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$$ - $$$
Downtown / Chinatown
As featured in DC is For Foodies and 1 other guide
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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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Knoxville, Tennessee
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27 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The food is fabulous! Phil was my server and he was one of the best servers I have met. His suggestions were great, he was attentive but not bothersome. The Spanish bruschetta bread, cheese and Iberian ham are a must. This is a must try. I thought if the title while eating. I had plates all over the table and... More 

Thank fsbk9
San Jose, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We couldn't get in for dinner, so we tried Jaleo for lunch and were delighted with the menu, the service and no wait!

Thank Ham_a_Lot_SJ
Chevy Chase, Maryland
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The service here is a bit slow, but the food is tasty with plenty of variety. You'll find an adequate wine selection and a lively bar environment. Good for groups with lots of shared tasting

Thank Jfordmedia
Tabor City, North Carolina
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I brought my teenage son to enjoy an authentic paella. We ordered the lobster paella which was not at all what I had hoped it would be. He ate only one bite and I couldn't get down much more than that. The paella was beef based and did not have the crispiness on the bottom that one would expect. It... More 

Thank Jennifer H
Hitchin, Hertfordshire
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having eaten extensively throughout Spain and the best tapas restaurants in London, Jaleo certainly came close to authenticity, traditional Spanish food and choice. The restaurant was incredibly busy early on a Friday night which is always a good sign! The choice is good, including beer and wine. The only downside is the cost. Eaten in much better tapas restaurants in... More 

Thank Stephen C
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42 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Came here for dinner with a friend. Very busy place, with interesting decor. The wall near our table was covered with pictures of people sort of floating around. I laughed out loud when I went to the bathroom, and while in the stall looked down and saw photos of people pasted on the floor looking up at me! Service was... More 

Thank Nadreck
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32 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great location near theater and White House area. Tried 6 items. The Brussel sprouts salad and peppers with goat cheese were great. Didn't care much for the pasta paella. Service was attentive. It is a bustling busy atmosphere.

Thank Prema S
Martinsburg, West Virginia
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94 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love this restaurant, and have for years. The food is flavorful, varied and original. Wonderful presentations. Small portions so that you can try several at a time. The atmosphere is always lively and colorful. A delightful experience.

Thank CalliopeClio
Tel Aviv, Israel
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was hosted 18 months ago and today by two local friends and funny enough, they both choose Jaelo. I really enjoyed the vibe, culinary choices of the chef. Don't miss the visit to the restroom..

Thank Avivjasman
Quito, Ecuador
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11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was a really good experience. Food great. Good place to eat tapas in Washington DC . Suggestions: Salad of red beets, citrus, Valdeón cheese. Grilled fresh tenderloin Gambas al Ajillo

Thank Cris C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Latin, Mediterranean, Spanish, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar scene, Families with children, Special occasions, Kids, Large groups
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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?