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Palena vs. Central

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It was a hard decision, but in the end I made my reservation for Palena instead of Central. Do you think I made the right choice!?

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Palena
3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

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  1. Two very different experiences (I assume you mean the back room at Palena since the Cafe doesn't take reservations.) Personally, if you are looking for a more formal meal, good service, and great food, you made the right choice. I've never had a disappointing (or even a minor glitch) meal at Palena.

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    Palena
    3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

    1. Palena is a much more relaxing experience. I also think the food is fresher and more seasonal. I like Central, but it's often really frenetic there. Also, the food can be heavy.

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      Palena
      3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

      1. They are both very different restaurants with incredibly different food and vibes. That said---I think you can't go wrong with either, so clearly you made the right choice :)

        1. Both are great restaurants. I've loved most everything I have had at Central (their lobster burger is to die for). But Palena is superior, to me. Chef Ruta is one gifted dude.

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          Palena
          3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008