Palette 22

4.6
1438 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
What 1438 people are saying
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S91C
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
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
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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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Woo1
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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

Palette 22
Responded 6 minutes ago

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

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Steph
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 4 minutes ago

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 2 days ago
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 5 minutes ago

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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RosslynF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Noshot
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 11 minutes ago

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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Servers were not the best and food is ehh

Palette 22
Responded on March 29, 2021

Thank you for your feedback. We're very sorry we were unable to make your experience a positive one as we take great pride in making sure guests leave our restaurant wanting to come back. We hope you join us again so we can turn your experience around.

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AmandaB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The staff was great and accommodating as rain interrupted our outdoor reservations. We did the all you can eat, and the server was very patient with us as we threw many requests at him. He managed to get all the orders. The food was great and loved the variety! I will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing selection of food!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love coming here! You can’t beat tapas style anything..ever... and Palette 22 does it right! The Brussel sprouts with the soy-honey chili is a favorite and the chicken and waffles are top 2 and NOT number 2!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Birthday celebration

Palette 22
Responded on March 30, 2021

Thank you for celebrating a birthday with us!

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vipLuis
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Our server Diego was diligent in checking on us despite the crowd of people. I was impressed with the quality of the food and overall service. What a great brunch spot.

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Cathleen
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved the brunch ... the options were amazing! You get the endless brunch, and can choose from all items on menu an get a appetizer size of all items ! The mimosas were great! Service was good as well. Environment was good good!

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KayMM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is the first time I went to this restaurant and it was great!! They have something for everyone's taste pallet! I am ready to go back.

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Eerymynd
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food selections were impressive. I’ve had brunch here but never dinner and I must say we enjoyed it!

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TierraO
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Interesting dining experience. It's like eating in a live museum with local art all around. I enjoyed almost everything on the menu, that I tried, and the server was awesome.

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Monique
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am new to the area and since it was a nice day my friend and I wanted to eat outside. We chose this place because of the variety of the menu and the bottomless dining option!!!! Great restaurant!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

It was great. They worked with us with getting seating for our table even though they were busy and we were late to our reservation.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The portions you receive are extremely small, food was slow to come out, had to ask for a water refill, since you paid for bottomless you would expect to leave the restaurant full but that was not the case

we ordered churros and tacos for the table, but when the plates came out they came with one churro and one taco...

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IvetteM
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Palette 22 was my first ever brunch place! The food was bomb, our waitress was bomb, the variety of flavors for the mimosas was bomb!! Loved it so much, will definitely be back here.

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RachelC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

got bottomless dinner, a good variety of options and good quality food.

Palette 22
Responded on March 29, 2021

Thank you for reviewing our restaurant Rachel. We're glad to hear you were able to enjoy our bottomless dinner option. We hope to see you again soon.

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Miranda
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Sadly, the service was really bad the night we were there. The food was overpriced and also just not satisfying. The dressing for the cobb salad appeared to be water-downed and had very little taste. The cous cous with the octopus was so salty it wasn't enjoyable. I had been there once before and had liked the salad, so I'm not sure if there was something just off that night.

However, they were also very strict about the happy hour menu. They sat us in an area outside where you couldn't order from the happy hour menu. We asked if we could order from the bar inside to take advantage of the special menu and bring it out to our table and they wouldn't allow that option. We then asked if we could sit at the empty table on the corner of the happy hour section and they wouldn't allow that option. We would have been more understanding had they been crowded. But, it was a lot of really tough restrictions for a restaurant that wasn't busy. There was only one other couple in the seating area where we were located.

On top of it all, the service was just so slow and we had to flag down our waiter to order more tapas and drinks. We left hungry because the experience was so bad we didn't want to waste any more money on poor service and disappointing food.

I am hopeful they were just having a bad night and that this isn't the norm for them. I am also hopeful that they will look at their happy hour location policy. It felt very short sighted, especially during the pandemic.

Palette 22
Responded on March 27, 2021

Thank you for your honest feedback Miranda. We're very sorry we were unable to make your experience a positive one. We have shared your experience with our management team to make sure this does not happen again. We take great pride in our food and service and we apologize we missed the mark. We will be sending you a message in order to sort this out. Thank you and we hope you will give us another opportunity to impress you.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Try the Simply Delicious and the Lumpia!

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MichaelF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

The food could have been more portions because we saw other tables with the same food but a lot more portions

Palette 22
Responded on March 24, 2021

Thank you for bringing this to our attention Michael. We do apologize for your table not receiving the same portions as others, as this is the case.

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MelanieB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great service! Highly recommend especially if you enjoy samples of smaller plates. The shrimp tacos and pizzas are fantastic

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