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Charlie Palmer Steak - DC
Charlie Palmer Steak - DC

Charlie Palmer Steak - DC Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.charliepalmer.com
  • Phone: (202) 547-8100
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
    Dinner: Tuesday - Friday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm.
    Closed Sunday & Monday in July & August
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Jeffery Russell
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Charlie Palmer Steak moves the political power meetings out of the back room and into private dining spaces, sleek enclaves of dark wood where gathering around the table gets things done in the best possible way. A rooftop terrace, which can accommodate 400 guests, possesses the city's most impressive view of the Capitol.
  • Special Events & Promotions: We offer free corkage on domestic wines everyday, Friday imported wines are also free of corkage.



    Join us for cocktails on our newly opened patio!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Louisiana and First Streets
  • Public Transit: Two Blocks From Union Station Metro, Amtrak, and VRE
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Private lot & street parking also available.
A word from Charlie Palmer Steak - DC
Located in the United Brotherhood of Carpenters headquarters off the wide, open expanse of the National Mall, Charlie Palmer Steak is dedicated to another fine master craft: big, bold American food. Under the direction of Executive Chef Jeffery Russell, the menu stars the best American artisan beef cuts like an aged Angus Rib-eye "Cowboy" steak as well as updated seafood classics such as the Iced Shellfish Platter of lobster, shrimp, king crab, and oysters. Underscoring the patriotic menu, Palmer's innovative wine cube—which appears to be floating on water—features 3,500 bottles of exclusively American wine and over 600 selections.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSteak
Diner Reviews
  • "Dined at CP for Restaurant Week. Great menu - the pasta to start was like a gourmet chicken noodle soup, the branzino for the main was perfectly cooked and the skin was crispy and amazing, and I love the fact that the chef used celery leaves as an ingredient in the dish, not just as garnish. The plum cobbler was a great end to the meal. Our server was nice and had good knowledge and recommendations, but the gentleman that greeted us who I assume was the sommelier was pompous and arrogant. I understand that it's Charlie Palmer, but especially in DC, you never know whom you're serving. It's insulting to assume that your guests know next to nothing about wine and food, and should never be expressed in your manner or attitude."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Overpriced and veeeeeeery mediocre food. Dry pork chops, tasteless dessert. The best part was the ambiance and the free chocolates at the end."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We visited for restaurant week and, in comparison to such outings elsewhere, the value, quality, and service were outstanding. The chilled corn soup and hangar steak with risotto were both outstanding and worth trying again next time."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Had a wonderful night with my gifriend here. We got a tour of the rooftop, what a great view! Also got a tour of the kitchen from the chef. An absolutely exceptional meal!!!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "The food was good, but not excellent. After reading the reviews I guess my expectations were too high. You would get a much better dinner - and less expensive at Ruth Chris or Morton's. The service was excellent, this restaurant was just not worth the price in my opinion"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "I visited during restaurant week and Charlie Palmer's again proved why they are one of the best. The chef's offerings still included steak in the prix-fixe menu. From the handmade pasta appetizer to luscious chocolate mousse everything was prefect."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "I always enjoy Charlie Palmer, and the food is always delicious, and the service is excellent as well."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "I've been to CP at least 5 other times and my latest experience sadly might be my last. Shortly after being seated the waiter forgot about us and we couldn't actually order for 45! - we had to tell the water guy and then a general floor manager before we finally got service. The food was good but not to the degree it had been in the past. I found it all very ordinary very was not why I choose the place. I'm overall disappointed with the experience which is same because it was my go-to steak house."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Once again, very pleased with the food and the service. Selected from the Restaurant Week menu and totally satisfied."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Extensive wine list, knowledgeable server, small portions, but tender cuts of steak."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "This place is one of my favorites in DC. Every time I come, I try to have dinner here at least once. The location is near the US Capitol and with the right table you have a great view of the Capitol dome. The service is excellent--good attendtion, but not overbearing. The food is outstanding. My favorite is the Cowboy Rib Bye--they have excellent starters and sides. I usually try to leave room for dessert. They have an excellent wine list, but you can also BYOB--which is unusual for such a fine restaurant. Do yourself a favor and stop by some time."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "The food was excellent. We ordered the bone in steaks and they came out perfect. Our problem was that we ordered wine, however, we didn't receive the wine for 20 minutes into our meal. We actually had the manager bring us the wine. The staff was friendly, but someone dropped the ball. Had they gotten the wine part right, I would have given them an outstanding."