Jaleo Crystal City

4.7
3824 Reviews
$30 and under
Spanish
As part of phase 3 reopening, we have limited patio and indoor 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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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 - 8:30 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 3824 people are saying
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipWilliamG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I was disappointed in the food, especially for a Jose Andres restaurant. Service was slow, no forks until we asked. No follow up on wine with empty glasses. I’m being kind giving three stars, but because of the pandemic, I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt. Wouldn’t go back, even though I enjoyed the ambience.

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LauraT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great atmosphere. Excellent food. Highly recommend.

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Barbie50
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fantastic experience at Jaleo. Great food, great service, and attentive servers. Thank you Jaleo!

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BillyT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food!

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DeborahB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous brunch with a wide variety of delicious courses!

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Nikki
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The food was fine, but that's about it. We got the omelet and the endive with goat cheese, and neither were impressive. We also got the gin and tonic flight. Nothing was served with any sort of quality of presentation, which is fine when at a cheaper establishment, but was out of place for a restaurant that tries to emulate a higher class experience.

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Ninaballerina
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really delicious. Can’t go wrong with Jose!

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vipDeeeats
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience3

The food quality has slipped a bit. Service was great. The G&T flight was too much! I did not realize it was 3 full drinks.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service!!!

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FranciscoR
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Food is delicious, staff is friendly. Nice location. Wine Wednesday is a great bargain.

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vipLauraG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jaleo is always fantastic. Have never been to the Crystal City location, but it compares beautifully with the original downtown location. Our server, Mark, was great, as was our experience in the wine shop. We enjoyed introducing our out-of-town visitor to a DC landmark.

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EileenO
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was so thrilled to be back at Jaleo. We always love it, the service, the menu and the food are all perfect.

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JoseR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Five-star experience, delicious food and delightful service.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jaleo is always a memorable experience. We very much enjoyed our early dinner. The food could not have been better and the service is impeccable.

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Thribben
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every visit to Jaleo is always an exceptional dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was great!

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viptracyb
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently great food and excellent service.

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LS5724
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

I was very shocked at the lack of brunch options, portion, and lack of condiments to compliment the food. I’ve never been to a restaurant that didn’t have ketchup. Just all so odd but I guess this is the pandemic menu and perhaps more items will be added soon. Let’s hope so! Cheers.

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TonyH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tonight we tried to enjoy items we had not tried before, so we shared the "flauta de jamon iberico de bellota", "endives, goat cheese, orange and almonds", "bunuelos de bacalao", "rossejat", "carne asada con piquillos" and the "ensaladilla rusa".
The flauta featured the jamon, but the garlic olive oil and tomato made the "sandwich" come alive!
The endives were a nice light tapa, but I guess I expected the almonds to be marconas and they were just sliced toasted almonds.
The bunuelos are 7 light, cod and potato fritters served with honey aioli...yum!
The rossejat is a hearty dish, like a fideua with chopped calamari, topped with 2 large prawns. It's an easy way to get many of the flavors of the "Arroz a banda con gambas", with broken-up angel hair pasta instead of rice. So good!
We asked for the "carne" medium rare and it was well-prepared and the sweetness of the pepper with the savory steak made our mouths smile.
The ensaladilla was delicious, not heavy on the tuna, but big on flavor.
It was a busy Saturday night with many large groups, but the host, waiter and other staff made sure we were well watered and fed.
The red sangria was as good as I expected and my wife's limonada was tart and sparkling, a nice complement to the meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent selection of tapas and drinks! Sangria is the best!!!

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Peanut
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I've been to Jaleo in Crystal City many times and it's always been a great dining experience. Saturday was no different. Great service, great environment and great food. Except for the steak dish. My date was disappointed and so was I (I tried her food and the steak was dry and lacking in flavor). But the manager kindly removed it from the bill. I still love Jaleo.

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Nina
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a fantastic meal here for date night. The Gazpacho soup was a stand out. Our server was friendly and attentive. Highly recommend!

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TonyH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So many options on Crystal Drive, but none with the variety of flavors, and oh the red sangria a la sueca!

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vipTiffany
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food is always good there but the menu is some what smaller than normal-pre covid time .

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vipBeth
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

As usual, food was great, service was good, and the garlic shrimp was outstanding.

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vipNoneya
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Love the foosball tables!

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ClaudiaJS
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Amazing food as always, plus Patricia is an excellent server. I would have preferred dialogue requesting we leave the restaurant rather than a brusque clearing of a table by a non-verbal male. Overall, I will be returning.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wow

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Lori
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite place in Crystal City. The food is phenomenal, the staff friendly, and manager is awesome! Best tapas I’ve had in the city.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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vipMaryAnnS
Oklahoma City
14 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good and wine were excellent. Our waiter Daniel was attentive and friendly!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We dined at Jaleo on a Sunday evening so the restaurant was 3/4 full. High ceilings and spaced out tables (for COVID) will never add to the atmosphere, nevertheless the music style and volume made it cozy enough for a dinner date. Jaleo has a broad menu for a range of appetites and of the six dishes we had, all were excellent. The tastes and scents brought back memories of Barcelona and Southwark food market (yes they have some phenomenal Spanish cuisine in London).

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vipSuzanneI
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always delicious and we really enjoyed the Tour of Spain which was an excellent value.

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vipgostertag
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

excellent tapas, as always. we love the spinach, chorizo with mashed potatoes, croquetas, red sangria, and more. outdoor seating much appreciated, although you are sitting near a busy street. would like to see more beer options.

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JohnE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely incredible food in a great building! Highly recommend the Paella!

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VinnyG
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Plenty of outdoor seating. Tables were spread out apropietly. All employees wore masks. Excellent service. They allowed our big door for outdoor dining

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MichelleB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined outdoors. The food and service were excellent. I recommend the shrimp dish, which was served in a tasty garlic and chili oil sauce with bread on side. Wonderful!

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JenniferM
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time. Delicious and server was wonderful.

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vipadcockram
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always wonderful at Jaleo , this was no exception.

FAQs

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

Jaleo Crystal City is rated 4.7 stars by 3824 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.