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  • American (New), French, Italian
  • 3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC20008 38.936567 -77.059093
  • (At 29th St NW)
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  • (202) 537-9250
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Cafe Dinner

Mon-Sat: 5:30pm-10pm.

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

Available Tue-Fri.

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


Cafe Brunch

Sat: 11am-2:30pm

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
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

Tues-Sat: 5:30-10pm. Tastes Of The Season: Early Summer 2013. Three Courses Plus Dessert $80.


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   


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   


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   
Optional Course Of Selected Artisanal Cheeses $12 Supplemental.


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