Concierge Close-Up: Jaleo

One of the best parts about living in the DMV is that we are lucky enough to be surrounded by restaurants owned by world-renowned chefs. One of these chefs in particular who has establishments all over the area is none other than Chef José Andrés.

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Welcome to Jaleo!
A Spanish word meaning fun.

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Jaleo’s first location was opened in the Penn Quarter in 1993 and has been going strong ever since. The restaurant boasts various styles of seating including foosball tables that double for dining tables.

Chef Andrés has put together an expert list of tapas that caters to all types of foodies from beginner to expert. He offers classic Spanish tapas that include croquetas, chorizo, goat cheese and plenty of garlic.

Feeling adventurous? Try the sea urchin.

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On the picky side? The chorizo and olive oil mashed potatoes will compel you to ask your server to put in another order.

Andrés knows how to translate the simplest ingredients such as bread, olive oil and tomatoes into a delicious bruschetta that will tie your tongue.

Other favorites include:

  • Roasted Sweet Onions with pine nuts and Valdeón blue cheese


  • Grilled Quail with rosemary sauce and honey aioli
  • Gambas al ajillo (Garlic Shrimp- most popular dish on the menu)


The drink list is eclectic and after not being able to make up my mind, my server convinced me to try José’s Choice.  Essentially a Gin & Tonic, this cocktail with lime, juniper, lemon and peppercorn changed how I viewed this classic drink forever.

A Pre-Theatre Menu is available Sunday-Thursday from 5:00pm until 6:30pm for $30 per person.

There are also two other locations nearby in Bethesda, MD and Crystal City, VA.

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Need a reservation? Your concierge can help.
After your visit, let us know what you tried and what you would recommend!

Post by: Allie C.

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