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
Fantastic tapas and paella. We were a g ...
Fantastic tapas and paella. We were a group of 3 and ordered various tapas, cheese plates, and a dish of paella to share. It was fabulous. The service was also great--our server was able to make great wine suggestions. We will be back!
The service was attentive, prompt, and c ...
The service was attentive, prompt, and courteous. The space is interesting-- modern, colorful, yet warm and inviting. The food is very Spanish, but the editor made great suggestions for the type and quantity that we should order, so it wasn't intimidating like so many tapas restaurants are in Spain. I would definitely return and will recommend Jaleo to friends traveling to DC.
This was my first trip to Jaleo in sever ...
This was my first trip to Jaleo in several years. We tried two different tasting menus and neither of us was overly impressed. I think if we had ordered a la cart, it would have been better. The tasting menus are A LOT of food. I couldn't eat the last 2 courses because I was stressed out we were running late. If you have an event to get to after dinner, it's best to tell the server in advance. We showed up at 6 pm and had 8 pm theatre tickets (literally next door to Jaleo at the STC) and were rushing through the last 3 courses. It was partially my fault, I never thought the dinner would take 2+ hours so I didn't mention to the server we had theatre tickets. We couldn't get our included dessert because we ran out of time. But the manager gave us her email address and followed up the next day with an email reminding us we could come back any time to get our dessert since we had already paid for it. Give metro irregularities, we don't go to Chinatown except when we have theatre tickets so I'm not sure if we'll ever redeem it.
We had been to Jaleo some time ago B.D. ...
We had been to Jaleo some time ago B.D. (before dog). The food and atmosphere were always great! We loved to bring friends from out of town there because Jaleo is a really unique dining experience. After we got our dog, we had to head home after work and rarely ate out in DC.
So, on a Monday morning after we got married in the DC courthouse, we knew where we had to go: Jaleo! It was the perfect place for our special occasion ("real marriage" after almost 20 years together). We enjoyed an early lunch with our very small wedding party, just two friends.
The food was even better than we remembered! We loved the "almuerzo rapido" menu that provided excellent options. One of our guests just wanted a grilled cheese. Since we were sharing everything, we all had a bite of the most delicious grilled cheese that I've ever eaten! And the flan!!! Magnifico!!
I had not mentioned our special occasion when I made the reservations. When I did tell the waiter, he, the chef, and the manager came to our table separately to offer very sincere and warm congratulations. Believe me when I say that we greatly appreciated their kind words.
Jaleo is going to continue to be "our special place." We must go more often!! Time to get a dog sitter.
We really like Jaleo, and it seems to be ...
We really like Jaleo, and it seems to be growing on us. Each time we go, of course there's something new to try. The servers are very attentive, and they manage the 'delivery' of the food in a way that enhances the experience. Our server, unasked, recommended a dessert we'd never have tried on our own . . . and it was great. Very good place to go, whatever the occasion.
Jaleo has changed a bit over the years b ...
Jaleo has changed a bit over the years but the food has been consistently excellent and my last outing there was no exception. This time I introduced a friend who had never eaten there and he agreed that it was outstanding. Service is good, not overly attentive but efficient nonetheless. The noise level is moderate but nothing that makes conversation difficult. And the location near both the Verizon Center and the Shakespeare Theater is also a plus as it is a perfect spot for dinner before an event at either of those venues. Jaleo continues to be one of my go-to spots for great food and an evening with friends.
You pay for the atmosphere here, which i ...
You pay for the atmosphere here, which is great. The food is pretty mediocre and very expensive. But the vibe and the drinks are great. If you know that going in, you'll have fun. But if you're looking for a gourmet meal, you'll likely be disappointed.
Jaleo successfully live up to the hype. ...
Jaleo successfully live up to the hype. The food was amazing; they had a great wine selection and the overall experience was fantastic. I must say that our waitress was a little slow; which was the only downside, but otherwise it was a fantastic evening out
Staff are helpful in ensuring that pre-t ...
Staff are helpful in ensuring that pre-theater diners like us enjoy their meal without feeling rushed. Tapas are very tasty, but the pre-theater set menu might be a little much for those with smaller appetites. Wines mark-up are hefty even by Washington standards.
