Palette 22

4.6
1499 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 & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer 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

Featured specials

Select a special by choosing a date, time and party size

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Dine in
Starting May 9, 2021

The globally inspired menu at this tapas-style restaurant is perfect for Mom’s day. In addition to the menu, specials include three dishes available Friday-Sunday from 4 PM to close: Tempura Oysters ($15); Grilled Scallops ($18), and Sticky Pork Ribs ($15).

What 1499 people are saying
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FamilyB
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Party of three and a total of 5 dishes ordered. All were outstanding and more than ample for "small plates": Street corn, mushroom pizza, southwest cesaer salad,pollo en chicha 13, short rib empanada. Sangria was lacking in flavor and a bit watery. Guests well dispersed inside and outside. Location is nice. Server was very good, but streched a bit thin - understandable that there is limited staff in these times.

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KentG
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. The Bottomless dinner choices were excellent and quickly delivered. Capped by a great semi-dry Spanish wine.

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Slinger26
Charleston
23 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food with the perfect lively atmosphere. Quick service!

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christineD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered bottomless brunch and the food was pretty good. Will come back again.

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Alexys
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing!! I will be returning very soon

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bottomless food was the best

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kayy
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

my first experience here was so fun so i brought other and i’m not sure if i caught them on a bad day it just wasn’t the same atmosphere, i asked to sit inside because it was so hot outside but the host girl sat me right in the sun by the window which me and my friend were hot but we didn’t complain , but to make it kinda bad my server took over 20’mins check on us and i was down to order more stuff but it was hot nobody re filled my water so i was just annoyed and ready to go , it’s like my server didn’t like me lol he’d walk past the table to help others which is normal but he interacted more with his other tables then me but hey next time i’ll know FOOD GREAT SERVICE COULD BE BETTER

Palette 22
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you for bringing this to our attention Kay. We would like to apologize for this visit not matching up to your first, as great service is one of our priorities. We hope you join us again so we can turn your experience into a positive one.

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vipChristopherP
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very delicious, original and innovative menu selection, as well as a delicious draft beer selection!

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vipDaniG
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there and I was very impressed! Will be back😋

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LyndaP
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Would not come back! Worst service by far! 10 minutes after seating we finally got a waiter. It was chilly so asked to be moved in about a minute after our waiter took our order and was told no. It wasn’t crowded. They way the menu is set up we would have to pay for what we didn’t even get yet which normally isn’t a big deal but it is was their bottomless lunch...
Save yourself money. Way better places in Shirlington to go to. Would not go back and def not worth that we spent.

Palette 22
Responded on April 27, 2021

Thank you for bringing this to our attention Lynda. This is not the norm nor is it acceptable as excellent customer service is one of our priorities. Would you mind sending us an email to arp@rockawaypr so we can find a solution to this?

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ShaunaR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service! Fantastic food for a great price! We will definitely be returning!

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MsRae
Baltimore
20 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience4

The bottomless brunch was great, food was good, great value, easy parking, can’t wait to go back 😋

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ErinnIzy
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! Must try for all. So many options and all are good!

Palette 22
Responded on April 27, 2021

Thank you for your review!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I recommend the unlimited brunch. The options are small but great for the value. The food is delicious and you’ll want to try every dish! The service was amazing. The staff is very friendly and accommodating.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was great. Food was good and price was excelente. Good place to go celebrate a birthday or simply go out with friends.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I’ve been here a few times and in typical fashion, we had to wait 20-30 mins to be seated, with a reservation!

That’s not cool when my reservation was at 2pm, didn’t get seated until 230pm and brunch ended at 3pm!

And out server was barely around to check on us!

We felt rushed and didn’t really get to enjoy the experience!

Palette 22
Responded on April 29, 2021

Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We would like to apologize for the wait(even when you had your reservation). This should not have been the case since you did not get to enjoy your experience. We do hope you join us again so we can turn your experience around.

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vipECS2
Washington DC
84 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always !
Super selection of tapas plates, friendly staff and terrific experience...

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GreedyFoodie
Richmond
26 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great brunch! The restaurant had some nice guidelines in place for COVID. The food was really good, all you can eat small plates! The honey chicken and jerk chicken was really hot, for all those that can tolerate heat, I personally can't so I couldn't eat those. Everything else was great!

Palette 22
Responded on April 25, 2021

Thank you for joining us for brunch! It's a pleasure to hear that you enjoyed our dishes. Hope to see you again soon.

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Laydee
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The food is excellent, the lunch service was a bit uneven. We had to ask for things more than once. It might have been the time of day we were there. It may also be due to the fact that serving people outside - far from the kitchen is challenging. Better service would change this review from "good" to very good.

Palette 22
Responded on April 29, 2021

Thank you for sharing your feedback with us Laydee. We would like to apologize for the service not matching up to the food. We do hope you join us again so we can turn your experience into a positive one.

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BethG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipMrsSanchez
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Good food and cheap mimosas!

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KrystalJ27
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Natalie was an amazing server!

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vipChristopherP
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
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
5 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
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
8 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
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.

Palette 22
Responded on April 23, 2021

Thank you for reviewing our restaurant Matt. We're very glad to hear you enjoyed both the food and service, but do apologize for the level of the music. We have informed management so they can take a look into this.

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Vonnie22
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipLatoureT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and the atmosphere was marvelous.

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Anonymous
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

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JM95
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
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.

Palette 22
Responded on April 23, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We would like to apologize for the service you received towards the middle of your meal, as excellent service should be consistent throughout. We hope you join us again so we can turn your experience into a positive one.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday brunch

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
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
Washington DC
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

Palette 22
Responded on April 23, 2021

Thank you for sharing your review with us. Would you mind sending us an email to arp@rockawaypr so we can find out more about your experience?

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vipRGup
Washington DC
29 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 on April 19, 2021

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
23 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
4 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.

Palette 22
Responded on April 13, 2021

Thank you for providing your feedback with us. At Palette 22 we pride ourselves on providing excellent service that matches our dishes but this time it was not the case. We would like to apologize for the attention you received at our restaurant as this is not how we conduct business. Would you mind sending us an email to arp@rockawaypr so we can rectify the situation?

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PaulJ
Washington DC
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.

Palette 22
Responded on April 13, 2021

Thank you for sharing your experience with us Paul. We're very sorry for our hosts not providing you with a proper explanation for the seating division. We will inform management of your comments regarding the changing tables for the bathrooms so you and other families can be more properly accommodated.

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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
2 reviews
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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Palette 22 is rated 4.6 stars by 1499 OpenTable diners.

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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