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, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), 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
We sat with no server for about 20 minut ...
We sat with no server for about 20 minutes and were about to leave when busboy noticed and must have told a server. The server was good but there was a hair in our oil for bread and food was decent but experience made it underwhelming-esp for a first visit. Cute place though.
This place is amazing! I was overwhelmed ...
This place is amazing! I was overwhelmed with the good service and great food. I wish we have restaurant in Raleigh, NC . Planning to come back here every year.
I've always been a Jose Andres fan and m ...
I've always been a Jose Andres fan and my wife booked the reservation without knowing that - so it was a real treat to finally try one of his restaurants and Jaleo did not disappoint. The tapas pricing is a little more than the average Tapas restaurant, but the plates were also large enough to justify it. We had the Pan Cristal - delicious bread with a savory tomato and olive oil topping, Jamon Iberico de bellota (phenomenal!), papas arrugas, and the Gambas al ajilio - all were awesome. Our waiter was very fast and courteous, he helped us pick between the many options. I also ordered a Cuba Libre and you can see that there is an attention to detail with the cocktails that you rarely see now...the waiter brought the glass to the table with a cinnamon stick, bitters, and lemon in the glass, then he poured the Rum and Mexican coke tableside. It was the best version of a Cuba Libre I've ever had! I highly recommend Jaleo and can't wait to go again on our next trip to DC.
Jaleo is a "must dine here" when in DC.
Jaleo is a "must dine here" when in DC.
Love Jaleo and make a point to try diffe ...
Love Jaleo and make a point to try different dishes each time. It's all good!
We had a 6:30 reservation on the evening ...
We had a 6:30 reservation on the evening of an 8 PM concert at the nearby Verizon Center. Unfortunately, our table wasn't ready for over a half hour, and while the staff were very nice and explained the situation, it made for a rather rushed dinner. And with the tapas we ordered, the dishes are served as they are ready, so at 8 PM when we were ready to leave, another dish showed up at the table. I would recommend that if you are going to Jaleo before a Verizon event, make your reservation earlier so you have time to enjoy your meal or simply avoid choosing a location at or near the Verizon Center. When we left the restaurant at 8 PM, it was empty. . everyone else had left for the same concert!
We enjoyed our first trip to Jaleo. Eve ...
We enjoyed our first trip to Jaleo. Everything we ordered was delicious and our waitress was outstanding at explaining the various dishes. Keep in mind that this is a tapas restaurant, so you will receive small portions. Ideally you order a variety and share around the table. It is fairly expensive, but the food is very good. We enjoyed the chorizo with olive oil mashed potatoes, the tuna spring roll, a cheese and meat assortment, garlic shrimp and several other items. My favorite was the bacon wrapped dates, and I had to try a liquid olive, which was surprisingly good and unique. With a couple of adult beverages each, and dessert, our grand total for three adults was around $215 before tip- just as an FYI. I would go again and will recommend to friends with the caveat that it is a bit pricey for small plates, and so is maybe more of a special occasion type of place (at least for us).
I had higher expectations. The food was ...
I had higher expectations. The food was okay, service was mediocre.
The food was good but the service was al ...
The food was good but the service was aloof and sloppy. Our table got jostled a couple times by passing servers without an apology. We had to ask for drink menus. We had to flag people down to put in orders. Going to the bathroom, nobody got out of the way, just kept going and brushed past you. When the wrong item was brought out, our server acted like it was our fault. The trash in the men's room was overflowing. Servers left a cabinet with glasses and cleaning supplies hanging open. It brought the entire evening down.
Far too noisy; it was impossible to cond ...
Far too noisy; it was impossible to conduct a conversation indoors, so we moved outside.
Always a pleasure dining at Jaleo DC. We ...
Always a pleasure dining at Jaleo DC. We had a little issue with the "secret" pork. They took it off the bill -- which wasn't necessary -- and insisted if it wasn't an exceptional dining experience, it wasn't up to Chef Andres' standards. The excellent staff made certain that it was indeed exceptional. Can't wait to return.
Paleo always has great Spanish food and ...
Paleo always has great Spanish food and they keep updating the dishes. Staff are all very personable and helpful. A wonderful experience
Food is a bit pricey but it always taste ...
Food is a bit pricey but it always tastes fantastic so you don't really mind paying a bit extra
I liked Jaleo a lot. But this last time ...
I liked Jaleo a lot. But this last time was not good. The food was too salted, not good. The sangria was the joke, could not taste the wine or fruits in it, just ice and bubbles. I am not sure if I would come back.
WE have enjoyed dining at Jaleo's before ...
WE have enjoyed dining at Jaleo's before or after our visit to the Shakespeare Theatre for many years. We have not been disappointed. We love the food and atmosphere of Jaleo's. Very imaginative menu. Energetic but not too noisy .
Great food and ambiance. Service was ex ...
Great food and ambiance. Service was excellent and fast.
Wonderful Evening, the Paella was outsta ...
Wonderful Evening, the Paella was outstanding and the liquid olives were so cool!
Excellent restaurant. Food is diverse a ...
Excellent restaurant. Food is diverse and well prepared. Everyone in our party had a good time.
Dinner was fantastic. The gin & tonics ...
Dinner was fantastic. The gin & tonics were the best I ever had, and each tapas was great. I recommend ordering 2 plates/person and then ordering more if you're still hungry, since the portions were actually larger than we thought.
Very nice would go there again. Great st ...
Very nice would go there again. Great staff. Burger the best. Jamon was ok expected better on that. Shrimp great, cheese great.
