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Palena - CLOSED

3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20008-2402
+1 202-537-9250
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Overview
  • 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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PRICE
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LOCATION
3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20008-2402
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21 - 30 of 113 reviews

Reviewed 6 June 2013

Chef Frank A. Ruta was hired to work in the White House kitchen back in 1979. I do mean “the” White House kitchen not just a white kitchen. He is now the owner of Palena. The tasting menu is quite pricey but well worth the...More

Thank FourForksUp
Reviewed 29 May 2013

Let me start by saying that I have dined at some of the best, and sometimes most expensive, restaurants in Europe. I have no problem paying $25-35 dollars for an entree, but it better be good. I ordered a seafood pasta dish, which came with...More

Thank LucieLM
Reviewed 10 May 2013

Yes the burger is as good as you have heard and the chicken is also great and so is the fresh baked bread. Our waiter was also very good.......but the price was a little steep! Don't misunderstand I have paid more for a meal and...More

Thank Timothy B
Reviewed 7 May 2013

I love the food here. My husband hates the loud diners and "I'm almost too busy to remember you" service. I can occasionally talk him into dining here, so I ususally go with a girlfriend. The food is truly delicious; unusual combinations and nice, not...More

Thank MrsRehoboth
Reviewed 7 May 2013

We ate at Palena Cafe last Wednesday night. We found it in an airline article and elsewhere, listed as one of the top Italian restaurants in the country. Can't say it rates that highly with us, but that may be because we were so counting...More

Thank mdgoler
Reviewed 27 April 2013 via mobile

We stopped for lunch based on a recommendation from Wygands Wine shop and were not disappointed. The beet salad was excellent with hazelnuts and a great vinaigrette. I had the open face fish sandwich and loved it. My wife ordered the fresh tomato and mozzarella...More

Thank John S
Reviewed 19 April 2013

excellent lunch, great service, good value with a variety of good choices on the menu. would recommend for lunch and I suspect dinner would be equally good.

Thank snillor
Reviewed 12 April 2013

We had dinner at Palena on Tuesday, April 9. The food was wonderful! They had a choice between a three course meal plus dessert and a five course meal. We both chose the 3 courses. We started with a glass of champagne and I was...More

Thank diane28970
Reviewed 8 April 2013

We walked from the Zoo, recommend this little jewel of a restaurant. The area restaurant sits is vibrant with many other great options - will visit again upon return to DC. Food, chef is masterful all 4 of us shared 2 starters and 4 entrees....More

Thank Todd S
Reviewed 18 February 2013

I have heard for years how great the burger is at Palena and finally had the chance to try it Saturday night. Not too big, juicy, cooked to perfection, beautifully presented on a homemade bun with cheese and mayo. Delicious. The best burger in DC?...More

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Restaurant Details

Average prices
US$31 - US$50
Cuisine
Pub
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 21:00
Monday
17:30 - 22:00
Tuesday
17:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
17:30 - 22:00
Thursday
17:30 - 22:00
Friday
17:30 - 22:00
Saturday
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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