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
118 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
78% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (78)notable wine list (50)fit for foodies (41)scenic view (37)romantic (37)good for groups (27)great for lunch (27)neighborhood gem (13)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
  • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricey, but worth it
    Sheila
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food is the star
    Happilyfed
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great standard
    JDH1
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Food, wine and service is always impeccable. Would recommend to anyone looking for a high quality food experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    wait staff were incredibly helpful getting us in - out (we were working on rushed schedule)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food but slow service
    dbdcVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    Miek
    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.
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  • Simply The Best
    Ragingmunkyz
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 70 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1929 reviews are from the Charlie Palmer Steak - DC reviews archive.
  • Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing Special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Capitol View
    LadmantVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A big disappointment
    barbara960VIP
    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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sorry, I Strayed!
    MarcelloGastronomi
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charlie Palmer Birthday Dinner
    Keira
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • None Better!
    JKK1
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Inpersonal
    Jorge
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    We felt that the staff were a bit less that warm. My steak was too salty but I must say it was cooked to perfection.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    geegee
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Great food. Love the atmosphere. very elegant and modern. fois gras is the best anywhere!! definitely recommend that if you are a fan. service was a bit slow that night but not too bad. love the lemelson pinot noir...
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Business Dinner Spot
    Business
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Excelleant steak, so-so service. good business dinner location and good for groups.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My new Capitol Hill favorite
    GidgetGoesSeafoodVIP
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Excellent food. Outstanding and informed service. Convenient location to the Hill and surrounding agencies.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but Expected Better
    DisDineVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    I had the Sea Bass with crab risotto, which was great. Hubby had a steak, which he did not enjoy. It was over seasoned and fatty/stringy. While we were seated, we had several people come to our table to ask if we needed help, but it was so unorganized that we wound up getting poor service. Our waiter was too quiet and not very knowledgable (seemed to be a big language barrier). We sat for 25 minutes with dirty dishes in front of us. We were going to order dessert, but were so put off by sitting there, we skipped it. Our table was nice - in the front window facing the Capitol, but it would have been better in the winter when the trees didn't have leaves. For the steep prices, we'd rather go to Capital Grill.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Got embarrassed!
    John
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    I went to the restaurant to thank some very important clients. For the most part, the Manager and staff were attentive. The only problem was when my guest ordered french fries as a side with her meal, it never came. We followed up twice and they said that they were working on it but to no avail. They offered free dessert to compensate but my clients had to go back to work. No discounts were offered.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • SwitzerlandVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Outstanding steaks, and Oscar's service was superb!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Chef on the east coast
    luvmyfoodVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Couldn't rave more about this restaurant. Love the food, great service, and amazing ambiance. The chef is amazing! So innovative in his menu and has never brought out a dish we didn't rant and rave about for months. You HAVE to eat here, you won't regret it.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bravo to Charlie Palmer's
    MarthaCritiqueVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Charlie Palmer's never disappoints! The food, ambience and the entire dining experience from beginning to end is first class! It's the perfect place to bring families and friends for special occasions and just for lunch! It will be a superb experience every time!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Disappointing
    DCDinerVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Been some time since I have dined here. Beautiful space, food was delicious and great desserts. But the coldest and most indifferent welcome from the start to exit. Servers disorganized and long long gaps between courses, some guests served and others we had to wait another 5 to 10 minutes for their dish to be served so as we waited food cooled. Lots of staff chatting with each other and paying no attention to the guests. Won't return to this place again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch Time Favorite
    foodie4lunch
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    I enjoy lunch here every chance I get. The food selection and service is always excellent. The view is pleasant and the restaurant noise is low enough to hold a private conversation without a problem. I have taken a number of people from my office for special occasions and enjoy the fact that when we have a schedule to meet, we are able to get in and out without feeling rushed.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My family goes to Charlie
    Mike
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    My family goes to Charlie Palmer's for special occasions and has never been disappointed. Steaks are the best we've had in town. Love the open atmosphere and moderate noise levels (we could actually have a converstion at a 6 person table).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best for Price Fixe Lunch
    BrianVIP
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    Wonderful team. Food was great. Price was reasonable. Location can't be beat. Awesome experience.
