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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

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Welcome 2018 in style at Charlie Palmer Steak! With an indulgent six-course tasting menu from Executive Chef Mike Ellis and exquisite wine pairings from Wine Director Nadine Brown, New Year's Eve at Charlie Palmer Steak is a decadent way to start a new year! $95 per person | $145 with wine pairings

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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

4.3

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4.5

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3.9

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Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Business Meals (37)
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Notable Wine List (15)
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Romantic (12)
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Creative Cuisine (10)
Cozy (10)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Good for Groups (7)
Authentic (6)
Paleo Friendly (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Seasonal (5)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Charlie Palmer is one of my favorite restaurants. The food, service and ambience is outstanding. I will be visiting again and again.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 25, 2017

A truly awesome restaurant, fully lives up to its reputation. The steaks are mouth-watering, the service and hospitality were top-shelf indeed as we were attended to by Gustavo who really made our anniversary quite special (thanx Gustavo!) A very special "Thank You" to Tracy, Catering Director, who allowed my Beautiful and I to get an extra-special memento. We will be back. Believe me, Charlie Palmer Steak is not to be missed...Treat youself!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Very disappointing. Friends in from out of town and they really wanted to go to Charlie Palmer. Nothing was particularly special. Brought me the wrong entrée and then took 20+ minutes to bring the correct one. When it came it was definitely not worth the wait. Many other steak houses in DC with better meat, service, ambiance . . .

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Five of the six meals ordered were wrong. Because it was a business meal and time was short we chose not to say anything but we were seriously dissappointed that the steaks werent cooked properly or maybe they were delivered to the wrong person. Two in my party asked for their chicken sandwich to be delivered without bun, but this was ignored. One asked for the addition of avocado and both got this. Three simple requests, meat prepared to order, no bun and add avocado; five disappointed diners. I eat and even organize events here because its close to the hill but will consider other locations in the future.

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Dined for business and was very satisfied with the portion size/price value and great tasting steaks. The bench seating makes it difficult to have a business dinner as fellow customers are seated too closely however the food was fantastic.

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·Dined on September 18, 2017

Our meal was great and the wait staff was absolutely wonderful! They accommodated our group to perfection.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Five of us spent a wonderful evening at Charlie Palmer to celebrate my father's 80th birthday. He was visiting from Australia and thanks to the outstanding service we received from David P. our evening with you was the highlight of his visit. The halibut was amazing (you don't have to be a steak eater to have an incredible meal at CP.) David was extremely knowledgeable about the menu, providing excellent advice. He treated my father with such genuine respect and kindness, I was really touched. Everyone in the group found him professional, attentive and fun. Highly recommend Friday nights at Charlie Palmer. Thanks again.

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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on September 15, 2017

We love a good steakhouse and this was recommended by a friend. We had been traveling all day so was looking for something special yet low-key. Typical of most steakhouses, you pay for a great meal. The steaks we ordered were absolutely delicious but a tad bit on the small side. The mushrooms and cream spinach were nice complements to the meal. They have an extensive wine list but also expensive. I get it, you have guests willing to pay hundreds for a bottle of wine but the least expensive wine on the list was $48. I always appreciate when they have at least a few choices in the $30-$50 range - just my opinion.Very nice atmosphere. Service was courteous and attentive.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Wife and I celebrated our anniversary at this amazing restaurant. Beautiful space, warm ambiance, great wine, Delicious food, and TOP notch service. After taking care of us throughout an amazing meal we were taken to the rooftop to take in the best view of the capital building I have ever seen. Dessert was taken off of the check, and we were given complimentary champagne. Not waiting for next anniversary to come back. Will be back when parents come to town next week..

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·Dined on September 9, 2017

The restaurant was very nice, service was impeccable, drinks, appetizers, deserts were all very good. My wife ordered the Rib Eye, bone in and I ordered the 21 day aged bone in New York Strip. Neither of us was very impressed with the steaks, not the quality of the meat or flavor we expected from this restaurant, nor at a price of basically $50 a steak. My NY strip had a good flavor when I could get through the fat and grizzle, which seemed to make up the majority of the steak.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Marinated. Hanger steak : extremely tough
Potato tart: awful
Lobster Mac and cheese: very salty
Service and ambiance: nice
Moscato: good:
Likely to return/recommend: no

