Jaleo Crystal City

4.7
3668 Reviews
$30 and under
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 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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DavidF
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Social distancing was easy enough on a slow chilly Monday night. Looking forward to post Covid hustle and bustle... under the current set of circumstances this meal was a real treat.

(OK... Jaleo is always a real treat)

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vipAdamJ
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food and supporting a true humanitarian is priceless.

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BriD
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and a variety of options. Drink menu additionally was wide spread. Even with COVID restrictions, it was safe and was a wonderful night for my girlfriend as we celebrated her birthday.

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AndrewH
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent tapas, the wines list is excellent, my granddaughter took the guava sorbet for desert, it was really really good

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vipFredH
Washington DC
108 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

As always, a good experience. Outdoors, socially distanced, fun experience

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Ajnabiyeh
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, comfortable outdoor seating.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Even though the food was good, I have been to Jaleo in Orlando which is much better. I made a reservation a couple of days before and I was treated like I didn’t have one even though the waiter saw my reservation in the system. That was very disappointing!

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ParkerN
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Potatoes were almost raw (barely done) and all the fried food tasted like Fair Food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jaleo never fails to deliver on excellent food and great service. We enjoyed their outdoor dining and hope that we may continue to do so for many more weeks.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience

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Jacob
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipDavidR
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful food! our waiter and "sommelier" were very friendly and knowledgeable

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JaneB
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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KellyA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jaleo is amazing as always. During restaurant week is a lovely bonus. Yum

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vipbobeats
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, we had the restaurant week special. All the food was fantastic. Great outdoor seating. A very good experience!

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SkimsK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy our time at Jaleo! Great food, great place!

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Cate
New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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. 😊

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The3Cs
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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vipAndreaF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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Kpitmvn
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

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.

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JCKI
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipMelC
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
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
Washington DC
2 reviews
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
28 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
2 reviews
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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vipjasonw
Washington DC
7 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
3 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!

FAQs

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

Jaleo Crystal City is rated 4.7 stars by 3668 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.