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Jaleo DC

4.6
6816 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Spanish
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Sunday - Monday: 11AM – 10PM
Tuesday – Thursday: 11 AM – 11 PM
Friday – Saturday: 11 AM – midnight

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Phone number
(202) 628-7949
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
José Andres; Head Chef Rodolfo Guzman
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Catering
Catering on a whole new level; José Andrés Catering elevates catering and event planning to new heights in the Washington, DC area and beyond. Now you can experience the inspired creations of celebrated chef José Andrés at your own party or venue. Visit us for more information at www.joseandrescatering.com, or call us at (202) 628-7949.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
E St.
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Public transit
We are located 1 block south of the Gallery Place/Chinatown metro station on the yellow, green and red lines. Take the 7th and Arena exit, walk one block south. The restaurant is located on the right hand corner of 7th and E St.

We are also 1 block North of Arhives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter station on the green and yellow lines.
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Special events & promotions
Located in the heart of the Penn Quarter, the lively atmosphere of Jaleo DC makes it a great place to host a lunch or dinner. For menus, pricing, availability and other information on events at Jaleo, please contact our Events Manager at (202) 628-7949.
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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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 We offer a variety of spaces for your special event.

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What 6816 People Are Saying
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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 13 hours ago

We’ve been to Jaleo many times and it never disappoints! Every dish is delicious! A great place to go with friends because choosing and sharing the food makes fun conversation, and the menu is so varied and interesting, there’s something for everyone. Tonight’s stars were the cheese board, octopus, potato tapas with salmon roe, grilled cauliflower, chorizo, and chocolate flan. Yum!

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

Excellent food, massive flavors and subtlety left us more than satisfied.

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yumyum (Richmond)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

Always happy to return to Jaleo. Never disappoints.

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CeciliaH (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

The tapas were to die for. We went for my friend's birthday, and the staff were so fun and friendly, we got them to sing for her :) Great atmosphere, delightful service, delicious food.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined 6 days ago

Potatoes were good , garlic shrimps tasteless

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StaciB 
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

One of the best dining experiences of my life. Perfect table for two right next to window, top-notch service. Three days later and we are still talking about it.

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vipDelphi (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

As always, the device was excellent and the food delicious. This evening we had the Conor de salmon crudo, datiles con tocino , patatas bravas, and tortilla al moments. For dessert there was the orange flan. All excellent.

The Cuba Libre at Jaleo deserves mention as well. It is made with rum and Coke, but the addition of Angostura Bitters and a cinnamon stick add wonderfully to the flavor. It is highly recommended.

Overall, a most enjoyable dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Very good, the goat cheese stuffed peppers were incredible...

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OpenTable Diner 
2.0  Dined 6 days ago

I thought the food was pretty mediocre and quite salty in general. It was busy at lunch time so the service was pretty slow but wasn’t terrible. I guess since food wasn’t that great it was not easy to enjoy the experience. 2/3 dishes were disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner (Miami)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

We came to Jaleo becuase I am from Puerto Rico and want to thank Jose Andres for all the help he has given to the Island, thank you Jose Andres.

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AndrewB (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined 6 days ago

The food was fine but it took the intervention of the manager to get it delivered and we barely made the curtain at the play we were going ti.

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Rich (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

From beginning to end a special moment the tapas was savory, the drinks exquisite and the service impeccable. Exactly the right choice for the moment. The liquid olive was startling and unique. The combination of tastes was from elegant to home style. Thanks

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Paella to die for!!!

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HMMFoodie (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Fabulous tapas- scallops, cauliflower with dates & olives, jumbo lump crab with cucumbers & peppers and a light brandy sauce. Pork filet with Gorgonzola & mashed potatoes. Nice wines. Brought us free custard for dessert for our anniversary. Excellent bartender and nice service.

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OpenTable Diner 
3.0  Dined 7 days ago

Forgot it was Valentines Day weekend. Server was extremely busy and some of our food took longer. I think he forgot to put an order in. Other staff chipped in but still felt unattended to.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Did the tasting menu - lots of food but worth it to try new things.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Food is amazing got to love traditional spanish cuisine !!

