Jaleo Crystal City

4.7
3858 Reviews
$30 and under
Spanish
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 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!
What 3858 people are saying
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BrooklynHelen
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was totally amazing. We got the $75 Chef's Tasting Experience. Delicious and wonderful tapas. So much food. So good. Loved the specification olive. Everything was fresh, delicious and fully enjoyed. Had a nice bottle of red wine, the wine bottles were half price that night. We would totally go back. Our waitress was amazing too.

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Madeleine
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My 5th time at Crystal City location, but a first for Sunday brunch

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EricF
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious. I wish they have what Bethesda branch used to have, squid ink paella. Other than that, it was a very pleasant experience.

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Alex
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We all ordered the Spanish Experience, where the chef picked the tapas. The food was spectacular and the service was great as well, expertly explaining where ever dish or drink came from and what was in it. It’s not cheap but we thought it was excellent value.

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SaraD
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Delicious meal but sitting in the very back area is rather dreary. The table could use some color as could the walls.

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KevinG
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, beautiful spot on the patio, plentiful and delicious food. And don't forget the flan.

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MiguelP
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Smaller portions than expected but modestly priced. Pleasantly surprised. Would definitely recommend.

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vipLizzywalk
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely the best Spanish food around.

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CarrieL
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful from start to finish. We sat outside as a rain shower was ending. The overhang protected us and our meal and the street was fairly quiet on a Saturday evening. Our server was perfectly attentive and helpful and the food and wine delicious. We couldn't have asked for a more relaxing and satisfying experience.

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IZzy09
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. Chicken fritters were my favorite. Carné asada was disappointing. Our sever was excellent

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BrianC
Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our 29th wedding anniversary. Wonderful meal. Incredible service.

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LeelaC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waiter had a very pleasing demeanor and made the experience even better for us!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food, drink and service was very good.

Only glitch was hostess that would only offer is tables by the front door or kitchen door, despite having many appropriately sized tables available. We had reserved 24 hours in advance, and arrived early, so I would have expected more flexibility.

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vipwendys
Palm Springs
12 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food! Great service and fun atmosphere!

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vipHeatherB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Fantastic as always. Just love Jaleo Crystal City.

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RebeccaH
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Jaleo to celebrate. We picked the Tour de Espana. Everyone was happy with their selections and we left satisfied yet not stuffed. The staff were courteous and attentive. We had a great time!!

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CanaanMountain
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Funeral, which means family reunion. What better way to take houseguests to DCA for their flights home, than having brunch at JALEO Crystal City.

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vipNanbury
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first visit and we weren't sure what to expect, but I'm a fan or Jose Andres by reputation as a great humanitarian, so I wanted to visit one of his restaurants. Our party of four decided to try the Jeleo Classics Chef's Tasting Menu. We were simply blown away. Our server and her team were exceptional. Everything was explained to us as it was served and it was a simply amazing Spanish food experience. One in our party has a nut allergy and that was handled beautifully while the rest of us were able to experience the nuts. The food for the price was unbeatable. The wine service and cocktails were impeccable, and dessert was stunning. Our server gave me a perfectly brewed cup of coffee on the house as the finishing touch, and this was the perfect warming flousish of impeccable kindness and love that this experience embodied. The place was a bit too noisy for my taste and the servers' "mask speak" made things a bit difficult to understand, but that was worth the price of admission. This was an unforgettable meal. Treat yourself and experience this!

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Visiting
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Accessible and very good tapas. Helpful and friendly staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Brunch menu was truly lacking, tables was very sticky! Also kitchen does not make substitutions even if you don’t eat pork or if you was to just add cheese to the omelette. I have been to many brunches around DC and I would not ever recommend this establishment to my enemies let alone my friends.

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PamelaD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful tapas. The flan was the best I have ever had anywhere, including Spain!

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LizC
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We celebrated our 15th anniversary here. It was a wonderful experience and our waitress was outstanding. She took special care of us and made the evening special and wonderful. We had the special Taste of Spain menu and everything was delicious. I can't wait to go back and try the paella!

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gene
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good service, menu was not explained well. Noisey

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ordered the Jaleo experience tasting - definitely a great meal. You will not leave hungry!

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opsinger
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The tasting menu was amazing and our server was amazing. She was super helpful and nice. Also they noticed that I had let open table know when I made the reservation that we were celebrating a birthday and they brought out a flan with a candle and asked if we wanted them to join in to sing "Happy Birthday" which we declined but it was great.

The food was out of this world. I would highly recommend Jaleo to anyone.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing experience all around with four adults and two kids for Brunch on Sunday, 7/11. We love Jose Andres’ restaurants and since we were in town decided we had to go after visiting his places in LA, Vegas and Miami. The Jaleo Tasting menu was awesome, every dish beyond expectations and the service even better. The attentiveness, genuine care and hospitality shown to us was memorable. Our kids were treated with first class service and kindness making it a special experience.

Thank you for taking such great care of us Team Jaleo (I believe Patricia was our server, sorry that I can’t recall exactly)!

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V2m6
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was good. Food is not kids friendly.

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RobynN
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jaleo never disappoints! Chef Andres and his staff always prepare the best dishes!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Has been one of favorite places. Food was excellent as always. Service is off however. Our server was inattentive. Was not offered bread service and had to ask twice. Plates came out inconsistently— sometimes would get three plates on top of one another with large gaps until the next batch. Server was non existent as we finished our main course and were not offered drinks or desert options. Had to flag down a manager for our check. An off experience overall.

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Piglet
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous, we loved it, food was wonderful, service excellent. Definitely will return for more.

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vipRealFoodie
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the Rensair purifier solution - excellent ventilation and assurance in these times. Most staff had masks most of the time. Thank you.


Food was exceptional as usual.

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vipDonAndDeb
Dallas
16 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is probably the 6th time we have dined at Jaleo, and each time it’s exceptional. The food and service is always fantastic. And what’s even better is that it’s close to Reagan Airport (5 minutes).

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Julie
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a fun meal. It was 1/2 price wine night but we ordered the sangria which was $50. Wish server had pointed that out to us. It was a birthday but the restaurant didn’t acknowledge it. The food is fantastic so we’ll be back.

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AngiB
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A unique dining experience. Beautiful setting, unbelievable food and service! We have gone back again and again and taken friends. It is a go to place for us and definitely for all of our friends when they visit DC. Salut!!

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vipMissy
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We did the chef experience and it was amazing!! The food just kept coming. Such a good amount of food for the price and you get to try a lot of different tapas. If you’re not afraid to try things, that’s your best bet.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent, food tasted amazing and fresh, it was like being back home in Spain.

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vipWanderer
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall4food3service2ambience4

We usually order ala carte but decided on their premium flat rate brunch for three. This was a mistake on our part. Although half the meal were their standard tapas fair, the other half were with bland egg dishes and vegetables.
Overall, I would not recommend any of their “special fixed price” meals here.

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vipSaram
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it!!!! We had the Jaelo brunch experience. Sooo good!

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SD56
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jalen never disappoints. We took some friends there for the first time and they were blown away by the amazing food and incredible service.

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ErolM
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Classic tapas. Good service. We sat outside, fun watching the dogs. Moderate value for money.

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 4.7 stars by 3858 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.