Jaleo DC

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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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c
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very authentic Spanish Tapas. The food is excellent and it is lovely to see reasonable portion sizes allowing the diner to try various dishes. The place is noisy...hard to have a conversation
Very reasonably priced.

RB
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved everything about Jaleo - the fantastic food, the excellent service, and the lively atmosphere. We also loved the idea of supporting amazing humanitarian Jose Andres.

R
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dishwasher better than the next. Can’t wait to go back!

G
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lunch at Jaleo is one of the best value and enjoyable lunches to be had in Penn Quarter. Soup and sandwich for $10, with great service and charming surroundings.

AD
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I came with my wife after long time ago. We wanted to have just some appetizers. Food is good in general, some dishes better than others. Sangria is OK in flavor but we liked the decoration of the glasses.
In general a good experience to come back again and try other dishes.

PC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great menu along with terrific service and fantastic food!

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

The gambas (garlic shrimp) has been changed and is now salt and olive oil, though still described on their menu as the very, very famous shrimp (definitely not what this dish used to be). It was taken off of our bill after we complained, but still points to Jaleo apparently “Americanizing their menu....what a shame

BS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

La comida está buena, pero el sitio se le ve antiguo

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RL
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Kim was lovely!
Octopus fritters were gross.
Skirt steak was more like steak tartare
We ordered a carafe of sangria- it is very light, not particularly juicy and no hint of marinated fruit. Much better off getting a bottle of wine for $43

OT
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was good, service was good but it was just very loud and hard to joy my friends and their conversation

RV
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Jaleo like a fine wine keeps getting better with age. Exquisite, creative, quality tapas and sensational desserts. Compliments to the Chef who continuously exceeds expectations and the wonderful staff most notably Sandra at the bar.

AG
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful lunch special and the tapas were phenominal

AM
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whenever my husband and I get a chance to go out for a nice dinner (no easy feat with 2 boys under 5yr), Jaleo is always the first choice. Sangria, bacon wrapped dates and papas bravas-every.single.time. I have 2 minor complaints-first, the tables are small for a bunch of tapas plates. Second, the floor in the bathroom-it's off putting to say the least. Neither of these points will ever stop me from coming here because it is such a phenomenal place.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Loved the food and menu
Disappointed to arrive and booked table not ready and suggestion I eat at the icy cold ACd bar, indicating as a solo diner that may be more appropriate
Also had to settle bar ran rather than a single check
Otherwise great atmosphere, good food and no rushed service which is always the risk on a Saturday night

G
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

great spot for quick meal before Cap Center games whether weekend or weekday

HC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So fabulous! Our party of 7 had the best time - great food, great service, super fun to share all those delicious dishes. Highly recommend!

LM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never have been disappointed. Menu and wine selections are fantastic.

J
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I appreciate that the staff accommodated my Mom's dining requests.

EN
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing! We did the tasting brunch menu and don’t regret it! Top notch restaurant

OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Perfectly tender octopus. Excellent flan.

LM
Washington DC
73 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service. Never disappoints!

g
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding tapas before the Nats Widcard game. Knowledgeable recommendations from staff. Will go again.

I
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is so comfortable! It was our Anniversary and we love the food, the lighting was great and the set up. The salad which contained walnuts, goat cheese and apples was the Best, I ordered one to go.

JR
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We tried dishes that we weren't familiar with. Some dishes were not as exciting. The specials were amazing. Gin and Tonic special was delicious.

SV
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We came with a party of 8 for Brunch on Sunday 29 Sep. The receptionist was welcoming and our table was ready on arrival. The waitress was very friendly. The selection of Tapas we had was really nice and everybody enjoyed it. Unfortunately we were served a very watery espresso that looked like dishwashing water. The paella was pre- portioned and the whole pan was not first presented to us.
The food delivery person was confused to serve what dish to whom....no proper preparation.
Overall a great place for tapas but a bit more polished service and attention for detail would not harm.

AF
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food we had in DC. Must try the ibérico pork cured ham!

JM
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In addition to having an amazing atmosphere and absolutely amazing food, they are great about accommodating to allergies. I am celiac and was able to have a fantastic gluten-free meal. My favorite was a canary island-style rabbit with an apricot sause.

BH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a larger party. Reasonably priced food and drink.

KG
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Since we had never eaten at the restaurant, we opted for the Tasting Menu (mid-priced option at $70). It was a tremendous value for the amount of food, and included 2-3 items from every part of the full tapas menu. Some of our favorites were the fresh figs, the mussels, and the chorizo, but there was not a single dish that failed to deliver in flavor. The two desserts were really good; the sorbet was light and refreshing and the flan was one of the best I have had in a restaurant.

We are not in DC often, but will definitely visit this location and other Jaleo restaurants around the country. We did not get to try the paella on the tasting menu, but the smell and plating at tables around us will draw us back to try it.

BM
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was great. The menu was large, so we could have used more guidance from waitress on how to sequence the meal.

SL
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent recipes, very fresh high quality ingredients. It just doesn't get any better.

N
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow. This is our 2nd Jose Andres restaurant experience. We went with a group of friends from out of town and they couldn't stop raving about our choice. Cocktails were inventive and crafted with a deft hand. The food was beautifully presented, and tasted even better!

ME
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jose Andres is a genius and Jaleo is no exception! A variety of delicious tapas to choose from! We loved it!

M
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal at Jaleo, the food, and especially the service, was wonderful!

We were a few minutes late, and received an email from open table asking why we were a no show, which is not true. If needed I will gladly forward a copy of our receipt that night, I do not want a ding on my account as we always call ahead if we cannot attend. Thank you.

OT
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Out of town wit my significant other

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great date night at Jaleo! This was our second time here and both times it did not disappoint. My boyfriend is from Spain and feels like this is a great representation of his country’s culture and food. Definitely recommend for anyone looking for great Spanish tapas/wine!

D
Baltimore
111 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Brunch was a nice change of pace from the more energetic and rushed dinner service I've experienced here. I met an old friend for a meal, and we were able to order slowly and enjoy our meal, catching up for the last 15 years. I appreciated the opportunity to linger without feeling awkward, and we enjoyed every bite. Great service, great food, and a lovely way to start the day/end the weekend.

SN
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Been there many times in the past. This one has been the weakest. Food presentation and quality has been much better before. Server was friendly and attentive.

L
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food in a lively but relaxed atmosphere. Chef José Andrés has my support both for his talents and for his work as a humanitarian. I was just visiting DC but I definitely hope to be back!

W
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jaleo is one of our favorite restaurants in DC and this visit reaffirmed why that is. The food was delicious, the service was fantastic, and for as much food that we ate and drinks that we consumed we were surprised that our bill wasn't higher than it was. We are looking forward to going back.

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