Jaleo DC

4.8
9401 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.

ThinkFoodGroup requires all our staff to be fully vaccinated. We request all guests over 12 years of age who are dining indoors to be fully vaccinated.

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Safety precautions

Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
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KarenS
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Patatas bravas that will rock your world! Be sure to also get the croquettes. The food is so delicious there and the service is top-notch! Plus the owner is a great guy, need to support people who do the right thing.

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PhilipC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fiend and I shared two three-course meals. We enjoyed a wide variety of foods, all perfectly prepared, distinctive, flavorful, amply portioned, and brought to us by an attentive, thoroughly professional server who apparently paid attention to our table and knew the exact perfect moment to clear the table and serve new dishes. In the best of times it must be hard to find and retain expert chefs and wait staffs. That is an even more formidable challenge in the pandemic era. But Jaleo certainly knows how. A superb dining experience!

JD
JDWiese
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great location, great food and service (Ricardo was excellent), but it was pretty busy and slightly crowded - book early and watch out for events at the Capital One Arena.

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StephenM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So unfussy, it's easy to overlook how good everything is. Relaxed, fun, delicious.

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vipwriterlady
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the prix fixe lunch at Jaleo's! It's our go-to meal following a matinee at the Shakespeare Theatre. The selection is great, with just enough choices to satisfy every yen, be it salad or soup, spinach or potatoes, shrimp or chicken or something vegan. Everything is perfectly prepared, yet the portions are modest enough so that even those with the most meager appetites can manage. It's a lot like a tasting menu, and just right for the middle of the afternoon. I prefer one of the house wines to the sangria, which I find too sweet, but that's a personal choice. I highly recommend this.

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vipGreat
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Plenty of outdoor tables and the lunch specials are wonderful.

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SantosR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The Paella was just okay. I would not order it again. It was bland and the shrimp was overcooked.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fun and nice vibes . Great sangria

JA
vipJACK
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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minx
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jaleo is always a wonderful place to eat and our recent lunch there was no exception. The service was attentive without being disruptive and the food was delicious. I particularly liked the cod and potato fritters, which I hadn’t had before. We ate outside, which made it a bit louder due to traffic, but the outdoor space was nice.

JC
JudyC
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner was excellent, every dish was delicious and the wait staff were helpful when we asked for recommendations as well as bringing out our plates in a steady succession so we had time to enjoy each one.

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KarenB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

As always the food was outstanding. Our only complaint was the staff seemed to try to rush us through dinner - and asked if we wanted our check before we'd even gotten our last two tapas. Otherwise fantastic and we love supporting Jose Andres and all his other great philanthropic work around the world.

MK
MrKnockoff
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic. Maybe best retaurant meal I've ever had. Went with the experience tasting menu; it went from 'maybe this won't be enough' to 'that was nice' to 'oh man I don't think i can finish', but it was all so good I devoured it.

The service was more than excellent, it was expensive but worth every penny, Only downside was being seated near maybe the loudest woman on the face of the planet. Dessert was ridiculously tasty and drowned her out, so all good.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dining experiences we ever had! The food was complex, flavorful and just simply amazing. Our server was top notch explaining all the food and pairings in detail. Thank you!

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dozierg
New England
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food was amazing! So many delicious options! The service was not good. I understand that places are understaffed, but if you don’t have the severs, don’t fill all of the tables. Plates were just quickly put on our table with a muttering of what they were. Two dishes were not ours, and we never got one dish that we did order. Our waiter agreed to take our non ordered items off the bill but never did. We felt rushed to leave so just paid and left. It’s a shame because the food truly is outstanding.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is wonderful! All the servers are excellent, the food is amazing, and the wines even more so.

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Debbie
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and impeccable service.

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vipDateNightCouple
Birmingham
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved sampling the variety of Tapas. All great choices. Dessert was awesome also

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Little loud , turn down the music..the tables were a little close too,. The food was great.

