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Jaleo DC, Washington, DC

Jaleo DC

4.6
4.6
9608 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

10:00 PM


Booked 50 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 628-7949

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    José Andres; Head Chef Robbie Meltzer

  • Catering

    Catering on a whole new level; José Andrés Catering elevates catering and event planning to new heights in the Washington, DC area and beyond. Now you can experience the inspired creations of celebrated chef José Andrés at your own party or venue. Visit us for more information at www.joseandrescatering.com, or call us at (202) 628-7949.

  • Private party facilities

    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 We offer a variety of spaces for your special event.

  • Private party contact

    Janice Conner: (844) 843-6573

  • Neighborhood

    Penn Quarter

  • Cross street

    E St.

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    We are located 1 block south of the Gallery Place/Chinatown metro station on the yellow, green and red lines. Take the 7th and Arena exit, walk one block south. The restaurant is located on the right hand corner of 7th and E St.<br /><br />We are also 1 block North of Arhives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter station on the green and yellow lines.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 9,608 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Spanish

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nick is a great waiter!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my greatest dining experiences, Thank you
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very flexible and accommodating an extra person for our reservation
  4. G

    Gigi

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a favorite when in DC, Jaleo never disappoints!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Comida de calidad y excelente atención del personal. Buen rato en familia. Repetiremos.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Food was not that good and a little expensive! nothing special.
  7. D

    Delphi

    Washington DC

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jaleo in DC consistently provides excellent service and excellent food. Well done to all!
  8. LW

    LaceyW

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jaleo is reliably excellent. The food is interesting and tasty, and the cava sangria was a treat.
  9. AG

    AnneGleaves

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The place was packed and the noise level was nearly deafening, so we asked to be moved to a table in the back. the staff were terrific and set us up as soon as a two-top opened. Everything else was perfect. wonderful food, nicely paced with delivery, delicious Sangria, attentive but not pushy service. A favorite place.
  10. GD

    GregD

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    I was surprised when I was not served bread with the cheese plate but, apart from that, the usual wonderful meal.
  11. P

    Penn701

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good value &amp; delicious food.
  12. BV

    BklynVisitor

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Always delicious. Indoor dining is loud. If you want to have a conversation, better to be outside. However, outside service was slow, not as attentive. But the food never disappoints.
  13. JQ

    JQuant

    Guadalajara

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Esperaba un poco más, un menú mas variado/elaborado y definitivamente una atención más profesional. En general esta muy rico, los platillos bien presentados y la sazón esta bien, si no esperas mucho te sorprende pero si esperas una experiencia culinaria de un celebrity chef.... pues se queda corto.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    It was good but not great the service was slow and there was too many people inside sitting too close.
  15. AP

    AshleyP

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience1
    Bad open table experience. Short staffed And they didn’t honor the reservation. I arrived early, was told to wait 5 minutes, and watched them seat other parties for 20 minutes only to be finally offered the last table in the direct sun. Caution when booking on open table- they may not “find” your reservation.
  16. e

    econguy

    Baltimore

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Jaleo is one of our favorite restaurants in DC. We went for our wedding anniversary. We sat outside on 7th street. Seating was comfortable and a bit noisy of course because we were outside. Food was great as always although I noticed that some portions seemed smaller than the last time we dined there. Service was excellent.
  17. V

    Vikas

    London

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Service at the table was excellent and the food was great.. we tried new things and enjoyed them. However the service at the reception/hostess desk - the less said the better.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was outstanding. The pan con tomate, gazpacho, bacalao croquetas, all extraordinary!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Service was slow and horrible, food was mediocre
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Tables to close to each other.
  21. e

    ethel

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Interesting menu, great food, fast service, nice outside patio.
  22. R

    Restonian

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jaleo never disappoints.
  23. EO

    EstelaO

    Orange County

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Only enjoyed half the food. Staff was nice. Tables seemed a bit cramped.We did Joes way chef tasting menu. Gin flight was good.
  24. GN

    GoNats

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was excellent, per usual; service a bit slow.
  25. ER

