Jaleo - Bethesda
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.
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.
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.
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
Excellent food, great service
Restaurant week at Jaleo was great - fantastic foot at reasonable prices.
Jessica’s service was great! Restaurant week menu was delicious and a great value!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
We went for their Three Kings day celebration, again. It did not disappoint. Food is fantastic, as always! Will definitely return soon :)
Amazing Spanish food! The dishes are small but they are delicious!
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.
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.
We came to Jaleo for NYE and the service, food, and entertainment was outstanding!
New Year’s Eve prix fixe menu is always great. A vibrant mood and excellent service.
It was great as always!
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.
Staff terrific, food tasty. Only problem was cold blast of air every time the front door opened!
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.
As usual, fantastic tapas and a delicious paella, at the level of the best paellas back home in Barcelona
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.
Suzette a great server and excellent wine service.
I think that quality of food and service has decreased in the last two years.
Holiday evening was great
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!
Terrific food, pleasant competent and attentive service !🤪🤙😀❤️
Excellent service and great food
Excellent food and service.
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
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!
Great menu choices on Sunday—not just Brunch! We all enjoyed our meals immensely!
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.
Fantastic! Delectable. Everyone can find something they like. Love this place.
Guest out of town
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
Every Jaleo always has great food, and a very reasonable cost!
6 guests, perfect evening!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!