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Waiter claimed to understand celiac (no wheat) issue, but I had to send back my appetizer (didnt know the soft-boiled egg in it would be deep-fried), and the entrée (steak had bread crumbs scattered on top). Brought a dessert menu but had no idea which items might be gluten free. Just bad service."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "This was supposed to be one of the Premiere steak houses in DC, in the shadow of the Capitol, where movers and shakers cut deals over a big steak. The steak was indeed good, but the rest of the experience left much to be desired. The manager, Todd, had a big stain on his tie, and was missing the top button of his suit jacket. The service was only so-so. My sister styles herself as a creamed spinach expert, and says it was the worst she has ever had. It wasn't really even creamed, just sauteed. The pureed Yukon Gold potatoes were very smooth and creamy, and the desserts were excellent, but for what I paid, I would just as soon have gone to a Ruth's Chris or Morton's."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "For the prices charged I would have expected steak that was the quality of a high end steakhouse. Not the case. Filet mignon was so fatty I had to send it back for a steak. Noise level was extremely loud. For the same money you would be much better off at R.C. steakhouse."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Charlie Palmer's has stepped up it's game and highly recommended ; had a perfect steak -- much better than last experience there -- well done!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Surprise for our son and such a surprise. Outstanding all around and so pleased that the manager came for a chat. Palmer's is a must if in DC. Will stop next time in town."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "As a relatively recent NYC transplant to DC, I was hoping that this would come close to the experience one has in the great steakhouses of NYC. It just doesn't measure up - steak was well seared and nice and medium rare inside, but was more or less room temperature when it arrived. I understand one has to let it rest, but I don't recall ever having a steak served that way. The side of asparagus was definitely not good - tree trunk sized asparagus that had no flavor - the mustard sauce they came in was watery and tasteless. I know Charlie Palmer is going to open a place in Manhattan soon, but he better have a better game plan than this."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Outstanding food, ambiance and service! Always consistent and delicious. You can actually have intimate conversations without interruptions or noise from other tables. One of my absolute favorites in DC!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Charlie Palmers is expensive, but you get every cent that you pay for. Fantastic seafood and steak and sides. Being able to bring your own American wine for free is a fantastic plus and a great way to offset the bill."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The service and food was great. I took my best female friend for her birthday and we will be back."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "The food was abosolutely out of this world. Loved the menu choices. Presentation was awesome. Had to take photos. Everything was prepared to perefection. Great selection of breads. Deserts were to die for. I would recommend this place to anybody."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Went to this restaurant with high expectations and ended up with surprisingly mixed results. The most disappointing part was the steak - the filet mignon was far from tender. It had a lot of grizzle and was quite chewy - not at all what I would expect from an expensive steakhouse. The sides that we ordered - asparagus and mushrooms were excellent. The Béarnaise sauce was very good. But the steak was a real disappointment. Plus, the steak was overcooked the first time (had to send it back) and was undercooked the second time. Service was a mixed bag as well. At first it was very good. When the steak was not properly cooked, they immediately offered to replace it. But, when the new one came out no one came to check on us for quite a while."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We were visiting DC from Los Angeles and wanted to try this recommended steakhouse with views of the capital. We were very disappointed. We have been to way better steakhouses with way better good and service. Food was average and the service was horrible. They couldn't even get our second round of drinks out (just a soda and. Glass of wine) during our meal... Why would it take so long to serve such simple drinks?! Would not return and would not recommend. The other reviews that mentioned these issues were on point. No wonder the restaurant was half empty on a Friday night! Definitely not worth the high prices, which we wouldn't mind paying had it been worth it!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "This is my favorite restaurant near the Capitol so we went there on my birthday. We sat at a wonderful window table. Everything was wonderful."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I made this reservation for my parents' to enjoy their 50th anniversary. They thoroughly enjoyed the service, the food and entire experience. Thanks for making my parents feel special."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "My friends and I chose from the price-fixed menu, which is a great bargain. We really enjoyed the selection and the quality of food. Everything was prepared to perfection and melted in our mouths. The service was a little slow and we had to wave for the waitress' attention a few times, but overall it was a good experience. As a side note, it was lunchtime when we went the world cup was playing in an area in or near the kitchen. Everytime the teams scored a goal we'd hear loud cheers coming from the kitchen, which made it a whole lot of fun."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "This incredible steakhouse on the mall was a perfect choice for our anniversary. The halibut and filet were amazing and the dessert was perfection. The wine list is a nice mix of fancy bottles and solid mid price choices. The restaurant is a cool mix of quiet, romantic coves and a vibrant bar scene. No mTter where you eat, the food is fantastic and the service is incredible. Our waiter, Bobby, was a professional. Our glasses stayed full, his recommendations were spot on, and our dinner was perfectly paced. This place is worth the price."