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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.
Washington, DC 20004
Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday – Thursday: 11 AM – 11 PM
Friday: 11 AM – midnight
Saturday: 11 AM – midnight
Sunday: 10 AM – 10 PM
Monday: 10 AM – 10 PM
$31 to $50
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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, 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
Great place for tapas. Potatoes, quail and rabbit were amazing. A few other dishes were unique though not quite my cup of tea. Overall I really enjoyed the place. We ordered 7 tapas and our total bill was only about $70. Not bad at all. I'll definitely be back. Sandra was our server, and she was very excellent.
Very knowledgable sommelier and a superb list of Spanish wines. Excellent tapas all around. Some of the dishes arrived just barely warm and dessert services was very slow. Waiters are courteous and friendly. Had this meal outside and expected traffic noise but the street was surprisingly quiet. Choices are excellent and quality of the food and presentation are very nice.
I always love Jaleo, and this week I took my cousin for the first time. What I loved: the menu continues to change but I was able to order off-menu and get one dish I love -- great service; the waiter was patient in suggestions for my newbie cousin; the food is truly delicious and an adventure. The noise level is robust, so go with a group and go for laughter. This isn't a great place for intimate conversation.
We were a party of three and had a reservation but had to wait 20minutes to be seated. But the staff made up for it by giving us two free appetizers that were delicious.
The flavors were great and I would highly recommend their special appetizer of Pan de Crisal con tomate., toasted bread with tomatoes and garlic.
The manchego plate was very good as well as the Iberico ham.
Terminamos de hacer una caminata guiada sobre el asesinato de Abraham Lincoln, y el guia nos recomendó este lugar, a pocas cuadras de donde finalizamos. Ademas de que la comida estuvo muy bien, el lugar tiene onda, es novedosa la decoración, tanto en el salónn comedor como en los baños. Hay que dar una mirada al techo para ver unas singulares lámparas, con forma de libro. Muy buena la atención. SIn lugar a dudas, lo recomiendo.
Complex dishes done in a fine way. Don't get me wrong, some of the dishes I had were great, but I wish the menu had more focus and really executed on the focus, rather than trying to piece together disjointed foods onto one plate. If you're going to do it, do it extremely well, even if that means cutting back on other parts of the menu.
I have been to Jaleo before and always find the service and food excellent. This time I went before the two part showing of Angels in America at the nearby Shakespeare Theatre. It was very convenient and I could have plenty of time to enjoy my dinner before the show. The tapas I selected for this particular meal were delicious: spinach with apples,raisins and pine nuts;chorizo with mashed potatoes, and seared scallops on Romesco sauce. I had a tempranillo rose along with--sooo good!
While it is not my least favorite Jose Andres restaurant, I rarely go to Jaleo unless a friend wants to go, so in this case a retiring co-worker mentioned it. We went there for lunch and we liked that there was a $20 lunch menu that had a few courses.
I got the wrong dish but the staff corrected it very quickly. We had a good time, but I won't be going back unless another friend decides they want to go there.
Our waiter and food were outstanding.
At first, I thought all the chairs at our table were wet, but it turned out to be oil/food stains. That didn't give me a good feeling specially when wearing nice clothes.
There was a large table next to us and a guy kept yelling at their four small children, completely ignoring anyone around them. Not the restaurant's fault, but maybe it would be wise to separate the family's from the romantic dinner tables.
We reluctantly endured a 45 minute wait past our reservation time to be seated, even though we called 1-2 hours in advance to ensure we would get the seating we wanted. When we arrived, we were told the wait would be about 15-20 minutes, but unfortunately, this was not the case. We were only seated after the 3rd time that we approached the host stand to complain. The manager met us at our table and ended us giving 2 dishes to us complimentary, which helped, but it probably should have been 1 or 2 more as other groups were seated before us. The food was excellent, but I would likely not wait there again for that length of time if it happened again, especially when we had a reservation and called ahead in addition.
Just great! The food was outstanding. The server was knowledgeable and provided great recommendations. Often with a Tapas, there are uncomfortable delays in getting food out. Here, it could not have been better. Great food, great service. I wish I could eat here each day!
I always love to eat at Jaleo. Food is very good and service excellent. The average cost of a meal however keeps creeping up. Wish it was just a bit less pricey- even going with the pre-theater special it was more than I expected. Might have to look for less expensive options for everyday and save Jaleo for a special occasion.
The food was outstanding. The ambiance is not good anymore. I have been eating at Jaleo for 17 years and I saw the new decor in pictures and it looked ok. Being in the restaurant was different. There is ZERO traditional/authentic Spanish feel. The modern decor, however beautiful, clashes with the traditional food being served. It won't stop me from eating there, but it's not as conducive to lingering for conversation, which is the very purpose of eating Tapas.
Our server was very nice, but her service not so great. We were there @ 3 in the afternoon and there were only two other occupied tables in the entire restaurant. She was not serving those tables near as I could tell. Regardless our service was slow which makes no sense to me. The Food came quickly, but was dropped off by other people who inquired about our needs, which is ok, she was serving us so she gets the tip on a $200 tab when she didn't do much. Again, this won't prevent me from coming for the food, but it also took away from the experience.
I will say, however, Pete the manager is an outstanding! Came to our table to say hello and check on us.
A great piece of Spain in the heart of Washington DC. Great selection of traditional tapas, well executed and delivered. Ideal for informal meetings, reunions, casual celebrations...a lot of fun in a great ambience. Quality product and great service. A must go in DC!
I'm not big fan of tapas or Spanish food. I suppose that Jaleo by reputation is one of the better tapas restaurants, but considering the cuisine is rather subdued and one dimensional, lacking in flavors other than olive oil and garlic, and frankly... overrated... what more could you ask for? The restaurant was very noisy though and not a great place to catch up with friends since you will barely be able to hear over the noise. Might be a nice place with kids since they will be drowned out. Of the 15 or so dishes we shared their were maybe three stand outs (a scallop dish, a potato dish, and a spinach dish), more misses than hits. The deep fried iberia ham and cheese sandwich was carnival faire, the rabbit and quail dishes were dry and boney, and the oysters were as bland as could be. If your a fan of Spanish tapas, go. For me, meh ... maybe once a year.
Really bad service. Had to wait a long time to get seated even though tables were available and we had a reservation. And when we were seated they did not give us the available window seat they promised. Then I had to tackle a server to get drinks. Then the manager was no hope at all. Last time we go there.
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