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Jaleo Restaurant Review

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Jaleo Restaurant Review
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The Bottom Line

Jaleo is an elegant Spanish tapas restaurant with great food and a festive ambiance in three convenient locations in the Washington, DC area.

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  • Creative dishes by award winning chef
  • Extensive selection of tapas
  • Nice wine selection
  • Good Service


  • Noisy


  • Locations: Downtown Washington, DC (Penn Quarter), Bethesda, Maryland and Crystal City, Virginia.
  • Phone: DC 202) 628-7949; Bethesda (301) 913-0003; Crystal City (703) 413-8181
  • Hours: Vary by location, All serve lunch and dinner daily; Sunday brunch.
  • Reservations: Recommended for lunch and available for dinner before 6:30pm only
  • Prices: Tapas $6-12; Paella $32 -42 (serves 2-4); Brunch Tapas $6-9

Guide Review - Jaleo Restaurant Review

Jaleo offers an extensive menu of 60 different hot and cold tapas, small plates, reflecting the regional diversity of Spanish cuisine. Each dish is artistically presented. Some favorites include grilled bread layered with a paste of fresh tomatoes and topped with anchovies; Stuffed olives with anchovies and roasted 'piquillo' peppers, Grilled beef loin with sweet peppers and 'Cabrales' sauce; Octopus with paprika and virgin olive oil; Mushroom tart served with roasted red-pepper sauce; and gazpacho. There is such variety that there is truly something for everyone. For dinner, a selection of entrees is also available along with a variety of paella dishes that serve two to four. Spanish wines, sangrias, and sherries are available as well as a variety of desserts such as a classic Spanish custard dessert with ‘espuma’ of Catalan cream and oranges or Chocolate and hazelnut mousse torte.

Jaleo means “uproar, revelry, merry-making” in Spanish. The three restaurants are lively, each one is located in a bustling neighborhood that is popular for dining and shopping. The restaurants are inviting with huge picture windows, cathedral ceilings, and colorful Spanish paintings. Outdoor seating is available during the warmer months.

The brunch menu features classic Spanish dishes along with innovative creations. Recommended dishes include Pan de Cristal con Salmón Ahumado Tomate y Huevo Duro (smoked salmon on slices of crispy ethereal bread with hardboiled egg, goat cheese and capers), Huevos a la ‘Angel Muro’, (eggs with toasted bread ‘Angel Muro style’ with piquillo confit and acorn-fed ham), oysters ‘Gin & Tonic’ and Coliflor Salteada Con Aceitunas Y Dátiles (sautéed cauliflower with dates, olives, thyme and sherry).

Reviewed March 2007 - Revisited March 2014 - Prices are subject to change

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