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Jaleo DC, Washington, DC

Jaleo DC

4.7
4.7
9633 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 43 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 628-7949

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    José Andres; Head Chef Robbie Meltzer

  • 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.

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Janice Conner: (844) 843-6573

  • Neighborhood

    Penn Quarter

  • Cross street

    E St.

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • 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.<br /><br />We are also 1 block North of Arhives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter station on the green and yellow lines.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 9,633 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Spanish

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  1. JB

    JenniferB

    Seattle

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and outstanding service. Our server was incredibly knowledgable and offered excellent recommendations. Overall lovely dining experience.
  2. G

    Geezmom

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    My monthly brunch bunch admire the philanthropic work of Jose Andres so we decided to splurge and treat ourselves to the full chef’s tasting menu with wine pairings ($200 pp). We thought we would really get a representative sample of the full menu and our server said we would enjoy a paella at the end. Long story short, the wine choices were perfect, no paella, tasty tapas but not enough to make it worthwhile at $200 per person. Try Copas Kitchen instead. We still love Chef/Owner Jose Andres for his work to help those in need.
  3. LV

    LaVilla

    Washington DC

    42 reviews

    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Our waiter was very professional in providing his recommendations and timing when the dishes were delivered and extra plates were removed. We enjoyed the food as always!
  4. GR

    GioRodri

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The happening vibe is still there, however, they need extra help, especially in tge bar area. One friendly bartender was holding down the fort trying to keep a ton of impatient customers happy. The food and drinks we ordered were delicious as always, but we did notice the higher prices (inflation?). I would still recommend Jaleo over Spanish Diner in Bethesda time and time again.
  5. GA

    GregA

    Hawaii

    51 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Good tapas - went with kids and sat at one of the foosball tables - they had a blast and liked most of the tapas we chose from. Great service
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a pleasure here!
  7. SZ

    ShaheenZ

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    fantastic as always and such lovely service! Food was as good as ever!
  8. CG

    CarolineG

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and outstanding service. We especially loved some of the items on the summer menu. The stuffed squash blossoms were to die for!
  9. C

    Charmedhon

    Baltimore

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My cousin and I love Jaleo! We had never been to the D.C. location and we went for early dinner before a concert a couple of weeks ago. All of the employees are so nice & helpful and our server knew exactly what my cousin was talking about when she described an item they did not have on the menu but it is our favorite! The chef was able to make it and it totally made our day! We had delicious sangria drinks and just had a lovely afternoon enjoying ourselves. I highly recommend Jaleo!
  10. BC

    BrianC

    Washington DC

    86 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    86 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service by our waiter and the team; wonderful food. Made our 30th wedding anniversary very special. Thanks
  11. J

    Julie

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite for out of town guests or family celebrations. Jose Andres is an absolute hero so I like supporting his brand.
  12. S

    Sully

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious on every front! Nic was an amazing server!
  13. C

    Chapel

    Richmond

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our favorite restaurant in the DC area!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience3
    Not a great experience. The food and service were both subpar. I wasn’t expecting truly authentic Spanish cuisine. However, having dined in Spain and at other Jose Andres restaurants I was expecting the food to be delicious. It was not. The service was incredibly slow. The restaurant was relatively empty when we arrived and this issue seemed to be unique to my table. The table behind us was seated after us but served before us and given their check before us. I had to go and hunt down our server on 3 separate occasions to ask about when food would come out and request a bill.
  15. MN

    MiriamN

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Have been a very satisfied patron of Jaleo since it opened quite a few years ago. The food is outstanding, with a menu that keeps some tried and true favorites while introducing new items. Always a lively and energetic crowd!
  16. BL

    BenLap

    Fort Lauderdale

    152 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    152 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jose Andres always delivers great food and atmosphere. I’ve enjoyed his The Bazaar in Miami. At Jaleo he delivers a compelling value, with a 4 course lunch for $24. Everything was delicious, from a refined gazpacho to the delicious chicken thighs in a ratatouille like stew. The use of woven wall hangings and hexagonal acoustic tiles on the ceiling makes this a modern day wonder: a restaurant you can actually converse in, which is great.
  17. T

    Tamara

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Jaleo is always a fun experience with amazing drinks and delicious tapas. When I mention the idea of heading to Jaleo for dinner, the only question in our family is "What time?"
  18. J

