Palette 22

4.6
835 reviews
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$30 and under
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Global, International
Welcome to Palette 22 ~ a creative dining experience like no other on the DC dining scene, where an eclectic menu of globally inspired shareable plates, fantastic drinks, and unrivaled hospitality are showcased in an art-filled space. Our Chefs have traveled the globe to find the spices, techniques, and ingredients for our delicious array of menu items for lunch, dinner and brunch to excite your palate.
From the kitchen to the dining room, creativity is everywhere at Palette 22. Murals and original artwork cover the walls, and our in-house artists program offers an up close and personal insight in to their unique methods.
The vibrant setting includes our expansive dining room, large bar, and seasonal outdoor patios. Palette is the perfect setting for all your festivities, offering unique private and non-private options for your next corporate event, wedding celebration, or family dinner!
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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was wonderful. It was loud inside, which one would expect at noon on a Sunday. Even though we had a reservation, we had to wait 15-20 minutes for our table. They were quite busy.

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HF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints. Great food. Best brunch in the DMV.

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U
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Palate-22 for my birthday with my mom (visiting from Maine), my in-laws, my husband, 14 y.o son, and I. You order 2 small plates each; the food shows up when it is ready (no particular order), and then everyone shares it around the table (at least we did). It was a lot of fun. Gives you a chance to try all kinds of different flavors. We ordered 12 different plates and everything was delicious. The flash-fried brussel sprouts were the biggest hit, and I loved the sweet potato min tacos. I suggest this restaurant is best for groups of 4-8 who know each other quite well. You are sharing food, after all, so not good to do with new acquaintances. If you go with just 2 people, you don't get to share many dishes (4 will probably fill you up), so a moderate sized group is best. They play fun music (80s, 90s, current) and there are a lot of hard surfaces, so it is pretty loud. Not a good place for an intimate dinner or for private conversations. There is usually an artist working in the corner, whom you are encouraged to go talk to. All the art on the walls is for sale. It is a fun, funky dinner spot. Would definitely go again.

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NA
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Was ok. Of all the dishes that could’ve been delayed, it was my son’s chicken fingers. They comp’d that dish without me asking which was good

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FR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely would recommend! Different flavors come together. All you can eat food for a good price!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was good! Our server was inattentive and a bit rude. Prices have gone up a good bit.

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AO
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch is a a wonderful deal. All the food options are delicious and the portions are generous for tapas. I highly recommend Palette 22.

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N
Birmingham
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great atmosphere. Cant beat the happy hour. Was upbeat and good for our large party with 4 kids!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience. Excellent servers and bartenders. Very fresh and good food. The taco bar is awesome!

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MY
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Friendly, fast, efficient staff. Unique, delicious menu items. Great value.

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DC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

I've been going to Palette 22 frequently since it opened and generally enjoy it. However, I feel like over time the prices have crept up and the portion size has crept down. I have been going less often than I used to, and if it becomes much more expensive I'll definitely start choosing other Shirlington restaurants instead.

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Raleigh
227 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Palette 22 is a fun place for dinner. Not fancy, but casual and good food. They use small plates from a variety of cultures, and all of the ones we tried were tasty. I can particularly recommend the Hong Kong fried calamari, tacos vampiros, and street corn. We ordered cocktails followed by sangria, both of which were fine with the meal. The wine list isn't fancy but reasonable, and there's a good beer selection. Service was excellent. We'd be happy to come again and try a few more dishes. With small plates, the adventure is there and you aren't risking your platinum card in the process.

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JO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were invited to dinner at a friends, and spoke about our brunch at Palette 22, and she and a friend went the next morning.

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LD
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We went with a group of 20. Eclectic menu and everything we had was very good. Would definitely recommend this place.

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BS
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Every plate we sampled was wonderful - fresh and delicious. The service was great too. The piped in music was too loud though. We went at 1230 and the restaurant wasn't too crowded since it was later in the lunch hour.

