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“Food and cocktails are spot on” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Jaleo

Jaleo
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Ranked #28 of 3,189 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Groups, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighbourhood: Downtown / Chinatown
Cross street: E St.
Transit: We are located 1 block south of the Gallery Place/Chinatown metro station on the yellow, green and red lines. Take the 7th and Arena exit, walk one block south. The restaurant is located on the right hand corner of 7th and E St. We are also 1 block North of Arhives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter station on the green and yellow lines.
Description: Jaleo brings alive the spirit and flavors of Spain with a menu reflecting the rich regional diversity of classical and contemporary Spanish cuisine, under the direction of renowned chef Jose Andres. Jaleo offers an impressive assortment of tapas, the traditional small dishes of Spain, as well as savory paellas, superb sangrias and a fine selection of Spanish wines and Sherries in a festive, casual atmosphere.
Johns Creek, Georgia
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172 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
“Food and cocktails are spot on”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2012

For tapas, our favorites were the fried dates in bacon, stuffed peppers, and the scallops...mmm. We had to order seconds of the dates and the scallops! The cocktail tour app we were following recommended a caipirinha, which was awesome. And, save room for dessert - the flan is the best ever!

  • Visited March 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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miami
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38 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great atmosphere and tapas”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2012

My sister recommended the restaurant and it was great. the crystal bread was very good the chicken croquettes were also good. The flan was to die for and the chocolate soufflé was great. The whole family enjoyed the experience.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Melbourne, Australia
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89 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“A lively vibe, with great tapas, wine and dessert! Don't miss it”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2012

This restaurant was literally within walking distance from Pennsylvania Ave - where we stayed in an apartment with views of the Archives, Washington Monument...so it was a treasure - given it was in such close proximity too to our base in DC.
This place is buzzing - so preferably book if you want a table. We started at the bar and about 45 minutes later took a table when one became available. This suited us and we often enjoy mingling amongst others given we are travelling together for extended periods.
Busy every night of the week....it is so, because the food - the tapas is very well done. It is creative, fresh, wonderful fare. The tapas menu is extensive and it allows a wonderful exploration of great food and variety, if sharing. We shared about 7-8 plates between 2 people, and enjoyed a wonderful dessert that was something like a mousse - though not so described in the menu with olive oil drizzle and a crisp bread on top, with a wonderful homemade icecream which was all amazing. An extensive wine list and an attentive helpful waitress who suggested some dishes meant we had a marvellous experience. We enjoyed scallops, foie gras, bell peppers stuffed with goats cheese, a salad of pinenuts, raisins and spinach, chorizo, beef, chicken dishes - all had immense flavour and and were cooked to perfection and presented with flair and colour on the plate.
A fun, lively restaurant with a bar....and a very creative, modern fitout...that embued great atmposhpere. Very reasonably priced. We went back on our last night in town. While they were out of the scallops and our favourite dessert - we managed to get in before the kitchen closed at 10pm...so understandable. A great restaurant in the Penn Quarter....definitely worth a visit. Large groups, couples, friends all seem to be accommodated in the layout without impacting negatively on those seated around.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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San Ramon, California
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Very Flavorful Tapa's”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2012

We started off with fried dates wrapped in bacon. Our party ate 3 plates and ordered one to take home. The "Espinacas a la catalana" (spinach salad) is also awesome. Our table of 3, all sharing, ordered this twice. Any of the Carnes plates are just plain fantastic. We had three different ones and they were all awesome. The desserts were all very good and I can't single one out as the best. And the sangria is pretty darn good too.

Visited April 2012
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Thank James W
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Bring back the gazpacho!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2012

I get it that this fabulous tapas place is trying to procure locally, and that tomatoes are out of season, but I am pining away for the best gazpacho in DC (except for maybe Estadios)! I can't wait for tomatoe season 2012 - if I make it that long. But everything else is great, too. The scallops are amazing, salads great. Ingredients are authentic and the pork is a special treat. Jose Andres does it again!

Visited April 2012
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