Jaleo Crystal City

4.7
3793 Reviews
$30 and under
Spanish
As part of phase 3 reopening, we have limited patio and indoor seating. We are open for lunch Friday and dinner Wednesday through Sunday. For more information on our commitment to our guests, please visit jaleo.com/commitment. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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. We are ready to help you select something perfect from our unique collection.
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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 - 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!
What 3793 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We dined at Jaleo on a Sunday evening so the restaurant was 3/4 full. High ceilings and spaced out tables (for COVID) will never add to the atmosphere, nevertheless the music style and volume made it cozy enough for a dinner date. Jaleo has a broad menu for a range of appetites and of the six dishes we had, all were excellent. The tastes and scents brought back memories of Barcelona and Southwark food market (yes they have some phenomenal Spanish cuisine in London).

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vipgostertag
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

excellent tapas, as always. we love the spinach, chorizo with mashed potatoes, croquetas, red sangria, and more. outdoor seating much appreciated, although you are sitting near a busy street. would like to see more beer options.

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JohnE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely incredible food in a great building! Highly recommend the Paella!

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VinnyG
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Plenty of outdoor seating. Tables were spread out apropietly. All employees wore masks. Excellent service. They allowed our big door for outdoor dining

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MichelleB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined outdoors. The food and service were excellent. I recommend the shrimp dish, which was served in a tasty garlic and chili oil sauce with bread on side. Wonderful!

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JenniferM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time. Delicious and server was wonderful.

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vipadcockram
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always wonderful at Jaleo , this was no exception.

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Suzanne
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Great service but food was subpar and overpriced. Very underwhelming.

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LaTonyaI
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Was our first time trying Jaleo. Our just was great, the servers were attentive..never had to ask for a refill of anything. It was nice to see variations if traditional Spanish foods..
Great atmosphere.
Will return if in Crystal City!

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vipSueT
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day dinner with my daughter.

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GoodEats1
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Waiter was great but very busy. Food was so-so, although appetizer was good (sliders).

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Mother’s Day

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MariaM
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful Mother’s Day brunch. The food and service were excellent! It was a great to celebrate the day with a little taste of Spain.

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vipYvonneS
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome in every aspect. The food the service were absolutely impressive. Would recommend highly!👍

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent!!! The team worked well together

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vipkennethm
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jaleo's is aways a great tapas place to visit. We go several times per year. With your while to try it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food as always. Tasting menu is divine.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious! We loved the patatas bravas and garlic shrimp, and the sangria was delicious

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Susan
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A group of seven of my co-workers met for the first time in person since the start of the pandemic. The service at Jaleo was exceptional. We preferred outdoor seating but the weather was unpredictable, they set up tables for us both inside and out, so we could seamlessly make the move when the rain started. The food was excellent, we all had different items all perfect; the service was attentive while also unobtrusive. The spacing in the restaurant felt safe. I am already planning my next reservation!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience!

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vipChrisK
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice use of patio along sidewalk for outdoor dining!

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vipChris
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in the United States

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vipJoeS
Washington DC
74 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The brunch tasting menu offers two options, we chose the higher priced along with a half pitcher of white sangria. Both provided great flavor and value. The food highlights were the salmon, the shrimp and spinach/beef tapas. Lowlight was the dessert which was just good. The sangria was light and sparkling, supporting the food and brunch atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

You get exactly what is advertised. Great ambiance, quiet and nice outdoor seating. If you are going for a full meal dont. This is a tapas restaurant, for those who don't understand its mostly nice finger food but you can always get the chef's sampler thats really good.

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vipWackamacka
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside and enjoyed the space. We both ordered the pre-fix Tour of Spain menu, which featured a lot of favorites. We thought it was an excellent value. The food was all good with the exception of the potato omelette. Mark, the server, was great, as were the other servers. And the drinks were excellent: the margarita with sea salt foam is, I think, one of the best in the area, period.

Jaleo is a great pick if you are looking for creative, well prepared food in a fun environment. We love it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jaleo has a very nice outdoor space for dining. We love their salad with apples, fennel and manchego cheese. The brunch item with smoked salmon on cristal bread with chopped egg, capers and goat cheese was a big hit with our group as were the chicken fritters. Especially enjoyed the 'London Dry' gin cocktail.....cool and refreshing on a warm and sunny day.

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vipHSM1
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. We had a combination of tapas an paella. This is one of our favorite restaurants.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy dinners at Jaleo.

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AliceA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful to be back at Jaleo's. Our last restaurant pre-lockdown was at Jaleo's DC so fitting that our first post-vaccinated restaurant dining was Jaleo in CC. We dined outside - on a lovely early spring evening. Food as good as it gets: bread and olive oil wonderful, berenjenas fabulous as well as everything we ordered - both food and drinks. Warm, friendly and efficient service. Thanks to all

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As a celebratory first meal indoors in a year the experience was everything we had hoped for and the paella was spot on.

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CarolynE
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great service, great brunch, & safe dining space!

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ThomasP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've decided that I need to dine at Jaleo more frequently. The food is reliably interesting and excellent. The staff is uniformly friendly and helpful. The Crystal City dining room is comfortably high-ceilinged, airy, and attractive. I find it to be an ideal place to dine.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as usual, very accommodating and tolerant of my silly pups. Thank you, will be back💕

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1boogieman
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent experience. The waitress was wonderful.

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Jeff
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Chef's tasting menu with chef's wine pairings. Everything was amazing but the service set it apart. Our regular waitress was delightful, and even brought the somme over to talk about how fortified wines are made. Very special night.

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vipStephanieK
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service - best in Arlington, by far

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ElinH
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our table shared 10 plates of tapas and enjoyed each one of them. It was their Gin & Tonic Festival so we tried two of those (delicious) and had some of their signature sangria. A great afternoon meal for certain!

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BrianneF
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant! Thank you for a great night.

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vipdcluv2dine
Washington DC
84 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent. Our server was pleasant and bubbly. As always, the food was execellent!

FAQs

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

Jaleo Crystal City is rated 4.7 stars by 3793 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.