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In DC's Penn Quarter since 1993, the original Jaleo location helped to transform the neighborhood into the heart of the city that it is today. And with a total renovation in March of 2012, it has been completely reborn in time for its 20th birthday.

Jaleo is a Spanish word meaning revelry, fun, and bustle. Jaleo DC's striking redesign blends this festive spirit with the unique personality and style of chef José Andrés. Led by the exciting vision of Andrés' friend, Spanish designer and architect Juli Capella, Jaleo's new look is "a relaxed environment of bold colors, with a hint of madness and irony, and a touch of Mediterranean surrealism," explains Capella. Jaleo DC features sleek furnishings and artwork created in Spain by some of the country's best contemporary designers.

Business Hours

  • Tuesday – Thursday: 11:30 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Friday & Saturday: 11:30 AM – midnight
  • Sunday & Monday: 11:30 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Brunch Saturday & Sunday until 3:00 PM
  • Pre-theater Menu: Sunday – Thursday: 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Editorial Reviews

Review - Jaleo - Washington, DC
Tom Sietsema, The Washington Post | October 21, 2012

Quick, name the most decadent dish at the best tapas restaurant in the country. Is it silken roasted peppers streaked with translucent ribbons of fat from Spain's famous acorn-eating pigs? A raft of toasted bread topped with both butter and sea urchin? Then again, Jaleo's mini-burgers plumped with juicy ground Iberico pork are hedonistic, too.



  • Attire: Casual
  • Parking: Private Parking Lot
  • Average Price ( Per Person ): $10 - $30
  • Family Restaurant: Yes
  • Alcoholic Beverages: Full Bar
  • Carry Out: No
  • Outside Seating: Yes
  • Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
  • Has TV: No
  • Takes Reservations: Yes
  • Cuisine: Spanish
  • Credit Cards: Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express

Restaurant ID: 272

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