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Palena - CLOSED

3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20008-2402
+1 202-537-9250
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  • Excellent35%
  • Very good30%
  • Average14%
  • Poor14%
  • Terrible7%
10 Apr 2014
“Thoroughly mediocre”
25 Mar 2014
“You have to like a fixed menu”
Restaurant Hours Closed
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3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20008-2402
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Reviewed 10 April 2014

Glacially slow and downright unfriendly service; Food that looked good but varied from tasteless to unmemorable, especially the vegetables. And both the vintages and at least one of the prices on the wine list did not correspond with what arrived and what we paid. Our...More

Date of visit: April 2014
Thank hypefreetravel
Reviewed 25 March 2014

We took from friends here for dinner and decided to eat in the "back room" with a fixed menu. While the food was wonderful and satisfying, the menu is very limited so if you aren't willing to venture into new territory, you can be stuck...More

Date of visit: March 2014
Thank joggerboy
Reviewed 19 March 2014 via mobile

We've ordered several fish dishes and... boy, they were good! Amazing were both the octopus entrée and the linguini all mare. The Sicilian wine we choose just perfectly matched our food. The service was good as well as the music. So, where is the "but"...More

Thank GiammicheleD1
Reviewed 3 March 2014

I have been a fan of the restaurant for years. Years. This was our first visit in about 9 months (work got in the way) and we went to celebrate two birthdays in our party of 6. The waiter was surly. The service uneven. The...More

Date of visit: March 2014
Thank Coastal766710
Reviewed 30 January 2014

My last remark to my dining companions as we walked out the door after having a remarkably unremarkable dinner was the people waiting in line to be seated in the café must have more money than brains. This was my first visit to Palena after...More

Date of visit: January 2014
1  Thank Maryland_USATraveler
Reviewed 25 January 2014

Sat, Jan 11, my husband & I had a horrible dining experience at Palena Café. We have been regular guests and have always enjoyed the food, service and atmosphere. For this visit, our waiter didn't speak English; couldn't communicate. We ordered and waited for our...More

Date of visit: January 2014
2  Thank Robin H
Reviewed 19 January 2014

Bar service was very good. The tasting menu was excellent with perfect portions. Started out with a few amuse Bouches that were fantastic. All course were very good and portions perfect except for the Caesar salad. Was excellent flavor but very little lettuce. I would...More

Date of visit: January 2014
Thank steverI6675LI
Reviewed 25 October 2013

I had heard good reviews of this restaurant, but I was hesitant when I first entered. It is not until you are escorted to the secret back room that the magic begins. From the tasty tidbits sent out by the chef, to the masterful cocktail...More

Date of visit: September 2013
Thank Frank P
Reviewed 22 October 2013

The food is great and I don't mind the $3 charge for bread since they make it very clear. Twice, however, when I have added up the charges on my computerized bill, the total was more ($4 the 1st time and $6 the 2nd time)...More

Date of visit: October 2013
1  Thank fulton215
Reviewed 16 October 2013

If you are looking for a gourmet burger with the rich taste of beef bone marrow, this is the place to go! Very nice folks there, small menu. Lovely place to visit.

Date of visit: October 2013
Thank Kim C
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Restaurant Details

Average prices
US$31 - US$50
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20008-2402
    (Porter St. SW)
  • Public Transportation: Cleveland Park Metro Stop
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Upper Northwest
  • Neighbourhood: Upper Northwest
  • Phone Number: +1 202-537-9250
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