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480 7th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-2207 (Downtown / Chinatown)
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Ranked #36 of 2,626 restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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  • Dutch first
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  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Metuchen, New Jersey
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41 reviews 41 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This was my second time at this restaurant, and it was even better than the first. The tasting menu is out of this world and a fun experience. The drinks (both alcoholic and alcohol-free) are fresh and new. We had reservations for 4, but as this was during the World Cup, we had an unexpected wait because the tables were... More

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Severna Park, Maryland
17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

I'm a huge Jose Andreas fan, love Zaytinya and had big expectations for Jaleo, but was surprised that this restaurant had no "wow" factor. The paella dish was overly salty and the Iberico de bellota hamburger ordinary. The highlight of the meal: Patatas Bravas. Perhaps our expectations were too great. In the future we will stick with Zaytinya and Minibar.

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Toronto, Canada
11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

What an innovative and cool was to dine - Tapas. The food was fantastic, fantastic, fantastic!!! Came with family and order several dishes, none of which disappointed. Quality is very good and service is friendly. Would recommend.

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Southampton UK
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60 reviews 60 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Part of our holiday was in the magnificent Washington and we found this restaurant by accident. Tapas is always interesting and Jaleo was buzzing so we assumed it must be good. We were told it would be a long wait for a table but we might be able to steal one first by the bar, which we did within about... More

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Lakeland, Florida
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52 reviews 52 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Our group stopped in here for some sangria and snacks during our touring. At 3:30 on a Tuesday it’s pretty quiet in here and we got great service. However, Juan is so enthusiastic and proud of the food that I suspect he provides terrific service at any time. There were five of us and we either had specials or desserts.... More

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Flower Mound, Texas
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Very cool place. Tasty tapas + tasty cocktails. Unexpected entertainment at the restroom doors - which is his and which is hers?

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Horsham, Pennsylvania
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63 reviews 63 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 via mobile

If you like tapas and love Spain than this is the place to go. I hadn't been to Jaleo since the early 90's when it first opened and although the decor had been updated, the amazing food is still the same. A mix of authentic Spanish tapas such slices of manchego cheese and Serrano ham or tortilla to the more... More

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Fairfax, Virginia
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68 reviews 68 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Always excellent service and excellent dining experience by choosing Tapas selections. This time, chose the best option to go with the most variety of tapas. Every time, it is a surprise to see, feel, and taste something new from their own selections. You can customize to avoid certain food allergies or less desirable dishes. Also, this time they provided a... More

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Rochester, New York
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

A Tapas restaurant is in an open, fun and colorful atmosphere. Love this restaurant and the variety of different menu items. I had calamari in squid ink that was cooked to perfection. As good as my Mom's and it takes a certain technique to make sure it does not have that rubbery, chewy texture which this one did not. I... More

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Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Authentic tapas with a modern decor. Good range of dishes and fun wines. Excellent gazpacho. Lots of pork and fried foods. The chicken croquettes were like having bites of chiken pot pies...yum. The pork sliders were delicious and juicy.

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