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Jaleo - DC, Washington, DC
Award-winning

Jaleo - DC

4.7
4.7
10301 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 134 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Hours of operation
    Mon 11:00 am–10:00 pm Tue–Thu 11:00 am–11:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–12:00 am Sat, Sun 10:00 am–12:00 am
  • Phone number
    (202) 628-7949
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Ramon Martinez
  • Catering
    Bring a taste of Spain to your next meeting, event, or offsite with Jaleo's new lunch catering menu. Choose between individual lunch boxes or customizable sandwich packages, featuring favorites like our fútbol club and gazpacho. Catering is available for both delivery and pick-up within Washington, DC.
  • Private party facilities
    Located in the heart of DC’s exciting Penn Quarter neighborhood, Jaleo DC is just steps from all the excitement of our nation’s capital and provides a bright setting for seated meals or standing receptions. For smaller events, our Standing Tapas Bar is perfect for after-work gatherings.
  • Private party contact
    Coleen Bendig: (202) 638-1910
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2022
  • Neighborhood
    Penn Quarter
  • Cross street
    E Street
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 10,301 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Most Booked

  • District of Columbia

    Most Booked

10,301 Reviews
  1. Darlington

    Raleigh

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food, great vibe. A great place for colleagues to meet up.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Jaleo website indicates “Sangria Hour” available throughout the restaurant. This apparently used to be the case here, but changed a year ago, with no update to the Jaleo website. Bait and switch. Otherwise a fairly pool value. Dinner for 4 with 4 total beers/wines = $250+ after tip.

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  3. PapaSmurf

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Reservation allowed us a nice window table. We were disappointed that the gazpacho only contained beets, although the printed menu and online menu both say the gazpacho is beets AND tomato. Delicious, but not what we expected. The margarita was tasty, but nothing exceptional. Next time I'll probably get the sangria. My cauliflower plate was tasty, and more than I expected. My wife and I ordered two servings of the pan de tomate? (tomato bread), which was too much given our other tastings. Vegans like us do have a few options.

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  4. Tlcfood

    Charleston

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    we enjoy the 1 hour lunch menu. interesting variety of selections

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Absolutely incredible! Great food, great wine, great service!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great tapas place I got The top menu tasting Jose’s way all was good but not as advertised nothing spectacular nothing surprise me It was a line up of menu tapas I expected better and creative But I got for money not for my soul

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  7. tony

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    I was told to wait at the bar for a table I had previously booked. 20min wait because someone at the reception didn’t do their job well.r

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  8. GeraldB

    Denver

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first time at Jaleo. Food was outstanding. Will definitely be back again.

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  9. lizziec

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were back in town for a short visit and after a museum visit, dropped into Jaleo for a bite of lunch. It never disappoints! Highly recommend.

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  10. KatieF

    Yosemite

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful experience and as advertised. I would highly recommend as long as you don’t mind a bustling ambience. The food and drinks were outstanding. Excellent service, very attentive, weight staff all around. Highly recommend!

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  11. Art650

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was outstanding. I strongly recommend the pan con chocolate. That was seriously the best dessert I’ve ever had.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Love the food and lively atmosphere but we were crowded in beside two other tables and could not hear our companions. Service was great and food yummy!

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  13. kike

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tapas are great and Wednesday half price in bottles of wine is such a great deal

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  14. Braziliandrummer

    Austin

    67 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall pleasant experience. Food was very good, drinks tasty but service was just OK.

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  15. antonia245

    Baltimore

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Rabbit confit was awesome as was the chocolate dessert.

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  16. Eman301

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food and service, but it was loud enough to struggle to listen to my girlfriend speak. Not really knocking the restaurant for that but the tables are pretty close together for the two person seating area.

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  17. GardnerT

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent and our waiter was spot on with his recommendations.

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  18. TryingtoAvoidCovid19

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We had the tasting menu. It was expensive but probably the best meal we’ve had in years.

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  19. Jennifer

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly, attentive server! We were seated at a quiet table next to the window, which we had requested. The tortilla was undercooked despite asking it be well done and the veggie paella was very salty, had too much saffron and it’s vegetables were overcooked mush (was $56!). The shrimp with garlic and red sangria were delicious as always and the sea bass was good. They very kindly presented the person having a birthday with a flan accompanied by a lit birthday candle and delicious whipped cream. We had indicated it was a birthday in the open table reservation. It was kind of them to treat the birthday diner to a delicious dessert. So our review is a little mixed based on unevenness of the food and value for money. The service, sangria, ambience and some of the food was great.

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  20. DawnM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time here, not the last! Everything about Jaleo was fantastic. From our little isolated table (which we loved!), to the food, drinks and service….so enjoyable. Friendly, knowledgable staff who we put our trust in to order for us. Every dish was beautiful and tasted so ‘fresh’. Easy walk from the National Mall but at the same time far enough away from the crowds. Can’t wait to return!

