About Jaleo DC
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.
Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday – Thursday: 11 AM – 11 PM
Friday: 11 AM – midnight
Saturday: 11 AM – midnight
Sunday: 11 AM – 10 PM
Monday: 11 AM – 10 PM
$31 to $50
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Catering on a whole new level; José Andrés Catering elevates catering and event planning to new heights in the Washington, DC area and beyond. Now you can experience the inspired creations of celebrated chef José Andrés at your own party or venue. Visit us for more information at www.joseandrescatering.com, or call us at (202) 628-7949.
We are located 1 block south of the Gallery Place/Chinatown metro station on the yellow, green and red lines. Take the 7th and Arena exit, walk one block south. The restaurant is located on the right hand corner of 7th and E St.
We are also 1 block North of Arhives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter station on the green and yellow lines.
José Andres; Head Chef Rodolfo Guzman
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Located in the heart of the Penn Quarter, the lively atmosphere of Jaleo DC makes it a great place to host a lunch or dinner. For menus, pricing, availability and other information on events at Jaleo, please contact our Events Manager at (202) 628-7949.
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Jaleo DC Ratings and Reviews
It was amazing! I was in Barcelona a yea ...
It was amazing! I was in Barcelona a year ago and I felt like I was back sampling all these amazing dishes! I can't remember our waiter's name but he was phenomenal. His suggestions were top notch, we were unsure of what desserts to try and he ended up giving us a dessert on him cause he didn't want us to miss out.
We had an excellent meal with many sugge ...
We had an excellent meal with many suggestions from our server that were perfect complements to each other. My only complaint was that we were seated by the window and it was cold and I had to leave my coat on through most of the dinner.
.Always enjoy visits to Jaleo. As usual, ...
.Always enjoy visits to Jaleo. As usual, we wandered around the menu and loved three out of four dishes we tried. We thought the caramelized onion specialty would have been better served warm - nice mixture of flavors, but not our favorite as a cold dish. Loved the brussels sprouts salad.
Had a negative experience at Jaleo seven ...
Had a negative experience at Jaleo seven years ago. Haven't darkened their door for 7 years. Decided "what the hey?" Went back and loved it. Service excellent, food heavenly.
One small quibble. Our 2-top faced the window so we could make snarky remarks about passing tourists' outfits. But it was close enough to the door that I got an icy blast when somebody held inner and outer doors open.
Excellent as always. We shared 7 dishes ...
Excellent as always. We shared 7 dishes & a cheese plate between the 2 of us, 4 from the daily specials. The green bean salad was a stand out. I would highly recommend the mushrooms in garlic sauce too. You really can't go wrong with anything on the menu, and there is something for every taste.
The people who are saying the food isn't ...
The people who are saying the food isn't as good as it used to be may be right in one respect, it's not astonishingly good as it was the first time we went here many years ago. But it's still really, really good. The atmosphere is festive but we could hear each other talk. Overall, a solid fun night out.
Overall enjoyable. Highlights for me we ...
Overall enjoyable. Highlights for me were the cocktails and service. The pan con tomate was the best food I ate. All the other dishes left me a little wanting. I think my expectations for the food may have been too high. And although I enjoyed the atmosphere and cocktails and found the service and many other details to be excellent, I just wasn't excited by the food. I would seek other dining experiences because of that.
The service was exceptional and definite ...
The service was exceptional and definitely made the dining experience pleasant. Unfortunately the lobster paella was not a soupy consistency and the rice tasted very salty to me, the only saving grace was that the lobster was cooked perfectly. The rice in the pork ribs paella seemed under cooked and also tasted very salty to me and I couldn't eat anymore after the first bite. I am no expert when it comes to paella so it's possible that's just how it is and it didn't suit my tastes. We do intend to try the paella again at another Jaleo location to confirm the saltiness off the rice.
We made a reservation to have lunch the ...
