Carlyle Club

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American
Resembling the elegance, glamour and modernity of the past, the Carlyle Club invites you to enjoy dinner with live music.

A red carpet entrance welcomes you to our 1930’s New York style supper club designed in grand Art Deco style. A truly unique and unforgettable experience. Offering the perfect environment for a romantic date, ladies night, birthday celebration or wedding reception.
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4.0based on all time ratings
3.7
food
3.7
service
4.3
ambience
3.4
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Manny
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Not great. Went for Valentine’s Day. Thought the entertainment would be Jazz but it was acoustic guitar and not Jazz. The lady was not good. Kept talking instead of entertaining and made many mistakes. Unprofessional. Not sure why y’all keep inviting her back every Valentine’s Day. The server was inexperienced and raw. Food took too long to rotate around even thought we came on time. The decor is noticeably fake or cheap. The only thing decent was the food. But that is just decent. Drinks sucked as well. Very over priced for the occasion. Got to do better.

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WaselA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience5

We had a very incompetent server. I almost left without paying. The wait time for each service was too long .

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KristaM
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2016
Overall1food1service1ambience4

When we arrived we were greeted by a nice girl and taken to our seats. The ambiance was lovely. Then our waiter asked what we would like to drink and what appetizer...we ordered, then our waiter asked if we would like our appetizer and drinks to come together or one before the other (huh?), we said it didn't matter whatever he thought...our appetizers and drinks arrived together and both were great. THEN, an hour and 15 minutes later our main dishes came out. The steak was very bad quality; about a 1/4 inch thick, chewy, and really fatty. The crab cakes were not cooked all the way and did not have big chunks of crab. It was more like chewy crabby biscuits, yuk! Our side item was mashed red potatoes and they were just horrible...maybe made the night before and served cold. 1/2 way through our main dish we ordered another drink, and the drinks finally arrived after desert...very disappointing. Also, our waiter never cleared our dirty dishes between courses and not once asked if anything tasted okay. When we asked the girl serving the food to us to please clear the dirty dishes she snapped 'I WILL, give me a minute!'. It was such a bad experience. We will not be back.

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JohnS
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2016
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Overall our experience at the Carlyle Club was very good. The food was excellent, we were seated in a timely fashion and our food came out quickly and was well prepared. The band was playing some very nice jazz music and the noise level wasn't too high. Overall a great place for a romantic dinner with a special someone. The only complaint was with the server. While very nice he was quite forgetful, I never received a refill of my water glass even though I asked twice and served desert without silverware so we had to stare at it a while before we could eat it.

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MK1920
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an excellent meal and enjoyed live music. Very much like an old nightclub experience. Nothing like it in the DC area. Will definitely come back.

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alexgirl
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time at this restaurant and absolutely love it. Service was very friendly and food was great. Having live music was an added bonus. We ordered the filet and the lamb – both were cooked as ordered and both very tasty. The lobster bisque is to die for.

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4happydiners
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2014
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Dinner was yummy but the highlight was the live music. We all enjoyed our dinners, crab cakes and lobster bisque. A perfect ending was the key lime pie!! We had a very nice gentleman playing piano, taking requests and very receptive to playing all kinds of music. Enjoying live music while we ate was really fun!! We will be back!!

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LinnyB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2014
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Beautiful supper club, top notch musical entertainment, for adults, jazz trios, bands w/singers, fabulous food...best lobster bisque ever, beautiful bar. valentines day had 2 seatings. We were late seating at 8:45. Curtain on stage closed and canned music on ..spoke to couple next table who had earlier seating...said they felt rushed and no time to dance to trio but twice after dinner because trio quit...they didn't want their food to get cold so waited to dance. Then they left. The trio didn't come back until nearly 9pm . We danced twice between courses. 10pm the trio quit, began to pack up! We clapped until they decided to play 1 more. 20 couples got up and danced. Fri evening Valentines Day celebration ended at 10:30pm!

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vipVIPDiner
Washington DC
64 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a great Valentine celebration! Good food, good service, romantic setting, and a really good band!

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vipCarolyn
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is outstanding, and I simply cannot say enough about the bartender. She is superb. Every cocktail I have had from her (this is my third visit) has been consistently amazing. Also, there is always live music and it is a great atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2014
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Nice music (jazz) set....food OK...people and service positive

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vipbrooket
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2013
Overall2food2service1ambience3

I thought with a "Thursday Night Date Night w/ Jazz" would be a fun & relaxing way to celebrate a birthday. Unfortunately I was wrong. There were just the two of us in our party & there were probably no more than a dozen tables booked for the evening. When we arrived there was no hostess to greet us, had to go to the bar to get the attention of the bartender to seat us (3 patrons in the bar). Once we were seated they rushed to have us place our order & when my entree came there was no follow up by the wait staff. I had to go to the bar 20 min later & ask for my Delmonico steak to be returned to the kitchen as it was over cooked (table next to us had to send their lamb chops back for the same reason). Finally, were rushed to pay the check.

