Jaleo DC

4.7
9476 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.

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  • Waiting staff wear masks
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4.6
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4.5
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EllenI
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

You have to go and try whatever Ricardo suggests! My only reason for gigging a little bit on service is that we were sat in an unoccupied area and apparently forgotten about. When a server (the aforementioned Ricardo) was hailed by us, he immediately got us water and then made sure we were MORE than adequately tended to. He deserves ten stars! Management also treated us to liquid olives...a definitely brilliant treat.

A couple favorites: Patatas Bravas are a must. Flamenquines, yes please! I'd go there for lunch daily just to have those! The flauta with the jamon and manchego...to die for. We ran out of room, so we are going to have to go back and try more plates!

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Winner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was fantastic! We were seated in the tent. The temperature from the heaters was great!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience5

Avoid the tasting menu. It was a 3+ hour experience and at one point they served tuna salad that was nothing but canned tuna with gobs of mayo.

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dancindvm
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love everything about this restaurant. The variety of tapas offerings means everyone can find something they like. The gin and tonic flights are amazing. And I will always support Jose Andres

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MaryW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful evening out with family! Food was great and service was quicker than expected given the Covid restrictions.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We both had the tasting menu and enjoyed every course.

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ToniR
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was amazing. Food excellent.

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vipPickyEater
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great to be back at Jaleo. Food and drinks were delicious. Especially the special brussels sprouts. Snagged seats at the bar and ate there happily. Missed the complimentary bread and olive oil with herbs. Other than that, top notch. (Oh, maybe bring back your house negroni?) Thanks, Jose Andres for all you do, for customers like me, and people who get fed and supported by World Central Kitchen

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KirstinL
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience4

Love the heated patio but the service was really really slow, and the bathroom flooded. We were there an extremely long time to get our bill. They had a lot going on, but it isn't like we get out much right now so I hoped for more.

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SydneyW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Had a great experience! It was super crowded and we got a very cramped table and were reseated immediately by the window. The food was outstanding, definitely recommend the patatas bravas, the garlic shrimp and the steak and peppers. Drinks were excellent, service was a little slow to start but other than that an excellent experience. Also very affordable, my boyfriend and I ordered 5 plates and 4 drinks and paid around $100!

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vipacs1
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Prix fixe lunch is a steal! 4 fantastic courses- and great service.

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JimF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Freddie provided excellent service. Food was tasty. Though, the Carne Asada took awhile to come out and it was overcooked. Loved our private, corner table in front by the window!

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Mike
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was excellent, service was impeccable, tha staff couldn't do enough!

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vipFlashattack
Washington DC
275 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Jose Andres Tasting menu was very good but they should give you an idea of the number of courses and the items.
Very filling - could have done with one less course for sure.
Next time we’ll just order what we want.
But, all in all, a good experience.

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CandaceT
New England
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food at Jaleo is unbelievably good! The gambas al ajillo was my favorite. I love the tapas style dining -- it means you just get a TON of delicious food!

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SteveG
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience2

We had theatre afterwards, so we arrived a few minutes early for a 6:15 reservation. Observing the restaurant to be mostly empty, I expected to be seated at a comfortable table. Instead, were led to the extreme rear of the restaurant and seated at a table contiguous (literally) with a very narrow passage which we shortly discovered to be the sole manner of egress for waiters/busboys servicing the outdoor seating area. The result, of course, was a continuous stream of service personnel brushing by our table, the door banging loudly every time they went in or out and a rush of freezing air to accompany the banging. Should we return, I would certainly refuse to be seated in the same area.

Nevertheless, we enjoyed the food. It was very good and arrived in a timely manner, except for one dish, which seems to have been forgotten. When it finally arrived (after some discussion with the waiter), it seemed to have been rushed. It was bland, and I could detect no sherry in the "sherry dressing."

Service was efficient, if a bit brusque.

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vipAnaghaD
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Always a great meal. Love the tapas and the cocktails

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SABRINAQPEREIRA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

They have a very nice Sunday Brunch menu… the Cuban rice was delicious. They have some new items in the menu as well… We tried to of the new items the Canelones de cerdo were absolutely amazing and my husband said they the Buñuelos de bacalao were delicious as well ( I didn’t try them because I personally don’t like Cod fish). Service was great as always!

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vipJennifer
Washington DC
74 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious tapas, wines and dessert! Entertained out of town family and they loved it! Perfect lunch before hitting the museums!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food. We did the tasting menu and the chef gave us a beautiful presentation of what the menu has to offer. Don’t miss out on the bacon wrapped dates-by far my favorite. We will be back!

