Charlie Palmer Steak - DC

4.5
3212 Reviews
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
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 Zach Long, the menu not only stars the best American artisan beef cuts like an aged Angus Rib-eye "Cowboy" Steak but updated locally sourced seafood dishes, 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 for private events, offering the city’s most impressive view of the Capitol.

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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
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vipLasgiddie
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always on point... Love the food, service and ambiance.

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CCP2
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the pre fixe lunch special for $29 which included an appetizer and entrée. I ordered the Cesar salad and the burger with cheddar cheese and an order of chimichurri sauce on the side. My burger temperature was a TRUE medium (it was cooked closer on the medium rare side). The burger was amazing (moist, juicy, and tender). The side of chimichurri sauce took it to the next level.

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vipMarieR
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pandemic New Year's Eve dinner at Charlie Palmer was perfect. Low key, delicious food and great service. We had the NYE fixed menu and everything was great. Scallops were perfectly seared, truffle risotto amazing, steak perfect med rare and delicious.

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DavidB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

While my seating in the restaurant can't be blamed on anyone the extremely slow service can be. For this to be a high price restaurant the attention to detail was lacking. Any meals close to $500 should be a dining experience and this was far from that fact.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Charlie Palmer does not disappoint. I treated myself to a New Year’s dinner and it was superb. The food. The drinks. The customer service. Superb!

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DanielS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Visited Charlie Palmer's last night and had some issues that turned what could have been a great meal into an average one. It started with our appetizers, we ordered a salad to share, the tuna tartare, and an french onion soup. All 3 were brought at the same time for our table of 2, which was not ideal. The soup had no flavor and the salad had a lot of brown lettuce. They waitress was very helpful and took away the soup and brought a new salad. We had the dry aged Porterhouse for our entree, it was good, but not as good as I'd expect for a $130 steak. The onion rings were delicious. When it came time to pay the check, they told us there was a problem with the credit card machine, it took almost 30 minutes to get it mostly sorted out, and they still had to write down my credit card info and process it later. Not an ideal situation.

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ToddA
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I would say it was marginal at best. Steak was great, as were the cocktails. I’d only go back if someone else offered to take me for a free meal.

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vipWonduH
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The very warm welcome from the hostess/host made us feel at home!! Excellent service provided by Tom (our server). Overall, me & my family were very happy with treatment we received from staff and the food was great too. Thank you !!

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vipJohn
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience2

First, the food at CP is excellent. We were happy with everything that we ordered. It is not cheap, but you pay for the full experience. This is where Charlie Palmer’s falls completely flat. This was our experience:

I’ve eaten at CP numerous times over the past 20 years. Both personally and on business functions. Service has always been…fine, but the food more than makes up for it. I’ve never had an experience like we had on 12/23/21. It started off fine. Ordered drinks, including a bottle of wine. We had a party of 5 - 2 adults, two teenagers and one ten year old. Here are the highlights: wine took 20 minutes to come to our table; we had to use our bread plates for the appetizers (which were already dirty from the rolls and butter); after the initial pour of wine, I personally poured all additional glasses; no one got any refills on drinks, we saw our server three times the entire experience; we ordered 4 entrees for the middle of the table and did not get individual plates (had to ask twice); asked for an additional order of rolls and they never came; and to top things off, the table next to our left started playing their own music on their phone for them to listen to, at top volume. We spoke to two servers about this. None approached the table to ask them to stop. They said a manager had to be the one to talk to them. It was like we were in an episode of the twilight zone. If you go to CP for the food. Great. If you go for the experience, I’d suggest going somewhere else. Personally, I won’t be going back anytime soon for personal or professional dining. I expect more from this caliber of restaurant.

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vipChristinaR
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you SO MUCH for a beautiful evening with my family. We enjoyed every minute here. The service was amazing and the view is the best in DC!

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vipLawrence
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The food was very average. The steak on the lunch steak salad was tough/not tender. At an establishment like Charlie Palmer’s, the steak options should be the best options! Ambiance is very nice and easy to converse. After the meal, I had to travel across the dining room to request the check. For many eating lunch, there is a limited window to do so thus having an attentive/intuitive staff is very important.

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vipITWW
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The my waiter was outstanding and food was excellent as usual.

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JeffD
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They did an amazing job! Set us up a private dinner when the restaurant was purchased for the night. Made our family feel special. Thank you to all the staff and management!

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AlvinS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Had a real enjoyable evening. The waiter was attentive and made great selections.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a wonderful time here celebrating our three year anniversary here. The staff was so lovely to us and it was phenomenal service. We were greeted with champagne and at the end of our dinner, a dessert on the house with a beautiful inscription on the plate reading “happy anniversary!” They were kind enough to to take pictures of us with the beautiful view of the Capitol. We felt so special and ate so well. The food was incredible and exceeded our already high expectations. We are excited to come back! Thank you so much to the entire staff at Charlie Palmer!

