Charlie Palmer Steak - DC

4.5
2889 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Steakhouse
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Charlie Palmer Steak Washington DC, located in the United Brotherhood of Carpenters building, is dedicated to another fine master craft: bold American food. Under the direction of Executive Chef Mike Ellis, the menu not only stars the best American artisan beef cuts like an aged Angus Rib-eye "Cowboy" Steak but updated locally sourced seafood combinations, like Chesapeake Bay Oysters and Soft Shell Crab Fritto Misto.

Much more than a steakhouse, the timelessly stylish restaurant moves the political power meetings out of the back room and into private dining spaces, sleek enclaves of dark wood. Located off the wide, open expanse of the National Mall, Charlie Palmer’s Steak’s rooftop terrace can accommodate 400 guests, offering the city’s most impressive view of the Capitol.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Steakhouse, Seafood, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday- Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Bar: Monday- Friday: 2:30pm - 5:30pm
Dinner: Monday- Friday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm.
Closed Sunday
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Phone number
(202) 547-8100
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Michael Ellis
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Louisiana and First Streets
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Parking details
Private lot & street parking also available.
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Public transit
Two Blocks From Union Station Metro, Amtrak, and VRE
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Special events & promotions
We offer free corkage on domestic wines everyday, Friday imported wines are also free of corkage.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Frequently cited as Capitol Hill's best private event space, Charlie Palmer Steak's private dining rooms can accommodate events ranging from 10 to 70 guests for a seated dinner or 20 to 160 guests for a cocktail reception. Exclusive use of the main dining room can accommodate events of up to 200.

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Mon - Fri 8:00PM - 10:00PM
Sat 5:00PM - 7:00PM 8:00PM - 10:00PM

Reviews from verified diners
2,889 reviews
4.5 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
70%
Very Good
16%
Good
9%
Fair
3%
Poor
1%
4.5
food
4.3
service
4.6
ambience
4.0
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 7 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We truly enjoyed our evening!

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent and good ambiance.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Service was very poor ..Waiter even acknowledged forgetting about our table, we didn’t expect this from such a good restaurant.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was so amazing. By far exceeded high expectations. Danny and Lewis really know exactly how to make their clientele feel special throughout the entire visit! We will be back.

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San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and all the flavors were awesome

Would go back again!

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New Mexico
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great bar service. Lamar the bar keep was hospitable and knowledgable. The bar menu is varied and many items were delicious. A must "go to" for both business and tourists.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, we were so well taken care of - outstanding food, service, wine & ambiance. We felt special and cared for - what more could you ask for. Intimate and sweet.

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DH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

As with so many high end steak houses, the beef lacked in-depth flavor. The gnocchi were gluey and heavy. Too much added sugar in the breads, butter and even the mignonette for the oysters. It wasn't crowded, but the noise was still a roar. We won't be back.

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Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

The food was amazing, but I hate to say this - the service was subpar. Our waiter was not professional at all; some of the comments that were made were rude and not to mention he was clearly ready to be out of there; he tried to redeem himself at the end but the mood was sort of ruined by then. The manager walked by but did not ask how everything was going, otherwise I would have said something. I’ve been to several steakhouses in DC and this one by far had the worse service. We did run into another waiter as we were walking out and he was far more pleasant so we chalked it up as our bad luck to be stuck with our guy.

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Frankfurt Area
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Needs valet service. The service and food are excellent. They are flexible with food ir dietary requirements. Will go again

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RC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great, great food. The cowboy ribeye was spectacular. Nephew got the Wagu and had rave reviews (also high on the foie gras). MATTHEW was the best at suggestions, attentive, good pacing. AND Matthew offered, and we took him up, on rooftop views of Capitol/DC, after our meal. Way to go!

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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I’ll begin by saying that I believe five star ratings should be reserved for very few, and that the four star rating is to indicate a great restaurant experience. Charlie Parker has excellent steak as expected. Cuts and prep were without flaw. You will get the doneness you ask for. The filet is outstanding, cutting like butter. Potatoes au gratin reminded me of my mother’s. Broccoli rabe with chili pepper flakes and wasabi however was intolerably hot, even though I can tolerate quite a bit of heat. The surroundings are quite nice, right next to the Capital with a view from the wall of windows of nearby green parks. The service is very attentive without being intrusive. The room is attractive and feels like a place for a power lunch on the Hill. A non traditional baked Alaska did not live up to the original, but spheres of raspberry sorbet were delicious. I’d go with the assorted ice creams and sorbet for dessert.

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Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My husband loved this restaurant. They made him feel special on his birthday.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our waiter David P. provided excellent service which increased our enjoyment of the evening. The cocktails were excellent and the food was very good. The only draw back was the quality of the steak was not as tender as it should have been with dried aged beef. Dessert was terrific.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Appetizer (tuna tartare) and dessert (peanut butter something) were incredible. The New York strip steak was underwhelming. Go for the ribeye...

