Charlie Palmer Steak - DC

4.6
2936 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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 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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Cuisines
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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(202) 547-8100
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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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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.
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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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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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Mon - Fri 8:00PM - 10:00PM
Sat 5:00PM - 7:00PM 8:00PM - 10:00PM

What 2936 People Are Saying
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Washington DC
103 reviews
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Head Bartender Lamar not only prepares amazing cocktails, but also delivers them with style and pleasant conversation. We appreciated his professional service. We are glad we dined at the bar and had the opportunity to enjoy the fantastic food and beverages.

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C
Washington DC
20 reviews
5.0Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as usual

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C
Denver
7 reviews
4.0Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

What I like about CPs versus the many other DC steakhouses is that it's open and light. Most steak places are dark and this place is the antithesis. I chose CPs for this dinner meeting because we needed a quite place to discuss some business priorities. We have great food and service, were able to talk business, and not feel like we were in an underground bunker. That's a win!

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S
Washington DC
23 reviews
5.0Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Husband’s birthday dinner. Wonderful evening, exceptional service and food was phenomenal. Lived up to everything we expected and even more!

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M
Sacramento
4 reviews
5.0Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I dined at CP to celebrate my birthday while visiting DC. From the moment we walked in, we were treated like stars. The service was so amazing. The food; Started we oysters, that were VERY FRESH. For my main course I got the A5 Waygu which melted in my mouth, so delicious. And ended with a great birthday surprise dessert from the staff. Easily one of my favorite meals. Thank you so much for such a great experience on my special day ❤️❤️❤️

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DM
Washington DC
1 review
2.0Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 5

Our server was a bit overwhelmed and was not fully listening taking our orders. Once meal was not correct and we had to wait for my client to get the correct meal. The service was OK at best and seemed to lag a bit for everything we needed. If my table did not follow up on a request we would not have gotten our needs handled. I have been here a few times as I entertain a lot of clients weekly. The food this time was OK, nothing to remember.

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JP
St. Louis
2 reviews
5.0Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The staff and food was great. The staff helped us celebrate our anniversary with champagne and a special dessert.

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j
Seattle
10 reviews
5.0Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great Capitol Hill restaurant. Food was delicious. Grilled octopus appetizer was easily shared by two with large tasty portions. Tuna tartare was fresh and flavorful, again, large portions easily shared.
Filet was so good, melted in my mouth. They treated us to a cheesecake dessert to celebrate our anniversary. Very nice. One last bonus...Free corkage of your wine! Wine steward/sommelier could be a little more personable, a little dry.
Overall a place I would return.

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Washington DC
1 review
5.0Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I were entertaining out-of-town guests. We had a great experience. Micheal was an outstanding maitre de and a gracious host.

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1 review
5.0Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing dining experience at Charlie Palmer in Washington DC. The staff and food was awesome. The manager Mr Michael Irving handled our every request. I will definitely recommend Charlie Palmer Restaurant to my friends and family.

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Washington DC
12 reviews
4.0Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We have eaten here quite a few times over the years and were not always very happy with the food. We like to take out of town guests because of the location and possible tour of the rooftop. This time we were pleasantly surprised. The steak was superb (perfectly cooked and delicious filets) and service was good. Sides were mixed — very good mushrooms and fresh veggies and excellent fries. Mashed potatoes and creamed spinach got a “so so” from our group. Wine selection was very good. If you haven’t been there in a while, I recommend you give it another try. Ps. In regard to service, our waiter was a very pleasant guy, but one suggestion is not to make unrequested recommendations as soon as the table is ready to order of the 2 most expensive items on the menu — raw bar tower and porterhouse for 2, and then proceed to explain what a porterhouse steak is. You should assume that most folks eating at a steakhouse in DC are aware of their meat cuts and don’t need or want unsolicited suggestions. Also, the wine was not poured after the first glass, which I noticed but wasn’t a big deal. Otherwise, great meal.

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OG
1 review
4.0Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The ambiance was nice, the food was excellent, and the service was outstanding.
A very pleasant evening, can't wait for next time. thanks!