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Food, wine and service is always impeccable. Would recommend to anyone looking for a high quality food experience."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "wait staff were incredibly helpful getting us in - out (we were working on rushed schedule)"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Charlie Palmer's is definitely a place to be seen in the middle of a week when Congress is in session. The reservation was for 8 pm. We sat down about 750, ordered wine for the table and a few people ordered salads. The wine came immediately but the salads took about an hour to be served. The entrees, which were excellent,eventually arrived at 945 pm, nearly two hours after we sat down. People at our table were joking that the chefs must have gone on strike. Anyhow, the food was great but the service was very slow. One of the assistant managers did apologize, which was nice."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Charlie Palmer was recommended to us and we were quite excited to go there for a work dinner where I had invited a potential fundraiser and our CEO. His steak was chewy, her salmon was overdone. The fries were way too salty. Service was haphazard (lots of different waiters) and not ver unfriendly, but not very friendly either. The restaurant is pricey and certainly too expensive for the food they serve. My suggestion is that they spend less time making the plates and more actually cooking quality food. I will not ever dine there again, let alone take guests and business associated there."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "This was my third time at Charlie Palmers and it remains without a doubt the best restaurant experience I've had to date. The service is unparalleled, the food is perfection, the wine list is diverse and extensive. Everyone is friendly, knowledgable and professional. Yes, it is quite pricey, but you get what you pay for, and in this case, you're paying for the best."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Had an amazing dinner here. The appetizers were very creative and executed to perfection. The NY Strip was so flavorful and cooked perfectly. Cant wait to come back and try it again. Hands down the best Steak House in DC!"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "There is nothing special about this restaurant other than its location. I've eaten in fine restaurants all over the world. I've eaten in many of the highly regarded places in DC. CP isn't remotely close to any of them. The food wasn't bad, but steaks at Ryan's Family Steakhouses aren't bad either. Not worth the money. Don't go. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Majestic view, perfectly charred steak, huge salads. Portions are sizable enough to share. Loved the hangar steak, which I don't find often in American steakhouses. A great meal for a great evening."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We went to celebrate my son's college graduation. Having eaten at other Palmer restaurants, we were expecting a great experience. We found the several poor reviews on Open Table to be accurate and the five star reviews to be mystifying. Appetizers; tuna tartare flavorless. Steaks: filet mignonette orderededium by two diners/ so rare they had to be sent back. Ribeye full of gristle . This is unacceptable at a so called steakhouse. Also, they then have the gall to charge for any sauce. The service was slow. The final blow was when we asked fro a tax, they directed us to a waiting car. The driver charged us double the regular fee. Only one positive- they let you bring your own wine- a small consolation for an overly expensive bad dinner."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The inimitable Marcello Mastroianni was known to have strayed from the embrace of Sophia Loren. It happens. Though I rarely seek any restaurant other than Italian, fortunately I tried Charlie Palmer Steak. Maybe they just try harder. The more notable steak places were booked solid. Charlie filled my requested time, I was running late and arrived without a chance to change attire--no problem. They did not hide me in a corner, I had a table overlooking the adjacent Capitol lawn. Great ambience. Staff could not be more pleasant or accommodative. The Bibb lettuce and endive salad superb. Steak, sides and steak sauce were among the best I've had. Chef's dessert irresistible. If you're going to have a dalliance, have it with Charlie."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Pros: $0 corkage fee for American wine, outstanding steaks Cons: Salads were awful - all of the lettuce was wilted, noisy (we were seated by a group that had kids), service wasn't what we expected I'll admit that the plan was to go there for the steaks and the ability to bring in our own bottle of wine, both of which worked out great. The service staff, when prompted, was good. We were disappointed that neither the waiter nor the busboy seemed concerned when they cleared our almost full salad plates away. They also forgot to check us in, so Open Table thought we didn't honor our reservation, which was another thing that made it not as good of an experience as it could have been."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Went here to celebrate the 65th anniversary of my in-laws. Everyone at Charlie Palmers knocked it out of the park for us! From the great table in the window, to the special appetizer from the chef, through the attentive service of our waiter Rodriguez and the sommelier and the constant, but unobtrusive fine service of all who cleared dishes and brought out more plates and refilled water---it was all exceptional. We tried five different main courses, three sides and four desserts. And ate it all--delish! They made a special artful dessert for the happy couple. The big finish was an unexpected visit to the rooftop with manager Mike and a spectacular Capitol view. THANK YOU! For a special event or simply spectacular food and service- DINE HERE"
    Dined on 5/10/2014