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About Jaleo DC

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.

480 7th St. NW
Washington, DC 20004
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday – Thursday: 11 AM – 11 PM
Friday: 11 AM – midnight
Saturday: 11 AM – midnight
Sunday: 10 AM – 10 PM
Monday: 10 AM – 10 PM

Cross Street:
E St.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 628-7949

Website:
http://www.jaleo.com/

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.

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.

Executive Chef:
José Andres; Head Chef Rodolfo Guzman

Additional:
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

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.

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Limited a la carte dinner is from 5pm-7pm with a 2 hour time limit (regular dinner menu is not available). Reservations after 8pm will be $90 per person that includes the table for the duration of the evening, party favors, music, cava toast at midnight and the Spanish tradition of 12 grapes at 12pm

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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.

Jaleo DC Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.4

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4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

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Authentic (108)
Pre/post Theatre (96)
Good for a Date (90)
Special Occasion (79)
Casual (73)
Great for Lunch (65)
Tasting Menu (62)
Good for Groups (60)
Good Vegetarian Options (60)
Hot Spot (57)
Neighborhood Gem (54)
People Watching (53)
Good for Birthdays (52)
Handcrafted Cocktails (45)
Vibrant Bar Scene (41)
Business Meals (40)
Good for Anniversaries (39)
Worth the Drive (38)
Bar Seating (36)
Happy Hour (34)
Notable Wine List (32)
Healthy (27)
Quick Bite (26)
Comfort Food (25)
Late-night Find (23)
Great for Brunch (22)
Romantic (21)
Sunday Lunch (19)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Spicy (16)
Great for Outdoor Dining (16)
Local Ingredients (15)
Kid-friendly (14)
Cozy (13)
Seasonal (11)
Gluten Free Options (10)
Paleo Friendly (7)
Disabled Access (4)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Loved my first experience but the staff let me down on my second visit. Reservations were for 8:30 p.m. and we were told our table would be ready in 10 minutes. An hour later, we were still at the bar waiting for a text that never came. After checking on our table it was obvious that the hostess completely forgot about us. She then sat us at the worst table under blaring lights next to 20 college students who were boisterous and drunk. I had my cousin visiting from Guatemala who I really wanted to impress but unfortunately Jaleo let me down...I probably won't go back.

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 (Orlando)·Dined 3 days ago

The food & service was stellar, as always. The foosball table is placed to catch every draft when the door opens though. On a cold night, it’s brutal until the wine warms you!

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Tapas
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 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

Love the tapas style eating, and I'm sure my wife likes that I'm not eating from her plate.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined 4 days ago

Food was amazing highly recommended. Needs more publicity with the locals.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

The service was slow today but I don’t think our server was at fault. It was busy and I think he has a lot of tables on his plate. Either way, it took a long time to get our orders taken and longer to get our drinks. Overall the food was excellent, like always!

I will continue coming here, the food always has me coming back.

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·Dined 5 days ago

Despite we booked a table we had to wait 30 minutes to be seated. That's insane.

Tags: Comfort Food, Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

We have spent considerable time in Spain, but these were some of the best tapas we have had. We also usually shun celebrity chef establishments but this was more than an exception. Modern takes on mostly traditional tapas. Excellent.

AND I left my credit card there and did not realize it for 24 hours later. They had it and were most polite about the entire matter.

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Tapas
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Jaleo still fantastic after all these years! Great meal!

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 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

It was great! Wish you had a restaurant in Boston!

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 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

The food and service was beyond description. I can still taste the "Olive" we were served. I wish there were more molecular gastronomy items available.

My only issue was the noise level which , if you are older is a bit much.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Tapas, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

The food continues to be tasty and well-presented. It deserves its rankings from the area food critics.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Tapas, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

Food and service are always great at Jaleo's. I love what Jose Andres is doing to help the people of Puerto Rico!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Have been to several Jaleo locations and the quality & consistency has been superb across all restaurants. This DC original was tops.

Tags: Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Food was delicious, expensive but worthy. Healthy options and delicious Spanish drinks. My flan was fantastic.

Tags: Tapas, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Excellent first time experience at Jaleo, DC! Food was excellent and portion size just right. The service was very good although dishes come out when ready and we did have to wait quite awhile for one. Notably, one person in our party has seafood and potato allergies which we were a bit nervous about because the menu is heavy in both of these items. We notified the hostess when we arrived and were so happy with the response! Jaleo has a special allergy friendly menu and by the time we were seated, everyone involved with service to our table was aware of the individual's allergies and extremely attentive to his needs. We will be back soon!

