Jaleo DC

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$31 to $50
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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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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

It was a very good meal but I think it could have been cheaper! It was a bit too expensive for two people!

s
Washington DC
133 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great tapas and sangria in Penn Quarter. Helpful attentive staff. The bacon wrapped figs are yummy.

DD
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful- repeat customer and one of my faves !

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great place!

PD
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, the service was impeccable and the vibe in the place was exciting.

TS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome. Great food, real spanish. We played “futbolín” with the kids, it was really fun!

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and good service. Happy birthday to me

MN
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love to Visit Jaleo every time I go to DC. The tapas are delicious! I always try something new from the menu. This time, it was leche de cabra cheese cake, this is my new favorite. The staff is very friendly, attentive & knowledgeable. The restaurant was clean & with a good atmosphere. Can wait to visit again!

RW
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular time. Truffle specials were amazing. We spent a fortune on food and wine, but it was totally worth it. Can't wait to come back!

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks to Jaleo for another wonderful meal. Moorish Stew was back on the menu for lunch. That was great. We also tried on of the egg, potato, and ham dishes, which was very tasty! This is our favorite restaurant in DC and is worth the 2 hour trip!

DH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the Dine like Jose experience for our Valentines weekend. Everything was amazing.

D
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

I guess I expected too much for a famous restaurant helmed by such a renowned Chief. We went for our twentieth Anniversary dinner and left still hungry. I was disappointed that the slices of ham were not cut from the leg of the pig as shown on TV and the service left a little to be desired since our drink was only refilled twice in our two-hour eating adventure. I understand Tapas is a small plate and many are required to provide a good meal but the cost was so high just two tapas cost almost forty dollars.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We did the Jaleo experience tasting menu for brunch. It was fantastic. Definitely felt like we got a lot of high quality, delicious food for the price. And the service was excellent.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome! Great food & service!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Table was ready and service was smooth. This was my second time here, after around five years. The quality of the food did not compare to my first experience

I’ve been to other restaurants related to Jose Andres, including our favorite Mi Casa which no longer exist in Dorado. Jaleo did not compare neither blew my mind like I was hoping again I

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We went on Valentine’s Day and although it was crowded, everything was still perfect. Food came very quickly and was very good and presented nicely. Good price as well. Food was great !

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The service was a bit slow to begin with but every other aspect of the dinner was good.

KE
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding! Jose never disappoints and the food and drink was amazing as always!! Delicious dishes and the service was friendly and impeccable! Great evening!

OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had a wonderful experience. We opted for the tasting menu with wine pairing. 16 courses is too much, but we powered through. The only suggestion is to slow down the delivery/ removal of dishes. It was just too much too fast. It left us feeling very rushed.

w
London
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow. Loved it so much I bought the cookbook.

BJ
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had the pre-theatre menu. The service easily accommodated our request. The menu choices were most pleasing and all the food was delicious, as it usually is at Jaleo DC

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

We went for the truffles and were disappointed. All of the food seemed pre-prepared and the truffles had no flavor. Having gone to Zaytinya last year for this, we were disappointed. Do not recommend.

DM
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food with wide variety of selections. Excellent for vegetarians

AP
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I found Jaleo's a perfect place for 3 or 4 in a group, so each can order three items and have a very nice variety and be close enough for easy conversation. Its also nice that we had a very helpful waiter that had very good suggestions.

F
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have reservations but showed up early and ended up getting seats at the bar. The restaurant was already hopping at 5pm on a Saturday. The bartender Jose was attentive and have us excellent suggestions as to which tapas to try. We ordered 6 different tapas and they were all fantastic! We will be repeat diners for sure!

JH
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My colleague and I had lots of fun experiencing the Jose’s Way tasting menu. Sergio was a wonderful waiter and very patient with our questions. The atmosphere was sophisticated but welcoming. The restaurant was full but not too noisy, we could speak to each other without raising our voices. The overall experience was an adventurous and festive one! A perfect treat for DC visitors.

L
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always a great pre-theater dinner. Service was perfect..Food was fantastic. It was Truffle Week, so we decided to partake...Yummy!!!

PM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and wonderful service! The small plates are very generous. We love eating here and always bring friends who are glad we did!

DS
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I recommend the Tasting menu. One of the Best meals of my life.

S
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Very nice environment. Food is “Tapas” style so very small and bit over priced. Need to order 2-3 things to be full

EB
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We wanted small plates, this was close to our hotel, and we like and are very familiar with Spanish food so it seemed like a good choice. The garlic shrimp were very good, the croquetas not so much, neither was the Spanish omelet. The cheeses were served cold and hard. The drinks were good and so was the service except that they tried the usual bit of trying to give us the worse table even though there were plenty of other tables available. On the opposite side of the street, also by Chef Jose Andres, Oyamel Mexican was wonderful.

B
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience2

I’d heard such good reviews and was excited about trying this out. First of all the food was good. Chicken croquetas were the best. The biggest disappointment was the service. Our waitress missed two of our orders, was not good on explaining dishes, and the servers said nothing to explain the dishes as they were being served. Probably would not go here again.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Riquísimo!!

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a
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and excellent service; would gladly return.

DB
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for groups, Jaleo never disappoints. A wonderful selection of tapas and tasty sangria...you just can't go wrong here.

s
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The staff was great, the food, not so much. But the owner, Andre is the best guy ever. So there's that!

CT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party of four tried about 10 different items for dinner on Saturday night. We loved them all and were quite full after 8 dishes, fyi. We got two orders of the fried bacon wrapped dates and were glad we did. Gobbled all of them up. Service was excellent in that they delivered 3 or 4 things a couple different times so we always had a few things to try and share. Two of us had standard margaritas and they were excellent!

PC
San Francisco
1 review