The popularity of tapas is no surprise. Small plates of ham and croquettes and all manner of delicious toasts, with excellent Spanish wine to wash it down; what’s not to love? Here are three of the best tapas bars in and around Washington, DC right now.

Jaleo. José Andrés may be the most-loved restaurateur in the DC area; the Spanish-born chef’s restaurants run from the highest-end dining to much more accesible spots like Jaleo. First opened in 1993, Jaleo now has three locations in the area, all destination-worthy for tapas, sangria, paellas, and so much more.

Boqueria. A Washington outpost of a popular New York tapas bar, Boqueria arrived in Dupont Circle two years ago to wide acclaim.

Estadio. This Logan Circle hotspot features “pintxos,” traditional tapas, from the Basque and Catalan regions. Dive into their expansive Spanish wine list as you snack your way through the menu.


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