Palette 22

4.6
1480 reviews
$30 and under
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!

Support Palette 22 during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1480 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.5
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.5
Value
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BethG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food. Great service. Stimulating artsy environment. Loved it!

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vipMrsSanchez
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Good food and cheap mimosas!

KJ
KrystalJ27
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Natalie was an amazing server!

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vipChristopherP
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was innovative and delicious, quite a fusion of alot of different world cuisines, I'll definitely be taking my gf back for another brunch or a dinner!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

We enjoyed the evening. Ate on the patio. No heaters but the food was hot upon arrival to the table. Excellent food quality. Enjoyed the variety of foods from different countries. Attentive waitstaff.

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vipMattB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Food and service were great. Love all the art, but the music is too loud, practically impossible to hold a conversation. Would not recommend for a date night dinner.

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Vonnie22
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great service, amazing value. The art everywhere is so beautiful!

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vipLatoureT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was great and the atmosphere was marvelous.

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Anonymous
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The food tastes amazing and the prices aren't bad.

JM
JM95
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

The waiter was extremely attentive at the beginning and then not so much after our first two rounds of food. It wasn't much of a problem because we didn't order much after the first two rounds.
They require that you order off the brunch menu if you're eating before 3pm on a weekend, which was not what we were expecting. Will return to for the all day menu.
The food is very good! The portions are on the smaller side so don't be afraid to order 3-4 things in one go.
The all you can eat dining is a great deal if you have a large appetite.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Birthday brunch

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The food is great! Great place for friends and brunch!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience2

The food was not so great service was great. Manager at hottest stand was rude Atmosphere was okay bathrooms could have been a little cleaner

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vipRGup
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Unique experience being able to try globally inspired cuisines in a tapas-style restaurant. There were a few standout dishes such as the Shrimp Stuffed Cabbage and the Churros were to die for, however other dishes left us wanting more. Many of the asian-inspired dishes seemed to all taste like they were glazed in the same sweet and spicy sauce. Other than the food, the ambience was everything I look for in an outdoor dining experience. Great seating in a great location set in the heart of Shirlington. Great experience and worth a try- but has me asking was the food worth going back for?

Palette 22
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. We're glad to hear that some of our dishes were to your liking but do apologize for the others not matching in quality. We hope you join us once again so we can turn your experience around.

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vipfoodieinDc
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience3

The food was good, drinks were good too. Our waiter, Kyle, went above and beyond and because of him, we will be back.

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S91C
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall2Food5Service2Ambience3

The short story is the food is GREAT. The service is HORRIBLE. Primarily the hostess and the manager. We made a reservation and arrived on time to be seated. Then watched as two groups who arrived after us (including a party the same size as ours) were seated before us even though all reservations were at the same time and for the same area (outside). The hostess was neither friendly nor apologetic. She just shrugged and said there was no seating. How is that possible if you have a reservation?

After avoiding us for some time, the manager appeared. Slightly more apologetic but clearly not coming over to deliver excellent customer service. Just to matter of factly inform us that a table was ready.

The server was very nice but had a large section so she wasn’t always around. No worries. She was a gem and saved our brunch experience.

Overall, if you’re looking for an anxious, disappointing experience where you’re not sure if you’ll be seated...this is the place for you. If you love horrible customer service and casual rudeness from staff, go for it!

It’s sad because the food is really good. But they don’t deserve the business.

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PaulJ
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

The place is beautiful and the staff was very professional. My only concern was that of a parent and a member of a large group during brunch. We had a group of 8, but they would only seat us in different tables next to each other in 4s. When asked if we could push them together, the answer was no, no clarification, just no. We accepted this but I wonder what they would do for a party of 12 or 16. We were outside and around the corner isolated from most people so I didn't see what the problem was, but I respect the decision. Also there are no changing tables for infants/toddlers in the male or female bathroom. For such a beautiful area with families out to eat I would except a more kid friendly entertainment. But the brunch deal is worth it and the food was very good.

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EmilyR
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

My partner and I had an amazing time at Palette 22. I was craving so many different types of food and Palette had them all! We had Mexican food, Indian food, Italian food, and more. It was all so delish and the portions were very large for tiny plates. Our waitress was great and we can't wait to go back again.

