Jaleo DC

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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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Phoenix
41 reviews
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

Food could not have been better but to get attention of any of the servers was a disaster! I mean they walk right by you and ignor your requests or hands waving or walk with heads down to avoud eye contact. Geez could have sold much more alcohol...but NO! Cant get service once the order goes in and forget about checking back with diners. What a shame because the kitchen works hard. And one server hit the disabled person next to me in the head with his oversized tray

JB
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Near perfection as always

MS
Tulsa
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Amazing, authentic food and excellent service. Highly recommend!

MM
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

JALEO IS ONE OF THE MOST RELIABLE AND CONSISTENT RESTAURANTS IN DC. EVERYTHING ABOUT JALEO IS PROFESSIONAL, WHICH IS TRUE FOR ANY JOSE ANDRES KITCHEN. AT JALEO, HOWEVER, YOU CAN HAVE A CONVERSATION, WHICH HAS BECOME INCREASINGLY DIFFICULT AT HIS OTHER RESTAURANTS, PARTICULARLY OYAMEL AND ZAYTINA.

TR
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went twice in past 10 days. 2 different paellas, both outstanding. Sides all excellent and great albarino wines. $50-75/person, great value great service and incredible foods.

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

We had an amazing experience and would recommend the Jaleo Experience tasting menu. Top notch service and well paced dishes had us excited for what would come next.

JA
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Would highly recommend the Jaleo Experience!! Very adaptable to accommodate allergies.

s
Philadelphia
58 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting from out of town

CC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food; super value for lunch; nice atmosphere; staff are professional but their attention becomes less and less throughout the meal so that their promise of a 60 min lunch becomes 89 min.

J
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Visitando por primera vez DC, imprescindible ir al restaurante de un personaje como Jose Andres. Pedimos un picoteo de vieiras, croquetas de jamon, berenjena con miel, tortilla de patatas, salmon con pisto y solomillo al cabrales.
Las vieiras eran buenas, aunque desde mi punto de vista las pasas, piñones y el aceite balsamico no le aportaban gran cosa al producto. Por otra parte, me parece imperdonable servirlas sin su concha, que sobre todo para las personas no españolas (nosotros si somos españoles) permite situar el tipo de producto que es.¿Alguien se imagina servir ostras sin concha?
Las croquetas muy buenas, aunque yo siempre apuesto por optar por pedir un numero de unidades. En nuestro caso eramos 4 y la racion traia 5 unidades....pelea por la ultima!!!
La berenjena tambien muy rica, aunque un poquito mas de generosidad con la miel no hubiera estado mal
La decepcion fue la tortilla de patata, en la que ese elemento (la patata) apenas aparecio, sustituido en parte por calabacin. Una de las comensales era mi hija que terminaba una estancia de 3 meses en USA y se moria por comer unas croquetas y una tortilla española y por esta parte no vio cumplidas sus expectativas
El salmon con pisto y el solomillo al cabrales correctos, aunque tardaron un poco en traerlos. Para mi gusto el cabrales deberia ir mas diluido en salsa, ya que venia en 2 pequeños pegotillos y llego a la mesa solo templado
Por ultimo pedimos 1 espreso, y nos lo sirvieron sin platillo ni cucharilla, desconozco si se suele servir asi, aunque como no iba a ponerle azucar no dijimos nada al respecto
Pedimos unas cervezas Mahou y Alhambra que estaban bien tiradas y frias, como debe ser
Espero que este extenso comentario les sea de utilidad

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Missed my prey hater reservation and had to sit at bar. Was still great as always!

PT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Jaleo was, as always, a wonderful time out in DC. We brought our Spanish exchange students to have dinner here and they pronounced it authentic. I, on the other hand, pronounced it delicious. I had the small tasting menu and had to ask them stop bringing more food! They were able to change my mind with chocolate mousse ;)

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good food and fun atmosphere

OT
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and excellent wine pairings. Great spot for anything from a date to a business dinner. Don’t miss it!

F
Western NC
11 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After museum dinner, quiet corner found, noise diminished.

LC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was amazing although some of it just wasn’t our taste. I wish our server would have been either more knowledgeable about the dishes or have done a better job describing them. Three out of the five plates we received weren’t best suited for us merely because of the misinterpretation. Not to say they weren’t good just if we had known we wouldn’t have ordered them and opted for something else. The two dishes that did suit us were outstanding! I would probably even go to the lengths to say that they were some of the best things I’ve ever eaten! We will definitely return and truly recommend Jaleo. It is absolutely a MUST!

DB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous service and food at brunch Sunday. It was a nice day to sit outside...only wish more DC restaurants had outdoor seating a little further off the street.

S
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Our server was not good. Put a damper on the evening. Hovered when we made clear we wanted more time and then he didn’t get the order right. Was too often over the shoulder pouring our sangria even when our glasses were almost full. With the wrong order he tried to explain it away instead of owning his mistake. The food was good though. The hanger streak was yummy, the pork sausage with beans very well done and we enjoyed most of our other tapas.

