Jaleo Crystal City

4.6
3175 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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OT
1 review
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food, as always, was spectacular. The service was great. Whenever I'm in town, I always make it a point to eat at Jaleo. It never disappoints.

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p
San Diego
25 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Good food. Service is Okay.

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RD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

On Friday night, the noise started low at 7:30pm but the volume steadily increased so that we did have to talk loudly just to hear each other. The food was top notch. We had a variety of dishes and even my twelve year old daughter approved. The service is attentive. But it is a tapas bar, so don't expect your waiter to be hovering. Go to enjoy your company, the food, and the evening.

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C
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was good, but not great. Not a good value. Crowded and noisy.

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JC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Nothing amazing or extraordinary for the price. Was underwhelmed.

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JL
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jaleo pioneered (Spanish) tapas in the DC area...and it is still the gold standard! Hooray for Jose Andres!

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l
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

I would have given five stars across the board except: we were sat in the middle of the dining room which I hate. There were plenty of empty tables along the perimeter when we arrived for our 530 res. Yes we had kids with us but still! The wait staff kept bumping into my chair.
We bought the tasting menu. The food was excellent except for the hair that I found in one of the courses which was sent back. Drinks were slow to come out. I actually sat without anything to drink for a good while.

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AC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Birthday dinner; it was exceptional. It seemed like every person working there know it was a special occasion. So thankful for the hospitality!

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GL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seated on time. William was an excellent waiter. White Sangria was special. Outstanding choices on menu. Great food for good price!

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J
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and excellent service

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S
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food always delicious. Service was also terrific.

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BF
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre-Theater at Synetic. Worked great.

Why no points?

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JD
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we tried was delicious , it was crowded but Sat night you would expect that. The service was outstanding.

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C
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our experience! Great service. Great food. Great value in the lunch special menu.

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EB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We did the chef's testing menu and it was excellent - small bites of everything, but SO MANY came out, we actually couldn't fully finish the final ones. Everything was so unique and different - we wanted an adventurous experience and got one. Our waitress was so friendly and attentive, and chatted with us about each dish and why she brought out the final dessert we had (a palate cleanser). We were seated quickly, the restaurant was full but not too loud, and both of us thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience.

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m
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Jaleo is one of my fave restaurants although I hadn’t been there for a while. The food was even better than I remembered. Two of my favorites - spinach with pine nuts & the shrimp & garlic were fabulous. But the real show stopper was the Rohan duckling. I am super picky about duck and this was absolutely amazing!!! Cooked to perfection, nice medium rare, very tender and flavorful. The mushrroms provided a delicious earthy complement to the duck flavor. Yum!!! My one and only complaint is the bread: very disappointing. Kind of dry and bland. Service was excellent as always!!! Thank you for a wonderful experience!!

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CI
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Delicious and innovative food. Fine for sharing. Attentive service and management.
The only drawback -- too noisy, and it's necessary to speak with raised voices.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Something for everyone. Vegan, gluten free so easy for business meal.
Gin & tonic oysters and apple fennel salad are must try’s.

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t
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The flavors were milder than expected, for Spanish cuisine. Most of the dishes we tried were bland and underwhelming.

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OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food was wonderful!!!

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AN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Thank you for making a birthday dinner special

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DC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food. Tried the liquid olives. A must do. The service was excellent too!

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R
Charleston
49 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food! Would certainly go back again if wanting Spanish tapas !

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TH
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was amazing—you have to try the liquid olives a la Ferran Adrià! Service was attentive, almost to a fault—sometimes our plates got pulled off the table before I could squeegee the delicious sauces off the plate. Would definitely return, but a bit pricy. Am sure the high rent district has something to do with the prices.

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G
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Choices of plates was almost overwhelming. All were excellent. Service was very attentive. Excellent non-alcoholic drink - lemonade and quince juice. Totally enjoyed the meal.

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ST
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A tried and true standby, but the menu is beginning to feel a little tired. Everything we ordered was excellent, as usual, but I don't see much new to tempt me.

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Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was phenomenal, as always. Jaleo is a go to for us when we want fun and delicious food and have friends in town. Love Jose Andres!!

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c
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is fabulous and the attention is superb, the only annoying thing is the noise, it feels good to be in a crowded place that everybody enjoys but talking across a table of 6 becomes a challenge

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SS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

It was crowded when we arrived and service was initially a bit slow -- tapas arriving before drinks, ten minute wait to order cocktails -- but as the evening went on it improved.

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VW
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cannot wait to go back! Everything was delicious. The small plates make it easy to try lots of different things.

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DD
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Food was great, but I was hoping to only spend an hour for lunch at Jaleo. They don't seem to be able to handle lunch rushes very well.

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C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always friendly service and spot-on wine recommendations. I'm thinking of going back just to pick up a couple bottles of wine. The gambas this time around were not as garlicky or acidic, they were still good, but not up to the usual.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was delicious, but they advertise cava or mimosa comes with tasting experience, however the waitress said that’s only for DC, so we left disappointed it’s on Arlington’s menu and they don’t endorse the offer.

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JA
Cincinnati
19 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Had large business dinner here.
Awesome food and service.

Wish they had a room to separate a dozen people away from the noise of the restaurant .

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LF
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They put us away from the door so we wouldn't be cold, and it was quieter back there, which was great. I like that there are a lot of options I can have despite keeping Kosher style and so not eating pork or shellfish. And the new chocolate hazelnut mousse dessert cake is a real treat.

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CF
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The restaurant is perfectly agreeable; the food good, the service also good. The problem is that you inevitably compare it to the original and it's just not quite there. Some of the dishes were very good; others just ok. In short if you're in Crystal City and want some decent tapas, go. If you want to understand why Jaleo has been the best tapas restaurant in DC for decades' go downtown.

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CB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have dined at Jaleo’s for many years and the food and service has always been excellent, and this was no exception.

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KA
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A perfect Sunday tapas brunch. Attentive (but not hovering) staff, wonderful options, and a comfortable setting. And free street parking on Sundays!

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HV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I generally keep my expectations low when I go to a place that has an established reputation of excellence because so many of them simply don't measure up to the hype. Jaleo does measure up - it's one of few, if not only, places in DC to surpass its reputation. The food was carefully prepared, not overly fussy, and simply spectacular. The gazpacho with beets was amazing. It was quiet enough to have a conversation without shouting, and waiter was attentive w/o being a pest.

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WM
New England
19 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As noted in my previous review, this was our second night in a row at Jaleo, this time accompanied by a friend. We had a wonderful time. Fortunately, we were seated in the back corner of the restaurant, so that in spite of the generally loud ambience we could easily converse. The tapas continued to be good and the service attentive without being overwhelming.

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