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Tapas Restaurant and Spanish Restaurant$$$$
Penn Quarter, Washington
218 Tips and reviews
  • tapas
  • sangria
  • jose andres
  • good for dates
  • seafood
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  • Deborah R.
    Deborah RussellApril 16, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    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!
  • Melanie P.
    Melanie PhungMay 11, 2010
    Bacon-wrapped dates are amazing. Also try the white wine sangria for something a little different.
  • Bill H.
    Bill HJanuary 6, 2013
    Somehow they've managed to make the dishes even smaller! Left hungry.
  • Chuq Y.
    Chuq YangJuly 21, 2010
    You get the paella that has the famous pork ribs. So good and it'll easily feed 3 guys.
  • Michael R.
    Michael RomoApril 18, 2011
    Get the Golden Boy cocktail! It's Cava, Hidalgo Amontillado Sherry and gold powder. It tastes fantastic!
  • Yee L.
    Yee LauJuly 11, 2015
    Make reservation in opentable early. The slots filled pretty quickly on Friday and weekends!
  • Sam Y.
    Sam YoonDecember 4, 2013
    Try the Chorizo With Apricot Aioli Wrapped In Fried Potato - Slightly spicy. With Apricot Aioli.
  • David P.
    David P.April 23, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    My all tome favorite restaurant on DC. They've reorganized the menu a bit (and jacked up the prices on some of the more popular things). Would recommend the cebolla asada and the ensalada rusa.
  • Rob M.
    Rob McApril 7, 2012
    The white sangria and the bacon dates were outstanding
  • Maggie R.
    Maggie Rivero-GómezFebruary 5, 2016
    I had the best Gin and Tonic ever at Jaleo! I would definitely go back for their croquetas and cocktails!😋
  • Erik B.
    Erik BergrudNovember 8, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    A must visit every time we are in DC
  • Amy V.
    Amy ValentOctober 5, 2013
    Food is too salty. Overpriced for the quality
  • Stass
    StassJanuary 21, 2011
    Don't leave without getting some sangria. Yum!
  • Washington Post
    Washington PostOctober 12, 2011
    3 star rating in Tom Sietsema's Fall Dining Guide 2011. "No two visits are ever the same," writes Tom.
  • Sara Y.
    Sara YJanuary 24, 2015
    Seared salmon
  • Ari G.
    Ari GordilloApril 5, 2013
    Amazing food. Get the patatas bravas, any of the gin & tonics, the tuna tartare...amazing
  • Eric O.
    Eric OlssonAugust 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Tortilla Menorquina - Spanish omelet with sobrasada, onions and Mahón cheese
  • Naaz K.
    Naaz KaziMarch 28, 2015
    Squid ink, patatas bravas, liquid olives, paella
  • Mona L.
    Mona LisaJanuary 18, 2015
    Everything was amazing!!!! I had the Idiazabal cheese which was excellent and melted in my mouth. The Jamon iberico fermin was definitely an experience. Tuna tartare was small but really tasty.
  • Lau R.
    Lau Rabjerg-EriksenFebruary 27, 2010
    Great and almist authentic spanish tapas
  • Robb F.
    Robb FitzsimmonsJuly 26, 2014
    Washingtonian recommends the mini hamburgers, sangria, tomato bread, and croquetas.
  • Kristin E.
    Kristin EllenburgJune 25, 2010
    Make sure you eat the apples out of your sangria. Feeling a little loopy is amazing
  • Valerie
    ValerieApril 17, 2013
    Try the Eggplant and Sangria
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauJuly 5, 2013
    Try the Cono De Salmón Crudo Con Huevas De Trucha - Salmon tartare and trout roe. Minuscule, but very good.
  • Jaime S.
    Jaime ScatenaJanuary 11, 2013
    The liquid olives is something NOT TO BE MISSED!!
  • Lynn M.
    Lynn MortonJune 20, 2011
    Amazing tapas. My fave was the grilled asparagus and the fingers with aioli and rojo. Read more
  • Kelli S.
