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480 7th St NW Washington, DC 20004, United States
480 7th Street NorthwestUSDistrict of ColumbiaWashington20004
$$Spanish Restaurant, Tapas RestaurantToday 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
Monday 11:30 am – 10:00 pmTuesday 11:30 am – 11:00 pmWednesday 11:30 am – 11:00 pmThursday 11:30 am – 11:00 pmFriday 11:30 am – 12:00 amSaturday 11:00 am – 12:00 amSunday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm

In DC's Penn Quarter since 1993, the original Jaleo location helped to transform the neighborhood into the heart of the city that it is today. And with a total renovation in March of 2012, it has been completely reborn in time for its 20th birthday.

Jaleo is a Spanish word meaning revelry, fun and bustle. Jaleo DC’s striking redesign blends this festive spirit with the unique personality and style of chef José Andrés. Led by the exciting vision of Andrés’ friend, Spanish designer and architect Juli Capella, Jaleo’s new look is “a relaxed environment of bold colors, with a hint of madness and irony, and a touch of Mediterranean surrealism,” explains Capella. Jaleo DC features sleek furnishings and artwork created in Spain by some of the country’s best contemporary designers.

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Buzzy Spanish spot from chef José Andrés serving tapas, paella & sangria in a striking, artsy space.- Google
"Jose Andres is the best."
"A Spanish restaurant that serves tapas style small plates."
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Thon Hollondaise
4 months ago
Fantastic Food and varied menu - fresh and very well prepared - your tastebuds will love it! The atmosphere is fun and the staff is super, well trained, knowledgeable and friendly. All i can say is WOW!!!!!! I come back every time!
Adam Gu
5 months ago
Three coworkers and I went there for late lunch on a Friday afternoon. We decided to go for tapas. In addition to a beer for a coworker, we as a group ordered a sangria and eight tapas dishes. The waiter was attentive and nice; so we let him pick four more for us. The total came to $233.20. Honestly, the food was nothing to rave about except for Bocata de calamares. It was too greasy. However, the sangria was above average.
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Jack Meyers
2 months ago
Overpriced, very salty food with poor service. Do not let its popularity deceive you. Lowlight was the Basque 'veal stew' which had no meat and was just huge chunks of fat. When we mentioned to staff we felt deceived by the menu we were met with stony silence. Very negative experience, avoid at all cost.
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Charlotte Lewis
6 months ago
A good friend of mine is a chef here (yes, I'm biased), but my first visit was before we knew each other. Excellent margaritas!!! Delicious salt foam is different from any other marg I've had. Order the fresh made guacamole, it will transform you into an even better person. It's so good it has to be illegal.
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Alex Reyes
5 months ago
We were a party of 7, the waitress attitude wasn't good, did not give us any suggestions about the dishes. We ordered 3 lomo de buey, calamares, etc. Food was OK only, we paid $15 for glass of wine. It was a bad experience , we could eat and have a better service in any other restaurant for less money,
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Siva Bharadvaj
3 months ago
Friendly staff. Had the vegetarian lunch sandwich with soup. Soup was good, bread a bit too crusty. Didn't try the tapas. Not too many options for vegans or non-egg eating vegetarians.
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Christine L
7 months ago
My friend and i were wanting to come here for restaurant week, but we had an opportunity to go with another friend so we did. I now know why it is just 3.5 stars and i have to agree with it. For three we got the following: Lomo de buey con Valdeón -Grilled hanger steak with mustard sauce and Valdeón blue cheese Croquetas de pollo -Traditional chicken fritters 8 Patatas bravas* -A Jaleo favorite: fried potatoes with spicy tomato sauce and alioli 7 'Rossejat' -Traditional 'paella' of toasted pasta with shrimp and calamari Pollo al ajillo con salsa verde - Grilled marinated chicken served with parsley purée and garlic sauce 8 -Ensaladilla rusa* The ultimate Spanish tapa: potato salad with imported conserved tuna, carrots, peas and mayonnaise My favorite was the flavor of the patatas braves. I see why it is a favorite. The alioli and the tomato sauce went well together, but i didn't taste any all. I also liked the Lomo and the pollo al ajillo con salsa verde. Both were super fresh tasting and the sauces were well made. The Rusa, i had a taste and could not enjoy it. Tuna in potato salad is not my thing, not to mention, i have had way better Rusa. The croquets de pollo, tasted like tuna and were way too salty, and i usually like salt. The Rossejat was just okay and i was super disappointed as they seem to boast the paella here. I gave it three stars because we paid $115 for the food and sangria and it just wasn't value for the price. I can get better food for a cheaper price. The sangria wasn't great enough for me to come back to have by itself as well.
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amy bucchi
5 months ago
Besides the amazing cocktails.... i had no idea what I wanted. Gave the waiter things I like and don't. He created an entire experience. Loved every dish! Must try the liquid olives!


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