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  21. HiroakiM

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The manager was not courteous or attentive to us to the level of arrogance and discrimination. We also made some special request, which was ignored. I am very saddened by the deterioration of this flagship restaurant. Please change the management.

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  22. Drummeral

    Washington DC

    47 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was good to very good. Loud, very cramped, rushed environment. Not really a relaxing place for dinner. Prices were a bit high but it's Dc. Go in off hours, much better.

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  23. Rosa

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We made a reservation at 6:00 but were informed to wait at the bar for 15 minutes. Not sure why reservation then? We ordered the most popular tasting menu. The squid was way too salty. The others were okay/good. Nothing stood out. The olive oil ice cream was the best of all.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Jaleo! Tapas is such a fun way to enjoy food. Get as little or as much as you want. We like to go with the experiences, this time we did the Jaleo Experience and it’s so nice to sit and have your courses choose for you. We also got glasses of the Réserva Tempranillo and the Garnacha Rosé which were both fantastic!

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  25. BillF

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent location to celebrate my mother’s 96th birthday! Everything worked!!!

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Perhaps we mixed it up too much but by the end of the cocktails and 6 small dishes both mine and my girlfriend’s stomach was not feeling great. I can’t say any of the food was bad or anything.

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  27. maryvonnek

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ideal for sharing ! Every meal had a very subtle flavor or delicate combination of flavors. A true gift for your taste buds !

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It was cold next to the window. Had to sit with a coat

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  29. James

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We went with the tasting menu and it was a filling 7 course selection of different meals available and they were able to tailor the tasting to account for allergies or food preferences (such as no seafood for one of the guests). Everything was great and definitely looking forward to eating here again.

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  30. Ready2DineWell

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Jaleo remains one of our favorite restaurants! Always a good experience.

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  31. LCTreview

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great culinary experience. Our server Bruce was very knowledgeable and made sure our glasses stayed full and recommended excellent food choices.

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  32. Eric

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Easily the best meal I've had in a long time -- intricate but not pretentious and friendly service. I'll look for an excuse to get back to Jaleo soon.

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  33. BrandonE

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent restaurant. We chose it for our Valentines meal and big dinner while we were in DC and it didn’t disappoint. It was delicious and felt like I was transported back to Spain.

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  34. MontserratA

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really enjoyed Jaleo. Forgot that I’d indicated that we were celebrating a birthday and even though I didn’t remind them, they brought a flan and sang happy birthday so very happy with the experience.
    Jaleo - DCResponded on February 9, 2024
    Thanks for the feedback, MontserratA! We're thrilled to hear that you had a great experience celebrating your birthday at Jaleo - DC. It's always a pleasure to make special occasions even more memorable. We're glad you enjoyed our flan and found it to be a great value. We look forward to welcoming you back for more celebrations!

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  35. Trogloraptor

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another great experience at Jaleo DC. Our group tried about ten different tapas, all of them great. The berenjenas a la malagueña were perfectly cooked, very crispy (but moist!) and with the right amount of rebozado, what an amazing dish!

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  36. Eats

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great place to dine. Food, drink, service all excellent. Team Jaleo, Thx for a wonderful evening!
    Jaleo - DCResponded on February 9, 2024
    Hey Eats, we're thrilled to hear that you always enjoy dining with us at Jaleo - DC! It's always a pleasure to serve you and we're glad that our food, drinks, and service consistently meet your expectations. We appreciate your kind words and look forward to serving you again soon. Best, The Management Team

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  37. LeighM

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love this place! Enjoyed our plates and service was smooth.

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  38. DavenP

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Locals recommended, food was tasty and service was great

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  39. Foodiealert

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great place for lunch or dinner. Wide variety of dishes to share.

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  40. GoldfarbF

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    While main server was good the folks who delivered food and drink never made any attempt to explain what was being presented or made eye contact. We had questions that could have been answered. Too much in a hurry with little attention to the experience. Food was underwhelming compared to reviews. One and done

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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 10301 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 134 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Jaleo - DC

480 7th St. NW, Washington, DC 20004

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2022
  • Cross street
    E Street
  • Neighborhood
    Penn Quarter
  • Hours of operation
    Mon 11:00 am–10:00 pm Tue–Thu 11:00 am–11:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–12:00 am Sat, Sun 10:00 am–12:00 am
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Ramon Martinez
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (202) 628-7949
  • Catering
    Bring a taste of Spain to your next meeting, event, or offsite with Jaleo's new lunch catering menu. Choose between individual lunch boxes or customizable sandwich packages, featuring favorites like our fútbol club and gazpacho. Catering is available for both delivery and pick-up within Washington, DC.
  • Private party facilities
    Located in the heart of DC’s exciting Penn Quarter neighborhood, Jaleo DC is just steps from all the excitement of our nation’s capital and provides a bright setting for seated meals or standing receptions. For smaller events, our Standing Tapas Bar is perfect for after-work gatherings.
  • Private party contact
    Coleen Bendig: (202) 638-1910
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