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Jaleo - DC, Washington, DC
Award-winning

Jaleo - DC

4.7
4.7
10284 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

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2 people

21:30


Booked 140 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon 11:00–22:00 Tue–Thu 11:00–23:00 Fri 11:00–00:00 Sat, Sun 10:00–00:00
  • Phone number
    (202) 628-7949
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Ramon Martinez
  • Catering
    Bring a taste of Spain to your next meeting, event, or offsite with Jaleo's new lunch catering menu. Choose between individual lunch boxes or customizable sandwich packages, featuring favorites like our fútbol club and gazpacho. Catering is available for both delivery and pick-up within Washington, DC.
  • Private party facilities
    Located in the heart of DC’s exciting Penn Quarter neighborhood, Jaleo DC is just steps from all the excitement of our nation’s capital and provides a bright setting for seated meals or standing receptions. For smaller events, our Standing Tapas Bar is perfect for after-work gatherings.
  • Private party contact
    Coleen Bendig: (202) 638-1910
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2022
  • Area
    Penn Quarter
  • Cross Street
    E Street
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 10,284 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Most Booked

  • District of Columbia

    Most Booked

10,284 Reviews
  1. Eman301

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food and service, but it was loud enough to struggle to listen to my girlfriend speak. Not really knocking the restaurant for that but the tables are pretty close together for the two person seating area.

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  2. GardnerT

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent and our waiter was spot on with his recommendations.

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  3. TryingtoAvoidCovid19

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We had the tasting menu. It was expensive but probably the best meal we’ve had in years.

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  4. Jennifer

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly, attentive server! We were seated at a quiet table next to the window, which we had requested. The tortilla was undercooked despite asking it be well done and the veggie paella was very salty, had too much saffron and it’s vegetables were overcooked mush (was $56!). The shrimp with garlic and red sangria were delicious as always and the sea bass was good. They very kindly presented the person having a birthday with a flan accompanied by a lit birthday candle and delicious whipped cream. We had indicated it was a birthday in the open table reservation. It was kind of them to treat the birthday diner to a delicious dessert. So our review is a little mixed based on unevenness of the food and value for money. The service, sangria, ambience and some of the food was great.

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  5. DawnM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time here, not the last! Everything about Jaleo was fantastic. From our little isolated table (which we loved!), to the food, drinks and service….so enjoyable. Friendly, knowledgable staff who we put our trust in to order for us. Every dish was beautiful and tasted so ‘fresh’. Easy walk from the National Mall but at the same time far enough away from the crowds. Can’t wait to return!

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  6. HiroakiM

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The manager was not courteous or attentive to us to the level of arrogance and discrimination. We also made some special request, which was ignored. I am very saddened by the deterioration of this flagship restaurant. Please change the management.

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  7. Drummeral

    Washington DC

    47 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    47 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was good to very good. Loud, very cramped, rushed environment. Not really a relaxing place for dinner. Prices were a bit high but it's Dc. Go in off hours, much better.

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  8. Rosa

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We made a reservation at 6:00 but were informed to wait at the bar for 15 minutes. Not sure why reservation then? We ordered the most popular tasting menu. The squid was way too salty. The others were okay/good. Nothing stood out. The olive oil ice cream was the best of all.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Jaleo! Tapas is such a fun way to enjoy food. Get as little or as much as you want. We like to go with the experiences, this time we did the Jaleo Experience and it’s so nice to sit and have your courses choose for you. We also got glasses of the Réserva Tempranillo and the Garnacha Rosé which were both fantastic!

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  10. BillF

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent location to celebrate my mother’s 96th birthday! Everything worked!!!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Perhaps we mixed it up too much but by the end of the cocktails and 6 small dishes both mine and my girlfriend’s stomach was not feeling great. I can’t say any of the food was bad or anything.

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  12. maryvonnek

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ideal for sharing ! Every meal had a very subtle flavor or delicate combination of flavors. A true gift for your taste buds !

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  13. Ready2DineWell

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Jaleo remains one of our favorite restaurants! Always a good experience.

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  14. LCTreview

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great culinary experience. Our server Bruce was very knowledgeable and made sure our glasses stayed full and recommended excellent food choices.

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  15. Eric

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Easily the best meal I've had in a long time -- intricate but not pretentious and friendly service. I'll look for an excuse to get back to Jaleo soon.

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  16. BrandonE

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent restaurant. We chose it for our Valentines meal and big dinner while we were in DC and it didn’t disappoint. It was delicious and felt like I was transported back to Spain.

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  17. MontserratA

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really enjoyed Jaleo. Forgot that I’d indicated that we were celebrating a birthday and even though I didn’t remind them, they brought a flan and sang happy birthday so very happy with the experience.
    Jaleo - DCResponded on 9 February 2024
    Thanks for the feedback, MontserratA! We're thrilled to hear that you had a great experience celebrating your birthday at Jaleo - DC. It's always a pleasure to make special occasions even more memorable. We're glad you enjoyed our flan and found it to be a great value. We look forward to welcoming you back for more celebrations!

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  18. Trogloraptor

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 8 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another great experience at Jaleo DC. Our group tried about ten different tapas, all of them great. The berenjenas a la malagueña were perfectly cooked, very crispy (but moist!) and with the right amount of rebozado, what an amazing dish!

