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Jaleo DC, Washington, DC

Jaleo DC

4.7
4.7
9724 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

7:00 PM


Booked 45 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 9,724 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

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

NoiseModerate

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  1. DC

    DCBoxtera

    Richmond

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Exceptional tapas. Octopus there is the best anywhere. Bread with a tomato spread is worthy. Everything was good. Loud when full. Pricey, it they earn it. Miss the other two in Bethesda and Crystal City
  2. L

    Lynn

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is the second restaurant by Andres that we have dined. The food is excellent and we enjoyed the downtown location.
  3. j

    jseelke

    Washington DC

    38 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    38 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We have always loved Jaleo, but in this case things were a bit off - when we were served one of the items, there was a hair in the papas bravadas. The server was super quick to take it away and they did not charge us for the new one. But still things seemed a bit off from the norm.
  4. CF

    CatF

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    I went to Jaleo in the late 1990s and 2000s when I lived in the area previously. The updated decorations were a surprise, and I missed the mural on the wall. The food was delicious and the service was good, even when it was busy. A DC staple that is always a treat.
  5. w

    williamp

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great food and service!! Definitely my go-to!!
  6. LG

    LarryG

    Washington DC

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was superb and just what we needed for an early evening meal
  7. FM

    FoodieM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Because it’s a tapas place that’s why I feel that the entree I ordered was not that great. The chicken in the Pallela was extremely over cooked making at hard to chew and it was not seasoned like tapas items I ate. Drinks and tapas food were as good as any other Spanish restaurant. It was good but could be better imv.
  8. c

    chip

    Washington DC

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had the classic chef's testing menu prior to a theater performance. Our excellent server, Nick, ensured the dishes came out at an appropriate pace - we never felt rushed or ignored. We appreciated he made a point to check in with every delivery to explain the food, its ingredients and preparation. Always a pleasure and a tasty dining experience!
  9. M

    Magz

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent and innovative food in modern and warm ambiance.
  10. EW

    EvaW

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing. Our server Juan was very kind.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good service and great menu!
  12. j

    jolief

    Tampa

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Went before hockey game.
  13. J

    Jjjjjjj

    Washington DC

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was so lovely, and food delicious as always. Music was turned up a touch to loud for conversation but otherwise loved our table in the sidewalk tent
  14. e

    empress

    Philadelphia

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about Jaleo is outstanding: most importantly, the food and drinks, but also the ambience and the fantastic service. We make a point to go whenever we're in DC and it's always the best decision. Keep in mind that for tapas, the portions are large—we always order too much—but ultimately you won't regret that either because everything is incredible.
  15. TS

    TheresaS

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, excellent service, and the patio was sufficiently warm despite a rather stiff breeze!
  16. TF

    TebF

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, service and vibe were all great!
  17. JG

    JerryG

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience5
    server was completely unfamiliar with the menu and ingredients of dishes.
  18. F

    Funyins

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My new #1 place in DC. I can't say enough good things about the food, the service, and the drinks. Best G&T I have ever had. We did the Chef's tasting menu, which was pretty reasonable based on all the food we ate. Every dish was better than the last. Eat here, you will not be disappointed.
  19. S

    Scott

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience2
    my favorite restaurant but the music outside was much too loud and annoying to allow conversation.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Potatoes were amazing, everything else was ok.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    My wife and I are huge Tapas fans, so we decided to give Jaleo a chance. To start, the service was great. Our server was knowledgeable and attentive. Service overall was fast. Atmosphere was nice. We ordered Jaleo Experience tasting menu which consisted of about 10-11 Tapas plates. Overall the food was not bad, however non of the plates left a “wow” factor for us. We have been to several other Tapas places where we left. The best part of our visit was the Sangria. Overall the visit was not bad.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    Good drinks and we ordered a bunch of small plates. The ceiling of the table next to us sprung a leak and a waterfall started coming down from the ceiling. Staff cleaned it up after it stopped a minute or two later but it was a little concerning to see them later sir people at the table.
  23. w

    worldtraveller

    Atlanta

    182 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    182 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The food is always exceptional The liquid olive is life changing
  24. M

    Mitzy1

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Jaleo has the best tapas anywhere, scrumptious, and delivered to your table lickity- split! Also trust your servers, who are friendly and fast, to make recommendations so you can sample food you might never have tried otherwise. But whatever you do, whatever you order, you must order the garlic shrimp, bathed in a delicious, buttery, garlic sauce. Just be sure to order extra bread to soak up all the garlic goodness.
  25. D

    Desigirl

    Washington DC

    70 reviews

    5.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience! Enjoyed the food and service!
  26. a

    asimplechord

    Houston

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the gin and tonic flight. Really enjoyed the daily specials I tried, but my favorite is always the patatas bravas!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The gazpacho and sangria were excellent. Our server was excellent at recommending items to try. A fantastic lunch experience.
  28. TG

    ThomasG

    Pittsburgh

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Salmon toast and chicken fritters were great
  29. F

    Finedyne

    Washington DC

    105 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    105 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Food was better than when we were last there, precovid. Back then it was terrific. Somehow they managed to improve it. Our waiter was wonderful, informative and friendly and efficient. Sommelier was informative and friendly. I marked down on ambience because we like a quiet room. We were delighted to have an out of the way table next to the window so it was a little quieter. Can’t wait to return next time we are in town.
  30. EH

    EleanorH

    Washington DC

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Food is fantastic, menu options varied. Lively vibe. Service starts attentive, then it can be a challenge to get attention, so not the right place if you're on a timetable. But if you can spare 2 hours for lunch, it's great!
  31. A

    Alweia

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Since it was a slow night, we were able to be seated an hour before or actually reservation time, which worked out better for us. The staff were knowledgeable about which menu items were vegan or could be modified to be vegan. The sangria only filled a little over half of its pitcher and was heavy on the ice, so that seemed like not a great value. But the paella was fantastic, as were the roasted eggplant and grilled asparagus. Keep in mind that the paella takes 45 minutes after ordering before it arrives at your table, so plan accordingly.
  32. BF

    BarbaraF

    Washington DC

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jaleo never disappoints! One of my favorite brunch places!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fantastic service and even better food!
  34. DD

    DiscerningDiner

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    A fun place to eat. Excellent service, our servers recommendations were the best menu selections
  35. L

    Localfavorite

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We always enjoy dining at Jaleo. In this case the manager graciously changed our table after we complained about the noise level by our original seating. Food was high quality— service was good. Only complaint is that all courses were served at once-/ in the past they w were brought when ready allowing a little more space between servings.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Switzerland

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As everything Jose Andres does…magnifíque!
  37. RL

    RonL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    once we discovered Jaleo, we have never visited DC and not made a reservation here. Side bar has become supporting a business that does good work in the world! Not to mention it is delicious!
  38. QN

    QNguyen

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    My server took forever to show up and appeared quite flustered; she took my bottled water order but by the time she returned, another server brought me tap water, so I told her not to bother. The food was fantastic and came at a reasonable pace, as usual, however. Jaleo never disappoints and this was the first time in many experiences where my service wasn't fantastic.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the ambiance, so lively! The Patatas Bravas was to die for.
  40. C

    Cindie

    Washington DC

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, excellent menu!

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 4.7 stars by 9724 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 45 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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