    Kelli SolomonSeptember 15, 2013
    Amazing! The menu is huge so ask your servers about their favs. The mushrooms with cheese are a hidden gem and the most amazing thing I had there.
  • Kate M.
    Kate ModicOctober 9, 2014
    Olive oil ice cream with grapefruit!
  • Washington Blade
    Washington BladeMarch 8, 2013
    Our dining writer says: 'serving up the Sakura D.C., a cocktail comprised of gin, cherry blossom syrup and Triple sec' during Cherry Blossom Festival Read more
  • Daniel N.
    Daniel NazarMarch 16, 2013
    Dates wrapped in bacon. Trust me. You'll thank me later. ¡Buen provecho!
  • Ibie I.
    Ibie IsaiMay 7, 2012
    Amazing! All Tapas were delicious, dessert amazing and our service was great! Thanks JR
  • Roberto G.
    Roberto GarcesAugust 23, 2012
    Sangria not worth it and made a little too dry; tapas is really quite good all around - shellfish and pulpas are tender but make sure to try the hams.
  • Riddhima H.
    Riddhima HindujaDecember 27, 2015
    You don't often get authentic Spanish Tapas, but this place gets it just right. Get the pollo, chorizo, cauliflower. Avoid gambas al ajillo, sour and not enough garlic. Follow me on IG @simplysavor
  • natalie k.
    natalie kayApril 18, 2016
    Sangria. Croquets. Patatas bravas. Worth doing the tasting menu for your first time!
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisNovember 14, 2012
    Try the Pulpo A La Gallega "Maestro Alfonso" - boiled octopus with pee wee potatoes, pimentón and olive oil
  • Mary
    MaryMarch 22, 2014
    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...
  • Chuq Y.
    Chuq YangJuly 21, 2010
    Try the Chorizo wrapped in crispy potato. It's incredible!
  • Sharon P.
    Sharon ParkApril 9, 2011
    Bacon Wrapped Dates - do I need to say anymore?
  • Ellen V.
    Ellen VMay 7, 2012
    The chocolate mouse with hazelnut ice cream is amazing!!!
  • Katrina C.
    Katrina CDecember 5, 2009
    Sangria is good and usually pretty crowded
  • Dan P.
    Dan PullmanJuly 10, 2012
    Jamon Iberico de bellota Fermin. And the whole Jose Andres experience is beyond compare. (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
    Upvoted Mar 2
  • Tom F.
    Tom FitchMay 25, 2010
    Get the Jose Andres gin and tonic. Amazing.
  • Sebastien R.
    Sebastien RondierJuly 29, 2013
    Inerico de bellota, pan con tomate, bacalao and shrimp tempura are amazing. Get the "Mas petit" for the red wine, at 9$ the glass its a steal!
  • Lorena R.
    Lorena Ruiz DomínguezSeptember 28, 2016
    This is the only 100% authentic Spanish place I've been to in DC. Their conejo en salmorejo tastes like the one my grandma makes at Christmas! The patatas bravas and the pulpo were great as well
  • Asha S.
    Asha SJuly 6, 2014
    Overpriced, terrible service and bland food. Extremely disappointed especially after the rave reviews.
  • Wines By Raz
    Wines By RazDecember 10, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Poached Egg On Brioche With Idziabal Cheese Jamon & Spinach
  • Sam Y.
    Sam YoonMarch 23, 2013
    Try the Asparagus With Romanesco Sauce - Romances I sauce: hazel but, almonds, tomato, and bread crumb
  • akaCarioca
    akaCariocaSeptember 1, 2013
    Pretty good but $52 for a sangria is way overpriced.
  • Mya M.
    Mya Martin-GlennOctober 20, 2013
    All the food is to die for! Go with with a group of friends and order lots of little plates for a taste sensation.
  • Michael P.
    Michael PuterbaughDecember 9, 2012
    The tiny salt potatoes with red and green sauces are tasty and plentiful.
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