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 23, 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
  • Why is it so popular . . .
    kap1
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    Location^3. A quiet and upscale restaurant to take a guest for a celebration. The food is what one would expect: very good flavors, very small portions, very expensive. The service was less attentive than I have experienced at other (similar) restaurants. It is the place to go if one needs to impress a pretentious guest.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing Birthday Celebration
    missylrpVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    We were seated at a window table with the Capitol lit up just beyond our reach or so it seemed. The service is polished, professional and unobtrusive as expected, but we felt they could be a tad less stiff and a little friendlier. The pomegranite martini was simply the best! Fresh, wonderful flavor. We ordered the burrata w/ beets to begin and we were in heaven! So creamy and we could've stopped there and been happy. We both ordered filets cooked med. My husband's was a little on the rare side but mine was perfect and just wonderful! The dessert was a little surprise...they mistakenly wrote "Happy Anniversary." Didn't matter...it was still very good but should've saved room for something chocolate. Loved my Anniversary/Birthday!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for business dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    Good food and wine, spectacular view of the Capitol building and all-in-all quite affordable as business dinners go.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    Great place so close to everything- Highly recommended
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    Worst Service I have had in years. We got water as soon as we sat down and I asked for a wine list. It was 20 minutes before we got a list or anything else. I ordered a NY strip and got a rib eye instead. By that point I was so anxious to leave I didnt bring it up. I ordered a 175 dollar bottle of wine and that service was not suprisingly pretty good. I spoke with 4 different servers but they all seemed confused as to who was supposed to be doing what. My sense is that the problem starts at the top adn that the servers are not trained or supervised as they should be. Servce at Longhorn or Outback is far Superior. I sent in a comment on their website and heard nothing back. I guess I should not have bothered
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Impeccable service; special evening
    DustinVIP
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    I came to Charlie Pamler to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday. It was our first one so I wanted to make it special. I put in my reservation notes that it was an important night. We got an amazing table by the glass wall which looked over to the Captial. They also brought out a beautiful dessert free of charge to the table for his birthday. A wonderful evening we both enjoyed immensely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Solid Choice
    AnCG
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Excellent food in a large, convivial dining room. Given the number of people that were there the night we dined with friends from the city, it's obviously popular with the locals. I'm sure they have their off nights like every other restaurant, but overall it's a very happening place.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and setting wonderful,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Food and setting wonderful, as always. However, very notable change in service. Now bread comes in a basket, need to wave to get servers attention, etc. It is clear they are cutting costs. Gone are the days where they would bring you black napkins if you were wearing black pants (to avoid the horrible lint problem) or they would bring drink refills for the kids without asking.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    SienaItalyVIP
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    The views from this perfectly situated restaurant match the wonderful service (including one of the friendliest sommeliers in DC) and excellent food. This was one of my best dining experiences in DC!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A lunch review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    I chose Charlie Palmer for a business lunch based on the location to my clients office and reputation. It didn't cut it on this visit. 12:30 reservation and it took 10 minutes in line to get to the host and be seated. Service felt rushed for us to order and once we did, the food flew out at a blistering speed. Once the food was dropped, we didn't see anyone until the plates were cleared and we were offered desert. We both had hanger steak and my medium rare was overcooked. The vegetables that were plated with it were bland and mushy. We ordered a side of their brussels with pancetta and again, bland and mushy and void of pancetta. Bread pudding for desert was cold. Had to leave my CC on the table to finally get a check.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, food and view
    Wineaux
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    This "ultimate DC real estate" restaurant caters to the Hill/lobbying community, and most of the menu is priced to the latter. But if you're looking for a class meal, great service, and maybe even somewhere near the Hill with an amazing Capitol View to dazzle guests, there's no place better - and much moreso if you have a small-moderate sized group. They've got two price fixed menus - one with three courses for $25 available to all, and a four course offering with many selections at $35 for a bit larger groups and the potential for a private room (by arrangement), so great food and service are still within reach for most. The extensive US wine collection is worthy as well. Highly recommend for great service and price on small groups.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • off night for service
    BeJay
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    The coordination was way off. Steaks came be previous visits have beenfore starters. We had to request steak knives and the wine we ordered. Things got fixed but, this isn't how previous visits have been.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thank you
    SarahVIP
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    We enjoyed our business evening at Charlie Palmers.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced!
    lovefoodVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    For a place as expensive as Charlie Palmer's, I would have expected much better service and food quality. From the time we walked into the restaurant (or before - no valet service?), the hostess was not personable, the wait staff were somewhat awkward, not in sync with each other, and also not personable (our waiter did not even introduce himself, he just walked up to our table and started telling us about the appetizer special), and the food was not the same quality as the price paid. It is not a bad place, just not worth the high price tag for what you get in return. Some positives - great wine list, good appetizers, and wonderful desserts. Top negative - not the best steak in DC.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service below expectations & price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    With a four $ rating, I expect impeccable service. I felt like I was interrupting our waiter to get him to take our order who was busy talking to the bus boys. And again, after dinner was long over, we didn't see him, so I asked the bus boy for some coffee. The waiter never checked back with us so we had to ask for coffee refills. He did manage to bring our check right away, but when we asked him to split the check between two credit cards he messed it up and over charged me and had to do run them both through again. $$$$ restaurants should make your business conversations run smoothly. They should anticipate simple needs and get it right. Lastly, the ambiance is only so-so. Not very intimate. We were disappointed.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exactly as I remembered...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    This was my second time to dine here and it was exactly as I remembered. As you can see, our dining experience was excellent. The steaks on the menu are large but they offered a smaller size which was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 5 Stars
    CdrWiley
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    The service, food, and ambiance were all outstanding. They allow you to bring your own wine with no corkage fee which was a huge plus. It was one of the best dining experiences I’ve ever had. If you would like to spend the money, I would definitely recommend visiting CPDC when dining in the Nation’s Capital.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charlie Palmer Steaks Still Tops
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    This venue is still top of my list. The steaks were cooked to perfection. The sides were fresh and did not appear to be café style fair. The wait staff and manager was really attentive and saw to our every need. My thanks to all for making this a most excellent Valentine's Day evening. I recommend this venue anyone looking for classy, good food place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NOT UP TO CHARLIE PALMER STANDARDS
    TomKVIP
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    We live in New Jersey and have been to Charlie Palmer's Aureole restaurant in NYC three times in the last year - all excellent experiences. So when we visited Washington DC for a night, we picked out this restaurant based on that. What a disappointment. While the service was fine, the food was quite mediocre all the way around. For a premier steakhouse with this pedigree, the meal as not as good as a Longhorn Steakhouse, I am so sad to say. My advise - skip this Charlie Palmer location when in DC.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unusual Location
    Happifeet2
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    The food and service we're outstanding. It just seemed like the actual location was more suited to corporate/daytime visitors than evening guests. The surrounding streets we're almost desolate at 8pm on a Sat night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Steak
    Michiko
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Good food but lacked the wow quality for the price.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bad Night!! Bad Chef!
    Msliz3000VIP
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    The fish was not cooked in the center. I then spat out the uncooked fish placing it back onto the plate. Mr Brown then got the attention of our garçon and advised him of meal to be cooked properly. The meal was taken away. The meal returned how it was taken away even with the piece of fish I spat out onto the plate cooked and placed before me to eat. I returned it immediately. I dine at Charlie Palmers all the time. I was appalled by what the Chef had done. I had a lost for an appetite. This was my man's celebration gathering and he was so concern that I didn't eat.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, scenic view, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Absolutely perfect!
    McHargmk
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    My fiancé and I chose this restaurant off open table for a fancy night out and it was wonderful - we had the place to ourselves at 530, had an amazing meal, and great service. They were also very knowledgeable and sensitive to eating gluten free. We highly recommend it for those special occasions!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best steak I ever had!
