Palette 22

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$30 and under
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Global, International

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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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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The two person tables along the window were too cramped for comfort. My chest was almost up against the table, and I could scoot my chair back without running into the person sitting behind me. None of the diners along the window were comfortable.

Service was spotty and orders were either delivered to other tables or lost entirely. Regardless, food took a long time to arrive.

The food itself was passable, with only the apple baby being really good. The restaurant has an odd assortment of food types, and doesn’t seem to specialize.

The brunch mimosa was tiny, and hardly worth $4.22. I hope the regular mimosa prices at the regular $8 price is more substantial.

Won’t be returning. Bad value for money.

LL
Little Rock
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great place. Good tacos and the brunch is decent. Went on the weekend and was seated promptly. The waitress was SUPER awesome. We ordered about 5 dishes and they were enough to feed two.

T
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Went for brunch this weekend. They have a varied menu with items to please everyone’s tastes. It is a small plate’s place, so it is great to get lots of different items for the table to share. It is a bustling restaurant and the noise level is loud. Fun atmosphere, but challenging for conversation if that’s what you’re looking for.

Palette 22
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for the kind words! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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DR
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Didn't realize it was a tapas place, but it was. The food was delicious and came quickly, but in a suitable order (the waiter was conscientious about staging the food out). The atmosphere is nice- warm, vibrant, active. If you are looking for a quiet, secluded spot, this is not it, although you might be able to hide out in a corner. The only downside for me was that the food seemed expensive. If you are spending $8-$12/tapa and you get even just 3, plus a drink, it adds up. So, we ended up paying for their unlimited tapas (I think it was about $35/person), and that was fun to just keep ordering whatever we wanted, until we were stuffed!
I'd go back!

Palette 22
Responded 2 days ago

Hi Devin, thank you for taking the time and leaving us a review! We are thrilled to know you enjoyed our dishes as well as our atmosphere and look forward to your next visit.

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KB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Usually I don't write restaurant reviews, but this time I had to. The food was inspired and amazing. The service extremely speedy and efficient. The atmosphere awesome. But what really put this place over the top for our birthday-party of 6 was the staff going all out for a member of the group who had an allergy. Their attention to detail and willingness to work with us was truly wonderful and appreciated. Highly, highly recommend.

Palette 22
Responded 2 days ago

Hi Ken, we appreciate you taking the time and leaving us a review! We are thrilled to hear we met and then exceeded your expectations during your party with us. We will make sure to pass on the kind sentiments to the team and look forward to seeing you again soon.

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k
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first experience at this restaurant. We chose to do the bottomless dining menu. This was so much fun, and the food.....FABULOUS. It was great to sample all the dishes. And, although they call them small plates, we ended up sharing most of the dishes as the portions were actually more of what I would call full size. It was a great experience and we would highly recommend this restaurant.

Palette 22
Responded 2 days ago

Hi Kathy, we appreciate you taking the time and leaving us the kind words! We are thrilled to know you enjoyed our Bottomless Dining Menu option and hope to see you again soon.

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H
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Service is declining! Arrived for a 4:30 reservation to a hostess who whispered if she spoke at all. Barely acknowledged I said hello and our reservation. Walked us to the table, saying nothing, I think she whispered something when she left. Came back 5 minutes later to give us water, still no smile, no speaking- it was so odd. Waited another 5-7 minutes for our server to come and take drink orders. She wrote down the bottle of wine, then ignored the 4th person- a teenager- until I said "he would like something".

A few minutes later she brought his soda, said nothing about our wine and walked away. Then came back again later to see if we wanted to order. Sure, but can we get the wine? She made a comment that it was at the bar and left. Thankfully a few minutes later the manager came over to serve it, and apologized for being in between shifts.

Most of the food was good, service was just average after that. I've been here twice before and was excited to bring my family. Unfortunately the experience wasn't great and I know they don't want to go back.

Palette 22
Responded 2 days ago

Hi, thank you for taking the time and leaving us a review! We take comments like yours very seriously and will make sure to discuss this with the team.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service!

Palette 22
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for taking the time and leaving us the kind words! We hope to see you again soon.

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SW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere.

AJ
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for brunch. The service was great and the food and drinks were even better.

SM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Absoulutely. We found it to be a festive atmosphere with great menu selections. Plan to go back to try the other brunch options we didn't take part in.

a
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding venue, great food and cool atmosphere.

RE
Baltimore
33 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Reservation was over an hour late. However, the food and the server were very good.

A
New England
23 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a gem. I loved everything from the service to the tasty food options. I made reservations for my boyfriend's birthday and we decided to try their famous bottomless brunch, which is a must if you dine here. Everything was delicious and very filling. Also, the service was top-notch. Our waiter was very nice and attentive. Overall a great experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service

OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was visiting my children and their families and took them here for lunch. The food was great and there were choices for everyone from the almost two year old to grandpa. The service was good and they kept the food coming. I would definitely return there on my next trip.

c
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

It just was not what I was expecting. Very casual with silver wear in a cup in the table when you sit down. Some dishes were very soicy. Good reason to get the al you can eat. It’s not a do over for us.

