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Jaleo Restaurant in Bethesda

The Jaleo Restaurant offers Spanish cuisine at 7271 Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner. There are several other locations for the Jaleo restaurants which are run under the direction of celebrity chef José Andrés.

Jaleo Exterior

Jaleo offers "tapas" which are small, appetizer-size dishes in a casual atmosphere. To satisfy your hunger, you may need to order several dishes, which at an average of $10 dollars may end up costing about $40 per person.

Jaleo Interior
Jaleo Interior

The Bethesda Jaleo is half a block from a large parking garage. The split-level room has dining tables in the lower section and a large bar in the upper section.

draft beer
Dark draft beer and sangria at the bar

There are several good beers on tap and also a large selection of Spanish wines.

Jaleo Bar chair
The bar stools have hard sharp edges
that cut off the circulation in your legs.

You will not be able to sit at the bar for a long time. The hard bar stools are very uncomfortable. A little bit of cushoning would be appreciated.

Cod Fritters
Cod Fritters with honey alioli

The food is freshly prepared when it is brought to your table. The cod fritters were tasty, but they did not have the pungent flavor of the salted cod that is found in Europe.

Spanish chorizo over mashed potatoes
Spanish chorizo over mashed potatoes

The Spanish chorizo was tasty, but not too different from kielbasa. The fresh thyme garnish gives this dish a distinctive taste.

Grilled calamari
Grilled calamari

The grilled calamari had an excellent flavor of olive oil, garlic and parsley.

Short ribs
Braised short ribs with mashed potatoes

The braised short ribs were absolutely delicious. The boneless meat is flavored with red wine and cooked until it is very tender.

Shrimp sautéed with garlic
Shrimp sautéed with garlic

The shrimp sautéed with garlic was tasty, but not extraordinary because the garlic was boiled rather than fried. Versions of "gambas al ajillo" that start by sautéeing garlic are usually more flavorful. The dish is good, but it could be better.

Spanish potato and onion omelet
Spanish potato and onion omelet

The "Tortilla de patatas" is a traditional Spanish omelet. The omelet is fluffy and has good texture. You may need to add black pepper for flavor.

Overall, the dining experience at Jaleo is good. Both, the environment and the food are good, although somewhat pricey. Call the Jaleo restaurant at (301) 913-0003. Find more information about the restaurant at its web site: jaleo.com

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