Jaleo Crystal City

4.7
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$30 and under
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Spanish
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.

Jaleo Crystal City is the proud home to the only all-Spanish wine shop in the DC-area. Stop in to grab a bottle for your next dinner party or for your meal at Jaleo. Our servers and managers are available and ready to help you select something perfect from our unique collection.
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OT
New Mexico
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family in for visit

PM
New Mexico
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant week menu was fantastic and a great value. We went twice during our stay on business.

C
Poconos
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Damyn is one of the chefs there and always takes care of us. What a fantastic experience.

GE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Value for money is definitely an opinion. This place ain't cheap, but the food is outstanding. The Iberian pork used melts in your mouth, just so good. Every dish has a nice balance of flavors and is never boring. I do wish the beer selection was better but that is a relatively minor complaint. Going with the chef's choice is highly recommended and, truthfully, not that expensive for the quality/quantity of food you get.

LJ
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice food, however a bit pricey for portions in most cases.
Loved the decor and atmosphere as well. Service was well done.
Three of us came in at $225 with tip.

W
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Jaleo fabulous dining experience
Great food and service
Need under $40 options on wine list

JW
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Menu is hard to read, the waitress wasn’t friendly, the food was subpar - especially for the price.

LL
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Very nice atmosphere and great service. Food was amazing and just kept coming!

DC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love dining st Jaleo. This location is great - convenient to the metro and outside seating is always available when it's nice out.

R
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal for lunch in Crystal City. I will be returning soon with another group of co-workers.

GG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! Unlimited tapas in a festive New Years Eve atmosphere. The tapas were not compromised from their usual presentation and came quickly. The service we had from Oscar was outstanding. It was appropriately loud and musical. Well done.

FL
Washington DC
61 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Another fantastic NYE party with Jaleo's. Mac, our server was great, the food was outstanding, thanks to Chef Aaron and was delicious! Thanks to Nick Porter - manager & my favorite wine guy - Andy Myers for your professionalism and friendship over the years. Our group had over half of newbies to Jaleo's and they love it! Wishing all of the Jaleo - Crystal City team a Happy & Prosperous 2020!

A
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Jaleo never disappoints, as evidenced by our decision to spend 4 of the past 5 years ringing-in the New Year here (and every anniversary of the day we met at this fantastic restaurant and we think it’s best location). We had a wonderful New Year’s celebration. Menu was terrific, as was the Gipsy King cover band. Can’t wait until next year, and all of our impromptu visits in between.

MB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

New year’s dinner

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Jaleo is a great place to enjoy really good shared food and drinks with friends! We always enjoy our experiences at Jaleo!

JO
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food and service! The pulpo tapas was the best!

EW
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The Baked Eggs skillet was way too hot, both my guest and I burned our mouths on the food and it took over 30mins to cool. Everything else was great.

RI
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there as a family. Everyone enjoyed the food! Service was excellent. Quality of food was excellent and prices were reasonable for an upscale restaurant. We all love Jose Andres and his philanthropic actions. Wish there was a Jaleo in Philly.

There is so much stuff for vegetarians and very tasty! Yum..

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dinner, great food, friendly staff and fun for all! Love the tapas!!! Cheers

DB
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time brunch at Jaelo. Rebecca, our server was phenomenal. She provided great recommendations and was super courteous and friendly. She patiently explained the many options available to us. We tried the Classic tapas tour and original mimosas. The food was delish! I’m not very adventurous when it comes to food; however, the chef’s selections were a well balanced, flavorful, and absolutely worth trying.

OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always good at Jaleos.

T
Nashville
25 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent classic and nouveau tapas. Very good service. A little pricey and very noisy.

GG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined on a Sunday night. The restaurant was uncharacteristically not filled, so quiet. We enjoyed the trio of sparkling beverages, a cider, a brut, and a rose. Both cavas were particularly pleasant. The oysters with caviar were like sipping the ocean. We shared a number of tapas. The pork belly was lean, moist and flavorful. Clementines were featured on our visit so we enjoyed a fennel salad, with clementines, pomegranates and fried almonds. Dessert was clementines with custard, vermut and clementine granita. Wonderfully refreshing. Service was attentive.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was on point! The pan cristal is always a great accompaniment to savory dishes. We alway love the bunuelos and croquetas, as well as the calamari. The service was also on point, cleared and took reorders promptly, but unobtrusively. Desserts also exceeded our expectations.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drink

M
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Generally, I love the food and service. 99 times out of 100, it's an excellent experience. This time, the food was just not quite as good as I remembered and service--while prompt--was off just a bit.

LR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place and great food. Went for lunch with my husband and the suggestions were spot on. Will definitely visit again.

EZ
New York Area
227 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Jaleo! Our waiter was very helpful, and we chose the "Jose's Way" fixed price dinner. I had 2 glasses of Rioja as well. Started with the liquid olives & tomato toast. The Iberico pork dishes (cold cuts & tenderloin) were outstanding. We loved the chorizo "pigs in blankets", endive w/ citrus & almonds, shrimp, egg dish, rabbit, et.al. Everything was yummy & authentic. The chocolate dessert was very unique & good. Cappuccino completed our feast. The only experience that rose above this one was our dinner @ Mini Bar (seated @ Jose's Table). The molecular gastronomy is awesome!

VS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Delicious tapas on a cold winter's night. Great flavor combinations across the board. Stand out was the scallops with butternut squash puree and orange segments. Service was perfect and always at the ready.

S
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Overpriced with mediocre flavors. Great service but have had better tapas elsewhere

AM
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went here for lunch with colleagues and we did the set lunch menu. This was absolutely delicious. Perfect amount of food and the courses were all wonderfully spaced out. I had croquets, chicken bites and a balsamic onion with goat cheese and finally for desert a delicious vanilla and lavender ice cream. This may not sound like a ton of food written out this way but I will say I got more food than at most tapas places I've been in the past and I was pleasantly full at the end. The servers were incredibly attentive (without being overbearing) and exceedingly kind. I really enjoyed my experience here and would definitely recommend to others.

ZV
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great space for a business dinner (which is what we had). Lots of different dishes, and the service was very good. Would certainly go back.

OT
Miami
71 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Fun place excellent service.

KC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The dishes that were good, were incredible, but some were misses. I highly recommend the paella and the toast with sea urchin. The octopus was a little bland and the sangria was so-so. The staff and ambience were top notch. I would definitely give it a second chance.

OT
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Did the tasting menu and every single dish and drink was delicious and well thought-out. Service was perfect. Loved the easy access to parking, too!

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great time at Jaleo. Our waiter Ricardo had excellent recommendations and was very friendly.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Rebecca was outstanding!

H
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Rebecca was awesome, perfect suggestions for wine and dishes.

P
Atlanta
47 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service authentic Spanish food. Actually the best outside of spIn itself. O am from Spain so I can attest to authenticity. I highly recommend.

LN
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jose Andres restaurants never disappoint. Love the small plates to share. Great night out with friends. The croquettes are delicious. We had the cauliflower too. All delicious.