Jaleo DC

4.7
7530 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.
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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
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What 7530 People Are Saying
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Savannah
1 review
Dined 5 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a great time! The food was amazing!

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Detroit
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had another excellent experience st jaleo. I’ve been going there for 20 years and always make it when I’m in DC. Great gin and tonic though pricy but the tapas make up for the drink cost. Highly recommended and I always want to support Jose Andres

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SB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Jaleo always had a good food. Real taste of Spain. But they redesigned their dining room to reduce the noise level. It made a lot of difference. Very pleasant and civilized dining experience. Great DC downtown option.

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AL
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent! Fantastic staff! Food is amazing!

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KH
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Drove all the way from Columbia MD to eat here (only about 30 or so min. drive) but still. It was so worth it!! Everything was delicious!!! Must try.

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

Waiter was slow and not super friendly. I would have loved to see more festive decor and a holiday cocktail

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D
Washington DC
81 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Jaleo was great. My friend had not been there in a long time and he said he will be back soon. We had shrimp, spinach, sausage and beans and a couple of other tapas as well as flan. The flan is better than any in DC that I have had.

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed the speci

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l
New England
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I couldn't believe we got a 3 course meal for $20 for lunch - all in an hour! The food was delicious and we were already full before dessert arrived but we managed. And, we even got to star watch as Rob Reiner was sitting a table away!

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B
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Food was not before.

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H
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tapas specials are always very good. We had the Sunday brunch special and it was outstanding.

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J
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Start to finish, a fantastic meal. Everything was amazing. My wife and I got the chef’s tasting and it was insanely good.

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t
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Our table was by the door. It was cold everytime the door opened.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is outstanding, and the Gin and Tonic selections were like nothing I'd ever tasted. I plan to go back on my next trip to DC, and may even make a day trip just to go here for dinner!

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s
Washington DC
150 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Superb, as always. Arrived early for our reservation on a Saturday night. Waited less than a minute for our table. Our quibble from a previous visit - no olive dish - fixed, and fixes with flair. Olives stuffed with Spanish anchovies. Wow!

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s
Baltimore
47 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was our 4th time at Jaleo, this time before theater. We didn't do the pre-theater menu even though it is a great value. We wanted to try more dishes and we did. Probably too much! Couldn't finish the patatas bravas!

Next time we go, I'm going to convince my husband that we should order one of the tasting menus, just in case there's something we missed.

You can't go wrong at this restaurant any time of day. I highly recommend it.

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j
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

usual good experience XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, knowledgeable servers.

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PC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Jaleo offers a great range of traditional -- and traditional with a twist -- tapas and large plates. The service was excellent: our waiter was attentive and recommended a wine that was a great match for what we ordered. Portions are larger than at some tapas restaurants, so well-suited to sharing.

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PS
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After 25 years, better than ever! The food was delicious, enjoyed special cocktails from the sparkling wine festival. If you don’t like loud restaurants I would suggest going in early afternoon

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SJ
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

LOVED this dinner - we did the tasting menu for the second time and it was simply amaazing!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great spot for a big group. We got the Jaleo Experience tasting menu and it was the perfect amount of food to be absolutely stuffed but with enough of an appetite to try a little bit of everything.

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CD
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Some dishes were great- traditional shrimp in spicy olive oil, olives with sardines & Orange, and the sautéed spinach. Other dishes were not. Surprisingly their Spanish tortilla was a flat flavorless wreck. My husband ordered potatoes in a bleu cheese sauce that I found inedible.
Nice selection of cocktails & wines in a lively atmosphere. Restaurant has taken pains to minimize noise and it works. We love tapas & spanish food in general but I don’t think we’d go back because of the mixed quality of dishes. We would try Andres’ other restaurants however.

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OT
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very good tapas. Good wine on the waiter's recommendation. A very pleasant prelude to a theater performance.

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AB
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Jaleo is always a great, happy and delicious place to eat. Some tables are a little close together, so I felt our neighbors were listening accidentally to our entire conversation. I still had a great meal with a couple of accommodations made for dietary issues.

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l
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice place to eat.

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JM
Baltimore
26 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Long time fans, first time diners. We had an exceptional dinner. Every dish was hot, uniquely flavorful, and enjoyable. Go for the sangria, Brussels sprouts, chorizo, gambas al ajillo, the rice pudding, the coffee, everything.
This was my long-coveted spot for this year's birthday celebration and it exceeded expectations!

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BT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience!

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PD
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous restaurant. Food , service impecable, easy location , all around wonderful

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A
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent, never disappoints. Creative and mighty tasty food! Great bread. Great sangria.

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A
London
20 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Spanish restaurant this side of the Atlantic, traditional flavours with a modern touch.
A must if you are in DC!!!

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M
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Best tapas in the area. The portions are too small for the price, and the wine is very overpriced.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have dined at Jaleo many times over the years but had not been back in quite some time. Very happy to say it was every bit as good as I remembered!
Service was great and the tapas were excellent! We won't so long to go back again! So many tapas we need to try!

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JS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great. The drinks were creative. The waiter was very helpful as was the rest of the staff. I liked the decor as well. The olive spheres were very good. The mushroom risotto was delicious. The oysters were very fresh and briny, served cold! The hangar steak was good. We also had the sea urchin and patatas bravas. Overall the meal was delicious. The rice pudding and the flan were the perfect finish! Jose has my vote for the Nobel Peace Prize!

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t
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Went to Jaleo for early dinner to celebrate our daughter's 21st birthday. Spent close to 2 hours enjoying a relaxed meal. Started with cocktails and the 3 cheese selection. Bread and oil brought to the table was delicious. The three of us shared four more plates and then were full which surprised us. Our server surprised us with a complimentary serving of flan with a candle in it which was very nice ;) Although the restaurant is loud, we were off to the side and really enjoyed our meal.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My mother’s absolute favorite place in DC.

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SM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The steak and mashed potatoes was to die for. They have an interesting item called a liquid olive that was fantastic. It's a taste explosion. The Moscow mules were the best I've had anywhere.

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R
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. Seated immediately, food flowed and the sangria was excellent. Ate in true tapas style and the varied delivery of the menu items lent to the experience. Will say that we had dessert, not or normal course and it was exceptional.

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R
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First visit to Jaleo, with out of town guest. Service was perfect not to much and not to little. Even though the taste varies greatly in our dining party, we all enjoyed our selections. I especially enjoyed our veggie dishes, even a veggie hater in our group enjoyed them. Wine list is extensive and though expensive by the glass, the pour was very generous. We were seated near the door, but we didn’t feel cold or uncomfortable.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Brunch with friends

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