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Jaleo

7271 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-2959
301-913-0003
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Ranked #22 of 292 restaurants in Bethesda
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Spanish
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Elm Street
Transit: We are walking distance from the Bethesda Metro Station on the Red Line.
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  • English first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Vancouver, Canada
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

We were drawn to the place during our last visit by its association with The Jose Andres. Food was forgettable. One of the attractions to a Spanish restaurant is the paella but we were told that they were for large groups which absolutely makes no sense. While the service was good the food was mediocre and the portions miniscule.

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Bethesda, Maryland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Jaleo is Jose Andres' Bethesda restaurant. It maintains his high standards, without being as expensive as his DC/Las Vegas places. Try the vegetable paella, if you can wait for a few minutes to be made for you. Lots of other stuff on the menu is authentic and tastes great!

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Bethesda, Maryland
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Fine selection of tapas in a leisurely atmosphere. Large table area, reservations recommended. Enjoy.

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olney
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

The owner of this restaurant is a world renowned chef. He is a close friend of Ferran Adrià of El Bulli fame and a pioneer of "molecular gastronomy". This is a traditional tapas place and everything is good. My favorite is the bacon wrapped dates. They sound disgusting, but are to die for.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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77 reviews 77 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

We walked there from our Bethesda hotel and were seated in 3 minutes on a Thursday evening. The place was mostly full and too noisy but we could still converse. All the dishes were good but the cauliflower was the best. We spent $120 for 4 adults with 3 beers plus tip. We might go back but would probbly try... More

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Virginia Beach
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30 reviews 30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

We dined here for my father's 70th birthday. We ordered the Chef's Classic Tasting menu for the 6 of us. We enjoyed the croquettes, garlic shrimp, jamon, salt codfish, dates wrapped in bacon, tomato bread, spanish omelet, marinated chicken, olives, cheeses, fried pasta with seafood, goat cheese and red peppers, chocolate mousse, flan and many others that were all wonderfully... More

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Bethesda, Maryland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

We used to go for tapas and amazing sangria but the last few times we were there it was not quite as good. The sangria recipe must have changed. The tapas are good but a bit overpriced. Very crowded but you can usually get a place in the bar area.

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Chevy Chase, MD
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

We enjoy Jaleo's frequently changing menu, so it is never boring. Terrific selections for all eaters. Lots of vegetarian options. Do not overlook large meals - paellas authentic and tasty. Special cuts of Iberian pork to share are very good though portions a bit skimpy. Much less crowded at lunch and week nights.

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Bethesda, Maryland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

What a let down this restaurant is, we have tried it several times to see if the restaurant improves, but unfortunately, the food is tasteless, quality of food is not great. What is going on with Washington, D.C.'s tastebuds? I don't understand what people like about this restaurant.

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Bethesda, Maryland
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80 reviews 80 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Have been to Jaleo in Bethesda and in DC and have been wanting to try many of the small plates but because I cannot eat salt and have to avoid high-sodium foods, I have very few choices. This is not the fun I would choose though many of my friends enjoy sharing these unsual selections.

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