Jose Andres’ Spanish Diner Officially Opening on Thursday, May 13th

José Andrés ThinkFoodGroup will introduce Spanish Diner at 7271 Woodmont Avenue in Federal Realty’s Bethesda Row on May 13th. Formerly home to Jaleo, the new restaurant will bring to the DC area for the first time Chef Andrés Iberian take on the classic American all-day restaurant.   

“Spanish Diner is here! I can’t wait to share the simple, satisfying cooking and warm hospitality of the place I come from with all of my neighbors in Bethesda, the place I call home,” shared Chef José Andrés. 

The menu, inspired by Spanish home cooking, is simple and cooked with love. Under the culinary direction of Concept Chef Nicolas Lopez and Head Chef Daniel Lugo, breakfast is served all day including the famed Huevos Rotos Casa Lucio, eggs fried in olive oil served atop crispy potatoes, as they do at the Madrid restaurant for which the dish is named.  New to the Bethesda menu will be dishes from Asturias, the northwest region of Spain where Andrés was born, including Fabana Asturianafabes stewed with morcilla, chorizo and smoked Ibérico pork bacon, and Arroz con Leche, a traditional Spanish rice pudding 

The beverage program, guided by Cocktail Innovator Miguel Lancha, will feature Spanish favorites like a selection of gin + tonic and sangrias, Spanish beers and winesHighlights include Boticario #1 with gin, Little Spain Custom Tonic no.1, orange bitters and citrus; and Media Combinación, a classic aperitif featuring Spanish sweet vermouth, gin, Cynar and Angostura bitters. 

Located in Federal Realty’s Bethesda Row, the 6,500 square foot, 108-seat restaurant was transformed by Spanish Architect and longtime collaborator of Chef Andrés Juli Capella.  Drawing from the design of the original Spanish Diner in New York, which is situated underneath The High Line, there are exposed railway-style gusseted beams soaring above and graphic art by Spanish desgner Mikel UrmentaAdditionally, a 48-seat patio extends the casual, high-energy environment outside.  Health measures for guests and staff include hands-free ordering and payment options, and hospital-quality air purification with Rensair air purifiers that are proven to purify 99.7% of the air that circulates placed ever 1200 cubic feet.  

Hours are Wednesday – Sunday from 11:30 AM – 9 PM.  For reservations go to and for more information follow ThinkFoodGroup on Instagram @thinkfoodgroup, Facebook at, and Twitter @ThinkFoodGroup.  

Huevos Fritos con Aguacate

Huevos Rotos Casa Lucio

Mejillones en escabeche



Updated on 5/11 to reflect opening date is now May 13th
Jose Andres’ Spanish Diner Expected to Open May 13th in Bethesda (Peek Inside)
Formerly home to Jaleo, Spanish Diner is located at 7271 Woodmont Avenue in Federal Realty’s Bethesda Row and will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
From early morning eggs to classic Spanish cocktails in the evening, Spanish Diner specializes in comfort food classics in a casual, high-energy environment where guests feel welcome throughout the day.
The original Spanish Diner opened at José Andrés’ Mercado Little Spain in New York City, a love letter to his native country spread across the 35,000 square foot dining and market destination. Spanish Diner in Bethesda will similarly feature larger portions of Spanish favorites as well as Pica Pica, traditional specialties to share, and selections of Spanish cocktails, beer and wine.
“I like to say that Spanish Diner is the place to go forfood that a Spanish grandma would cook for you right in her kitchen … simple food made with love,” shared Chef José Andrés. “Bethesda is where my wife and our family have called home for many years, so for me it is very special, and maybe a little selfish, to bring Spanish Diner right to our backyard.”
A staple of the Spanish Diner menu is Huevos Rotos Casa Lucio, eggs fried in olive oil served atop crispy potatoes, as they do at the famed Madrid restaurant for which the dish is named, as well as comfort food dishes including traditional Catalan beef stew and Ibérico pork meatballs.

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