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rambo5980
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2013
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Went on Valentines day when they had a jazz group on stage. It was a great time, definitely worth going to.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2013
Overall3food4service4ambience3

We sat close to the stage where a jazz band played. A few couples danced and it was a nice atmosphere. Downside is the tables were too close so we couldn't really have a private conversation, and the table itself was too small so there was very little room on the table for our plates. I don't remember what we ate, but do recall the food was good and prices were reasonable for Valentines Day.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2013
Overall5food3service4ambience5

valentine day was very romantic, great music, waiter staff was very good. we were able to get a booth, best seat in the house

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2013
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Perfect noise level with jazz trio not too loud for talking during dinner, but perfect for entertainment and dancing. The filet mignon was delicious! Skirt steak in the Taste of Havana was not very good. We wished they had a wider menu with more vegetable side dish options, but I would go back to get that filet!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2013
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Would have been perfect except the waiter was absent most of the time and no way to locate him.

Entertainment was very enjoyable!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2013
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We went to Carlyle Club during Alexandria restaurant week so I have no comparison to other nights. But the service was great and the love jazz band added a wonderful vibe. The food was very good, standard fare, nothing incredibly out of the ordinary. I had the lobster bisque with field mignon and cheesecake for dessert. The steak was cooked more rare than medium rare but overall was a great cut of meet. The cheesecake was very tasty and included a strawberry sauce. Overall it was a very enjoyable evening and I'd definitely recommend for a special occasion or nice dinner out.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2013
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Husband and I had a really nice night at Carlyle Club's restaurant week. Food was good - nothing great, but good. Wine list was small, but had some unique bottles. They were out of several we tried to order, though (on a Friday; hopefully they got a shipment on Saturday morning for the balance of the weekend). Service was incredibly slow, but very courteous. In looking around, it seemed like there fore 4 waiters for the entire restaurant, so that combined with us not being in a rush, kept us relaxed and happy.

The pianist was quite lovely - a really nice way to have an evening out with some light entertainment. Could be fun with a band, although not sure I need to eat here again.

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Toni
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2013
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Very nice venue however.. For the price of the food it lacks greatly. Nothing special about the dishes I would not go back solely to dine perhaps just for a show and I have been a few times now.

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GoG0
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2013
Overall4food4service3ambience4

My fillet mignon was cooked a perfect rare and was excellent. My friend's salmon was just o.k. The lobster bisque was outstanding. Service was very slow and not quite up to the standard I would expect.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2013
Overall3food5service1ambience3

I made a dinner reservation at the Carrlyle Club to celebrate my husband's 52nd Birthday. Needless to say, when we arrived, there was no one at the front desk, so we had to wait about 5 minutes until a young lady arrived at the desk with a plate in hand. Once we were shown to our seats the service and dinner experience was nice. Before exiting the resturant, I wanted to have a picture taken with my husband and I with my cell phone. Of course, the same young lady was no where to be found. I took a chance, and knocked on the coat room door, only to have another young lady and the front desk girl (sitting on the floor with another plate eating). My only complaint is the unprofessionalism of the front house staff. Other then that, nice plac

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KristaM
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2013
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant never disappoints! The food is GREAT! I love the music and vibe of the place. It is an older more sophisticated crowd, but we always have a really nice evening when dining here.

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louis
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2013
Overall2food1service3ambience5

We had a reservation for 7 PM (an early seating.No one was at the reservation desk. We, along with another party waited 5 minutes until someone finally escorted us to a table. We immediately were served bread, butter and water."Great start",I thought, as many restaurants wait too long to bring anything to the table!But it was an allusion! The receptionist placed us at a table next to a large group, who, unfortunately was also our waiter. This is management issues, as the waiter couldn't handle both parties. Our food was average.I ordered salmon w/extra sauce & my companion had crabcakes. Hers was fine, mine was cold.The veggies were unequally sauteed ( some cooked properly, some not).All in all, not a good experience & would NOT return!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2013
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Last time we were here, there was an amazing jazz band. This time, we had a pianist. No matter what the entertainment for the night, this is a great place, with great food, and will offer you hours of time to enjoy with your co-diners.

