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Jaleo
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Today 11AM–12:30AM
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480 7th St NW Washington, DC 20004
480 7th Street NorthwestUSDistrict of ColumbiaWashington20004
(202) 628-7949jaleo.com
$$Spanish Restaurant, Tapas Restaurant
Spanish Restaurant
Tapas Restaurant
Tapas Bar
Today 11AM–12:30AM
Friday 11AM–12:30AMSaturday 11AM–12:30AMSunday 11AM–10PMMonday 11AM–10PMTuesday 11AM–11:30PMWednesday 11AM–11:30PMThursday 11AM–11:30PM
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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
"Beet salad and apple and fennel salads were excellent."
"Definitely recommend if you are looking for a fun dining experience!"
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Laura H
a month ago
The crusty bread with crushed tomatoes was fantastic, as was the aged, acorn-fed ham. I also had a beet gazpacho and some really amazing cheese with orange marmalade. Overall the food was fantastic.
Chia-Yi Cheng
3 months ago
The menu has a lot to offer and I've been to Jaleo on 3 different locations try a bunch of different items. The savory tapas are always impressive and the quality is very consistent. Be sure to save room for desserts. The staple Flan usually has some seasonal twist and the olive oil ice cream with grapefruit jelly cube and slush was such a delight. The service was less impressive compared to the food, nothing to complain but nothing to compliment either.
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Gabrielle Ughetto
3 months ago
[Spanish food] The place is very big with a lot of tables. You don't go their if you want a candle light, intimate dinner. The service is as good as the food. If you like spanish tapas, I recommend the place. Only one thing is missing : they don't have pimientos de padron on the menu!
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Oren Kessler
a month ago
Food was pretty good, music and ambience less so.
Joanna Friedenberg
a month ago
Liked the decor and the ambience, as well as beverage selection. Food menu has a good selection but taste could be better. We have tried today patatas bravas, croquettas de pollo and escalivada. Patatas lacked crunch (skin was a bit wrinkled) and were too greasy (tomato sauce placed on the bottom of the serve dish absorbed alot of it), aioli had good garlicky taste but was too thick, and the tomato sauce taste was overwhelmed by some additives/flavor enhancers. Croquettas were crunchy but filling was too runny. Escalivada were probably my most favorite. I only wish the toasted bread was toasted after it is drizzled (dipped) in olive oil, and not before. And I do hope it was olive oil on the bread, and not margarine/olive oil mix. Having said that, I am looking forward to trying other dishes from the food menu soon.
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Israel Saari
2 months ago
Manager and staff were exceptional. Tapas was consistent with some of the best we've had in Barcelona. Kid friendly too.
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Eli Anders
2 months ago
Classic DC restaurant with outstanding tapas. Their paella is fantastic. And try a spherified olive!
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Jeff Tong
a month ago
Great place to visit with friends. The tapas are great, especially the shrimp dish and the sausage dish!

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