Jaleo DC

4.7
7741 reviews
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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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Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was out of this world! Perfect place for a romantic date. Our server was very helpful when it came to choosing favorites. The decor is very modern, but unfortunately, our table was right next to the front door and we were constantly bumped by people waiting to be seated. I made a reservation weeks before, but we were still seated almost 30 minutes late.

Would highly recommend Jaleo to anyone who wants to splurge for a nice date. Make a reservation and prepare to be blown away by the food!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had to wait for 30 min for our reservations that we were on time for, but the food was great!

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great evening. Good service and authentic Spanish cuisine. It’s impossible not to enjoy.

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

Attentive and knowledgeable waitstaff, excellent food, fun atmosphere

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

Food was very tasty.

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

Such great food and fantastic wait staff who completely hooked us up on dinner ideas!

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

Met an old friend for lunch and wanted to support Chef Andres. The Barcelona sandwich was fantastic, the service was excellent. Pricing is about right for the location. Probably the only nit pick was how many options and various menus there were!

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MS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was really good and unique. The Gin drinks are to die for. Only knock was that I found the paella a bit on the salty side. Would go again for sure.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

La comida riquísima!

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

Party of 6 tried a variety of meats and vegetarian options none of them dissapointed!

Would go again.

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SK
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was wonderful! We loved the funky design of the restaurant and the tapas style plates. The service was pretty spotty and not personal, however it did not necessarily take away from the experience.

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OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server was supremely helpful and just the right amount of chatty. I could have done with a bit less light and noise, but 100% worth it for the food.

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s
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went before a Capitals hockey game. Got the tasting menu along with the wine pairing. Food was excellent. The service was great and when we let them know we had to get to the game they really stepped up the pace and got us out of town

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PM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another awesome meal. Everything was excellent.

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

Outstanding menu, preparation, and taste! A great value.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Food was disappointing.

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KO
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and thank you for bringing a surprise birthday dessert!

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! As always.

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BF
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was delicious and so full of flavor! I am looking forward to a return visit soon.

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m
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The $20 lunch is a great deal! Delicious food and good portions. The service was a bit slow but the place was busy.

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DA
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am a DC area resident and every time a visitor from out of town comes to DC I use it as an excuse to go to Jaleo. The food is delicious and cost is surprisingly reasonable. I reccinend to anyone but make reservations. The place is very popular.

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T
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I've had a number of excellent dining experiences at Jaleo! Love Jose Andres' restaurants in DC. The food was excellent, as it always is. The service was kind of mediocre. It was 30 minutes between sitting down and finally being served a drink. But the excellent food and fun ambiance makes up for this! Can't wait to return.

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MV
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We hadn't visited Jaleo in several months so we returned for dinner before attending the preview performance of Richard III at the Shakespeare Theater. By accident, we stumbled on black truffle week. This was my first chance to try them (served on top of a Spanish omelette) -- I finally understand what the excitement is about.

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Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to take out of town guests; wonderful shared plates and a lot of variety

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SW
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I love Jaleo! Would love it more if they offered more vegan options.

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BW
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lots of options, all delicious! Perfect for pre-theatre, so convenient!

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Manitoba
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Tasty dishes and interesting menu! Beautiful location, attentive servers. Always glad to support someone who is so good to others!

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M
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazing experience! Loved every minute of it. The staff from host to waitress to server. My family and I had a wonderful time.

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JR
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a creative, delicious and fun dining experience! We love to do the tasting menu, and we appreciate how Jaleo changes it up with new dishes in the tasting menu over time. A cool and chic restaurant without the aloofness.

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h
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We were somewhat disappointed at our most recent visit to Jaleo. The ambiance and the service was fine, but the tapas portions were smaller and less flavorful than I have had in past visits. We had a range of tapas items...seafood, meat, vegetable....The presentation was ok, but the seasonings and skimpier portions missed the mark on this visit. I hope all improves.

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TS
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

Food was great, just as it has been for years. We had the tasting menu with wine pairing and the service was not timed well. For at least four courses, the wine/beverage came out much later than the food. It was also uncomfortably cold in our window seats. My daughter wrapped her legs in her coat and stayed that way the entire evening. It was cold outside but not unusually so for February.

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BS
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

My wife, grandson and I ate at Jaleo on a Saturday evening prior to attending a performance at the Lansburgh Shakespeare Theatre, which is next door. My only real complaint is that the restaurant has no comfortable place to wait for ones reserved table. We were shuttled to the bar area where we had to stand among bar goers and fast moving waiters until our table was ready. However, one waiter noticing my wife's discomfort brought her a chair from the main room, a really thoughtful act!

Once seated our waiter took our drink orders and then gave us ample time to review the restaurant's ample tapas menu. Everything we had was excellent and we particularly enjoyed the five-cheese plate and the tortilla española ( a sort of Spanish egg and potato omelette). The offerings of both food and wine are extensive and the tapas large enough to share, so order a selection and pass things around. Our waiter, although always on the run, was attentive and helpful in his recommendations and explanations.

The restaurant was packed and pretty loud, but we seated in a more isolated section and were able to converse comfortably.

Finally, if you are going on to the theater, give yourself plenty of time. We were seated at about 6:20 and left at 7:45 for an 8:00 curtain.

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RJ
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved the Patatas Bravas and the liquid olives. The value was excellent. We will definitely return.

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c
Washington DC
182 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great place for a group of seven to celebrate a Birthday! The menu has a wide variety and the dishes can come out fast or slow, it's up to the diner. We were there for three hours and were very comfortable. Nice wine list too.

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JS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When I go to Jaleo I expect the best food and experience - and they always deliver. This time I had one of the tasting menus (with a wine accompaniment) before the CAPS game and it was wonderful.

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N
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The first dishes of the set lunch menu were a bit disappointing (esp. the patatas bravas), but the rest was outstanding, esp. the flan for dessert! I'll go back again for sure!

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Tahoe
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is amazing. I’m not one for tapas-style dining but I thoroughly enjoyed Jaleo. The server was exceptionally knowledgeable and very pleasant. There were four of us and we ordered many items. Every one was a bullseye. The ultimate standout item was the Tomato bread with Anchovies. Close behind that was the charcuterie, garlic shrimp and paella. Really exceptional place.

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DD
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience and flavor. The service was exceptional.

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n
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The service was just fantastic.

Unfortunately, the small plates are large plates.
Loved the patatas bravas.
I found the gambas too oily was expecting traditional gambas al ajillo
Espinaca was heavy also. Not like Catalan version.

Just okay food.

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TL
Washington DC
125 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Return lunch visit, with shared dishes, all really tasty. Love the span of the menu, and once again all served quite quickly.

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