3708 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89158
March 10, 2015
Jaleo is Jose Andre’s Las Vegas extension of his famed tapas restaurant he created with others in Washington, DC back in the early 1990s. Located inside the Cosmopolitan Hotel & Casino the chef’s staff is whipping up a wide range of tasty tapa offerings from traditional small plate dishes like sliced hams to fuller bodied and larger plated paellas.
The food was good to very good throughout the evening. Being primarily a tapas restaurant the three of us shared various tapas over a three hour dinner including:
- Jamón ibérico Fermín ($18.00) – dry cured ibérico ham
- Salchichon ibérico de bellota Fermín ($12.00) – dry-cured sausage made with ibérico meat
- Gambas al ajillo ($16.00) – shrimp sautéed with garlic 16.00
- Camarones cadiz con huevo frito ($18.00) – fried baby shrimp with a fried egg
- Calamari rellenos a lo Pelayo ($20.00) – squid stuffed with iberico pork served with a stew of peppers and onions
- Paella Arroz con butifarra ibérico de Bellota y alcachofa ($26.00) – in house butifarra Sausage and artichokes in rice
- Costillas de cordero Moruno ($22.00) – grilled rack of lamb with parsley oil
All of these dishes are recommended, particularly the garlic shrimp, grilled lamb and dried cured meat offerings.
Service was very good throughout the evening. We were allowed to visit and chat at will for great lengths and somehow when we finally came up for air there was our waitress at the ready to handle any requests. Food service was good. A couple of dishes seemed a bit out of order to me but nothing to complain about.
The wine list has a smallish but decent offering from various parts of the world. Prices look to me to be somewhere in the three times retail range so wine is pricey off the list. Corkage is allowed. As of this date it is $25.00 per bottle which is very good by Las Vegas Strip standards. Two bottle limit with corkage. Note that buying a bottle from the list does not get corkage waived.
I’m uncertain as to parking availability since I arrived via foot. I presume you can utilize the hotel main valet or self park facilities and walk from there. The restaurant is towards the front of the hotel that faces the Las Vegas Blvd area plus up on the the third floor so you’re walking a little no matter what.
Attire is dressy casual in my opinion. Dress jeans or slacks with a nice button down shirt are the order of the day here. You can get in with less if you don’t mind standing out a little. I’ll be the guy in the corner pointing my finger at you.
Reservations are accepted and encouraged on busier weekend evenings. Major credit cards are accepted.
Conclusion: Good tapas although a bit pricey for what you receive in my humble opinion. I’d still go back on occasion when I feel like splurging.