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Explore. Discover. Share. Bethesda is the center of the Spanish community in the DC area, and Jaleo is their center in Bethesda. Open since 2001, this nationally-renowned restaurant retains a comfortable, local feel, and promotes the spirit & flavors of Spain. Under the direction of famed 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. Created in 1993 by Rob Wilder, Roberto Alvarez, and José Andrés, Jaleo has become a DC-Metro institution.

Editorial Review

Jaleo at 10: Tapas that pass the test of time
Bernice August | February 16, 2011

"When we opened Jaleo in Penn Quarter almost 20 years ago, people thought we were crazy," restaurant innovator Jose Andres declares.

Nearby Chinatown had its tradition of small plates — dim sum. Who except seasoned travelers had heard of tapas?

"Diners were not familiar with Spain or Spanish food so we had a little bit of a battle at first," he says. But he waged a winning campaign and the restaurant became a Washington favorite. Read more...

Business Hours

  • Sunday - Thursday: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m
  • Friday - Saturday: 11:30 a.m.-midnight
  • Brunch Saturday - Sunday: 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Editorial Reviews

Review - Jaleo Tapas Bar - Bethesda, MD
Bernice August, Gazette.net | February 16, 2011

The 10-Year Menu has tapas we have loved from first bite: sauteed spinach, pine nuts, raisins and apples (espinacas a la catalana); shrimp sauteed with garlic (gambas al ajillo); the classic chilled Spanish soup of tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and bread finished with sherry vinegar (gazpacho estilo Algeciras) and the traditional Spanish potato and egg omelet (tortilla Española).




  • Attire: Casual
  • Parking:
  • Average Price ( Per Person ): Under $20
  • Family Restaurant: No
  • Alcoholic Beverages:
  • Carry Out: Yes
  • Outside Seating: Yes
  • Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
  • Has TV: Yes
  • Takes Reservations: Yes
  • Cuisine: Spanish
  • Credit Cards: Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express

Restaurant ID: 274

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