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
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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 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
Jaleo was marvelous. The sangria was es ...
Jaleo was marvelous. The sangria was especially delicious, not-too-sweet, and very aesthetically pleasing as well. The small plates were delectable, and the pacing of their delivery to the table kept things interesting.
The host staff were also very accommodating regarding a same day change to the reservation, requiring a larger table on a busy Friday night. Loved it, and will return the next time we're in Downtown/Chinatown DC.
Upon arriving, our Open Table reservatio ...
Upon arriving, our Open Table reservation was not in their computer system, despite putting the reservation in online an hour prior to arriving. The hostess was able to seat us within a few minutes. The ambience was eclectic and fun. The waitor was kind and knowledgeable. My friend and I chose the chef tasting for $50.00 per person. The tapas tasted wonderful, were presented well, and came out in a timely fashion. We were pleasantly full a course or two before dessert was even introduced. Overall it was a very fun experience for us. We love trying new foods and I had Jaleo recommended to me several times. Thank you for a wonderful experience!
I love Jaleo ---- it maintains the old f ...
I love Jaleo ---- it maintains the old favorites and introduces new items as well. I almost always have the garlic shrimp, cauliflower with dates and olives and then try a new thing or two. Staff is great.
I have been a stead patron for 22 years and will continue. Jose is a tremendous asset to the DC community and beyond.
My colleague & I had the $70 tasting men ...
My colleague & I had the $70 tasting menu with the incredible $58 sangria and we were both totally blown away. It was served in 9 waves and included 19 different dishes. The server explained each dish and the courses were served at a pace to allow you to savor each taste. We dined for 2 hours and 15 minutes. I took pictures of each dish to show my son who recommended the restaurant and I have already shown them to several others . I am a very frequent diner and this was one of the most memorable dining experiences of my life.
Disappointing service can color the enti ...
Disappointing service can color the entire experience of a restaurant. I might try Jaleo again, but I would seek out other options first. Examples:
(1) after I'd waited 10 minutes for any service, he brought me a drink menu and immediately asked what I wanted. I asked for a minute to look at the menu ... and another 8 minutes passed.
(2) I told the waiter I am allergic to almonds, but explicitly said that pistachios and walnuts, both of which were in items I ordered, were 100% fine for me to eat. He decided to withhold the walnut bread on the cheese plate, but did not bring a substitute and offered no explanation (maybe the walnut bread also had almond flour, but without an explanation ...).
Wonderful dining experience!! Special oc ...
Wonderful dining experience!! Special occasion dinner(our daughter got her MBA) so this dinner was our treat!! Opted for the chef's tasting and we were blown away!! Every tasty course was followed by one even better. They were ALL so fantastic. Our server and ancillary staff were stellar. Just wish we didn't live in MICHIGAN because I would definitely go back. If we are ever in DC again,this is a must go to again place. Would also LOVE to try the other Jose Andres restaraunts in DC.
THANK YOU for an incredible dinner :)
My Husband and I have been dining here p ...
My Husband and I have been dining here periodically over the last 12 years and have never been disappointed with the food or service. This was our first visit in a couple of years and again they did not disappoint.
This was a must for the foodies in my fa ...
This was a must for the foodies in my family, with 9 of us in tow, they did a wonderful job catering to the needs of a 6 year old, a garlic allergy, and one that is on a diet. The service was a little inattentive, we were all in a sangria mood, but it took too long and everyone seemed to lose interest. Overall, fantastic food, and just the right size for everyone to nibble a little before more museums!
Always love the small plates here; great ...
Always love the small plates here; great for sharing and always delicious. The paella's cost was steep at $40 since it only had chicken and mushrooms and very little of either. Still, I love this place because of the atmosphere, the service (especially the bar area) and the superlative small plates. Always a fun spot to meet friends and enjoy a fantastic meal. The white sangria is out of this world.
Visited here with a friend. We shared a ...
Visited here with a friend. We shared a paella dish that was made with black rice, squid ink, and octopus. The paella was delicious! The squid ink left our mouths black, but it was worth the temporary embarrassment because the meal was so tasty! Will definitely recommend Jaleo to friends.
We've eaten several times at Jaleo DC an ...
