About Jaleo DC
Washington, DC 20004
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
My wife and I made a last minute reservation while enjoying a cocktail tasting menu at Jose's Minibar, which is across the street from Jaleo. It was wonderful to pair the two experiences in the same evening...would consider doing so again.
We loved the black ink paella...delicious!
The chicken croquettes were very good. The rest - shrimp, sliced sausage, tiny pieces of squid with white beans, vegetable dishes - were uninspired, and so, so. Nothing you'd savor or would want go back for. We finished off the meal with weak coffee. In sum, myeh. No complaints about the service, which was entirely friendly and efficient.
My husband and I came here for a birthday dinner after reading it was up for a James beard award. Not only did they put 4 courses out all together after asking not to. After complaining in a very nice way all the server did was argued with us. My husband And I have been in the fine dining business for 15 plus years. I understand it was a tapas bar, but we warned the server we wanted time and all she did was argue why she was in the right. After I said I didn't want 130$ worth of food served at the same time. Then order a glass of Chardonnay after all was said and done and I believe it was reisling because I literally had to choke it down. Absolutely disappointment. If you know good food and good service do not go here. If you are looking to be seen and spend money I am sure it's fine.
I've had previous delicious and enjoyable dining experiences at Jaleo, but tonight it was off. From slow wait staff, a watered down sangria, and a significant delay in receiving our food, the restaurant was off. It did not meet the caliber of Jose Andres establishments.
My favorite downtown restaurant! We always get the bacon wrapped dates, garlic shrimp, and flatbread. We try one or two new plates too, and have never been disappointed. We take our out-of-town guests to the downtown Jaleo whenever we can. Great place for visiting, eating, and people-watching.
There are many very nice restaurants in DC. We have tried quite a few! Jaleo is one of our top favorites and has stayed so over time. We return again and again and always enjoy the food and the atmosphere. Whenever we have visitors in town, Jaleo is a 'must do' on the list.
Large Spanish tapas menu with a lot of options regarding type of food and flavor palate. Food is delicious and everything we got was great. Drinks are tasty and there is a decent wine list as well.
The place can be very loud and very busy, which is was during our trip, but it wasn't too overwhelming and the service was good. The decor is a little odd, but given the rest of the experience nothing to be worried about.
Well executed tapas. Crispy fried squid-not easy to do as squid has a lot of water content. A nice crab dish where the crab tasted fresh. Crunchy bread with a flavorful olive oil. Spanish cheese sampling with fresh tastingng blue cheese-among others, accompanied by candied fruit and honey covered bread. Quail with lentils was nicely balanced with a fruit sauce-not too strong.
Only a roled ham (?) cheese dish tasted a little flat.
Always interesting and tasty dishes. We were there for restaurant week, so the value was great. The waitress was adequate but could have been a little friendlier--a smile perhaps. I had to remind her to bring a glass of wine I ordered in the beginning. I had salmon and it tasted "fishy". When at the very end of the meal the waitress asked how everything was. To her credit she immediately reported to the manager who immediately came over to offer apologies and an appropriate compensation.
We did the restaurant week option which was 5 courses and they brought everything from app to salad to main course all at once. I felt incredibly rushed, not able to enjoy it, and my food got cold. Overall the food was good and the vibe was energetic. It might be that outside of a restaurant week menu, things are different but this was my experience.
Jaleo was wonderful. My husband and I went her for date night and it was fantastic. We ordered 6 different tapas which was way more than enough. Next time probably 3-4 would be a little more "normal" but we just wanted to try everything! We also loved their drinks, as they had a wonderful and fairly unique selection of cocktails. I definitely recommend this to anyone who loves Spanish food.
This is an outstanding place. I am from Spain and the tapas are authentic and amazing. We also had a paella and it is a very big portion ( 3 ate from it ) . It was tasty and done perfect. The wines are a little overpriced but no surprise. The sangria was average. Our server Luis was very helpful and friendly. I have tried other restaurants owned by José Andres and have always been satisfied. Please make a reservation; it's a must.
Spanish food served at a rapid pace by good, friendly staff. Quality could be improved (the ensaladilla was plain tasting; the mushroom rice (arroz cremoso de setas) could have used some seasoning, the croquetas tasted the same whether chicken or pork). I think Jose Andres is sacrificing taste for reaching a wider audience---or ....?
Arriving early, I was welcomed and served without impatience. The seating felt private, and conversation was easy. The food and service were excellent, prompt yet unhurried, with honest and helpful menu guidance from the waiter. Definitely look forward to returning.
As always, the food is excellent and the menu has some very unique items. My only criticism is the price...small plates but full entree prices. Two people need to order about four small plates, and you are basically paying for four full entrees. Obviously they are doing something right since the place is packed...
We have loved Jaleo in the past, but came away disappointed. We stopped in before a night at the theatre and, despite telling our server that we had tickets to a show, the delivery of dishes was intermittent and slow. Even more disappointing, the food was not as fresh or tasty as in past visits. Hopefully this was just a bad night.
We look forward to Jaleo when we visit DC from New York...we were disappointed this time. Service was annoying...We needed time to deal with a very large menu of complex and interesting dishes, waiter returned every 2 minutes over 10-15 minutes to ask over and over if we were ready to order. This kept setting us back.
Then, when we finally decided, he did nothing to discourage us from the amount of food we ordered, which was too much, mostly as a result of the Restaurant Week Menu having 5 courses! Some of the small plates are not so small and my wife's 5 courses plus the 3 I ordered for myself turned out to be way too much. A helpful waiter would have helped us figure it out.
The food is still unusual and delicious!
One of the best restaurants we've been to in a long time. We were never a fan of tapas until now! So innovative. We had 9 plates between the two of us, too much. Every single one of them was special! Definitely try some of the weird things like liquid olives! We are definitely going again
We combined our visit to Jaleo, for the RestUrant Week menu, with a visit to the new National Museum of African American Culture and History. The Restaurant Week menu was very generous, offering 4 tapas and a dessert for $35. All tapas were delicious;I was too full to even eat the dessert. Our server was SO helpful and friendly and got us fed and out in time to get to Union Station for our train home. I have not been to Jaleo in years, but the food is as good as it ever was. Kudos to Jaleo for a fun tasty meal!
We went for Restaurant Week, figured we would José another shot. Pretty dissapointing. The mushroom soup was bland, at least needed better seasoning. The pork was overcooked. And the yogurt desert was borderline disgusting. As with all commercial chefs, José Andres has lost touch with good food due to the number of restaurants he owns and runs and is just out to make a buck.
Jaleo is a great place for a creative yet unpretentious meal with a couple of friends. There is something for everyone -such as the several tasty sausages for meat-eaters and the many options for vegetarians. You can eat there multiple times and still keep finding new dishes to try. Service is attentive and friendly, but not intrusive or overbearing.
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