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Tapas Restaurant and Spanish Restaurant$$$$
Penn Quarter, Washington
220 Tips and reviews
  • tapas
  • sangria
  • jose andres
  • good for dates
  • seafood
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  • 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.
  • Chris ℳ.
    Chris ℳiddleton😈August 8, 2014
    I'll have a sangria from this place:-)
  • Cleber F.
    Cleber FacanhaMay 25, 2014
    Order "secreto ibérico" and sangria.
  • Erik B.
    Erik BergrudNovember 8, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    A must visit every time we are in DC
  • Jim D.
    Jim DessertMay 16, 2012
    Be sure to try the Spinach w Pine Nuts
  • Lindsey R.
    Lindsey RixJuly 25, 2012
    My only tip is to GO! Everything is amazing including the drinks. A memorable dining experience for sure. Make reservations on Open Table!
  • MsMarilyn D.
    MsMarilyn DeniseOctober 8, 2013
    The Food and Service was fabulous. I will be back again Very Soon!
  • Deborah D.
    Deborah DelpMarch 4, 2012
    This place is not open yet!
  • Adam G.
    Adam GerardFebruary 19, 2012
    Best tapas you will ever have. But the bathrooms need a LOT of work.
  • 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
  • Daniel N.
    Daniel NazarMarch 16, 2013
    Dates wrapped in bacon. Trust me. You'll thank me later. ¡Buen provecho!
  • Sam Y.
    Sam YoonMarch 23, 2013
    Try the Liquid Olives Garnished Orange Peels
  • Sara Y.
    Sara YJanuary 24, 2015
    Mussels in olive oil and garlic
  • Vasuki N.
    Tapas are awesome and so is the sangria. Plenty vegetarian options.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Sophia K.
    The bruschetta with tomato and the croquetas de pollo are a must try here!
  • Melissa F.
    Melissa FranchyNovember 19, 2011
    Try The Cava sangría with strawberries and mint with croquetas de jamon
  • Kate M.
    Kate ModicOctober 9, 2014
    Olive oil ice cream with grapefruit!
  • Tom F.
    Tom FitchMay 25, 2010
    Get the Jose Andres gin and tonic. Amazing.
  • Jeanne M.
    Jeanne MeisterFebruary 9, 2014
    Liquid olives sound weird but are wonderful
  • Ric C.
    Ric CrabbeAugust 21, 2010
    OMG! They just changed the menu and it was awful. We sent 2 plates back uneaten. I'm so disapointed :'(
  • 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
    Upvoted May 17
  • FiOS 50
    FiOS 50November 28, 2011
    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.
  • Sam Y.
    Sam YoonDecember 4, 2013
    Try the Cebolla Asada Con Queso Valdeón - Roasted sweet onions, pine nuts, and Valdeón blue cheese
  • William D.
    William DonahoeMarch 23, 2014
    Get the Huevo Frito Con Caviar, Patatas Bravas, and Gambas Al Ajillo. The Sangria is excellent.
  • Naaz K.
    Naaz KaziMarch 28, 2015
    Squid ink, patatas bravas, liquid olives, paella
  • Sam Y.
    Sam YoonMarch 23, 2013
    Try the Pan Chocolate Con Brioche And Olive Oil
  • Ryan K.
    Ryan KearneyMarch 17, 2013
    Hey Jose, no way those drafts are 16 oz. Que estafa.
  • Travel + Leisure
    Travel + LeisureJanuary 4, 2013
    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.
  • Dmitri M.
    Dmitri MehlhornDecember 2, 2015
    Tapas. Octopus.
  • Melissa E.
    French toast with caramelized bananas.
  • Viktor S.
    Viktor SulzynskySeptember 7, 2010
    Bacon wrapped dates!
  • Amy V.
    Amy ValentOctober 5, 2013
    Food is too salty. Overpriced for the quality
  • Yee L.
    Yee LauJuly 11, 2015
    Make reservation in opentable early. The slots filled pretty quickly on Friday and weekends!
  • 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!!
  • 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.
  • Sam Y.
    Sam YoonMarch 23, 2013
    Try the José's Choice Gin And Tonic
  • Christian M.
    Christian MaidenJune 8, 2014
    This place is not for. Very expensive to very little food. Food was not good.
  • Ari G.
    Ari GordilloApril 5, 2013
    Amazing food. Get the patatas bravas, any of the gin & tonics, the tuna tartare...amazing
  • 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!!
  • Adam S.
    Adam SprachmanJuly 19, 2011
    The cod fritters and lamb chops are amazing.
  • Ivan B.
    Ivan BurazinSeptember 29, 2014
    paella and pata negra!
  • Chito L.
    Chito LimsonMay 7, 2012
    Love the calamares en su tinta.
  • Tatiana B.
    Tatiana BorovikovaSeptember 1, 2013
    Paella is great, very close to one served in Spain, service is great!
  • Malina B.
    Malina BeatriceAugust 14, 2012
    The flan is absolutely the best part of DC.
  • Tony P.
    Tony PimpinellaSeptember 22, 2013
    One of my favorites in DC! The drinks are incredible.
  • GourmetLive
    GourmetLiveOctober 18, 2010
    Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema always fit in house-made chorizo on mashed potatoes, a perfect Spanish omelet, and garlicky shrimp.
  • Tammy G.
    Tammy GordonMarch 19, 2010
    Try the duck confit and/or the fried eggplant w honey
  • Abdulaziz H.
    Abdulaziz HDOctober 10, 2014
    Very good experience 👍👍
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