Give yourself time to enjoy the show, and the meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2013
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Food was great for resturant week and the portions was plenty. The staff was professional and kind. I recommend this resturant for people that is looking to take out their friends or significant other for a romantic evening or to celebrate a special occasions. The jazz music playing in the background is uplifting. The pianist Brenda definitley put me to sleep. But I heard from others that jazz night is great! Classy, upscale, clean....I rate this resturant a 10+ on service.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2012
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am new to Alexandria and overheard some strangers talking about this 1930's supper club with dinner and dancing. Having a love for Frank Sinatra and MadMen I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the red carpet and full art deco venue! The entire experience was charming with tasty food and talented muscians. I can't wait to see their 2013 show calender!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2012
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The Carlyle Club has it all: unforgettable design, amazing cuisine, and fabulous service. Plus you can walk from King Street Metro or park in the garage for only $5. Try their filet mignon, you won't regret it!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2012
Overall5food4service5ambience5

There has been some buzz about the Carlyle Club so we decided to give it a try. My wife and I went to the Luther Vandross Christmas Show and were quite impressed. We enjoyed the lambchops and all the holiday decorations. It was romantic, fun and unique. I recommend it for any date night or evening out.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2012
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Carlyle Club is absolutely amazing! My husband and I have been several times and we love the intimate setting and art deco ambiance. They bring in a wide variety of music from jazz to r&b and the dinner menu is delicious. I highly recommend the crab cakes! If you are looking for a fun date night or need a venue to celebrate a birthday or wedding go here!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2012
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Worst dinner experience in my life! I had to return 3 times my plate because it was cooked incorrectly. My wife had to return her margarita two times because it was terrible. I asked for a little lemon juice and I got lemon liqueur!!! The manager did not handle very well the situation. At the end if this nightmare, I gave my credit card to the waiter, I just wanted to leave this place. They were taking to long and when I asked what was happening, they brought again the check!!! I told the manager I had already handed it to the waiter. They assured I didn't do it!!!! After half an hour of dealing with this incompetent people, miraculously the card appeared somewhere on the floor where the waiter had never gone through! Terrible place!

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JerriG
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2012
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our group of four enjoyed a prix fixe menu during Restaurant Week featuring a delicious salad of greens, apples, walnuts with raspberry vinaigrette, choice of entree - filet mignon, salmon, butternut squash ravioli or others - cheesecake, summer berries or warm brownie/ice cream desserts all accompanied by the delightful music of The Satin Doll Trio. A lovely evening!

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vipGerri
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2012
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date night, great food, wonderful ambiance,fantastic wait staff, highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2012
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Carlyle Club is a restaurant that feels like it has pasted it's prime in the kitchen. My Taste of Havana steak was ordered to be medium but came out very rare. My friend ordered the same and it was also rare. My husbands prime rib was cooked to order and tasted pretty good. My friend's husband's prime rib tasted like meatloaf and was over salted. Each course had an issue. My husband's wine order was wrong for the first course, our meat was not good for our main course, and we didn't have flatwear when our dessert was served. Our waiter handled all of the errors very well, but it wasn't a smooth service. The live jazz music was nice and is the only reason I think the dinner wasn't a total waste. Been there, done that, probably won't again.

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OpenTable Diner
Mobile
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2012
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I truly enjoyed myself. Thank you so much to the staff for the wonderful service and thank you for having the live entertainment to sing Happy Birthday to me. It made my birthday that much more special. Thank you. :)

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2012
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Valentines Day Dinner/Jazz. Service was good. Okay food.

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CITA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2012
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went for valentine's day with me,my husband,my siter and her husband. We had an awesome time. Very romantic place to dine. The ambiance was great and the servie was outstanding. Even though it was valentine's day I felt like it was all about us and we not pressured to hurry up because they wanted to seat the next patron. It was also not overbooked. Moderate crowd.I also loved the band. Jazz mostly played which we enjoyed

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2012
Overall3food1service3ambience3

Nice entertainment but I would not go there for the food.

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Kevin
Seattle
42 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2012
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We had a wonderful time at Carlyle Club, a wonderful throwback establishment with incredible attention to detail all throughout. The bar was fun and cool, the music entertaining, the food excellent, the prices reasonble, the service friendly. My wife felt like we were on a throw-back movies set. We went on V-day and they had a special deal, were ready for business. Go there and fill those tables!!!

JC
JeffC
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2012
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very intimate dining experience in a speak-easy style establishment. The jazz trio added a delicate flavor to the elegantly subdued atmosphere.

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