Jaleo Crystal City

4.8
3861 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

Jaleo Crystal City is the proud home to the only all-Spanish wine shop in the DC-area. Stop in to grab a bottle for your next dinner party or for your meal at Jaleo. We are ready to help you select something perfect from our unique collection.

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

Support Jaleo Crystal City during COVID-19

Experiences

  • Weekend Brunch

    Multiple dates available

    Join us for Spanish brunch! Saturday and Sunday 11:30-3:00pm. ½ price pitchers of sangria or mimosas with either brunch tasting menu.
  • Jaleo Wine Shop

    Multiple dates available

    Come visit our wine shop located inside Jaleo Crystal City. Best selection of hand-picked Spanish wines in the area!
  • Jaleo Tasting Menus & Spanish Sips

    Multiple dates available

    Jaleo Classics Tasting Menu $55pp: Enjoy a chef selected collection of classic and traditional tapas, in addition to some original Jaleo favorites. The Jaleo Experience Menu $75pp: Take a tour of Spain with the ultimate Jaleo experience, featuring our chef’s favorite traditional and modern tapas. Spanish Sips $40pp: Sip your way through the vineyards of Spain with this specially selected collection of Spanish wines and beverages to pair with your chef’s tasting menu.

Offers

  • Sangria Hour

    Mar 12 - Dec 31, 2021

    Wed 4:00 PM - 8:45 PM, Fri 4:00 PM - 8:45 PM

    Wednesday-Friday join us from 4:00-7:00pm in our bar lounge for a glass of sangria rojo, canita, or vino. Selection of tapas available including our famous gambas al ajilo and patatas bravas. Also available togo. Don’t miss the fiesta!

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
What 3861 people are saying
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AnnB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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JohnR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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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MR58
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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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Thanks
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food.

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AimeeT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic “Taste of Spain “. Portions were perfect and the sangria was amazing! We’ll be back!!

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billinarlington
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice atmosphere

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vipMrsK
Baltimore
24 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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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JenniferG
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

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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EvanW
Central Texas
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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LoriM
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambience was perfect. The food, amazing. Our service, knowledgeable, friendly, prompt. Great time.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent birthday dinner. Fabulous service.

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PatrickL
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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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MeredithT
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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lindal
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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Mo10
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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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MichaelH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Another wonderful dinner at Jaleo’s on a beautiful September evening.

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MadelineA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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cbinder
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipBahadirY
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, causal and comfortable setting, good service…

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vipCedar2
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, as usual.

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CharlesH
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and fantastic service. Tons of choices and everything was delicious. We loved the chicken thigh

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vipblooddad
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Inventive tampas and cocktails what could be more fun? The restaurant does not disappoint. Service was prompt and attentive. The flan was heavenly.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was good, great service, and it has a nice atmosphere. Come here if you want Spanish food 🥘👍👍👍

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BGus
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

New and interesting food. Glad I tried new things but some of the more traditional things would be my choice next time

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RayA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch with a mixture of tasty plates, bread, and a pitcher of sangria.

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AlenaT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a really nice meal, all the staff were very attentive, including the manager.

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Anne
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great variety of tapas, everything we tried was delicious. The shrimp in garlic sauce is a favorite. Cocktails and wines selections are excellent as well. Servers are attentive but not obtrusive. Proof of Covid vaccine is required for indoor dining, the staff was masked, and tables spaced well apart, so there was total peace of mind for this dining experience.

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67Sox
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere. Good food. Excellent service
Enjoyable evening

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JaleoFan
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always love Jaleo for excellent food and outstanding service, and this visit actually exceeded my expectations. I also very much appreciate Jaleo's policy of requiring proof of vaccination for indoor dining, supplemented by table separation and plexiglass dividers. These measures made it much more comfortable for my friend and I to have the outing.

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FarBri
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We LOVE Jaleo (and tapas in general)! The food is amazing, the service was very good. It can get a little busy and noisy but not so much it was a problem. We had a 3 cheese tray, a fennel salad, fried potato/chicken bites and a seared scallop dish. All were delicious. You think you might still be hungry but it was plenty for two people. Not our first visit, won't be the last either!

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BethR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable experience. Food and service were terrific.

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JoMa
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This is one of the best places to eat in the Northern Virginia area. Food is spectacular every single time.

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vipDogwood
Washington DC
95 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

You could throw a dart at the menu & be guaranteed that whatever you hit would be great. And done to perfection. Menu is good for vegans, vegetarians & carnivores. Everybody is going to be happy

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food and ambience not as exciting as downtown DC location.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolutely perfect meal. We had the classics tasting and everything was so incredibly delicious. Jaleo is unparalleled!

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vipTerguz
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jaleo is an excellent restaurant, the food is always perfect and the service outstanding. We eat there regularly and highly recommend it.

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Barbara
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time at Jaleo Crystal City though we had been to Jaleo Penn Quarter several times and to Jaleo Bethesda a couple of times. The food and service are as excellent as that at the other restaurants, The decor is attractive, conducive to dining. I especially like the spacing of the tables as it allowed for comfortably talking to table mates without being in the middle of others’ conversations.

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mllenova
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant week lunch and brunch!

One small note, they do not have a diaper changing station in the men's bathroom so that made it difficult for my husband to find a way to change our infant daughter.

FAQs

Jaleo Crystal City does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Jaleo Crystal City also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 413-8181.

Jaleo Crystal City is rated 4.8 stars by 3861 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.