It was difficult to get our waiter to at ...
It was difficult to get our waiter to attend to us.
The food was not as impressive as I had ...
The food was not as impressive as I had expected or would anticipate from a Jose Andres Spanish themed restaurant. The fennel/Apple salad was fair but too large and the fennel wasn't flavorful. I also had a Pisto Manchego with quail eggs which was good but needed more pimenton and maybe sea salt. I finished with a tuna spring roll with black garlic aioli which was pretty good and savory and the pulpo which was flavorful but I was disappointed in the texture. The service was very good and the waiter made excellent wine recommendations. I would try it again and other dishes but not my favorite this time.
Every dish presents a bit of a surprise. ...
Every dish presents a bit of a surprise. Great service. One dish was not pleasing to the palate, and was removed from our tab.
As excellent for our group of 10 as for ...
As excellent for our group of 10 as for a couple. Dense option of menu choices clearly explained by our server so the dishes and the sangria kept coming during brunch! Paella served tableside a must for every outing here.
Spanish Tapas at its finest.
Spanish Tapas at its finest.
Jaleo is one of my favorite restaurants ...
Jaleo is one of my favorite restaurants in DC, and never fails to please! The food is fantastic, as is the Sangria. It can be a little louder than I like, but the atmosphere is lively and fun. Favorites this time were the apple-fennel salad with manchego, cured Iberico ham (we had the 36-month aged, OMG, it's fantastic!), and Ensaladilla Rusa.
Nice venue with excellent food. Service ...
Nice venue with excellent food. Service is high quality -- we lingered a bit too long when they were crowded but they were very polite in encouraging us to vacate the table.
Really, really good...but
We love Jaleo. The food is always good. During this visit with some old friends from out of town, we realized after we left that we never received one of our dishes - the stuffed olives with anchovies. Not a huge deal as overall the service, food, and experience were excellent, but this almost happened the last time we ate there as well. That time, my wife and I noticed and the waiter brought the dish.
our favorite tapas place
We found Jaleo last fall on our trip to DC, and made it a point to return to celebrate our anniversary. The suggestions made by our waiter was spot-on, and the food was delectable. Would suggest Jaleo to anyone who goes to DC. It is our favorite tapas restaurant anywhere.
Wonderful food and great service from Jo ...
Wonderful food and great service from Jorge L. We were also very pleased to meet the new manager, Becky, and we look forward to seeing her again. The menu at Jaleo never ceases to be both innovative and delicious!
Went there for my birthday and was disappointed with the service and food
Usually a favorite spot, just not this time
Jaleo is one of my go-to spots and I have had many many fun meals sharing its eclectic mix of small plates. This particular time it was hitting a rough patch. We came for lunch. The long menu was accompanied by a shorter lunch-special menu, half of which was made up of sandwiches, which came with a salad or soup or some such thing. We all planned to order a sandwich, but the waiter informed us there was no bread. This was 12:30, and the place was not crowded, so I can only assume there was some failure in the deliveries that morning, but it seemed strange that they continued to pass out that menu. Anyway, we ordered something else, thinking it still came with the salad/soup or some such. None of that came and I am still not sure if it is because it didn't come with the new dish or the servers just forgot. And the dish we ordered was ho hum. So - I put it down to a bad day for a good restaurant.
Honestly if our wallet had a bottomless pit we'd have ordered one of each tapa. We sat at the bar during happy hour and ordered off both the happy hour menu as well as the dinner menu- neither were disappointing. I'd love to go daily and enjoy dinner with chef Andrés!!
Excellent Tapas Meal
Our group ate at Jaleo on the recommendation of a colleague who once lived in DC and we were not disappointed. Each of the three of us ordered 3 dishes to share. My personal favorite was the tuna spring rolls - the tuna was perfectly seared and the rolls delicately crunchy. The other winners for the meal were the bleu cheese tenderloin, the fried crab cakes, the braised lamb with potatoes and garlic, and the garlic shrimp. I personally do not like asparagus, but the other two in our group raved about it. Our server was sarcastically funny and helped us well with our selections. We ended the meal with a delicious flan that you must save room for as you are ordering entrees. This was a great meal and dining experience.
The perfect lunch spot in Chinatown DC
This place is perfect for a quick lunch to catch up with friends. Me and my friend met there for some lunch on her day off and in between meetings for me. The quick pick 4 lunch special was an awesome deal for her and the small plates were just what I wanted. The chicken was awesome and the scallops were cooked to perfection. Definitely going back.
Prix fixe to the rescue
The lunch prix fixe menu is a good value and allows for those unused to the tapas "format" to ease into it, compared to the regular menu which can be overwhelming.
Jaleo is simply amazing. Beautiful decor, excellent service, delicious and innovative cuisine. Our third visit, we continue to be delighted. We will be back.
Incredible food, service, and ambiance
Jaleo was as pleasing aesthetically as it was delicious! Their conos, aceitunas, and datiles were phenomenal. I had to walk about one mile in the rain with my wife (we're not from DC and forgot an umbrella), and I honestly would have walked 2 more miles to eat at Jaleo!
Great tapas! Not to be missed....
Another great meal. They really are one of the best tapas restaurants in the country -- if not actually the best. A great taste of Spain that even a Spaniard would appreciate! Heartily recommended!
We arrived damp and chilled and the hostess showed us to an outside corner table, behind a chain curtain, which was warmer and less noisy than others. The waitress was knowledgeable about the extensive menu and the wines. We had tapas and they were all consistently good, so I will not point out any ones specifically. I will comment that the flan was quite nice.
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