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The Tasting Room at Palio

374 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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At The Tasting Room, we are looking to provide a warm and exciting environment that makes a patron feel welcome and satisfied. We want those who come to the The Tasting Room to anticipate a great dining experience in a comfortable setting. Our Mission is to deliver that experience with professional style and grace through the presentation of unprecedented food quality. The restaurant comfortably seats 100 upstairs and boasts a 24-seat full-service lounge at street level. Private parties up to 60 may be booked in a spacious room complete with a full bar upstairs. Most of the menu is seasonal with the spectacular wine list including many local selections. Pastas are prepared fresh daily in-house.
We have a wine list with over a 100 different labels from all over around the world, also all of our wine is sale almost at retail price
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Contemporary American, Modern European, American
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Hours of operation
Tuesday thru Sunday 4pm - 10pm
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Phone number
(703) 779-0060
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Carlos Leon
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Parking details
Parking Garage across the street
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Piano Bar on Friday
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 374 People Are Saying
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jhsekk (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

Restaurant is closed and we were never notified, so obviously I would not recommend it!

FrankS (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

I am a frequenter of this restaurant. Everything was excellent! Only problem was the temperature in the restaurant. Many diners had their coats on and my fiancee was freezing throughout the dinner.

vipStayAway (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

We booked this reservation for New Years Eve in expectation of having a nice meal at an out of the way quality restaurant. The bulk of the open table reviews were positive but there were enough negative ones to make me question making the reservation but I elected to proceed. Big mistake. The service is untrained, unsure and generally in a state of confusion. The food is mediocre at best with no attempt at presentation or even a hint of pride by the chef in what he is allowing out of his kitchen. The complimentary bread is old and stale. My steak was served over cooked, over salted with ice cold green beans and what appeared to be box quality mash potatoes. My wife's entrée, name escapes me, was a heavily sauced dish consisting of three pieces of shrimp...My dinner was so inedible I had the server just take it away with a recommendation to ensure the chef was aware. One point of credit to the restaurant, they did not charge me for my uneaten entre but there was never any dialogue between myself and restaurant leadership. We left without dessert. As an aside, another table next to ours also left after their appetizer (Cheese & Charcuterie Platter) was delivered frozen to their table (twice). Somehow the bar managed to screw up the making of an Old Fashioned. The drink consisted mostly of soda water and ice. Finally, we overheard one server telling another this was the last night under current ownership as the restaurant was being sold. Given the state of play under current ownership they can only go up from here. Bottom Line: Stay away. Stay away. Stay away.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 12, 2017

A great restaurant for any occasion

JoeM (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on December 2, 2017

Paleo's food was excellent. Our table had the caesar salad, Cheese & Meat Charcuterie Plate for appetizers. Then for entrees we had the Pan Seared Salmon, the Filet Mignon , Pasta Bolognese and the Chicken Parmigiana and they all were delicious. The dessert were very good as well.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 1, 2017

Palio has expanded downstairs to create Tasting room at Palio, which is a great idea. A Very creative menu, great bar-like ambiance, very nice but not "stuffy". Live music when we were there, not too loud, creates a nice background. Good mix of classic Italian dishes with newer creative dishes.

DB02 (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 23, 2017

Wonderful food, excellent service. Local ingredients and made in house desserts. We had a variety of items. Perfectly cooked seafood and steak. Prix fix is a good value. The entire staff is friendly and professional. The lobster ravioli, ribeye steak, and seafood platter are all wonderful.

vipArthurman (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 5, 2017

We shared the daily special appetizer of spicy fried shrimp--delicious! I had the seafood platter--grilled lobster, shrimp, and scallops, plus mashed potatoes--it was divine. My wife had the salmon, and substituted the pesto linguine for the gnocchi--she loved it. We also had a California chardonnay by the glass--quite nice. All in all, it was an excellent meal. We brought home the chocolate cheesecake dessert and had it the next day at home--it was wonderful. I hope the restaurant is successful, it was empty when we got there, and only one other group of four when we left. The food is outstanding.

