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/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
A friend and I came for restaurant week. ...
A friend and I came for restaurant week. We were seated in the window which was the best possible outcome - their decor is discordant and inelegant. The bathroom aesthetic is particularly confusing. Our waitress was knowledgeable, precise and appropriately attentive despite being a bit quirky, though not exactly off putting. I wasn't a fan of the cocktail I ordered - the Negroni Del Campo - and without a beat she insisted on exchanging it, which I greatly appreciated. I ended up, on her successful recommendation, with one of their gin and tonics. The liquid olives are special. While almost everything we ordered was excellent, I would happily go back for liquid olives and cocktails alone.
The service was very poor. The waiter w ...
The service was very poor. The waiter was slow and had an attitude. When the food with yummy sauces arrived, we asked the waiter no less than 4 times to bring us more bread and he didn't do it until all the food was done and plates taken away. He didn't even have enough self-awareness to see how ridiculous he was. He only took half the table's order for dessert, which delayed the timing of everyone having coffee and dessert together.
Haven't been there in a while and they h ...
Haven't been there in a while and they have changed the menu. Didn't have my favorites on it that I was looking forward to, so I was disappointed. I found a dish to order and it was just okay. It was very noisy and hard to carry on a conversation. Will re-think before I go there again.
We went to Jaleo's during Restaurant Wee ...
We went to Jaleo's during Restaurant Week. The tapas were outstanding (as usual),and the service, despite the large number of diners was very good. We would highly recommend Jaleo's to anyone who wanted a great meal.
Went to Jaleo during DC Restaurant Week ...
Went to Jaleo during DC Restaurant Week 2016 and was not disappointed! First of all, I cannot thank them enough for their understanding and letting me sit down after my friend was late by an hour due to Metro delays. Secondly, the food and their signature sangria was incredible! I was expecting portions to be very small but they were a perfect size (not too much, not too little) and I was still full by tapa #3 with one more tapa and dessert to go! Would definitely recommend to anyone who enjoys food and wants a place with good atmosphere and service!
Crowded venue after theater event. Like ...
Crowded venue after theater event. Liked the variety of Spanish wines and beers. We tried Loidana Priorat wine and St Moritz beer. So many food choices that we had trouble deciding. We especially liked the beet salad, gazpacho, and tortilla espanola. Would definitely go back.
Everything was fine except that my birth ...
Everything was fine except that my birthday request was not taken care inspite of me having requested for it while reserving on open table. That was extremely disappointing. We expect such things to be taken care when we come for a special ocassion.
I took a friend visiting from Florida to ...
I took a friend visiting from Florida to Jaleo for dinner on the hottest day of DC's summer so far and the food was such a treat, starting with cool and refreshing gazpacho and ending with a sublime dessert (one each -- too good to share). Jaleo lived up to its reputation for delicious food and friendly service.
We had three in our party and were seate ...
We had three in our party and were seated in a odd area at the front of the restaurant with a large column and then corner windows to a busy street. It was behind a metal chain curtain - separating us from the rest of the restaurant. We felt like we were in a fish bowl. It was a horrible location that should not be used.
It took a while for our beverage order to be taken, and we ordered some initial dishes at the same time. The dishes came out literally in a few minutes, before our wine was served. We ordered more dishes, which also came out extremely fast - too fast. Except for one dish, all the food was served within about 20 minutes of sitting down. You felt like they wanted to get you quickly out of there so they could turn the table for another unwitting party. We were there no more than an hour.
On the good side, the food was excellent. Everything was very good. Despite the service being rushed, the servers were helpful and courteous. It is hard to recommend a single favorite but some memorable dishes were the garlic shrimp; stuffed anchovy olives; and fried chorizo and potatoes.
In terms of value, some dishes were much better value than others. The cheese dish has three good, but very small portions, for $18. My daughter ordered a mini-burger for about $8 that was smaller than a slider. Other than these two items, the quality and portions of the dishes were very good.
It was not a memorable dining experience, at least in a positive way. However, the food was great so I'd be willing to return if we had a better table.
Great food and great service. Enjoyed th ...
Great food and great service. Enjoyed the tapas and the individual flavours of the dishes. The manager helped us with a very good wine choice from the extensive list .
The pulpo was the best we have tasted for a while - great flavour and perfectly prepared. Shrimps were also excellent.
We did not order everything at once and so did not rush through the experience. We were at the side of restaurant away from the bar area , which was quieter than near the main bar .
Ordered the rapid lunch which was anythi ...
Ordered the rapid lunch which was anything but. Service was extremely slow and we arrived right when it opened at 11:30. Didn't get out until 1pm. Food was good, but waited too long for the dishes to come out of the kitchen.
We are big fans of Jaleo, although we no ...
We are big fans of Jaleo, although we normally eat at their Crystal City location. We ate a very late lunch so Jaleo was largely empty. There were 3 other tables occupied, all in a tiny walled space. The hostess then jammed us in the fourth remaining table in that tiny space. It looked ridiculous considering the rest of restaurant was empty. Since the four tables were all incredibly close to each other, people walking by probably assumed we were all one big group. I asked the hostess why she was jamming us next to all the other people in the restaurant when there were so many other tables available (even close to the other tables just not right on top of them) and she just gave a strange look and said "this is a great table." I suppose I could have fought with her but it was a special occasion and I did not feel like getting in a dispute with the hostess to start the meal. But in the end it did taint what was a special meal out for me and my wife because there was absolutely no privacy in our conversation. Since the restaurant was otherwise empty and largely quiet, everyone at the 4 tables could everything the other groups were saying. We ended talking in hushed voices, which was rather odd.
The waitress was fine. We order the same dishes every time we come to Jaleo. Most of them were fine, but a couple were not up to our expectations (one was overcooked and one used some very poor bacon that you could not chew no matter how hard you tried). Also, for some reason there was a 20 minute gap between when our first 3 plates arrived and our last 3 plates. We've never encountered such a large gap before, and it seemed particularly odd considering there were only three tables occupied. We'll return to Jaleo, but not to JaleoDC anytime soon. Jaleo Crystal City is much better.
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