Jaleo DC

4.8
9382 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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Safety precautions

Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
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SABRINAQPEREIRA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing place!! Food and service are great, price is fair! It was my first time going there and I absolutely loved everything! We ordered 6 different small plates + a desert and was more than enough for a couple. Everything was delicious! Definitely will be back! It’s my new favorite place!

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CarlosH
Cleveland
16 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service4ambience3

We dined outside because all table inside were too close! Outside was noisy, not that clean and service overall was not great.

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MegB
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, friendly staff, delicious food. Have been to Jaleo in Crystal City & Disney Springs.

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vipWhitney
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great birthday dinner!!

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Rick
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, as was the service. I will definitely be coming back for more!

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Quebec50
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner and service.

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vipSusie
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Have always loved Jaleo, it was great to be back. We dined inside based on the website's claim that you had to be vaccinated to eat inside. We did tell them we were vaccinated, but they didn't check anyone's cards. It must be very hard to check people in and check cards, but it made me a little uneasy that it didn't happen. We'll eat outside next time to be sure.

The tapas are superb, every thing was hot and delicious.

JM
vipJohnM
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have never, ever had a bad meal at any of Jose Andres' joints, and Jaleo last night was no exception. Our waiter, Carlos, really knew his stuff, offering excellent food and wine ideas. My only complaint is that I cannot try the entire menu at one shot. I'll have to come back.

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ShellieM
Des Moines
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience5

I wanted to love this. Had reservations 2 months in advance of our trip to DC. Service was so slow. It took 15 minutes to get water. First order came before our drinks. Oysters were fantastic. All else was salt and acid heavy. No textural difference either. Soft on soft. Salt on salt. Disappointed but I so love Jose's humanitarian mission, I am ok with being disappointed.

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CCAnnie
New England
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food! Everything we ate was phenomenal. Can’t wait to go back! Lively atmosphere with modern decor, music selection made for good conversation if not great listening.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good times! Great sangria and tapas!

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Andrew
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The sauces made each dish superb. Over and above the fact the food was prepared excellently. Nate our server made our experience outstanding.

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JonathanH
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Fantastic food, but notably the fried selections were way over cooked and tough as leather...stick to non-fried and all is great.

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ThomasL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food seem less inspired than last time we were here, but still at the level of a good bar in Spain, which is a reasonably high standard.

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vipTexasFran
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one of the best meals I’ve had at the restaurant. We ordered the classical tapas and they were DELICIOUS!! Warning: there is a LOT of food, so be prepared to take some home.
The service was impeccable. Loved it!

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MaryP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and lots of fun things to eat and drink!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow - Jose’s tasting menu was excellent

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James
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The restaurant was fine but we ate outside on Sunday evening and the noise was deafening between fire trucks, buses, trucks and the ever-frustrating dirt bikers roaring up and down 7th street.

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VirginiaD
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, attentive staff, and a fun meal. Difficult to converse due to the noise level.

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vipDelphi
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent as always! The menu has been reduced somewhat, but the items we ordered were delicious — conos de salmón crudo, patatas bravas, espinacas a la Catalan, calamares en su tinta, and pulpo a la Gallega.

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vipDrCAT
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, especially as I’ve fractured the heel in my foot and have to use a knee scooter to keep all weight off that leg. They were very kind and accommodating. As always, the food, wine, service, and ambiance were impeccable.

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NancyC
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The classic Jaleo tapas dishes are always just amazing! We sat outside, under the umbrellas, which provided perfect shade, while enjoying scallop and shrimp dishes, complimented by beet salad, sautéed spinach with pine nuts, and patatas bravas. Rounding out the meal with the olive oil ice cream was perfect! Thank you, Jaleo!

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AnneJ
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Loved everything we tasted.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing experience. Our server was very friendly and attentive to our needs. He provided amazing food and drink suggestions. We would definitely recommend this place. And plan on trying some of the chefs other locations. If we are back in DC we will make another trip to this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our service was amazing and the food was exceptional!

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JohnK
Raleigh
26 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It's good to have Jaleo's open again. The food remains delicious and varied with some changes in the menu which made the evening even more fun. Another change is that the offerings seemed larger than before, so two dishes apiece worked well.

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

As always, Jaleo was wonderful! Great drinks and delicious food; the gambas al ajillo were fantastic. Our only disappointment was that they weren’t checking vaccine cards, as we had read they were requiring vaccines.

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Jane
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent and friendly service-excellent food, comfortable

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SuzanneB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved all six tapas we got! Stand outs were the mini burger, mushrooms, and Cuba Libre.

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NormaB
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first experience with the restaurant, and it was great! The manager stopped at our table twice to find out whether things were going well (they were), and we appreciated the attention. The food was outstanding, as was service from the waiter. I will definitely return.

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vipDCFoodLvr
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top-notch service, amazing food and even complimentary tapas sent our way to help celebrate my daughter’s birthday. Thanks for making it special Jaleo!

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EricW
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Jaleo continues (after decades) to be a consistently delicious and pleasant place for a meal. Jose Andres and his team are GREAT!

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vipEleanorH
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Wide ranging menu, tapas are good for sharing. Service is a bit unfocused; not a good restaurant if you're trying to have a quick meal.

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JillA
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had not been to Jaleo since before 2013! I was so glad to be back! It’s still as good as I remember! Food, drinks, service, ALL OUTSTANDING!

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vipDub1
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food awesome as usual. Service not so wonderful, but hoping that getting out of pandemic will help that. Staff need polish.

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KateM
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of my favorite restaurants of all time. A large menu, so many good options to chose from. And great portion sizes! I was impressed by the value. Will definitely return every single time I'm back in DC.

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RebeccaC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Huge variety of tapas and small plates. Waiter was spot on with 3 dishes each. High prices but very high quality.

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LindseyEatsOut
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time and super food!!

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GreatS
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Each dish was delicious, as were the drinks. Service was also fantastic. It was clearly very busy on a Saturday night, but the timing of the dishes and the meal overall was perfect!

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AlexisA
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elegant but casual. The food was incredible and the service was great.

FAQs

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

Jaleo DC is rated 4.8 stars by 9382 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.