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Jaleo DC, Washington, DC

Jaleo DC

4.7
4.7
9678 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 61 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 9,678 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Spanish

  • District of Columbia

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  1. NG

    NancyG

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Had a delicious lunch with great service. The Iberian ham flauta surpassed our expectations and the choice of sides were terrific. The gazpacho and salad sides were hard to choose between. Excellent choice for pre National Gallery visit.
  2. T

    Tashi

    Washington DC

    326 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    326 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A beautiful day to enjoy an outdoor meal at Jaleo. As always, the food was excellent and Elian P provided outstanding service.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Vibrant, fun, lots of choices!
  4. RK

    RobertK

    Portland

    68 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Interesting menu. Can never order everything that I want to try. That is why I always return.
  5. GH

    GlendaH

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went with the tasting menu and added the wine pairings. We had a spectacular meal. Thanks Jose and thank you to your wonderful staff for making our evening special.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and Wed nights is 1/2 bottle night!
  7. m

    michelle

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    I already commented on my soap experience but I did remember another problem. My partner ordered ginger beer from the email and. received a fever tree? Ginger ale. Not a big deal but added to soap experience
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always delicious!
  9. M

    Maddie

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    everything we ordered was amazing (cava sangria, pan con tomate, the fried bacon wrapped dates, the beet salad, the garlic shrimp, and the steak)!
  10. PK

    PaulaK

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent service and wonderful tapas and drinks. Dessert was amazing!
  11. A

    telAthens

    Columbus

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and some of the best service we have had, anywhere
  12. KR

    KerriR

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jaleo in DC is always a great dining experience. The food is amazing, the service is great, the soundproofing they did years ago makes it so much quieter and easy to hear the people at your table. We love it every time.
  13. RH

    RheannaH

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Bummed they did away with the London Dry G&T!
  14. JP

    JanetP

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Food & service were fantastic! Tables are a bit close together and noise level is high, but we overlook this as it’s always a good meal.
  15. CW

    CWat

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Jaleo never fails to please. Of all Chef Andres's restaurants, this one is my favorite. It's good for lunch, dinner, special occasions, date night, there is always something new and interesting and delicious to eat. Love it.
  16. PF

    PhilFellini

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s great food with a fun atmosphere. Totally worth it! The best tapas are spinach & pinenuts, cauliflower & dates, and asparagus with Romanesca sauce. Huge shout out to their great staff including CJ (manager), Ramon (sommelier) and especially Sylvia our server!
  17. DJ

    DeeJ

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Carlos was great. Tasting menu experience was a nice way to get familiar with the menu. We recommend people get their pitcher of cocktails without ice to keep it from being watered down, but everything else was wonderful.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Very good food but music very loud
  19. DM

    DavidM

    Columbus

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Terri’s Birthday
  20. DC

    DebbieC

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were heading to a concert down the street. Traffic made us a little late but they graciously seated us upon arrival. Once learning we were going to the concert the server was attentive to meeting time deadlines. Sat outside, nice environment. Overall pleasant experience
  21. MR

    MichaelR

    Kansas City

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Perfect place for “before the concert” meal. Love this food!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Michael Buble’s concert
  23. MS

    MerS

    Tampa

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great dinner at Jaleo! I gave 5 stars for service because our server was quite good and attentive. Right up to the point we needed to pay and leave. Dessert and coffee delivered and promptly forgot we were in his section, had to flag down the food runner to get the check and a manager to run our card. We spent a lot, tipped well and would have liked to have great service to the final act.
  24. AN

