About 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.

2250 A Crystal Drive
Arlington, VA 22202
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates

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


Cross Street:
23rd Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

Phone Number:
(703) 413-8181

Website:
http://www.jaleo.com/

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.

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.

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.

Executive Chef:
José Andrés; Head Chef, Aaron Helfand

Additional:
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

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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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!

Jaleo Crystal City Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.5

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4.5

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4.4

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Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for a Date (24)
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Business Meals (20)
Tasting Menu (20)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
Good for Groups (18)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Great for Lunch (15)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Happy Hour (14)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Worth the Drive (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Romantic (11)
People Watching (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Healthy (9)
Late-night Find (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Great for Brunch (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Comfort Food (8)
Hot Spot (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Quick Bite (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Vegan (5)
Cozy (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Seasonal (3)
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Live Music (2)
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Disabled Access (1)
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Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 4 days ago

I love going to Jaleo. Even so, no place is perfect or perfect for everyone. If you come here thinking you’re going to get a plate piled high with food - bye-bye. These dishes are prepared thoughtfully and with your taste-buds in mind. If I were going to try something for the first time, this is where I’d go! And DO try at least one thing you haven’t tried before.

Here’s a snippet from my most recent visit. We made our own selections from the menu - the goal was to only have items we haven’t tried before - but first, some of their red sangria. (The white sangria is even more amazing when on the menu!) We ordered a trio of cheese plates - each enough for two people - just a tasting though. Everything is so unique and fresh - even the cheese seemed special because of what it was served with - goat’s milk cheese with raisin walnut bread and fig jam - among other items. Yum!

I had recently read something about the gazpacho soup so I had to give that a try. AMAZING (see photo)! A little salty for me, but I use very little salt in my own cooking. My empty bowl is a testament that it wasn’t too salty for me to want to lick the bowl. I didn’t, I just wanted to! You’ll have to order it just to see what’s at the bottom of your bowl when they bring it to the table.

We ordered the warm Brussels sprout salad with oranges, pomegranate, and yogurt. It was yummy as well.

Then the beautifully balanced house made chorizo in olive oil with creamy mashed potatoes. What a delight.

I have to say that my biggest disappointment with this place has always been that I’m not too fond of their desserts - my waste line says thank you! But I’m already planning what I’m going to have on my next visit!

Some extras - there is street parking or an underground parking garage across the street that is free on the weekends. The noise level here is mostly low. I can almost always have a conversation with my dinner partner without raising my voice.

Tags: Spicy, Vegan, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, Tapas, People Watching
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Had lunch with my cousin and everything we tried was great. The server's recommendations were all spot on!

Tags: Tapas, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Hostess was a bit clueless. We made reservations for 730 on Open Table, but when we called to say we were going to be a bit late, she said they had no reservation under my name and that they were booked until 9pm. so my sister proceeded to make additional reservations for 745 and 8pm. When we got there, after waiting about 10 minutes to be greeted, she actually did have our original reservation, and the restaurant was practically empty. Just didn't seem like she knew what was going on.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find
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·Dined 5 days ago

We had an early dinner and everything was great from start to finish. Got lucky with a space out front, we were seated as soon as we arrived, knowledgable server. Every dish was great. Considering it is tapas, we were full with 5-6 different dishes. The sopa de pescado was so delicious. It reminded me of my grandmother's cooking. So much flavor and depth. Warm brussel sprouts were delicious, two shrimp dishes and a special menu item for the day was duck. Heavenly. Moist. Tastes like it was brined, love the thyme and cooked perfectly. We will be back real soon.

Tags: Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Everything was amazing from start to finish! Service, menu, wine list, food...everything! Thrilled beyond words that I could find Envinate wines here! And the mussel dish was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever had. So simple & fresh.
I will absolutely be coming back the next time I’m in town. Thanks for a wonderful evening!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 7, 2018

This was our 1st time to Jaleo & the 3 of us thoroughly enjoyed our experience. Our waiter was friendly & after giving us water & taking our drink order he explained the tapas menu to us. The appetizers were delicious but the main meals were outstanding. The menu is pretty extensive so everyone can find something they love. We were all to full to get dessert so we didn't see the dessert menu but I am sure it is as creative as their food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Fun, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Celebrated New Years eve and had a great night. Everyone there became friends enjoying the food and atmosphere.

