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Charlie Palmer Steak - DC

2690 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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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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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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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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Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

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

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

What 2690 People Are Saying
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Lucya (Washington DC)
Dined 2 days ago

I love this place and when seated in the window it’s extra special. The food is beautifully presented and always very good. White tablecloths, white napkins, wonderful service...added touches to dessert makes it very special.

vipGodfather (Washington DC)
Dined 5 days ago

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

Doug (Washington DC)
Dined 5 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.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
Dined 5 days ago

Good experience

MarcfromTexas (Dallas)
Dined 6 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!

OpenTable Diner 
Dined 6 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.

Twoshovels (New England)
Dined on January 9, 2018

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

vipBrandrB (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.

vipSadiM (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.

OpenTable Diner 
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.