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MH
1 review
4.0Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

An amazing experience! The overall hospitality from beginning to end, menu, beverages and the attentive wait staff were all top notch! We look forward to returning to celebrate another special occasion.

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DW
Western NC
9 reviews
5.0Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorites restaurant of all time! You won’t be disappointed’

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M
1 review
2.0Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

The food was pedestrian. Did not stand out in any respect. And the service was mediocre at best. The server was as good as someone taking your order at a McDonalds. Just showed up, asked what we wanted, and then pretty much disappeared. The food took a long time to reach the table — at least 30 minutes. The ambiance was lifeless — not a surprise that the place wa half empty. In all I would never return to this mediocre steak house. Not worth the time or the money.

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LL
New York Area
1 review
5.0Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The hostess and servers were fabulous. It did take the food a little long to come out. We were celebrating a birthday and brought our own cake. They served it with candles and cut it without a fee.

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
5.0Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Came for restaurant week. Food was great and service was exceptional.

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BR
1 review
5.0Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Last night was our first visit to Charlie Palmer, and it was one of the best meals I've ever had. The service was excellent - we were greeted promptly and everyone was extremely friendly. We started with the chilled seafood sampler, and it was perfection. The crab and lobster was delicious. We both got the filet mignon, which they were able to make petite for us. It was cooked perfectly. We ended with baked Alaska, creme brulee, and the gelato sampler. GET THE BAKED ALASKA. Great presentation and taste. Overall, the service was superb, and you could tell that the wait staff and floor manager really cared about our experience. We will absolutely be back.

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G
New York Area
1 review
5.0Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. The steak was sooo tender. A new favorite.

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a
New York Area
7 reviews
4.0Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Came here for summer restaurant week and I must say the establishment did not exceed my expectations. The tomato basil gazpacho was more sauce than gazpacho and turned salty tasting towards the end. Unfortunately, my short ribs was tough, dry and not as flavorful as I would hope. The plate coated in a raspberry sauce that did not blend well with the already sweet sauce the ribs were cooked in. I wish there was more of the sauce for the ribs because it was so dry, and difficult to cut with the very dull knife I was given. Why do I even need to be cutting short ribs, they should fall apart with my fork alone. Also, plating wise, there was nothing else on the plate but some mashed potatoes under it, very underwhelming. As for my friend's dry aged steak, also disappointing in that the steak was not cooked medium-rare as requested. It was definitely on the medium-well side and not juicy at all, but why send back a perfectly good steak. So he ate it. It was simply seasoned and well grilled, I'll give it that. Also not a fan of being served tepid water, warmer than room temp on a 95 degree day. I have not been wowed into coming back here for a full-priced meal.

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J
Washington DC
59 reviews
5.0Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time to eat at Charlie Palmer's and we look forward to going back. Family was in town and it was Restaurant Week, so we decided to try CP. We certainly were not disappointed! The General Manager, Michael Irving, was so welcoming and even took us up to the Roof Top so that we could see the great views. The entire wait staff was polite and professional and our server, David (I think that was his name) was very helpful. Our food was delicious and attractively presented. The servings, even though it was a 3 course set price, were just the right size! What a gem this DC restaurant is!

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OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
5.0Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been to Charlie Palmer before for dinner but never for lunch. It was a great choice and we thoroughly enjoyed it. RW made it even more sweet and didn’t disappoint. Thank you.

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MP
New York Area
1 review
5.0Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Our dinner at Charlie Palmer was excellent! The Wagyu steak was amazing, and their special twist on au-gratin potatoes was outstanding. Oh, and the corn/crab bisque was mouth watering in both presentation and taste. In addition, Mike, the manager, was charming and courteous, taking us for a tour of the restaurant and deck. He made us feel personally cared for and welcomed. We have added Charlie Palmer Steakhouse DC to our list of excellent US steakhouses to revisit!

