Jaleo - Bethesda

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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. 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.
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GZ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We enjoyed our food, but had ordered soup first to get started on, but it didn't come until way after our tapas were delivered.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive, professional service, delicious food with gorgeous array of tapas choices.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been there many times and the food is always delicious!

TB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 2

The server was overbearing. I was disappointed in his approach to serving us.

a
London
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I would not recommend to a friend with a lot of Tapas experience. I was unimpressed compared to prior visits. The pan de cristal with tomato was good but not amazing. The dates are now breaded and fried which takes away a lot of the date flavor. The tortilla was very pale and not very flavorful. The Spinach with raisins was nice. The croquettes supposedly had different fillings but they all tasted very much alike, you couldn't really tell they had different fillings.

BR
Washington DC
139 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The gazpacho was perfect! I actually could have happily eaten bowl after bowl the entire evening. The only disappointment was the spinach with apples, raisins, and pine nuts, which wasn't as good as the one served at the DC branch of Jaleo. Most of our meal was made up of old favorites--the two previously mentioned, the stuffed red peppers, chicken croquettes. We tried one new dish, very pricy but also tasty, the seared scallops. I was so stuffed, I did without dessert, but my husband and friends had the great flan.

F
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful time. Ordering was slow but once the order was taken the food just flowed out of the kitchen. It was great as we all (7) shared the dishes.

F
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was attentive and fun. We ate outside on a beautiful evening. We let him consult with the bartender as to what Chardonnay we would like as the wines were all Spanish and unfamiliar to us. We especially liked the garlic shrimp and the sausage with mashed potatoes. All the tapas were delish! We like supporting this restaurant because Chef José Andrés is such a wonderful humanitarian who has fed countless victims of hurricanes in Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, and many other venues.

C
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Took waiter a king time to bring us our check. Too long and we were not in a hurry so it didn’t make sense.

d
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Definitely recommend Paleo. The variety and quality of the food are first-rate. Our waiter, Fernando made the dinner especially enjoyable.

HW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent all around

TV
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The descriptions of the food far exceeded their actual appearance or taste. The price for each tapa was about what one would pay for an appetizer plate, with far more substance. It took an inordinate time to get our bills sorted out, (45 minutes). Really would not recommend this to anyone.

M
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had one of the tasting menus. It was great. Server and reception staff were very helpful with our requests. Open later than many Bethesda restaurants. Wide variety and creative dishes.

RP
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fabulous food, staff, ambiance and low noise level for conversing. And it feels good to support the humanitarian work of a great humanitarian— Jose Andres. Even his corporate staff and restaurant employees are involved in some way with his World Central Kitchen.

HC
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! great restaurant. Easy to find. Parking close by. Unbelievable service. Delicious food. Creative, different, variety, nice portions. Quite reasonably priced. Good sangria too! You can’t go wrong at this place. Can’t wait to go back!

ND
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal dinner. We ordered waaaaay too much food, though! (We ordered 4 plates each for three people - next time 3, max).

BR
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food; very creative. Excellent service. (Music is too loud.)

LK
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Sadly , Bethesda Jaleo does not compare to the DC location in food quality or quantity. I can order the same salad, go example, and it seems as if two very different recipes were followed - including different amounts of ingredients. This used to be my favorite restaurant in Bethesda , but it now seems to make little effort .
Very disappointing. The way to win back clientele is to improve, in quality and in quantity of the significant ingredients.

EE
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was excellent and the service delightful. The only thing that caused me to count Jaleo down was the inability to conduct a conversation at anything less than a yell.

My group tried about a dozen dishes, and loved all but one of them. The bacon wrapped dates were a particular favorite, as was the cauliflower.

PA
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful food, lovely service and a great experience

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s just the best restaurant in Bethesda especially if you like vegetables

LL
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Jaleo is small plates, and there are a number of good options on the menu. However, I find there are a couple of fantastic items (garlic shrimp, for example) and several decent-but-not-mind-blowing options (sausage in white beans). This set up makes Jaleo a solid choice for large groups, but it’s not my favorite of JA’s restaurants. The inside decor is funky and fun, but I prefer the outdoor seating, especially during fall and spring.

A
Washington DC
208 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

My wife and I shared four tapas: eggplant/red peppers, pane tomate, jambon iberico, and fried green tomatoes. Plus my wife got the mussels. The four tapas were great, but she said that the mussels were just OK. We had a white wine recommended by the staff--Granbazan--which was very nice, but a little lighter than we wanted.

OT
Savannah
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We picked food from Tomatina menu; I would not recommended it at all

M
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took our daughter and roommate to dinner. Both are researching at the NIH.

The meal was spectacular and accommodated the vegan in the group.

LB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun evening. The server opened the window next to our table and gave a great sense of also being outside. Plus, I love that José Andrés cares about feeding people in crisis.

PH
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We like sharing Tapas, and Jaleo does a good job. It had been a while since we had been. We missed the rosemary lamb chops, but our choices were delicious: fried green tomatoes with blue cheese, asian crispy eggplant with honey dressing, potatas bravas, hanger steak, and ham wrapped trout. The only drawback on our anniversary visit was the very noisy reunion going on in the bar area, which is tightly integrated with the dining area. Otherwise, we had a wonderful time.

G
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I probably go to Jaleo too often and I should try a couple more spots in Bethesda. That said what brings me back to Jaleo is the first rate quality of the food. Each dish appears to have been prepared one minute ago. It’s a four star restaurant at 2 star prices.

Good waitstaff, ask for Fernando. He knows what he is doing.

TB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Son’s birthday, Food and service was excellent, as always.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 1

We had fruit flies on us on the window and flying around but was very annoying and unhealthy. I did notify manager but he just thanked me.

S
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Date night

G
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Sat outside on a gorgeous evening. Shared five yummy tapas and a dessert. Our waiter was very accommodating and delightful.

MH
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

We love Jaleo, but this was not our best time there as we were inundated with tiny flying bugs around our table. It really made it hard to enjoy our time there.

d
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service was great. It was however very cold inside the restaurant.

KT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I ordered the 25th Anniversary tasting menu with wine pairing. It was exceptionally delicious and an unforgettably special evening. We are long time appreciators of Jose Andres, his cookbooks, cooking/traveling series, and restaurants. Entirely worth the price.
Strongly recommend.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was excellent. Food was great and service very good

c
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This restaurant never disappoints. The food is always delicious, and it was a very generous menu for restaurant week. We had excellent, excellent service.

It's always a pleasure eating at Jaleo.

EJ
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My daughter and I started eating at Jaleo in DC in 1994. We just went back there for Restaurant Week on Aug. 13th. Now we frequent Bethesda Jaleo more often because it is closer to our homes. I have never been disappointed in a Jaleo meal including the excellent service.

OT
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always outstanding menu, excellent food and good service.

T
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Restaurant week is always a time to go to Jaleo! Five courses with three choices each of the delicious Tapas offered there. By far the best thing was the salmon with the crispy skin with two sauces. We always order the potatoes bravas And the spinach with pinenuts, raisins and a-wonderful cider vinegar dressing! It is a wonderful experience except that the air conditioning was broken that day.

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