Jaleo DC

4.7
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8824 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Spanish
As part of Washington DC's Phase 2 of reopening, Jaleo Penn Quarter will be opening our patio and dining room at a limited capacity for reservations dining. We will be open for lunch and dinner daily. For more information on our commitment to our guests, please visit jaleo.com/commitment. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to the Bethesda and Crystal City Jaleos and have had great experiences at both, but this was another level of service and atmosphere, with the same high level of food. We sat outside when the streets were quieter with good music playing on their speakers, and watching the sun set against the DC buildings. Cannot recommend enough.

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MaryP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent Tapas. Have been going there for the last 15 years. Yummy and lots of fun! Thanks for everything.

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MichaelJ
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Sat on street side without any music, compared to other side. Played our own music, traffics was loud but not your fault. Overall good experience just wish we sat outside in other seating area with music. Staff good, food delicious and quick.

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Sandra
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, exceptional food, and puppy friendly outdoor!

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GabrielM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They’ve adapted very well to reopening during the pandemic. Outdoor seating is great!

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vipFAR621
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience as usual! The restaurant has implemented more COVID safeguards than any place I've been so far so you shouldn't have any reservations about dining here and the food is always awesome!

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Mosby
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. Fully compliant with COVID prevention measures.

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Jennifern
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had eaten here several years ago, and remembered the food being fantastic. It did not disappoint on our return visit, even during COVID. We ate outside, in a cordoned off area of the street, there was lots of physical distance between tables and our waitstaff wore masks (correctly, and they matched their uniforms!) and offered spray hand sanitizer each time they visited our table. They stayed several feet away during the ordering process, but we were never without what we anted or needed. The food was outstanding, and as I have a food allergy, they were very attentive, and modified an item for me so that could enjoy it with the group as well. Overall it was a terrific experience during a terrible time for our country.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5food3service3ambience4

Servers were great.

The salmon needs more flavor for actual Spanish style dish. Perhaps put the garlic sauce from shrimp dish onto the chicken ajillo, it tasted better. Just an idea. Overall, food was good.

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Oscarp
London
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice place & nice food! As a Spaniard, I can tell you that almost everything is really spanish food as you’d have it in Spain.
Sangria is improvable, but the rest is really good!!

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vipDrCAT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jaleo was wonderful - inside dining was so SAFE! They've put up plexiglas and are definitely keeping everyone safe and socially distanced! They wipe down/disinfect the chairs and tables before you sit down, use paper menus or the bar code on the tables so you can view the menu on your phone, and the servers and staff all wear masks and disposable gloves. Patrons wear masks whenever they're not at their tables. The food is always delicious and so well-prepared and tasty. The sangria is awesome - only tiny complaint is that they put in so much ice, you don't seem to get that much in the pitcher. Still, overall, it's a great place to go and I'll be back!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great patio set up with good safe distance. Food and service was great

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! Service was top notch! And for those worried about Corona the sanitation procedures were some of the best I’ve seen.

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PhDMC
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Jaleo has quality food at a reasonable price. They serve mostly tapas (appetizer sized portions), which allows you to try more dishes during the same meal.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was pretty good and peaceful for a family dinner date. I enjoyed the food and our waiter was super nice. Will definitely be going back.

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Alejandra
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super glad to see how Jaleo is going back to its roots now that it has reopened its doors for full service. After a few years of decreasing food quality and service, my husband and I were very impressed by both the excellent food and efficiency and friendliness of the staff. Likewise, the tables are spaced enough with glass divisions that provide good social distance. Nice way to go back to dining out in the middle of the pandemic.

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Foxydc
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful experience— my first since the pandemic started in March. I was sooo happy to have some of the chef’s famous dishes—espinacas a la catalana, ensaladilla rusa, buñuelos de bacalao and the fabulous flan for dessert. The staff maintained a healthy environment with distance, masks and hand sanitizers—we felt very safe.

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vipCindie
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jaleo always delivers! The staff are very friendly and attentive, and the food is fantastic! We love sharing their wide variety of tapas. Also, the wine list is extensive and reasonably priced. We sat outside on a beautiful evening. Perfection all around!

