Jaleo Date Night – with a warning

Jaleo is a brand new restaurant in Disney Springs which features authentic Spanish cuisine owned by celebrity Chef José Andrés. You can find Jaleo on the West Side of Disney Springs across from Splitsville.

Jaleo at Disney Springs

Upon entering Jaleo there’s a large check-in area and a lounge with bar which looks more casual than the dining room. We waited in line, asked the hostess to see the allergy menu, and if the lounge was open seating. She went over the menu with us and showed which items were clearly marked vegan. She said it was reservation only in the lounge and that we could check the actual bar or go to the back bar which isn’t easily seen from the entrance. We walked to the back to look for the second bar.

Jaleo Allergy Menu
Jaleo Allergy Menu

We immediately saw a traveling carving station, which you could see bone and hoof, as well as hanging pig shoulders along the side wall. We were very weary of staying after seeing this. It is honestly a horrific sight that was hard to put away to even think about eating anything. We initially walked out and then went back inside to at least try something.

Table Talk – Whiskey cocktail

We went back to the back bar which has zero view of the restaurant. The bartenders were super nice and informed about the menus. We ordered two drinks and the ‘Pan de cristal con tomate’ which comes vegan as is. It’s basically crispy bread with a tomato spread. It’s highly recommend here because the bread is flown in from Spain.

Pan de cristal con tomate
Pan de cristal con tomate

We thought it was going to be warm but the tomato spread was actually chilled which threw us off. To our surprise after the initial first bites it was really tasty. I almost wish I could have tried the bread plain since it’s such a specialty but, even with the spread it was still really good. It’s plain but not in a bad way and still has a lot of flavor. We felt it was the perfect bar snack or pre-dinner tapa to enjoy with your date or family.

Meat carver and animal appendages in background

We honestly probably will not be back here again. The dead animals really turned us off to the whole experience. We may be back only to dine at the back bar or out back where they have tables set up on the water. We would personally feel uncomfortable dining in the main restaurant due to the excessive animal appendages/parts being carved table-side. Be mindful of what you will likely see while dining here.

Price $$
Review from March 2019

Author: Melissa Kramer

Back in 2014 I created Vegan Disney World after going to Walt Disney World several times and finding no resource for vegan options. Corey and I began this blog from our trips and have now moved closer to the mouse to eat around the parks on a weekly basis. Since the blog started we have cruised on Disney Cruise Line, gone to Tokyo Disneyland and to Disneyland in California!

9 thoughts

  1. I also noticed that the menu had non vegan items mistakenly listed as vegan. I wouldn’t trust them now.

  2. Thank you for your review, personally we would not feel comfortable dining here, so greatly appreciate the information, so thankful for all you do for the vegan community!!!

    1. I went and was not seated anywhere near any of the so-called “carving stations”, my server was great and super accommodating. I had a great time.

  3. Thank you for the heads up! Would totally have been uncomfortable if we unexpectedly came across that

  4. This is Spanish tradition to dry salted pig legs to make Jamón Serrano. If you don’t like it, you don’t have to go. It is a culture and acting like that is unnecessary. Same thing at the Chinese restaurant in Disney Springs, ducks hanging. If you can’t respect someone’s culture why even bother go or make a review like that😑😒

    1. Thank you for this comment. We were unaware of this and seeing animals like that makes us uncomfortable which is why we mentioned it. Many people who follow vegan lifestyles are not comfortable with it so we wanted to let others know what they may see if they choose to dine here.

    2. That’s what they said, it made them uncomfortable so the likely won’t be back. Your comment was unnecessary and rude. If you comfortable with hanging body parts in a restaurant, and you don’t want to read warnings about it in restaurant reviews, you don’t have to visit this site anymore. Myself and the rest of the real vegans appreciate this kind of information. We appreciate that they went and related their experience to us so we don’t have to go.

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