Jaleo Crystal City
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.
Flauta de chorizo
Chorizo ibrico de bellota
Traditional chicken fritters
Salad of conserved tuna, fingerling potatoes, green beans, tomatoes and hard-boiled eggs
Great outdoor seating
they made sure social distancing was maintained. Service was really excellent. We ordered the tapas and all were very good.
Excellent food, service and dining experience! Always a joy to come here. The noise leve was high due to a nearby idling truck, nothing Jaleo could do about that!
The food was very bad the shrimp was the wine was the only thing I enjoyed. The steak had to be brought back. I requested medium rare it was well done twice. It was a huge disappointment
Had a pleasant time on the patio with a G&T flight and a few tapas. I’ve never had bad food or service here
Jaleo never disappoints. The shrimp and calamari Paella was absolutely amazing... Cooked to perfection. Everything we ordered was so delicious. The wait staff was helpful and prompt. Another perfect evening at Jaleo.
Paella festival delicious!!
Fantastic food and service, as always, and great acommodation for outdoor patio seating. Always one of our favorite restaurants, and did not dissapoint even in these COVID times.
Great food and ambiance! Severs are knowledge and kitchen is fast! Jaleo is a great.
Great experience! Professional, friendly, and knowledgeable staff. Will come back many times.
Good not great.
We had a gift card that we could not figure out how to use electronically. The wait staff helped us a lot. Our table was ready when we arrived. They cleaned our table and chairs when we arrived. Food was delicious, service was fast. Great meal
Consistently great food at Jaleo. we also had to make a change to our reservation last minute which we did by calling the restaurant directly and they made the change to the time and number of people for us.
The gazpacho is always amazing so make sure you order that when you go.
Jaleo (Crystal City location) is always a joy to visit. The food never disappoints, the service is fabulous, and no one leaves wanting for anything. This is our favorite spot for special occasions or to celebrate any special event. Highly recommend any of their tasting menu options to enjoy a variety of selections- we've been able to try a wide variety of the menu this way, and we've never had even a mediocre dish. We frequently recommend it to our friends and have had the pleasure of introducing a number of them to the delights of Jaleo ourselves.
Absolutely wonderful food and overall experience.
We stopped in for the paella week special Valencia with gin & tonic starters..exceptional at that. We are big g&t fans but this was great. We had a personal pan but cannot wait until after COVID with the big outside pan preparation to allow more juices blending. That will bring the flavors up a notch more.
Love this place and everyone was fantastic, especially our waiter, Ricardo (sp?). Made my birthday dinner with my mom a great respite from the mayhem of 2020. The food was delicious, as always! Thank you again!
Seems counter intuitive but the sidewalk patio area was very quiet. Food, as always, was outstanding. The fixed price "Classico Menu" was genuine value for money with selections consisting of Jaleo's "greatest hits"
We went to Jaléo by José Andrée to celebrate a birthday, for the experience, & to support José Andrée since he does so.much good in the world. The ambience was chic-moderne in yellow-red-orange hued decor, with music from Spain & West Africa, and a very charming wait staff--all A+. The tapas that we selected included gambas al skills, berejenas a la malagueña, and crisis has we pollo--all delicately prepared and earning A+. Although the paella de banda gambas was less inspiring, we added chicken to the shrimp & calamares. We would have preferred a mixed seafood paella with shrimp, mussels, calamares, chicken, peas, and red peppers, cooked with long-grain rice and saffron. When paired with sangria, this truly evokes the Spain that I recall with fondness. Salut!
Had a wonderful meal, friendly, outdoors and socially distanced.
Food just wasn’t good. We all got the five course tasting. It tasted like mass prepared luke warm food being served off a buffet. I’ve been a fan of Jaleo since early 2000s. This is the first time I ever left wishing I picked somewhere else.
This place is very nice and the food was delicious.
We sat outside and it was a bit noisy, but inside looks like it would be fun too!
Paella choices limited. The Paella was just ok. The tapas were amazing
Gaspacho and flan are always my favorites at Jaleo but the spinach was also very good!
Took advantage of the quick lunch which is a great deal!
Food was delicious. Service was attentive but not intrusive. One of the best meal experiences.
Ricardo was fabulous
It was excellent!
Great meal as always. Love Jose Andres
Fantastic food and they took a lots of extra steps to ensure everything and everyone was sanitized.
Tasting menu was perfect. Great selection and sufficient quantity!
I love this place!! They always have great service.
Excellent dining experience. We did the restaurant week menu and it was wonderful. Service was excellent. Only complaint is I wish they had a few more options for wines by the glass, but I could see that being due to COVID right now.
We almost missed restaurant week, but managed to get to Jaleo with friends. We ate outside, and there was little traffic on the street, so it was fairly quiet. Jaleo does service well in these COVID times, with tables well spaced and servers wearing masks and gloves. As always the food was excellent, and the restaurant week price makes for exceptional value for the money.
The restaurant week menu was quite nice and very reasonably priced. The food was very good and we enjoyed the evening very much. The wait staff seemed to be a bit preoccupied, perhaps being restaurant week (although the place wasn't all that busy), but they would rush us between courses and then forget simple things like asking if we wanted coffee with our dessert? That was a bit disappointing. All over, I like Jaleo and always have and will return.
Restaurant Week 2020 tapas dinner menu had variety and the selections we chose were delicious
First time going to this location (Crystal City) and first time dining out since Covid. I was nervous, but tables were spaced apart enough to easily accommodate social distancing guidelines. Sanitizing tables as well as a sanitizing station showed me Jaleo takes Covid seriously. My anxiety melted away, I relaxed and enjoyed myself and the company of my friend. Food was delish (no surprise there), enough tapas in a serving to comfortably share with my friend. Our server was appropriately masked with gloves and attentive without hovering. 1/2 carafe of white sangria was just the right amount of alcohol. The Ensalada campera was amazing! Ditto for the Gambas al ajillo. I thought the Espinacas a la catalana was a little salty, but my friend thought it was perfect.
Delicious food and great service!!
The food was outstanding! We sat outside and everything was social distanced and precautions for our safety was considered. We loved the server who was very informative and joyful. The garlic shrimp and flan was my favorite of day!!
As always, great food - great service - I always love going to Jaleo!
Long standing favorite is still spectacular with proper distancing and indoor seating.
Jaleo Crystal City does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar and Uber Eats.
Jaleo Crystal City is rated 4.7 stars by 3646 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.