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vipDrCAT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The Server was excellent, as they are here. All servers are very attentive. Of course, the prices are high because it’s downtown D.C. The food is always very good. Sitting outside in the streets is starting to get old though, especially when the weather isn’t cooperating and it’s hot and humid. I feel bad for the servers with their hot masks.

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DAVIDO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the outdoors seating (set up for Covid-19) and found it very comfortable. As always, we loved sampling tapas while enjoying a couple rounds of drinks. Always a fun place. Great food and service.

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JenB
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We live in the neighborhood. Completely support Jose Andres and patronize all his restaurants. The food is delicious and the service, exceptional. That said, it's really pricey. Lunch on Father's Day was around $90 per person. We can't make a regular habit of it, but his restaurants are great for special occasions, and worth it for those times.

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EbonyW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

The food was good although the salmon could have been cooked better. The drinks were excellent and our server was great. The dessert, the flan, was AMAZING. I would come here again just for the flan and drinks and possibly try something else on the dinner menu.

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TristaR
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing !
I can’t wait to return to try the rest of the menu.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We were celebrating a friends birthday. The food was great. The hangar steak was cooked to perfection. We asked for top shelf margaritas. They were awesome. The desserts were great too. We had a really good time. We will go back.

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vipplacation
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jaleo is doing everything possible and then some to serve amazing food in the safest environment. This was our first restaurant we have tried in months because of the pandemic and we are really happy with how they have achieved a safe and comfortable environment.

Oh, the food is amazing as always too.

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vipTeamManager
Washington DC
119 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited Jaleo's with a long time friend for lunch. Sat outside. Their menu is electronic. They have hand sanitizer readily available. The host, waiter, and attending staff all had face covers and stood away from the table. It was a very comfortable experience and will return within the week.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a lovely time and a lovely meal

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vipDeanaE
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was such a delicious treat to be back at Jaleo! The service was wonderful and the food was delicious as always! The whole staff made you feel completely comfortable! Great job of welcoming diners back to Jaleo with Outdoor dining!!! Thank you!

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vipDrCAT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice! Great experience, especially after being on lockdown for so long. Felt completely safe with social distancing maintained and tables 6 feet apart, being outside on a beautiful day, servers in masks wearing gloves, menus on our own devices! Food and drinks were excellent, as was the service! Highly recommend!!

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vipGlenB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even with a slimmed down menu it was fabulous! Great to be there on such a beautiful night, and can't wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time in a restaurant since the pandemic. The staff was fastidious about wiping down the table, wearing PPE and maintaining social distancing. Of course the food was fantastic

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IshtiaqC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Jaleo handled the pandemic very well. Safety protocols were in place. Food was fantastic . Music was a bit loud But that is my only minor complaint . Staff was super lovely

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vipsuttonplace
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated outdoors, the menu is online. The staff is considerate and distancing as much as humanly possible.

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vipLelaRose
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First outdoor restaurant experience post quarantine and it was great! All the staff were welcoming and attentive, the food was amazing (per usual) and loved the music playing. It was really a treat to come back to such a great environment.

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NickC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience2

The salads and paella were all wonderful! Unfortunately, with the COVID-19 restrictions, we were sitting on the sidewalk with (light) traffic going by so it was difficult to talk at times. Jaleo is doing what it can to make everything work so it was definitely worth it!

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Ponomo
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome!!!!!

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vipSusie
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Jaleo, have been going for years and the quality stays high. It was weird this time with a mostly empty place due to coronavirus concerns. But the food was excellent and the service terrific, as always.

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DeanCanevari
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I felt like we were back in Spain, food, drink ambience and our waiter Juan Carlos was awesome👍🏻

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vipBriannaO
Tampa
38 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was incredible but since it was my first time dining here it would have been nice to be introduced to the menu and walked through with more information.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good service. Gin and tonics specials were a treat.

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Jaleo DC does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Jaleo DC also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 628-7949.

Jaleo DC is rated 4.7 stars by 8824 OpenTable diners.

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