Jaleo DC

4.8
9415 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.

ThinkFoodGroup requires all our staff to be fully vaccinated. We request all guests over 12 years of age who are dining indoors to be fully vaccinated.

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Safety precautions

Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 9415 People Are Saying
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4.6
Ambience
4.5
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PSDCgeo
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The team was excellent. Eduardo our server was patient and very helpful with the menu...the rest of the team equally friendly, helpful and attentive.

The food was delicious! You can't go wrong by choosing Jaleo/DC!

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vipDeezhazelnutz
Raleigh
20 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food! I’ve been here twice and every time I bring family or friends here it always blows their mind. The service was great always on point. Definitely will come back here again when I visit DC.

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Lowend1hz
Orlando
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience2

Really good food, interesting wines, and generous portion sizes.

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anjasmom
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was delicious and our server was attentive. We drove 90 minutes one way for dinner and would do this again.

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YilanF
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience1

Very dissapointing experience for a michelin awarded restaurant. Service was poor and slow. Wine arrived after appertizers, and the servwr dint know much about the menu or tasting menu.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very fast and accurate service.

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Obama
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Easily one of the best Spanish restaurants in the area with delicious and diverse choices on the menu.

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Terri
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We love this place. It's one of our favorite DC restaurants. Highly recommended. We eat here every chance we get.

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vipDrCAT
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place for after work drinks, tapas, and get togethers! Service is always superb! Highly recommend!

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vipMonaB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Jaleo never disappoints. It is a delight from start to finish. The food is always delicious and expertly prepared. It is hot from the kitchen and never seems to be waiting to be picked up. Service is gracious and efficient with a sprint of fun and conviviality. For a restaurant that is going on twenty years, it is amazing how Jaleo always seems new and fresh.

BM
vipBM15
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent service and suggestions. All in masks and being protective. Wonderful tastes in all the dishes. Will go back!!

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SandraW
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Dinner on vacation, great experience

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NataliaU
New England
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great experience! Half off bottles of wine on Wednesdays was a nice surprise!

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CharK
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience3

Service was absolutely horrible. Staff immediately noticed the party had two young children and decided to seat us in the back right next to the kitchen. Waiters were very pushy and impatient, staring at our party waiting for us to leave after the bill was paid. The atmosphere felt as if we were Unwelcome. I will not go back there again, and highly DO NOT recommend this restaurant to anyone who has to bring kids.

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VCinDC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The patatas bravas (fried potatoes), berenjenas con miel (eggplant with honey), flamenquines (pork roll), Vieiras (scallops), custard, and aroz de leche were all amazing!

The Bunuelos (cod fritters) were so salty.

Great service and ambiance!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Hostess Reyna made the night perfect after we had a nasty experience with her manager. There were plenty of open tables and the manager who was hostessing made us stand out of spite until exactly 7:45pm. Even though table was ready at 7:42 pm. I said so you want us to just stand here 3 min? And she said, “Yes, actually 4 min.” According to her clock.

But Reyna was extremely apologetic and super sweet. She should be the manager. Thanks Reyna.

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Diner
Baltimore
22 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Drinks were great the gin and tonic. Music to loud and not good music. Wait staff was great

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vipTCinDC
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always excellent food and service at this restaurant.

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Evie
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The rabbit was so tender and the patatas bravas are always delish!

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vipTechsan68
Washington DC
165 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Totally authentic tapas. The chicken croquettes are the same as those I had in Granada. Love the arroz con leche! Service is quick and friendly. Wonderful Spanish wines. Not cheap, but you get what you pay for.

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vipkd83
St. Louis
7 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was perfect — service, ambiance, tasting menu, drinks. I can’t recommend Jose Andres’ restaurants enough.

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JamesM
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was our first visit to Jaelo and it was great. I am a big fan of Jose Andres and I was glad to finally make it to one of his restaurants. My wife and I had come from a memorial reception so we were not very hungry but we had three plates that were all outstanding. In fact, I had another order of the chicken plate for my desert. We are looking forward to a return visit to try one of the tasting menus and the Sangria, which looked great as it was being carried out to the outdoor diners. I am sorry to hear that the restaurant in Crystal City closed. I walked past it several times a week when I was working in Crystal City and I was hoping to dine there but the DC location was great. Thanks!

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vipYosh
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We have been there many times, food is consistently good. Love it

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NCdel
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

I was super excied

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vipOpenTable Diner
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

In town visiting family. Best Spanish Tapas restaurant we’ve experienced! Will definitely return!!

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AprilR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great flavors, great value, and we never felt rushed. Definitely recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome y delicious

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was phenomenal. As was the service.

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DavidW
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Did the José experience. It was great!

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vipWoodroad
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The tasting menu was terrific

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KarenS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Patatas bravas that will rock your world! Be sure to also get the croquettes. The food is so delicious there and the service is top-notch! Plus the owner is a great guy, need to support people who do the right thing.

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PhilipC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A fiend and I shared two three-course meals. We enjoyed a wide variety of foods, all perfectly prepared, distinctive, flavorful, amply portioned, and brought to us by an attentive, thoroughly professional server who apparently paid attention to our table and knew the exact perfect moment to clear the table and serve new dishes. In the best of times it must be hard to find and retain expert chefs and wait staffs. That is an even more formidable challenge in the pandemic era. But Jaleo certainly knows how. A superb dining experience!

JD
JDWiese
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great location, great food and service (Ricardo was excellent), but it was pretty busy and slightly crowded - book early and watch out for events at the Capital One Arena.

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StephenM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So unfussy, it's easy to overlook how good everything is. Relaxed, fun, delicious.

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vipwriterlady
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love the prix fixe lunch at Jaleo's! It's our go-to meal following a matinee at the Shakespeare Theatre. The selection is great, with just enough choices to satisfy every yen, be it salad or soup, spinach or potatoes, shrimp or chicken or something vegan. Everything is perfectly prepared, yet the portions are modest enough so that even those with the most meager appetites can manage. It's a lot like a tasting menu, and just right for the middle of the afternoon. I prefer one of the house wines to the sangria, which I find too sweet, but that's a personal choice. I highly recommend this.

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vipGreat
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Plenty of outdoor tables and the lunch specials are wonderful.

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SantosR
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

The Paella was just okay. I would not order it again. It was bland and the shrimp was overcooked.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Fun and nice vibes . Great sangria

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ChrisV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

Jaleos is one of my favorites. Took the time to look at the decor...needs to look more like Spain. A little too much Mexican
influence in the recipes but still delicious. Love the Canary Island spices. Service a little slow but everything is nowadays. The staff did wonderful work and hustled everywhere. Thanks for working.

JA
vipJACK
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service

FAQs

Jaleo DC does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Jaleo DC also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 628-7949.

Jaleo DC is rated 4.8 stars by 9415 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.