    kimo
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    The steak was amazing. And I've had a lot of steak. The filet was juicy, but bursting with flavor as well. Love the window seats next to the capital - beautiful at night. Also, the no corkage fee on American wines rule makes this place almost affordable for special occasions! What a great idea.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • charlie palmer
    joel
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    we went for dc restaurant week and they gave us good portions and a few really good choices (steak and trout). both were excellent as was the beet salad and pork tenderloin appetizer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Experience
    Luvgoodfood
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    My friends and I decided to try Charlie Palmer during resturant week. What a delight! The food was nicely prepared. Portions were good (even for our hungry husbands). The service was outstanding. It was a great experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week
    DCAMichaelVIP
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    The only down side was four of us went for Restaurant Week and our server said the steak portion were small and suggested we 'upgrade' to one of their other steaks for a "small upcharge". That upcharge we later found out was around $35 - $40 more per person. While it's subjective, to me, $40 per person ($160 total) was more than a "small" upcharge. Yes, we should have asked prior to ordering so I do take some responsibility here. Other than that, the food was excellent and ambiance can't be beaten, especially if hosting out-of-town colleagues. Great drink menu too.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great restaurant
    smg13
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    This is my second time at Charlie Palmer and I really enjoyed it. I love that they send out little tast dishes compliments of the chef. The bread and butter choices are always intereting as well. No complaints!!!!
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Night, Amazing Steak
    SnazzyDiner
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    We took in restaurant week here. The menu for restaurant week was a little confusing but very pleased to report any confusion in the menu communication was not represented in the amazing dishes. We will be back again wonderful unobtrusive service, amazing culinary delights. We were very pleased with our evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently superior
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Consistently superior service and fare make CHARLIE PALMER an unforgettable experience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth the price.
    PapaRon
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Not your friendly neighborhood pub, but OK for the expense account lobbyists who inhabit rest of building. R/W lunch was good chanced to learn that this is not my cup of tea. Thanks, Charlie, valuable service performed. Comping (at least partially) the $22 parking fee would have been a plus.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    I went for restaurant week which sometimes means trouble. However, the service was amazing, the portions large, the selection great, and the food was delicious. I was very pleased and would definitely recommend it to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week
    SuckerForGreatness
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    The food was delicious! Highly recommended. However, finding the building may be an issue. The front entrance is on Louisiana and First. Will visit again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not impressed, but okay I guess
    MMMMMM
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    Went here fore restaurant week. I decided to order off the pre-set menu and get the rib-eye and so did my friend's date. Her ribeye turned out to be juicier in comparison to mine. Mine was just plain dry and felt like it was sitting there for a while. I decided to send it back and order the chicken off the resturant week menu. The chicken was okay.. very tender which was great, but it lacked flavor. The flavor that it did have was very simple and did not have the nuances of taste that the description promised (I forget the exact dish & garnishes). The upside is that the atmosphere is pretty nice for small groups, I could see date night at this restaurant but it wouldn't be my first choice for a date.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Flawless
    DeliciousVIP
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    I have been eating at CP Steak for years now and every experience has never been short of flawless. The food is impeccable, service flawless, and ambiance perfect. I have dined at CP steak for lunch, dinner, and special occasions and it still ranks 1st on my list of top restaurants in DC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    My experience at Charlie Palmer's is always great. Starting with the tasty gift from the chef, to the dessert. The service was superb. The view of the Capitol is priceless at night. I enjoy taking out of town friends for the magnificent view.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was excellent as always.
    Johnny
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    Food was excellent as always. The maitre d' does an exceptional job making guests feel welcome. Service was a bit slow, but worth the wait.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week Gem
    Courtney
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    The risotto was AMAZING. Wait, the only problem was there wasn't enough of it! Let me go back for a moment. The ambiance was nice. Lots of people enjoying lunch that work in the area. Even more people trying out the restaurant based on the set menu for Restaurant Week. Their menu for RW was much better than most restaurants. And it didn't disappoint. The risotto... YES! The sirloin was perfection. The chicken breast was moist. The roasted beet salad and parsnip soup. I definitely recommend this restaurant with or without RW. Just do it. I'll most definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sucky Service
    dcluv2dineVIP
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    This being restaurant week and you showcase your service and food, this was bad. The waiter never returned to table after servicing us our water and drinks. Another servicer help us, when the food arrived one dish was cold had to send back and the other two meal were room temperature.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just fair
    FelipeNPaganiVIP
    Dined on 1/14/2014
    Maybe it was because of the restaurant week but, although friendly, service was really slow. Appetizers were good and the complimentary soup delicious, but after waiting for almost 30 minutes between the starter and the main course, the latter was served cold. When it comes to desserts, the cheesecake is good, but nothing outstanding. The chocolate pudding was one of the less exciting desserts that I´ve ever tried. Overall, good for restaurant week, but I would not pay $60 for an entree there in a regular night.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate