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480 7th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-2207 (Downtown / Chinatown)
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Ranked #33 of 2,639 restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Sun - Mon 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 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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  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Bountiful, Utah
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Was in DC two weeks ago and had dinner at Jaleo. We had reservations and we're immediately sat, however we were sat too close to the kitchen door I asked if we can be seated elsewhere, my wife and I took the initiative and sat in the bar area where we actually had more privacy. Our waiter and bar staff... More

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San Francisco, CA
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125 reviews 125 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Excellent tapas and other Spanish food. Modern decor; lots of glass. Has a bar and seating is a little crowded.

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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Visiting from the UK and met up with some American friends who suggested this place. The food and service was excellent and we would visit again.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Owned by Jose Garces; this is one of his impressive restaurants sprinkled in the East. The Iron Chef does not disappoint. The decor is very pleasing. We were traveling with a group from China who enjoy trying tastes of different foods. We selected the Jaleo Experience for $70 per person. The server assured us we would be very full at... More

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Hartford, Connecticut
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Outstanding experience sitting at the bar at Jaleo. The noise level was reasonable, and the food/wine were outstanding. You have to try the "liquid olives", a la Ferran Adria's old restaurant, El Bulli. A gelatinous "shell" around freshly squeezed olive oil with orange zest on top. Explosive flavors, all together. Good wines by the glass, and a knowledgable wait staff... More

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San Juan Capistrano, California
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226 reviews 226 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

I always eat here when I'm in DC. They have remarkably good tapas that they bring out in wonderful colors and designs, but the flavors are complex,with interesting combinations and delightful surprises. I had the shrimp in garlic sauce that was out of this world with fresh bread, anchovies with some veggie on bread, grilled eggplant and red peppers with... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
5 reviews 5 reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We stopped for dinner on a Sunday night around 9:00pm. They were rushing already to go home. The food didn't impressed us. It was brought to us right away. I'm assuming everything there is already prepared. We asked for a dessert menu and they said the kitchen was already closed. What kind of business is this? Won't go back there... More

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Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Took another reviewers recommendation to have the tasting experience. GREAT recommendation! Before I noticed there was a drink paring I was already off to a start so I made my way through the drink menu with the bartender. Another WOW. Next time I would add the drink tasting to the food tasting and let the show begin!!! Bartender made drink... More

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Tacoma, Washington
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29 reviews 29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We've been to Jaleo several years ago. Since then, there has been a major remodel. Before it seemed dark and loud. Now, with window in place of walls, and a change in furniture, it seems more informal, more family oriented, less noisy and echoing. You have to like it that way or not. As for the food, the same great... More

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East Northport, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

There 8 people in our party. That enabled us to try lots of different things. Everything was delicious. Some of the tables are glass covered foosball tables. I highly recommend.

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