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Jaleo

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7271 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-2959 (Elm Street)
We are walking distance from the Bethesda Metro Station on the Red Line.
301-913-0003
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11:30 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Tue 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wed - Thu 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Good for:
Casual Dining

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Visitor rating
  • 110
    Excellent
  • 95
    Very good
  • 47
    Average
  • 20
    Poor
  • 16
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Very nice - very lively

I am a real fan of tapas and this place really hit the spot. There's a large menu of some really creative dishes. The sangria is good. I had gazpacho which was excellent; garlic shrimp that was very garlicky with good sauce to dip bread in; and then I had one of the evening specials - a lovely... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 1, 2015
MJ2E
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Ellicott City, Maryland
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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288 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Chevy Chase, Maryland
Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

My most recent experience at Jaleo Bethesda was muh. What should have been a delicious brunch with a wide variety of options left my friend and I with a disappointed palate. The food -- especially the pork belly eggs (we are pork belly fanatics and order it whenever it is on offer) were bland, not even up to diner level... More 

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New York, New York, United States
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

My husband and I went here for a quiet, romantic dinner. While the staff are Spanish locals, the food and atmosphere was subpar. We have gone to many better tapas locations.

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Gillette, Wyoming
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

The waitstaff was very helpful throughout the meal. Multiple people recommend this location and raved about the food. We visited on a slow Tuesday night at 6. We put our paella order in first as it needs 45 minutes to cook. The tapas were great, but didn't live up to the hype. Considering the overwhelmingly positive reviews I think we'll... More 

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Ellicott City, Maryland
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

I am a real fan of tapas and this place really hit the spot. There's a large menu of some really creative dishes. The sangria is good. I had gazpacho which was excellent; garlic shrimp that was very garlicky with good sauce to dip bread in; and then I had one of the evening specials - a lovely bread topped... More 

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Washington Dc, District Of Columbia, Usa
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40 reviews 40 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

We have been going to Jaleo for years, ever since it opened back around 2002. Wonderful tapas restaurant with very good paella and sangria (always important). We also enjoyed the grilled scallops and roasted quail. Jaleo has been around a long time and continues to be a fun place for couples, groups, and families!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

My friends, husband and I have been going to Jaleo (both in DC and Bethesda) for years. We love Jose Andres and his restaurants. However, on our last two visits, we haven't been nearly as happy with the food or the sangria. About a year ago (I believe), Jaleo made changes to their decor, menu and sangria. Decor looks great,... More 

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Bethesda, Maryland
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47 reviews 47 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Jaleo is a really good tapas restaurant by Jose Andres. The gazpacho is to die for. Every single thing we have tried off the dinner menu has been very good. The brunch is pretty decent as well.

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Maryland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

JUST AWESOME! This is one of our mainstay go to Tapas restaurants in the area. The way we order is through our wait staff recommendations of the evening. We ask for a veggie, fish, beef and chicken tapas dish and have them bring out THEIR favorites. It is a fun way to order and we get the tastiest tapas. Also... More 

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Toronto
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3 reviews 3 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I organized a dinner for 25 at Jaleo in Bethesda; the group included several members with food issues. The chef came through with special versions of problem dishes, or substitute dishes; the wait staff were extraordinarily careful in serving, so not only did everyone get the right food, but everyone felt well-treated. The food was also delicious, of course! For... More 

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New Haven, Connecticut
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

I dined at Jaleo while attending a conference in Bethesda with some fellow conference attendees. We ordered one of the tasting menu choices. Overall the tapas were delicious. It was disappointing that the tasting menu did not come with bread (it is really a travesty to not have bread to eat with jamon and manchego, they served little crackers shaped... More 

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Randy H, General Manager at Jaleo, responded to this review

So sorry for your recent experience at Jaleo as we do have the capabilities of processing multiple credit cards. If you'd be so kind as to provide me with your contact information I would love to follow up with you and learn more about your dining experience. I can be reached at 301.913.0003. Or you can email us at randyh@jaleo.com... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 7271 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-2959
    (Elm Street)
  • Public Transportation: We are walking distance from the Bethesda Metro Station on the Red Line.
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Bethesda
  • Phone Number: 301-913-0003

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: Spanish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
11:30 am - 12:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?