Palette 22

4.6
1599 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
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1599 People Are Saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Krys
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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DMVDineAround
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Dayana
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
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 4 days ago
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
11 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.

JB
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!

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JnPo
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Natalie was a fantastic server and enthusiastically recommended dishes. service was quick and we were provided several opportunities to try additional dishes. A few items became a bit pulled meat heavy in the end. Highly recommend the rib empanadas and the banana nutella empanada. We had both the vampiro and seared tuna tacos which were excellent. Korean bao was enjoyed more than the cuban.

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Guds
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

My favorite meal here is brunch. The food is good

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Allie4451
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Happy Hour !! Great Customer Service. Delicious Food !!

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JM95
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The bottomless brunch/lunch/dinner is a good deal if you like to eat. I was surprised that the service was so slow given it was a weekday night. Came here on a busy brunch day and the service was fast and great. This time, the waitress took orders for our first two rounds VERY quickly. After that, she went AWOL for over 30 minutes. We had no more food in front of us, a bunch of empty plates, and no water in our glasses. She finally came around to take our order and it was getting pretty late, so that was it for us. I was pretty disappointed with my experience this time. I don't think I'll be taking another trip out to Shirlington again to come here for a while.
On another note, the lamb meatballs and the jerk chicken skewers here are excellent.

Palette 22
Responded on 4 June 2021

Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback to us. We want to apologize for this experience not matching up to your previous one, as efficient and quick service is one of our top priorities. We do hope you give us another chance to show you how your meal should have been.

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AndrewG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievabley good food, quick and friendly service, unique environment!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Service was slightly slow, it was early in the day. They had big parties outside and I believe they were transition into to dinner service.

Food came out quick and hot.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

It was my first time dinning in this restaurant and I felt super welcoming. The server was awesome and always checking on us.

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RobertP
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food was amazing, if you love tapas come here !

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome brunch!

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newd001
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience3

I called and made a reservation for 12 a week in advance, and wasn't informed until my arrival that the restaurant would not be able to accommodate a large party, causing us to split us between two tables when there were other 10 and 15-top reservations being seated as groups! The manager did nothing to try and aid the situation except saying that it basically is what it is, and we could stay split where we were or wait 1+ hours for another large party to leave. Do not try to go here with more than 6 people!!

Management was awful. The service was slow. Only redeeming attribute was the quality of (most) of the food.

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vipItalianfoodlovers
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The food was just ok. The wings could have been cooked longer The pizza was very spicy. The wait staff didn’t go above and beyond. They brought our burgers without ketchup and never came back. Doubt I will be going back.

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DebbyR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food very flavorful. I definitely will go again! It will be on my go to place for sure.

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AllenW
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The dining experience was nice, nice server - I forgot his name. I think it was Hamas or Hamad.

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AmyN
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a great time. The atmosphere is festive. Our server was amazing and gave us great advice on what to order. We had a table of 6 with very different palates and everyone could find something they liked on the menu. We did ala carte dining bc we were footing the bill for kids and friends but if I came with my husband alone we’d probably do the bottomless option. Loved everything from the lamb meatballs to the grilled octopus to the butter chicken. We also got to talk to the artist that was having studio time in the bar. What a great way to support local artists. I decided to buy the stain glass art that was hanging behind our table. This place is super fun and unique and we’ll definitely be back.

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JohnR
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We had booked for outside, and tried to call to change to inside. They couldn’t, or wouldn’t, make the change, and said we would have to go on the waitlist for a table when we arrived. I rebooked myself via OpenTable, and then canceled the first reservation. Why make the customer go through that hassle when tables were available? I’d have to say the waiter was fairly inattentive. Considering the format is bottomless dining, it was hard to get his attention to order more food. Quality of food was great, however.

Palette 22
Responded on 31 May 2021

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us John. We want to apologize for this experience you had with us, as this is not the norm at Palette 22. We take great pride in ensuring our customers leave more than satisfied but this time it was not the case. We hope to make your experience an excellent one next time you dine with us.

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CharlieR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This place was an excellent choice for brunch. The service was great and the food was very good. Passion fruit mimossas are the bomb. The music was just a little too loud which combined with the human chatter makes it a little hard to enjoy a conversation, but that aside, highly recommended.

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vipLaurenL
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great selection, something for everyone in your group. Get the bottomless!

Palette 22
Responded on 31 May 2021

Thank you for your kind words Lauren! We're glad you enjoyed our bottomless dining option.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and deals! Brunch was excellent!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Have loved Palette 22 for a while now. Everything was fantastic, server and meal and price. Will always return for the food!

Palette 22
Responded on 31 May 2021

Thank you for your continued loyalty! It's a pleasure to hear that you enjoy your meal every time you dine with us.

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PhilipM
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent small dishes inspired by dishes from around the world - we tried the "all-you-can-eat," which is good value if you're each having more than 3-4 small plates each. Almost everything was good - would recommend most of the bao buns, the sweet potato with hot honey, the beef skewers, and the strawberry trifle. Grilled octopus only comes with one skewer - would not recommend it a la carte but it tasted good. Very good, fast, friendly service.

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 1599 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 bookings at the moment.

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