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480 7th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-2207 (E St.)
+1 202-628-7949
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 12:30 am
Sat 11:00 am - 12:30 am
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Washington DC, United States
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Outstanding small plates and paella! The drinks are good too and you have got to try their happy hour! Enjoy!

Thank Alesha H
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

good food but overpriced. we got a few tapas and realized prices were per person, not per dish. I don't think we'll be back there. There are better restaurants if you're going to spend $100 per person.

Thank jacksondg
Appleton, Wisconsin, United States
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We are first timers with the Tapas experience. Fortunately, our waitress, Olga, was up to the task of explains the small plate concert to us. kWe shared three dishes. One of the bread plates, the garlic shrimp and the Irish omelette. The first two were excellent while we felt that the third was a little flat from a taste standpoint.... More 

Thank Graycrown
Northern CO
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49 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Zagat writes that this is the most popular restaurant in DC, but Trip Advisor does not rate it so high. We agree with Zagat. Had a late lunch on a Sunday after museum tour. Jaleo is an easy walk up 7th from the Mall. Welcoming friendly staff. Huge menu of tapas, some smaller and some larger. Everything we had was... More 

Thank equitraveler47
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoy this place often. The cocktails are excellent; the service is beyond par. Treat yourself and your significant other. Well worth it.

Thank Jwbreland
Morgantown, West Virginia
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23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Late on a hot Saturday afternoon we found Jaleo. There are a lot of restaurants in this area, but this one caught our eye because we love tapas. Our server (I believe his name was Julian) was wonderful. We travel with our adult son who is disabled, and he was wearing headphones to filter out noise and stay focused. Julian... More 

Thank R and M G
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152 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Haven't been back to this restaurant for two years. We have been eating here for 15 years. The best Tapas in Washington DC. This time we ordered the octopus, flank steak, muscles, heirloom tomatoes with Spanish anchovies and quail. Everything was excellent. I also brought my own wine. The corkage was $25 per bottle. Will definitely come back again.

Thank drl_smit-may
San Francisco, California
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119 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Jaleo is still one of the best places to eat in central DC. Great food. Great ambience, and super friendly staff. We shared a number of the small plates. The real standout was the house-cured chorizo with olive oil potato puree. Sublime. We ordered a second dish of this. Everything is perfectly cooked. Service can be a bit slow and... More 

Thank CookGirl-CA
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

From the minute I walked in the door the service was top notch. We were seated in a intimate booth and could smell all of the wonderful aromas coming from the kitchen. I suggest this restaurant as a must while in DC.

Thank Robert K
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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1,059 reviews
397 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Spanish Chef Jose Andres brought the tapas concept from Spain to Washington (or at least he was one of the very first to open up a tapas restaurant). It is still the best and was completely renovated 2-3 years ago. Its like being in Spain excpet people don't throw their napkins on the floor and they mostly sit at tables... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Latin, Mediterranean, Spanish
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children, Bar scene
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 12:30 am
11:00 am - 12:30 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 480 7th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-2207
    (E St.)
  • Public Transportation: 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.
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Downtown / Chinatown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown / Chinatown
  • Phone Number: +1 202-628-7949
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?