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Trogloraptor
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience2

I have been coming to DC Jaleo since the early days in the mid 1990s. Yesterday I was sad to see "Tour de España" disappear from the menu. We tried the "Jaleo classics" (a misnomer for sure), apparently new, though I did not like the idea of getting a selection of tapas in which I could not choose- in fact, they could not even tell us ahead of time what the would be serving. Ok, we gave a tried- first time and definitively last. Some of the tapas were great, as always (e.g., croquetas de pollo), others I would have not chosen at all if offered (and I am extremely polyphagous!). The stinginess of the size of the portions was annoying (e.g., the minuscule cube of tortilla in a miniature segment of baguette). For the first time in over 25 years of eating in Jaleo, some food was not eaten- the salad, brought right before the dessert (which was great), was a sad, bland and flaccid representation of the Kingdom Plantae. Overall, a bit of a disappointment. The prices in the wine list are simply frightening, the options at the lower end (at $40 - 50), minimal. Sad to discover that after many years, my love for Jaleo, is no longer unconditional!

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Jojo
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, service and ambiance. Will definitely return.

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IsabelM
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

good Spanish tapas. Paella was really good!! The buñuelos de bacalao are also great.

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Kreatout
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Good food! Nice place

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vipKathySF
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2021
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience2

The three of us went to Jaleo on 11/22 and selected the $75 per person menu. The food was low end, nothing special and had no taste. for the price we paid. One of us got a headache during the meal and later that night threw it all up. You're better off going to Bodega in Georgetown, which has much better food at a lawyer cost.

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vipCindie
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is our go to restaurant in DC. The food is fabulous and the service exceptional!

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Awesome
Washington DC
79 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great lunch spot! It was pretty crowded for lunch on Monday so we asked if we could sit outdoors since it was a nice day and we saw that there were heaters. It was clear that patio service was not planning on being open that day, however the hostess and servers were so nice to seat us at a table and turn on the heaters. After a while a couple other tables also joined us. I am sure we were an inconvenience, but we super appreciated the friendly service and accommodation of letting us sit outside. We ordered 5 or 6 items which was just perfect for us, and very tasty! Overall a great experience, which it had been a few years for me, so it was so reassuring to find that both food and service were the same as I remember from pre-pandemic times. Thank you and keep up the excellent standard! Our server, unfortunately I can't remember his name, was very nice and accommodating.

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vipFoodAdventures
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Jaleo never disappoints. The meal was excellent

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience4

Got sat pretty quickly but then waited several minutes and still had not had a server come by. Made eye contact with manager and he came over got our drink order and took the food order. Food came out timely and everything we had was good. The dates, patatas bravas, and a pork stuffed with ham and cheese and fried. Had a canneloni

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Alvaro
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

We did not succeed when ordering. The Spanish omelet was poor for a Spaniard who is used to the best tortillas in Spain. Perhaps, it is outstanding for the US or elsewhere people. i cannot describe how remarkable can it be tasting a real tortilla de patata for those who have never had a proper one.

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LauraC
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience4

Food was great, all of it! However, had to ask for a napkin x3 times, silverware for main entree x2 , and was never asked if we wanted dessert. Disappointed service for sure

UPDATE: I WAS Pleasantly surprised when the manager from the restaurant reached out to me via email, phone, and even a text when we were playing phone tag for a bit. To say the least, this is one of the best customer service folloe-up I received after not receiving the service I wanted when I dined somewhere. So for that alone and for the restaurant's attempts to make it right with a customer I have to amend this review and say it is fantastic Follow-up on their part and truly care about their customers getting an amazing experience all around.

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TraciM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was absolutely amazing. I would return here in a heartbeat. I highly recommend several orders of their “olives“.
I’m not a huge olive fan but these just melt on your tongue, so delicious and a fun surprise!
Try to make sure you’re not sitting by front window (small amount of people). Seating is crowded and too close to one another.

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vipForestvillain1
San Francisco
65 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

Looked forward to our visit to Jaleo, great respect for Jose Andres as a chef and a humanitarian. First, we arrive on time, the hostess tries to seat us where the servers come in and out of the kitchen, not acceptable, then she seats us at a table in the back where the servers are going in and out of a door to the outside which blasts cold air on us, I tell our server, she gets the manager and we get better seats but not a great way to start a meal. This is a casual restaurant, high noise level, lots of people, lots of activity, not what I expected but that's on me. Very large menu, lots of choices but we decide to do the Jaleo Experience tasting menu. First taste was excellent, olive gelee that tasted like green olives and two small cones, one with fish the other with cheese, also excellent. Went downhill from there, after these dishes the rest was meh, nothing special had much better in tapas bars in Spain. The Sommelier was super helpful in choosing a wine, any questions he had answers. Finished a meal with below average Patatas Bravas and a chocolate dessert that was ok but nothing special. I can only recommend Jaleo if you're interested in just getting tapas or paella, the people next to us got paella and it looked good.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Food was amazing! Really wanted to eat paella and it did not disappoint.

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PAR21
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food and great service. Location is convenient for Capital One Arena.

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RegisM
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

Food was good and the wine was good, but the water kept coming over and interrupting us which affected the mood in a negative way. Too much service can be a bad thing.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Enjoyed the vermouth flight and tasting menu.

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RuthH
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a great experience. We loved everything we tried.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service. Food was amazing!

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vipJakeFoodie
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

The food here is always excellent, from the croquetas to the pane con tomate.

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 4.7 stars by 9476 OpenTable diners.

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.