Tags: Seasonal, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, Live Music, People Watching
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

I loved the ambiance and the decor. The ample tapas menu allows to share and taste different dishes. We loved the paella's rich flavors. Spanish red wine selection was very good. There is a public parking lot in front, which is free on weekends.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Tapas, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We were well taken care of, the Sangria, the lunch, fantastic. Thank you!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Jaleo has been on my radar for 8 years. I am glad I was finally able to partake of the food. The food was wonderful and the service was excellent. My table also ordered the Red Sangria. It was great, not to dry and not to sweet.
I recommend it to everyone.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Jaleo has always been a favorite. And now getting more of my friends hooked on it.
The food is top quality. The ingredients are great. Service is very attentive. Thank you for a good evening.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 17, 2017

As always the food and service was excellent. We enjoy Jaleo as a special treat, especially when the weather is nice and the outdoor seating is open. I was surprised and disappointed with the physical condition of some parts of the restaurant when I walked thru on the way to the restroom. The restrooms in particular are showing wear and age. They are clean but the vanities are extremely worn with missing finish, damaged cabinet doors, etc. I also noticed this in another area of the restaurant as well. Wouldn't take much work to bring these areas back up to the standards of the rest of the decor.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Fun, People Watching, Tasting Menu, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Tapas
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

As always, everything was phenomenal. The waitstaff and host were friendly and helpful. The food was delicious and the menu was creative.

Tags: Romantic, Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Healthy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 15, 2017

My husband and I were celebrating his birthday; we ordered the Classic Tasting Menu. It was amazing! In honor of the occasion, the chef sent us a wonderful comp appetizer of grilled clementines. This was followed by 10 tapas, including jamon iberico de bellota, warm brussells sprouts salad, apple and fennel salad, ham and chicken croquettes, chorizo wrapped in potato, patatas bravas (always one of our favorites!), gambas al ajillo, sausage with white beans, and grilled hanger steak with piquillo peppers. This was followed by the lightest, creamiest flan I've ever had (including mine) served with Catalan cream and oranges. We loved every bite! The only thing I would change is the music. It seems a shame to be at a Spanish restaurant and not hear any Spanish music! Highly recommend it--it's our favorite restaurant in the area by far.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Jaleo exceeded expectations. It looked good and tasted better and at a great price. My out of town guest was very impressed.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Comfort Food
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·Dined on December 11, 2017

The service was excellent! The selection of tapas was broad enough and they each came as soon as they were ready so the first ones arrived within 10 minutes of ordering. Everything was tasty. The sangrias were nice.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Tapas, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

The staff was very accommodating and the tapas were all exceptionally good!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Food was extremely mediocre. Most dishes were extremely salty and left a funny aftertaste. Cocktail was underwhelming.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 4, 2017

The food was delicious. Our waiter was attentive and ensured that our courses were well timed and not rushed. The music was low and we were able to converse easily. Very enjoyable evening.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

We went to Jaleo on Dec 3 2017 for our father's 85th birthday. Initially, the manager did not accept the Open Door receipt for a gift certificate (three years old) in lieu of the actual gift certificate. After some awkward discussion we suggested that she contact Open Door to verify the gift certificate. After 30 minutes or so she had our certificate verified and we placed our order. The plates were very tasty although the portions were small as it is with tapas. They were expensive but very good. The sangria was excellent. Patatas bravas better than I had in Spain. We ordered a dessert and after it appeared unavailable the waitress informed us they were providing a replacement and two additional desserts on the house. The desserts were the flavor star of the meal, especially the apple charlotte (carlotta) and the flan. Although the meal started off on a bad note, overall the service was excellent (Ethiopia) and the management was very gracious in serving the desserts on the house. Not including the dessert, lunch came out to about $40 per person. This was pricey but in the end we felt it was worth coming back for a special occasion.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

I like the food here, though the service can be a bit slow at times.

Tags: Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour
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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Delicious, great suggestions from the server, excellent recommendation for wine to compliment our good choices!

Tags: Vegan, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 30, 2017

All the food is absolutely amazing! The quality is top notch and the flavors are out of this world.

