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  • 3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington 20008 38.936427 -77.058406
  • (At 29th St NW)
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  • (202) 537-9250
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Salad, Soup & Starters

Café Salad local greens and lettuces, roasted beets, hazelnuts, hazelnut vinaigrette    12.00
Caesar Salad organic romainelettuce, palena's way    13.00
Burrata Di Puglia with oven roasted cauliflower marinatiand greens dressed withbalsamico    17.00
Pennsylvania Raised Rabbit "En Porchetta" boneless saddle stuffed with chard and herbs - with fennel remoulade, pickled rhubarb, balsamico dressed greens    16.00
Stuffed Lamb Breast with a salad of wax beans, peas, pecorino cheese and red sauce    18.00
Salad Of Wood Oven Roasted Artichokes with our pancetta, calabrian chilies and whipped ricotta    16.00


Mezze Rigatone Al Ragu fennel scented rabbit ragout, shaved reggiano cheese    17.00
Farreto spelt flour pasta with sugar snaps, mint, peas and reggiano cheese    17.00
Torchietti with our cotecchino sausage, northern neck spinach and shaved reggiano cheese    16.00
Bucatini mussels, calamaretti , roasted broccoli and lemon toasted breadcrumbs    17.00


Palena's Wood Oven Roasted Chicken lemon braised greens    21.00
Wood Oven Roasted Thick Cut Berkshire Hog Loin Steak wilbur's pickled cabbage    28.00
Block Island Swordfish Alla Ghiotta in a sicilian inspired braise made from potatoes, olives, capers and tomato; with braised fennel    26.00
Brodetto halibut and louisiana white shrimp in a fragrant broth - with baby bok choy and fennel    30.00
Wood Oven Roasted Whole Fish black sea bass. early summer vegetables, lemon-olive condiment    30.00
Grill Frittes bluefin tuna, angus beef. both with shoestring fries and a warm balsamico/anchovy vinaigrette. a salad to begin: boston lettuce, pt. reyes blue cheese, croutons and aged sherry vinaigrette    30.00
The Palena Cheese Burger pickles    14.00

Tastes From Our Dining Room

Chilled Northern Neck Sweet Peasoup our lightly smoked salmon, soft cooked egg and a marcona almond froth    17.00
Glen Eby's Humanely Raised Veal - Königsberger Klopse veal meatballs in caper gravy with spätzle andearly summer vegetables    20.00
Paccheri tube shape pasta from gragnano with carolina shrimp in an aromatic tomato sauce    17.00


House Baked Breads with lightly salted butter    3.00
Northern Neck Greens with garlic, oregano and chilies    8.00
Shoestring Fries     8.00
Selection Of Artisanal Cheeses with fig compote and tyrolean almond bread    14.00

Specials, Eggs, Etc

Buckwheat Crepe filled with northern neck greens and fontina - with a fried hen egg    16.00
Eggsand Bacon with our lightly smoked pork belly, coddled organic hen egg, rösti potato, tomato condiment, salsa verde    18.00
Polpettini Al Uovo lamb meatballs with an organic farmer egg and grilled bread    18.00
Whole Wheat Sourdough Pancakes with steve's blueberries, whipped cream and pistachios    15.00

Salad, Soup & Starters

Café Salad local greens and lettuces, roasted beets, hazelnutvinaigrette    8.00
Caesar Salad organic romaine lettuce palena's way    9.00
Rabbit Porchetta boneless saddle stuffed with spring greens and herbs ~ with fennel remoulade, pickled ramps, cherrymostarda, balsamic dressed greens    17.00
Burrata Di Puglia wood oven roasted cauliflower marinate andbalsamico    15.00
Salad Of Wood Oven Roasted Artichokes with our pancetta, calabrian chilies and aioli    14.00
California King Salmonand Lancaster County Pea Salad arugula, pink grapefruit, pumpernickel croutons    18.00


