About Jaleo DC
Washington, DC 20004
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 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 We offer a variety of spaces for your special event.
Jaleo DC Ratings and Reviews
The food was good - the shrimp in garlic ...
The food was good - the shrimp in garlic were delicious, as was the bread with tomato and the asparagus. The menu was a little light on vegetarian / pescatarian options, which is not entirely surprising given that Spain is so meat-oriented, but I'd like the menu more of there were a few more choices from that capacity.
Service at the table was as expected - nothing fantastic, nothing horrible. The hostess, though, tried to put me at a table that was directly next to the door to the kitchen despite there being about ten open tables to choose from. That's very odd - she needs additional training.
Prices were a little high - recognizing that they serve small tapas servings, I'd have dropped each price by about $1.
The table did the Classics tasting menu ...
The table did the Classics tasting menu and it was certainly the way to experience the food as it should be. Good option if tapas menus get too overwhelming and/or too many tempting choices.
Service was right on point and had perfect timing.
One night in DC and it was a great way to spend the evening. Loved the ambiance and decor. Chef Andres' personality is visible in every aspect.
Following time touring some of our favor ...
Following time touring some of our favorite museums, a late lunch at Jaleo was perfect. The Brussels sprout salad is divine and some of our favorites (creamy rice with mushrooms and those amazing liquid olives) played a major part, too. Terrific service provided by Paola!
The food was awesome, service was very g ...
The food was awesome, service was very good, and a nice setting just we were seated a little close to the door so it was a bit chilly. Food very inventive, and we did the classic tasting menu which was wonderfully varied and plenty of food. Server was very knowledgeable and took the time to explain our dishes. Great experience and I look forward to eating at Jaleo again soon.
I was very disappointed with my experien ...
I was very disappointed with my experience here. Some of the food was quite good, but some of the tapas were very salty, whereas most were undersalted. When we let our deer-in-the-headlights waiter know about how salty our potato dish was (unbearably so), he took the dish away, and let us know that he'd talk to the kitchen. He then brought the same potatoes back and said, sorry, they're just this salty, some people may not like this, and mentioned he would take it off our tab. He was very awkward about the whole situation, and, once we left the restaurant, we realized the awfully salty dish was still on our tab - and we came away having had a series of uncomfortable exchanges with the waiter. Overall, the food was okay - but the poor service made it an unpleasant experience overall.
Never disappoints. The food is always in ...
Never disappoints. The food is always interesting and well prepared. Brought a member of my work team for a thank you dinner. She was delighted by the dishes. Pappas fritas and pollo croquettes as well as ceviche big hits. Memorable as always.
Jaleo never disappoints. This time, I d ...
Jaleo never disappoints. This time, I dined with just one other person, which had the unfortunate consequence of limiting the number of plates you can try. It took a bit of haggling, but we got our list down to four savory plates and one dessert plate. Yum.
Very disappointed. Jaleo used to be one ...
Very disappointed. Jaleo used to be one of my favorites but everything was below average and not worth the money $45+ per person for a few apps and a pitcher of sangria. Will not go back considering the options in the area.
We went there later Friday for our anniv ...
We went there later Friday for our anniversary and had mentioned when we made our reservations. All the staff wished us a happy anniversary and we even received a anniversary treat. The food was wonderful and fresh. We had 2 servers waiting on us so we never really wanted for anything and they let us set the pace of our meal. My only complaint has nothing to do with the restaurant and had everything to do with the large table of kids by us, the restaurant set us in a privateish area that was wonderful but the parents seemed oblivious to the fact that their kids were screaming and coming over and playing right next to our table. I felt bad for the staff trying to serve and step over them as the parents just talked away. But like I said not the restaurants fault so I'm not going to fault them. They made our anniversary special and no we don't hate kids just don't want to deal with others on one of our very few kid free nights.
Loved our night there. We had more peopl ...
Loved our night there. We had more people come to dinner than we expected and the employees awesomely accommodated: brought more chairs and delt with more orders. Service was chill and I did not feel rushed at all eventho it was a Friday night. Also they were cool with kids being at the table as were the other diners around us. It felt like I would think it feels to dine in Spain: chill and welcoming with amazing food. Thank you so much!
We ate prior to a theater performance at ...