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DerrickB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Perfectly done steaks! Wonderful accompaniments, nice atmosphere for a business dinner.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There is no better restaurant in town for a business meal.

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vipCeee
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Ahi Tuna Tartare tasted amazing. Oysters were fresh, and the steak salad was a nice portion. Service was superb.

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DemonP
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Service was a bit iffy. We ordered Brussel sprouts and never got them. My son ordered penne pasta with red sauce but we got macaroni noodles with butter sauce.

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SwedeClark
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall3food1service2ambience5

The waiter completely confused what we ordered. The food came out in different spacing for the three of us. The sides were completely cold and actually terrible.

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vipjcjc
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite, go to places in DC. Food is fabulous and customer service is consistently good.

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vipSteveK
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience4

Great location, no parking.
The food at this place has been very low quality and tasteless. Microwave processed

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent vibe and great food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I were visiting from New York Thanksgiving weekend which also fell on our anniversary. Being from out of town, this place was perfect for a date night. It’s extremely cozy inside, the ambiance is good, tasty food and the service is impeccable. They kept giving us complimentary food which was so nice! Since the restaurant was so quiet the night before Thanksgiving, our waiter graciously invited us up to visit their rooftop which provided amazing panoramic views of The Capital and the city. It was an experience we will never forget!

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Birthday
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have lived in the DMV for nearly 18 years and have never heard of this phenomenal place. It was my husband's birthday and I asked a friend for a recommendation, and she didn't even blink before she said Charlie Palmer's. Let me say that we have visited some nice steakhouse's in the area, and NONE have compared to our experience here. From the service, the food, drinks, everything was amazing. I would not change a thing about our night, my husband had a wonderful birthday evening, and all was well. OH! And the twice baked potato with truffles!!! WOW, just WOW!
If you have never been, please go. If you have been, then you already should have your reservations to go back!! We sure will.

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vipHalloweenOwl
Fort Lauderdale
71 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a window seat with the view of the capital. Service was excellent and our meal delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food, at a time where both have been compromised due to the pandemic, were great! I had the halibut and my partner, the hanger steak. We both enjoyed our meals and, though I'm no steakhouse buff, I certainly will go back.

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SamanthaB
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I had really high expectations and maybe that was my downfall. Everything was good: nothing was sent back and service was fast, but nothing wowed me. I was disappointed about that. Some people dined in t-shirts and jeans, others in suits and dresses. I expected a more refined experience, and was let down.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Mediocre. Feels like a hotel dining room not a steak house. My bone in rib-eye was not good. Gristle. Lacks ambiance

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GregoryE
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambience. Charlie Palmers never disappoints.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the raw oysters

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Highly recommend the creme brulee.. it's so good and I will have it over and over again.

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Nina
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was a little bit salty and the NY steak slightly tough. But the service was great!

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vipMaureenF
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charlie Palmer is our go to, whether for a business lunch, an outing with friends or for an event. We know that we will always encounter a beautiful space, terrific food and beverages and attentive, careful service. GM Michael Irving does an outstanding job of ensuring the highest standards when it comes to hospitality. We could not love this wonderful spot more!

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New2DC
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience3

For place known for steaks, my steak was poor. First not cooked to medium rare. But more so lack of flavor.

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KyGuy
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Long time Charlie Palmer fan (cookbooks, Healdsburg, Mauritson winery) and the chance to dine here on the night prior to the USA vs New Zealand rugby match was an opportunity not to be missed. Staff were outstanding, menu options varied and delish. Would definitely recommend and will definitely visit again when travels take us to DC. A Charlie Palmer restaurant experience is uniformly outstanding.

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WendyS
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience5

We rarely go to restaurants; "saving" them for special visits. We have in the past 4 months truly enjoyed the Charlie Palmer experience 3 times. This 4th visit was a disappointment. The filet was delicious. Everything else was oversalted. We were never asked how our meal was progressing, if one of us would like 2nd glass of wine. We truly could have over looked the food, if we had not felt invisible.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

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SAC53
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a beautiful place to celebrate our 34th Wedding Anniversary! The food and our server was excellent!

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JohnC
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The resturant had a pleasant atmosphere but was poor value. My steak was excellent but my wife’s similar steak was under cooked. The manager apologised and offered free deserts and coffee

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Charlie Palmer Steak - DC is rated 4.5 stars by 3212 OpenTable diners.

Charlie Palmer Steak - DC does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.charliepalmer.com/gift-cards/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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