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480 7th St NW Washington, DC 20004
480 7th Street NorthwestUSDistrict of ColumbiaWashington20004
$$Spanish Restaurant, Tapas Restaurant
Spanish Restaurant
Tapas Restaurant
Tapas Bar
Today 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 – 12:30 amSaturday 11:00 am – 12:30 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
"Excellent Sangria, tapas are good, a bit expensive."
"Love the gin and tonics here."
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Jessica Nees
6 months ago
Went to Jaleo on a rainy afternoon. The service and food was great. We did a little bit of everything and had a ton of fun! Even my 5 year old daughter enjoyed it! Definitely recommend if you are looking for a fun dining experience!
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Bryan Benavides
2 months ago
I'm a big fan of Jaleo, they have amazing Sangria and croquetas. I also love their apple salad. :)
Andrew Pokora
a month ago
Great food and drinks. Will be back when in DC again. Thanks for the great lunch!
Thon Hollondaise
11 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!
Ferk Vandy
5 months ago
Eh. It was okay, but nothing special. Way to crowded, loud, and chaotic. The best items on the menu were those that are imported items (jamon, cheese). The best chef prepared food was the bread. Everything else was just ok. Hard to justify the cost.
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Leigh Rawls
7 months ago
I rarely leave "bad" reviews, and I know a lot of people really like this place, but I did not particularly enjoy it. The food itself was good, but there were so many other issues that rubbed me the wrong way. First and foremost, the decor is totally bizarre. It's like child themed in a very literal sense, which is odd for a restaurant geared towards adults/professionals. There is a mural on one wall of children's feet/shoes and on the other wall is a mural with people stuck in what appears to be a web of string art or something. Also, some of the tables are actual foosball tables with glass on top. That would be kind of cute for an actual kid-oriented restaurant or a sports bar, but not for a white tablecloth-ish place. Then, the thing that really weirded me out was that at one point, one of our tapas items was brought out in a glass sneaker (like imagine if Cinderella had worn glass Chuck Taylors). It was probably supposed to be artistic, but even as an artistic person by profession, I was weirded out by the idea of eating out of a shoe. It also awkwardly took up a lot of table space we could have used for our other food items. On top of that, the restaurant was incredibly loud. The acoustics made is very difficult to talk/be heard. Not that we did too much of that anyway... As with most tapas places, there are a lot of options, but what I found profoundly annoying was that the titles of all the dishes were in Spanish. While I know a bit of Spanish, I still had to read every single tiny-fonted description of a dish to see what it was. I'd rather just be able to see "Grilled Hanger Steak" with a short description underneath in case I did want more info, than "Lomo de buey con Valdeón*" with a long description underneath that I had to read just to find out what the dish was. If you go here, look at the menu beforehand and plan out what you might want. Otherwise you'll be like us and spend more of your evening trying to figure out what you want rather than talking and enjoying each others company. Overall, while the food itself was good, I would not go here again unless it was totally on someone else's dime. It's way too pricey for what it is. But if you do want to go here, MAKE A RESERVATION. Even with a reservation, we still had to wait a while, but without one, you most likely won't get a table (especially on the weekends).
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Gabe Creamer
7 months ago
Great drinks (sangria was fantastic) and the potatoes bravas were awesome. A must visit if you are in DC. Price is up there but the tastebuds will appreciate the good food.
James Sanders
5 months ago
Love this restaurant! I eat here every time I am in DC! Great textures, choices, and taste! Long live Tapas!


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