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 1, 2017

My grandson and I ate at Charlie Palmer's on our last evening in D.C. We're steak lovers and wanted a memorable meal to celebrate our visit. The experience was amazing. Our waiter, Gustavo, was charming and attentive. He was respectful of my 12 year old, treating him as he would an adult diner. Our steaks, his rib eye and my fillet, were done perfectly, tender and juicy. The sides were tasty, as well. Portions were large enough for the heartiest appetite. Charlie Palmer's exceeded our expectations, making it an evening we will remember.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 1, 2017

The service was amazing and the food was out of this world. Chef Ellis did a phenomenal job. I recommend the porter house for 2 (oscar)

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 26, 2017

I came here to celebrate my bachelorette dinner and this was by far the best dining experience I ever had in my 33 years of life! The service was excellent and very attentive for my party of 7. Our reservations were for 5:30 and was a real dining experience. We left around 9PM and didn't feel anyone rushing us out of here at all. They were very kind, respectful and even the Chef came out to ask us how our experience was. I got the strawberry Decision cocktail which was delish if you like tequila. The champagne we had was crisp, clean and nice light taste! The salmon poke bite was very tasty and had a good asian flair to it because of the sesame oil. They truly treated us like royalty by starting out with the Shellfish Platter with the freshest seafood I ever had. They oysters had a true clean seafood taste. The meat on the lobster & shrimp was generous and crabmeat was perfection. I ordered my steak (filet mignon) medium rare and was cooked on point and the mac and cheese was sinfully good. The cappuccino was a great finish to my decadent meal and dessert of a peanut butter terrine. I will definitely come back many times over. It is a special occasions kind of place because of the price point but well worth the money! Thank you again for everything!

Tags: Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 19, 2017

The Food was great! However the front desk service is not welcoming or greet a customer. As we enter the restaurant there were 3 people at the receptionist but none of them make eye contact with us or ask if we have a reservation, because they were too busy chatting with another customer. We literally have to grab their attention.
When we left there is not "eye hi , good bye" policy or " thank you and have a wonderful night" etc....
For a big name restaurant like that they need to practice more on the " eye hi, good bye" policy.

Over all food was good and waiter are very attentive.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Food and service was excellent. Only drawback was that wine glasses were dirty. Surprising given the upscale nature of the restaurant. Other than that everything was great.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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·Dined on August 17, 2017

Great..... our favorite restaurant

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 (Indiana)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Manager was kind enough to spend time with us and show us the views of the city from atop the building. A special treat and reflective of this restaurant caring for its customers.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View
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·Dined on August 16, 2017

Chose CP to introduce friends to a lovely restaurant during Restaurant Week. Early dinner reservation. We, a group of four women, were first to be seated at 5:30 PM. I asked for one of 5 or 6 window seats (all empty). Leah (one of the managers) immediately responded that all were reserved. My friends and I were seated next to service work area (credit to servers who used this quietly and with minimal intrusion). Service by wait staff was excellent. Food was ok... pork was tough and portions on small side. At 7:30 pm, two of the window tables were still empty, and the others were filled with all male groups (at one table, three men were seated for over an hour before two other men joined them). At end of evening my friends and I spoke to two managers (male and then Leah) to let them know we were very unhappy about placement. We explained our early arrival, empty restaurant, request for window table for lighting. We expressed our displeasure as there were still empty window tables at 7:30. The male manager listened, apologized for any oversight, but held to practice of reserving these tables for parties of 5+. Later, Leah approached our table to inquire about dinner. We expressed our displeasure to her and her refusal to seat us, given the remaining empty window tables. She could not have been more dis-interested. She, too, repeated the policy of reserving these for parties of 5+ and thanked us for dining at CP's. We left with deep feeling of sense of having been treated as second class citizens. During the evening we saw a second table of two women.... not given a nicer table as male/female couple. Shame on CP. None of us will return to the restaurant.

Tags: Disabled Access
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·Dined on August 16, 2017

Love every aspect of the food and drinks. You definitely need to try their signature cocktails!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Enjoyed the Restaurant week three course lunch. Started with the gazpacho with watermelon sorbet, it was a great summer starter. The short rib main course was outstanding and the chocolate dessert with salted caramel ice cream was a nice end to an enjoyable lunch. They were quite busy for lunch and you need to allow sufficient time for them to prepare your meal.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined on August 15, 2017

Charlie Palmer's is one of those beautiful restaurants I would never be able to eat at any other time than Restaurant Week, making it the perfect place to go for lunch during Restaurant Week! Our food was amazing. If I had paid full price for it, I still would have been happy. The dessert in particular was exceptional. Generous portion sizes and deliciously cooked.

