Palette 22

4.5
1618 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!

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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
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1618 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.3
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.4
Value
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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HitGirl
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

We love the atmosphere dining outdoors at Palette 22. The music is great and our food (we typically get the same thing each time we go) is very tasty! The service as a bit inattentive but it was very crowded.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food4Service3Ambience4

Lots of food for the price! Bottoms done well!

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MercedesP
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience4

A good idea but not well executed. The food was mediocre at best. Our server was nice though.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Great brunch spot!

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nickdevigns
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We ordered the bottomless dining for 2, food was excellent as always. Outdoor seating was nice and enjoyable for our doggo.

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eleb
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, cool place. Everyone was really nice.

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vipRyneP
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Natalie was fun and great and the food came out promptly

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Matt
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2Food5Service1Ambience5

Except for this visit, all other visits to this restaurant have been fantastic. I was seated near the kitchen and bathroom entrance with a view of the large oven. Indoor dining was relatively empty, the bar and outside seating was moderately busy. I was at the establishment for a little over an hour. Not by choice, it's because it took on average about 15 minutes or more for each dish to be served. The waitress was very inattentive and did not provide good service. She was poor at best, and I left a $5 tip as a courtesy. I am usually a great tipper. Overall it appeared to be a lack of good management and leadership last night. I noticed several employees (I assume) off-work in plain clothes going in and out of the kitchen. The employees were joking and socializing amongst themselves in the indoor dining area and not attending to work. I will say the lady at the large stove was working hard. I do not feel the same about the other visible staff. I was pretty disappointed with the level of service, but the food is still really great.

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JamesC
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience1

Low-quality food and indifferent service in a playroom-like atmosphere.

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AudreyP
San Joaquin
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had the bottomless dinner. It is a wonderful way to sample as much of the menu, as you want. Our personal favorites were the short rib empanadas, octopus with couscous, street corn, sweet potatoes, pork belly bao bun and shiitake mushroom and eggplant bai bun.

Rey was our server. He provided exemplary service. He was helpful in providing menu recommendations. His personality was lovely.

The eclectic artwork on the walls is incredible. I think is amazing that they are promoting local artists.

We will return on another visit to DC.

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tkhm
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our table of 6 took advantage of the Bottomless Dining option - and we were not disappointed! Every item was amazing and we went home full and happy campers! Our waiter, Matt, was kind and attentive - the food came quickly - but also spaced out so we could enjoy the tapas as they arrived and the wine was great!

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Lainey
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our new dog’s first outing was a total success thanks to the dog friendly environment.

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YoungLi
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2Food2Service5Ambience4

The most concise way that I would describe this place is that they have a wide variety of food at a decent quality, but they don’t make any of it to be excellent. (Also one common trait of all the dishes was that they were very salty)

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Let me just say It first time dining here and I didn’t expect to LOVE IT as much as I did! The food was delicious,highly recommend the shrimp and grits, also mushroom pizza, the drinks were great especially the Peach Mimosa & Strawberry Margarita a MUST HAVE! Our waitress was very attentive and entertaining love to have her again and the ambiance was beautiful, very Instagram and TikTok worthy. If you are ever in the area you must come here! You won’t regret it!

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Kareem
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

Made a reservation for brunch snd got there during brunch time but was refused brunch. Could not put an order in for dinner either because it was not dinner time. Had to wait even longer before being able to put in food orders. Service was spotty and very inconsistent. Good was good

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Anna
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and service! We did the bottomless brunch and left extremely full and satisfied!

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NAMF
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience2

We chose the bottomless lunch and saved a little only because you do get full after sharing a few small plates. The mimosa special was a bit sweet and took forever to be delivered. The waitress came by first with the wrong drinks and then another 10 minutes passed before we got ours. We were sharing dishes and received the first dish before we got small plates to put the food on. It took requests to two people to receive the plates. At least we had water immediately. There was also another mixup with orders and another table got some of ours so we ended up having to re-order the same dishes. I enjoyed it but the service needs a lot of work.