We made a reservation to have lunch the day after Thanksgiving to celebrate a rare day when we were both free from work. We arrived early, around 11:40 so there were plenty of empty tables. We each ordered 3 tapas, and everything was absolutely delicious. The house sangria was also good, not too sweet and infused with fresh fruit and mint leaves.
Tried the new prix fixe lunch menu which ...
Tried the new prix fixe lunch menu which is an incredible value. For $20 you get two appetizer/starter, an entrée and dessert. There are several choices of starters and several choices of entrees, with 2 choices for dessert. I'll definitely do the prix fixe menu again the next time I'm there for lunch. Loved the croquetas and the flan. The scallops were cooked perfectly - not rubbery or overdone, but just cooked enough to be tender. Liked the "cones" too. I got the one with salmon roe and salmon mousse (I think). The other was cheese and quince. The décor is a lot of fun and quirky (be sure to check out the ladies room). I've never eaten at the foosball tables because we've never had a large enough party, but maybe one of these days we will.
It's been a couple of years since I came ...
It's been a couple of years since I came back to a DC favorite. And while the food was good, it didn't begin to live up to my recollection. What really surprised me was the new look and slow service. Very artistic in a self indulgent way. I probably won't be back. Fond memories of what Jaleo used to be.
Michelle was my server. She was fabulous ...
Michelle was my server. She was fabulous! Friendly, knowledgable and attentive. I ordered Jose's Way tasting. There were 15 plates. I am very full and very happy.
Loved the restaurant/ decor. Even had fun details in the women's restroom.
Must try: liquid olive (molecular gastronomy at its best), sautéed spinach with raisins/apple/pine nuts, and leave room for the creamy, silky flan.
I have always noticed this place was cro ...
I have always noticed this place was crowded a lot. Had never eaten here until pre-theatre meal near Woolly Mammoth Theatre. Awesome food. Now I know why always crowded. Service was excellent. I thought it would cost a lot more than it did. Awesome restaurant.
The food didn't taste good, and the serv ...
The food didn't taste good, and the service was slow, a bit unfriendly, and not that flexible with picking a meal. The dishes were small and didn't taste like they should. The only good thing about this place is the gin and tonic/the bar and the atmosphere.
This place it not just worth the drive, ...
This place it not just worth the drive, it's worth the flight. One of the best meals I can remember, and we are family of foodies. It's original, surprising, amazingly well-prepared food. Our wait was a great guide who was pretty adamant (not unpleasantly so, just quite firm) about his recommendations - and he was right on the money every time. The Iberico ham plate is a must - and my wife will assert that she doesn't like pork, though she did her fair share of damage to this plate. The almond, grape gazpacho was so good that one of our party chose it for dessert. Oddly, I'd recommend that you skip the paella - not that it isn't wonderful, it is - because it takes so much of your available capacity that you can't eat all of the other wonders on this menu. Even things like the shriveled baby potatoes (not sure that's the exact name, but close) that sound ridiculous and mildly alarming were amazing - served with a red and green sauce that we have to find local access to or replicate. This chef is one of those rare individuals (like Stephan Pyles in Dallas) who just changes the landscape by virtue of his creativity and execution. Atmosphere is buzzing but not annoying and you can hear each other talk and moan. Go. Go now. Figure out a reason you need to be in D.C. that sounds better than just to eat here, and go.
Jaleo is to be commended for its many st ...
Jaleo is to be commended for its many strengths but I was so pleased last Saturday night
when the hostess obliged my request for a table in a fairly quiet location to hold a serious conversation with my guest. My wish was granted promptly when we were seated in a charming alcove that reminded me of Old World travel. The entire Evening was a delight--made so by
a very attentive staff and of course delicious dishes to share.
Another great outing to Jaleo DC. We bot ...
Another great outing to Jaleo DC. We both had the lunch special which was very good. The wait staff was very attentive and the manager stopped by to see how we were doing. We initially were seated by the kitchen, but upon our request they moved us to another table. Will definitely come again.
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