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Tapas Restaurant and Spanish Restaurant$$$$
Penn Quarter, Washington
236 Tips and reviews
  • tapas
  • sangria
  • jose andres
  • good for dates
  • seafood
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  • Lindsay D.
    Lindsay D.3 weeks ago
    Gorgeous atmosphere and excellent service! Try the sangria and be sure to order a few tapas each so that you may share and try a variety of dishes. The paella is fabulous!
  • Metztli I.
    I tasted the jaleo experience and I love it. Too much food so, eat wisely. it includes many dishes, my favorites were a salad, potatoes with eggs, asparagus, salmon with eggs and the shrimps!
  • TD B.
    TD BratJuly 22
    Good flan, has a mild orange flavor
  • Jackson K.
    A little pricey, but very good and well worth it! The fried cod is fabulous.
  • Wouter B.
    Chef Rodolfo has an extraordinary breadth in tapas. I've visited their É in Vegas too, which he set up as well. Jose's way is amazing, be sure to have a light lunch before. Many many courses.
  • Derek F.
    Great tapas and delicious Sangria! Get the tortilla de patatas (dope omelet), patatas bravas (delicious potatoes), and the buñuelos de bacalao (cod fritters).
  • Vasuki N.
    Tapas are awesome and so is the sangria. Plenty vegetarian options.
  • Veronica U.
    Everything is good here, but try "Pan Cristal con Tomate" and gazpacho
  • S
    SApril 16
    It's nice, but... disappointed that the Paella marinara's missing on the menu. I recommend going and trying the tapas; gambas al ajillo is a must.
  • Amanda G.
    Amanda GradyMarch 23
    Tapas are delicious. Came here with family group of 8 people, including my fussy mom and vegetarians - everyone was happy.
  • Terry B.
    Terry BiddleFebruary 17
    Delicious! Great service! Why don't I come here more often?
  • Melissa E.
    French toast with caramelized bananas.
  • Melissa E.
    Grapefruit Cava mimosa paired with cheese and guava cone. Yummy.
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 17
    Complement a glass of sangria with Ibérico ham, patatas bravas, croquetas served in a shoe and, of course, a variety of paellas served in pans that feed six people or more. Read more
  • Esther E.
    Esther EstebanDecember 12, 2016
    I am Spanish and all I can say is like I felt like in home. Genuine tapas, high quality food and a warm staff. 10 out of 10! :)
    Upvoted Jul 27
  • PureWow
    PureWowNovember 21, 2016
    If mixing and matching cheeses is an art, then the grilled cheese with Manchego, Murcia, Valdeón and goat cheese is a true masterpiece. Read more
  • 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
  • Anna S.
    Anna SotnikovaSeptember 5, 2016
    Loved this place. Spanish mini burgers are perfect as well as rabbit confit with apricot puree! Good sangria!
  • Juliana A.
    Juliana AdibAugust 20, 2016
    Good gins and great service
  • Katherine G.
    Katherine GarciaJuly 2, 2016
    Small dishes, I didn't like the bartender it's kind of rude.. Not recommended if you are really hungry
  • natalie k.
    natalie kayApril 18, 2016
    Sangria. Croquets. Patatas bravas. Worth doing the tasting menu for your first time!
  • Rapiszal R.
    Rapiszal RusliMarch 8, 2016
    sangria hahahaha
  • Rachel W.
    Rachel WhinneryFebruary 14, 2016
    Get the "olives." Thank me later.
  • Michael G.
    Michael GreenFebruary 9, 2016
    Bacon rapped dates!
  • 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!😋
  • Cassie P.
    Cassie PDecember 29, 2015
    Everything we tried was delicious! You won't be disappointed! The sangria is so so though.
  • 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
  • Will A.
    Will ArnoneDecember 16, 2015
    White Sangria. Cauliflower, Brussels sprouts.
  • Dmitri M.
    Dmitri MehlhornDecember 2, 2015
    Tapas. Octopus.
  • Mac B.
    Mac BellingrathAugust 23, 2015
    We didn't have a bad dish. Great cocktails as well.
  • Amol K.
    Amol KJuly 20, 2015
    Patatas bravas and datiles con tocino are great.
  • Yee L.
    Yee LauJuly 11, 2015
    Make reservation in opentable early. The slots filled pretty quickly on Friday and weekends!
  • Chris K.
    Chris KendallJune 3, 2015
    Sangria's good, foods good too, not as amazing as some say btw but yes good ...
  • Rajat
    RajatJune 3, 2015
    I cant think of one standout dish here I had, and I had quite a few. This is an extremely overrated James Beard restaurant--better food at Zaytinya
  • Aaron S.
    Aaron SmithMay 11, 2015
    Long wait. Too expensive.
  • Naaz K.
    Naaz KaziMarch 28, 2015
    Squid ink, patatas bravas, liquid olives, paella
  • Sebastian D.
    Sebastian DörnerFebruary 15, 2015
    Great Tapas!
  • Sara Y.
