Jaleo Crystal City

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$30 and under
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Spanish
As part of phase 3 reopening, we have limited patio and indoor seating. We cannot guarantee a request for patio seating. We are open for lunch and dinner daily. 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.

Support Jaleo Crystal City during COVID-19

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vipMelC
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great outdoor seating

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fine369
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

they made sure social distancing was maintained. Service was really excellent. We ordered the tapas and all were very good.

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JanetE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipSmitty
Houston
32 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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KellyA
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service.
Paella festival delicious!!

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vipEathappy
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance! Severs are knowledge and kitchen is fast! Jaleo is a great.

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jasonw
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Professional, friendly, and knowledgeable staff. Will come back many times.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good not great.

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JeffK
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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shahroozs
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Elise
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipJonB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful food and overall experience.

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RichardP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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vipAndreaF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipMichaelH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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"

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JessicaC
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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!

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MonicaS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful meal, friendly, outdoors and socially distanced.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

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.

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Keith
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Paella choices limited. The Paella was just ok. The tapas were amazing

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MarieClaude
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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!

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vip2019AprilBash
Miami
29 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Service was attentive but not intrusive. One of the best meal experiences.

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vipcraigm
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ricardo was fabulous

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was excellent!

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vipRozandRuss
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great meal as always. Love Jose Andres

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Delicious
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and they took a lots of extra steps to ensure everything and everyone was sanitized.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Nashville
12 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasting menu was perfect. Great selection and sufficient quantity!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I love this place!! They always have great service.

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SierraK
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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The3Cs
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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David
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

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.

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tlrichards19
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant Week 2020 tapas dinner menu had variety and the selections we chose were delicious

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WilletteH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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.

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vipBIby
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service!!

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SherylG
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!

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avi8rix
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, great food - great service - I always love going to Jaleo!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Long standing favorite is still spectacular with proper distancing and indoor seating.

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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.