Jaleo Crystal City

4.7
3684 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

    Dec 11, 2020 - Jun 30, 2021

    Wed - Fri 4:00 PM - 8:45 PM

    Wednesday-Friday join us from 4:00-6:30pm 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 3684 people are saying
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ChristinaA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you to the staff, and the great Chef Jose Andreas for a wonderful meal at Jaleo! A taste of Spain here in our Nations Capital, SO good!

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PennyE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been reluctant to go out to eat in a restaurant but a friend was in town for work and we chose to meet at Jaleo's. I couldn't have been happier. The staff did an excellent job with the setup related to Covid precautions. Definitely recommend as a safe place to eat at currently!

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DanF
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner for our daughter. The food, service and restaurant were excellent. We will be back.

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vipjasonw
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Food was def overpriced. Not worth it. Won’t be back

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vipglutenfreediva
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I hadn't been back to Jaleo since the pandemic began - felt very safe eating in the restaurant - they have done a great job at spacing people apart and taking safety precautions. The food was every bit as fantastic as I remembered it and our server was truly outstanding.

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PeggyB
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sitting outside was a pleasant experience on a 50 degree day!

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Chris
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Overall excellent foods except for pan con chocolate. Not a fan of salty/sweet desert with olive oil dripping. Service was outstanding. Can fuet be added to the menu?

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, first-class service, and great drinks. Highly recommend for meeting friends, family, and a date. Ingredients are simple, high quality, and plentiful. Good wholesome food.

JB
vipJonB
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and great service

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal service! Excellent food!

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hbmortster
Boise
12 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is always amazing; we had the calamari, prosciutto, and paella for 4 people. Our waiter, Mark, was a blast, and the manager ensured we were enjoying our experience. Thank you for the enjoyable time and great food and drinks!

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vipFredH
Washington DC
108 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Also a great experience even during Covid. Tonight was outside with a heater, socially distanced....probably our last shot at being outside....65 in December? So, it will be back to carry/out...the good is still good.

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KimW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a beautiful evening on the patio. Although a little chilly, for a December evening, we could not have asked for better. The food was great and the service was wonderful! I highly recommend Jaleo.

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ShadyLady
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The physical vibe of the space is chain restaurant-like, but the food and service are definitely unique.

Ordered cauliflower, bacon wrapped dates, potatos bravas, steak, and banana ice cream. Ample food for two. Ordered beer and wine, of which the server was very knowledgeable. My fav was the cauliflower. The addition of olives was unique and delicious. My dinner partner’s fav was the potatos bravas. The banana ice cream was served with a banana bread biscotti, which was a nice touch, and overall delicious.

Service was excellent. Staff is clearly well trained.

Generally, a very good experience.

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ChrisG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and food. Very helpful and patient service from our waiter. All the food was delicious.

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DavidF
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Social distancing was easy enough on a slow chilly Monday night. Looking forward to post Covid hustle and bustle... under the current set of circumstances this meal was a real treat.

(OK... Jaleo is always a real treat)

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vipAdamJ
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food and supporting a true humanitarian is priceless.

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BriD
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and a variety of options. Drink menu additionally was wide spread. Even with COVID restrictions, it was safe and was a wonderful night for my girlfriend as we celebrated her birthday.

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AndrewH
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent tapas, the wines list is excellent, my granddaughter took the guava sorbet for desert, it was really really good

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vipFredH
Washington DC
109 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

As always, a good experience. Outdoors, socially distanced, fun experience

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Ajnabiyeh
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, comfortable outdoor seating.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Even though the food was good, I have been to Jaleo in Orlando which is much better. I made a reservation a couple of days before and I was treated like I didn’t have one even though the waiter saw my reservation in the system. That was very disappointing!

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ParkerN
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Potatoes were almost raw (barely done) and all the fried food tasted like Fair Food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jaleo never fails to deliver on excellent food and great service. We enjoyed their outdoor dining and hope that we may continue to do so for many more weeks.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience

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Jacob
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic! We did the restaurant week menu and everything was great. We appreciated the varied options. Not cheap but worth it for the portion sizes which were larger than I would expect from a tapas restaurant. Our server was fantastic and the restaurant honored our request for outdoor seating and clearly took their Covid precautions seriously, which I greatly appreciate. We would love to return!

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vipDavidR
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful food! our waiter and "sommelier" were very friendly and knowledgeable

JB
JaneB
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We just love Jaleo and were so excited to get to have their tasting menu during Arlington Restaurant Week. We've never had a bad dish there, service is always excellent, and there is plenty of outdoor seating. All the items are tapas sized and reasonably priced for such a high quality restaurant. We look forward to trying the paella as well.

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KellyA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jaleo is amazing as always. During restaurant week is a lovely bonus. Yum

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vipbobeats
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, we had the restaurant week special. All the food was fantastic. Great outdoor seating. A very good experience!

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SkimsK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy our time at Jaleo! Great food, great place!

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Cate
New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is fantastic! Flavorful, small plates, and a lunch menu with 4 plates for 20$ is perfectly priced! The only complaint I have is: please cut the bread all the way through. I end up looking like an animal trying to tear through the crust to get my one piece of bread. 😊

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The3Cs
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We took a friend to dinner on her birthday, eating outdoors. We hadn't realized it was Arlington Restaurant Week, but were happy with the deals. But that means we revisited old favorites, rather than trying any new dishes. The food was excellent, of course, and service remains great and fully attentive to COVID protection. The one negative of hte evening is ambient noise....In the first months Jaleo opened the outdoor area, there was not a lot of street noise. Now, traffic is heavier, and the noise level has gone up considerably.

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vipAndreaF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always one of my favorites for meals and even happy hour with friends. The ultimate G&T is the best ever... please keep this on your menu, forever! The people are also wonderful!

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Kpitmvn
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I am a fan of Chef Jose and it was my first time at this location. Visited it for restaurant week. Food was ok on restaurant menu but most items were not hot when served. Sangria wasn’t great. Waiter wasn’t too attentive. Had to find him to get check. I probably won’t be going back again.

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JCKI
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I enjoyed a fantastic lunch. We loved both the food and the wine. I have vacationed in Spain and told my friend that dinning at Jaleo was reminisce of my time spent in Spain. We had a wonderful experience at Jaleo.

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vipMelC
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great outdoor seating

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fine369
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

they made sure social distancing was maintained. Service was really excellent. We ordered the tapas and all were very good.

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JanetE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and dining experience! Always a joy to come here. The noise leve was high due to a nearby idling truck, nothing Jaleo could do about that!

FAQs

Jaleo Crystal City does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar.

Jaleo Crystal City is rated 4.7 stars by 3684 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.