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Jaleo DC, Washington, DC

Jaleo DC

4.6
4.6
9588 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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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

Menu

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What 9,588 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

NoiseModerate

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  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Spanish

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  1. KE

    KELLYU

    Richmond

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything we've had on the menu, which is most of it because we have been here a few times, has been outstanding. Everything about this place is outstanding. Even something as simple as the iced tea has been thought about and made with care. I've very particular about iced tea and many places don't even give it a thought. This iced tea tasted like a jasmine black tea. It was so good. I mention this to illustrate the level of attention to detail. The staff are super friendly and will show you the meaning of hospitality. I will be back many more times!

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service1ambience3

    Service was terrible. We sat outside and waited over 30 mins just to get water. Finally got to order the tasting menu. Food was not worth it. I would go to a different restaurant by Jose the chef.

  3. DM

    DavidM

    Columbus

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always great!

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding

  5. LJ

    LisaJ

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service! Wonderful delicious food. . Fun atmosphere !!

  6. e

    ethel

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food. Comes fast. Will go back! Xxxxxxxxxxx

  7. JH

    JuliH

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The place was very busy. We had a window seat and were not in any hurry, so we ordered in several rounds. Everything we ordered was tasty!

  8. CT

    ChristineT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Fabulous food and our waiter was very knowledgeable.

  9. L

    Lynn

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    After all these years, Jaleo's doesn't disappoint!

  10. CG

    ClayG

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Delicious food. We loved the two vegetable dishes - spinach and cauliflower, both made in totally unique ways. The deep fried dates were a miss, though. Busy busy place, so waiter could not be as attentive as he - or we - would have liked.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Great service. Amazing food. Nice location

  12. l

    lenore

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A memorable experience .. can't wait to go back. Every staff member, from arrival to paying the check, was professional, thoughtful, responsive and made us feel like very special guests. Our server, Eduardo, was terrific, patient and couldn't have been more gracious. The food is FABULOUS! The decor is beautiful. It's noisy and, at our request, we were given a table that was more private, in a corner, and we weren't disturbed by the noise of diners having a wonderful time. They accommodated every request with grace. GO .. GO .. GO !!!

  13. C

    Chris

    Baltimore

    66 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Our second visit and the food was just as good as the first time. Stand-out dishes included the pressed ham-and-cheese sandwich, the garlic shrimp, and the grilled chicken thigh. The pan con chocolate was rich and full of chocolate. Good-sized portions means that three tapas per person are plenty. Food service a little off since courses two and three came out within minutes of each other, but otherwise an excellent evening.

  14. D

    Dcling

    Washington DC

    94 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    94 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was the first time for one of the out of town guests to visit Jaleo, but she will be back. I ordered for table several of my favorites and all were hits. I live in the building and have been a regular since. shortly after it opened. There are many consistent favorites as well as new items to try.

  15. SP

    SuziP

    Baltimore

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Spectacular, as always. Exceptional food and service.

  16. T

    Trisha

    Chicago

    48 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    Good wonderful food! Lively atmosphere

  17. SK

    StefanoK

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4

    Good restaurant, nice location but I haven’t been particularly impressed by the food.

  18. F

    Foodfanfun

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Truly Excellent dinner…. Everything was SO delicious. We were first time diners as we were in from out of town. We will definitely return!!! Our server Bruce was outstanding.

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cancun

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excelente ambiente, la persona que nos atendió nos dio muy buenas recomendaciones. La comida estaba muy buena.

  20. CD

    ChasD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    I have been going to Jaleo for over 20 years. It is still a fun, enjoyable experience and some of the food is really excellent. We sat outside on a beautiful night. Service was just about perfect. The dishes ranged from good to truly excellent. I look forward to going back.

  21. JS

    JasmineS

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    For and experience was great!

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    I always love Jaleo. Our service was great and food is always delicious.

  23. h

    hostess

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food and great service, I would definitely come back.

  24. GE

    GoodEatsNYC

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was amazing and the staff recommendations did not dissapoint.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Jaleo is always an excellent experience! Food and service are as top notch.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My husband and I enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Jaleo! Bruce’s recommended the Jaleo Classico from the tasting menu, which was on point! Absolutely amazing selection. the food was prepared and served perfectly! Highly recommend!

  27. SC

    SueC

    Washington DC

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had the omelet, cod fritters, small paella, sausage & beans and the cava sangria. Every dish was outstanding as was the service! Looking forward to a return trip!

  28. LL

    LizLobsterLover

    Washington DC

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous as always!

  29. CR

    CeciliaR

    Greensboro

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Increíble So good, food and service Would eat there every day!

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing can't wait to go back !

  31. M

    Miriam

    Washington DC

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always good for a friends meetup. Unfortunately, no doubt due to the pandemic, the menu choices have narrowed.

  32. R

    Reviewer

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Service was slow but the servers were delightful.

  33. J

    Jake

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food, very safe for food allergies.

  34. ES

    ElizabethS

    Baltimore

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Our meal at Jaleo was delicious. The only complaint was that despite having a reservation, we had to wait for more than 30 min for a table to become available.

  35. C

    Chad

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Jaleo is my number one go to place for tapas style dining with friends and family.

  36. C

    Cityprof

    Washington DC

    42 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Jaleo continues to deliver excellent quality and speedy service in a very convenient location. (One of the Shakespeare Theatre's venues is just around the corner.) The restaurant could definitely use a refresh, however: my seat and others at our table were dirty and stained. Overall, the furnishings are starting to look like a heavily used fast food joint.

  37. 2

    21veka

    Washington DC

    84 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    84 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Haven't been back to this location for a while but found an opportunity to go for lunch today before visiting the National Gallery. This is a good size restaurant on the corner of 7th and E streets and has outdoor seating on both sides - the E street side is larger and quieter with less traffic. Inside there are quite a few tables along the windows facing both streets. When I made the reservation I was given an option of inside, outside or high tops - turned out the high tops are just counter seats along the bar area, not real hightop tables, but the window side tables are nice - not booth seats but partitioned which makes it quieter. Two of us ordered the express lunch - $24 with 4 choices of tapas including a dessert - just the right amount of food, and one ordered a chicken sandwich which came with soup or salad. Everything was delicious, the smooth gazpacho, the spinach mixed with chopped dried fruit and raisins, the very tender shrimps (comes with some bread very handy for soaking up the sauce) and the super creamy flan. This is a very convenient and excellent lunch place to keep in mind when visiting the galleries.

  38. T

    Tray

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience1

    We do not understand the hype of this restaurant. The food was not good, the service was awful and the ambiance was weird in a bad way. Of our 4 nights of eating out in DC it was by far our least favorite experience. Do not recommend.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Arrived at the restaurant and was greeted by a hostess whom I later identified as Lela. Requested a table next to a window and the hostess literally started to make excuses why she could not honor my request even though their were a number of such tables available. Worst costumer service I have ever received. Canceled my reservation and went to another restaurant where the service was 5 star.

  40. P

    Pumpkin

    New England

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    outstanding selection, loved the specials (found my daughter likes caviar), tables are kind of close to each other however.

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 4.6 stars by 9588 OpenTable diners.

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

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Booked 52 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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