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Jaleo DC, Washington, DC

Jaleo DC

4.7
4.7
9821 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 29 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 9,821 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. EleanorY

    Hawaii

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent dining experience: creative and delicious dishes, fine informative service.
  2. KennyB

    Coastal Georgia

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always enjoy our experience here. Food is always well prepared and drinks are always enjoyable.
  3. KHpokefan

    Houston

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Food was excellent. Service slightly off- courses were not cleared in timely manner. Would prefer clean plates with each course or at least offered. Server was knowledgeable and made recommendations but just not as attentive as we would prefer.
  4. Navidiner

    Baltimore

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    Jaleo DC has been our "go-to" for weekend lunch for years, however, this time was a major disappointment. The food was not even close to the quality we have experienced in the past. We selected the "brunch tasting experience" this visit and based on the quality of that offering, we would not recommend it. Order off the "Main" menu.
  5. Margotd

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious tapas options. Portions just right for two people. One order of the fish chowder was enough for two women. I so appreciate that Jaleo always comes through when I mention the occasion is a birthday.
  6. TrishH

    Indiana

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always love our visits to Jaleo. The food is phenomenal, and the service is attentive and pleasant.
  7. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    The front desk girl was very arrogant and she started criticizing us in Spanish (not knowing it’s my mother tongue). Not a pleasant visit
  8. Kapsabet

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was delicious, as always! We love every one of Jose’s restaurants.
  9. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite restaurants and the first place we take friends visiting for the first time.
  10. JenniferW

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and food was amazing! Great pre-theater meal, thank you.
  11. 2022

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Chef’s tasting menu was delicious. The sangria was remarkable. Our server was highly knowledgeable on all the items. We will return.
  12. SamH

    Seattle

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Tapas are conventional except for much more expensive than if you went to a normal tapas bar. The tables are very tightly packed. Poor servers have to carry large trays over their heads. Very loud on a Saturday night, but seems right for the space.
  13. nanc

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful especially our waiter.
  14. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good food and service. But I hate when you eat and they start cleaning the place instead of paying the personnel one hour more and avoid this inconvenience for the clients.
  15. ElTenador

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    All Jose Andres properties are top shelf and Jaleo, that is about to its 30th anniversary is no exception. It's not as trendy as it used to be but that hasn't hurt the quality of anything - all remains top shelf, even when finding great staff seems quixotic for most places.
  16. MandAF

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Marvelous tapas — some perennial favorites and some new adventures. Excellent service. Always great before the Shakespeare Theatre.
  17. Ritagonz

    New England

    233 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    233 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It's the guy. Jose Andres. Pricy, yes. Delectably approachable food - absolutely. I LOVE Spain. I go as often as I can afford. I eat croquetas. Lots of them. I eat piquillos (I'd bathe with them). Their croquetas are so tapas-bar worthy its not even funny. Crunchy and creamy - oh so good. Those cheese stuffed piquillos? A thing of beauty. With a Txakolina. Yes. Zetas. Con un huevo? Naughty. Beautify and simple food with beautiful and welcoming people. It's the big guy's house. And I was happy to be his guest!
  18. OpenTable Diner

    Cambridge

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    I am Spanish and always had good food at Jaleo. This time we went for the tasting menu and honestly half of the plates were not even Spanish and were not very good. Super noisy and super expensive
  19. RussellV

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    We enjoyed Jaleo very much but I must admit I was a bit disappointed. I am a huge fan of Jose Andres and wanted Jaleo to be one of the best dining experiences I could have but frankly, it wasn't. It was very good. The service was very friendly and attentive. It's a very nice restaurant but the food was frankly just good to maybe very good. I've had similar dishes at other Spanish restaurants that do not have quite the notoriety and praise as Jaleo that were far better than what was served at Jaleo. I will try his other DC restaurants when I return but doubt I will go back to Jaleo. Again it was good but not outstanding as I was hoping it would be.
  20. Jimmys

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous in every way!
  21. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My first time at Jaleo and it was a great experience. Highly recommend the Croquetas :)
  22. AlonzoW

    Washington DC

    78 reviews

    5.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A different menu but still with sufficient vegetarian options. Tasty tapas dishes of an ample size
  23. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food as always!
  24. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    When we are in DC always try to go to a José restaurant Food was excellent So many choices and all great. Hardest part is deciding what to order. Service was outstanding
  25. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My sister in law birthday, she was in the mood for paella. And what a perfectly occasion to go to Jaleo, my favorite paella is of course Jose Andres Paella. Along with squid and octopus some olives, cava, pan con chocolate and flan, jaleo café! Perfect Sunday after a walk along the mall on a sunny day, finalize with Art at the National art institute Thank you Jaleo team for such delicious food and service. Kind regards Yosette
  26. PhilR

    Central Texas

    120 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    120 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We try to dine here when we are in town. This is our third experience and it’s been delicious in every way each time.
  27. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Outstanding staff. Having worked in restaurants, I always defer to people carrying precious cargo even if I’m a patron. These folks were carrying enormous trays in tight spaces and would still insist I go first when passing through the restaurant. Lovely people, very professionals. I would definitely go back and try more food. There are so many items to pick from and you won’t leave hungry.
  28. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2023

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    The shrimp paella was horrible
  29. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious and generous servings for tapas-style dining. Sat in their enclosed outdoor seating to take advantage of the nice weather and it was perfect. Will definitely be back.
  30. globalgranny

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always the best from Jose.
  31. Excellent

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious, as always. Chef’s tasting menu is the way to go. They just keep bringing different tapas. Almost no room for dessert. Service on point as well.
  32. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2023

    overall3food2service5ambience2
    Great service but the food was just. OK.
  33. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Can’t wait to come back!!
  34. LauraM

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Server was very friendly and knowledgeable. Food was fantastic. Highly recommend dining here!
  35. Jennifer

    Washington DC

    102 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    102 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always delicious! Great museum day restaurant.
  36. WizFan

    Washington DC

    266 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    266 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We split 5 plates which is about 1 plate too many, but I came hungry by skipping lunch. Endive with goat cheese was a delight. The chorizo and potatoes were special. Any gin and tonic should be on your list. The place was packed. The crowd are back.
  37. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Our waiter was so nice and helpful !
  38. Foodie31

    Washington DC

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was there for brunch on Sat. My favorite item was the beet salad, which I've never had before. Deelish! and of course, the sauteed shrimp is amazing, as always. We even saved room for dessert--the flan and a chocolate mousse thing. Yummy! Service is always very attentive. Food comes out when ready and they clean up the plates as you finish, without rushing you. Only disappointment was the Sangria. Tasted good, but not made fresh. It's out of a bottle! What?!?
  39. EMILY

    Greensboro

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2023

    overall5food5service3ambience3
    Was very good we enjoyed the croquettes and the hanger steak and Beshmel pork enchiladas
  40. BrianGrace

    Baltimore

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great and we had a good time.

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 9821 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 29 times today
Google Map for Jaleo DC

480 7th St. NW, Washington, DC 20004

Dining areas

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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