OT
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Oh. My. Lord. This place is off the charts amazing. The food is so good and plentiful at brunch I almost had to take away a star for fear that I would gain like 15 pounds just from one meal eating here. The service was great, the art was fantastic to look at. That had great food options for our 6 year old as well. I’d say I’m going to come back soon, but I think I ate so much that I’ll still be digesting this meal for the next 2 months or so.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience4

We paid our bill and then were told we needed to repay because we actually paid the bill for the table before us. The waitress and manager both claim our card won’t be charged for the first transaction but I find the whole thing odd and have never had that happen to me before.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is sooooo good! Great service, fun place. Will definitely go back and will recommend for sure.

l
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I loved the atomsphere and the food was delish. I made reservations for my party but they were backed up and we had to wait 35 mins. If I had to complain, it would be about waiting when I made a reservation to avoid the wait. It was worth the wait!

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here was so freakin’ good! We did the bottomless shareable plates and each dish we ordered was better than the last, perfectly paired with the sangria. Yum!

EA
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really great bottomless brunch. Super delicious and fabulous service!

r
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious. Fantastic and conscientious server. We will be back!

JC
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was very welcoming. The atmosphere was great and the waiter was helpful. First time at Palette 22 and it won't be my last. The food was great, so many options to choose from. Love the waffle stand, very delicious! Overall, vert satisfying.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant came highly recommended and I will be doing the same. The best French toast sticks I've ever had. No syrup necessary. Food was always hot and fresh. You cannot go wrong with their bottomless brunch and bellinis were delicious.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was great! Thanks to Mary for incredible service!

r
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was spectacular. Service was great and the value is perfect for my family of eaters. I will return again.

g
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We loved it. Everything we got was delicious. It was a little noisy inside so we sat outside. Fortunately there were heaters because it was a little cool. But I will definitely be back.

TF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious! There were so many great selections. Two restaurants were recommended to us and we choose Palette 22 because it was closer to our hotel. We made a good choice and I am looking forward to returning when I am in the area again.

T
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come to Palette 22 at least once every two months or so. We always have a great time, wonderful service and amazing food! Would definitely recccomend and will always come here for the art, the vibe and most importantly, the food!

W
Washington DC
76 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had the all you can eat for $27 each. Taco bar, waffle bar, and anyth8ng from the menu. Surprised they also charge for beverages, should be included, at least coffee and non alcoholic beverages. Tons of food. Great value for big eaters.

AE
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The outside patio seating was wonderful. The server was helpful and knowledgeable.

RS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wide variety on the menu. Excellent quality. Good, quick, service. Wonderful place to dine before heading to Signature Theatre...especially outdoors on a summer evening. (Noise level inside was a little too high but outside the ambiance was great.)

IB
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Weekday lunch. We sat outside and shared appetizers - avocado hummus, ceviche de verduras and mushroom flatbread plus white sangrias. The dishes were all good. As a vegan, I especially enjoyed the ceviche, the first time I had one made only with veggies. Our server was nice but I had to ask for lemon three times, which is sort of a test for me when I dine out. The manager delivered on the third try since the server had disappeared by then. We still tipped her 20% but it wasn't busy at all so I was a little frustrated by her lack of attention. I will return because it's convenient to the movie theater and has a variety of dishes for me.

j
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We had two adults and two kids for the bottomless menu offer. The deal was slightly different than how it was originally explained to us the week prior but it was close enough that we were still interested. Almost all the food was great. The jerk chicken was something that can probably be had elsewhere possibly cheaper and the jicama taco seemed like too many flavors at once but everything else was excellent. Most of the food came out very quickly. There was a bit of a slow down on a drink refill and one of the dishes never made it out at all but we overlooked those issues. Overall, the food here is great and if you come hungry enough the bottomless offering pays for itself.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My cousin and I came for brunch. I like that’s it an all you can eat but the drinks should be a bit larger. The ambiance is nice and each wall is decorated differently with paintings and such. The foot was great also, some things I didn’t particularly love but overall prepared well. There is also an open waffle and taco bar which is nice.

Our server was attentive and informative. He made sure to check in on us to see if we needed anything and to take all of our orders.

WT
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

The food at Palette 22 is phenomenal, the crab cake eggs benedict are to die for at at brunch.

The servers at Palette are very good too, always on top of everything you need and you're never waiting for drinks or food too long.

My problem came with my reservation, I had requested to be seated in my friends section, he's a server, and my request had been completely ignored by management. Later upon talking to others I heard that reservations were only honored for larger groups, meaning I was lucky to have my party of two seated so promptly in the first place. I was very dissatisfied by management in this instance, not respecting reservations and completely ignoring requests is totally unprofessional and a change needs to be done about it at Palette.

W
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Loved the food, ambiance....really enjoyed our experience and we will be back......

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