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.
The food was fantastic! We did the restaurant week menu and everything was great. We appreciated the varied options. Not cheap but worth it for the portion sizes which were larger than I would expect from a tapas restaurant. Our server was fantastic and the restaurant honored our request for outdoor seating and clearly took their Covid precautions seriously, which I greatly appreciate. We would love to return!
wonderful food! our waiter and "sommelier" were very friendly and knowledgeable
We just love Jaleo and were so excited to get to have their tasting menu during Arlington Restaurant Week. We've never had a bad dish there, service is always excellent, and there is plenty of outdoor seating. All the items are tapas sized and reasonably priced for such a high quality restaurant. We look forward to trying the paella as well.
Excellent service, we had the restaurant week special. All the food was fantastic. Great outdoor seating. A very good experience!
We always enjoy our time at Jaleo! Great food, great place!
The food is fantastic! Flavorful, small plates, and a lunch menu with 4 plates for 20$ is perfectly priced! The only complaint I have is: please cut the bread all the way through. I end up looking like an animal trying to tear through the crust to get my one piece of bread. 😊
We took a friend to dinner on her birthday, eating outdoors. We hadn't realized it was Arlington Restaurant Week, but were happy with the deals. But that means we revisited old favorites, rather than trying any new dishes. The food was excellent, of course, and service remains great and fully attentive to COVID protection. The one negative of hte evening is ambient noise....In the first months Jaleo opened the outdoor area, there was not a lot of street noise. Now, traffic is heavier, and the noise level has gone up considerably.
Always one of my favorites for meals and even happy hour with friends. The ultimate G&T is the best ever... please keep this on your menu, forever! The people are also wonderful!
I am a fan of Chef Jose and it was my first time at this location. Visited it for restaurant week. Food was ok on restaurant menu but most items were not hot when served. Sangria wasn’t great. Waiter wasn’t too attentive. Had to find him to get check. I probably won’t be going back again.
My friend and I enjoyed a fantastic lunch. We loved both the food and the wine. I have vacationed in Spain and told my friend that dinning at Jaleo was reminisce of my time spent in Spain. We had a wonderful experience at Jaleo.
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.
We enjoyed an outdoor dinner at Jaleo, with the usual excellent food. Tried several new dishes on this visit. We were very happy with the service, especially the spacing of tables and the attention to PPE on the part of servers. We were worried about how much street noise there would be, but the street was almost empty, so it was much quieter on this visit than the normal level inside the restaurant.
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.
Jaleo Crystal City does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar and Uber Eats.
Jaleo Crystal City is rated 4.7 stars by 3657 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.