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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.
Washington, DC 20004
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
$31 to $50
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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.
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.
José Andres; Head Chef Rodolfo Guzman
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.
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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
We arrived early and they seated us right away even though it was crowded. Waiter friendly. I think we got an extra tapas! It is a bit expensive but the food is so good and different it is worth it. This is our second time here and we will definitely come again.
Jaleo is the best place in the DC area for tapas. They are having a Clementina Celebration. December 11 - 24, 2017. If you go there during this period, I recommend that you skip the special drinks and dishes, which I found overpriced and nothing special. The cochinillo con clementinas (Roasted suckling pig stuffed with dried fruits and nuts with clementine sauce) was not worth the $16 and the Clementine 75 (Clementine juice, gin, cava, lime) $13 sounded better than it tasted. In contrast, the regular menu shone. The Ostras 'Gin & Tonic' (Five oysters with lemon, gin and tonic) $15 was especially good as was the Pulpo a la gallega 'Maestro Alfonso' (Boiled octopus with peewee potatoes, pimentón and olive oil) - $12. Service was slower than usual. It took about $10 minutes to get a beer when the restaurant was almost empty, something that can only mean that somebody was not paying attention. If you like beer, the Alhambra Red (Spain) Doppelbock - $8 was a highlight. Alhambra is one of my favorite Spanish beer brands and this was the first time I have since this on draft in the US.
Jaleo never disappoints. The food, as always was superb, with plate after plate coming out in perfect timing. Sometimes, as a young person, I'll go to a restaurant and servers will treat me differently assuming perhaps that I won't leave a good tip. This happened this time, but it still didn't really create an awful dining experience. The people bringing the food were nice.
Happy with our time at Jaleo. Had a 6pm reservation and didn't get seated until 6:30, which was mildly irritating after walking all day. The staff brought out a complimentary appetizer and was very attentive through the meal. Food was fantastic. Ambience is lively and the decor is very unusual and interesting. Fun place, would recommend eating here.
Very lively place, a bit to lively as it was hard to engage in conversation given the noise level. Seating was very tight, to the point the sommelier had his coat and backside in our face / table without realizing it (or acknowledging it). That aside, I'm a big fan of sharing plates / tapas style and the menu did not disappoint with options. Good size shareable portions on what we ordered (mixed croquettes, cauliflower, tuna app, salmon on veggies), so 4 plates and we were satisfied. The menu is extensive with options for everyone. The food quality was disappointing for the price. Mild to no spice and nothing particularly memorable. The service was on par with the food, ok nothing exceptional and really difficult to hear. The cocktail (New York sour and El compadre) did standout as very tasty. Overall I'm glad we checked it out, probably won't be back unless it was for a cocktail and a quick bite at the bar.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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