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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4.5

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4.5

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Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Tapas (66)
Fit for Foodies (44)
Creative Cuisine (33)
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Good for a Date (29)
Fun (27)
Casual (25)
Authentic (23)
Good for Groups (21)
Special Occasion (21)
Tasting Menu (18)
Worth the Drive (18)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Great for Lunch (17)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Business Meals (15)
Happy Hour (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Healthy (12)
Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Quick Bite (10)
Romantic (10)
Hot Spot (9)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Comfort Food (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Late-night Find (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
People Watching (6)
Local Ingredients (5)
Vegan (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Cozy (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Seasonal (3)
Spicy (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Organic (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 6 days ago

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

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Great food and wine by Jose Andres. Exceptional service

Tags: Worth the Drive, Tapas, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Some very good dishes and the price for lunch is a pretty great deal!!

Tags: Quick Bite, Casual, Great for Lunch, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great food. Great service. Friendly staff. But somewhat small tapas dishes and somewhat expensive for what you get.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

We were staying nearby for a conference and had found this restaurant on TripAdvisor. It's open later than most of the other restaurants in the area, which we needed due to our schedule, and the menu looked interesting. Most of the restaurants in the area are chains. Noise level is on the high side, and seating is a bit crowded -- this is not a quiet date night kind of place -- but the staff was great, and the individual dishes ranged from very good to excellent. The red sangria is significantly better than one usually finds in tapas restaurants. The flan and the chocolate flan were outstanding, as was the espresso with brandy. One of our party had to avoid gluten, which was easy given the many options, a clearly marked special menu, and the very kind staff, who went out of their way to warn about not tasting certain dishes other people had ordered. All in all, a really good experience, at a reasonable cost for the high quality. If we're ever back in the area, Jaleo will be on our revisit list.

Tags: Tapas, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Wonderful and creative selection of tapas and outstanding service. Only wish the noise level could be toned down so you could hear conversations at the table and the server giving info. I guess that's the price of a very popular place that is always full.

Tags: Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Fun, Tapas
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Current favorite in Virginia. Always my first choice.

Tags: Tapas, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Afternoon Tea, Quick Bite, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Special Occasion, Late-night Find
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 1, 2017

This Jaleo location has much of the same vibe as Bethesda, but not as inviting as downtown. As always, the service is very good. The drinks were enjoyable, however, none of the six tapas we ordered had much flavor or interest. Particularly disappointing were the chicken fritters - fried balls of mush, and the seared piquillo peppers - which tasted like a cold, wet red pepper filled with soft cheese. Being the host of the group, and having suggested this Jaleo based on my positive experiences at other locations, it made for an awkward evening. As the tapas came out, each was tasted, and no one in the group ate more than the first bite.
I want to emphasize that all other Jaleo experiences have been good - so perhaps this was just an off night in the kitchen

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 31, 2017

I used to enjoy Jaleo but the kitchen is churning out so so dishes and it’s so over priced. I would not recommend Jaleo. I will not be back.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Love Jaleo! Brought some work folks who were in from out of town. They couldn’t stop raving about how great every dish was! Tapas are the best because you get to sample everything you want at one meal. Jaleo is a staple for me to have in the neighborhood and I’m happy to support anything Jose Andrés. Looking forward to continuing to spread the word and to coming back.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Tapas
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Jaleo is a great place with fantastic food and great servers however, it's too noisy!

Tags: Healthy, Tapas, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Creative menu but a bit disappointing a visit for us. The plated combinations didn't seem as balanced on this visit. The beet dressing was too vinegary to taste the beets. The sauce the scallops were in didn't compliment mild scallops. The waiters delivered too fast so multiple hot dishes I ordered came at once and got cold. They should have this timing down by now being a tapas place.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We did the brunch this past Sunday on our visit to DC. I go to a lot of celebrity chef Restaurants and some times they leave you with a bad taste. This time Jose Andres did not disappointed me . I was a little afraid of the $30 surprise brunch but I was glad we did. Actually for the price including a mimosa or sangria is not bad at all. We left with our stomachs full. It was delicious. Each Tapa was just a explosion of flavors. I don't mind paying good money for great food.. but this time it was actually and surprisingly inexpensive. We all had the Sangria and we loved it. My friend kept eating the bread with garlic like it was the end of the world. The shrimp with that delicious sauce ..yummm. The croquetas... the jamon ... EVERYTHING was just amazing. I really recommend it.. and it will be great for an very productive business lunch. Almost forgot to mention the great service we received from our waiter and all the staff. THANK YOU.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Romantic, Tapas
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Everything was great. Most in the group liked their meals. The waitstaff was outstanding.

I was a bit disappointed that the arroz con pollo option offered in the online menu was not available at the restaurant and staffers were seemingly unaware that it appeared in the online website.

Overall, it was a really pleasant experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Cozy, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Quick Bite
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The food was always good at Jaleo, but has become even better lately. The fresh bread with its crispy crust was especially nice, as were the gazpacho and the garlic shrimp.

Tags: Fun, Tapas
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