Jaleo DC

4.7
9465 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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IsabelM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

good Spanish tapas. Paella was really good!! The buñuelos de bacalao are also great.

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Kreatout
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food! Nice place

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vipKathySF
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience2

The three of us went to Jaleo on 11/22 and selected the $75 per person menu. The food was low end, nothing special and had no taste. for the price we paid. One of us got a headache during the meal and later that night threw it all up. You're better off going to Bodega in Georgetown, which has much better food at a lawyer cost.

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vipCindie
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our go to restaurant in DC. The food is fabulous and the service exceptional!

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Awesome
Washington DC
79 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch spot! It was pretty crowded for lunch on Monday so we asked if we could sit outdoors since it was a nice day and we saw that there were heaters. It was clear that patio service was not planning on being open that day, however the hostess and servers were so nice to seat us at a table and turn on the heaters. After a while a couple other tables also joined us. I am sure we were an inconvenience, but we super appreciated the friendly service and accommodation of letting us sit outside. We ordered 5 or 6 items which was just perfect for us, and very tasty! Overall a great experience, which it had been a few years for me, so it was so reassuring to find that both food and service were the same as I remember from pre-pandemic times. Thank you and keep up the excellent standard! Our server, unfortunately I can't remember his name, was very nice and accommodating.

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vipFoodAdventures
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Jaleo never disappoints. The meal was excellent

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Got sat pretty quickly but then waited several minutes and still had not had a server come by. Made eye contact with manager and he came over got our drink order and took the food order. Food came out timely and everything we had was good. The dates, patatas bravas, and a pork stuffed with ham and cheese and fried. Had a canneloni

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Alvaro
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We did not succeed when ordering. The Spanish omelet was poor for a Spaniard who is used to the best tortillas in Spain. Perhaps, it is outstanding for the US or elsewhere people. i cannot describe how remarkable can it be tasting a real tortilla de patata for those who have never had a proper one.

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LauraC
Austin
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Food was great, all of it! However, had to ask for a napkin x3 times, silverware for main entree x2 , and was never asked if we wanted dessert. Disappointed service for sure

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vipForestvillain1
San Francisco
65 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Looked forward to our visit to Jaleo, great respect for Jose Andres as a chef and a humanitarian. First, we arrive on time, the hostess tries to seat us where the servers come in and out of the kitchen, not acceptable, then she seats us at a table in the back where the servers are going in and out of a door to the outside which blasts cold air on us, I tell our server, she gets the manager and we get better seats but not a great way to start a meal. This is a casual restaurant, high noise level, lots of people, lots of activity, not what I expected but that's on me. Very large menu, lots of choices but we decide to do the Jaleo Experience tasting menu. First taste was excellent, olive gelee that tasted like green olives and two small cones, one with fish the other with cheese, also excellent. Went downhill from there, after these dishes the rest was meh, nothing special had much better in tapas bars in Spain. The Sommelier was super helpful in choosing a wine, any questions he had answers. Finished a meal with below average Patatas Bravas and a chocolate dessert that was ok but nothing special. I can only recommend Jaleo if you're interested in just getting tapas or paella, the people next to us got paella and it looked good.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was amazing! Really wanted to eat paella and it did not disappoint.

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PAR21
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service. Location is convenient for Capital One Arena.

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RegisM
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food was good and the wine was good, but the water kept coming over and interrupting us which affected the mood in a negative way. Too much service can be a bad thing.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the vermouth flight and tasting menu.

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RuthH
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great experience. We loved everything we tried.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Food was amazing!

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vipJakeFoodie
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food here is always excellent, from the croquetas to the pane con tomate.

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RayC
Birmingham
15 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There is everything to love about Jaleo’s’ I would come for any occasion. I always leave happy I came

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thommyG
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter very attentive but not overly
Food was delicious,& beautifully plated, per usual
Food was hot, well paced - not rushed.
Manager check in
Water replenished frequently
Dishes cleared after asking…

Only negative was we were seated in the back and a delivery person had to go past, in a narrow area, in between our small table & the banquette on the other side of the aisle. Delivery person was polite and apologetic difficult position for him. two times with a full hand truck ( 2x with the empty of course too)
Understandable But not in keeping with the ambiance

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EllenF
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We ate at Paleo for a birthday dinner. The staff brought complimentary bubbly and dessert with a candle--a big surprise. The food was all prepared to perfection, and we got good advice from our waiter on how much to order. We enjoyed the varied meal we were able to put together.

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BrianC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great selection of tapas, so there is something for everyone. A great gathering place for meeting up with friends.

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MaryanneW
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time. The food and service was excellent.

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MarkB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience3

Excellent food with generous tapas portions. The man is a genius to maintain this food quality at so many places.

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Maryc
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent restaurant for a quiet date night or a night out with friends. The food was exceptional.

