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“Tapas” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Jaleo

Jaleo
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Ranked #5 of 340 Restaurants in Bethesda
Price range: $30 - $30
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Elm Street
Transit: We are walking distance from the Bethesda Metro Station on the Red Line.
Virginia
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102 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Tapas”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

Four of us shared about 10 small plates...everything from rice and mushrooms to flank steak to cauliflower to dates and bacon...and it was all really tasty. Each dish was unique and satisfying. Including 3 wines and 2 beers, the bill was about $110...Waitstaff was excellent, ambiance was busy and fun.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Seattle, Washington
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156 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Tapas are tasty, tinto too”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

Ate here with a large group of friends. We each ordered one of the many tapas, and a paella for the table. Tapas came very quickly. It took much longer to choose what we wanted than for it to be prepared & served.

We enjoyed the wine - server suggested some wines, but we know & like Spanish wine and choose our own. Nice list of wines.

All was good, and service good. We had delicious dessert - a flan.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank AKdancer49
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Chevy Chase, Maryland, United States
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52 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“A lunch that was healthy, tasty and reasonably price”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

This is restaurant week in Bethesda (MD) so I took advantage of the $15 lunch menu offered by 13 different establishments to visit Jaleo, the Spanish restaurant, for the first time. And I chose wisely -- gaspacho, a healthy fresh spinach dish with apples and nuts and the "piece de resistance" (how do you say that in Spanish?), garlic-sauteed shrimp (gambas al ajillo). I accompanied it with a tasty sangria. By the time I walked out, I had paid $25 (with tax and tip) but it was certainly good value for the dollar. Great taste, just the right proportions and a new dining experience. Oh, did I mention that I walked from home and back via Bethesda's bike trail? Quality living close to Washington DC.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Philip B
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Kensington, Maryland
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Big Disappointment, Food awful and pricey”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

We do not recommend this restaurant to anyone. There were 11 of us and we order at least 25 different tapas and only 3 tasted good (average nothing exceptional) out of the 25. We have never had bad tapas until Jaleo. Shrimp overcooked, Beef have a weird taste, the pee wee potato doesn't even taste like potato, it was dry and tough. The Pasta Paella is a joke, it make Rice a Roni look good. I don't mind paying good price for good food. But this was paying a pricey price for food that tasted like dog food. I would never go back even if the meals are free.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Cindy W
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Newark, Delaware
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32 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Pricey but very good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

I love this restaurant. It's best to go with several people so you can sample more things. When they have some of their seasonal Spanish hams, you must, must order a dish!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Gail Y
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