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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.

101 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
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.
Closed Sunday

Cross Street:
Louisiana and First Streets

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 547-8100

Website:
http://www.charliepalmer.com/charlie-palmer-steak-dc/

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.

Parking Details:
Private lot & street parking also available.

Public Transit:
Two Blocks From Union Station Metro, Amtrak, and VRE

Executive Chef:
Michael Ellis

Additional:
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

Special Events & Promotions:
We offer free corkage on domestic wines everyday, Friday imported wines are also free of corkage.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Join us for a romantic prix fixe, starting with White Stone Oysters and ending w a rich Chocolate Truffle Terrine and optional wine pairings. With new plush furniture and a stunning art collection, Charlie Palmer Steak DC is the perfect place to celebrate with your love. $125 PP, $175 W Wine Pairing

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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.

Charlie Palmer Steak - DC Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

service

4.2

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4.5

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

What a great meal! Everything was fantastic service what a great evening!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Good experience

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 (Dallas)·Dined 4 days ago

Charlie Palmer's consistently delivers a great meal with a fantastic view of the Nation's Capital. The food here is top notch and the service is spot on. This was my 5th visit here and I am a bigger fan than I was the time before. Keep doing it right!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View
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·Dined 4 days ago

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Quality steaks, attentive staff, Bill Kristol at a nearby table. Captital!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

I have eaten here many times and it as totally underwhelmed. The food was not up to par, and the service was awful. I understand Congress was not in session but wow. Terrible.

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·Dined on December 23, 2017

What a great find! My husband and I decided to try Charlie Palmer Strak for our 6th wedding anniversary and loved it! The place was beautiful and quiet. Food was amazing and the service was perfect! Great for a romantic dinner.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 20, 2017

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.

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 17, 2017

This was a great place for a romantic birthday dinner. They gave us complimentary champagne, and were very attentive the entire time. Great view of the Capital. Waitstaff was very knowledgable. Definitely recommend.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fun
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Always a consistently good meal. Service is top notch

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Always a good experience!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 11, 2017

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.

Thanks,
Bryan

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Everything was prepared perfectly and the service was on point. A great treat for a special occasion!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Amazing service. Great food menu and very accommodating for special occasions and events.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Disabled Access, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Romantic, Business Meals
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great Steak and awesome wine list . A must for the steak lover in the DC area

Tags: Notable Wine List, Hot Spot
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

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!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Food was off the chart We had the tuna crudos as well as the porterhouse house and salmon. And got a visit from chef Josh. Awesome night

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Thanksgiving

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Excellent service. Terrific food.

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on November 23, 2017

If only we had gone in with lower expectations. Dinner was good, not great. We're visiting from out of town and wanted a special Thanksgiving. It was s miss. I'm often in DC, NY and LV but see no need to return to this chain.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

The only complaint they need gluten free bread. Otherwise good food, excellent service.

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·Dined on November 14, 2017

The steak was one of the best I’ve ever had. Excellent service, as well.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Slow service but otherwise good

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Executive Chef Mike Ellis treated us like celebrities! The service was excellent and the food was beyond delicious!

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·Dined on November 7, 2017

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?

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 4, 2017

A fun place with great food!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Not the best steakhouse in the area, but one of the top 5. Steaks were both a little under the temp requested, but not too bad. Lobster bisque lacked flavor, but other sides were great.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

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!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Spectacular

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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 27, 2017

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

The food was delicious; I especially loved the asparagus side dish. The restaurant is a convenient five-minute walk from the capitol. Tourists who enjoy a good (great!) steak will definitely like this place.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

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!
Go Trump!!!

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·Dined on October 26, 2017

Had the Eastern Halibut for lunch as did my guest, halibut portion size and cut were completely different. No chance these portions were even within 3oz of each other. Fail on Palmers kitchen

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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on October 26, 2017

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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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Our sommelier gave excellent wine recommendations!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Scenic View
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Great service and food always. Charlie Palmers Steak is the best

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Great food

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