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Thu, 2/21
8:00 PM

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

Food and ambience

Mediterranean, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options

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We're bringing back some classics!
Arroz con setas
Creamy rice with chef-selected mushrooms and Idiazabal cheese
Patatas al cabrales
Fried Idaho potatoes with Cabrales blue cheese sauce
'Pan de recapte' con boquerones
Traditional Catalan bread toasted with peppers, tomato, onion and Spanish anchovey
Hey, you're here! So start eating
Pan de cristal con tomate
Toasted slices of uniquely crispy and ethereal bread brushed with fresh tomato
Flauta de jamón ibérico de bellota
Flauta bread brushed with tomato and extra virgin olive oil, topped with cured ham from the legendary acorn-fed ibérico pigs of Spain
Plato de queso Manchego Pasamontes
Raw sheep's milk cheese, handmade from an ancient recipe. Nutty with a tangy, lingering flavor
Anchoas Don Bocarte
Don Bocarte Spanish anchovies with pan de cristal and fresh tomato
Jamón ibérico de bellota paleta
48-month cured ham from the legendary free range, acorn-fed, black-footed ibérico pigs of Spain
Salchichón Ibérico de bellota
Cured acorn-fed pork sausage
Lomo ibérico de bellota
Pimenton and garlic cured loin from the legendary free-range, acorn-fed, black-footed iberico pigs of Spain
Chorizo ibérico de bellota
Cured pork chorizo from the legendary free range, acorn-fed, black-footed ibérico pigs of Spain
Selección de ibéricos
A selection of all cured ibérico meats
Selection of three $16; Selection of five $24; Excluding: Queso Massimo del Rey Silo con magaya de sidra, Torta Pascualete
Queso Massimo del Rey Silo con magaya de sidra
Exclusively made for Chef José Andrés and Jaleo, Asturian raw-cow milk cheese cured for four months served with pressed cider apples
Caña de cabra
(Murcia) A soft, semi-sweet goat's milk cheese with raisin walnut bread, fig jam
San Simón
(D.O. Galicia) A birch-smoked cow's milk cheese with fried marcona almonds
Queso Manchego Pasamontes
A traditional raw Manchego cheese paired with compressed apples in moscatel
Rey Silo Blanco
(D.O. Asturias) Intensely-flavored cow's milk cheese with honey, rosemary and pine nut shortbread
Rey Silo Rojo
(D.O. Asturias) A bold and spicy raw cow's milk cheese with pimentón, paired with almonds and bitter orange jam
(D.O. Leon) An intensely flavored blue cheese of cow and goat's milk with raisins and Pedro Ximénez compressed pears
Queso Madurado con membrillo y tortas de aceite
Raw goat's milk cheese served with quince paste and sweet olive oil cracker
Serves 2-4 $26.0
Torta Pascualete
A creamy, raw sheep's milk cheese served with toasted pan de cristal bread, quince paste and fig jam
Aceitunas rellenas de anchoas y pimientos del piquillo
House-made stuffed olives with anchovies and roasted piquillo peppers
Erizos de mar con pipirrana*
Sea urchin with diced peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers and trout roe
Cono de salmón crudo con huevas de trucha*
Salmon tartare and trout roe cone
Cono de mermelada de tomate y queso de cabra
Tomato marmalade and goat cheese cone
The only way!
Huevo frito con caviar*
A fried organic egg topped with Royal osetra caviar
Coca con erizos de mar*
Unquely crispy and ethereal cristal bread topped with butter, sea urchin and ibérico bellota panceta
Aceitunas 'Ferran Adrià'
'Ferran Adrià' liquid olives
Ibérico de bellota mini hamburguesas
Spanish mini burger made from the legendary acorn-fed, black-footed ibérico pigs of Spain and ibérico bacon
José's Way with Spanish Trout Roe $15.5
Ensaladilla rusa*
The ultimate Spanish tapa: potato salad with imported conserved tuna, carrots, peas and mayonnaise
Slurping allowed! Sorry, Mom!
Gazpacho estilo Algeciras
Classic chilled Spanish soup made with tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and bread
Sopa de Pescado
Traditional fisherman's soup made of mussels, shrimp and clams
Ensalada campera
Salad of conserved tuna, fingerling potatoes, green beans, tomatoes and hard-boiled eggs
Ensalada verde con tomates cherry, cebolla, aceitunas y pipirrana
Mixed greens with cherry tomatoes, onions, olives and pipirrana with a sherry dressing
Manzanas con hinojo y queso Manchego
Sliced apple and fennel salad with Manchego cheese, walnuts and sherry dressing
Ensalada de remolacha con cítricos
Salad of red beets, citrus, Valdeón cheese and pistachios with sherry dressing
Cebolla asada con queso Valdeón
Roasted sweet onions, pine nuts and Valdeón blue cheese
Ensalada de pulpo
Spanish octopus, baby frisée, pipirrana, tomate fresco, sherry dressing
Endibias con queso de cabra y naranjas
Endives, goat cheese, oranges and almonds
Escalivada catalana
Roasted red peppers, eggplant and sweet onions with sherry dressing, served with toasted bread
Pisto manchego con huevos*
Traditional stewed vegetables topped with fried quail eggs
Empedrat de mongetes
Traditional Catalan bean salad with tomatoes, onions, black olives and sherry dressing
Pimientos del piquillo rellenos de queso
Seared piquillo peppers filled with caña de cabra goat cheese
Espinacas a la catalana
Sautéed spinach, pine nuts, raisins and apples
Tortilla de patatas al momento*
Spanish omelette with potatoes and onions, cooked to order
Coliflor salteada con aceitunas y dátiles
Sautéed cauliflower with dates and olives
Setas al ajillo
Sautéed button mushrooms in a garlic and white wine sauce
Trigueros con romesco
Grilled asparagus with romesco sauce
Frying is overrated, Yeah right!
Croquetas de pollo
Traditional chicken fritters
Croquetas de jamón
Cured ibérico ham fritters
Croqueta de espinacas
Catalan-style spinach fritter served with an apple mustard alioli
Plato mixto de croquetas
A selection of all three croquetas
Buñuelos de bacalao*
Fried cod and potato fritters with honey alioli
Dátiles con tocino 'como hace todo el mundo'
Fried bacon-wrapped dates served with an apple-mustard sauce
Patatas bravas*
A Jaleo favorite: fried potatoes with spicy tomato sauce and alioli
Chistorra envuelta en patata frita*
Slightly spicy chorizo wrapped in crispy potato with membrillo alioli
Calamares a la romana*
Fried fresh calamari with squid ink alioli
Rock Spring Farm pork roll filled with Serrano ham and cheese, breaded and deep-fried
Trucha a la Navarra
Jamón Serrano wrapped trout, seared a la plancha with parsley purée and garlic sauce
Gambas al ajillo
The very, very famous tapa of shrimp sautéed with garlic
Pulpo a la Gallega 'Maestro Alfonso'
Boiled octopus with peewee potatoes, pimentón and olive oil
Puntillitas a la Andaluza*
Fried baby squid from Cádiz
Traditional 'paella' of toasted pasta with shrimp and squid sofrito
Salpicón de cangrejo*
Jumbo lump crabmeat with cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, cauliflower and brandy sauce
Ostras 'Gin & Tonic'*
Five Rappahannock oysters with lemon, gin and tonic
Puntillitas de Cádiz salteadas con pochas
Baby squid from Cádiz sautéed with Spanish white beans
Mejillones vinagreta
Mussels served with pipirrana and a honey sherry dressing
Salmón porrusalda
Seared salmon filet with potato and leek puree
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Mediterranean, Spanish
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We opted for the tasting menu and were so happy that we did. The small plates kept coming - each more delightful than the last. The tiny mussels served on ice were one of my favorites, the crab salad so delicious, the Iberico sliders were...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank junemagpie
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's been years since I've been to Jaleo, always a favorite but somehow forgotten. Now, with my newfound adoration of Jose Andreas and his World Central Kitchen, I wanted to revisit this place. The food was outstanding, the service was perfect, and the ambiance was...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank virginiawriter
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In contrast to other tapas places in the DC area, Jaleo substitutes loads of oil for excellent taste. During a recent lunch visit to the Jaleo in Crystal City, we were extremely disappointed with the restaurant's tapas. From the first dish to the last, there...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank TheAmericanMark
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Met a family member for lunch this week and was pleasantly surprised to find the restaurant week lunch menu for $22 – pick three and get a dessert of rich and creamy flan -- what a bargain. The food at Jaleo is always over the...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank J Warren R
Reviewed January 15, 2019