Tags: Business Meals, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 15, 2017

This was my second visit to Charlie Palmer and I was not disappointed. This place is a gem. I'm not a big beef eater but the steak is cooked so perfectly that it melts in your mouth. Excellent!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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·Dined on August 15, 2017

Great variety of options on the menu to satisfy varying tastes. My guest had a pork main dish and I had fish and both were very good. Will go back again to try the steak.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch
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 (Miami)·Dined on August 12, 2017

The food was good, the steak was cooked well . And the mac and five cheese is amazing. The wine selection is very good

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic
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·Dined on August 12, 2017

Good for dinner. The foods is yummy and good looking, the waiter is friendly and knows what you need. Nice!

Tags: Happy Hour, Scenic View
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 12, 2017

We had a very nice steak dinner, but for the price there are better steaks around town. What really made the night special was the exceptional waiter we had that went above and beyond in complimentary extras, attentive service, and an offer to head up to their rooftop property after dinner for one of the best views of the Capitol building and mall that we'd ever seen.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 30, 2017

The menu was not real broad, but very good. The bone - in Ribeye was excellent, especially with the wild mushrooms side dish. The pork chop was thick, cooked just right, and simply fabulous.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Charlie Palmer is on our go to list. The food never disappoints and on this evening we enjoyed one of their special food and wining pairing diners. All 4 of us agreed the meal and pairings were outstanding. Can't say enough about their consistent quality and service. And looking out the window at the US Capitol isn't bad either.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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·Dined on July 28, 2017

I was insanely impressed by the customer service!!! Our steaks were perfect! The only thing I would change is the Mac and cheese, but it isn't a deal breaker by any means. We will definitely be back!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 28, 2017

This place is amazing! I'm not sure where to begin - the ambiance, the food, and the service were all 5 star. Our server was especially attentive and I thought it was a nice touch that the manager George stopped by to assure we were enjoying ourselves - he was very hospitable. With service like this and delicious food, we'll definitely be back!!!!

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·Dined on July 28, 2017

Good steak but utterly lacking in charm or any convincing ambiance. A place for businessmen to meet and discuss deals but awful for an intimate evening.

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·Dined on July 25, 2017

Service was not good. Once seated it was 10 minutes before anyone came to see us and to get us beverages. The same through the 2 hours there. I ordered the bone in ribeye. When it was served no one came to see if it was cooked properly. I was disappointed in the steak, not much flavor and was a little tuff. I wasn't going to leave a tip, but my wife insisted that we did and I did write a note on the receipt.

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·Dined on July 24, 2017

Charlie Palmer was an amazing experience all around. The food was superb, the atmosphere personal and comfortable. The level of professionalism from the waiters and watrisses was like nothing I've ever seen. They were truly master's of their profession and made the meal all the more enjoyable.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Returned here after a few years, always prefer CPS over other high-end chains (Morton's, Capital Grille, Ocean Prime, Joe's Stone Crab) when I'm in DC. The standout was the bartenders' customer service, who managed drinks for two large parties while serving us while we waited for our reservation with good conversation. I'll be back here again!

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 19, 2017

I met my sister and her SO for lunch and to catch up. I showed her a picture on my phone of an appetizer I had ordered at dinner several weeks ago, but was no longer on the (ever changing) menu. She thought it looked great. The server, seeing what we were doing, said that he could ask the chef if he could make it for her. The answer came back yes, so we ordered it. Talk about going above and beyond. I always get the steaks here, but there are lots of other things to eat, and they are always well prepared, beautifully plated, and the service is discrete, efficient, and friendly.

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Super evening and super steaks. This was a reunion dinner for an old friend and his family from Europe. I wanted him to have a "real American steak dinner" in a great DC location. CPS really fit the bill - superb beef, superb oysters, great wine, great service. Just a lovely evening all around.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Bad experience with a business meal as it took approximately 45 minutes to receive our salads and another 30 minutes to receive our entrees.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Between the lack of service and awful food i was extremely disappointed. When I expressed the displeasure, there was nothing done or addressed.

The tenderloin on my salad was dry and over cooked like it had been sitting under a heat lamp for an hour - sent it back and it came back freshly cooked this time, but still not excellent. The other item that was ordered was a burger and it was dry and burnt.

Now the service was attentive in the beginning, but as soon as our food arrived there was no follow up, we had to hail someone down for anything even for additional beverages.

Needless to say, I highly doubt that I will return to a Charlie Palmers again.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Thank you all at Charlie Palmers! You made our special occasion amazingly special! Each bite brought to us by your gracious wait staff was so astounding, my husband and I had little to say but mmmmmmmm! Thanks for celebrating with us!

Tags: People Watching, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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