Jaleo DC

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$31 to $50
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TEMPORARILY CLOSED. In response to the increasing risk of the COVID-19
coronavirus and to help encourage social distancing to stop its spread, we have made the difficult decision to temporarily close. More details available on our website.

http://www.jaleo.com/covid/

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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Ponomo
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome!!!!!

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vipSusie
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Jaleo, have been going for years and the quality stays high. It was weird this time with a mostly empty place due to coronavirus concerns. But the food was excellent and the service terrific, as always.

DC
DeanCanevari
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I felt like we were back in Spain, food, drink ambience and our waiter Juan Carlos was awesome👍🏻

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vipBriannaO
Tampa
35 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was incredible but since it was my first time dining here it would have been nice to be introduced to the menu and walked through with more information.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good service. Gin and tonics specials were a treat.

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vipMcGee
Miami
48 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We have been here many times before but have not been for a long time. This time, we were disappointed. The main issue was that my husband ordered the ham and chicken croquettes and he found a bone in one of them. This completely killed his appetite. The waiter did credit us for that one dish, but it really doesn’t make up for the fact that there was a bone in his croquette. The other thing that was odd was that the portions were much bigger than one would expect for tapas. For example, my husband received eight large croquettes! I ordered a soup and it was quite a large bowl. This might work if you had a big crowd and were passing things around, but it was just the two of us and we would have preferred to get a larger number of items that were priced and sized more reasonably.

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vipBonnieB
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good experience. Good food, great lunch prices and good service.

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MarysueV
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had dinner before attending a Shakespeare Theater production at the Lansburgh. We each ordered two dishes and shared. For me, the stand-outs were the three cheese plate and the fried eggplant. The wait staff was attentive and we had ample time to make the 7:30 curtain.

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vipSroller
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Business luncheon

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Lizzie
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This was our third time dining at Jaleo. The small plates were the generally wonderful. The iberico ham, steak, and cheeses with their accompaniments were the standouts for us. The shrimp with garlic butter was under seasoned a bit. The service was outstanding and cocktails were delicious. We were a bit disappointed in dessert, but perhaps we ordered badly. Overall a good experience but I think the shine is fading a little for us.

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Bulldog
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was outstanding! Taste, presentation and timeliness of order were all excellent. Felt staff from hostess to waiter were pleasant, but all a little preoccupied and/or slightly inattentive. Had to call to correct inaccurate reporting to open table on reservation. We were reported as no show despite confirming reservation and time with hostess upon arrival. Manager was very pleasant, professional and attentive to resolution of the issue. This slight error would not prevent us from dining here again. The food is worth any difficulty or inconvenience you may encounter.

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JaneA
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This is the second time coming to Jaleo and it was underwhelming. Had 4 different dishes, Everything was rich but lacked flavor. Service was average at best. Has to ask for salt 3 times, finally got 2 dishes of salt after we were 1/2way done with the dish. Probably won't be back.

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KimberlyL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great menu and food. Really weird decor: murals of kids tangled up in spider webs, model of old toys hanging from ceiling. Our group agreed it was UGLY.

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TLear
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely impeccable meal. Every single thing we had was faultless.

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AshleyG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time and Jaleo, and it exceeded my expectations. The tapas menu has so many options, and our server was very knowledgeable. We ate from the vegetarian and seafood menus and there were a lot of options. The paella (feeds 2) was the last item we received, and it was amazing and totally worth the wait, since paella is a "slow food"!

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vipRichardS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, great food and service. Jaleo is our favorite restaurant in the Penn Quarter.