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  • Known for Steaks?
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    With the word "steak" in its name you would think this restuarant would ahve cooking a medium rare Filet down to a science. We had to send ours back twice. They did the right thing in not charging us for it. The server did the wrong thing when he suggested that we could not see how the steak was cooked very well due to the glare coming in from the window. Very strange. This had been our "go to" special event restaurant. We now need to find another.
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  • Hit and Miss
    adadVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    It seems this place provides a widely variable experience. The location is great as was the steak. On the negative side were the sides. Both at our table were just cold (not really the way you'd like to see a multiply baked potato especially). The service was gruff and basically nonexistent - badly deficient timing and attitude. An appetizer was beyond soaked in soy sauce and overwhelmingly salty. When informed upon his asking, the waiter said "Oh," never to check in with us again. The runners were more helpful and informed than those you would expect to provide service. I can see how this place could be great, but sadly it just didn't happen when we were there.
    Special Features:
    Scenic View
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yummy food, too many lobbyists...
    Daisy
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Charlie Palmer is conveniently located at the base of Capitol Hill which unfortunately means it's a magnet for lobbyists lunches and fundraisers in the private room, both of which give it that annoying networking vibe. People are constantly looking around to see who's there, who's arriving, walking over to another table to schmooze. To me, it detracts from what is otherwise a very good restaurant with excellent food, a bright and light decor, and great service that is attentive and deferential without being obsequious. Everyone from the staff who greet you at the door to the servers are efficient, pleasant and discreet. The steak salad is a favourite, substantial without being overly filling, and the crabcakes are especially delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top notch!!
    LKayC
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We took my father-in-law there on Sat to celebrate his 80th bday. Our table looked out to the Capitol and the food and service were terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic Dinner
    Tracey
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    I Loved Charlie Palmer's. The location was incredible with a perfect view of The Capitol! The halibut topped with blue crab meat was divine! Hubby's filet could be eaten with only a fork, tender and delicious. The twice baked potato was outstanding and could easily be split between 2 people. The staff was extremely polite and professional. Perfect night for 2 sightseers from Atlanta! Thank you CP!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    TravisVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    The food at CP is wonderful. We love Cp and have many 20 times. This was the first time the service was poor. We will be back, hopefully with a better experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very upscale, great menu
    DoctorD
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    The food was excellent and the service impeccable. A very elegant setting quite close to the capital building.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Just for Great Steaks
    Dining101VIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Charlie Palmer's in DC has it all - great steaks, seafood,desserts, ambiance and attentive service. One other big reason we ate there was they have one of the best policies in the city for bringing your own wine. Charlie Palmer's gets what customers are looking for in a terrific restaurant. If you only have 1 night in DC and you want a steak - this is the place.
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  • Fantastic Everything
    Brad
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Everything was fantastic. From the minute you arrive the check in, coat check, drink service ambiance, wait staff and the chef are all top shelf. We arrived on time for a reservation and we were seated immediately. The wine list is extensive and well rounded, the food was carefully , well prepared and delicious from bread to dessert and the entire wait staff was on the ball.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Flawless
    DeliciousVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    I frequent CP Steak because I have never been disappointed. This time was no different. I brought in some colleagues for lunch and they had the most fabulous restaurant experience of their life. From the Food to the Service to the Ambiance. It's always a pleasure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • on a snowy Tuesday night dinner
    Bubba
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    on a snowy Tuesday night dinner service was full of suited patrons conducting business dinners over a bottle of wine or a martini. The service was attentive but polite and respectful and clearly used to handling a full restaurant. This was my second trip and I ordered the bone in Rib eye which was cooked to perfection and was delicious to the last bite. The only problem is that my prior trip I ordered the bone in NY strip which was equally fantastic! My dilemma is which to order next time, and there will be a next time very soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Power Lunching on the Hill
    DiningOne
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    Great food (but not cheap!) and very attentive service. A great Washington tradition near the hill. For those important lunches when you want the best. It's got to be Charlie Palmers.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate