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
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 15 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Jaleo is cool
But the tables are ridiculously close together

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful! Private corner! Server Enrico was excellent, knowledge & friendly and made sure we were able to make our show at the Kennedy Center!

OT
Memphis
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Every dish was absolutely delicious. The service was flawless.

BT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Eight is too many. Have been going to Jaleo about once a year for the last twenty years. Have also been to two of his other locations. This used to be my favorite restaurant. Unfortunately now it has become quite expensive, the food selections don't seem as varied as they used to be (or as interesting as any tapas bar in Barcelona) and the service was not what it used to be. To be sure, food quality is still good and the wine list is nice but it's just not what it used to be without the personal attention of the owner. Eight restaurants around the globe might just be too much for any one person to manage without a loss of quality.

JG
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had been a while since I visited Jaleo but this visit made me realize I need to visit more often. Service and food were outstanding!!!!

MM
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience4

We had to wait 30 minutes past our reservation time. Food was good but overpriced.

PK
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time at Jaleo. It was terrific. I’m vegetarian and there were plenty of delicious options. We ordered from the special restaurant week menu, and everything was delicious. Highly recommended!

T
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great meal and wonderful service . Jaleo is always reliable.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We visited during restaurant week and was very pleasantly surprised by the service. Food portions were larger than expected and most importantly so very very delicious!

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We came for restaurant week with high expectations after friends had told us how much they enjoyed their experience dining there off the regular menu. Plus, my friend and I enjoy tapas and respect Andres’s impeccable reputation. This four tapas plus dessert menu, however, was overall disappointing. My first two courses, croquettes and stuffed peppers, were overly cheesy and underwhelming. The shrimp and garlic was delicious but simple. The fourth course, a pork loin with onions in a brown sauce, was divine and stood miles above the rest. The dulce de leche ice cream was too large of a portion after so much food, but was also delicious. I had two red sangrias with my meal which were tasty, but small & weak, not worth the price tag. Our server was very polite and knowledgeable, but we were rushed through our dinner, sitting down at 6pm and receiving our check at 6:55, despite the restaurant being half empty by the time we were done. I expected to have more time to enjoy the company of my friend. Would not recommend, at least not for restaurant week.

B
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent food wait staff and an upbeat ambiance. Here is my main complaint.

I am not sure why restaurants continue to use Windex to clean glass tables after guests. A large table turned over 2 times while we were there and two times the staff generously sprayed Windex on the large glass table The smell is terrible and conflicts with the smell and taste of the food. Also it is a toxic chemical please try vinegar and water at least it is natural !!!

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me encanta Jaleo. Creo que es el mejor restaurante español en DC.

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SM
Denver
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party of 7 enjoyed the Chef's Tasting Menu called Jose's Way. It was fabulous and satisfied all of our palates. Don't eat lunch before you have this because you won't make it through all of the courses. Service was phenomenal but I wish the courses came out just a little bit slower.

JZ
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Delicious food, fun way to share & try many different dishes.

n
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent tapas, wonderful variety, great atmosphere, not too noisy given that it's adjacent to the hockey arena, timely service, reasonable prices for the quality of food. Plus I love supporting Jose Andres who lives his values.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience3

We stopped in for a few tapas while walking around D.C. I had made reservations using opentable and had noted that it was my bday. The restaurant was not busy as it was already around 2pm. They sat us squished in between two other tables when there were plenty others available. The waitress hardly checked on us and didn’t recognize the note in my reservation. I love Chef Andres and all he does for the communities. Hopefully the service is better next time..

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

For the most part everything was excellent. The Paella, tasted burnt. No flavorful at all in my opinion. But the crab salad and skirt steak was amazing!!

LB
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

I went to Jaleo hoping to fall in love with this DC favorite. I left full of good food, glowing from good service and satisfied that I had done my part to move the relationship along. The frenetic ambience, tight quarters and loud conversations of the tables around me made it too hard too get the best experience. Yes, the food was good. But $200 for 2 people good? Eh. If the restaurant were quieter and I had some time to relax and really enjoy the taste of the dishes so carefully and thoughtfully prepared I would say yes, $200 is a fair price. I’m glad I can say Jaleo has been a part of my year long living in DC experience, but I won’t be back.

f
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s been a while since I’ve been to Jaleo’s and now I can’t wait to go back!! The lunch special was delicious and the staff was friendly and courteous!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience3

I hate the DÈcor and the noise but loyal to this place.

SD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tapas are excellent and varied enough to provide a great treat to the taste buds.

EH
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Celebrated our 10th anniversary. Noted special occasion on our reservation. Upon arrival to the restaurant we received a complimentary glass of sparkling wine. That was unexpected and a nice touch. The service exceeded my expectation - which was already high given the reputation of the restaurant. Our server was exuberantly sincere. He offered suggestions when asked but wasn't overly pushy or obviously trying to recommend higher priced options. We enjoyed all the courses we ordered. My London Dry gin cocktail was lovely and paired well with the food. The endive salad was especially delicious. The scallops were perfectly cooked. The dishes were well paced and didn't come out all in a rush - this is particularly important with tapas as we had time to savor and taste each course as it came. It was a splendid experience on a cold wednesday night.

HH
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were amazing. Definitely be back. Loved it!

x
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

My colleague had not been to Jaleo before. She LOVED it.

m
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The grilled ham and cheese is to die for, really. Will be adding it to my regular let's eat list. And, oh the flan, do try it if you haven't. So yummy!!!

D
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious Spanish food

J
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. I sent 5 years stationed in Rota Spain in the Navy and the Tapas were as good as any I had there. The Sangria was also excellent.

DM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience4

Rare disappointing evening. Previous tasting menu experience was over the top last year. This time forced the two of us to do the same level of choice and to share our preferences even though they were different. In the end omitted items to both instead of one. And served us less items than we could have bought for ala carte. Hence we paid more per tapas rather than less as it should have been. Spent $200 instead of $140.
Each item was prepared well and was delicious but would warn others not to do the chef’s experience anymore if that is going to be the way they are going to handle it.

PM
Washington DC
63 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service as always.

JH
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food4service3ambience1

An overpriced NYE menu, obnoxiously loud inappropriate music and hideous ambiance. The food was decent but let down by everything else.

C
Washington DC
172 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular NYE celebration! Impressive and great food all around.

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

New Years Eve. Open tapas menu was great, but DJ started blaring music way too loud and too early in the evening.

HB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! We have been to Jaleo several times and have enjoyed it very much each time!

l
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nye - great service great food and drinks

L
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were at Jaleo for New Year’s Eve and the food was outstanding. The pig skirt steak was a real treat, but everything was excellent. Our server was extremely attentive and our group of four adults and four children felt very welcome. We had a lovely table in the front window. They even treated our girls to ice cream at the end of the evening. Five stars all around!

WR
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After Caps game on New Year’s Eve. Wonderful meal. Excellent service and great food.

OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family Evening out
Always consistent & delicious food & cocktails!

OT
Washington DC
1 review