Jaleo DC

4.7
9348 Reviews
$31 to $50
Spanish
As part of phase 2 reopening and recent mandates from the DC Mayor's office, we have limited patio for parties of 6 or less. We are open for lunch and dinner daily. For more information on our commitment to our guests, please visit jaleo.com/commitment. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty food and excellent service

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ElinorC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food...our server was so friendly and knowledgeable. He made us feel like friends visiting his home, without being too intrusive. We had an amazing time.

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Cydtar
New England
8 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun place to eat. Service and food were excellent. Sangria was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service!
A little expensive, but very good food

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, fantastic food. Loved it!

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vipAndrewH
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yes! Definitely recommeded. We've never been disappointed with the food, drinks or service.

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OpenTable Diner
Boise
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Beautiful restaurant. Everything I ate was well prepared and high quality. Some of the flavors we a bit odd like sweet spinach, but I came here to explore and overall was super happy. Service was excellent. Ambiance is good but a bit loud and the tables are close together, both of which I expect in DC. A great destination place to experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was very quick and very amenable.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Fui con mi familia a almorzar, pedimos el menú del mediodia y toda la comida estuvo deliciosa. Los camareros muy atentos y amables! Volvería sin dudarlo!

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ElizabethF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

As always, the food was excellent and the service exemplary.

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Naureen
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so good and came really quickly. No complaints!

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LauraR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had a wonderful time at Jaleo. Food, service and ambience was great!

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vipDanMac
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best food I've ever had!

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vipTonyMoustache
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I grew up with authentic Spanish food and Jaleo absolutely hits the mark. As soon as I entered I was hit in the face with the aroma of saffron; this is what you want in a Spanish restaurant.
The food was excellent and the staff was extremely professional and attentive. The scene was very energetic as it was a Saturday and the restaurant was full. Upon leaving the manager asked my opinion on several things and he actually wrote down some suggestions I made. I will absolutely be returning to Jaleo.

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Virgilio
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Tour de España was very tasty. 4/5 plates we’re a big hit. Only miss was the mushrooms and garlic, a bit bland for my taste. Kids options would be nice. Service and ambiance were outstanding. Overall great experience, will recommend and try to return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me gusto la comida, el ambiente, las porciones fueron más grandes de lo que nos comentó el mesero por lo que pedimos más de la cuenta, pero realmente sabroso

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LFRG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food: calamares, dátiles and patatas bravas. Top!

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Mommyneedsadrink
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Nice welcome back from an old friend. Have been to Jaleo many times but went for the first time in a long time and food still just as tasty. We did the tasting menu and enjoyed the variety and the pleasure of not making choices but getting many delicious bites. Got a table in the wayyyyyy back and kinda got forgotten about but still fun and reliable good food:

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PatK
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a family of 4 - and not all foodies - and yet there was something for everyone - we each picked a dish and shared and then picked a couple more, relying on our server. The goat cheese/squash was by far the favorite!!

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DCJames
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

$20 lunch menu outstanding. Top ingredients, preparation, service. Bravo.

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DRMRS
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was attentive without being overbearing. Very knowledgeable and all recommendations were spot on. Food was fantastic (best octopus I've had outside of Portugal). Great wine list and excellent cocktails. Walked out full and satisfied for far less than we expected to pay. Would return 100%.

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Eric
New England
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Nick was the best

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GailN
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always a great meal!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The new lunch special is a phenomenal value. We have eaten at Jaleo for years and this is the beat deal ever! Select 3 courses from the set menu, then choose a dessert, all for $20! If you’ve been wanting to try Jaleo, now is the time to go!

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very authentic and delicious. Our server was fun and attentive.

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vipLovedIt
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this restaurant! Service great and food delicious. Felt like we were in Spain!

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James
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Plan on spending some time here to fully enjoy the experience. This food should be enjoyed at leisure.

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vipAlexB
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an excellent meal with each tapas prepared meticulously.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We’ve been to Jaleo many times and always enjoyed it. This time we got the Jaleo Experience tasting menu to try things that we don’t normally get. It was a LOT of food but so good. Service and food were top notch as always.

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AnaghaD
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Jaleo is a favorite for many years now. Reliably tasty tapas and good service!

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ChristineR
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

So delicious. Service was fantastic. Food was exquisite. Shockingly generous portions for tapas! The cheese selection was well varied. The tortilla española was among best I’ve had. The pork rolled around ham and cheese was a thing of beauty. The black footed Iberian pig end loin with apple reduction was sublime. And finally mashed potatoes with chorizo not too be missed.

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SallyI
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jaleos never disappoints! Always great good. We’ll be back.

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SkimsK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy Jaleo DC and Jaleo Crystal City. It's always a special treat!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The staff was great! The food was okay but cocktails were very good!

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JeffH
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A wonderful place to eat. The food is uniformly excellent-unexpected, creative, and so delicious!

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JenniferM
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We tried several of the tapas dishes and all of them were delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place ! The staff was extremely courteous

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MMDC
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive service, great food, fun ambiance. A favorite!

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AD0721
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We loved the tapas we tried and desert was also great (the flan, in particular). The paella, however, was a disappointment- we had the squid and shrimp paella- unfortunately, the rice was too salty and the sea food too bland.

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Schuyler
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was delicious. This is was our second time and everything is carefully prepared and quite good. The only issue we had was the sausage that came with one of the dishes seemed undercooked. But when notified, the waiter immediately changed it out for us and brought us a whole new dish. We wish Jaleo had more protein-based dishes / options, but overall a very good experience.

The Jose tempranillo is really, really good. We bought a bottle upon leaving when we learned we can only buy it there! (Great deal -- it's $20 to take home but $50 at the table.)

Critiques:
It is a bit loud and busy inside and that was our main issue. The first time we went we sat outside and the ambience was much better and more relaxed.
The bathroom floor design is SO strange and disconcerting and creepy. It is an image of people reaching their hands up to you, as if you grab you while you relieve yourself. It's very strange and I'd recommend Jaleo change it.

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 9348 OpenTable diners.

Jaleo DC does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://thinkfoodgroup.myguestaccount.com/guest/egift.

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.