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Jaleo

Jaleo

Tapas Restaurant and Spanish Restaurant$$$$
Penn Quarter, Washington
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    Tom F.
    "Get the Jose Andres gin and tonic."(9 Tips)
    Sam Y.
    "Try the Tres jamones - Serrano Jamon, Iberico, and Iberico Vellota."(7 Tips)
    Lorena R.
    "The patatas bravas and the pulpo were great as well"(10 Tips)
    Alina M.
    "Wonderful service, great sangria and genuinely Spanish tapas."(40 Tips)
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  • Riddhima H.
    Riddhima HindujaDecember 27, 2015
    You don't often get authentic Spanish Tapas, but this place gets it just right. Get the pollo, chorizo, cauliflower. Avoid gambas al ajillo, sour and not enough garlic. Follow me on IG @simplysavor
  • Patricia V.heart icon on user image
    Patricia VittorazziJanuary 26, 2015
    Amazing!! I had lunch yesterday and the DC Restaurant Week menu was fantastic. Tapas and the best fries with blue cheese I ever had. TJ Neville told me about this place and he is right: amazing!
  • Lorena R.heart icon on user image
    Lorena Ruiz DomínguezSeptember 28, 2016
    This is the only 100% authentic Spanish place I've been to in DC. Their conejo en salmorejo tastes like the one my grandma makes at Christmas! The patatas bravas and the pulpo were great as well
  • Elisaheart icon on user image
    ElisaJuly 26, 2020
    Tasting menu is pretty solid to get a mix of traditional and creative / modern dishes. About 6 tapa portion dishes, 4 full portion dishes, and dessert. Very authentic Spanish flavors.
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 17, 2017
    Complement a glass of sangria with Ibérico ham, patatas bravas, croquetas served in a shoe and, of course, a variety of paellas served in pans that feed six people or more. Read more
  • PureWow
    PureWowNovember 21, 2016
    If mixing and matching cheeses is an art, then the grilled cheese with Manchego, Murcia, Valdeón and goat cheese is a true masterpiece. Read more
  • Wouter B.heart icon on user image
    Wouter BlokMay 29, 2017
    Chef Rodolfo has an extraordinary breadth in tapas. I've visited their É in Vegas too, which he set up as well. Jose's way is amazing, be sure to have a light lunch before. Many many courses.
  • Metztli I.heart icon on user image
    Metztli IbanezAugust 13, 2017
    I tasted the jaleo experience and I love it. Too much food so, eat wisely. it includes many dishes, my favorites were a salad, potatoes with eggs, asparagus, salmon with eggs and the shrimps!
  • Esther E.heart icon on user image
    Esther EstebanDecember 12, 2016
    I am Spanish and all I can say is like I felt like in home. Genuine tapas, high quality food and a warm staff. 10 out of 10! :)
  • Lindsay D.heart icon on user image
    Lindsay D.September 30, 2017
    Gorgeous atmosphere and excellent service! Try the sangria and be sure to order a few tapas each so that you may share and try a variety of dishes. The paella is fabulous!
  • Pedro Ivo S.
    Pedro Ivo SalomaoJune 12, 2013
    Tasting traditional tapas menu (50usd) is a great option. Different tapas to try (all of them tasted really good) out and a fantastic service. You cant go wrong - one of the best tapas restaurants
  • Alina M.heart icon on user image
    Wonderful service, great sangria and genuinely Spanish tapas. Try olive oil ice cream - very unusual and tasty! Be sure to order couple of tapas each and share together for a great meal with friends.
  • Derek F.heart icon on user image
    Derek FlanzraichMay 28, 2017
    Great tapas and delicious Sangria! Get the tortilla de patatas (dope omelet), patatas bravas (delicious potatoes), and the buñuelos de bacalao (cod fritters).
  • Mona L.heart icon on user image
    Mona LisaJanuary 18, 2015
    Everything was amazing!!!! I had the Idiazabal cheese which was excellent and melted in my mouth. The Jamon iberico fermin was definitely an experience. Tuna tartare was small but really tasty.
  • Mike C.heart icon on user image
    Mike CJanuary 25, 2014
    If you want a unique and high quality experience with a great atmosphere, I would highly recommend Jaleo. This is one of the best tapas restaurants in the metro area. Can't wait to go back!!
  • Dan P.heart icon on user image
    Dan PullmanJuly 10, 2012
    Jamon Iberico de bellota Fermin. And the whole Jose Andres experience is beyond compare. (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Perry L.
    Perry LewisMay 25, 2014
    The most interesting combination of tastes, ingredients and drinks I've ever had. The grapefruit w/ olive oil ice cream dessert is a true testament to this, and I highly recommend it.
  • Renaud #.
    Renaud #May 14, 2018
    Another casual restaurant by José Andres. Our dishes (grilled salmon, sautéed spinach, skirt steak) were well-executed. Fairly reasonnable prices.
  • Scott H.
    Scott HMay 26, 2013
    Loved it... The Gambas de ajillo was the best tapas I have had...the sangria is great and strong...a definite must place to eat if you are in town...
  • Travel + Leisure
    Travel + LeisureJanuary 4, 2013
    Spanish-born star chef José Andrés jump-started his career in his new home city with tapas restaurant Jaleo. Sample a classic paella or a tortilla with sobrasada, onions, and Mahón cheese.
  • Mary
    MaryMarch 22, 2014
    Remarkably slooooow service yet good service when you can pin them down. Fantastic food & THE BEST mojito I've ever had - full of mint & lime. Mmmmm...
  • Santiago Sheart icon on user image
    Santiago SApril 16, 2017
    It's nice, but... disappointed that the Paella marinara's missing on the menu. I recommend going and trying the tapas; gambas al ajillo is a must.
