Jaleo DC

4.7
9253 reviews
$31 to $50
Spanish
As part of phase 2 reopening and recent mandates from the DC Mayor's office, we have limited patio for parties of 6 or less. We are open for lunch and dinner daily. For more information on our commitment to our guests, please visit jaleo.com/commitment. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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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What 9253 People Are Saying
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food1service1ambience1

off balance table on the street/road! ? f...

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nancy
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Wonderful food, terrible service. The waiter totally botched two of our orders, I received only one of my small plates. They forgot the drinks. No apology. I noticed the maitre'd went around to other tables and made sure all was okay. He never came around to our table. I guess you had to be considered worthy of concern. Food was great, but I left with a bad taste in my mouth.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was exceptional!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Had the lunch special which was a lot of food for the price. We had ordered an extra dish and were not able to eat it. Sat outside not super quick but we enjoyed the meal. Will def go back

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ShowMeTheFOOD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

This was my second time eating at Jaleo and while it was very good, it wasn't as impressive as the first time. Our party of six ordered several different tapas as well as drinks and a paella to share. The tapas were all very good. The paella was good but not great. The drinks were also good, but the server never asked us if we wanted another drink after we all finished our first. As a result, he definitely lost on what would have been at least another $50 on the tab. Since we live a few states away, we won't be able to try Jaleo again anytime soon to see if they were just having an off night. And unfortunately, for how much we paid, I'm not convinced I'll try them again the next time we're in DC since there are so many tasty alternatives.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the delicious food and whimsical ambiance!

MA
MichaelA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Things have certainly calmed down at Jaleo, and the menu is shorter than it used to be, but it's still a great place.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impressive. The best Spanish restaurant in the US

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RandallDavid
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing lunch! The beet gazpacho is stunningly good.

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vipchodo
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food with terrific service. 4 of us enjoyed the Tapas Experience. The chef even subbed an item to accommodate my food allergy. Much appreciated!

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WallyK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, friendly service, beer selection could be better.

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HamiltonPat
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friendly service & delicious food in a warm ambience

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food and service as always. Wish the patrons would dress better for a slightly better ambiance but nevertheless it was a fantastic experience. Look forward to returning.

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SharonC
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing time at Jaleo! The food is spectacular, the portions are bigger than most tapas places I've been to, and the services is impeccable! Amazing.

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vipSteH
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience3

I suppose our expectations were too high because all four of us were disappointed in the remarkably weak drinks and very average Spanish food. We should have known what to expect when a server set a small basket of bread on our table amd there were only three pieces in it. Who does that for a party of four? Our waiter was ok but pretty much disappeared toward the end of our meal and we had to flag someone down to get our check. Not worth it at all. The paella tasted old. The chicken and rabbit were dried out especially the halves not buried in the rice. Our waiter suggested a potato salad which was horrible.

Do your self a favor and go elsewhere if you want a good Spanish meal.

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IrinaB
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience. Family of four, two teenagers. Have been to Spain, so could compare. Food was excellent, authentic and representative. Very good sangria. Stylish design and very attentive service. We also had a window booth with a nice people watching opportunities.

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LouisL
San Francisco
74 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant for a light lunch yesterday. Food was excellent and we had a great table and waiter. Totally enjoyed it!

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vipCaHe
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service wonderful

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MAWH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food is top notch consistently at Jaleo. We tried some different items on this visit and everything was excellent.

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vipbeaslett
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So great! Smaller menu than "before" but still amazing and many of the classics are on there. Amazing service as always.

DG
DavidG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice, very long lunch. Comfortable, Great food

DC
DianeC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from the service and cleanliness inside to the food was fabulous. I've rarely eaten at restaurants during Covid and since getting vaccinated. My friend and I were so glad that we chose Jaleo. Thank you!

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AndyM
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Took my wife for first time tapas.
She loved it. Service was great. Food was fresh and very tasty.
Recommend this place for sure.

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ReneeH
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistently great! The freshness and flavors of the food and drinks are amazing!
It’s the one few restaurants in DC I’ve been to multiple times, and will be back AGAIN!

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vipBrian
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been to Jaleo a number of times. It's always phenomenal.

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Katie
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Jaleo did not disappoint! Excellent food, delicious drinks, and prompt service make this a great choice!

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vipvjdantone
Washington DC
89 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jose Andres - what can I say but I'm amazed at the consistency of the food served at his restaurants. First time back to Jaleo in some time and it still is stellar! Got the tasting menu and the variety of tastes and flavors was even better than remembered. Outstanding service for outstanding food as well. He instills confidence for the diner in that the quality of food never wavers.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quick meal at the bar. Two gazpachos. Nice to have the beet option. And I’m not a big fan of beets. Excellent as always. Looking forward to the return of the brunch items. Friendly and quick.

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vipBasRougePrixFix
Washington DC
175 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always in Jose’s restaurants. Great food, drinks, and service. Don’t miss the Gin & Tonic Flight!

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DCDiner
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience3

Years ago this was a fun, reasonably priced place to get dinner. Today, their prices are quite high ($50-70/person with a drink) without an equivalent increase in experience. All three of us ordered the Chef's Special, but half the dishes did not come out in a way that made it easy to share three ways. It was unclear how the proportions would have been if I was there alone. The server gave us just the right amount of attention, but at one point I had literally lifted the last spoonful out of a dish before a busboy took the dish away. I guess they were trying to be efficient, and I WAS finished with the bowl, but it was a little weird. Jose Andres did admirable work during the pandemic, supporting and feeding front line workers, and I want to support his business. In this case though, a $200 dinner for three people, uneven proportions and the feeling of being rushed probably will have me looking elsewhere for options.

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pleased
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place

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vipBailey
New England
42 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tasting menu was excellent and very generous! Waiter was very knowledgeable!

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vipScottowK
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our table sampled one of the tasting menus. The food was creative and delicious. There were great wines on the menu that complimented the outstanding food. A great time was had by all!

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picktails
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We visited DC to celebrate my daughter’s 25th birthday and her new job, apartment and life. This was the perfect way for us to enjoy good food ( and cocktails!) over shared plates. Our waiter was very helpful in deciding between dishes, and his suggestions were spot on. Arriving before 6:30 allowed us to choose some things from the happy hour menu, which really helped keep the bill moderate!

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TomD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

$20 lunch menu with 3 choices (cannot substitute but found interesting items) with dessert. A lot of food, but all excellent and good value. Just post Covid and wait staff stretched but did a good job and everyone very cheerful 👍👍

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KatN
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Overall good experience for lunch, but the food could be made with less grease.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I’ve been to Jaleo several times and it has always been a very enjoyable experience. The food was delicious and although our server was very busy and not as attentive as I would have liked the food; drinks and ambiance made up for it.

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vipVdmr
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

The food was very good as always.

Not very impressed with our server. Had to ask a couple of times for her to take our order.
Didn’t check on us.

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TaraS
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great selection and unique specials. Very consistent food quality. Traditional rabbit and chicken paella is amazing!

AL
vipAndrewL
Washington DC
84 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

When we went June 2 for lunch, the restaurant was still suffering from a COVID staffing shortage. Food was good, but the service was VERY slow.

They have a sign in the window saying they're hiring, so if you're looking for a job in what is normally a great tapas bar and eatery, pay them a visit.

FAQs

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

Jaleo DC is rated 4.7 stars by 9253 OpenTable diners.

Jaleo DC does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://thinkfoodgroup.myguestaccount.com/guest/egift.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.