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Jaleo Crystal City, Arlington, VA
Jaleo Crystal City, Arlington, VA
Jaleo Crystal City, Arlington, VA
Jaleo Crystal City, Arlington, VA
Jaleo Crystal City, Arlington, VA

Jaleo Crystal City

4.3
4.3
3554 Reviews
$30 and under
Spanish
THANK YOU
CRYSTAL CITY!
It has been a pleasure to serve you
the last 17 years. We hope to see you
again soon, and you can still enjoy
the best of Spain at our DC location
located at 7th & E Streets NW.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Hours of operation
    Wed, Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri–Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (703) 413-8181
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    José Andrés; Head Chef, John Heinke
  • 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 (703) 413-8181.
  • Private party facilities
    At Jaleo Crystal City, we offer a variety of spaces for your special event. Whether your celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, we can accommodate all your needs. From 20 to 120, let our team ensure the success of your next private function!
  • Private party contact
    Private Event Coordinator: (877) 654-0645
  • Neighborhood
    Arlington
  • Cross street
    23rd Street
  • Parking details
    There are two garages, one around the corner on 23rd, and one immediately north on Crystal Drive. Parking is complimentary after 4 pm weekdays and all weekend. We offer one hour validation for our daytime guests at the garage on Crystal Drive. <br />
  • Public transit
    We are a 5 minute walk from the Crystal City Metro Station, located on the Yellow and Blue Lines. To reach us, exit the Metro, go left on 18th St., right on Crystal Drive, and walk 5 blocks to 23rd Street, finding us on the right. Or come halfway up the escalator, left into the Shops, and proceed to 23rd St., turning left to Crystal Drive.<br />
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 3,554 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.3
4.3 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 2Value

NoiseModerate

3,554 Reviews
  1. AuntieWheat

    Washington DC

    37 reviews

    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We celebrated our anniversary, as we had met at JALEO seven years before, and said goodbye to our favorite of Jose Andres’s locations. It was wonderful to see my favorite staff and managers and learn to which restaurants they will be going so we can follow them as well as begin to frequent some of the restaurants in Penn Quarter. We enjoy nothing more than the relaxed and festive JALEO and it sister restaurants, and the fantastic food and service at each. Meanwhile, we want to thank all the dedicated personnel a Crystal City for providing special experiences even when we just dropped in. We love you and we’re going to miss you.

    1 person found this helpful

  2. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So glad to have come and one of the last nights for Jaleo in Crystal City. Everyone was so wonderful

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  3. Laura

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    I wanted to visit this location as they were shuddering their doors after 17 years. After being quickly seated, we waited for approximately 15 minutes before we had to ask someone if we had a server. The gentleman checked with the front and said he would assist us. Although friendly, his service was horrible. He forgot orders, food arrived room temperature, incorrect dessert brought, and had to continously ask for the staples e.g., bread and dipping oil. A separate server came to our table and was instrumental in getting us the correct dessert. He was kind enough to clear our table which the busboys overlooked when walking thru the restaurant. This other waiter provided us with the check and chatted with us. He was outstanding and represented the restaurant well.

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  4. Polly

    Washington DC

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant is about to close. The building is being torn down. We had to have a last meal there, because it held so many good memories. The space is beautiful and the food is beyond compare. It struck us how incredible the ingredients are at Jose's restaurants. We hope he has a space in Arlington again soon.

    1 person found this helpful

  5. CMR1

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a terrible shame that this location is closing. Always great food and service.

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  6. Doglover

    Washington DC

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was outstanding at the Crystal City Jaleo, but with the restaurant closing soon this will be our last visit. One of the best restaurants in Arlington/Alexandria, it will be greatly missed.

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  7. gostertag

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Bummed that the VA location is closing! Always great food and sangria, fun date night or dinner with friends.

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  8. TomK

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sad that this location is closing permanently in 6 days.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Sad that they are closing this location.

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  10. AndreaF

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a great restaurant and I'm sad to know it is closing at the end of this week. Hopefully, another one of their restaurants will return to the Northern Virginia area -- be it in Crystal City or even Alexandria. The staff here and the food have always been among the absolute best! Thank you!

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  11. Happybelly

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Catalan paella was just outstanding! Always fun to participate and enjoy the paella festival

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  12. AloniaW

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    We were there for my mother’s bday. Hostess acknowledged this note in the reservation, nothing from the waitress, who didn’t even introduce herself so I thought she was busser at first. Had questions about accommodating a dietary restriction and her answer was basically take it or leave it because nothing can be done. Food and ambiance good, service was just ok. Been to several of Jose Andres’ restaurants so surprised by how mediocre this place felt by the end.

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  13. RealFoodPlease

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love this Jaleo!!! Our go-to place ever since it opened!

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  14. Cedar2

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great as always. We will miss going to the Crystal City location. Please come back!

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  15. AnnB

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food—our server offered great suggestions on the eggplant and sangria in particular—with reassuringly distanced tables and air purifiers. If your party is large enough for a shared paella, ours was excellent!

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  16. JohnR

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We found the food to be very interesting and quite delicious. The taps-small plate concept is one we both enjoy. The service was just as good, with prompt, attentive service from all (Austin was great!). Everyone was very friendly. We also found they knew the menu well, and made nice suggestions for add-ons that were worth the cost. The garlic shrimp was right on spec, but perhaps our favorite was the potato salad with tuna and veggies, topped with trout roe -yummy! We will make it a point to return when in the area, and wouldn't hesitate to recommend to others.

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  17. MR58

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outdoor seating is good and all covid precautions are taken. Service was great as always, and food and drinks delicious. We asked to be seated before our reservation time and the staff were very accommodating. We'll keep coming back to Jaleo.