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AntH
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience3

The restaurant was great. Chris, as a waiter, should just go home... he ranks in the top 5 worst waiters in my 47 years of life. Very put off by having to wait on us. Non our first round of ordering, we did not receive two items, he never checked on our order. There are three deserts; one was not available, so e ordered the other two, we only got one.
He finally brought us the bill, after having to ask him. My friend, who owns a restaurant, asked for a paper receipt. He then avoided getting one to us. Once he did, we found he had overcharged us! My friend then got up and called him in it and reminded him we never got 3 items we ordered...he seriously just shrugged his shoulders.
He is a joke. If we ever do come back Palette 22, we will Not allow Chris to wait on us.

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Woo1
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Great fun to try so many dishes with the bottomless dinner. Everything was delicious

Palette 22
Responded on April 13, 2021

Thank you for your kind words. We're very glad you enjoyed our bottomless dinner option.

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Steph
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience3

Very few gluten free options. The menu has a lot of great options from different cuisines they just aren’t all executed very well. We did bottomless and it took forever to get our food

Palette 22
Responded on April 13, 2021

Thank you for sharing with us your feedback Steph. We apologize for our dishes not exceeding your expectations and the service being lengthy. We do hope you join us again so we can turn your experience around.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience5

The food was amazing. The drinks were tasty but didn’t taste like there was much alcohol in them. The overall environment and atmosphere was amazing! However, the service was poor we were waiting for drinks for 10+ minutes.

Palette 22
Responded on April 13, 2021

Thank you for providing us with your feedback. We're glad that you enjoyed our dishes but do apologize for the speed of the service. We hope to see you again soon.

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TamekaT
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience2

Food & server were great however getting to that point was horrible. Outside seating is limited which I understand however we were skipped over 4-5 times after being told you're next, the hostess was made aware of our observations politely so she thru her hands up & said "Whateverrr" in a very dismissive manner. Customer facing employees should pact themselves with patience & tactfulness especially in these trying times.

Palette 22
Responded on April 13, 2021

Thank you for your review Tameka. We want to apologize for the service prior to being seated. Excellent service(right from the start) is what we focus on, but this time it was not the case. We hope you join us again so we can show you how we run things.

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Finn
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Brunch was amazing from the food to the service. The art was a good conversation starter the only downside is this that it was a crowded and too noisy to hear each other.

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RosslynF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved it!!! All the food was amazing!!! We will definitely visit again soon!

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Noshot
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

I can’t imagine paying 8-10 dollars to do a la carte. You need 2-3 dishes for a decent meal, so all you can eat is inevitable for the price. So in that sense, sure it can be worth the dollar. The selling point for me would be to make mimosas and such unlimited for a 10 dollar price tag or something to that effect to tie things together. Overall I’d say it was an unexciting meal that with a 83 dollar tab for 2 people

Palette 22
Responded on April 13, 2021

Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. We would like to apologize for our dishes not surpassing your expectations. We will provide your feedback to management in order to improve on this aspect.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

It was fine for just trying something new

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vipRegiL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

I’d definitely come back, but a lot of the food was cold. Even after we brought it to the attention of the waiter, we still received cold items.

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AmandaP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Service can be a bit slow on busy weekends, but only if you are in a rush. The staff are great and the food is good.

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OpenTable Diner
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing experience!!! Food selection was great and delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is delicious and quick to come out. Enjoyed trying new menu items.

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vipCeleste
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Delicious food as always. We ate outside and really appreciated you can specifically reserve outdoor tables. Service was slow unfortunately.

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KimberlyD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

I really enjoyed most of the food. However, I found the stuffed cabbage roll to be very salty and also wasn’t sure if the shrimp was cooked enough as it had a slimy texture. The server was excellent!! Keep orders straight and fast! Not too keen on pet friendly atmosphere either. I’ll go back though

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BrunchLover
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place for brunch, especially their bottomless option. The newer menu is delicious.

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Hari
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience2

They drugged our food, we felt extremely drowsy after eating a shared plate

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VWS6060
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic service! Amazing food! We loved it!

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vipMarkB
Tucson
56 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Good options for happy hour. Never had a bad meal here. Tried bulgogi pizza for the first time. Creative tapas and ideal location for licking up with folks. Social distancing norms and plenty of room.

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Lynn
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Good food and atmosphere. I would recommend to others.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Palette 22 using the Order Online button. Palette 22 also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

Palette 22 is rated 4.6 stars by 1480 OpenTable diners.

Palette 22 does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.alexandriarestaurantpartners.com/gift-cards.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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