Charlie Palmer Steak - DC
Charlie Palmer Steak - DC

Charlie Palmer Steak - DC

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.charliepalmer.com/
  • Phone: 2025478100
  • 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: Seafood, American, Steakhouse
  • 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: 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.
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Charlie Palmer Steak - DC reviews from OpenTable diners
124 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
77% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (81)notable wine list (52)fit for foodies (42)scenic view (41)romantic (39)great for lunch (29)good for groups (28)neighborhood gem (14)hot spot (12)vibrant bar scene (10)great for outdoor dining (7)great for brunch (6)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Special Occassion Dinner
    Iansladiessocial
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    It was a special occassion dinner. Service was top notch, food was delicious and it was an enjoyable birthday celebration!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrific for birthday dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We were seated right on time and received exceptional service throughout. The restaurant got my private note about the birthday and gifted the celebrant with a beautiful dessert we chose. The wine list is filled with ones I don't know but the waiter recommended an excellent choice in my price range. Of course our steaks were excellent. Waiter also warned us that the sides are family sized so we ordered accordingly. An excellent evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was terrible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    After being seated by an outgoing and competent fellow, the table service for the balance of the evening was virtually non-existent - 25 minute wait for a second cocktail after flagging down a passing waiter who had difficulty with English ( no one bothered to check back with us ). After dinner was served we never saw any wait staff again until it was time for them to leave the bill - at which time they were immediately back to pick up the credit card!! We have entertained business guests here many times over the years but this past visit will be our last. Other DC high quality restaurants do a far better job of attentive service.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, mediocre service
    jb1968
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The food was fantastic! Steaks are awesome and prepared to perfection. We had a great time. Service is lackluster for a high end place. Empty glasses, unattentive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Killer
    CountVronskyVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Total package here. Get business done with no worries. Focus on business while Charlie takes care of everything else. Insiders know how important this is.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome dinner - but...
    Patricia
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We had an outstanding dinner at CP's Steakhouse; however, while the service was good, it was not exceptional. Our waiter did not know the answers to the questions we had and had to get the Captain each time. In other fine dining establishments, the Captain typically takes your order rather than the waiter. And, while the waiter did know the wine to get, he was rather aloof and just not up to the standards of fine dining. Additionally, if the restaurant wants to attract a bar crowd, they should put up a dividing wall so that those in the dining room cannot see the TV nor hear the loud music coming from the bar. This was probably our best meal (food wise) in 3 nights in DC...just disappointing service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • fantastic
    RegmrgVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    the best restaurant on the hill easily, and one of the best in dc .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dining on Capitol Hill
    MarkVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Did not disappoint! Food was very tasty and original. Oysters in the half shell were clean and fresh. Steak was so flavorful that the 5 different mustards choices that accompanied it was not necessary! Desserts was up to par with the rest of the meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Summer Dinner
    FoodGuy
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This restaurant has a beautiful interior, and friendly staff. I had four in my party, two meals were delicious, the other two left something to be desired. The New York Strip was fantastic, but the Filet Mignon had a large amount of fat and gristle. One of my guest ordered Halibut, it came out over cooked. My last guest had the Pork Chop, it was delicious. The potato puree was amazing, but the asparagus was limp and un-flavorful.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • awesome lunch
    HarryVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We lunched at the bar, where we chatted amiably with the bartender throughout. He was wonderful, generous with his time and information about the menu and other things. The food was prepared perfectly and served artfully, but so bountiful that it took a couple of days before we could eat again.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    foodietourist
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We chose this restaurant based on the description that it had a great view of the Capitol. Not in the summer time! We were at street level and all the trees blocked any view of anything. Food was good, but not as good as many other steakhouses we have been too. Overall it was a bit of a disappointment.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 30 minute wait for menus
    AnonymousVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We love Charlie Palmer, but while the food was great the service was terrible. The restaurant was empty, and I had to call a server over after 30 minutes. While he was apologetic, I find it unacceptable to wait for 30 minutes for a menu. Someone came over to take our drink order and decant our wine but then nothing until I flagged someone down to come help us. I shouldn't ever get that abysmal level of service at a restaurant - let alone one where the meal costs nearly $100 per person without alcohol. I am not sure we will go back to what was one of our favorite special occasion places.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tony Horn
    TonyVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    In all honesty this was a major disappointment. I ordered the filet mignon and I have never seen so much fat and gristle on a steak from such a reputable establishment. Whether it's lunch or dinner they should no better. They took the easy way out and it cost them a customer. I can't see ever returning.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food disappointed for rest. week
    prich
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Went for restaurant week and was disappointed with the food. Someone should have tasted the beet salad before sending it out - the red beets were barely palatable, tasted like someone dumped an entire jar of salt on them. Others at the table had the same problem with the beets. Ambiance and service amazing as always.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food is the star of the show
    ChefWhoDinesOutVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Skip this one
    Greattaste
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Overpriced and veeeeeeery mediocre food. Dry pork chops, tasteless dessert. The best part was the ambiance and the free chocolates at the end.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant Week Surprise Delight
    Bluemoonz
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • had a great time.
    dcchef
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    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!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not up to expectations
    Lovetodineout
    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
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Simply wonderful
    RobRVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WORM
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I always enjoy Charlie Palmer, and the food is always delicious, and the service is excellent as well.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • something has changed
    uknelijah
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • walk
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Once again, very pleased with the food and the service. Selected from the Restaurant Week menu and totally satisfied.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Upscale Dining
    JoeIII
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Extensive wine list, knowledgeable server, small portions, but tender cuts of steak.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb restaurant
    JbrayVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • RuthsChrisFan
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not celiac friendly
    Crusher
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I expected better
    4HiMarksVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not worth the money
    DojoVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • CP
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Charlie Palmer's has stepped up it's game and highly recommended ; had a perfect steak -- much better than last experience there -- well done!
    Special Features:
    scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Happy Birthday!
    Scoop
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So-so steakhouse
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Charlie Palmer's never disappoints
    MarthaCritiqueVIP
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic DC steakhouse
    Kevinhead
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Luby
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    The service and food was great. I took my best female friend for her birthday and we will be back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • laylaman
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing Steak and Service
    NilesVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Below average.
    Tma1
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best romantic spot near Capitol
    geegee
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebrate!
    Chatterboxx1969VIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.