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Jaleo Crystal City

4.5
2820 reviews
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$30 and under
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Spanish
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  • Tapas
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday & Saturday: 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sunday: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Jaleo Hour:
Monday - Sunday: 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM, bar only


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Phone number
(703) 413-8181
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
José Andrés; Head Chef, Aaron Helfand
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Catering
Catering on a whole new level; José Andrés Catering elevates catering and event planning to new heights in the Washington, DC area and beyond. Now you can experience the inspired creations of celebrated chef José Andrés at your own party or venue. Visit us for more information at www.joseandrescatering.com, or call us at (703) 413-8181.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
23rd Street
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Parking details
There are two garages, one around the corner on 23rd, and one immediately north on Crystal Drive. Parking is complimentary after 4 pm weekdays and all weekend. We offer one hour validation for our daytime guests at the garage on Crystal Drive.
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Public transit
We are a 5 minute walk from the Crystal City Metro Station, located on the Yellow and Blue Lines. To reach us, exit the Metro, go left on 18th St., right on Crystal Drive, and walk 5 blocks to 23rd Street, finding us on the right. Or come halfway up the escalator, left into the Shops, and proceed to 23rd St., turning left to Crystal Drive.
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Special events & promotions
Jaleo Hour: Mon-Sun, 4:00-7:00 PM in our bar,
$4 tapas, half-priced wines, $4 draft beers, and sangria.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

At Jaleo Crystal City, we offer a variety of spaces for your special event. Whether your celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, we can accommodate all your needs. From 20 to 120, let our team ensure the success of your next private function!

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What 2820 People Are Saying
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4.5  based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.4
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4.2
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Absolutely wonderful from start to finish! Knowledgeable & gracious staff, incredible service, welcoming atmosphere. One of the best places to get together with friends & share fabulous food that I have ever been to. Will DEFINITELY be back!!!

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OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

The price of the Sunday Special Tapas meal, without any alcoholic beverages, was so incredibly reasonable that I had to check the bill twice to make sure they didn't forget to include something. The food was exceptional. Our waiter was a delight. Definitely going back.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

We've been coming to Jaleo for years, and the food is fantastic. But..... I don't know if the portions are getting smaller but even for two to share some of the tapas, they seemed very skimpy. We will continue to go to Jaleo but will questioning our waiter/waitress in the future for more details about the size and amount of our dishes.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

food is good.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Very good, and plan on returning

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kittyluvs2eat (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

I'd heard of good things about Jaleo for many years and only knew of the one in DC. Not sure why I never made it there but I'm happy to find this restaurant in nearby Crystal City. Great ambiance, great food and service - and convenient free parking after 4 pm! I'll be back!

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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Great food and drinks! I'm never disappointed when I go to Jaleo or any Jose Andres restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

terrific food. Try the paella and a selection of small plates. Reasonable and tasty wine choice around $50/bottle. worth a visit.

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AlexandriaSoxFan (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Great variety of food. Highly recommend the fried eggplant, Catalan spinach, and piquillo peppers. Vegetarians/pescatarians may want to ask about ingredients as a dish came with an unexpected ham garnish. However, the restaurant handled the situation very well.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Always so good!

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vipTojo (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

So glad I made a reservation here. The place was packed when we arrived. Even though we had a reservation, we had to wait a few minutes for a table to clear up. No big deal. There were three of us and we each ordered three to four tapas. Definitely a lot of food. Service was great and so was the food. Jaleo is a favorite and we will be coming back.

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vipGiaS (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

I’ve been to jaleo before and was looking forward to eating there again, Unfortunately I was disappointed this time. Especially the paella. You could taste nothing but salt and that’s covered up the calamari. Thank goodness the shrimp was cooked separately bc that was good. I don’t think I’ll be back again. I don’t know what happened.

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Wanderer (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Jaleos is my go to place for dinner or a weekend brunch. Can depend on them for great food and service.

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OpenTable Diner (Western NC)
1.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

Cheeses were great. Fried foods were overdone and not flavorful. Calamari was bland.

This was one of my favorite places to eat when I visit DC and I brought a friend with me expecting a wonderful dining experience. We were both extremely disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

The paella is absolutely delicious (I had the one with shrimp and squid)!