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T
Houston
2 reviews
5.0Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food was amazing. Lamar the bartender was great and he made the best drinks. They even threw in a complimentary glass of champagne!! We were celebrating our anniversary and they made it very special. We enjoyed shrimp scampi, the porterhouse for two, with twice back potatoes. Again, I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect evening. The view from the roof is also amazing and would make a perfect spot for a wedding reception. Again, everything was outstanding and I can’t wait to celebrate another occasion. We may just make it our anniversary spot every year.

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DT
New York Area
1 review
4.0Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Get meal rounded off by a guided tour to the observation deck of the building by Michael, the restaurant manager. Could not have asked for more!

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OT
1 review
5.0Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food and service were excellent. We came in from out of town, and we not sure what to expect. The restaurant exceeded our expectations and made for great experience.

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OT
1 review
4.0Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Wasn’t asked if wanted a cocktail but other table was; same server. Asked for wine to be decanted and didn’t. Other than those two minor things we loved the food and service.

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Baltimore
1 review
5.0Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a birthday; Compton seafood platter and desert. Recommend it.

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Washington DC
1 review
5.0Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fantastic as always. We highly enjoy every opportunity to come here.

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OT
1 review
3.0Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

We loved the food, but the waiter was a bit off putting. Hostess was kind and courteous when seating us to our table. Restrooms were a bit odd with peepholes into the opposite genders restroom; additionally I was momentarily stuck in a stall due to the sticky locks.

We would come back for the food, but not necessarily for the service.

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JH
1 review
5.0Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was amazing. The food was amazing. Our waiter was amazing, hands on and very knowledgeable of the menu and drinks.

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C
Washington DC
1 review
5.0Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to this restaurant and we were blown away. The restaurant is beautiful. The atmosphere is romantic, especially if you sit by the pool. The service was very professional, nice and accommodating. The food was outstanding - all of it, from bread, appetizer, soup, steak and dessert. We will definitely be back. We were celebrating our anniversary and received a complimentary dessert. The cherry on the cake!

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RS
Las Vegas
3 reviews
5.0Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Start to end we were treated with respect and professionalism. Given the rooftop tour at the exact moment the Capital building was lit like gold from the setting sun. Gorgeous. Bobby and his wait staff were always there but not always over bearing. George our guide and Maitre D welcomed us and handled our needs at all times. Delicious flavor on the Hanger steak and the filet was just as delicious. Thanks CP!

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Washington DC
2 reviews
5.0Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The head chef and bartender accommodated us when we arrived before the dining room opened. Also, the head chef gave my family and I a tour of the restaurants rooftop dining area with views of the Capitol and Thd Mall. Awesome good. Immaculate customer service. Highly recommend!

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MF
1 review
3.0Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

The food was great. Wait staff was great. It took forever to deliver the food from the kitchen.

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K
Baltimore
1 review
5.0Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply Excellent!

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r
1 review
5.0Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time here at CP in DC, from the start to the finish this was one of the best dining experience ever. Can not say more about the staff and the great level of service we received. special thank you to Michael, George and of course Sarah for making this night possible.

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LM
1 review
5.0Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I celebrated our 33rd wedding anniversary with Charlie Palmers, before heading to see Hamilton at the Kennedy Center that evening. The staff were very attentive and made us feel exceptionally special with complimentary champagne and dessert. The dessert appropriately stating, "Happy Anniversary!" on the large platter on which it was delivered. We will be returning again when we are back in our nations capital.

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Miami
2 reviews
3.0Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Good service but steak was not spectacular

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DC
1 review
5.0Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such a special time at Charlie Palmer's. Our server David found out that it was a special occasion for us (delayed honeymoon/anniversary) and pulled out all the stops. We got to go up on the rooftop and experience one of the best views in the city for our first night in DC. The food was fantastic. I would go as far to say that it was the best meal I have ever had. The appetizers were delicious (enjoyed the salmon tartare). My husband and I enjoyed a petite sirloin and a cowboy cut ribeye, both perfectly cooked, with a side of the potatoes and mushrooms. Everything was delicious and we will definitely be returning.

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