Jaleo DC

4.6
9564 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.

Per the Mayor’s order 2021-148, COVID-19 Vaccination is required to enter Jaleo. Guests will be asked to provide their physical CDC COVID-19 vaccine card, government-provided digital record, a photo of CDC vaccination card, or COVID-19 Verification App such as Health Pass by CLEAR. Guests 16 and older must also show a government-issued photo identification card matching their vaccination card.

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Safety precautions

Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 9564 people are saying
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ilikefoodlot
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 12 hours ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I thought the tapas and service was great. paella was just alright

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant week experience!

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vipCarrieW
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was a busy night during restaurant week, so the service was a little slow. However, the food was fabulous - and was a fun girls night out. Thanks!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Checked them out for Restaurant Week. Good food but service was just okay. My waiter disappeared a few times.

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DelightbyCaro
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

In general, the menu for Restaurant Week in DC was very good. The Staff very helpful and always attentive. The excellent food. Definitely a good Tapas place in DC.

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KathyS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Terrific evening catching up with an out of town cousin. Just enough ambient buzz to feel celebratory but quiet enough to talk. Enjoyed the Wash. Rest. Week menu choices at great value. Non intrusive but attentive service. Happy customers!

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StephenieS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I usually love Jaleo but we sat for over 1.5 hours with no food. They said it was a problem with a new system? We had to just leave because we missed the first period of the hockey game.

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Pregamedinner
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Felt pushed to buy extra items on the Restaurant menu even though we knew the items ordered would be enough good for the two of us.

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vipDebbie
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We've been to Jaleo tons of times over the years and this visit did not disappoint. Coincidentally it was restaurant week and we took advantage of the restaurant week menu. Definitely bang for the buck. Our server was outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the food and the experience!

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Nadia
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience3

The food was really delicious, but the service was not good. I think they had adopted a new system, and I understand that with tapas, the plates are hard to keep track of, but it was really bad service. I had to ask for water multiple times. But the fact that the food was so good still has a huge impact.

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JanetH
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service, lovely ambience and wonderful food.

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Allan
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I originally had a reservation for a different Spanish restaurant in the city, but it closed early for the night due to inclement weather. I made a backup reservation at Jaleo, but next time would definitely go out of my way to come here. Both the drinks and food menus are very carefully curated and include a wide variety of Spanish specialties. Our server offered a number of suggestions (especially the flauta) that did not disappoint. Turns out you can also buy bottles of wine from the restaurant, so I took advantage of that opportunity as well. All around an excellent dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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KellyL
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, the staff very pleasant and accommodating

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OpenTable Diner
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always superb. First time eating at this Jaleo, only been to Jaleo in Las Vegas previously. Consistently good and excellent service. Highly recommend the tasting experience offered on the menu.

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vipWizFan
Washington DC
245 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend the lobster coquettes. Check-in was fine. We showed proof of vaccination using photos on our iPhones.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall2food4service4ambience2

Very cold where we were seated
We told the waiter and suggested a seat near by and he said it would be the same
Made the overall dinner experience very poor because it was so cold
Didn’t enjoy it
Not sure if I would go back

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Lechef2b
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service is amazing here every single time! The portions are perfect. I encourage you to try one of the tasting menus. A wonderful variety of exciting flavors and it’s so fun to share. The best part…it supports Chef Jose Andres, a man who stands for and supports those in need. He and his team offer food and comfort when they are facing an incredibly difficult situation. Can’t wait to return soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place and great service, my only complain was that the drinks were not as good as I expected ;) but besides that everything else was great 💯

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JennyR
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious delicious delicious! Creative, friendly, enjoyable.

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AngelaT
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great blend of classics and modern interpretations of traditional tapas. Going back with friends for lunch!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Celebration dinner. Chicken was tough and coffee was cold. Flan was amazing

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Melissa
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is great, and the staff just lovely.

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gwfromva
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Our server, JoseV, was outstanding. Very efficient and knew the ingredients to address some dietary restrictions. Unfortunately the menu lacked some of the dishes they had previously served or others had different ingredients than in the past. Jose did explain some of this is due to seasonality and availability of various food items. With dietary restrictions it limited our options even more. Still the food we did order was delicious, even with the substitutions.

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vipTrishS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service3ambience4

We were told the oyster order was 6 oysters. When delivered only 5. When we asked we were told they changed it to 5. Who only gives 5 oysters? Minor detail but weird especially after being told the order was a 1/2 dozen. Other than that all good.

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Bill
New England
9 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Food was just outstanding (again!). Octopus and olive oil ice cream were the highlights. Absolutely fantastic!
Unfortunately, we were seated at the bar, and the one sole bartender ignored us and every other couple at the bar all night because he was so fascinated with one couple who ordered a couple of beers. We spoke to and watched two couples leave in disgust. Such a shame; the food is awesome!...but somebody needs to have a chat with the bartender 😡

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MichaelS
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a fantastic offering from Chef Jose Andres. The restaurant serves tapas, basically small plates of every dish. I would say for each person, a group should order about 3 plates per person. The whole point of tapas is to share, so get a good mix of things and enjoy!

The top two things we would recommend are: patatas bravas and shrimp with garlic. These are just fantastic!

We absolutely want to go back for paella, but it was just the two of us.

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Cyclingsanta
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

So good to be back after nearly two years and to find that our favorite dishes were even better than we remembered. Really enjoyed talking wine with our server who gave an excellent, accurate description of the very nice Verdejo. Oysters on the half shell and calamari were among the highlights. I'd turn down the music a bit, but that is personal taste, of course.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jaleo is my favorite DC restaurant. Excellent food, service, ambiance. Outstanding dining experience every time

LM
vipLaurieM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service

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Oswaldo
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Is a really Spanish food, I am from Spain, and is like I am at home, at the topical Spanish bar with menu of the day. Amazing, also the staff is really nice!!!

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carlosanz
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very good food, spanish enough (coming from a spaniard) but not too traditional, which I appreciated. For us was still a bit expensive in general, but some dishes were very good value for the price like rossejat. Nice ambience and service. We are trying oyamel tomorrow 😉 Keep up the good work!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the Crystal City location and sad that it’s closed now. This was great - just wish that basketball wasn’t showing on big tvs while was on a date and eating great (and not cheap) food. Really appreciated the covid protocols.

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vipWizFan
Washington DC
246 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meal as always. Four plates for two men was just right. The cauliflower was the best of the four. We showed our vaccination cards. Weather reduced the number of diners. It was odd not to see the place full, but better for us.

CG
vipClaudiaG
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, incredible food.

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2022
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious meal of the Jaleo tasting menu. It was well worth the price. The service was excellent. We had a great evening!

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vipjad9269
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Service was exceptional. Highly recommend.

LG
vipLarryG
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience- the tapas, the red sangria, and the value

OT
OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful-beautiful outdoor seating and great service and great food as usual.

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 4.6 stars by 9564 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.