Jaleo Crystal City

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$30 and under
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Spanish
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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4.7
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RN
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and our server Austin B was awesome.

AD
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food - always a wonderful experience

NB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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.

OT
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

HS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! And nice place. Totally recommend it.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food. Staff were great!

h
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

T
New England
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was great. Food was above average.

WW
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!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty food and great service. Will definitely dine there again.

CS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Jaleo! We were seated in a table far away from the main part of the restaurant so it was pretty quiet. Everything we ordered was delicious and the timing of bringing the dishes out worked well.

OT
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The truffle With slow cooked egg and mashed potatoes was perfect.

RW
Italy
13 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic neighborhood gem to explore great food perfect for sharing and paired with delicious wines from around the world. Our favorite for sure.

R
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Easy and fun! Our reserved table was ready for us and they even anticipated others joining us by having extra seats all set. The white sangria is delicious! The server was friendly and patient as he waited for us to decide on our tapas choices. All in all a good time... looking forward to the next happy hour.

KA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to several Jose Andres restaurants in Virginia, DC, and New York and Jaleo is my favorite one. The Crystal City location has excellent service and is top notch all around. The selection of Spanish tapas is second to none. I especially enjoyed the quince lemonade and the flan. This place never disappoints and is a wonderful dining experience.

PA
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food within 5 miles of DCA. If you pick up someone at DCA during rush hours (4-8), go to Jaleo for dinner and park free. Enjoy your evening and then cruise home.

M
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, service and atmosphere. I love this place!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and ambiance! The volume level was perfect! We did not have to shout across the table to talk to eachother or anything!

HR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! The hostess gave us the best table, too. Definitely worth reserving. We all had the Jose’s way tasting and drink menu and it was sooo decadent! It is A LOT of food though, so make sure you’re hungry!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was ok

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was wonderful!

C
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went during Restaurant Week, with four tapas items and one dessert per person, it was plenty of food.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks, great service, nice ambience

RH
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service-tops in all ways. Food was a treat.

NR
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for restaurant week and the food was incredible!!! Every dish was better than the last!

CM
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Overall I had a great experience, but I can't say I'll come back. The food was good... a bit under seasoned for me, but good. We went during restaurant week so we were able to choose 5 tapas from a list with various option. Great options! I recommend their chicken fritters and the chocolate custard-like dessert. The staff were amazing and the bathroom was spotless.

I just decided that tapas are not my thing 💁🏾‍♀️.

OT
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family in for visit

J
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Such a warm reception! Restaurant week so we had the prix fixe offering with 4 courses with 4 choices. Really delicious food. Kind, attentive service. Would go again in a heartbeat and take any age level with me. Great place!

PM
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant week menu was fantastic and a great value. We went twice during our stay on business.

C
Poconos
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Damyn is one of the chefs there and always takes care of us. What a fantastic experience.

GE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Value for money is definitely an opinion. This place ain't cheap, but the food is outstanding. The Iberian pork used melts in your mouth, just so good. Every dish has a nice balance of flavors and is never boring. I do wish the beer selection was better but that is a relatively minor complaint. Going with the chef's choice is highly recommended and, truthfully, not that expensive for the quality/quantity of food you get.

LJ
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice food, however a bit pricey for portions in most cases.
Loved the decor and atmosphere as well. Service was well done.
Three of us came in at $225 with tip.

W
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Jaleo fabulous dining experience
Great food and service
Need under $40 options on wine list

JW
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Menu is hard to read, the waitress wasn’t friendly, the food was subpar - especially for the price.

LL
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Very nice atmosphere and great service. Food was amazing and just kept coming!

DC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love dining st Jaleo. This location is great - convenient to the metro and outside seating is always available when it's nice out.

R
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal for lunch in Crystal City. I will be returning soon with another group of co-workers.

GG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! Unlimited tapas in a festive New Years Eve atmosphere. The tapas were not compromised from their usual presentation and came quickly. The service we had from Oscar was outstanding. It was appropriately loud and musical. Well done.

FL
Washington DC
61 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Another fantastic NYE party with Jaleo's. Mac, our server was great, the food was outstanding, thanks to Chef Aaron and was delicious! Thanks to Nick Porter - manager & my favorite wine guy - Andy Myers for your professionalism and friendship over the years. Our group had over half of newbies to Jaleo's and they love it! Wishing all of the Jaleo - Crystal City team a Happy & Prosperous 2020!