Jaleo DC

4.6
7405 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Sunday: 10 AM – 10P M
Monday: 11 AM – 10 PM
Tuesday – Thursday: 11 AM – 11 PM
Friday: 11 AM - Midnight
Saturday: 10 AM – Midnight

Brunch:
Saturday & Sunday: 10 AM - 4 PM

Pre-theater:
Sunday - Thursday: 5 PM - 6:30 PM

Lunch:
Served daily from 11 AM - 2:30 PM

Sangria Hour
Sunday - Friday: 4 PM - 6 PM
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Phone number
(202) 628-7949
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
José Andres; Head Chef Rodolfo Guzman
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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.
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Cross street
E St.
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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.
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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.
Additional
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

Private Dining

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.

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What 7405 People Are Saying
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Charleston
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Chef Jose Andreas offers creative Spanish cuisine at reasonable prices. We prefer ordering several small plates and sharing. It was like dining in Spain at a tapas bar.

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

Thanks for finding a perfect corner for my lunch. The food was delicious and the service impeccable.

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DS
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Jaleo is an all-time favorite. The small plates are delicious and there’s something for everyone. I always get the Espinacas Catalanas. The sangria (white or red) is a good accompaniment. The Rápido menu is perfect if you only have an hour for lunch. At $20 it’s a bargain. Generous portions for a small plate venue.

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CB
Salt Lake City
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! We love ordering several small plates and sharing. Calamari, rabbit, quail, cod fritters, all good. We actually try to go 2 nights in a roll when we can.

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M
Atlantic Canada
28 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This restaurant always pleases. I have enjoyed authentic Spanish cuisine here many times and never been disappointed with the flavours or the service. Go for it!

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MB
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent menu, excellent food, excellent service! What more can I say!

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RC
Birmingham
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jaleo's is Jose Andres' flagship. It is the great combination of complex layers of flavors, variety, inventive cocktails, Spanish wines and a socially responsible chef. There is no better combination for my taste. it ranks at the top of my list in Washington.

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LL
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Amazing ad always!

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

I had a reservation and I still had to wait 10 minutes to be seated. I mentioned that my party was there for a birthday and we received nothing special so that was disappointing but the food was delicious.

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DR
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Amazing food, but service was slow but typical for fast-paced place like this. Extra attention to detail on reservations notes for birthday for my wife and a comp. dessert. Overall, great Spanish tapas

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Y
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

great dish and cocktail for late night dining, also atmosphere was gorgeous

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! Thank you for the complimentary appetizers to apologize for the 45 minute delay in seating (beyond our reservation time). As always, it’s worth the wait.

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D
Washington DC
78 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

With 2 out of town guests, I had to take them to Jaleo. They wanted to see if it was as good as his reputation. We had a broad sampling of my regular choices and new items. Everything we great! They have become members of his fan club.

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K
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, excellent service. Thank you, Chef!

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OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delcicous food, great ambiance.

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OT
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great time at Jaleo, food was excellent, service was good . Overall I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Like being in Madrid!

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Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal and superb service!

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MP
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Jose’s way. Amazing. Almost too many courses but all were delicious and service was great.

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L
Jackson Hole
6 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menus

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LS
Washington DC
124 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Worked well for pre theater. Excellent selection of options. Can understand why it is always busy

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r
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food and beverages in a unique and find environment.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Tiny portion sizes, difficult sharing, no help from wait staff in ordering and food comes out very irregularly. The sevice is like a factory, impersonal.

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CM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent flavors. Great meal and service definitely on point. Jaleo has yet to disappoint!

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Nashville
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome everything: Jonathan (our sever), drinks, dinner. Great experience. My wife and I had a blast.

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Inventive Spanish cuisine! We had the treating menu and were very pleased with our meal. Some dishes were more successful than other but overall very strong. Strongly recommended.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best experience ever, our server Sandra was the best, she had the best recommendation full knowledge about the menu, friendly and over all very professional.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 4

It was pretty nice

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Very average and fairly deceiving due to some expectations after other experiences in Jose Andres restaurants. The food was all deep fried, very greasy and not up the level you would expect.

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LG
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The food was fine, just not the traditional tapas we had expected. Service was great and the space was comfortable to enjoy a leisurely meal and conversation.

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D
Washington DC
79 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Usually order my favorites from full menu, but we both ordered from the 4 course special (only $20) that included a couple of my favorites and tried a couple of new things. Carrot soup was fabulous!

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M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

This was not my first visit to Jaleo - the food has been consistently delicious over the years. We had some serious issues on this visit, though.

Service was seriously lacking---beginning with the hostess who was blatantly rude to our guests who asked not to be seated next to the screaming babies (at a table where a toddler was currently touching and sneezing all over everything). Our guest asked if the table would be wiped down and sanitized and the hostess replied "why would we do that?". The crowd inside the restaurant on a Saturday night was a mixture of drunken bachelorette parties and screaming babies.

Our server (and kitchen staff) was not attentive to dietary restrictions/allergies. We ordered the endives with no almonds due to a nut allergy -- it came covered in almonds, so we sent it back. We also had one of our guests who had a shellfish allergy have a reaction due to cross contamination.

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C
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect spot to go after theatre matinee!

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JG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very energetic atmosphere--it was a hoppin' place. Crowded on a Saturday night, but not too crowded. Not too loud that you couldn't carry on a conversation at the table. Good tapas menu with very creative food. Good service. Overall, a nice meal in a nice atmosphere, but relatively expensive price-wise.

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Portland
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We had been looking forward to jaleo after. 10 yr absence. The food was great. Our server got oversat or had too many tables. We were forgotten. For this price I shouldn’t have had to work to get a second drink. Overall disappointing.

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TP
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The tasting menu was more like a full 8 course meal complete with full size dessert for two. We left completely stuffed. Unfortunately the items on the tasting menu weren’t our favorite. We would come back again however and order something else.

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B
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

I am told that Jaleo meas fuss, commotion and chaos and it is. It is the excitement that Jose himself emanates. But the spanish like food and service is very good. We took our 2 year old granddaughter to dinner and she was fascinated for an hour and a half and that was good. She also loved the food and the servers.

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JS
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice place and people. Not to mention outstanding food!

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T
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice vibe - really liked the interesting decor. Outstanding cocktails, gracious attentive service, and excellent tapas! Don't miss the duck offering. It all made for a very pleasant dinner.

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j
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not the first time but we keep going back for special occasions.

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