Charlie Palmer Steak - DC

4.6
3203 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 sleek private dining spaces. Located off the wide, open expanse of the National Mall, Charlie Palmer Steak’s rooftop terrace can accommodate up to 500 guests, offering the city’s most impressive view of the Capitol. For more private dining information, please contact Carleigh Smith at csmith@charliepalmer.com.
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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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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Private party facilities
Frequently cited as Capitol Hill's best private event space, Charlie Palmer Steak's private dining rooms can accommodate events ranging from 10 to 180 guests for a seated dinner or 20 to 500 guests for a cocktail reception. Charlie Palmer Steak offers four private dining rooms in addition to
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Private party contact
Carleigh Smith: (202) 464-5410
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Catering
Frequently cited as Capitol Hill's best private event space, Charlie Palmer Steak's private dining rooms can accommodate events ranging from 10 to 180 guests for a seated dinner or 20 to 500 guests for a cocktail reception. Charlie Palmer Steak offers four private dining rooms in addition to exclusive use of the main dining room, a private rooftop terrace, and two additional upper level spaces. For more information, contact our Catering and Private Events Director, Carleigh Smith: csmith@charliepalmer.com or 202-464-5410.
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Neighborhood
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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.
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
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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service

JG
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Waiters were all great and professional

PG
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for date night. Understated elegance is how I would describe the dining area. If you're in a small party try to get a table near the large floor-to-ceiling windows.

To start cleaning we got an appetizer they were offering as a special - tempura squash bloom stuffed with ricotta and crab meat which was delicious. My girlfriend had the filet which was perfectly cooked - she also what are the red wine demi glaze on the side but the steak was so well prepared she didn't use it. I had the 25 oz prime rib which was delicious if a bit chewier than normal, but still quite tastey all the same. We finished the meal off with a banana split - two spoons.

We paired our steaks with a red cab recommended by the sommelier which was awesome.

The manager had a special treat for us and took us to a private rooftop terrace in the building and spent a good amount of time talking about all kinds of things, which we enjoyed and appreciated given the fact he had plenty of other guests to attend to.

We will definitely return for date night.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for a birthday & i honestly have never had such wonderful service! Myra, our server, was very attentive & kind - and once she found out we were celebrating a birthday she brought out a number of complimentary desserts and even offered to take us up on the roof. along with her, all the staff was so kind and always checking to see if we needed anything. it was truly one of the best experiences i’ve ever had at a restaurant!

KC
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Worst experience I have ever encountered. It was my first time there and I will never go back neither will any of the other 5 members in our party. Sommelier Phil was rude and confrontational. Service was slow and not responsive, food was undercooked.

CC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my husband’s birthday at Charlie Palmer and it was amazing! We immediately got seated after checking in. Our server was nice and extremely attentive. Service was superb. Now to the food...wow, oh wow! Everything we ordered was delicious. We will definitely be coming back real soon!

AP
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really delicious food. We had the prix fix lunch menu and it was EXCELLENT. The staff were wonderful. Great place.

TH
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

1st time in D.C. and this place was recommended to us. So glad we went here. It is awesome.

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely dinner. A great American steak house. Wonderful service. Great wine list, cocktails, and dessert. Steaks and seafood were very tasty and cooked perfectly.

WA
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible dinner.

CP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

While the food was good it wasn’t excellent, especially for the price. The overall service left you less than satisfied. To top it off, a waiter spilt part of my 185 dollar of wine and represented no real concern, except a comment indicating he didn’t get any on me?

UF
Miami
122 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Garbage. The worst steak house i ever went to! Horrible service. They didn’t speak good English, couldn’t tell me how the steaks were aged or how they were rated! Horrible experience! And we were there with a former United States Congressman! Just horrible!

AH
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The atmosphere was great, however, the food was not equal to the setting. My husband and I ordered the filet medium. Both were cooked well and lukewarm when it arrived. Sides were also lukewarm. Service was great, as well!

SG
Mississippi
7 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice restaurant with excellent food and service. Portions are shareable!

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for dinner and it was very delicious.

P
Washington DC
127 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lewis and Lamar's always excellent service and recommendations keep us coming back.

l
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely great experience

MM
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were a very late table at closing on a Wednesday night and were still treated exceptionally. Great guidance through the beverage menu, excellent recommendations on the food, the steaks were cooked to perfection with delicious sauce choices, and dessert and espresso were perfect. Couldn't be happier with the meal and am looking forward to returning to DC to eat here again.

l
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Food was wonderful, and our group had a little bit of everything available. Steaks was cooked perfectly, even the most rare made that person happy! Sides and desserts were delicious, too. The staff was smiling and helpful and patient, thought the place was really loud and tough for us to talk across the table.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Big disappointment. Where to start? Unable to make a Manhattan with Woodford or 4 Roses because they were out of both. Mediocre CP Bibb salad that was dull and flavorless. The NY Strip was not a quality piece of beef. Gristly and lacking in flavor. And a very mediocre Apple-Horseradish Cream sauce that I got on the side. Brussel Sprouts where also lacking the quality of a top steakhouse. Baked Alaska was the best part but still not beyond average. Decor very stark and the men's room had paper towels overflowing the receptacle. I did have a wonderful window seat and the coffee was very good.

