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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JL
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'm a Spaniard living in the USA. I had the chance to visit DC for work and I decided to book Jaleo to taste a bit of my homeland. Everything is fresh. The food tastes like in Spain. A bit pricey compared to Spain, but worth paying the premium

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Despite making a reservation we had to wait 15 minutes to get to our table. The tables were also very cramped and difficult to get in and out. Food was great though!

KK
Washington DC
85 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!

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JM
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Would have rated the food a 5 but two of the 3 in our party shared the octopus and, oddly, about an hour later, at the hockey game, both had an intestinal reaction that kept them in the restrooms for most of the first period. It fortunately passed but it seemed clear to us that the octopus was the culprit.

S
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A favorite since it opened in the 90s, Jaleo DC is still in the game. I haven’t had brunch there for several years, and every dish was special. I highly recommend the Jaleo Experience tasting menu for the table. All of our party were delighted.

CW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely one of my favorite places for dinner in DC. Always excellent.

AJ
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was excellent! We were seated earlier than our reservation even though it was a busy Friday night. Food we ordered was delicious, but pricey. The server was excellent!

s
Denver
42 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food as always was delicious, I had reservations but was greeted with a surprise and a scramble to seat us. We were seating in an awkward corner. Food was delicious but serviced at one time rather than staggered. It felt like 1 it was a surprise that we were there (we arrived 2 mins early) and that we were rushed out. I don’t think we were offered dessert or after dinner drinks menu.

M
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was fabulous. Always will to show the love to Chef Andres!

m
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

As usual, the food was wonderful, the service impeccable. However, our friends arrived before us, and naming the reservation, were seated. When we came, a few minutes later, we were told that there was no record of a reservation and we were seated separately. Luckily, we found each other, but surely Jaleo could do better?

OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Service was terrible. It took us a half hour to get our drinks, and we had to ask for and order them again. The food came before our cocktails. We had to ask for silverware. The bathrooms were out of service and we had to go out in the cold and walk a block to another restaurant to use the washroom.

GB
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food and service. Tables are small and close together, but the waitstaff are attentive enough that one's table does not get crowded with serving dishes, and the folks at the adjacent tables are often friendly.

OT
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love every José Andrés restaurant! This was up to his high standards.

KS
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Parents first time in DC and Birthdays

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We’ve been enjoying Jaleo Penn Quarter for over 20 years. It’s a favorite spot (among several great options) for dinner before Shakespeare Theatre. The food is consistently delicious and innovative and the space nicely done with whimsical touches.

AK
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The food was outstanding. We went there for a birthday celebration and everyone left satisfied.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible food, shame on Chef Jose Andres and the team for allowing Jaleo to fall to such terrible shape. Good was awful and it was embarrassing for me to bring my guests visiting DC there. Restrooms smelled, waiters were uninformed about the menu, food was gross. Better we go with fast food than Jaleo. Not again.

MD
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had not had dinner @ Jaleo in a few years, and I wondered if the food would have maintained the quality I remembered. I went with some friends to celebrate one of my friend’s birthday. I am very happy to say we had an excellent experience from start to finish. We started in the bar for cocktails; I had El Compadre (bourbon & aperol) which was a great combination. One of my friends was not feeling great, so I suggested she ask for club soda & bitters and he knew just what to make. We had an 8:30 reservation, but were not seated until 8:45 or so, but the hostess was very apologetic.
Our server, Samuel, was enthusiastic, charming and gave us great recommendations—the G&T he directed us too was crisp and refreshing. We had 2 waves of tapas—some old favorites and some new. All were excellent. At the end of dinner, our server brought flan with a candle for the birthday girl. Kudos to Jose Andres and his team for keeping the quality of this restaurant consistent!

BP
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Saturdaty night dinner resy for 5 ppl at 8:15pm. We didn't get seated until almost 9pm. No apologies, no comps, -nada. Fortunately- we weren't in a hurry. Food was really good.

JP
Pittsburgh
34 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome as always. The fried chorizo with potato is still a big favorite, but the fried pork loin with cheese and ham is a new favorite.

SO
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had not been back to Jaleo DC in quite a few years. If anything, and it's hard to believe, it's as good as it ever was and possibly better than ever. There were 3 of us, and we had the 3 cheese board, the eggplant/red pepper/onion dish, the spinach, scallops, duck, the tenderloin and flan. Each was delicious. The service was friendly, responsive and efficient. Next time we won't wait as long befire returning.

MS
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely loved Jaleo! The food was amazing and the service fantastic!

JW
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Recommend Jaleo? We’re coming back, and we live in California. Have the rabbit, it is delicious. Julian waited on us, very informative on how the selections are prepared, good knowledge of the wines as well.

i
Cleveland
22 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had white sangria which was delicious. Shared multiple plates and all were great

SS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is fabulous, as always. Also, some of it is creeping up in price (2 scallops for $18, though they were excellent). Very noisy, still, even though I noticed acoustic fabric on the ceiling; not as noisy as Oyamel, so that is an improvement for the ears.

E
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious. Had the José’s tasting menu and it was just fantastic. The rose sangria was perfect as well. Cannot wait to come back.

SL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We were very happy with our waiter and the food. However, we felt that the hostess was extremely rude and dismissive of us. We had a 7:00 reservation but arrived about 10 minutes early so our table was not ready yet. We ended up not being seated until 7:20. The restaurant was busy - the normal Friday night crowd and a medium size party. The hostess appeared to seat two parties before us even though we were all there before the other two parties. The number of people in the party wasn't a factor either. Further, not everyone in one of the parties that was seated before were even at the restaurant yet. It appeared to us that the hostess was giving "preferential treatment" to the parties seated before us.

KZ
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had to add an extra person on the same day as our reservation. On a Friday night, while very, very busy, they accommodated us and added an extra chair. This is why I always come to Jaleo whenever I'm in DC

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful experience!! An amazing trip to Spain and all it’s wonderful flavors in D.C . José Andrés never disappoints!!!

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner, sangria and server were all great!

KS
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently wonderful food and service! They were so accommodating in allowing us to add people to our reservation, the specialty cocktails were amazing and the food and atmosphere were great.

RC
Birmingham
15 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorites in Washington. I took clients there and they are from a rural area and unaccustomed to a place like Jaleo's. They loved it and raved about it all night. They also loved the story of Jose Andres and what he is doing for communities.

FG
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious, after all these years. You can count on quality and great service.

J
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We asked for a quiet table so we could talk, and they gave us the quietest one they have, in a small private nook for one two-seat table off in a corner, which was fine with us and did allow a conversation. Otherwise the place is deafening, although the food is exquisite, ambitious, distinctive and delicious. Four items is plenty for two people.

c
Austin
15 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent good and variety just a bit noise overall

PC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant when going to Caps games!!! Great food and reasonable prices. Super staff and comfortable setting. Love you guys!!!!

ME
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, reasonable prices, perfect service.

K
Washington DC
69 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Jaleo is one of my two favorite restaurants in D.C. The menu offers great choices. The grilled cheese sandwich with its three delicious cheeses is the best I have ever had anywhere. The list of quesos is marvelous. The attention of the staff is remarkable. We requested a quiet place and our table in a quiet corner was perfect. I always feel welcome here, very much at home.

JP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great venue, improved by knowing that the owner is a wonderful philanthropist!

KO
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Best food and wonderful service