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480 7th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-2207 (Downtown / Chinatown)
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Ranked #42 of 2,646 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Sun 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Cuisines: Portuguese, Spanish, Tapas
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown / Chinatown
Cross street: E St.
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.
Description: 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 Jose Andres. 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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English first
London, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

We ate at this restaurant twice in 6 days - once for lunch and once for dinner. The food was amongst the best Spanish food I've had - and I'm in Spain 5 or 6 times a year. Good quality, fresh ingredients - all in all very tasty. I cannot recommend highly enough.

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Nyack, New York
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

There was not one thing that was not one thing here that was disappointing. We started with olives and cheese. Even this simple dish was surprising and more than I expected. The rabbit confit was great. The seared scallops (on the menu, not the special) were absolutely outstanding. The apple and fennel salad was great and refreshing. The onions with... More

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Houston, Texas
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

I came here with my husband for a late dinner/snack. We ordered a half pitcher of sangria plus lamb, salad, and bacon-wrapped dates for tapas. The tapas were all really good, but the sangria wasn't (just tasted like wine with a bit of sugar and a single piece of fruit on the glass). The atmosphere is OK, but I found... More

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Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

the food here is to Tapas what PF Chang's is to Chinese i.e Watered down. The bold and brilliant tastes of Spain have been muddled to something presumable more attractive to the mass market. Some good plates were overwhelmed by the average to dull nature of most. And the service is in direct proportion to your table size. Big tables... More

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Awesome dinner! Asked some friends for a recommendation for dinner while in DC on business and all of them mentioned Jaleo, and now I know why! The food is amazing! Place was packed, even on a Thursday night! Server was friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. The bar had an eclectic selection of drinks and they were refreshing. Wine list... More

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 via mobile

This is a must visit restaurant. A tad on the pricey side but every dish will blow your taste buds away. Order about 4 tapas per person, and have the hazelnut dessert!

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Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Bartender at another restaurant recommended the unique gin and tonics at Jaleo so we stopped for one and stayed for dinner. They feature different G&T styles like citrus and herbal served on large tumblers with a single giant ice cube. We sat at the bar and found the bartenders to be friendly and attentive. Since we were having fun ,... More

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Dartmouth, Massachusetts
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52 reviews 52 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Course after course was delicious. Nice presentation with fresh food. So many to choose from I cannot really say which one was my favorite! I have attached a picture of the beautifully presented scallop ceviche and my all time favorite patatas bravas. We also tried the jamon (cured hams from Spain). It may seem a bit pricey, but it is... More

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Shreveport, Louisiana, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

It was my first time to have tapas. I got the Joses Way tasting menu that I saw on the website. It was $95 but oh so definitely worth it. It was course after course of deliciousness. So much that I couldn't eat any more. My server was great. She explained everything that was bought to me and made sure... More

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Charleston, South Carolina
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 via mobile

Went for a late lunch so it wasn't too busy and the staff was friendly but unclear as to who's table is serviced by whom! And the service was, understandably, spotty. Sometimes two people asked if we needed anything and sometimes there was nobody to be found! The food was good, not great, and I can't say the wait staff... More

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