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480 7th St., NW (Penn Quarter)
(1) 202-628-7949 | www.jaleo.com
HOURSSun.-Mon.: 11:30am-10:00pm; Tue.-Thurs.: 11:30am-11:30pm; Fri.-Sat.: 11:30am-12:00am; Brunch: Sat.-Sun.: 11:30am-3:00pm
PRICE (SMALL PLATES; PAELLA)USD 8-24; USD 32-48
FAMOUS PLATESGazpacho Estilo Algeciras; Ensaladilla Rusa; Gambas al Ajillo; Arroz con Leche Tia Chita
DRINKS AND WINEBeer; sangria; large selection of Spanish wines
# OF SEATS220
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?Yes
METROGallery Pl-Chinatown; Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter
Be prepared for a mature take on the fiesta at this perennial DC favorite owned and operated by celeb-chef José Andrés. The lively tapas restaurant is done up like a Spanish palace with warm colored tiles, intricate mirrors, bold murals, and scrolled iron fixtures. The décor is airy and fun, but the real draw is the menu. Dishing out small plates just like they do in Madrid, the kitchen excels at classics like garlic shrimp, Iberian ham, and Spanish tortilla. We like to come with a big group and sample all the little bites on offer. But, if you don’t like to share, the tasting menu or large helpings of paella are excellent too.
A rowdy bunch of trendy 30-somethings and off-the-clock politicos
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
Something flirty like designer jeans, a silk top, and platform heels
GO HERE WITH
Friends; a date
WHY WE LIKE IT
The great food, the fun décor, the convivial atmosphere–it has all the right ingredients for a fun night out on the town. Its convenient location makes it a great spot to stop in before heading to the nearby theaters and stadium too.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
GOOD TO KNOW
Bethesda, MD; Crystal City, VA; Las Vegas, NV
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