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RaiD
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

We had a great time, while the restaurant busy, the food on small plates (perfect for portion control) came out quickly, and was beyond delicious. I cannot wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was relatively easy to book although they are quite busy for lunch. The endless brunch is a great value and each of the dishes that I tried ere delicious, there is nothing that I didn’t like. My friends and I had a great time and the staff was also pleasant as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

We were excited to try this restaurant based on other reviews. The food was ok but nothing spectacular. Kind of hot and humid inside with flickering light over our head. Nice to have tried it out but not a favorite. Service was pretty good. Had a curry noodle dish and thought the pork belly was super thick and didn’t compliment that dish the best. Maybe we will try another time with a better experience.

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Krys
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I always enjoy Palette 22. Thanks again for an awesome brunch!!!

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DMVDineAround
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Nice selection of tapas type small plates with great flavors. This place has become so popular now that they’ve expanded their outdoor seating. I think the service gets overwhelmed sometimes but they’re nice. I’ll be back!

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MakA
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food great service.
My only complaint is the water smelled off

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Dayana
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was my first time coming to Palette 22 for brunch and I absolutely loved my experience here. The bottomless brunch was delicious and such a great value for the abundance offered on the menu. The ambience of the restaurant was really hip, artsy and super spacious. I definitely will be coming back.

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AshleyP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

We had the bottomless brunch for my birthday and it was amazing. The food was great and drinks were nice and strong. Definitely recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience1

I'm giving this place one star simply due to poor customer service. I made a reservation through open table for bar seating, as it was the only option available. I arrived at the restaurant at the time of my reservation and was told that bar seating is first-come first serve and I would have to be placed on the waitlist to be seated (bar was full). I proceeded to question the point of making a reservation if it was first come first serve and the hostess simply stated she didn't know. She then called the manager over who was just as useless in providing any solution. The manager brushed it off and said it must have been a mistake because normally they don't accept bar reservations and there was nothing she could do. I understand that mistakes happen, and I would have gladly understood-- had they tried to be the least bit helpful. Poor customer service reflects a lot about the business, and it's a shame that this place lacks capable management to confront and resolve minor issues such as this one.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was amazing and our server was very friendly. The service was very quick. We did not wait at all! It was very convenient for us.

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Nita
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great evening. Quality food with wonderful service.

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MichaelC
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place. Good price for the amount of food. More drink specials would be great.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Their brunch is great because you get all you can get food. Drinks not included in that deal but still a great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I forgot our server name, but he had a nose ring, I believe, wore glasses, and had curly hair - he was awesome! Super knowledgeable about the food/drinks, checkups were timed perfectly, great converse starters, just overall - a great server!

We went past midnight, so food choice was not the standard menu. However, the things I selected - pork/shrimp roll, shrimp tacos, and chips w/avocado hummus was good! I'd be going again.

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vipKatherineE
New England
10 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Great food. Gluten free options. Nice service and open late.

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Nina
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

BEST brunch spot in Shirlington😄!! Tried several dishes for brunch and everything was amazing!

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vipVeronicaM
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

this place has become a regular spot for me to take visitor that come to see me in the DMV especially for brunch. the food is always impressive to my guests

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MN22
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The bottomless brunch was a great experience. Very fun to try multiple menu options and split with others at the table. The food was delicious and there were great, unique options to try!

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vipDGDG
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The food was good as usual.

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vipJBurella
Washington DC
146 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

I love happy hour here - third time this month! Had the first plate I didn't care for (wings) but everything else was sublime and service is always fabulous.

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rcsdc
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We sat outside, and the energy of Shirlington could be felt on the patio. The service was excellent, and our small dishes arrived within five minutes of placing each order. The food was incredibly tasty, and our family really enjoyed trying so many varied dishes for one price.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome experience, first time visiting this location and it was great. They have really good prices and options for their happy hour and we sat outside which was beautiful as well. Can’t go wrong with coming here!

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EricT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience5

Lots of selections for the all you can eat. Food too salty though. Service great!

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 4.5 stars by 1618 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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