    AshleyN

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    I was very disappointed with THIS visit to Jaleo. I am a long time fan of this restaurant but can't say that I will be going back anytime soon, if at all. Again, I have eaten here more times than I can count on all my fingers and toes. The restaurant itself smelled terrible, like the bathroom. Then I actually went into the bathroom and it was 100 times worse. The bathroom was filthy, no toilet paper. The bathrooms were smelling up the entire restaurant! How is that possible with all the delicious foods that Jaleo USUALLY presents? The sangria was served in a pitcher, full of ice, with NO diced fruit. Another unpleasant surprise. I have always been a fan of the sangria. The servers weren't engaging. No explanation or suggestions from them. Which again, if you've been here, that is unusual. The food was literally thrown onto the plate, no presentation. I also felt like the menu was much smaller than I remember, not as many tapas available. I visited on a Sunday at 7:30pm with a reservation and two friends that were eager to try Jaleo based on my excitement. It was a total let down. I can't decide if my physical experience or emotional experience was worse. To sum this up, if you visited Jaleo before 2020 you were lucky. That Jaleo doesn't exist anymore. It's a real bummer.
  25. t

    thfthf

    Washington DC

    80 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    80 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jaleo specialized in tapas, or small plates. If you're very hungry, then order three or four. If you just want something light, order one or two. This is one of the best things about Spanish food. You can always have the right amount, rather than too little or too much. Also, nearly all the dishes are healthy. It's rather pricey, but you get what you pay for. Service was excellent.
  26. C

    trishC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jaleo has been my Go To restaurant since it opened at least 20 years ago. It has been consistently excellent.
  27. SR

    SonjaR

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lunch special is the best deal in town, even with the slight price increase. The shaded patio is also great!
  28. M

    Maryanne

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    The ambiance was nice, but the kitchen that day seemed very busy because the dishes took longer than expected. The food is great.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was amazing!! Every time we are in D.C., we make sure to eat here. It’s a family favorite.
  30. F

    Foodie2

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    We’ve been here several times before and always had 5 star experience. Food was mediocre on this visit. Server rushed us as well- asked if we wanted to see dessert menu halfway between main courses, and we were only there for 45 minutes.
  31. S

    Sherryj

    Pittsburgh

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They were able to seat us early. The staff is friendly and well trained. I love the decor.
  32. v

    vabutterfly

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We were not disappointed in our first visit to the DC Jaleo (we'd been fans of Jose Andres' Crystal City restaurant, but alas, it closed). Three of us enjoyed the Restaurant Week menu while the 4th ordered ala carte from the menu. Belgian endive, gambas al ajillo, sauteed mushrooms on mashed potatoes, flan catalan and of course, sangria -- everything was memorably delicious!
  33. BA

    BettAT

    Mexico City

    10 reviews

    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience4
    I was VERY exited to visit a Jose Andres restaurant! The place is nice, the ambience is cool and very well located; the waiter was very attentive but the hostess was dismissive and rude. We ordered the chicken croquette, and I have to say these were the worst croquettes I’ve ever had. They were not creamy but liquid, flavorless and with bone and cartilage. We went to this restaurant as for the first time in many years we saw in the menu an actual paella valenciana, no shellfish! The menu indicates it is for 6 people, which is misleading. It is a small paella for 2 or 3. Also, the flavor was so bland, the chicken and rabbit were extremely dry. It was not a nice experience. It is a shame to go to the restaurant of one of the best chefs in the world and and having this bad experience. More so, when he is Spanish himself and his Spanish food was very very bad. It does not reflect the reality of how amazing Spain food is. We were sincere with the waiter and he communicated to the chef. The manager decided to remove the the paella from the bill. I honestly would not recommend this restaurant.
  34. RG

    RichG

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service.
  35. ZZ

    ZZZZ

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    The service was amazing and the food was really good. My only complaint is that the tables were very close together and I could hear everything my neighbors were talking about.
  36. KM

    KMRM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for restaurant week. Everything on the menu was amazing. Definitely recommend!!!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We went there for restaurant week and had a fantastic meal! The food was delicious and there was a great variety, as well as good service.
  38. d

    drawgirl

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was outstanding! Our server,Rachel, was knowledgeable, attentive and personable!
  39. RM

    RainyM

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall it was a perfect Wedding Anniversary experience. Everything has gotten more expensive and no exception here, but still can’t wait to do it again.
  40. LG

    LorensG

    Detroit

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent tapas!

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 9678 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 61 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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