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gregb Feb 4, 2011 09:41 AM

I'm hearing and reading some different things about the dress code. Can anyone clarify?

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Palena
3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

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    dinwiddie RE: gregb Feb 5, 2011 02:19 PM

    I've been in a suit and in jeans and a nice shirt, nobody said anything. That said, I'd say that it is better to go a little dressed up if you are planning on being in the dining room.

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      dinersaurus RE: gregb Feb 8, 2011 07:31 AM

      I was just there the other night and I saw people in jeans, suits, and everything in between - in both the bar and the dining room. Personally, I wouldn't wear jeans to the dining room unless they're a little dressy and paired with a sportcoat. I went with nice slacks, a button down shirt, and sweater, which, looking around the room, seemed to be the primary choice for my male 30-something cohort. In the bar, just don't look like a slob; but, they will still serve you even if you do.

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        ktmoomau RE: dinersaurus Feb 8, 2011 11:37 AM

        Agreed with above.

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          gregb RE: dinersaurus Feb 9, 2011 05:47 AM

          That's what I went with and felt very comfortable. On a side note, and probably a more important one, we had a fantastic meal that's comparable with some of the better meals I've had in the area. The pasta course blew me away!

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            ktmoomau RE: gregb Feb 11, 2011 04:37 PM

            So glad!!!

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          Indy 67 RE: gregb Feb 12, 2011 03:52 AM

          FYI, tomorrow's WASHINGTON POST magaine includes a review of the re-done Palena -- both dining room and cafe. Based on the review, if you haven't yet had your meal at the Dining Room, you're in for a fabulous experience. (The review of the cafe is fractionally less wonderful.)

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          Palena
          3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

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            dinersaurus RE: Indy 67 Feb 14, 2011 08:59 AM

            I hadn't been to Palena in quite some time but I used to go there frequently - especially to the bar - before moving from DC a couple of years ago. I'm happy to say it was as good as I remember. Of all the places I've been in DC, I crave Palena (along with Obelisk) the most of all - more than Komi, CityZen, Citronelle, and others of that ilk. Palena manages to produce such well executed food without seeming too fussy. If you want an experience, then a Komi makes sense; but anymore, I just want to eat and enjoy straightforward food without the tricks. Palena delivers in that sense.

            The only knock I have is that the decor seems so spartan now, especially in the bar. The old bar was so cozy and attractive. The new bar has all the cheer of a medical clinic.

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            3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

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          2. Pool Boy RE: gregb Feb 15, 2011 05:13 AM

            I've gone dressy (jacket, even jacket & tie) and pretty casual (really great Hawaiian shirt, nice pants and sandals) -- it's all good.

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              gregb RE: Pool Boy Feb 15, 2011 12:59 PM

              Your Hawaiian shirts are legendary on here!

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                dinwiddie RE: gregb Feb 17, 2011 12:28 PM

                I've seen many of Pool Boy's shirts. Sometimes you need sunglasses.

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                ktmoomau RE: Pool Boy Feb 15, 2011 01:39 PM

                Last time I think we both ended up wearing oxtail stew :) It seemed to be appreciated well.

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