JA
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Tuna Tartare ever. Great steak. Generous pour from the bar.

t
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

The food was very good... the service was Terrible.. I realize this was lunch, but three of us had to constantly ask for refills or bread.. At least two times for bread, it finally arrived After we were all done with the meal.. Terrible service...
Terry Shields

JB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 5

I love this location but the service was subpar and the food came out underdone. Very disappointing for the price.

HL
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience was one of the best I have ever had. The food was cooked to perfection and the staff made sure we were taken care of. The management is great, and the service was delightful. I would highly recommend.

MZ
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Servers and managers were very attentive, and gave great recommendations. Besides the amazing and tasty food, the drinks were freshly made and it made everything be delicious.

LH
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

3rd time here, and this was the best visit yet. Got complimentary appetizer(s). The waiter and staff were attentive and friendly. The food was great; got the prime rib and A5 wagyu. The food and drinks are made nearly perfect. After dinner they let us see the rooftop for an amazing view of the city.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great steaks, excellent service and beautiful room.

We started the meal off with a seafood tower which was delicious. My table mates and I then ordered the Foie Gras Torchon (excellent), Beef Carpaccio (perhaps the best we’ve ever had) and Shrimp Scampi (also excellent) AND the A5!

As our main course we had the Porterhouse and the American Waygu with The twice baked potato and creamed spinach. We wound up taking steak home and not having any room for dessert we split the ice cream / sorbet sampler. Not saving room for dessert was a mistake because if the sampler was any indication and the desserts flying past us going to other tables looked amazing !

We’ll be back !!

RK
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Grilled Octopus- amazing and tasty- lemon and aioli✅
Potato Gnocchi- comfort at its finest

Great food, good service.

OT
Washington DC
61 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal and service. The service seems to be a team process because so many people assisted us however we think the lead person’s name is Gustavo. If so, thanks, and job well dome!

We had a prior bad experience and have not eaten here in some time. We decided to give it a try for a belated anniversary dinner. The steaks were cooked perfectly and the salad, sides, and dessert was also excellent.

Thanks for taking such good care of us on our anniversary!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

Everything was fine until my order of aged New York steak came out. I asked for it medium well done and it came out too bloody pink. I asked for it to be cooked well done done thinking it will at least come out medium well this time. When the steak returned it still was bleeding. By this time my date had finished her food and didn’t make since to order a whole new meal. This ruined my experience to say the least. The service was great just the food was a no for me.

JL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this place. The lighting and ambience were perfect. I could actually see my delicious food. I dislike places that are so dark that I can’t see the menu or food that I’m eating.

PS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my third time to Charlie Palmer. As in each of the previous visits the food and service were exceptional, among the best if not the very best in DC. This particular time the manager, Phillip, asked if our party would care to bring our unfinished glasses of wine upstairs for a rooftop tour of DC. The vistas of the Capitol, the monument, and all of the DC landmarks. It made for a delightfully personal experience that we will long remember.
Peter Sloan

MB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for milestone wedding anniversary, and they were awesome. Highly recommend.

RI
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waiter was great very attentive knew the menu inside out! Also kudos to the bar tender a must try if his specialty drink Vanilla Bean Lemon Drop Martini! Refreshing and delicious. Definitely will be back. Thanks guys! Keep up the work.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We were seated at one of the best tables in the house. The food was amazing. The service was slightly below average, but the overall experience was excellent.

SH
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated our anniversary with a wonderful dinner here- they surprised us with champagne and a delicious starter prior to our dinner. Everything was delicious and that atmosphere was relaxed and enjoyable.

OT
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

E
New York Area
270 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was simply superb with top notch service and food. I highly recommend the beef carpaccio/tartare, it was pure with a very good flavor profile. The steak was cooked perfectly and with the addition of poached crab the dish was skyrocketed to a new level. The accompaniment of the truffle twice baked potato was the final straw to an amazing dining experience. CP has got it.

OT
Monterrey
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelente comida y atención, principalmente de Rodrigo muy atento y amable.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Best steakhouse I've ever been to. The food, the service and even the beautiful design/decor of the restaurant are simply excellent.

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