 18 months ago, and was introduced to Jaleo D.C. through friends in the Capital. Now I have my own. LOVE everything about the restaurant. With no close competition, my favorite in the region. Next time, I hope to take advantage of the Wine Shop.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Out of everything we ordered the complimentary bread was our favorite. The food left a lot to be desired. Service was ok. Ambiance was nice. We will not return due to the food not being worth the price. The menu is also hard to read.

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vipdm65
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

As always very good. Only thing was while loved the rabbit, not sure why the apricot purée was on the plate? Least favorite thing that we ate. Food great for vegetarians as well as as all around eaters equally. Plus they serve the best fried foods in the city.

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David
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We did a tasting menu with wine pairings. Great food. Great Service.

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JanelleV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was divine and the cocktails were delicious.

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MusselsFTW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

I went for what I thought would be a happy hour meet up with an old friend. However, Jaleo is one of those places that only does the HH in the bar area and not the whole restaurant, which makes a reservation pointless. The service was also subpar which as I was, at one point, the only person in the non-bar section kinda surprising.

Food was tasty, but I don’t recommend due to the other comments.

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Luv2eatnotcook
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the Tasting Jose’s Way! Had to bring several dishes home. Food was great . Can’t wait to go back

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RobynN
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and our server Austin B was awesome.

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vipRURPLEASURE
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience3

We went there with friends over Valentine week-end especially for the truffle specials. However these were truffles from Spain which, in my humble opinion, had very little flavor. They do not have the unique taste of truffles from France. We told our server and she told management. They explained the Spanish truffles are more mild. Bottom line: It was not worth the extra expense although food and service otherwise was good. We support Jaleo because of Jose work with feeding the hungry and will continue to support his restaurants.

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vipRozandRuss
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant, and love supporting Jose Andres.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We have been to two other Jaleo locations and the food at this one in Arlington was not nearly as good as the ones in DC and Bethesda. The tortilla was incredibly salty and had to send it back. The bacon wrapped dates were friend and mushy. Won’t be back and would not recommend this location.

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CharlesM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food and atmosphere were excellent. A good choice for that special occasion!

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AnneD
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food - always a wonderful experience

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NealB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Warm welcome. Attentive service (even on a very busy Friday night). And the food was as it always has been over the past 27 years ... outstanding. This is not over the top cooking. Rather its is creative and high quality. Real food for real people.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding as usual!! There’s a reason why my family picks this restaurant for many special occasions and celebrations!!

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HeidiS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! And nice place. Totally recommend it.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's hard to go wrong with a meal at Jaleo. So many options for everyone. I tried the liquid olive for the first time. It was very flavorful and interesting and will be a definite in future trips. For around $40 each, we sampled 3 different courses, and the sides and salads were large enough to share. Overall a great meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food. Staff were great!

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viphappy2eathere
Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food. Service was amazing. Quick turnaround for a lunch when we needed to get back to work. Highly recommend.

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Theolddude
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was great. Food was above average.

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vipWilliamW
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service! This is a place to go for great food just about any time of the day that they're open!

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Jaleo Crystal City does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

Jaleo Crystal City is rated 4.6 stars by 3531 OpenTable diners.

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