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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.
Arlington, VA 22202
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
Monday - Sunday: 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM, bar only
$30 and under
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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.
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.
José Andrés; Head Chef, Aaron Helfand
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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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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.