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“Bueno! Great sangria, bustling atmosphere.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Jaleo

Jaleo
7271 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-2959
301-913-0003
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Ranked #18 of 296 restaurants in Bethesda
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.
Boston, Massachusetts
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248 reviews 248 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 93 cities Reviews in 93 cities
172 helpful votes 172 helpful votes
“Bueno! Great sangria, bustling atmosphere.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

Unique restaurant in Bethesda with all the classic tapas, paellas and some more off-the-beaten path choices. This would not be a great choice for folks who are vegetarians or picky eaters. Sangria is great! The colorful restaurant is a bit loud, but not deafeningly so. And it also has a nice bar area for waiting or having a drink. Food was 3-4 bubbles but everything else pulled it up to a solid 4-bubble experience.

Visited November 2012
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Michigan
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60 reviews 60 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Was hoping and wishing for years -- was bummed”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

A friend and I decided to spend a night on the town and we ended up at Jaleo in Bethesda (had wanted to go to downtown place for three years -- but am rarely back in DC area)

Everything read deliciously --- but the flavors were generally muted and uninspiring.

Nothing really "popped" like I had hoped.

We went a bit overboard with the food ....

Spanish cheese with guava jam;
Rabbit confit with apricot jam;
Piquero peppers stuffed with goat cheese;
Roasted onions with pine nuts and bleu cheese;
Roasted bread with eggplant, sardines and red peppers;
Bacon wrapped dates;
Chorizo with mashed potatoes;

A lot of the food felt like it came out of coolers --- not out of a chef who was keen on making it snap.

Choizo had a skin and texture that reminded me of hot dogs
Eggplant was very cold and was mush --- we ate the sardines and red peppers on their own
The roasted onions were not roasted well --- no caramelization, no bite --- too little cheese to make up for it (it might as well have been labeled "cold onions")

Best: rabbit confit with apricot glaze/jam ---- gonna make this at home --- excellent pairing of flavors

Best: spanish cheese and quava jam --- good pairing --- cheese was melty and nutty --- went well with jam

Decent: piquero peppers and goat cheese ---nice textures, goat cheese was soft and powdery (a good thing) --- peppers sweet

Everything we ate had sweet overtones and the suggested pairing of wine (Cortijo) did not work to balance that out and was not very pleasing on its own (lacked any depth)

$100 + tip for the night.

Waaaaah.

Would I go back --- perhaps once more to repeat some of the good and try a few more --- but will be much more reserved --- but maybe not I'd rather save my $$ and hit a place that I discovered back home

  • Visited November 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Silver Spring, MD
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50 reviews 50 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Work going to again!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

I hadn't been to Jaleo in many years and it was well worth the return trip. The food was imaginative, delicious; a pleasure to revisit. Chef José Andrés is one of my favorites in the DC area and so far he's never disappointed.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Chevy Chase, MD
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4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Yummmmm!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

Interesting tapas, interestingly prepared, delicious, just the right amount, just the right prices. Nice ambiance.

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Biloxi, Mississippi
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11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Delicious Tapas but Very Expensive”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

The tapas themselves are incredibly tasty. However, other tapas restuarants I have been to give you a portion that you could share with at least one other person. The portions at this restuarant are barely enough for one. This place is worth eating at but be prepared to spend quite a bit of money.

The location is exceptional as there are several very nice bars literally across the street.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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