Great food that's always well executed a ...
Great food that's always well executed and expertly delivered to the table in increments. The paella with squid ink is a steal at $42, with heaping unctuous umami servings of rice, and delicious non-rubbery squid. It's also enough to feed 4 people.
The bathrooms here are kind of disgusting, and not quite large enough to serve this large and vibrant restaurant.
Establishment is relatively small and fi ...
Establishment is relatively small and fills up quickly after 6 pm so reservations are recommended. Juan R, 67 was our server at table 63/1 which was just across from kitchen/server station, which was not ideal, especially since we had a reservation and there were several other open tables. We noticed all other tables getting bread and olive oil which we were not offered and upon request of our server we were told we could order some toasted tomato-rubbed bread. Not sure why Juan R did not bring us the gratis "hospitality" bread but it was certainly inconsistent with what the other servers were doing. We ordered a few of the summer heirloom tomato specials which were excellent with the exception of the fried green tomato
Jaleo never disappoints. In a word it i ...
Jaleo never disappoints. In a word it is amazing. The food is impressive and so is the service. I have traveled from Los Angeles - twice - to celebrate my birthday here. Totally worth it! The simplicity, yet refined presentation and food pairings are a taste of modern Spain. Love it!
Food was absolutely amazing and the rest ...
Food was absolutely amazing and the restaurant had a very nice, fun vibe! I highly recommend coming! This is fabulous for birthdays and other special events with a small or large group. Only downside was our waitress was not very friendly, attentive or helpful.
Food did not particularly stand out as c ...
Food did not particularly stand out as compared to other tapas asserting the country. Do not try the fried bacon and dates. The bacon was undercooked and the overall taste was actually bad. Everything else was fine but average.
Not what we were expecting at all! The f ...
Not what we were expecting at all! The food looked like when you invite someone and you don't want to cook so you throw fancy stuff over bread (coca con erizos, pan de cristal con tomate, etc). The ambience not so good either, looked like a typical American grill but Spanish. The service was good though. We were expecting a little more refinement from Jose Andres (we have been to The Bazaar in Miami and it is much better).
Our waitress was of little help when ask ...
Our waitress was of little help when asking about things that she would recommend for first time diners at the restaurant. She was not engaging, helpful, or attentive. Very disappointed. The food was fair compared to another Spanish Tapas restaurant visited last week. In addition, my wife had something spilled on her by one of the servers and did not get much help to clean up. I would not recommend eating at this restaurant.
Waitress was weak- and food came out whe ...
Waitress was weak- and food came out whenever. Watress came to bring /get sesert and we still hd not gotten 4 plates even though we had been there for over an hour. Guess A TEAM does not work on Sundays. Too many staff jakking at ckech in desk. Could not fet Happy Hour Price on Sangria at table only at bar. Does not say that on website
The service was totally disorganized as ...
The service was totally disorganized as soon as we walked in the door. My partner and I made reservations, and while we were greeted with a smile, it was a comedy of errors while the three hostesses argued over where to seat us. When the finally made a decision, we were led to a dirty table at which point the young lady, clearly embarrassed, apologized and asked us to wait by the bar while she cleared the table. Soon after, she fetched us and sat us down.
An assortment of menus was dropped at our table, with no explanation on how the restaurant worked or without offering a drink. When another server stopped by to grab our drinks, she asked for ID. We produced our driver's licenses and were told that we were required to show our passports (we are Canadian citizens), so she brought the manager over. He came over and asked for our IDs once more, and studied them closely for 90 seconds in complete silence. And then just walked away. We did not get any type of verdict or decision, we were just left in annoying suspense as to whether we would get a drink or not. After another 10 minutes, our drink orders were dropped off, and then I asked the server to explain the food options (it's tapas style, which we didn't know - tourists), and she did an awesome job of explaining. The food was good, not memorable.
Get ready for a whirlwind of annoyance with the staff.
Love the concept of small plates, it's b ...
Love the concept of small plates, it's best with 3 or 4 people who like to share everything. Don't miss the Catalan bean salad nor the piquillo peppers stuffed with goat cheese. Then, go for the gambas, squid, quail and the traditional chorizo.
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