Charlie Palmer Steak - DC

4.6
2920 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Steakhouse
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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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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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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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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.
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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 2920 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

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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5.0Dined 3 days ago

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

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

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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5.0Dined 4 days ago

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

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

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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5.0Dined 5 days ago

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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5.0Dined 6 days ago

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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5.0Dined on August 12, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 12, 2018

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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4.0Dined on August 12, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 12, 2018

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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4.0Dined on August 11, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on August 10, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

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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3.0Dined on August 1, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

Simply Excellent!

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

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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3.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Good service but steak was not spectacular

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

Excellent experience! The wine selections are all domestic but wonderful. The sommelier was friendly and very knowledgeable. The food was delectable!

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Great steaks in a fantastic restaurant with great atmosphere and very nice service.
Not the last time we have been at CP in DC.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

The ribeye was, how might I say this - UNBELIEVABLY SUCCULENT. The bread...oh my! You’ve gotta get there!

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4.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Love Charlie Palmers. Timing was off last evening waiting more than 30 minutes for our entrees. First time this has happened.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

I went with a couple girls for a steak night. Our reservation was at 8, but we brought a few bottles of wine for the free corkage fee night and stayed for a while. Although we were there till after midnight, their staff (Lamar, Steve, Marcos, and others) were very gracious and attentive. We had a great time, and the food was amazing.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

As always, an amazing dinner at Charlie Palmer's. The food is amazing, service good and atmosphere very enjoyable. I especially like the no corkage fee policy. I'll continue to go as I always leave extremely satisfied.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

We truly enjoyed our evening!

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Service was excellent and good ambiance.

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2.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Service was very poor ..Waiter even acknowledged forgetting about our table, we didn’t expect this from such a good restaurant.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Everything was so amazing. By far exceeded high expectations. Danny and Lewis really know exactly how to make their clientele feel special throughout the entire visit! We will be back.

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Great food and all the flavors were awesome

Would go back again!

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Great bar service. Lamar the bar keep was hospitable and knowledgable. The bar menu is varied and many items were delicious. A must "go to" for both business and tourists.

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5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

What a wonderful friendly restaurant. After driving from Florida for many hours we were looking for good food and lively atmosphere. We found it here. From the Maitre De Ms. Gelita Guiterrez welcoming us to the waiters and servers we were welcomed and encouraged to relax. Although a bit upscale we were welcomed as we were tired and dressed down from our long road trip. Food was excellent from the prime steaks to the scallops. We will be back. Staff made us a repeat customer. Definitely reccommend.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

As always, we were so well taken care of - outstanding food, service, wine & ambiance. We felt special and cared for - what more could you ask for. Intimate and sweet.

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3.0Dined on July 6, 2018

As with so many high end steak houses, the beef lacked in-depth flavor. The gnocchi were gluey and heavy. Too much added sugar in the breads, butter and even the mignonette for the oysters. It wasn't crowded, but the noise was still a roar. We won't be back.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

The food was amazing, but I hate to say this - the service was subpar. Our waiter was not professional at all; some of the comments that were made were rude and not to mention he was clearly ready to be out of there; he tried to redeem himself at the end but the mood was sort of ruined by then. The manager walked by but did not ask how everything was going, otherwise I would have said something. I’ve been to several steakhouses in DC and this one by far had the worse service. We did run into another waiter as we were walking out and he was far more pleasant so we chalked it up as our bad luck to be stuck with our guy.

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