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About Charlie Palmer Steak - DC
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.
Washington, DC 20001
Steakhouse, Seafood, American
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.
Louisiana and First Streets
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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.
Private lot & street parking also available.
Two Blocks From Union Station Metro, Amtrak, and VRE
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
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We offer free corkage on domestic wines everyday, Friday imported wines are also free of corkage.
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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.
Charlie Palmer Steak - DC Ratings and Reviews
This was about my 10th time here and probably one of the best. Food was almost perfect and service was outstanding as usual. Waiter Bobby was just fantastic. We had a small issue with a group that had brought a toddler and sat somewhat close by. It's just not a place for kids under say 14. Not CP's fault. The free corkage on American wine is a great great thing, don't ever change that. I brought a 2001 Pine Ridge Stag's Leap District Cabernet that paired superbly with my filet. Wife had an interesting salmon dish that she loved, and the two desserts we had were superb. Thanks again CP, you never disappoint.
Our waiter was attentive and personable. He sold us on a huge 60-day aged steak for two, which he said 'you could cut with a butter knife'. What we received was a tough, chewy piece of meat, maybe half the size we were expecting. When I showed him the effort it was taking to cut this meat with a steak knife, he told us it was because we had ordered it 'medium', so of course it would be tough. He then proceeded to give a whole teaching on the scientific aspects of meat and heat, etc. Having eaten many steaks in many establishments, and cooked many steaks ourselves, we do certainly understand how a 'medium' steak should be. We have had many outstanding steaks for a whole lot less money. We have also dry-aged our own beef, and I have a hard time believing that this meat had been aged for 60 days. The most disappointing was the decision of the waiter to educate us simpleton 'medium' people on the finer aspects of steak, rather than showing any concern. We should have taken warning when we saw the place was pretty empty. Would advise to avoid this one.
Exceptional 6-course tasting menu on New Year's Eve. Every course was truly excellent, as were the wine pairings. Highlights for us were the uni-crusted Icelandic cod and the Japanese A5 Wagyu courses. The service was warm and very well intentioned. Unfortunately, we felt quite rushed (the first four courses all arrived within the first hour of being seated, with each course typically arriving less than a minute after the previous course was cleared). While the precision was impressive, this should not be the pace for a tasting menu on New Year's Eve. After we pointed this out to the staff they were excellent in slowing down the pace of the final two courses. Overall, despite being rushed for the first half of the meal it was a very enjoyable experience.
Our server wasn't very nice. My father asked for a description of a dish and the server didn't seem very sure of how to describe it and she seemed annoyed my dad asked, maybe because the description of the dish was on the menu, but I thought she was a bit rude. She took a very long time to come and drop the check and it was late on a weeknight, so I didn't really appreciate that. I think for the price, service should be polite.
Usually dinner is very good - but lunch was not. the service was slow and the waiter disappeared. It took forever to get a response. Additionally, I think the chefs put truffle oil or something in the burger meat - I have had this happen a couple of times before at other establishments. I wish you all would notify people before hand before seasoning meat with something or provide options to have it with or without.
We arrived at 7:20 and or food was served at 8:45. We selected a Malbec wine and they were out of all 3'on the menu. My steak was raw instead of MR and my husbands was MR instead of Medium. The asprugus was tough and stringy. We complained and the floor manage apologized. We have eaten at CP many times but never will again!
Ok for a decent steak in a noisy space with inexperienced wait staff—if you like your steak served with an ice cold steak sauce in a silver ramekin. Duck breast was tough and dry, accompanied by large ribbons of carrot—served ice cold, a combination that does not work! Waiter described amuse bouche in a mumble of words he did not understand, and neither did we. Questions were met with blank stares and a quick retreat to the kitchen. First and last visit. Perhaps it was just an OFF night?
Took my fiance for our last date night before we get married (four more days!). House gave us each a complimentary glass of bubbly for the occasion. Service was excellent.
We shared an enormous steak, which was delicious, but the twice-baked potato stole the show. If you go, order that. Period. It's the single best food I've ever eaten.
On our last evening in Washington before heading home to South Africa, we had an incredible meal at Charlie Palmer. From the moment we were received by the Hostess we had a wonderful experience.
The food was of excellent quality, well prepared and beautifully presented. The service was efficient and attentive and the wine list extensive and well structured.
The desert was heavenly. We will surely recommend Charlie Palmer!
The four of us who dined here were all quite disappointed with our experience.
The food - the steak we had was cooked three different temperatures throughout the cut, the lobster bisque should have been called lobster broth, and the appetizers (Tuna Tartare and Burrata) were nothing special.
The service - Since two of us were having complete meals, while the other two were doing appetizers, it was decided that they'd have one appetizer for starter, and the other for entree so they could eat along with us. The server obviously didn't hear that because both of their appetizers were delivered with our soup. Then, when the rest of the food was taking an extremely long time to come from the kitchen, the server kept telling us that "it's coming soon." It was only after I openly inquired if I needed to call a manager that our food suddenly appeared. All this time, our friends had their second appetizer get warm because they wanted to wait until our meal arrived.
The value - absolutely none. The obscenely priced wine list was just that; obscene. The food was no better than a chain restaurant steakhouse, and the ambivalent service was off-putting.
At $400 + for our meal (including gratuity), there was virtually nothing redeeming about the experience. I find it both surprising and disappointing that Charlie Palmer is the namesake because I expected more from a "celebrity" chef. I guess I now know why the restaurant was not even 1/2 full at 8 p.m. on a Friday night.
Perfect restaurant to finish off a vacation visit to our Capitol. Got to see The Donald Trump and Kelly Conway in the same day, outstanding! Only downside to our trip was having to be on the same flight from LAX to Ronny Reagan airport with Maxine Waters...no need to say anything else on that matter.
When I visit DC in the future, Charlie Palmers will definitely be on the itinerary. Great food, great service and a window seat to hustle-bustle of downtown DC.
Filet Mignon was cooked perfectly and was accompanied by an amazing Mac and Cheese side plate.
Thank you Charlie!
Service was slow from the start. They brought menus and no wine list. I asked for a wine list...10 minutes later the waiter came back with no wine list. Shrimp cocktail sauce was basically ketchup. My steak was rare and I ordered medium. For the price, much better food and service is expected.
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