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vipBethL (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Service was just shocking. Only 4 other tables in use in the restaurant and it took us 10 minutes to be waited on? I almost had to search out our server to get a second glass of wine. We would have liked to have coffee with our dessert, but never saw the server until he brought the bill way after we'd finished dessert. Lovely food , but I don't know if I could recommend the Crystal City location based on the "service."

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OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Came here for restaurant week. I was very happy with my selections- bacon wrapped dates, shrimp, fried potatoes, salmon and chocolate dessert. Even though they are small plates, I left feeling satisfied! Waitress and supporting staff were attentive to filling up water glasses/removing plates and food was delivered hot and timely. Would definitely recommend and hope to go back soon.

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acmorris (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

I met my friend for lunch; the staff was quite friendly and helpful. If you’ve never been to Jaleo before, don’t be intimidated. They explain the menu, the “family style,” which dishes are best suited for sharing and which aren’t. Everything is delicious; not a clunker on the menu. Parking is a snap and they validate (up to an hour). A terrific experience.

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LizG (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

The Restaurant Week Menu was fabulous. I especially loved the beet salad and dates wrapped in bacon. The high ceilings and elaborate wall decorations make this a very special space. The service was fantastic...great teamwork by the wait staff. Our dinner of many courses moved along at just the right pace.

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OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
4.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Delicious! I went for Restaurant Week and had excellent food. I'll go back soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Everything is great. Tapas portions have gotten a little large

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OccasionalGourmand (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

great varieties of delicious food, served in well-timed fashion, and at Restaurant Week prices. what's not to like?

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AlexB (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

Went there for restaurant week on a date, we both agreed the food was amazing. The cava sangria was a perfect compliment. The wait staff was friendly and helpful. Would definitely return, hopefully soon. Thanks!

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

Excellent restaurant week menu! 4 course meal with 4 tapas options per course. We had 4 people, so we got to sample everything! Amazing all around. Plenty of food, and an incredible variety that added to the enjoyment and entertainment value of the evening.

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vipellekasey (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 22, 2018

We just keep coming back to Jaleo. It amazes me that this Jose Andres gem is tucked into Crystal City, but we'll take it! We snagged a Restaurant Week reservation during the brief Federal shutdown. One thing I appreciate about Jaleo is its enthusiastic participation in Restaurant Week. We ate incredibly well in a good value week for one of our favorite restaurants. The tapas allow my carnivore husband to indulge in all creatures while I get to veg out (and yes, sometimes I go for a chicken dish or the out of this world bacon-wrapped dates!) Jaleo doesn't dismiss any part of the dining experience: the restaurant is beautiful, staff is well-trained, drinks are inspired, dishes are inventive - but with the sophisticated composition Jose Andres brings which means I'm never left wondering why two flavors were paired, and desserts are a deeply satisfying conclusion to the meal. I suspect we'll be back within the month.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

Met up with 3 friends for lunch. We hadn’t seen 1 of our friends in a while so it was a chance to catch up. My friends had the sangria, which they liked enough to order 2 carafes and I had the salt air margarita, which I highly recommend. We shared shrimp, Brussel sprout salad, and omelette, white bean salad, and roasted eggplant and red peppers. Every plate was delicious! We finished the meal with a chocolate flan-mouse type dessert and an apple Charlotte. Again, very tasty. Alex was our waiter and he was awesome! We lingered after we were done eating, and he continued to fill our water and was not bothered by us at all staying at the table.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Always delicious. The bacon wrapped dates are amazing! If you young kids like toddlers there is pretty much nothing on the menu for them. Especially if you have a picky eater. They do have some amazing mashed potatoes they will bring a bowl for your little one!

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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

I enjoy bringing my family to Jaleo to shake up our Saturday dinner out routine. The tapas are good and the service is great.

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vipAmyO (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Always delicious!! One of my faves for any occasion.

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Lbbbb (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

It was a divine evening celebrating my birthday. We tried the tasting menu after explaining that I don’t eat meat but my husband does. We still got three purely meat dishes which I found a bit disappointing. The scallops with squash and garlic shrimp stand out. We had a great selection of wine and dessert. It was a celebration so we were happy to splurge. It is a bit pricey but a great experience

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