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vipGregC
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food- very good tapas. We had
Bacalao- delicious with yummy fish flavor, perfectly fried
Gambas w garlic- nicely cooked great sauce. Perfect with the crunchy bread
Squid with black ink- ok not super favorable 2 small with rice
Pequillo peppers w goat cheese - tasty with med goat cheese flavor

Drinks were tasty. Did not have the sangria or paella as paella was for 4 people. Also takes 45 min plus to cook

Covid protocols- all staff was masked. Website states that all guests must be fully vaccinated. When we entered there were no signs stating this and when I asked waitstaff if they wanted to see my vaccination card she sort of dismissed it, said ‘vaccinated yeah, good’ but didn’t bother looking.

This did color our experience. If you’re going to state that vaccinations are required then honor this. If not, then remove this from the website so I can make my decision to dine or not based on what the actual protocol is.

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vipSamm
Denver
19 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time visiting Jaleo and it was just as wonderful as we remembered. We haven’t been able to travel or explore due to COVID and a great meal out was just what we needed! We will always come back when we are able!

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In town for my 40th birthday with my best friend and we had an excellent time at Jaleo for dinner! Totally recommend this spot for the ambiance, service and delicious food.

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Durhamnewbie
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, service and setting. Dinner with a dear friend could not have been better. Thank you.

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NikkiJ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Awesome restaurant overall. There was a delay in serving our last tapas selection so that kind of put the breaks on our experience. Otherwise all good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Menu thoughtfully curated and carefully prepared but not fussy. Lively but still relaxed ambiance. A hit of Spain. Sat on bar level and server was terrific- spot on with recommendations.

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vipLarryG
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took advantage of the Sangria Hour all day on Tuesday. We had their excellent sangria and tried each of the tapas on the Sangria Hour menu. Great taste and value.

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vipFunFoodie
Washington DC
80 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

As always Jaleo does it well. We had some lag time on our tapas but overall, good experience.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal from beginning to end. Flavors, presentation and timing all spot on. Our favorite server from our entire trip to DC and New York City, Nick, was warm, knowledgeable and made our evening. We would return in a heartbeat.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Missed chicken paella as it was special Paella week..overall , great evening, food .

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PhoebeTango
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Really good food and service. Definitely a must visit when in DC!

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SinguS
New England
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience3

Overrated and touristy. Much better Tapas restaurants in other parts of DC

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vipCindie
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dinner and service! There was a great selection of menu items and the wine list was reasonable and diverse. Overall, a wonderful experience. We will be back again soon.

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TaraH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as usual! We're so lucky to have Chef Jose Andres' restaurants close enough to visit whenever we want. Every bite was exceptional. Service was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent cuisine, Spanish tapas were delicious and the service 10/10

MN
MarkNearRFK
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not surprisingly, everything went well at Jaleo. They were nice enough to seat us before our last companion arrived. Our server explained the menu to those unfamiliar with it. They were out of the Spanish cider and something else. The pan con tomate and the cheese board were tasty and generous. The lamb paella was different and tasty because one of us could not eat shellfish. The wine and gin-tonic flights were tasty and surprisingly reasonable--I would have ordered a 2nd wine flight if my friend had not offered me a gin-tonic. Everyone liked their desserts--flan, chocoloate mousse, and my grapefruit "texturas" (basically sorbet with slices in it) was remarkable. The coffee was disappointing so the server comped me an espresso. They did not rush us at all, and we were there LONG.

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MarcieG
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great waiter! Food was delicious but pretty pricey.

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vipNancyT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was great (as usual). Ditto on value for money. Only real disappointment was the fact that we chose to eat indoors as their website (and open table) indicated they were requiring proof of covid vax to do so. However, no one ever asked to see our proof.

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TVJerry
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We've heard raves about this place and decided to go all out and do Jose's tasting menu. There had to be at least 10 courses...waaay too much food and we hated wasting it. On the other hand, not one dish was exceptional. They were often interesting, but seldom delicious. We ate at Zintanya the nite before and EVERY dish (5 or 6) was interesting and delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience3

The food was amazing!
I tried the octopus salad. Boiled octopus with potatoes, Goat,tomato jam, flan…

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vipbrandib
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about Jaleo was amazing. The staff, the drinks, the food, the ambiance. Went for a friend's birthday dinner and I was so happy to be enjoying food that tasted like authentic Spanish cuisine from when I visited Barcelona. The paella w/ the black truffle on too was to die for! So happy we went during the Paella Festival it was a real treat!

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 4.8 stars by 9401 OpenTable diners.

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 reservations at the moment.