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Liketogoout (Baltimore)
3.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

My family ate here after a day at the museums. My young daughters loved the fresh bread and the ham croquettes. We had the nicest waiter. Would definitely be back!

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DJFatTony (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Will not disappoint! Many dishes on the menu that may sound familiar to most but trust me, whatever you have had does not compare to what you will experience here. Examples: the Jamon Iberico which may just come off as prosciutto...like nothing you have ever had. Shrimp in Garlic, a staple dish in many Spanish/Portuguese restaurants and something I’ve had hundreds of times in my life...Jaleo transformed it into something amazing, making every other one I’ve tried in the past obsolete. I guess the best way to explain what you will experience here is simply this...whatever you have experienced prior to this will no longer be valid; prepare to be amazed and allow them to show you just how far the rabbit hole goes!

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vipWilliam (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

OUTSTANDING!!!

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OpenTable Diner (Savannah)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

We love Jose Andres! This is our second time in DC and second time in Jaleo. This time we decided to go on Valentines Day.. It was PACKED! We had to wait 10 min past our reservation time, but we grabbed a drink at the bar and loved it. Once we sat and ordered food just kept coming and coming.... The team was amazing... we never noticed when they took our plate once empty. There was never an empty plate or a half filled glass at our table.
The food was INCREDIBLE and the service IMPECCABLE!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

The much hyped Jaleo left something to be desired. We came for Valentine’s Day and decided on the $70 tasting menu each. The selection was disappointing for the price. There were broken mussel shells in my bite, and nothing special about the rest of the dishes. Hangar steak was the best part. Potatoes were good, very spicy.

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OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We got the classic tasting menu. They were able to make every dish vegetarian. It was a lot of food (12 dishes for two people) and every dish was fantastic.

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vipLaRandaM (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We were happy with food selection. Our waiter was missing a lot. And the busboy was rude and kept trying to take our food when clearly we had food on our plate. It was so irritating because we were trying to have a conversation. I love this restaurant but I guess I shouldn’t go on special holidays.

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writerlady (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

I love the variety available through the small plates concept. And I love what Chef Andres does with both vegetables and chicken and shrimp. (The sauces are divine!) the willingness to take reservations and to find us a relatively quiet table are always welcome.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Having made a reservation well ahead, we were seated promptly. The waiter helpfully explained some of the menu options, and we placed our order for 6 of the small-plate items. 2 arrived promptly & we started sharing & enjoying them. The 3rd arrived as we were about 3/4 thru the 1st 2 (it was scrumptious), and then the last 3 arrived just as we were finishing the 1st 3.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

Went to celebrate an award and the guest of honor could not stop raving about the food.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Ive been hoping to get to Jaleo for years because I heard so many wonderful things about it and Jose Andres. In a recent trip to DC I decided to make a reservation for me and my daughter. Unfortunately we were both underwhelmed. I think I can even check of MiniBar (one of his other restaurants) from my list as well. I ordered the Jaleo Classic from the tasting menu and it was ok. However the timing of each course was really really off. There were times where I would get 2 dishes at once and then 10 minutes later another dish, then 15 minutes later 1 other dish, then I would wait 20+ minutes assuming that was the last course but then 2 more would come out. I ended up asking for my last dish and the dessert to go. While I left feeling very full, both the cocktail special and the sangria I ordered were very very small portions. That was disappointing. If I ever find myself back at Jaleo (doubtful) I will make sure I bring my reading glasses and go thru the extensive menu carefully. Maybe I will be more impressed. PS - when my daughter and I left the restaurant the hostess wasn't even polished enough to lift his head up and say goodbye or thank you for dining with us. It left us with a pretty negative impression. Id say skip it.

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vipruthiet (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Been to Jaleo many times but had never before had the paella. What a treat! Enjoyed the garlic shrimp too, as always.

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vipOnoGrinds (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Brunch tasting menu

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