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AP
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

It was Mardi Gras, so the bartender made us some excellent Sazeracs. We followed with "vampire" tacos, (excellent). poke tacos (only okay), Caesar salad (excellent), roasted Mexican street corn (fun), and shrimp Creole (very good). the only issue was getting a waiter to take our order in the first place, but the maitre d' straightened that out.

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BG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Despite the extra wait when I had a reservation. It was worth the wait! U can not beat bottomless brunch for $26.22... food was spot on and service was great! Will return definitely

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CC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing and service was exceptional.! Definitely on my top list.

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AM
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Brunch in Arlington, VA. Tons of options and nothing was an after thought.

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KB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an awesome place for brunch! The reason for the 4 stars is the noise level. It’s difficult to carry on a conversation, but the food is good and there is a wide variety of choices.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing brunch we will definitely be back!

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Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

If you're looking for someplace "different", this is a great spot. Huge bar area that never feels overly crowded. Good food and interesting cocktails.

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C
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great atmosphere and food! I will definitely go back!

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CC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was great, service a little slow. Too loud if you try to have a conversation. They should Keep it moderate.

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KR
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Palette 22! It's fun to see the artwork and the artists at work and I like the small plates. Yummy!

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A
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had been to Palette for dinner, but this was my first brunch. Definitely great value, delicious food and experience. Only complaint is the noise level inside makes conversation challenging. But I will still be back, especially for brunch. Reservations recommended - it was busy!

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f
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is delicious. Our waiter quinton was fun and attentive- knowledgeable too! The bottomless brunch let us taste a multitude of delicious ethnic foods. Can’t wait to come back.

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KD
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great menu, lots of great selections! Just be inquisitive if you aren't into spicy/hot stuff. A few of the dishes have heat when you don't expect it. Best to ask your server if you are sensitive to spicy!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

25th Birthday!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very fun atmosphere with good happy hour. The ahi tuna “poke” tacos are fantabulous 👌🏻

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had such an awesome server for Valentine’s Day- loved our experience.

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MV
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We enjoyed the food, the presentation of the food, the nonalcoholic beverages, and the art work. Tacos they made were superb! Service was very efficient and waitress helped us nicely as first time visitors. Went for Valentines Day, and because the tables are close together, and with a full bar in room next to us, it was noisy, reducing ambiance.

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TP
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a reservation with 2 and had arrived a little late due to traffic and parking but was seated with no wait time. Our server was excellent. She answered any questions we had about the menu in detail and was very attentive. I recommend trying out the Passport feature. Great value and fills you up for being small plates. I would definitely come back.

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BW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Would still recommend since my other experience was positive. This was Valentine's night and the kitchen was not prepared. Wait staff was great and not at fault. Primary objection was they did not handle allergies well. They brought a flatbread with garlic to my husband although he had specified he was allergic. Not the wait person's fault however, just a mix up in the kitchen. Also, some of the food was cold but they quickly brought out another batch. All in all they were trying but just overwhelmed.

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OT
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Not a bad option in Shirlington for a light meal. Not overwhelming. Dishes were mixed in quality- some better than others. While they say they are small plates, two of us shared 3 plates total and it was plenty of food. I'd probably go again but with a larger crowd and just plan for drinks and a range of dishes rather than a big meal.

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L
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining at Palette 22 was amazing due to the excellent customer service from the server. In addition, the food and drinks were delicious as usual!

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AL
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious lunch and nice atmosphere. We recommend Brussels Sprouts, watermelon salad, fish tacos and mini sliders with pimento cheese. We will return!

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o
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved this place! It was A random pick for a work dinner. It was cozy and kitschy with all the cool art (for sale) on the menu. Everything was tasty but the crispy Brussels sprouts were the best ever. I am definitely going back.

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l
Washington DC
131 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Server Ally was sweet and friendly. But food just so so. A couple of items. Cheese and watermelon and corn that were said to be specials were really not good and sent back. They didn’t charge us which was nice. Cute place with cute concept but food really a B minus at best

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Birthday Brunch

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