We ate prior to a theater performance at Kennedy Center. Our server accommodated our time constraints, and made good recommendations. Tables for 2 are situated to make them very private - which was nice for quiet conversation. Food and service were very good. and timely.
Food was okay :) food portion was little ...
Food was okay :) food portion was little bit small but tasty.
Server was poor. Didn't even refill the water. Didn't even bother to ask if we wanted to drink something. Didn't even asked how we were doing while eating the entree. Waiter only came during appetizer and after we finished our meal. So, i wont be coming back after poor service. Didn't feel like i was eating a fine dining restaurant.
Have made Jaleo a fun destination for fa ...
Have made Jaleo a fun destination for family and friends since they opened in the late 90s. It's always a fun time with consistently good food and wine for special occasions or date nights. I must confess that I prefer the original decor and vibe and feel that the renovation brought less ambiance with significantly ramped up pricing. Not to be a kill joy though--sharing tapas is super fun and a good time is still always had by all!
I NEVER leave reviews, but Jaleo is spec ...
I NEVER leave reviews, but Jaleo is special. I think my first date there was in the late 90s, about five boyfriends ago. Is that possible? Since then my parents, siblings, and now husband have picked it over and over for graduations, reunions, engagements, baby showers, and most recently, our fifth wedding anniversary. Andres has brought so much joy and creativity to D.C. dining. Before that, fine dining was a steakhouse, French, maybe Italian. Clearly a lot has changed and that might have happened independently of Andres, but he certainly seemed to wake the town up to new possibilities. We've never had a bad experience at any of his restaurants but keep coming back to Jaleo because we have quite a history of celebrating good times there. I have my favorite tapas but go and find your own, and try 2-3 new things each time too. Thanks again Jaleo, most recently for such a lovely anniversary brunch with my husband. Happy New Year!
I was a expecting a great menu of tapas. ...
I was a expecting a great menu of tapas... when they even were not tapas at all... It was a poor menu of different spanish plates... nothing great... The service was regular, and the waiter had the guts to even ask for a bigger tip!!! And he argue with me because of that!!!! The tip should be a reward for a great service, they cant assume they deserve it... when they do nothing for it... so if he is rude I have to tip him??? This really ruin the night!!! I would never recommend this place to anyone... And it was really expensive for all we had... Not worthy of it!!!!
I have been to Jaleo 4-5 times over the ...
I have been to Jaleo 4-5 times over the last 6 years (we are not locals) and have mostly enjoyed the food and the setting. This last time was for a New Year's early seating.
Some of the tapas were good, a couple were disappointing. The bread with tomato (Pan de cristal con tomate) was good, and the calamari (Puntillitas a la Andaluza) was fine, if unexceptional. One the other hand the shrimp in garlic sauce (Gambas al ajillo) was made with a brandy sauce which imparted an odd, and overpowering taste, the the shrimp. The cheese plate was a bit disappointing (served w/o bread and with small portions of cheese).
Overall we enjoyed the evening, did not feel rushed and liked the wine (Finca Buenavista
Valsotillo, Tempranillo 2012).
We had a great time, the sangria (white) ...
We had a great time, the sangria (white) was excellent, and some of the food was exceptional. Pan de cristal de tomate was simple, fresh, perfect. Asparagus with romanesco, oysters gin and tonic, and fennel salad were delicious. Especially recommend the grilled boneless shoulder with mashed potatoes and red pepper confit. Our group of six also shared four desserts, including olive oil ice cream with grapefruit granita, and left not a speck. So what kept our meal from perfect scores? Croquetas were not a big hit, nor was the hamburguesa, and our server, although helpful when we asked for recommendations, seemed distracted, and we had long waits to order. The experience was fun, a little frenetic, almost but not quite five stars. And would we return? Definitely.
We took our grandsons and they enjoyed s ...
We took our grandsons and they enjoyed sitting at the Foosbal table. $7.50 for a burger slider is pretty steep for a 7 year old who can eat 2 or 3 but the boys loved it. The 9 year old declared it his new favorite restaurant.
Broad selection of Spanish dishes. The c ...
Broad selection of Spanish dishes. The choices are daunting at first, but our server, Jeff, was very informative, patient, and up to speed on all the selections. Food was quite good, bursting with flavor, and attractively presented. A lively atmosphere, but we had pleasant conversation and loved the view of the street. A fun evening.
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