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 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
Such a shame for a restaurant with such ...
Such a shame for a restaurant with such a proud tradition and long history. The service was worse than substandard - our order was forgotten twice, and dropped off with no explanation or even identification of the different dishes.
But the real disappointment was the food - for whatever reason it was salted far past being edible. Too bad.
Went for lunch with a group of six and a ...
Went for lunch with a group of six and although the manager/maître was very accommodating, our waiter seemed to forget us after introducing himself.- Once the order was placed, however, table service was quick. I'd rate it a 7 out of 10.
Got a quartet of tapas and a trio of she ...
Got a quartet of tapas and a trio of sherries before heading to the Lansburgh Theatre next door. Everything was very tasty. Three people were holding a business meeting at the table next to mine, but I had my Sony Walkman on and wasn't bothered by their blather.
Delicious and fun after- theatre meal of ...
Delicious and fun after- theatre meal of small plates. Big thanks to our knowledgeable, attentive and amusing waiter, Julian! His descriptions inspired us to try ( in addition to some of our favorite standbys) several adventurous things new to us such as the liquid olives, paella made with fideos and calamari and a dessert of chocolate pudding with caramelized bread and brioche Ice cream. All were delightfully good. The outstanding food, service and ambiance made this a wonderful, conversational, dinner outing for our family after the theater.
What a find. Great food - fresh and prov ...
What a find. Great food - fresh and provocative combinations of classic Spanish food. Our waiter made the choices and did a spectacular job of marrying flavors and yet giving us a broad experience. The lobster paella was sublime.
I have been here many times, still ask t ...
I have been here many times, still ask the server for recommendations. Always excellent. The four of us tried the gin and tonic this time...amazing! We went after a matinee at the Kennedy Center. Make sure you have a reservation.
I've eaten at Jaleo DC a few times, at J ...
I've eaten at Jaleo DC a few times, at Jose Andres' mediterranean tapas place in DC, and at Jaleo Vegas a number of times. As you might be able to tell, I'm a Jose Andres fan! Food was excellent as always and, just having returned from an "eating vacation" in Spain, I was excited to compare his tapas to my recent experience. The gambas was as good as what we had in Spain, but the patatas bravas were absolutely out of this world! By all means, GO NOW!!!!
Jaleo is one of my "go to" spots. I've a ...
Jaleo is one of my "go to" spots. I've always enjoyed it. There are interesting takes on tapas standards and some really nice pairings of food you might not necessarily think about. It's always fun and can be as formal or casual as you want.
Love the food. Always consistent. Our wa ...
Love the food. Always consistent. Our waiter was very neglectful. We would have bought more food and drinks but he disappeared for long periods. He left us for at least 15 min after giving us the dessert menu. By the time he came back by we were so annoyed we did not get dessert. He didn't even seem to notice. I can't say he had too many tables because at that point many tables in our area had gone. It was still early but a Monday. This is our first time to get poor service.
Honestly have no idea why this restauran ...
Honestly have no idea why this restaurant is so highly regarded on many food blogs. We tried a variety of dishes (paella, garlic shrimp, jabon, etc) and all were bland and tasted as if they were prepared out of a an amateur's cookbook. Wouldn't recommend this place to anyone.
Just wow. This was a fabulous experience ...
Just wow. This was a fabulous experience! Great food and the service was astonishing, just perfect. We tried the squid in ink, flauta Iberico tapa, gambas, buñuelos (cod fritters), datiles, asparagus in Romesco sauce, the wine and beer were fantastic! We cannot wait to return! Thanks Jose and team! Outstanding restaurant! Muchas Gracias!
I accidentally made a reservation for Su ...
I accidentally made a reservation for Sunday instead of Saturday. When I called in they said I could try and get a seat at the bar. When I arrived, I told them about my error and they were able to get us seating off to the side away from everyone right when we got there. Great customer service, great staff! And the food was excellent. Thanks!
We arrived early for our reservation, an ...
We arrived early for our reservation, and were asked to wait in the bar. I ordered what the bartender told me was their preferred gin/tonic, the Jose, I think. It was just OK-nothing particularly noteworthy. Once our table was ready, there was some confusion about the bar bill and the dinner bill, but the server was able finally to merge the two bills. Now the important stuff-we were in DC for 4 nights, and this restaurant was the best by far that we went to. The food was phenomenal. My two dishes were the classic paella and jamon and figs. My hubby had the squid dish with squid ink sauce and gazpacho. He thought my paella was the best dish we ordered. We had no room for dessert.
Tapas menu here is exceptional. Really c ...
Tapas menu here is exceptional. Really creative and delicious. Always a treat to dine here.
Great wine selection both by the bottle and glass, you almost can't go wrong.
Knowledgeable service but last visit felt more like we were getting a sales pitch than an enthusiastic description of menu- our waiter kept trying to upsell on everything.
Table was right on top of other people- we've been here before and this was not the case previously as we had sat near the window. I recommend avoiding sitting on the long, curved banquette- it gets squeezed.
Unfortunately our tapas all arrived at the same time, which really crowded the table and created a rushed feeling.
We'll go back again, but the second time did not live up to the fun and easy-going feeling of our initial visit here.
We were a group of 8 and did the high en ...
We were a group of 8 and did the high end tasting menu. The service and food were great. There was so much food, we lost track of all the dishes we enjoyed. The dishes came out at a steady pace and we were never without something to enjoy. Highlights included the gin and tonic and temparillo from the bar, and the watermelon/manchego salad, the tuna and goat cheese cones, cremini mushrooms, soft shell crabs and brussel sprout salad. We were less impressed with the razor clams. I can't wait to go back.
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