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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: 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
Fun, casual, inventive, and entertaining. Sample one of the signature gin & tonics, they are a great take on the old classic. Picking through the descriptions of a big variety of tapas offerings can be a bit overwhelming, so we assigned a section to each diner, and then repeated a couple of winners. Waiter was helpful and attentive. Great outing with friends.
Great original tapas with true Spanish character - I know as I lived there for many years! Recommend ordering as you go, as the food comes out when it comes out... Drinks took WAY too long to come out - we had our first taps before the came out! They say 2-4 tapa per person, but that totally depends on the size of them, so again, order as you go (1 tapa per person per round I'd say). Window seats or outside ones are great for people watching.
Our server Hil was excellent but he was over-worked. The food was good but the noise level was high and inspite of booking through Open Table we got a booth facing the kitchen - which had an open doorway. Unpleasant.
Won't go there again and the check was high for the overall experience.
Went here to celebrate a birthday.
Tried the tasting menu. Food was interesting, and ok. Nothing too spectacular, but perhaps the michelin-star crowd would love this place. Some of the plating was weird and funny. Not sure if they replaced dessert taste(s) with a flan cake to celebrate the birthday, or if it was added free, but it was a nice touch.
Drink menu is nice.
Ambience…the decor is weird, but whatever, we came to eat.
This is the first time in my life spending over $150 for dinner for 2. So with that said, the value to me was not as good as it could have been somewhere less expensive.
Some things to remember at this restaurant. The theme is Spanish/Tapas. Just like Spain, nothing is fast - so expect a leisurely meal. Your server will stop by and give you your menus...and then you wait. You might get some bread and probably some water...and then you wait. When you order your drinks...you wait. Nothing fast happens at this restaurant.
All that said, the food is creative, fresh and wonderful. My suggestion is to use that wait time efficiently by figuring out all of the items you want to order and when you can, order at once. Your tapas (or whatever you order) will not come out at the same time, which is great - you can eat/taste one item and then the next one comes out. If you are going to order a few, then wait...well...you get the picture.
Ambiance of the restaurant is really creative. Great wall art and super cool tables/booths. The place has a very energetic vibe.
I highly suggest making a reservation during peak times as the night we were there, they wouldn't take walk-ins.
I am a long-time customer, most often at the Jaleo in Bethesda. All Jaleos have great food and fine service. The biggest problem is the noise level. It is simply too damn noisy for extended serious conversation. When my wife and I eat at Jaleo with friends, we have dinner there and go elsewhere for a quiet dessert and coffee.
Jaleo does not disappoint. The wide variety of food is delicious and it's fun to share and experiment. The chicken fritters and garlic shrimp are always amazing and the salads are a refreshing way to balance the meal. I find that the waitstaff and the busboys are all very pleasant and add to the positive experience.
It was a wonderful dining experience. The service was excellent, the food delicious, authentic and inspired. An excellent value for the money, definitely worth to try. Also the decor was very cool, the music pretty good and the atmosphere lively. Reservations are highly recommended to avoid waiting since the place can get pretty crowded
It's become kind of a Mother's Day tradition for my mom and I. We frequently dine at one of the area Jaleo restaurants during the year but the last couple of years we've dined here specifically on Mother's Day. (Last year we went to Jaleo in Bethesda). Today, as usual, the food is always simply delicious! Our server was great and The rose at the conclusion of the meal is always a very elegant and considerate touch for my Mom. I'll also add (I don't think I've mentioned it In my other reviews) I totally LOVE the renovations/interior design and the women's bathroom interiors were so entertaining!
This was my second time visiting this restaurant in a month and I already can't wait to go back. The servers are extremely knowledgeable of the menu and give fantastic recommendations. The sangria is one of my favorite sangrias that I have tried. Splitting a pitcher is cost effective and delicious! The food is out of this world. It is fresh, authentic, and the perfect size for ordering many different tapas and sharing. I am a vegetarian but went with two meat eaters and we were all very, very happy.
Great, as always. Special mention for service staff: accommodated our 20-min-late arrival (traffic on a rainy night), dealt cheerfully and efficiently on a packed night, with both a Wiz-Celtics game and Macbeth practically nest door, didn't push us to leave.
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