    Sara YFebruary 5, 2015
    Endives and olive oil
  • Starlet S.
    Starlet SmithJanuary 27, 2015
    Crazy bathroom, but fun and creative decor overall! Great food. Always busy so be sure to make reservations.
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousJanuary 27, 2015
    On Wednesday nights, flamenco dancers add to the fun in this sprawling, window-wrapped corner restaurant. Read more
  • Patricia V.
    Patricia VittorazziJanuary 26, 2015
    Amazing!! I had lunch yesterday and the DC Restaurant Week menu was fantastic. Tapas and the best fries with blue cheese I ever had. TJ Neville told me about this place and he is right: amazing!
    Upvoted Sep 4
  • Sara Y.
    Sara YJanuary 24, 2015
    Mussels in olive oil and garlic
  • Sara Y.
    Sara YJanuary 24, 2015
    Seared salmon
  • 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.
  • Lauren S.
    Lauren SloanJanuary 4, 2015
    Get the sangria pitcher, sautéed spinach, onions with blue cheese, "paella"...o wait get anything and it is fantastic!!
  • Philippe F.
    Philippe FortinNovember 17, 2014
    Excellent Spanish cuisine. The tapas are perfectly seasoned. We lived our experience there.
  • Abdulaziz H.
    Abdulaziz HDOctober 10, 2014
    Very good experience 👍👍
  • Kate M.
    Kate ModicOctober 9, 2014
    Olive oil ice cream with grapefruit!
  • Ivan B.
    Ivan BurazinSeptember 29, 2014
    paella and pata negra!
  • Carla S.
    Carla SchoemanSeptember 10, 2014
    Best tapas outside of Spain. Marinated chicken on parsley puree was the winner of our selection.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 26, 2014
    Check out Jaleo as seen on Best Thing I Ever Ate , Bizarre Foods America , Rachael Ray - $40 a Day Read more
  • Caitlin R.
    Caitlin RushAugust 17, 2014
    The pan con tomate, bacon wrapped dates & rosemary mashed potatoes with the chorizo are all delicious.
  • Chris ℳ.
    Chris ℳiddleton😈August 8, 2014
    I'll have a sangria from this place:-)
  • ben v.
    ben van alboomAugust 4, 2014
    Based on (and drawn in by) the great reviews, I was rather underwhelmed. Tapas were okay but really nothing special.
  • Robb F.
    Robb FitzsimmonsJuly 26, 2014
    Washingtonian recommends the mini hamburgers, sangria, tomato bread, and croquetas.
  • Alberto C. D.
    Alberto C. DowningJuly 9, 2014
    Amazing food! Highly recommend it. #DaucoPaLaYuxa
  • Asha S.
    Asha SJuly 6, 2014
    Overpriced, terrible service and bland food. Extremely disappointed especially after the rave reviews.
  • Sophia K.
    The bruschetta with tomato and the croquetas de pollo are a must try here!
  • Christian M.
    Christian MaidenJune 8, 2014
    This place is not for. Very expensive to very little food. Food was not good.
  • Perry L.
    Perry LewisMay 25, 2014
    The most interesting combination of tastes, ingredients and drinks I've ever had. The grapefruit w/ olive oil ice cream dessert is a true testament to this, and I highly recommend it.
  • Cleber F.
    Cleber FacanhaMay 25, 2014
    Order "secreto ibérico" and sangria.
  • Fernando L.
    Great Spanish food, nice service and atmosphere.
  • William D.
    William DonahoeMarch 23, 2014
    Get the Huevo Frito Con Caviar, Patatas Bravas, and Gambas Al Ajillo. The Sangria is excellent.
  • 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...
  • Jen K.
    Jen KlingensmithFebruary 21, 2014
    If you get nothing else, get the papas arrufgas and the orange flan. I have always hated flan, but theirs is impeccable.
  • Michelle A.
    Michelle A.February 16, 2014
    Delicious and inventive tapas. If you're dining with kids, request to sit at one of the Foosball tables. It keeps the kids entertained.
  • Jeanne M.
    Jeanne MeisterFebruary 9, 2014
    Liquid olives sound weird but are wonderful
  • Mike C.
    Mike CJanuary 25, 2014
    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!!
  • Tanya G.
    Tanya GuptaJanuary 14, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Ask for table 4 near the window. Get papas arrugas with beso de vino a cheap but great red wine@
  • Sam Y.
    Sam YoonDecember 4, 2013
    Try the Chocolate Flan With Brioche Ice Cream And Olive Oil
  • Sam Y.
    Sam YoonDecember 4, 2013
    Try the Olive Oil Ice Cream Over Textures Of Grapefruit
  • Sam Y.
    Sam YoonDecember 4, 2013
    Try the Calamares en su Tinta - Basque-style squid stew ink
  • Sam Y.
    Sam YoonDecember 4, 2013
    Try the Chorizo With Apricot Aioli Wrapped In Fried Potato - Slightly spicy. With Apricot Aioli.
