480 7th Street NW
Washington, DC 20004

Phone: (202) 628-7949


Sun: 10 AM - 10 PM
Mon: 11 AM - 10 PM
Tues - Thurs: 11 AM - 11 PM
Fri: 11 AM - Midnight
Sat: 10 AM - Midnight

Brunch: Sat & Sun 10 AM - 4 PM
Pre-theater: Sun - Thurs, 5 PM - 6:30 PM
Lunch: Daily, 11 AM - 2:30 PM


The Jaleo that started it all. It’s where José began his long legacy as a devoted Washington chef, and since its opening in 1993, has transformed DC’s Penn Quarter into the bustling neighborhood that it is today. DC’s striking design blends the festive spirit of Spain with the unique personality and style of José. Its location makes it perfect for stopping in after a day of sightseeing on the National Mall or before a performance or game at the Verizon Center.



Peter Johnson, General Manager
Robbie Meltzer, Head Chef


We accept reservations for lunch and dinner. If you are unable to book online, please call the restaurant at (202) 628-7949, and we will make every attempt to accommodate you.


At Jaleo, we’re always in the spirit of celebrating, and we offer special menus and private party spaces of any size and style to suit the needs of you and your guests. No matter what the occasion, our talented staff at each of our locations will help you create a unique and unforgettable event.

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