  • Kelli S.
    Kelli SolomonSeptember 15, 2013
    Amazing! The menu is huge so ask your servers about their favs. The mushrooms with cheese are a hidden gem and the most amazing thing I had there.
  • Washingtonian Magazine
    Washingtonian MagazineJanuary 9, 2012
    Tapas we’ve been loving for years include goat-cheese-stuffed red peppers, crusty bread rubbed with tomatoes & layered with thinly sliced Manchego, a textbook gazpacho, & warm dates wrapped in bacon.
  • Jorgeheart icon on user image
    JorgeMarch 19, 2018
    The cheese platter and the croquetas!! Excellent wine. Don't make a reservation just squeeze in the bar and they'll serve you even faster
  • Sebastien R.
    Sebastien RondierJuly 29, 2013
    Inerico de bellota, pan con tomate, bacalao and shrimp tempura are amazing. Get the "Mas petit" for the red wine, at 9$ the glass its a steal!
  • Amanda G.heart icon on user image
    Amanda GradyMarch 23, 2017
    Tapas are delicious. Came here with family group of 8 people, including my fussy mom and vegetarians - everyone was happy.
  • Washington Blade
    Washington BladeMarch 8, 2013
    Our dining writer says: 'serving up the Sakura D.C., a cocktail comprised of gin, cherry blossom syrup and Triple sec' during Cherry Blossom Festival Read more
  • Devin E.
    Devin EmbilAugust 4, 2011
    The Arroz de pato 'Jean-Louis Palladin' and the Dátiles con tocino 'como hace todo el mundo' as far as drinks, the Cava sangria is a winner. A different taste with Cava and sparkling white wine.
  • natalie k.heart icon on user image
    natalie kayApril 18, 2016
    Sangria. Croquets. Patatas bravas. Worth doing the tasting menu for your first time!
  • Jennifer W.heart icon on user image
    Jennifer WangJune 9, 2013
    Ensalada De Coles De Bruselas Con Albaricoques, Manzanas Y Jamón Serrano (warm brussels sprouts salad with apricots, apple and serrano ham) was very good
  • Michelle A.heart icon on user image
    Michelle A.February 16, 2014
    Delicious and inventive tapas. If you're dining with kids, request to sit at one of the Foosball tables. It keeps the kids entertained.
  • Yee L.heart icon on user image
    Yee LauJuly 11, 2015
    Make reservation in opentable early. The slots filled pretty quickly on Friday and weekends!
  • Allison K.heart icon on user image
    Allison KasicDecember 21, 2021
    Great gin and tonic selection and don’t skip the tomato bread
  • Anna S.
    Anna SotnikovaSeptember 5, 2016
    Loved this place. Spanish mini burgers are perfect as well as rabbit confit with apricot puree! Good sangria!
  • carla e.
    carla elaineJuly 7, 2013
    Try the iberico tasting, patatas bravas, chicken croquettes & liquid olives. Pair with the awesome (& gigantic) Jose's choice gin & tonic.
  • Tanya G.heart icon on user image
    Tanya GuptaJanuary 14, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Ask for table 4 near the window. Get papas arrugas with beso de vino a cheap but great red wine@
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisNovember 14, 2012
    Try the Ensalada De Coles De Bruselas Con Albaricoques, Manzanas Y Jamón Serrano - warm brussels sprouts salad with apricots, apple and serrano ham
  • Mya M.
    Mya Martin-GlennOctober 20, 2013
    All the food is to die for! Go with with a group of friends and order lots of little plates for a taste sensation.
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousAugust 25, 2010
    Be sure to stop by on Wednesday nights when flamenco dancers transport you to Spain over plates of tiny tapas. Try the eggplant flan or eel with shallots for an exotic snack, and don't forget sangria.
  • Sophia K.
    The bruschetta with tomato and the croquetas de pollo are a must try here!
  • Lindsey R.
    Lindsey RixJuly 25, 2012
    My only tip is to GO! Everything is amazing including the drinks. A memorable dining experience for sure. Make reservations on Open Table!
  • Lauren S.heart icon on user image
    Lauren SloanJanuary 4, 2015
    Get the sangria pitcher, sautéed spinach, onions with blue cheese, "paella"...o wait get anything and it is fantastic!!
  • Maggie R.heart icon on user image
    Maggie Rivero-GómezFebruary 5, 2016
    I had the best Gin and Tonic ever at Jaleo! I would definitely go back for their croquetas and cocktails!😋
  • Caitlin R.heart icon on user image
    Caitlin RushAugust 17, 2014
    The pan con tomate, bacon wrapped dates & rosemary mashed potatoes with the chorizo are all delicious.
  • William D.heart icon on user image
    William DonahoeMarch 23, 2014
    Get the Huevo Frito Con Caviar, Patatas Bravas, and Gambas Al Ajillo. The Sangria is excellent.
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauJuly 5, 2013
    Try the Cono De Salmón Crudo Con Huevas De Trucha - Salmon tartare and trout roe. Minuscule, but very good.
  • monkey2000
    monkey2000July 23, 2010
    Try the rossejat, a kind of paella made with fideos (an angel hair noodle); pan con tomate, the famous tomato bread of Catalunya; cumin-scented chickpeas with spinach; croquetas!; calamares a la roman
  • Eric O.
    Eric OlssonAugust 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Codorniz con salsa de romero y alioli de miel - Grilled quail with rosemary sauce and honey alioli [Jaleo at its best!]
  • Jeff G.heart icon on user image
    Jeff GrandstaffMarch 8, 2019
    Everything we had tasted awesome. Spicy shrimp, pork tenderloin and shrimp paella. Yum!
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