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Baltimore
31 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Don’t come here unless you’re prepared to spend a pretty penny. But otherwise it was the best meal I’ve ever had and truly could not be happier. We had the charcuterie plate, a filet, a cut of Wagyu, broccoli rabe, and mashed potatoes. Super flavorful and perfectly cooked.

Fun tip: you can bring your own wine!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, very good service, excellent ambiance.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience was superb! We had great food and service. We made reservations for our 4th anniversary while we were in town from Dallas, TX! The experience did not disappoint.

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DO
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I've been to Charlie Palmer's Steakhouse for lunch several times, but never for dinner (for one reason or other). As usual, the food was excellent and the service superb (attentive but not intrusive--always a hard balance to strike). The wine list was, to say the least, extensive and the sommelier handy with excellent suggestions. Many of the wines were expensive, so be prepared. But there were some reasonable choices on the lower end that worked fine with the steak my companions ordered (and enjoyed--cooked perfectly) and even with my swordfish (I know; fish in a steak place. . . I'm just contrary sometimes). Expensive, so save it for special occasions rather than casual dining, but a treat nonetheless.

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PH
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Waiter service and food were outstanding as were the wine recommendations

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GD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another amazing experience at Charlie Palmer Steak DC! From the ambiance (new decor is gorgeous) to the attentive and friendly service, this is a wonderful place to celebrate a special occasion, business-related meal or just a fun evening with friends. The menu is the most creative of all the DC steak houses, really enjoyed Chef Mike Ellis’s new stuffed zucchini blossom appetizer! Steaks are always perfect, tried the Japanese A5 which is like butter. Hats off to General Manager Michael Irving, who runs a classy operation with his charming personal touch!

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LO
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I say it was an excellent lunch in and it's it worth for a second chance

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JB
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

We visited the restaurant for my husbands birthday and the service was very poor. I truly believe if the service was better the first time experience would have been a night to remember. We had a party of 10 and one of the guest in my party didnt receive his meal until the other 9 people finished eating. When his dish finally came out, it was free because it was so late. Not what I expected.

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New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner!

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Jacksonville
19 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service. Always checking on our needs but never interfering with discussions. The food was delicious and sides good to share. They are very accommodating with splitting an entree as well. Great location neat Capitol. Definitely a place for a date night or friends special outing or an amazing dinner with your special someone

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SA
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charlie Palmer's is a very convenient spot for lunch or early dinner business meetings. Our servicer was out of this world - knew when to address us and when not to. He was a very kind and soft spoke server whom I greatly enjoyed. The food is always excellent.

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Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the food although it was quite noisy so it was difficult to have a conversation. My steak was fabulous and my husband enjoyed the scallops very much. Will love to go again when we are in DC.

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Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food. Chef Michael is at the top of his game

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Houston
24 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service.

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Hawaii
32 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is beautiful! Very trendy and at the same time very comfortable. Most steak houses are dark and a bit claustrophobic, but this restaurant is open, warm lighting and quite energetic. The service was impeccable, but not stuffy! The servers are friendly, knowledgeable about the menu and offered great suggestions. The grilled Spanish octopus was awesome. The Hamachi appetizer was a bit odd for us. Somehow, we couldn’t appreciate the taste of the fresh fish with strawberries. We liked that they had 1/2 size entrees and the rib eye steak was great. For dessert, we shared the assorted sorbets and custards. This was a perfect dessert for a hot, humid day and light enough after a heavy meal.

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GW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I really enjoyed ourselves. The service was great. The food was excellent. We will definitely come back.

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r
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time great experience. Steak was great.

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BF
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating a graduation...they brought a complementary champagne toast and a dessert for the graduate...very nice evening.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a great date night. Daniel was attentive but not intrusive. Everyone worked together seamlessly to deliver a delicious experience. Ordered the 42 oz 29 day aged ribeye and next want to try the filet. See you all soon. Thanks. Maria

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Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I've had at a DC steakhouse in quite sometime. Outstanding food and service. Keep up the good work!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great location, great food, service was a little off that night. We got forgotten a little bit and didn’t feel like we got a “fine dining experience” (my gf used to be a server). Either way I’d go back for sure.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Steak was marginal. Asked for semi charred. Looked steamed when served.

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MG
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As the only non-steak eater in our party, I ordered the swordfish on the recommendation of the server. It was a great looking portion with excellent garlic & lemon risotto and morels. Unfortunately the swordfish was a bit overcooked but good nonetheless. I did mention this to the hostess upon leaving the restaurant and she promised to let the kitchen know. The steak eaters in our group were very pleased with their choices.

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WT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

This was not a good experience. We compared to Ruth Chris and Charlie Palmer failed. Green beans hard, steak unflavored

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HR
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The ambiance was terrific. Once you enter you know you are in a special restaurant. The service was spectacular-very attentive. The meals were served timely and all at once the way it is supposed to be served. The only suggestion I would make is that they need to have a bit more wines in the moderate price range.

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