LauraPeggy (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on October 7, 2017

Although the food was good, it took forever for the courses to arrive. We had a table of six, but 3 and a half hours for our meal from start to finish was extreme. Thank goodness we weren’t in a hurry.

Thor (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on October 7, 2017

The only negative thing I could say was the sauce on my wife's steak was salty and when she mentioned it the critic was not well received and I doubt it ever got back to the chef.

JohnM (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on October 1, 2017

Excellent food and excellent service. I would recommend this restaurant for birthdays, anniversaries, anh occasion.

vipFhlostonFoodie (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on October 1, 2017

The service was impeccable - Thanks Randy! The waiter was attentive without being interfering. The food was delicious. Loved the special appetizer of fried brie in panko bread crumbs with the two beautiful sauces. The steak was tender and good perectly. The Bolognese was incredible. We will be back!!!

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on August 13, 2017

We were pleased by our experience at Palio. It was a very quiet Sunday night in August - in fact our group was the only one in the restaurant. We received excellent service and enjoyed the very good and attractively presented dinner. A repeat performance is in the cards.

OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
1.0  Dined on August 12, 2017

the pictures on line do not match the current menu. Mostly seafood and not Italian or small plates. Also not very clean.

dmcl (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on August 11, 2017

Great experience at Palio. Calamari appetizer and filet main course were delish. Our server, Eric - was top notch and could answer our gazillion questions & recommended a perfect wine for our meal. Atmosphere was cozy/darkish and intimate and live music was great! We will be back!

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on August 4, 2017

Palio has always been one of our favorite places for a delicious Italian meal. This was NOT Palio. This has to be new ownership, and they should not be allowed to desecrate the Palio name.
There was one man waiting tables, and everyone there (and there weren't that many) had the same dumbfounded expression on their face. I ordered Sancerre; he brought me Sangria. We ordered the mussels for an appetizer; he brought us (without telling us first) fries and fried calamari. He said the mussels were bad, so they brought us that as a substitute and wouldn't charge for it. For my entree, I ordered paella. It was soupy Minute Rice with mussels and calamari all over it! I did not eat it. My husband played it safe, and ordered a burger, medium rare, and it came over cooked and he didn't eat it.
We felt like we were on a hidden camera TV show. This place is horrendous, and we want the original Palio back.

NancyA (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on August 4, 2017

My date and I had a nice dinner but I am not certain we will return. We ordered a delicious amber beer which was on tap but after one beer the keg was empty with no replacement keg. We did not care for the other draft beers offered. We had to change to bottled beer which was a disappointment to us as we do not care for bottled beer. The beef and fondue appetizer was good but the beef was over-cooked and the fondue was cold. I ordered a medium size plate of foie gras but the portion was so tiny, it should have been designated an appetizer, small plate or tapas, NOT a medium plate. The slice of foie gras was so tiny, it was laughable. We typically do not order desert but we had to because we were still hungry. We both ordered home-made ice cream which was delicious but each scoop was miniature -- little more than an inch in diameter. I didn't know they made such tiny scoops. I was still hungry when we left and the bill for 2 was approx. $170 with tip. I wouldn't recommend unless you have already eaten and just want to taste a few bites of food.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on July 30, 2017

Best restaurant I've been to outside of D.C. The chef is superb. The appetizers and entrees were delicious and the presentations were beautiful. The wine list is excellent and you have the option of BYOB for a very reasonable corkage fee. This is a must try restaurant. You will be very satisfied.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on July 22, 2017

We swore to never go to Palio again after going twice and getting poor service a couple years ago. They now have a new Chef and branding as a Tapas tasting restaurant so we gave them another shot. We were thrilled. Great service, a limited number of very good wines, and food that would satisfy those with discriminating taste and don't mind spending a little more for it. We will return!

vipDave (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on July 22, 2017

The food was great. It took a while to get our main course but it was worth the wait. The management of the restaurant acknowledges that they need to increase kitchen staff to speed up delivery of the meal.