Tags: Fun, Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Vibrant Bar Scene, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Tapas, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Great tapas, delicious sangria, and fun ambiance. Always a hit!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 25, 2017

As usual, Jaleo was great. Food, drinks, and service were on point, with one exception this time: the Conejo en salmorejo con puré de albaricoques (Canary Islands-style marinated rabbit confit with apricot purée). It was barely palatable and extremely dry. My husband and I are both fans of rabbit, so this wasn't just a case of not liking that type of meat. The quail, however, was fabulous!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Saturday I took my visiting parents here so that my mother could get her Spanish omelet due to my father being only meat and potatoes person. He asked, as we walked in, if he could run over to McDonalds afterwords.

He left happy and filled loving each dish and flavour, admitting he would have never gone in without assistance but would for now on want to return every time he returns.

The service was fantastic, as every question that was asked was answered in clear and purposeful points.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The food was great. The salad and vegetable dishes were superb. Especially since I associate Jaleo with meat. The flank steak was sooo tender. After a traditional all-American Thanksgiving turkey dinner it was great to sample one of the many varieties of cuisines that contribute to our contemporary food culture. Three cheers for World Central Kitchen by the way.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vegan
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Great place, have been there before, will surely recommend and visit again.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 19, 2017

as always, good food and great service. we will return

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Absolutely loved every single dish. Was REALLY impressed. Scallops were next level, the shrimp was amazing, and the charcuterie plate with the ibérico ham was so good. Literally everything we ate I loved

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 16, 2017

We were one of four tables in the dining room. Waited 10 minutes for water. Waited 15 for our server to say hello and take wine order. They were out of the wine of the week, but didn't notify us until after we ordered it and we had to wait 10 minutes for our server to return to the table to tell us. Then they were out of one of the dishes we ordered. Worst experience I've ever had there. Hoping it was an off-night but won't be going there for dinner any time soon.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 16, 2017

I have high standards when it comes to Tapas, and I was extremely disappointed in the flavors. Croquettas were so-so - they need to learn from Cafe Iberico or go to Lisbon and taste real croquettas. What really irked me is that at Cafe Iberico in Chicago, you can get the jamon, Manchego and Bread with tomatoes in one dish at an extremely reasonable price and it is delicious. At Jaleo, you have to order the manchego, jamon and bread with tomatoes separately at ridiculous prices and it still doesn't taste the same. They need to nix that so-called toast/bread or cracker...whatever it is, it doesn't work. The calamari was so-so...the only thing that was decent was the endives and the Flamenquines. But overall, I'd only go here for drinks and skip the food.

Tags: Happy Hour
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·Dined on November 16, 2017

Fantastic service, great food. Staff did a fabulous job of explaining menu items to our party, which was greatly appreciated.

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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 16, 2017

A must visit! Recommend the eggplant with honey. Amazing!

Tags: Romantic, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Fun, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Just great as usual. This is one of our favorite restaurants in DC area. Highly recommended. Service is outstanding

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Authentic, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 14, 2017

We enjoyed our meal at our most recent visit to Jaleo but it wasn't as good as usual. Our asparagus was forgotten and didn't arrive until we had finished with the meal, which was an odd ending. Some of the recipes have changed or the executing of them isn't what it use to be. Still had a few items that were signature and high quality (patatas bravas and steak.) The services, as usual, was spot-on.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Jaleo always delivers fabulous flavor adventures. We love the bacon-wrapped dates and highly recommend the 'pan de cristal con tomate'.

Beef tongue...my first time...yummy!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Met an old friend for dinner--at first I was a bit dismayed that our table was "out in the open" rather than at a booth--but I hadn't thought to ask for a booth. Nevertheless, it turned out fine. We both love tapas! The food was great--just enough on each plate for us both to have our fill-- and the cocktails, as well. We tried a sherry from the tasting list--fabulous. My friend's a pescatarean and there was plenty to keep us both happy. ALSO, last but not least, our server was really wonderful. Attentive without hovering, friendly and knowledgeable. He was part of the experience.

Tags: Quick Bite, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

since i chose "date" as the occasion, they sat us in a nice quiet area

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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Amazing! If you don't eat here, you are missing out! Make the time!

Tags: Tapas, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Cozy
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