Dining at Jaleo is more than a dinner out, it's a dining experience! The food is incredible, and the small plate format is a lot of fun. I love the idea that I am supporting chef, activist, and author José Andrés, a nominee of the...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank lbeller1
Reviewed January 15, 2019 via mobile

I visited for restaurant week on lunch break just because I’d never gone. The menu is overwhelming but the server gave us great tips on choices. Food was served quickly and it was fresh and delicious!!! My first but not last visit! I had chicken...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank bebegrl8
Reviewed January 4, 2019

This place is great for families and couples. The food is consistently fantastic. Service was good, but not too much.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 304danaf
Reviewed December 29, 2018

This has become an must visit for us when we travel to DC. Super great servers, food is out of this world. A super good menu - that is added to on a frequent basis - but the favorites are all there

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank markallenstuart
Reviewed December 19, 2018

When hosting friends or business, I like taking people to Jaleo. They have a wonderful lunch menu for $20 that offers 4 tapas and a dessert. You can't go wrong! The place is colorful and lively.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank majorkiss
Reviewed December 12, 2018

Wonderful food and wonderful staff. The small plates were tasty and served quickly. Our waiter clearly knew the menu and helped navigate the menu. In between meals they serve crusty bread with a delightful olive oil mix.

Date of visit: November 2018
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January 14, 2017|
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Response from JMAL22 | Reviewed this property |
They are specialized on Spanish type food but I don't think they have Halal food. Sorry.
July 23, 2016|
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Response from wladamson | Reviewed this property |
There is a garage directly. Across the street. We parked there in the evening when we went to Jaleo.
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