  • Sam Y.
    Sam YoonDecember 4, 2013
    Try the Cebolla Asada Con Queso Valdeón - Roasted sweet onions, pine nuts, and Valdeón blue cheese
  • Sam Y.
    Sam YoonDecember 4, 2013
    Try the Gin & Tonic Oyster - Can you believe oysters are soaked in G&T?
  • Sam Y.
    Sam YoonDecember 3, 2013
    Try the José's Choice Gin And Tonic - With Hendrick's gin.
  • Tina T.
    Tina TNovember 26, 2013
    When thy have the white gazpacho on the menu GET IT! It's fantastic
  • Erik B.
    Erik BergrudNovember 8, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    A must visit every time we are in DC
  • 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.
  • Mary-Stuart G.
    Mary-Stuart GallianOctober 18, 2013
    My favorite place in the city, decor is weird but food it the best tapas. Try the sangria!!
  • Washington Post
    Washington PostOctober 16, 2013
    The best tapas restaurant in D.C.
    Upvoted 6 days ago
  • MsMarilyn D.
    MsMarilyn DeniseOctober 8, 2013
    The Food and Service was fabulous. I will be back again Very Soon!
  • Amy V.
    Amy ValentOctober 5, 2013
    Food is too salty. Overpriced for the quality
  • RevsLaws
    RevsLawsSeptember 24, 2013
    Paella for brunch
  • Tony P.
    Tony PimpinellaSeptember 22, 2013
    One of my favorites in DC! The drinks are incredible.
  • 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.
  • Chloe S.
    Chloe StewartSeptember 2, 2013
    Amazing Spanish tapas and sangria! Great date spot.
  • akaCarioca
    akaCariocaSeptember 1, 2013
    Pretty good but $52 for a sangria is way overpriced.
  • Tatiana B.
    Tatiana BorovikovaSeptember 1, 2013
    Paella is great, very close to one served in Spain, service is great!
  • Sara
    SaraAugust 30, 2013
    Food was delicious and came quickly! Loved all the tapas.
  • Carrie B.
    Carrie Brown-SmithAugust 15, 2013
    Some of the nicest and most competent bartenders I've ever seen. The gin and tonics are divine. You could even ask about the secret drink "The Brown Man."
  • Alina M.
    Wonderful service, great sangria and genuinely Spanish tapas. Try olive oil ice cream - very unusual and tasty! Be sure to order couple of tapas each and share together for a great meal with friends.
  • Emanuel G.
    Emanuel GutierrezAugust 10, 2013
    Amazing sangrias!!
  • Sebastien R.
    Sebastien RondierJuly 29, 2013
    Inerico de bellota, pan con tomate, bacalao and shrimp tempura are amazing. Get the "Mas petit" for the red wine, at 9$ the glass its a steal!
  • Sai K.
    Sai KuchiJuly 24, 2013
    Try the quesos especially cana de cabra and chocolate flan is really good.
  • carla e.
    carla elaineJuly 7, 2013
    Try the iberico tasting, patatas bravas, chicken croquettes & liquid olives. Pair with the awesome (& gigantic) Jose's choice gin & tonic.
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauJuly 5, 2013
    Try the pan con chocolate - Chocolate flan, caramelized bread, olive oil and brioche I've cream. Amazing.
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauJuly 5, 2013
    Try the Paella de Pollo y Setas Silvestres - Chicken and mushrooms. Great.
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauJuly 5, 2013
    Try the Croquetas De Pollo - Traditional chicken fritters. In a shoe for some reason.
  • 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.
  • Robbie M.
    Robbie McAlisterSeptember 16
    Chorizo casero con puré de patatas al aceite de oliva was delicious.
  • Juamba C.
    Españoles comiendo comida española en Washington!! Comida 10, servicio 10, relación calidad/precio 8,5. Nos ha encantado!! Sin duda repetiríamos!!
  • Ronie B.
    Lugar incrível! Cangrejos perfeitos! Gambas maravilhosas! Atendente Laura super solicita! ❤️
  • Brian C.
    Croquetas de jamon, yo
  • Aïda A.
    Aïda AmaroAugust 18, 2016
    Nos esperábamos mucho más. Buena elaboración pero raciones muy pequeñas.
  • Jaime Z.
    Jaime ZavalaJuly 4, 2016
    Pimientos con queso, aceitunas molecular.
  • Rapiszal R.
    Rapiszal RusliMarch 8, 2016
    tapas ke tapau
  • Juan C.
    Juan CharrasqueadoAugust 7, 2015
    Tapas, excelente servicio
  • Marîa F.
    Marîa FërnandaApril 30, 2015
    Pidan la degustacion de tapas y la degustacion de vinos. El albariño es delicioso.
  • verymonica
    verymonicaMay 24, 2014
    arozz a banda con gambas paella Read more
  • Marcelo Y.
    Marcelo YokoyamaNovember 28, 2013
    Excelente! Tapas e sangria de espumante! 😊
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