Torchietti with our cotecchino sausage, baby swiss chard and shaved reggiano cheese    16.00
Faretto spelt flour pasta with ramps, peas, mintand shiitake mushrooms    16.00
Mezze Rigatone Al Ragú fennel scented rabbit ragu, shaved reggiano cheese    17.00


Tomato And Mozzarella     13.00
Tomato And Mozzarella add salami or pepperoni    14.00
Anchovy oven-dried tomatoes, capers, chilies and reggiano    14.00
Vongole manila clams, chilis, parsley    14.00
Bianco calabrian chilis, wood roasted onions, smoked mozzarella and an organic hen egg    14.00
Artichoke, Vidalia, Fontina con salcicce    14.00

Between Two Slices

Fried Pipe Dreams Organic Duck Egg Cheeseburger mushroom condiment, pickles    14.00
The Palena Cheeseburger pickles, chips    13.00
Crispy Open Faced Soft Shell Crab Sandwich tartar sauce, spring onion and lemon, served with coleslaw and chips    14.00


Shoestring Fries     7.00
House Made Pork & Veal Sausage     3.00
House Madebacon     3.00
Basket Of House Baked Breads with lightly salted whipped butter    2.00

Cafe Sweets $10

Uptowner 2.0 frozen dark chocolate torte, cocoa nib marshmallow, popcorn parfait, milk chocolate bavarian, caramelized crispy rice  
Cherry Pie vanilla ice cream, candied almonds poached cherries  
Sheepsmilk Ricotta Cheesecake Bavarian strawberry sorbet, balsamic reduction strawberries and basil, black pepper shortbread  
Lemon Thyme Posset blueberry sorbet, blueberry compote, cornmeal sable  
Baseball Stadium Sundae caramel popcorn ice cream, milk chocolate ice cream, peanut butter caramel sauce, salted peanuts, caramel corn  
Cookies, Nougat And Caramel Plate   
Pineapple Basil Merinuge Glacee pineapple basil sorbet, toasted coconut dacquoise, roasted pienapple, coconut-white chocolate ganache, basil  

Dining Room Menu

Greencastle Spring Salad baby romaine, shaved radish and umbrian truffle, burata di puglia  
Chilled Northern Neck Peasoup our lightly smoked salmon, soft cooked egg and a marcona almond froth  
Pennsylvania Rabbit, En Porchetta boneless saddle stuffed with herbs and chard.fennel remoulade, mustard fruits, pickled rhubarb and balsamico  

Dining Room Menu

Wood Oven Roasted California King Salmon And Lancaster County Pea Salad with pink grapefruit and pumpernickel croutons  
Eastern Shore Soft Shell Crab Fritto spring onions, wax beans, sugar snaps, lemon and radish remoulade  
Faretto spelt flour pasta with sugar snaps, mint,peasand shiitakemushrooms  

Dining Room Menu

Nova Scotia Halibut with rosemary and lime. chioggia beets, english peas, baby carrots  
Wood Grilled Muscovy Duck Breast air chilled with special spices. with early summer vegetables, pea purée, and a sauce of local cherries  
Brodetto american red snapperand louisiana white shrimp. with baby bok choyand glazed fennel  


Strawberries And Cream steve's strawberries, whipped vanilla ganache, strawberry sorbet, shortcake bits  
Passion Fruit White Chocolate Ganache valrhona dulcey namelaka, caramelized rice crispices, exotic caramel sauce, lime sherbet  
Vanilla Polenta Custard blueberry sorbet, buttermilk sherbet, blueberry compote, cornmeal sable, northern neck blueberries  
Pineapple Basil Meringue Glacee pineapple basil sorbet, toasted coconut dacquoise, roasted pineapple, basil  
Dark Chocolate Torte whipped manjari ganache, salted caramel sauce, caramelia namelaka, buttermilk soorbet  
Strawberry And Rhubarb Sorbets roasted beet cake, pipe dreams goat cheese cookies, candied rhubarb, strawberries  


3529 Connecticut Ave NW
At 29th St NW
(202) 537-9250
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