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  18. PLANCS

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Restaurant was empty. Hostess insisted on seating us in the back though I had requested a window table. That table and most of that area were still unoccupied when we left. The meal was good and staff accommodating of our low carb request.

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  19. Thanks

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food.

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  20. AimeeT

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic “Taste of Spain “. Portions were perfect and the sangria was amazing! We’ll be back!!

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  21. billinarlington

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We opted for inside because it wasnt crowded and the decor and ambiance is so co.fortable and inviting. Sangria Hour is a wonderful way to sample delicious tapas and wine. Then, on to the paella. It was delicious and perfect for 4, could even have gone further. Wait. staff were friendly and attentive. Ambiance is lovely. It was quiet due to pandemic, so easy to social distance.

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  22. JuanB

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice atmosphere

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  23. MrsK

    Baltimore

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We did the Tasting Experience and were delighted with the quality and quantity of food. Standouts included the Catalan-style (a dried fruit, a fresh fruit and a nut) spinach, the rum pineapple, and the gazpacho). All of the dishes were delicious and there were a LOT of dishes! We did have a setback with our drink but the manager was very responsive. Our server, Mark, was informative and attentive, as were the assistant servers.

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  24. JenniferG

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We did the Jaleo Experience - this was $75 a person for about 13 tapa plates. The food was overall great, some was over the top delicious, and some were just okay. I would have expected a little more honestly. i do think a menu walking you through what each tapa was would be nice, with staff in masks (which we love!!) it was IMPOSSIBLE to hear the descriptions of the food. Mostly, i have been to other Tapa places that i think are better, and for $75 a person i did not feel totally blown away. I will come back, but i would probably just order a select few instead. Also, they say they require vaccination cards but never asked to see ours, that does not make me feel like it is an enforced requirement.

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  25. LoriM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The ambience was perfect. The food, amazing. Our service, knowledgeable, friendly, prompt. Great time.

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  26. EvanW

    Central Texas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent!

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent birthday dinner. Fabulous service.

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  28. PatrickL

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent experience. A/C was a bit high which was making the interior a little cold (and cooled the food quickly). Food and service were outstanding, beautiful setting!

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  29. MeredithT

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I am gluten free and they always do a great job or informing me of any issues, cross contamination, etc. We had the classic tasting menu and they were able to make small modifications to keep all of the plates gluten free. I love Jose Andres and everything I've ever eaten at Jaleo. We are always glad to dine here and look forward to coming back!

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  30. lindal

    New York City

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So glad we found Jaleo on our visit to Arlington. The food was so well done with unique flavor combinations. Service was excellent!

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  31. Mo10

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was well thought out and delicious. Our server was attentive, knowledgable, and energetic. It was a very special way to celebrate an anniversary.

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  32. MichaelH

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent! Another wonderful dinner at Jaleo’s on a beautiful September evening.

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  33. MrsK

    Baltimore

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great choices for a price fix lunch guaranteed to be completed in 1 hour!

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  34. MadelineA

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I'm already a big Jaleo fan which is why I chose the Crystal City location for a special occasion. Outdoor eating option was perfect (I didn't even notice any traffic noise). The menu selections and presentation are so creative. Our server (#217) was extremely pleasant and very knowledgeable about the menu options. I continue to love Jaleo and admire Jose Andres for his humanitarian efforts.

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  35. cbinder

    Philadelphia

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really appreciate that they allow you to make reservations for an outside table and that for indoor dining everyone needs to show proof of vaccination. Our wait staff person gave us great food recommendations and we tried a new cocktail “el compadre”. It was delicious!

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  36. The3Cs

    Washington DC

    56 reviews

    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a friend having a tough time at work. She needed a pick-me-up, so what better to do than take her to Jaleo? As always, the food was excellent and service was very good and very COVID-cautious. We ate outdoors, as we have done most times we’ve been there in recent months.

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  37. Dineandwine

    Washington DC

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of my granddaughters favorite restaurant. Jaleo has always exceeded expectations. Best tapas bar outside of Spain.

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  38. BahadirY

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, causal and comfortable setting, good service…

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  39. Cedar2

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious, as usual.

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  40. CharlesH

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and fantastic service. Tons of choices and everything was delicious. We loved the chicken thigh

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Safety precautions

  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors

FAQs

Jaleo Crystal City offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 413-8181.

Jaleo Crystal City is rated 4.3 stars by 3554 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Jaleo Crystal City

2250 A Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202

Additional information

  • Cross street
    23rd Street
  • Neighborhood
    Arlington
  • Hours of operation
    Wed, Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri–Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    There are two garages, one around the corner on 23rd, and one immediately north on Crystal Drive. Parking is complimentary after 4 pm weekdays and all weekend. We offer one hour validation for our daytime guests at the garage on Crystal Drive. <br />
  • Public transit
    We are a 5 minute walk from the Crystal City Metro Station, located on the Yellow and Blue Lines. To reach us, exit the Metro, go left on 18th St., right on Crystal Drive, and walk 5 blocks to 23rd Street, finding us on the right. Or come halfway up the escalator, left into the Shops, and proceed to 23rd St., turning left to Crystal Drive.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    José Andrés; Head Chef, John Heinke
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (703) 413-8181
  • 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 (703) 413-8181.
  • Private party facilities
    At Jaleo Crystal City, we offer a variety of spaces for your special event. Whether your celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, we can accommodate all your needs. From 20 to 120, let our team ensure the success of your next private function!
  • Private party contact
    Private Event Coordinator: (877) 654-0645
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