480 7th St NW (at E St NW), Washington, D.C. 20004
Open until 11:00pm (Show more)
  • Mon, Sun
    • 11:30 AM–10:00 PM
  • Tue–Thu
    • 11:30 AM–11:00 PM
  • Fri–Sat
    • 11:30 AM–Noon
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
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  • "Sangria, both red and white, are tasty!" (27 tips)
  • "... sometimes the owner, Jose Andres, has dinner there along with ya." (8 tips)
  • "... Con Albaricoques, Manzanas Y Jamón Serrano - warm brussels sprouts salad with..." (2 tips)
  • Washington Post

    3 star rating in Tom Sietsema's Fall Dining Guide 2011. "No two visits are ever the same," writes Tom. http://wapo.st/nRBQvw

    Washington Post · October 12, 2011
  • Washingtonian Magazine

    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.

    Washingtonian Magazine · January 9, 2012
  • Epicurious

    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.

    Epicurious · August 25, 2010
  • Stass

    Don't leave without getting some sangria. Yum!

    Stass · January 21, 2011
  • GourmetLive

    Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema always fit in house-made chorizo on mashed potatoes, a perfect Spanish omelet, and garlicky shrimp.

    GourmetLive · October 18, 2010
  • Eater

    Complement a glass of sangria with Ibérico ham, croquetas served in a shoe and, of course, a variety of paellas served in pans that feed six or more. [Eater 38 Member]

    Eater · January 23, 2013
  • Foodspotting

    Try the Calamares fritos con alioli and spot it on Foodspotting!

    Foodspotting · January 9, 2011
  • Melanie P.

    Bacon-wrapped dates are amazing. Also try the white wine sangria for something a little different.

    Melanie P. · May 11, 2010
  • Deborah R.

    I've been coming to Jaleos for 17 years...even did a promotional commercial for them and have known Jose Andres for almost 15 years. The food is consistently fantastic and the staff is amazing!

    Deborah R. · April 16, 2010
  • Washington Post

    The best tapas restaurant in D.C.

    Washington Post · October 16, 2013
  • Kristin E.

    Make sure you eat the apples out of your sangria. Feeling a little loopy is amazing

    Kristin E. · June 25, 2010
  • Eric O.

    Try the Pimientos Del Piquillo Rellenos de Queso - Seared piquillo peppers filled with caña de cabra goat cheese (via @Foodspotting)

    Eric O. · August 5, 2012
  • Dora

    Tapas are already kid-sized—woo hoo! Powered by ParentsConnect.com

    Dora · July 21, 2010
  • Travel + Leisure

    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.

    Travel + Leisure · January 4, 2013
  • FiOS 50

    Head's up...the Penn Quarter location of José Andrés' Jaleo is due for a facelift in the coming months. So stop in and enjoy the lengthy tapas menu now.

    FiOS 50 · November 28, 2011
  • Peiyu L.

    Love the duck with rice

    Peiyu L. · March 17, 2011
  • Tammy G.

    For lunch Jaleo has $11 soup-salad-or-sandwich combos

    Tammy G. · March 26, 2010
  • Lau R.

    Great and almist authentic spanish tapas

    Lau R. · February 27, 2010
  • Nicolas W.

    Bacon-wrapped dates. Amazing.

    Nicolas W. · January 24, 2010
  • Valerie

    Try the Eggplant and Sangria

    Valerie · April 17, 2013
  • Andy W.

    One of DC's magical places. Come here often, and come here regularly.

    Andy W. · January 24, 2013
  • Ibie I.

    Amazing! All Tapas were delicious, dessert amazing and our service was great! Thanks JR

    Ibie I. · May 7, 2012
  • Michael S.

    Try the chorizo and potato, it's good!

    Michael S. · August 1, 2010
  • monkey2000

    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

    monkey2000 · July 23, 2010
  • Mark R.

    Top notch tapas, just a few blocks north of the National Gallery

    Mark R. · November 19, 2009
  • Gwynne K.

    Go to Jaleo and order anything with mussels or apples.

    Gwynne K. · September 19, 2009
  • Sam Y.

    Try the Chocolate Flan With Brioche Ice Cream And Olive Oil (via @Foodspotting)

    Sam Y. · December 4, 2013
  • Sara

    Food was delicious and came quickly! Loved all the tapas.

    Sara · August 30, 2013
  • Michael P.

    The tiny salt potatoes with red and green sauces are tasty and plentiful.

    Michael P. · December 9, 2012
  • Lindsey R.

    My only tip is to GO! Everything is amazing including the drinks. A memorable dining experience for sure. Make reservations on Open Table!

    Lindsey R. · July 25, 2012
  • Helena N.

    This is a happy place! Get the mushroom rice and the pan com tomates e jamon

    Helena N. · May 11, 2012
  • Amy G.

    Jose Andres strikes again because I have yet to be disappointed here. Get the paella and anything else with Iberico ham.

    Amy G. · January 23, 2012
  • Frank Y.

    Endive with goat cheese is delicious as well as everything else. Simple yet complex!

    Frank Y. · January 11, 2012
  • mark r.

    come sit at the bar!

    mark r. · October 26, 2011
  • Lynnsey L.

    Great Happy Hour!

    Lynnsey L. · October 3, 2011
  • Behrad B.

    You simply can't beat $4 sangria and tapas during happy hour!

    Behrad B. · August 27, 2011
  • Andres L.

    We come down from NY just to dine here and we never leave anything on the plate. That says it all!

    Andres L. · June 20, 2011
  • samantha

    I am in love with their brunch menu! Get the poached egg and spinach on brioche.

    samantha · December 31, 2010
  • Tom F.

    Get the Jose Andres gin and tonic. Amazing.

    Tom F. · May 25, 2010
  • William D.

    Get the Huevo Frito Con Caviar, Patatas Bravas, and Gambas Al Ajillo. The Sangria is excellent.

    William D. · 3 weeks ago
  • Mary

    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...

    Mary · 3 weeks ago
  • Jen K.

    If you get nothing else, get the papas arrufgas and the orange flan. I have always hated flan, but theirs is impeccable.

    Jen K. · February 21
  • Michelle A.

    Delicious and inventive tapas. If you're dining with kids, request to sit at one of the Foosball tables. It keeps the kids entertained.

    Michelle A. · February 16
  • Jeanne M.

    Liquid olives sound weird but are wonderful

    Jeanne M. · February 9
  • Lauren H.

    Eat the food, drink a pitcher of sangria. Happiness.

    Lauren H. · January 26
  • Mike C.

    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!!

    Mike C. · January 25
  • Tanya G.

    Ask for table 4 near the window. Get papas arrugas with beso de vino a cheap but great red wine@

    Tanya G. · January 14
  • Sam Y.

    Try the Olive Oil Ice Cream Over Textures Of Grapefruit (via @Foodspotting)

    Sam Y. · December 4, 2013
  • Sam Y.

    Try the Calamares en su Tinta - Basque-style squid stew ink (via @Foodspotting)

    Sam Y. · December 4, 2013
  • 💃Gala🐞

    Special menu 'sin gluten'))) que suerte!!!

    💃Gala🐞 · February 4, 2013

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