    ERD28

    Washington DC

    54 reviews

    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, amazing and creative food, convenient location and Cava sangria! My favorite place in DC. Owned by a chef who is changing the world and making it better, one meal at a time. Or was that a million meals in a disaster zones wherever there are hungry people ?
  26. PP

    PattyP

    New York Area

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for an early brunch -- there were four of us. We sat in a table at the window in comfortable chairs and were instantly greeted by our waiter. She brought us water, took a drink order and explained the menu. Our food was quick to arrive and every dish delicious. Our favorites were probably the deviously simple pan de Cristal con tomate-- with it's wood fired crisp bread, sea salt and fresh tomatoes and the traditional gambas (shrimp in garlic). For dessert we ordered the torrijas con plantain which was a cross between a flan and French toast with the most delicious cartelized bananas on top. All the portions were enough to share among 4 people and we throughly enjoyed the entire experience. We will be back.
  27. PR

    PaulR

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place never fails us.
  28. MM

    MichaelM

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorites in DC - reminds us of when we lived in Madrid a long time ago. Wonderful choices and always good.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about Jaleo was perfect. Wonderful waiter, fantastic delicious food, magnificent all around!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Mediocre. Booked based on Spanish food &amp; disappointed in that and overall experience. Crowded with tables tightly crushed together. Tapa sizes were small (as tapas should be) but very overpriced for content. Wine was fine but again overpriced. We will not be going back.
  31. WV

    WilliamV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    have been to the one in chicago and las vegas and all of them are great
  32. EO

    EvnstnOne

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Unfortunately the quality of the food has gone down. It used to have the fresh made feel to it but now it seems processed and almost fast-food like. It is still a popular place and they serve a lot of people each night, and I will continue to support Jose Andre in his restaurants and philanthropy, but won’t rush back.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was outstanding. The four of us agreed the dishes were better than ever! Our waiter went above and beyond. The restaurant was packed and moving about with heavy trays is no easy task - we could see it was demanding for our waitress and yet she was all smiles, anticipated our needs and made our experience fun and pleasurable. It’s a little noisy but we were able to hold a conversation without shouting. We loved the spirited and fun atmosphere. I highly recommend Jaleo’s and am disappointed it was replaced with Spanish Diner in Bethesda.
  34. CC

    ChCH

    Washington DC

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Each dish hit it out of the ballpark, from Hanna’s al ajillo to olive oil ice cream with grapefruit ice and a final plate of manchego slices.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently very good service and food. Keep up the good work.
  36. y

    yshres

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Service was slow but the restaurant was very busy! Food was delicious, as usual. I wish I had made a reservation outside, it was super warm inside the restaurant.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always terrific!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience3
    Food was great, service was decent. Not the best tapas place I’ve been to, but would recommend it to a friend. The atmosphere is a little odd but they have a nice patio.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always a favorite. The service and food never disappoint, and they have the best sangria.
  40. t

    thomasq

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Excellent food, mostly small plates. Good sangria.

Safety precautions

  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking

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 4.6 stars by 9608 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 50 times today
Google Map for Jaleo DC

480 7th St. NW Washington, DC 20004

Additional information

  • Cross street

    E St.

  • Neighborhood

    Penn Quarter

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    We are located 1 block south of the Gallery Place/Chinatown metro station on the yellow, green and red lines. Take the 7th and Arena exit, walk one block south. The restaurant is located on the right hand corner of 7th and E St.We are also 1 block North of Arhives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter station on the green and yellow lines.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    José Andres; Head Chef Robbie Meltzer

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (202) 628-7949

  • Catering

    Catering on a whole new level; José Andrés Catering elevates catering and event planning to new heights in the Washington, DC area and beyond. Now you can experience the inspired creations of celebrated chef José Andrés at your own party or venue. Visit us for more information at www.joseandrescatering.com, or call us at (202) 628-7949.

  • Private party facilities

    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 We offer a variety of spaces for your special event.

  • Private party contact

    Janice Conner: (844) 843-6573

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