    Jessy

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant never disappoints! The service and food are always amazing. It’s a must-do every time we’re in DC.
  19. JM

    JacquelineM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great cocktails - friendly, approachable staff and atmosphere and a menu with something for everyone.
  20. S

    Sweetbean

    Columbus

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and food were excellent. Drinks were delicious. We had to go inside when it started to down pour and we were accommodated at the bar. The manager offered to find us a table but we were almost done with the meal. The bar tender was very friendly. We had a great experience and will definitely go back.
  21. VH

    ValerieH

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was so good and service was outstanding.
  22. AH

    AceH

    San Antonio

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best place to go for a lunch. The tasting menus have waaaaay too much food for those of us with average appetites, instead you need to get the cones (both salmon and marmalade), the tomato bread, and one of their fantastic proteins options. All of the cocktails are delicious and you will not regret a visit.
  23. JP

    JonathanP

    Washington DC

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food was mostly excellent; but the very expensive pork steak was over-cooked and not nearly as juicy and succulent as it had been in earlier visits. I hesitated to send it back for another one , because it wasn’t ‘bad’ or inedible- but at $95, having it properly cooked should be expected. Otherwise , service and food were excellent. As an older diner, I find the noise level higher than I prefer as it makes conversation somewhat difficult and necessitates raised voices in order to be heard.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner before the theater.
  25. VT

    VirginiaT

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent server, great food . 3 dishes would have been enough for 2 - we took food home
  26. SM

    StevenMayJr

    New England

    18 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    The food was not near the level of quality I expected for the price of the tasting menu at $100 per person and the service was ridiculously slow?
  27. m

    mlee

    Washington DC

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Bruce our waitron was very good... And tell him to definitely see Red Velvet. It is an excellent drama. Jaleo or Zaytinya are our two favorite places to dine before attending a Shakespeare Theater performance. The food is always delicious, your gazpacho is the bomb. We will be back in the fall for more meals with you. We were seated in the way back by the window. It was okay, but missed the energy of the dining area up front. Was at the opening with Les Dames or Jaleo and every once in a while I miss the painting of the flamenco dancer... but the floor in the ladies room makes up for it. Looking forward to my next dining adventure with you!
  28. TR

    TravelerReview

    St. Louis

    157 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    157 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    Excellent Spanish tapas restaurant. The wine and cocktail list is top notch too. The issue we had was the service was slow and we had to hunt for our server at times as he just was not attentive to our table.
  29. SS

    SherylS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jaleo consistently delivers great food and attentive service. The colorful space creates a lively energy and makes a meal feel like a vacation.
  30. FF

    FormerFed

    Washington DC

    503 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    503 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Had a tasty tortilla and then chorizo with mashed potatoes along with a couple glasses of red sangria. Worked very well as a light repast before seeing “Red Velvet” at the Klein (formerly Lansburgh) theater.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nick is a great waiter!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my greatest dining experiences, Thank you
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very flexible and accommodating an extra person for our reservation
  34. G

    Gigi

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a favorite when in DC, Jaleo never disappoints!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Comida de calidad y excelente atención del personal. Buen rato en familia. Repetiremos.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Food was not that good and a little expensive! nothing special.
  37. D

    Delphi

    Washington DC

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jaleo in DC consistently provides excellent service and excellent food. Well done to all!
  38. LW

    LaceyW

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jaleo is reliably excellent. The food is interesting and tasty, and the cava sangria was a treat.
  39. AG

    AnneGleaves

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The place was packed and the noise level was nearly deafening, so we asked to be moved to a table in the back. the staff were terrific and set us up as soon as a two-top opened. Everything else was perfect. wonderful food, nicely paced with delivery, delicious Sangria, attentive but not pushy service. A favorite place.
  40. GD

    GregD

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    I was surprised when I was not served bread with the cheese plate but, apart from that, the usual wonderful meal.

Safety precautions

  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking

FAQs

Jaleo DC does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Jaleo DC also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 628-7949.

Jaleo DC is rated 4.7 stars by 9633 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 43 times today
Google Map for Jaleo DC

480 7th St. NW, Washington, DC 20004

Additional information

  • Cross street

    E St.

  • Neighborhood

    Penn Quarter

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • 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.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    José Andres; Head Chef Robbie Meltzer

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (202) 628-7949

  • 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.

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Janice Conner: (844) 843-6573

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