Tags: People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Authentic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

All of the tapas we had were absolutely scrumptious: shrimp with garlic, codfish fritters, apple/fennel/manchego salad, chorizo with white beans, etc. The cava sangria is perfect for the table when everyone is eating a variety of foods. Tables are a bit of a tight squeeze, so practice side-stepping on your tip toes before going.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We have eaten at Jaleo on a number of occasions, our experiences have always been excellent. Wonderful food, terrific service, we always look forwards to a return visit.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Menu was good and food was good. Seated us 45 minutes after our reservation time without follow up or regrets. Service was quick but just people stiting down orders and delivering with no skill or friendliness. Atmosphere is chain soulless

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Very good Tapas, great service...just very trendy and energetic for a couples evening out.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 1, 2017

I think and feel that I'm eating in Spain! The food is delicious.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 30, 2017

We enjoyed so many delicious tapas!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 30, 2017

WE dine several times a year at Jaleo's restaurant and love the food. I have only one complaint this time. The Escalivada catalana was way too salty. We could even crunch the salt when we chewed. This is a favorite and it has never been that salty before.

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

It was a great evening for my wife and I we sat at the bar in the service there was amazing

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 30, 2017

The food here never disappoints! The Gambas al ajillo was amazing as usual and the sangria was delicious. Can't wait to return.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Fun, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Happy Hour, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2017

What a disappointment compared to Jaleo in Vegas. Ordered a Cadillac Margarita and my colleague ordered a glass of red wine. It took more than 30 minutes and they brought me a shot of tequila and my client a glass of wine loaded with cork debris. They then brought me something more closely resembling a margarita but a really bad one and definitely not a Cadillac.
They then served us a soup with no spoon. Food quality really sub-par. Service abysmal.

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·Dined on November 29, 2017

Excellent food. Tapas style let’s you try a wide variety of items. All good! Casual, friendly atmosphere with lots of energy.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Notable Wine List, Tapas, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Food was fantastic; service fabulous. Will go back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 29, 2017

After trying the utterly mindblowing tasting menu at China Chilcano, my friends and I were eager to try out the tasting menus at the other Jose Andreas restaurants. Next up was Jaleo. It did not disappoint. We opted for the tasting "experience" and the wine pairings. Every single course was a delight for the mouth. I could have managed about 20 liquid olives... But with approximately 14 small plates, you do need to pace yourself. The courses were paired perfectly with about five different wines. Our server took his time to explain each course and wine and everything was timed beautifully... almost like a dance. As we slowed down, so did they. I love the service at Jaleo. Your water is never empty. You never have a dirty plate in front of you. And multiple people will ask you if you are enjoying your experience and/or if you need anything. If you have the time and money for the tasting menu, I highly recommend it. When else can you really let a chef show you what they do best? It's worth every penny and then some.

My only unusual experience was in the ladies room. The floor is a mural of people looking up at you with raised arms. Definitely a bit amusing but a tad unnerving as well. No matter your take on it, it's definitely worth a trip in there to see it.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Authentic, Fun, Tasting Menu, Tapas, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Hadn't been to Jaleo in some time. Stopped in for lunch.
They set the bar for tapas in dc. Lunch special is excellent value.

Tags: Tapas, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Authentic, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Excellent food & service !! Great for family get togethers.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Still great after many years! I love this place. Amazing fresh ingredients and oh so creative. Can’t wait to go back.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Jaleo is still serving up fantastic Spanish Tapas. A great place to go before Shakespeare Theater.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Great food and service. My group had a nice time. Thank you!

Tags: Seasonal, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Fun, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 27, 2017

Lunch with friends was delicious, fun and quiet enough for us to talk easily. As a pescatarian, I appreciated the range of veggies and fish. Part of our decision to meet at Jaleo was a desire to support Jose Andres for de-Trumping and for his outstanding humanitarian work in Puerto Rico.
Thank you Jose!!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Spicy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Food was excellent. Enjoy!

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·Dined on November 27, 2017

i had been at jaelo many years ago and loved it. i was hoping this visit would be good since i was bringing 4 friends. it was so good—-food, waiter, ambiance. so much fun!

Tags: Organic, Tapas, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

With about an hour before a play at nearby Shakespeare Theatre Co - Jaleo was able to deliver 5 flavorful dishes and a couple rounds of sangria in an orderly fashion. Everything was solid (not necessarily mind-blowing; but modestly innovative). Meat dishes were cooked just right and flavors were all well balanced. Overall great experience, service was fantastic, and would come again!

Tags: Tapas
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Jaleo is always a wonderful place to go for fresh and creative tapas that include many healthy vegetarian and fish options. The service is excellent and professional and the setting festive and fun. Chef Andres is also praiseworthy for his humanitarian efforts to serve thousands of meals in Puerto Rico to people whose lives were upended by the recent hurricane.

Tags: Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Superb as always. I mean the food. The joint was packed at 5:30 on Saturday. I had to bellow sweet nothings to my beloved.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 25, 2017

As usual, we enjoyed dining at Jaleo. We had the raw salmon and trout roe cones, patatas bravas, espinacas ala la Catalan, and frittata, followed by flan. Delicious! Also delicious is the Jaleo version of a Cuba libre.

Jaleo provides consistently excellent food and good service.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch
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