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480 7th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-2207 (Downtown / Chinatown)
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Ranked #38 of 2,627 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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  • Portuguese first
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English first
Lewes, Delaware
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Some of the fun of a Tapas restaurant is trying a variety of items. The prices here will make a sane person pull back a little.

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Cancun, Mexico, North America
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Great restaurant to share a meal with friends. Order one of the three Tapas Experience meals - and let the chef decide which dishes to delight you with - great mystery, and a better deal than purchasing tapas separately. I ordered the Tapas Experience and received 15 dishes including a dessert - really needed someone to join me though because... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

On the way to another restaurant, I passed Jaleo and remembered reading about Jose Andres. When I arrived at the "other" restaurant I was not met with the kind of hospitality that I felt was warranted by the menu! I happily left before even being seated and as I walked in the D.C. heat of the day, I passed by... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Been here many times, and have never been disappointed. Always something new, but always some familiar items like the shrimp in garlic. Wow! I enjoy the imaginative preparations of the veggies more than the proteins. Fun with a big group so you can sample many items. The small-plate deal can get pricey.

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Wilmington, Delaware
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We wandered into Jaleo after a morning of sightseeing -,we had no idea what we were walking into - it was the right place in the right location. WOW is all I can say - the only problem was deciding what to have - only two of us - and everything sounded delish. We had a combination of gazpacho ,... More

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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

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

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

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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61 reviews 61 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

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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54 reviews 54 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

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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