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  19. Eats

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great place to dine. Food, drink, service all excellent. Team Jaleo, Thx for a wonderful evening!
    Jaleo - DCResponded on 9 February 2024
    Hey Eats, we're thrilled to hear that you always enjoy dining with us at Jaleo - DC! It's always a pleasure to serve you and we're glad that our food, drinks, and service consistently meet your expectations. We appreciate your kind words and look forward to serving you again soon. Best, The Management Team

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  20. LeighM

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 7 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love this place! Enjoyed our plates and service was smooth.

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  21. DavenP

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 7 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Locals recommended, food was tasty and service was great

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  22. Foodiealert

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on 7 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great place for lunch or dinner. Wide variety of dishes to share.

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  23. GoldfarbF

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    While main server was good the folks who delivered food and drink never made any attempt to explain what was being presented or made eye contact. We had questions that could have been answered. Too much in a hurry with little attention to the experience. Food was underwhelming compared to reviews. One and done

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  24. CandaceT

    Key West

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 5 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great night. Wonderful food; mananza salad, spinach dish, and classic Tortilla de patatas. Yum. terrific service. Overall 👍

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  25. ConstanceM

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Love Jaleo, but this dinner left me feeling so-so. To start the table we were sat at was dirty, i had to brush the crumbs off the seat, and the window seal had not been cleaned in some time. We ordered the pre-fix, and it just felt like we were being rushed without any explanations of the dish. Will likely save my Jaleo calories for the Vegas location.

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  26. KTCoolGray

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 5 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Jaleo is not to be missed, it is a GEM! Beautiful decor, wonderful servers, excellent food! Great place for a party.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, it's an incredible dining experience! Phenomenal service & amazing food.

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  28. Mitzy1

    Washington DC

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We brought three friends from out of town who had never tried tapas much less been to Jaleo. So they were puzzled and unsure on how to order or what to order despite the wait staff and me explaining how it works and what is especially delicious. In the end, they ordered and at the first bites were raving about what they were eating. And that happened with each little plate. To say it was a big hit with them is an understatement. Of course, I knew it would be excellent, but I was thrilled that newcomers were enthusiastic about Jaleo's tapas. So once again, Jaleo scored a home run.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We booked a table last minute on a busy Saturday night. Got seated right away. Great food, great service! Highly recommend.

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  30. SusanH

    Greater Boston

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Every time we go to Jaleo it is better than the last time. Hands down the best meal in DC.

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  31. Vittorio

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was very good, a couple of the tapas were excellent especially the one w/lomo de res and the frituritas de bacalao; the one w/very thinly sliced jamón serrano was ok - too thin on the jamón; one was too salty (the garbanzo/espinaca dish). The desserts were both fantastic. Service was good, but felt a bit rushed at times. To their credit, the table we reserved was ready for us the moment we walked in the door, no standing around waiting for a table to be cleared.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tasting menu is the way to go. Sensational food. Our waiter Julian gave a master class in service. And demonstrated great understanding of the menu.

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  33. MaisiJ

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 31 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely delicious. We love the croquettes, cauliflower, and steak. Great spicy margarita too!

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  34. ChristopherR

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I can always trust Jaleo to be a wonderful dining experience--and the noise level was surprisingly good!

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  35. thefoodie

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The food wasn’t spectacular for the price. Very small space tables were too close together, very loud. Service was good though

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  36. NYCReviewer

    New York City

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was delicious and fun. We tried the tasting menu. Also plentiful. Save room for dessert. It was busy and sometimes hard to track down someone for assistance but we thoroughly enjoyed the evening.

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  37. TaylorH

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We arrived a little early but we’re still seated right away. We ordered the sweet bay cocktail and it was delicious. We also did the Jose’s Way tasting menu - expensive but worth it. We were both comfortably full and the dishes were delicious!

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  38. PedroC

    Pittsburgh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food but their prices are going overboard. I understand inflation, but keep it accessible.

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  39. LeonelM

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was great in flavor and presentation. We had the restaurant week menu and it had very good options. Drinks were as good as the food (red sangria, lemonades, and hot chocolate cocktails). Our server was really good, very knowledgeable, efficient and great attitude. The only issue that I have is with the restaurant’s layout. Our table was so close to another table that the waiter and the rest of the service kept bumping into my back (they would always apologize for it and is not their fault really, they were just trying to do their job as best as they could under the circumstances). It was really annoying and for that reason Jaleo doesn’t get 5 stars.

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  40. CarolL

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We were there celebrating my birthday. The food was delicious and the waiter was attentive. He even brought my desert with a birthday candle in it. Love Jaleo, not my first visit won't be the last.

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FAQs

Jaleo - DC does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Jaleo - DC also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 628-7949.

Jaleo - DC is rated 4.7 stars by 10284 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

21:30


Booked 140 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Jaleo - DC

480 7th St. NW, Washington, DC 20004

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2022
  • Cross Street
    E Street
  • Area
    Penn Quarter
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon 11:00–22:00 Tue–Thu 11:00–23:00 Fri 11:00–00:00 Sat, Sun 10:00–00:00
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Ramon Martinez
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (202) 628-7949
  • Catering
    Bring a taste of Spain to your next meeting, event, or offsite with Jaleo's new lunch catering menu. Choose between individual lunch boxes or customizable sandwich packages, featuring favorites like our fútbol club and gazpacho. Catering is available for both delivery and pick-up within Washington, DC.
  • Private party facilities
    Located in the heart of DC’s exciting Penn Quarter neighborhood, Jaleo DC is just steps from all the excitement of our nation’s capital and provides a bright setting for seated meals or standing receptions. For smaller events, our Standing Tapas Bar is perfect for after-work gatherings.
  • Private party contact
    Coleen Bendig: (202) 638-1910
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