restaurants / American

Palena information

Washington, DC , USA
Street 3529 Connecticut Ave NW
+1 202 537 9250
Getting there
metro Cleveland Park
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3-/5-course menu $80/100
Opening hours
5:30-10:30pm Tue-Sat
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Lonely Planet review

Set a night aside with a loved one or a good friend and get ready for a culinary ride past the limits of taste into innovative gastro-orgasm land. Palena’s menu defies conventions, deliciously. Red snapper with ramps and oyster mushrooms, artichoke risotto and celery root soup with shrimp and almonds are recent favorites. The approach is often unexpected; the rewards are uniformly mouthwatering. The interior is warm but oddly modern in its crafted rusticity. Reserve ahead or eat in the more casual cafe (mains $14 to $27), which serves dinner daily and brunch on weekends.