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vipTessa
Richmond
21 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food & service every time. One of my absolute favorite restaurants to eat at in DC.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and service. Placed close to others— not Covid concerned but closer than even before Covid.

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vipDrCAT
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jaleo in DC is always a very popular and busy place - with good reason! Since the worst of the pandemic is over with most of us in DC having been vaccinated (though we still wear masks as a precaution, of course), the place is always filled with diners enjoying the delicious cocktails and tapas - inside and outside in the heated tents! So, reservations are essential and days in advance recommended to get the time you want. The servers still wear both N-95 and cloth masks and I'm sure they're vaccinated as well. But it's really nice to enjoy the feeling normal again but still being safe!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience1

Food is excellent. But is too noisy and full of people walking by every table. Very chaotic service. Bar with two large TVs is out of place in a restaurant of this quality

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Seefood
New England
63 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

In DC so wanted to come as had great meal here 15 yrs ago
Excellent food and service. Remembered the bacon wrapped dates from years ago but disappointed they now use cream in them so couldn’t get due to husbands dairy allergy but everything else was great. Sat outside which made Jaleo and DC visit even better! Love that celebrity chef is such a humanitarian so really wanted to come. Our daughter had suggested different tapas restaurant nearby and after eating there last night, Jaleo bests them hands down!!!!!!! So glad we squeezed in Jaleo!

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vipJRey
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a delicious option and always happy to support a Jose Andres establishment.

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Drachma
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the service continue to be of very high quality.

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PaJaStr
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Jaleo needs it’s service improved improved especially at it’s front desk. For over $400 for 3 it was not a good value. The food uses too much butter. I won’t be back. Your location at Arlington was far and away better.

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vipLisa
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Overall experience was very good. Food was delicious except the Shrimp and Squid Paella was served on the saltier side. Appreciated the staff for addressing the missed expectation with a complimentary dessert of our choice. Very good customer service. Perfect lighting for photo opportunities.

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LynneM
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing dining experience. Share tapas dishes of exquisite tasting food. Service was outstanding. Must try the bacon wrapped dates!

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vipKPKid
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jaaleo has always been a favorite of ours. But with the addition of three tasting menus, Jaleo has taken its excellence to an even higher level. My wife and I both ordered the Jose's Way tasting menu (12 courses), and she had the wine pairing. The experience was wonderful. We were treated to dishes that we likely never would have ordered on our own, but which were all excellent. The wines accompanied each course with great pairings, again involving wines we never would have ordered on our own. It is hard to believe that Jaleo can improve its already wonderful status, but somehow it has done so. We strongly recommend it!!

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vipruthiet
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great pre-game meal. We enjoyed the tuna tartare/salmon roe cones so much that we each ordered a second. We added the always delicious garlic shrimp, and tried one new to us dish — papas arugas, baby potatoes with red and green sauces. Delicious!

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OliverM
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wow, what an experience! We drove 1-1/2 hours to eat at JALEO'S, and it was worth every minute of the drive there and back. We had a reservation for 8:00 pm and arrived a little early, but we were sat almost immediately after arriving. The restaurant's decor was a bit different than i am used too, but nevertheless, it was fun.

Our server "Lesly M" was phenomenal! Very knowledgeable about the menus (food and drink) and very attentive to our needs. We ordered Sangria and sparkling waters (with the water being being $6.00 per bottle, yikes) and for appetizers we had "pan con tomate", and "Valdeón" (blue cheese platter with fruit and bread,) DELICIOUS!

For our entrée we ordered, Paella Valenciana (with chicken, rabbit and beans) also DELICIOUS!

The menu states that "entire pans of paella are prepared to order for 4-6 guest's" but my wife had no problem eating it ourselves.

For dessert we had Cortado (espresso with warm milk) and Flan, and again we were impressed.

From the greeter, to the server, to the cooks and even the bussers, we applaud your service! Excellent job!

We will be coming back soon, though we will only have "1" bottle of sparkling water instead of "3".

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vipChris
Baltimore
65 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

All the food we tried was very good. The ham dishes were a little salty, probably from the ham itself. We should have done as the waitress recommended and just selected three dishes each, since they had generous portions.

Service was hit-and-miss. Food came out of the kitchen promptly but it was difficult to get drink refills.

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vipStephen
Washington DC
160 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

As with many restaurants, Jaleo has cut back on its menu due to the pandemic and raised its prices for the remaining items. The food was tasty and the service was good, but the experience is not the same as before. That said, we enjoyed the evening.

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Dineandwine
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service even after the restaurant filled. Ricardo was very attentive and professional, just as soon as we needed his attention he appeared to meet our needs.
The food has always been superb but seems to have been watered down over the years to accommodate those with weaker tastes. The gambas al ajillo seemed cooked in a broth rather than sautéed. The calamares en su tinta while perfectly cooked could have used more sauce. The cod fritters were light and flavorful. The pulpy a la Gallegos was cooked to the perfect texture.

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 9465 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.