We've eaten several times at Jaleo DC and the food is great, as it was this time, but service was terrible. In the 5:15 reservation we indicated that we had theater tickets for 7:00. After being seated we waited 13 minutes before someone brought us water. We then had to flag down a second person to get a drink menu. Our first server was simply awful, couldn't answer simple questions, and didn't know the drinks menu. After we placed our order, she brought out the second plate and, while standing next to our table, began a discussion with a co-worker--all while still holding our food-almost comical. Somehow, she then disappeared and another server came over, who was great, very knowledgeable and attentive. Maybe this one server was an aberration, not sure, but given all the wonderful DC dining options, no one should put up with sub-standard service, regardless of how good the food is; pretty disappointing.
Very inconsistent dinner. Ordered five ...
Very inconsistent dinner. Ordered five plates (Ham Croquettes, gambas times two, a risotto-like dish w/ mushrooms and the pork slider). Croquettes were OUTSTANDING! The "risotto" was very good; the slider uninspiring; the gambas were under-seasoned (almost no hit of garlic), lukewarm and overcooked: dense and rubbery - had the texture of frozen, farm-raised and precooked shrimp - considered sending them back but they were edible (I'm really not a whingeing guest) and had a pressing social engagement to get to. The food-runners were overall excellent -- polite and informative and most dishes save gambas arrived piping-hot. Wait service was problematic with long waits before initial greeting and delayed/ forgotten beverage orders. Ambiance was lacking as we were seated in Siberia at a two-top that wobbled despite my best efforts throughout the meal. The table was also next to the wait-staff room so had a continuous stream of traffic. Finally, the restaurant seemed, well, a bit dowdy and could do with a facelift. As a side note, the seasoned olive oil was outstanding -- amongst the best I've ever had; downside was that the bread was a bit elderly and "scrunched" down into a dense mass -- hard handling while slicing?; definitely undeserving as a foil to that fine oil
The vast menu was perfect for trying and ...
The vast menu was perfect for trying and tasting many different items that we were curious about, and the portion sizes were perfect for sharing. The waiter we had was wonderful, and very generous with our Cuba Libres. A whole lot more authentic and enjoyable than other tapas places I had been to, and I would definitely go again.
I have enjoyed eating at Jaleo numerous ...
I have enjoyed eating at Jaleo numerous times over the years, but my very recent visit was the most outstanding. There were five in our party for lunch, and each ordered two or three tapas. We shared everything, and each portion was enough for everyone to get a good taste and incredible variety. We enjoyed each item. The vegetable stew topped with eggs was particularly outstanding, as were the chorizo over mashed potatoes, the cauliflower with dates and olives, and the shrimp with garlic. We also ordered two desserts to share -- the grapefruit with olive oil ice cream and a hazelnut chocolate mousse cake. I never would have ordered the former, which was the choice of one in our party, but that is why sharing creates such a rich experience. This dessert was so delightful that I can't wait to go back and order it again. The hazlenut chocolate mousse cake was also incredibly delicious. We all truly enjoyed our lunch at Jaleo.
Great service! My friend has Celiac's an ...
Great service! My friend has Celiac's and the staff was very accommodating in providing an allergen marked menu and made sure all of our dishes were gluten free. The food was delicious and the sangria was great too.
My only complaint is that my dining comp ...
My only complaint is that my dining companion ordered a Scotch after dinner. He asked for Dewar's or Grouse. The waiter didn't seem to have a clue what he was talking about, and ultimately brought him Glen Livet, which was much more expensive than the original order. The waiter should have talked to him about the choices.
We dined at Jose Andres' first restauran ...
We dined at Jose Andres' first restaurant in DC which has blossomed into 3 other restaurants within ca. 4 blocks featuring small bites of Mediterranean, Mexican, and Peruvian cuisine in DC's Penn Quarter. In honor of the Basque Country program at 2016 Smithsonian Folklife Festival the restaurant featured a flight of Basque wines (apple cider, rose, and a red) and food sampler (salad, albacore tuna, and a chorizo dishes). We tried the Basque and rose wine flights, Basque salad, albacore tuna, hand-made chorizo, quail (codorniz), and roasted red peppers eggplant, and onions (escalivada). All met our high expectations for an fine dining experience! We completed our dining experince with a flight of Spanish cheeses (soft, medium hard, and hard (idiazabal), each paired with an appropiate jam). One of Jose Andres' restaurants is a must visit eatery if you visit DC.
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