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Jaleo DC, Washington, DC

Jaleo DC

4.7
4.7
9769 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 46 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 9,769 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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  1. GS

    GSFdining

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly server and yummy food! Jaleo is always good.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were celebrating our 30th anniversary and it was our first time at Jaleo. We had the lunch for winter restaurant week ABD we also ordered a couple dishes out of the regular menu. The food quality was wonderful and the combination of ingredients wonderful. Services was attentive and personal. We love the atmosphere as well. Overall a great experience. I highly recommend and looking forward to go back.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great. The food as always delicious , however the flan was just there, lack of vanilla or flavor, very plain, the whipping cream had better taste
  4. A

    Annfromdc

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    THIS WAS A disappointing visit to Jaleo. We had 7 different dishes and only the shrimp and the flans were very tasty. This was a disappointing meal. On the basis of the last visit, I would take Jaleo off my recommended list.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Terrible food, total waste of money. The salmon wasn’t even seasoned with anything it might as well have just been boiled. I’m not usually one to write reviews but this was a very disappointing experience especially from a José andres restaurant.
  7. RS

    RandallS

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We ordered one of the tasting menus (the Experience). The food was delicious. But what we really appreciated was that we told our server that we needed to be done in time for the Caps game ... and everything was timed perfectly for us to enjoy dinner, not be rushed, and still make it to the game in time.
  8. AB

    AB123

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Very slow service and server didn’t log one item for order. She didn’t come by very often so by the time we realized we didn’t have enough time to put the new order in.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious as always!
  10. a

    adcockram

    Washington DC

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very great experience and food. Highly enjoyable.
  11. S

    Stephen

    Washington DC

    172 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    172 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food was very tasty and well prepared. Jaleo is one of our favorite Spanish restaurants in the DC area.
  12. A

    Amit

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    fiancee and i always enjoy coming to jaleo for their incredible tapas and drinks!
  13. SW

    SarahW

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Best payay
  14. S

    Susan

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We love just love the Ukrainian Salad as well as the Spinach with Pine Nuts. Double orders of each, notwithstanding the amount of food we’d already ordered! Around 5 pm though, the music volume went up exponentially. We couldn’t hear each other, across from one another at a small table for two! Our request to lower the volume was acknowledged, but went unheeded. That was the one blight, otherwise, Jaleo continues to be a favorite.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Try the sherry tasting!
  16. WF

    WizFan

    Washington DC

    263 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    263 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hlghly recommend beets salad. Everything is great.
  17. r

    robinl

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and drinks. We'll definitely be back.
  18. PS

    PamelaS

    Philadelphia

    68 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved Jaleo!!! Our 2nd visit. The food & drinks were superb, our server, Aldo, was very friendly, he took time to give us great suggestions & came to the table several times to make sure we were enjoying our meal . We love José Andrés restaurants. We will be back !! Thank you
  19. J

    Jule

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious. Bruce was amazing and very knowledgeable about the menu and offered great suggestions. He was so friendly. The rest of the staff were also attentive.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had the Jaleo Experience and it was fantastic
  21. RV

    RenaV

    Washington DC

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, excellent service!!! My first time there and it wont be the last!!!
  22. TF

    TheFatFox

    Exclusive

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    Probably one of the most disappointing meals I’ve had in DC. The food and atmosphere was both pretentious and unenjoyable. The fried appetizers can out lukewarm, and did not have a lot of flavor. The paella was awful. The meat was bone dry and had no flavor, and the paella, as someone who loves salt, was almost too salty to eat. The sangria and cured meat was the best thing of our dinner, but it definitely wasn’t worth the price. The service was slow and the constant trackless attempts by the server to up-sell wasn’t enjoyable. I’d save your money and try one of the many other Spanish restaurants in the district.
  23. J

    Jess

    Greensboro

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and delicious food. We especially enjoyed the beet salad and the shrimp.
  24. DC

    DCDiner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Food allergy handling needs improvement.
  25. P

    Pamc

    Baltimore

    25 reviews

    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food as always was delicious. The Cava sangria not really my thing. Definitely a place to enjoy a good meal. Of course any restaurant of Jose Andres deserves support for the work he does helping others.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and service
  27. e

    ethel

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I always enjoy this restaurant. Food is great, comes fast and always helpful staff!
  28. DH

    DonH

    Washington DC

    67 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service! Really enjoyed the food.
  29. HG

    HalG

    Washington DC

    53 reviews

    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    How can you go wrong at a Jose Andres restaurant!? I'm sure other reviews will touch on excellence of food and service. I want to commend them for satisfying my request to be seated in a quiet area. They have a table in a secluded area with cloth walls. Perfect!!
  30. b

    brianparks

    Seattle

    13 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    A poor rating for the pure horrible interaction with the host and manager. Showed up for our reservation and was told a table wasn't ready yet, I get it, bustling Saturday night, asked when they thought, gave no answer, said wait in bar or they could call us. Meantime saw several open tables, asked about those, said they were for other people who have waited. Half hour over our rezy time, decided to go outside and wait for the call. It never came. We had already decided to eat elsewhere, so no big deal, but I was hoping for the call so I could say no thank you. It's a shame the customer service was so bad, cause last time we were in DC we had a great time at Jaleo. BONUS , they still gave us 100 points on open table for completing our reservation.
  31. J

    Jeff

    Washington DC

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very good pre-theater option. Busy for a Tuesday night (server said its due to the holidays).
  32. T

    Tafelspitzlow

    Washington DC

    36 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    In a word: dated. Crowded, with chain like feeling. Service is good and several ingredients still have appeal. We ate all we could order with 6 people and everyone was underwhelmed. The iberico ham and the gambas were still on point. We won’t be back soon.
  33. r

    rebeccaofdc

    Washington DC

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We go to Jaleo every time my friend comes to DC.
  34. KM

    KarenM

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service. Perfect pre-game spot!
  35. MR

    MaryR

    New York Area

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Truly amazing food and drinks. Great service. If I lived in DC, I would dine regularly at Jaleo DC. Can't say enough positive things about the restaurant. Please, Jose....open one in NYC.
  36. YO

    YomariO

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food and ambience
  37. N

    Natalie

    Washington DC

    57 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    We had a nice dinner before the theater -- fast, efficient service, and the food was quite good. But the only table they had for us, even though we had a reservation, was right by the kitchen and a door that seemed to open out onto the street, so there was a lot of traffic near us and occasional gusts of cold air.
  38. PM

    PatriciaM

    Portland

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    I'm from the west coast. I've been coming to Jaleo DC for about 15 years. When planning a trip to DC, it is the first restaurant recommendation I make. Creative, tasty, unique.
  39. S

    Stephen

    Washington DC

    172 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    172 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Like many DC restaurants, Jaleo declined during the pandemic. They cut the menu and quality was not the same. I was very happy, however, that they seem to have recovered and the food we had was excellent. They still have a shortage of staff, so flagging our waiter was often complicated. They also still do not automatically provide bread, with the meal, citing pandemic shortages as an excuse. But they do sell Pan de cristal con tomate, toasted slices of bread brushed with fresh tomato for $14, so this explaination is clearly not true. Our waiter did get us some bread as a "favor," something that should be automatic. Come on José Andrés, bring back bread. I lived in Spain and bread was a part of every meal.
  40. t

    tlt8

    Baltimore

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Jaleo and make a point to go every time we visit DC.

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 9769 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 46 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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