Jaleo DC

4.7
8167 reviews
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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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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is excellent

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Naples
1 review
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding- very very authentic Spanish food!!!!

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RR
Houston
25 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice first visit to Jaleo. We tried an assortment of tapas and enjoyed all of them. Excellent service despite a full restaurant.

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CC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can’t go wrong with José Andres. The menu has an item called “José’s Way” with the subheading “The only way”, and I’m quickly beginning to believe that it is in fact the only way.

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

Our waitress was fabulous. The sangria was delicious! One worker cleared and wiped our table before we order round two of tapas, which was an added bonus. I will definitely recommend this place to friends.

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Baltimore
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service as always. Very busy for 5 pm - glad we had reservations

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PE
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

A bit cramped in seating, but an otherwise wonderful experience. We’ll be back the next time we’re in D.C.

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

Jaleo was so flexible in finding a way for our every changing number of guests to be accommodated. thanks to Anna and Flor

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New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I’ve always loved it for dinner. Lunch was a disappointment. Food came out cold or lukewarm, service was slow but friendly. All in all, not worth the price.

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B
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

As usual, the food was great. It would have been nice if our request for more bread was a bit more speedy.

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RB
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Living in DC 15 years ago, Jaleo was a staple of our restaurant rotation. Coming back years later, we were blown away to see a restaurant whose food is better than it was then and whose decor is fresh and modern. We will come back every time we are in DC in the future!

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l
San Francisco
89 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great wine list. Even though busy, waiter stopped by after a few minutes to greet us. The food was tasty. We did Not try the paella cause it was too large for 2 people and we wanted to try a variety of flavors. Atmosphere was lively even for a Tuesday night.

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New England
13 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food lively atmosphere and great service. Because it’s in DC it may be a little overpriced but well worth it!

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San Antonio
34 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

much too noisy and the tables in the corner had a lot of deliveries coming through, which I thought was not so good ==even on a Monday night.

But service was good and great food....

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H
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in town for a special occasion. The food was wonderful. They were out of hanger steak appetizer by the time we ordered but my kids loved the muscles. Paella (mushroom and chicken was good. Cheeses were amazing! Definitely going to come back again!

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IS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

food is consistently good and lunch is a bargain. Got the futbol barcelona club with gazpacho - only $10! You can't beat that. Plus it is delish.

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MO
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our evening at Jaleo. Our food was excellent as was the service. I didn’t realize that all the dishes were tapas. I like this better than entres because we were able to try more dishes. My favorite Spanish dish is Pulpo al Gaego. Their was delicious! We will be back!

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A
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My husband is an ex-pat from Spain, so Jaleo was a real treat!

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

Always a nice experience, makes one feel comfortable—would like more changes on the tasting menus though— the fixed price brunch is becoming a habit.

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JV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place, the food is very authentic and the flavors are just impecable. The place is great and well designed and the service was great!

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c
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch at Jaleo is great! They know to take eggs and potatoes up a notch and the "Spanish french toast' is delicious! In addition to the fun brunch items, they have there full, delicious as usual, menu. We went Sunday and the service was impeccable.

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KG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This brunch was my second at Jaleo. I highly recommend the chef’s tasting menu, but this time we went for hangar steak and egg (excellent), spinach mezze (always good), cauliflower (so-so), ham and eggs (nothing special), and the bacon/dates (good). We arrived at 11:15 so we beat the crowds and the restaurant was quiet for Jaleo but still festive. I really like the Jose Andres restaurants and the way they cook food.

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MS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing evening. Three of us did the tasting menu. It was FABULOUS!! One delicious plate after the other. We were sooo full and the service was great.

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s
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

We were expecting so much from this place and found in the en a very poor quality restaurant. The food is not reaching the level that we were expecting and if you have ever been in Spain you will found 10000 times more flavor than in a single Jaleo croqueta. This overall experience was very disappointing with a service that looks like a chain restaurant. No one is really taking care of you. Everything is fast and poorly managed. Give your money and get out is what we will remember .

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J
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was excellent and our main server attentive. However, the person responsible for cleaning up seemed to want us to leave. Before our last dish was served, he started cleaning off the table, took away all the flatware and started removing the dishes. When we let him know we weren't finished, he kept going, so when our dishes arrived, there was no flatware or dishes. To get new took a fair amount of time. Need better training to allow diners to better appreciate the excellent food.

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KS
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We've been to Jaleo many times and it's generally great; however, this time we got off on the wrong note and it never got back on track. We had a reservation but the hostess seemed to forget us. After seeing people who came in behind us get seated we enquired again and then she gave us a table. It took a long time for our waiter to appear and then the drinks took another 15 minutes or so. One plate of food came before drinks. It was 45 minutes after our reservation time before we got drinks. The remaining food then was slow coming out of the kitchen. Our waiter was nice and the food delicious and I'm sure we'll go back but this was not the restaurant we generally know. Decibel level was exceedingly high.

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SP
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome food - awesome experience! Try one of the tasting specials!

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e
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I was kept waiting for my table for fifteen minutes past my reservation time.

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MA
Baltimore
52 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food but bit noisy for conversation. I would definitely come again to any of the Jaleo locations.

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JZ
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nothing more can be said about Jaleo. It is excellent in every way. Period. Now go make your special time there!

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ML
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food here is always delicious - I've been eating at Jaleo regularly for 20 years and have never had a bad dish. Service is generally good, but can be slow. Yesterday, for example the promised "almuerzo rapido" whereby you should be in and out for lunch in an hour, took an hour and a half and we had to rush our desserts and both of us were late going back to work. But the food is worth it.

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J
Charleston
119 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A visit to Jaleo never disappoints -great food, atmosphere and service. Chef Ramon and Chef Maria even greeted us - that was wonderful!!!!

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J
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food is good service is marginal.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Legend-ary. I got the Jaleo experience without realize it’s roughly a 17 course meal. I enjoyed each and every dish, but ended up with a few take home boxes. Highly recommended.

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w
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I'm a regular at Jaleo, but mostly for lunch, following the Wednesday Shakespeare productions. This was my first dinner in a while, and it turned out to be a great choice for the occasion, which was a reunion of old friends after many years. The food and service were fabulous, and we got our favorite table, next to a window. Despite the "tapas" label, the portions were generous enough to share, with each couple ordering five dishes plus dessert. We were not rushed, and it was altogether a lovely evening.

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JR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the vibe and food at Jaleo DC. We prefer it to the Cyrstal City location. The large windows offer great people watching. All the dishes were fabulous. Go with a group so you can try more dishes. We especially liked the chorizo with mashed potatoes and the button mushrooms, the salads were very good as was the crab. We would pass on the grilled chicken (not bad but there are better options). Splurge for the desserts- not your average offerings (Rice Pudding mmmm). This is a go-to for when we have out of town guests. I also appreciate it isn't as loud as sister restaurant Zaytina and has better service too. Hooray for Chef Jose's charitable work.

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RY
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spendy but worth it

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N
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

Four of us ordered the sampler. What they served me as a vegetarian was absolutely terrible food. The others were happier with their selection but not thrilled.

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SR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I love this Jaleo location; this was our third time and we were thrilled by our experience there! We have also been to the Crystal City and Bethesda locations.

There is a wonderful variety of vegetarian food. Being a vegetarian, I'm very thankful for the variety offered. Each dish is also unique and delicious. Very high quality food indeed.

Service was great and we had a wonderful time. Thank you Jaleo! We look forward to being back soon!

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OT
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful waiter Julian. We did the middle range tasting menu and it was truly unforgettable! We will go back as soon as we can.

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