Jaleo DC

4.7
7671 reviews
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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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Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect. Well run, excellent service, above and beyond hospitality. Love any place that is launched by Jose Andrés

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New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and wine was amazing, service was impeccable (thank you, Kimberly!). And I will dine at Chef Andrés’ restaurants as often as I can to support the work he does in service to others.

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CG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Went for restaurant week so value was good- $35 for five courses including dessert. Portions are pretty generous. Food however was not great- nothing special and chicken was rubbery. Spinach with pine nuts was the best dish I tried. Service was okay- took a while for the server to ask for our order. One of the lights above our table kept flickering all night which was hard on our eyes and made the dinner less enjoyable.

Overall, probably would not return to Jaleo because prices outside of restaurant week would make this meal more expensive and the food was just okay. I was really excited for this meal so a bit of a bummer.

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HB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

absolutely delicious - we waited almost 20 minutes for our table despite the reservation but the food was absolutely fantastic.

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C
Washington DC
61 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Most of the dishes we ordered were great. The Gin and Tonic oysters were tasteless for some reason. Didn't even have an oyster brine. The chicken with parsley and garlic was out of this world, as was the steak with blue cheese and mashed potatoes. Loved the bean salad! We were stuck into a corner which actually helped with the sound. Its a bit loud in the rest of the restaurant. Will definitely come again.

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DH
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The two of us participated in the $35 fixed price special. The only issue was too much food. The tapas was wonderful but too much. Since we are from California and it was our last evening we had to just leave it.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my out-of-town friends here before a concert, and they were blown away! Kudos to our awesome server for putting up with our rowdy bunch. Jaleo never disappoints.

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GM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great size portions for tapas. Food tasted delicious and service was timed pretty well.

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MG
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every. Single. Thing. Was. Amazing.

As a non-drinker it began with the option for craft sodas! The pineapple sage soda was amazing. We decided to go with the restaurant week menu and every item was just incredible. I cannot wait to return.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dinner where the food was unbelievable and had generous sizings for each tapa!

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d
Baltimore
265 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We had a great dinner at Jaleo. We ordered the chef's special Tapas dinner. We choose the $70 per person option. There were more courses than we could count. Each on as good or better than the last. The food was great and cocktails were excellent. Service was fast and efficient. The dinner was a lot of fun and a great way to get a broad sampling of the offerings.

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d
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

I wanted to support Jose Andres for what he is doing to help the Federal workers (as well as Puerto Rico, etc.) It isn't hard to support him when the food is so good.

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DF
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

VIsiting the city and made a point to visit Jaleo! We dined here a few years ago and it was memorable. We ordered several plates to share and were not disappointed in any of them. The kitchen creates plates which are a treat for the tastebuds. The only knock I have for this visit was the waiter was too busy; we had to wait a very long time to order. The plates came out without delay, so I guess it was a staffing issue in the dining room.

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LG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Masterful waitress, fabulous menu. We didn't even know it was restaurant week. What a meal! Fantastic!

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MK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we tried was a new dish to us. Great place to try new things! Ejoyed it all. Stand out dishes for me, were Scallops over butternut squash with pumkin seeds and the mushroom with garlic.
Highly recommend.

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DF
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Great food. dining area is way to small. service was to good, serving courses to close together, felt rushed.

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RH
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

It was a busy Friday night and unfortunately the service suffered. We waited quite a while for the server to great us. We asked a couple of questions and he left without taking a drink order. When he finally came back we ordered three drinks. We waited a good 15 minutes for the drinks and when he finally brought them he only had two. Had to wait another 10 minutes for my drink. Same thing happened with a food item we ordered. Overall service was fair at best. The food and drinks were excellent.

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KB
Tampa
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was amazing and service outstanding. Great value for the restaurant week four course dinner!

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S
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! We took advantage of the Restaurant Week menu and had many tastes. So good, and a fun way to share a meal.

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RC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We went for restaurant week and some of the dishes were really good but some were misses. We liked the appetizers but our salmon tasted frozen and not very fresh. We went there for restaurant week and felt rushed as all the dishes basically came at the same time.

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e
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always enjoy Jaleo and wanted to support Jose Andres’ restaurant for his current efforts to pitch in and help furloughed federal employees.

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MM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The food at Jaleo is consistently excellent. My favorite aspect of Jaleo is the atmosphere - it always feels like fun!

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DF
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great tapas for lunch during Restaurant Week. Everything was good, but we especially enjoyed the cauliflower, chicken croquettes, papas bravas, and flan. And we liked being able to support restaurant owner Jose Andres who has given so much to those in need through his World Central Kitchen.

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MF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 4

I had a reservation and had to wait almost 45 minutes. Some of the food was cold. I have been a lot of times but only at the one in Bethesda; this was by far my worst experience. I will not go back to this location.

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LS
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are in love! We ordered the Restaurant Week menu everything was wow worthy. If I had to give anything an average Mark it would be the grilled pork. Everything else was amazing, the dates, onions, shrimp, spinach ensalada ruska, salmon, pork cannelloni, and chicken were particular stand outs. We also had the paella which was very tasty if a little on the salty side. The strawberry sorbet was like eating the ripest of strawberries! And the flan was rich, creamy, and utterly smooth.

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KT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as usual. I have eaten at Jaleo a number of times over the years and it is consistently good food. It is fresh, tasty, and always satisfying. The service is good, the atmosphere is lively. Nothing but good things to say - so glad to have it as an option.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for restaurant week and they offered an amazing selection of tapas. We tried almost everything! Great deal, and each dish was delicious.

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service. It’s a must visit every time I am in DC.

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F
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Jaleo is always fun &awinner for going with a bunch of people to try many different foods.

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M
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food great service and a great value for restaurant week.

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1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabuloso! The chicken and mushroom Paella was incredibly delicious!! My favorite dish. Great wine selection...and the best flan dessert ever!! Thank you to Jaleo chef and staff for another unforgettable dining experience!!

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and staff

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JR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food and wine was AMAZING, restaurant week special was a great deal! Service was very slow but given it was restaurant week I suppose it is expected. We really enjoyed this restaurant.

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S
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It was noisy and a bit too frenetic for a business meal. The food and service were good, but I’d not have a meal here where I wanted to talk to anyone.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

Overpriced. Food generally good. Service fine. But $200+ for dinner of tapas for 2 persons is ridiculous. You get much better food — and more of it — for a fraction of the price in Spain. Another overrated and overpriced DC restaurant.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and an amazing atmosphere

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a
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

We ate there before a recent CAPS game and food was good, and they were aware that we needed to be out by 6:45 for the start of the game and they were very accommodating. Food was unique and delicious, but their recommendation of 3-4 plates per person was over the top. Two plates per person would have sufficed. It was quite noisy, but we were able to converse with one another and be heard. Will return

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WF
Washington DC
206 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Three days between 2 people was perfect. Order any fritter dish. The wines were superb. Server made a good call.

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VN
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent lunch choices. Same portions as dinner. Highly recommend.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am from out of town but always eat here when I visit, and it has never disappointed me. I can depend on quality food and service every time. The flavors are amazing and the presentation artistic. I appreciate the volunteer work that Jose Andres gives back to the community as well!

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