Jaleo DC

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7964 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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DM
Salt Lake City
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great tapas and paella. We had a great evening. Also recommend the gin and tonics.

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

Very nice experience. Everything is perfect

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Dessert was fantastic but Jose’s way food was disappointing and service very slow (>2.5 hours)

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MD
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Tasting menu was very good

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a $50 tasting at the bar. Everything was lovely 😊

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Memphis
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

The service is greatness however this has gone from a local destination to a tourist and business visitor spot and is crowded. It is basically a factory but still executed well.

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s
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all-around, the $20 lunch deal was perfect for us. I definitely will go again next time I visit DC.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Ibérico paella was awesome. Everyone enjoyed the pork dishes, again primarily the hams and the sliders. The flan was a revelation

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JK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed our brunch. The waitress was excellent and she explained what the dishes were. The experience was different and we felt as if we were in Spain. This was our first time at Jaleo and we were not disappointed.

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JR
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience. The food was delish. Great ambiance. Great Service. An experience worth enjoying any day of the week.

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PN
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place! The food was amazing. Everything was so good.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food with lots of selection and some unique items such as rabbit and quail. Very busy when we went for brunch but had a nice quiet table, so all good.

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d
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was outstanding. She was informative and lead us to some wonderful food choices and great wine.

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CW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Jaleo is a fun place, but you have to be willing to spend quite a bit.

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Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The lunch menu with three courses was a great way to taste the wonderful dishes.. What a delight for the palette. Bacon wrapped dates are a just try as well as patatas bravas and gambas. Thank you Jose Andres!!

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LU
Washington DC
115 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went to celebrate our 46th anniversary. We also had tickets for a show a few blocks away at 8:00. When we arrived at 6:30 we were seated immediately. We told the woman at at the entrance that we were ordering one of the few large plates, the skirt steak of theacorn fed Iberian Black Pig and we were nervous about it being done on time. She ordered it for us before we even got to our table to make sure it was done I time. The. She brought us two glasses of complimentary champagne for an anniversary celebrations. The steak was fantastic. It was like,no other ports I ever tasted and served medium rare! It tasted like the best beef steak! We also ordered two tapas. The white bean and baby octopus was only fair. Trout wrapped in Iberian smoked ham was delicious. On the whole it was a wonderful meal.

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IP
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Real Spanish food from the great hand of José Andrés.
I live in NC and this visit to Washington´s Jaleo sent me much further than just to the Capital of US...it transported me to the Capital of Spain.
Thank you José Andrés for everything you do for the Spanish cuisine. Thank you for being so honest.
Real tapas. Real flavors. Real deal.

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MK
London
21 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down our favorite restaurant in D.C. - Fabulous food and consistently excellent service. Go!

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Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and beautifully presented. Service was excellent!

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C
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tapas were delicious and the pairing of plates perfect. We appreciated the amount of time between servings, allowed a nice relaxed meal. As a long time fan of Jaleo, I am happy that the food only gets better!

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L
Richmond
26 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, always a fun place to dine. Love Jose!

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EB
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, but small portions. Good service, nice atmosphere, weird bathroom (there's a gap under the sinks between the men's room and the ladies room!). Overall recommended.

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YG
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jaleo is a magical culinary experience in every way. My only moment of disappointment is the stock image-esque "art" on the wall and bathroom floor. Not sure why the awesome type aesthetic was side stepped for these, but otherwise? Perfect 10's across the board.

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m
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Las frituras estaban especialmente peor que en otras ocasiones.

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St. Louis
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Cocktails were great. Because it's tapas, we were able to try some new things and some favorites

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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Service was terrible. It felt like an expensive fast food restaurant. Everything is. Mass produced. We were rushed the whole time. As soon as we sat down, even before we could open our menus, we were asked to order. We asked for a wine list but the server never took our drink order. It was just not fun and certainly not worth the price.

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New York Area
119 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice execution of the tapas concept with a lot of great choices and efficient and friendly service. The whole meal, if well chosen, can be a revelation and a bargain. Good selection of affordable wines. Great downtown location. Highly recommended.

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RG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Food was good but service not so much. Most of the group had not been before and the wait staff didn’t seem to know how to make recommendations from the menu nor was there information on the chefs tasting menu. We had to ask repeatedly about it. Prefer the Bethesda and Crystal City locations.

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s
Denver
39 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We absolutely LOVE Jaleo DC! We do not live in the area, but every time we are able to be in DC Jaleo is a NOT TO MISS restaurant. The menu is fabulous, the service is always perfect, the food is always delicious and reliable to be so. We have been enjoying this location for years. We have not had the opportunity to try another restaurant by Chef Andrés but will certainly do so when in another city with a restaurant by him. It is a not to miss place.

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o
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Our first time to Jaleo. overall everything was very good. The food included items you don't find elsewhere, some great and different flavors. We tried 6 different things and there was nothing we wouldn't order again! The flan was excellent and delicious! It ambiance was very noisy. It was very busy. It didn't detract from the service, our waiter was very helpful and attentive given the crowd.

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m
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always fresh and service was pretty good even on an extremely busy evening. Highly recommend!

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KT
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Jaleo has ample choices on menu. Cuisine is not standard dining fare. The Paella was delicious and an unusual presentation of a relatively common dish. Portions were smaller than we thought. Brunch but not lunch size. Seating was a little too cozy. Hazelnut chocolate mousse was to die for.

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L
Washington DC
146 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

First, we asked for a quiet table and they seated us as requested. Too many places apologize for not having any quiet seats so this was welcome. The menu offers many, many options. we chose six and enjoyed most of them. The paella used a rice with long grains and only had two large, heads-on shrimp. Would have preferred some more meat/seafood in there. Enjoyed the olives, flauta, Brussel Sprouts, duck breast was okay, and croquettes which would have been better if the filling was a little crisper. The rice pudding was very flavorful and refreshing. The waitress was very attentive and enhanced our experience. We will go back but will try different dishes.

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H
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Very disappointed at lack of cleanliness, ambiance, and quality.

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D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely loved it. Great food fum ambiance.. a bit loud but that's what tapas bars are like

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food

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PD
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Jaleo has a nice vibe, good food, good drinks. Feels like a chain, lacks intimacy. I would go back but, not running back.

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k
New England
34 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous meal at Jaleo with our daughters, who had lived in Northern Spain for a year. It was wonderful to experience the delicious Spanish cuisine again at Jaleo. The food was excellent and the service could not have been better. Our waiter's personality and suggestions truly enhanced our experience and made our evening even more memorable. We chose to eat at Jaleo specifically to support Jose Andres because of his support of the government workers during the recent shutdown by opening a food kitchen. It was such a wonderful gesture, and a real lift for the workers. We loved every minute of our evening at Jaleo and hope to visit again when we return to DC.

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AS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for an early dinner on a family trip to DC. It was perfect! The staff was lovely. If your kids are adventurous eaters, there will be lots of options, and everything we tried was delicious. We all especially loved the brussel sprouts on the Cherry Blossom special menu. Yum! Awesome bonus - supporting a wonderful chef and human being. Thank you for all you do, Chef Jose Andrés!

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B
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been eating at Jaleo since it opened in the mid-90’s and, amazingly, the restaurant keeps getting better. The tapas that we have ordered ( from an extensive menu) have been uniformly excellent, although we do have our favorites, like spinach with pine nuts and chorizo with mashed potatoes. The garlic shrimp is renowned.

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