SC
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food ever. Everything is so tasty and delicious. Favorite item was the stuffed peppers with goat cheese.

MH
Louisville
12 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was incredible. Our table of six shared everything, there wasn’t a dish that was not enjoyed. We were overwhelmed with all the options on the menu. Our server suggested several items from each category. The six of us could not decide. We asked that he pick his favorites from the menu and just bring them to the table. Everything was excellent. We left extremely satisfied.

AA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tapas means small plates so we weren’t sure how many items to order to be full. Therefore, we opted for the Chef’s special which gives you samples of 15 different items on the menu. It was the best for the value and we got to try SO many things, all of which were delicious, and we were stuffed by the end. Highly recommend!

BA
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Terrific everything

C
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was really cool

PA
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was a once every few years meal for us. The service was excellent, the food was delicious, but also challenging and interesting and intelligent. We did the tasting menu and enjoyed every course, even the ones that we probably wouldn't order again. Everything we tried, we were pleased to have experienced. There were a few things we would never have ordered on our own but we will dream about until we can try them again. We might drive to DC just for the fig jam and cheese cones and the grapefruit dessert. If you are like us and love culinary experiences but have to carefully choose, we suggest you consider Jaleo DC.

C
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lively ambiance fabulous food. Gorgeous decor in bistro style. Absolute winner.

JF
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent tapas menu- shareable plates. Server explained each dish and made great recommendations!

DC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The scallops were amazing as was the shrimp dish. However the cod cakes were high sodium and the trout was mediocre. The service and ambience was good. It is still one of my favorite restaurants.

DK
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

A bit disappointed by dishes. Especially b/c we ate at American Eats the previous night and absolutely LOVED it! (Head there instead). Flavors were not consistent - some were good (Spanish tuna with tomatoes, garlic shrimp, tomato bread)....and some were bland (octopus, chicken croquets, Serrano ham and Manchego cheese sandwich, hanger steak). Service was poor. We finished our drinks and we were not asked for another. She obviously did not want to be there, nor wanted us there. Couldn’t get out fast enough. Go to American Eats instead — you’ll be welcomed and have great food!

OT
Mexico City
6 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

La presentación y sabor de la comida muy buena, todo excelente, lo recomiendo ampliamente.

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OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Not even close to the one in Vegas .. but considering that food options in DC are what they are an OK option

RM
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was awesome and service very good and quick. The décor is a little dated (at least compared with the new Jaleo restaurant in Orlando. My only pet peeve is that I indicated in the reservation that the purpose of the dinner was a birthday, but when we ordered the chocolate mouse cake desert, no candle was included.

MW
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Jose Andres never disappoints. The tapas we had were all delicious. I was only not as thrilled with the olives that they reconstitute - it’s a specialty so maybe I remember it differently but I’ve had them st each JA restaurant I’ve been to. Start slow and keep going. There is enough is to share!

ND
Baltimore
31 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We liked the ham and cheese dishes. But we were not fond of the octopus. The people faces on the bathroom floor was a little off putting. Most of the patrons spoke Spanish.

JD
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The menu Jaleo’s experience is great, with some rioja, you will enjoy your meal, sure!

B
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time. My Dad was visiting from Ohio. He enjoyed every dish as did everyone else! Thank you for making our dinner outing special.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

Me and my friends had a lovely time here. I wouldn’t do a big celebration with adults here again. Awesome, and family friendly! A great way to introduce your kids to tapas

KW
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

The dishes were a decent size for tapas. Everything was delicious. Our server wasn't the best and everyone in our section felt the same way. The restaurant was good and a definite recommend.

SM
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food and good service. A little but pricey for the size of the plates but the quality was very good so I would definitely come back!

S
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food at Jaleo is outstanding. The two of us (pretty big eaters) shared six small plates and a dessert.
We also had the best gin and tonic we have ever tasted and a flight of 3 glasses (small pours) of white wine with one of the best Spanish wines we have ever tasted. . Everything was delicious and the flan was the perfect ending to a delicious meal. This is excellent food served in a casual and lively environment.

OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was amazing! We had the tomato bread, Iberian ham, mixed croquettes, patatas bravas, and the steak with blue cheese. Everything was delicious but if I had to skip something it would be the croquettes. Potatoes were a little salty. Steak is a must!!! Holy moly it was delicious. My husband ordered both the red sangria and the cava sangria - he liked the cava better. I had a sip of both and prefer the red so depends on your taste. Least favorite part of the whole evening - the tables were so close together! I felt like we were having dinner with the group next to us. Could not comfortably have a private conversation. Our server was good. I wouldn’t say I was overly impressed but I wasn’t annoyed about anything service related. One small negative- we originally wanted to order the tomatoes bread that had ham on top, but we were told they were out of the bread it came on so we had to order the tomato bread and ham separately. Doesn’t sound like a big deal and it was fine.... but it was unfortunately a huge price difference! $18 for the one dish vs $10 for the bread and $25 for the ham - $35 total compared to the $18. All in all, a solid and delicious meal.

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