Jaleo DC

4.7
7862 reviews
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Spanish
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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ML
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food is amazingly flavorful, super original and creative. The ambiance and background music very pleasant. Love the place!

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MD
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still one of our favorite restaurants. Artful presentation and great flavors.

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M
Tallahassee
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We have eaten at Jaleo over the past 12 years whenever we visit DC. We always have had excellent meals there, but I wish there was more room between tables. I did not want to hear the life story of the young ladies sitting adjacent to us, interesting though it may have been, but I did anyway. I don’t sit that close to my own family! And the noise level is high there.

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h
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent spot for vegetarians, and convenient for pre- or after-theater snacking. Pan cristal is always a hit, as are the pequillo peppers and the cauliflower with raisins. Changing seasonal options bring us back. The wine list is extensive, but tends toward the high side--it's a bit sparse under $50. Delicious fare, quiet, competent service and, all in all, a pretty good value.

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TB
Milwaukee
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Group of 4 was just right. We got to order 12 small plates and every one was excellent.
Quited down once hockey game started. When we arrived, seemed like 1/2 the diners were wearing Capitols jerseys so forget the smart casual dress recommendation.

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SB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jaleo is FABULOUS! Whenever I come to DC, this will be a must-do! Food and cocktails are exceptional! Service is exquisite. Location is great! I cannot say enough good things about Jaleo!

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N
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Of course. I do it all the time! This was the first I had tried the lunch menu — and found that I much prefer the regular tapas offerings.

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New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great lunch special menu. Best deal in DC

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CS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went at 4:45 and the noise level was fine. It grew more crowded later. Hanger steak and tomato bread were superb as were the cocktails. The croquettes sampler was so-so. Service was lovely and attentive. There's always a happy vibe here which adds to the meal.

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KC
Savannah
6 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service was excellent. We will definitely go back.

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E
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Recommend the tasting menu! Definitely a great way to try lots of different dishes. Will definitely be back.

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RR
Greensboro
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Kind of disappointing, as my wife and I had high expectations. We ordered, among others, jamón ibérico. $25 for 6 slices of jamón that didn’t seem to be hand cut by knife is too much (was it actually paletilla?). The venue was packed, tables too close (we could hear intimate conversations from the table next to us). Decent food quality and good service.

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Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was very accommodating and the food was exquisite I’ll be back again very soon for my next dining experience I highly recommend this restaurant it is a fun upbeat and casual dining experience

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EC
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Been to Jaleo many times, but this time my wife and I found the food slipped somehow. The menu wasn’t as appealing as past visits and we actually sent one item back. We will return and we’ll see what happens.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was great . Tapas , good in general , paella ... good for US standards , poor if one compares with the Spanish ones

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MI
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was not as good as it has been in the past, however the shrimp and garlic remain a favorite. Wanted to love is as much as we have in the past, but it was sort of a disappointment. (Had a Greek lunch at their sister restaurant two days later which was AMAZING...Zaytina.)

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OT
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jose Andres is a genius. ‘Nuff said!

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J
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El lugar es fascinante, pedimos el “José ‘s way”, y todo fue extraordinario, pero reconozco que es demasiada comida, la atención de los meseros es genial y en español.
Sin duda es un imperdible si vas a visitar Washington.
¡Felicidades!

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AB
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing food, great atmosphere. Loved everything about it!

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l
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fun and lively restaurant with delicious tapas. Service was excellent.

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JG
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My son actually selected this restaurant and once I reviewed the menu and recognized the value for the money I agreed to visit for dinner. What a pleasant surprise as we both enjoyed the food and service. The staff accommodated our early arrive with class. Very apperatative of all that was done to make our visit extra special. We will return!!

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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Bad service - good food

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San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

First meal in Washington... outstanding flavors with surprises in each dish. Pretty sure the Flan changed my life 🤣

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a
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as usual.

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LR
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We eat here on a fairly regular basis and I am pleased to say that Jaleo never disappoints. At our most recent experience, where I arrived late and we were a bit rushed, we had really great service. Everyone from the person who greeted us, to the waiter, to the fellow who filled our water glasses, was a real pleasure. And the food was as great as ever.

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LS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fabulous ... as ALWAYS.... wish there was a bigger bar area.....

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SB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great time at Jaleo! Consistently delicious food, yummy drinks, fresh ingredients, clean and pleasant service.

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AC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jaleo never ever disappoints ! Even after all of these years and being one who tends to order some of my same favorites every time, there is always at least 3 or 4 or more of us and we share so that some things become new favorites. It is the go-to place before the theater.
Love it, and of course, we all think Chef Andre hung the moon and believe he justly deserves the most serious humanitarian award the world has to bestow.
Cheers,
Ann Creager

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Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Took 30 minutes after we were seated to get our drinks. Asked for more bread and waited 15 minutes. Food was greasy and poor quality (fatty duck).

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FI
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were excellent!

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P
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The tasting menu for lunch was perfect. Many good options with different tastes. Food well presented, fresh and tasty. Service was excellent. A perfect place for lunch and catch up with an old friend.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Had a business dinner and while the initial welcome was odd, the dining experience was fantastic! There were 6 of us, and we all did the tasting menu. Great for group dinner. We had a little of everything and our server seemed to be very knowledgeable.

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ZS
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was fine but in my opinion, nothing special. We were originally seated at a table that was overrun by foot traffic, but they were gracious and moved us when we asked. The men’s and women’s bathrooms are adjacent and there’s a divider between them that’s open on the top and bottom, so we could see under it to the other side. The service was friendly and attentive. We had a nice time overall.

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WO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Yes, I will always recommend Jaleo. We have gone there consecutively for the past six years when we travel to DC for business in March. However, this experience was not as great as past years. First time we had to return food, vegan paella was bland.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress, Olga, was top notch!

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SB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Jaleo. It is my go to when I am in Penn Qtr. the service is attentive without being overbearing, the food is wonderful.. I keep meaning to try the paella but always end up ordering tapas...maybe next time😀

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DC
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

Jaleo is consistently a great experience--great food and great service. Yesterday was an exception. I was part of a party of 3 with reservations at noon. Restaurant not yet busy. It took half an hour to get drinks. After an hour, one person in our group engaged in a very calm and polite discussion with the server raising concerns about the amount of time to receive drinks and wondering if there was an issue with the order. The server was not defensive, but did not seem to understand the concern. We were brought some food, but it actually belonged to another table (as it turns out, the table next to us). That table eventually left after not receiving their food. We finally received the our food, but the entire experience lasted 2 1/2 hours. I am writing this not to dissuade persons from going (again, Jaleo is usually quite good and Jose Andres rocks!), but instead to alert the restaurant. The food was up to pay, but our level of service experience was abysmal and the server did not appear to understand that. He was not defensive or argumentative, he just did not seem to get it.

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TA
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Buenísimo. Great food and excellent staff.

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SG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my mom for dinner( she is a huge food snob) all I can say is... Thank you sooo much for the experience she had a grin from ear to ear the entire time!!! Outstanding!!!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Visit to DC

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