Jaleo - Bethesda

4.5
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$30 and under
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Spanish
Jaleo brings alive the spirit and flavors of Spain with a menu reflecting the rich regional diversity of classical and contemporary Spanish cuisine, under the direction of renowned chef José Andrés. Jaleo offers an impressive assortment of tapas, the traditional small dishes of Spain, as well as savory paellas, superb sangrias and a fine selection of Spanish wines and Sherries in a festive, casual atmosphere.
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.4
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4.4
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4.2
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J
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Ate here during Restaurant Week, with a special menu. The tapas selection and service were great—variety (vegetable, meat, seafood, cheese), generous portions, attentive service. A delicious meal.

D
Sydney / NSW
136 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

It was fine overall but after requesting not to sit by the door/ in the wind tunnel area, that is where they seated us. Which was disappointing and cold.

MM
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

The Bethesda branch of Jaleo is definitely a winner. The tapas tends to arrive to the table much too fast, often getting there before the drinks from the bar, but the food is interesting and always good. Jose Andres is one of Washington's greatest stars.

C
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I am a huge fan of Jose Andres. I have been to two of his restaurants, the latest being Jaleo. It was absolutely wonderful, as was the service. Did I mention that I am also VERY fussy? Love him for his humanitarian work too. He is the real deal

L
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, great service

JS
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Restaurant week at Jaleo was great - fantastic foot at reasonable prices.

D
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Jessica’s service was great! Restaurant week menu was delicious and a great value!

s
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Jaleo is a regular group favorite because of the lively ambience and great food! I do caution diners to check their bill closely for many times we have been charged for drinks that we did not order. For example, we ordered 3 margaritas but were charged for 4. Subtle overcharges that are easy to miss. It’s happened several times. This last visit when the bill came to us first before we provided our two credit cards to split the bill it was correct. However, when it came back for us to sign, the amount had changed from $95 to $109 (an extra margarita was added to the bill AFTER we verified charges before provided form of payment)! Even easier to miss the additional charge when the bill is split but my friend caught the error.

AG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience1

I love Jaleo, I have been many times. The table we had was just awful and really negatively affected our experience. It was in a back corner near the kitchen and very dark. Conversation was very difficult.

r
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

We went for a special lunch and it was extremely disappointing. First of all, it was restaurant week and the vegetarian options were pretty minimal (I didn’t know it was restaurant week when booking so I thought the typical lunch menu would be available).
The food that came was nothing to write home about. No magical flavors or anything that felt special. I’m a big Jose Andres fan but this dining experience was extremely disappointing.

JK
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Perfect evening out with friends. EXCELLENT food and SERVICE. Our mistake by sitting right next to the kitchen. Other than that it was absolutely lovely. Will definitely recommend Jaleo to more friends AND we will go again!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

To be clear: Jaleo has great food and I AppleTalk that Jose Andreas does for the community.

That said: we walked out because the service was terrible and the place was freezing. Jaleo Bethesda is very chilly and in a couple of years they have not made the simple fix to stop freezing air blowing in every time someone enters or leaves.

Our server ignored us for about 30 minutes then took the order of a large table who walked in averse us. At that point, cold and hungry, we left.

L
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went for their Three Kings day celebration, again. It did not disappoint. Food is fantastic, as always! Will definitely return soon :)

BD
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing Spanish food! The dishes are small but they are delicious!

e
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great place to share food choices with friends! The best tapas! Loved the calamari, beets salad, spinach, the cheese offerings, buñielos de bacalao, buey asado and much more... also Jaleo has a good variety of wines. We shared a Rioja Rosé.

SS
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

A million reasons to go to Jaleo. The food never disappoints and Chef Jose Andres is an incredible person who defines what is best about America. Having said that, I would recommend that you go on a night other than New Year's Eve. Despite my reservation, I had to wait quite a while for a table. There was no good place to stand and the others who were waiting for tables and us were fairly crowded around one another. I was seated by the band (didn't know there would be one) and while they were great, the noise level made conversation impossible. People were dancing all around me (didn't know there would be dancing) and I'm a little claustrophobic. There was no other table for me to move to. I'm in the minority on this one. People were having a great time so this is still a 5 star place for me. If you're older and a little bit cranky like I am becoming, it is a (quiet) head's up, but only for New Year's Eve. Definitely go to Jaleo, and every other Jose Andres restaurant in America.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We came to Jaleo for NYE and the service, food, and entertainment was outstanding!

PC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

New Year’s Eve prix fixe menu is always great. A vibrant mood and excellent service.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

It was great as always!

SB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience4

Menu is overwhelming and it is difficult to know how many plates to order. Food is delicious! Wish you had a fixed price menu where you would pay a set price and have choices from different categories of food.

V
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff terrific, food tasty. Only problem was cold blast of air every time the front door opened!

KD
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience3

The food was EXCELLENT. Loved the menu. Everything was delicious. That said, the service was abrupt and rushed. We were instructed to order two orders of one (expensive) small plate when one would have been fine. About 35 min in, after consuming several dishes, we asked if we could order a cheese plate and the server asked if we wanted it “to go”?!? Also, my husband and I were on a date night and were seated next to a family with two small girls, whose parents were constantly admonishing them. Otherwise, the atmosphere would have been much better.

B
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As usual, fantastic tapas and a delicious paella, at the level of the best paellas back home in Barcelona

EB
New England
11 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Always a fantastic selection of tapas. Especially enjoyable for lunch when everything seems more relaxed. A few new items in additions to the favorites. Would have appreciated a bit more guidance (as requested) from the server on some of the items as our plates had many similar flavors.

UP
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Suzette a great server and excellent wine service.

MS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience3

I think that quality of food and service has decreased in the last two years.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Holiday evening was great

A
Washington DC
213 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

My wife and I shared four great dishes--Pan de cristal con tomate, Paletilla ibérica de bellota, Escalivada catalana, and a special that was clementine oranges with sort of a cole slaw. We got glasses of Elias Mora Tinta Toro wine, which was very nice. Our friends had a crab salad, salmon, and one of the other clementine orange specials. They liked them all. A very nice meal was had by all!

b
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Terrific food, pleasant competent and attentive service !🤪🤙😀❤️

GH
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and great food

GB
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service.

A
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Made spur of the moment reservations for 5. We had a table a little off the main area which was great for allowing conversation. We tried 14 different tapas. All were great and those with specific places came with 5 servings which was thoughtful. Wait staff were efficient but needed some nudging, perhaps because we weren't directly in their line of sight. Loved the eggplant and peppers annd the cauliflower with dates. T

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

I love Jaleo, it is my favorite restaurant. The music was too loud, although I asked for it yo be lowered and they did), but not at all of my taste, I guess is not for older people. As always the food was delicious and our attendant was nice, polite and Spanish speaking, a bonus!

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Great menu choices on Sunday—not just Brunch! We all enjoyed our meals immensely!

J
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Jaleo is perfect for small groups since each diner or set of diners can order as many or as few dishes as they wish depending upon their hunger or lack of same. We have NEVER had a dish at Jaleo that wasn't top-notch and perfect.

T
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic! Delectable. Everyone can find something they like. Love this place.

LA
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Guest out of town

SM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were in to celebrate my mother in law’s life and our waitress was amazing. We always enjoy dining at Jaleel’s but she made our visit truly memorable. Thank you

JR
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Every Jaleo always has great food, and a very reasonable cost!

A
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

6 guests, perfect evening!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!