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Jaleo Crystal City

4.6
2878 reviews
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$30 and under
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Spanish
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  • Tapas
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
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
Sunday - Thursday: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday & Saturday: 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM

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

Lunch:
Monday - Friday: 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Brunch:
Saturday & Sunday: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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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 2878 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.6
service
4.4
ambience
4.2
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 6 hours ago

Food was delicious! And the service was excellent!

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4.0Dined 2 days ago

I’ve been here a handful of times and the food is not consistent. This visit it was pretty good though. One thing that is consistent is the sangria’s. Unfortunately, they are consistently bad and watered down. This’ll probably be my last trip to Jaleo. It’s decent but not worth the price.

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3.0Dined 3 days ago

Loved the place, great lighting, vibrant colors, nice decor. Service was good, food came fast, server was attentive but didn’t rush us. The food was only mediocre, was a bit disappointed. The red sangria was outstanding however.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Good food. Reasonable prices. Great service. Lamb sandwich and gazpacho were very tasty.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Great service, great food, great atmosphere and very unique!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Go... go... and go! Well worth it! Don't think twice about it. The menu has just about something for everyone and will not disappoint.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Absolutely amazing! My boyfriend and I dined at Jaleo to celebrate our 2 year anniversary and literally everything that we ordered was cooked to perfection! We ordered from the Sunday Tapas menu where you select an item from about 4-5 different categories including dessert and we enjoyed everything! We wanted to personally thank the chef ourselves after eating. The service was great, the atmosphere and décor of the restaurant is really nice and overall our experience was great. We plan to dine there often in the near future.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Great service, great food!

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The tapas were enjoyable, but nothing to break the budget over. The staff was incredibly friendly. Overall, if price isn’t a large factor, this is a great spot.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The four of us enjoyed all the dishes we had. Especially recommend the cauliflower, the Japanese eggplant, and the rice dessert with lemon.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Good food!!!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Great food and sangria. Sharing plates allowed 2 of us to taste a good variety.
I want to support any business of Jose Andres because I appreciate how he fed Puerto Rico.

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Tried one of the “tasting” menus and enjoyed the selection. Service was slow to get started but worked out ok. Good wine choices but overpriced.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Wonderful meal. Surprising tastes on every plate. Loved it.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Jaleo is one of our favorites. It had been awhile so glad we made it back .

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Great service, wonderful food, we let the chef choose our dinner and ate too much

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3.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Slow service two times last week over lunch hour. Both times were with items ordered off the Rapid Menu. Food good, but uneven service made for awkward business lunches.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

The food was spectacular, each dish better than the last ! Service was efficient and great as well. Never disappoints.

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Jaleo is one of the best places in the DC area for tapas and paellas. It is informal and the food is good. Service has become more spotty over time, but is always friendly even when somewhat slow. Our major complaint is that the kitchen sometimes makes dishes too salty. We got the same tapa twice because it was so good the first time. But the second time the kitchen had over salted it and my wife would not eat it. Tell the wait staff to ask the kitchen to go easy on the salt.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

The food here was terrific. We ordered the green salad and a three-cheeses plate to share. The combination of ingredients is fantastic. Really good food experience.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Absolutely perfect - as always! We had Easter dinner here and completely were happy with everything.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Gorgeous food and service, as always. 💜💜💜

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Good service and good advice about selection tapas items

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

This is one of our go-to places where the food and drink are always good.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Perfect stop in our way to DC. Good real Spanish food

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

This was the fourth time I've been to Jaleo Crystal City, and it's never let me down.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Too loud, but that was okay as we were just getting to know one another. Food is so delicious and servers are speedy and gracious. We had a great time!

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4.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Just...Excellent food! I was told to try the Gambas al Ajillo. Delicious! But, the White sangria, the cheese and Iberico were so good! I could not stop tasting my friends also. Her Brusel Sprouts salad was out of this world. I liked it so much that next day I went solo for lunch and enjoyed wonderful food once more. Looking forward to going back to Arlington next week and try new dishes. Prices are a little high. Ambiance was good and relaxing both times. PLEASE BRING BACK THE ALMOND CAKE!!!!!

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4.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Great place. Interesting food. Love the atmosphere. Quick service.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Jaleo in Crystal City consistently offers fine tapas cuisine and responsive service. The gazpacho is outstanding, and a superb wine list complements the food. Parking is available immediately across the street.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

We've been going to Jaleo for years and it has remained consistently great throughout that time. I had dinner with my friends/business colleagues and because they had worked and lived in the Barcelona area a few years ago, this was a special treat for them. Great service and wonderful food. Overall, this was an outstanding evening!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Great food and drink! NoVa restaurant special was great value

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

We went to Jaleo for a birthday celebration. Many of us either lived or traveled frequently to Spain. Jaleo gave us our authentic tapas fix. Our waiter was great!

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Great food and service! Took a group of clients here and they loved it.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Jaleo is one of the gems in the DC area....it just never disappoints!

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

I love this place. I recommended it to several groups of principal associations who were in town for the national leaders conference this past weekend. Just brought my state principal association there for lunch. Everyone in the group agreed with me & we’ll all be back. (crystal city location)

Personally nine years ago, the white sangria is the drink that swept a first date off her feet. I call her my wife now. (DC location)

Seriously, this place is fantastic. Don’t punish yourself—-go eat here! Chef Jose’ Ole’!

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Super attentive staff! Great lunch with creative food. I thought tapas meant little plates of food. We had so much food we had to ask for to go boxes. We loved our experience at Jaleo and can’t wait to go back.
Sandi Hodges

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

5 stars as always :)

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

My family and I had a wonderful time over 2.5 hours of José’s Way tasting menus. I even brought my two grandchildren (ages 2 and 3) and they really enjoyed themselves.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

I have been to this restaurant twice and it never disappoints. The food it delicious and the sangria is amazing. Very attentive wait staff as well.

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