Charlie Palmer Steak - DC

4.7
2961 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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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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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

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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Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

It's Turkey Time! This Thanksgiving, celebrate at our table with our three-course Thanksgiving prix-fixe with family sides. $79 per person, $30 for children 15 and under, with an optional wine pairing +$20 supplement

Served 2 pm - 8 pm

Thursday, November 22, 2018

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Mon - Fri 8:00PM - 10:00PM
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What 2961 People Are Saying
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TD
Tampa
16 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

The server forgot a couple of items we ordered and obviously should be writing things down. Also not coming to the table for awhile when the place was not that busy is just not acceptable in fine dining. The food was great, the service needs work.

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New England
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal and service were exceptional. It has been while since a restaurant created an environment where we sat comfortably, enjoyed our conversations and had a delicious meal presented with perfection from start to finish. Brandon's (sommelier) wine choices enhanced the entire evening! We highly recommend Charlie Palmer's DC Steakhouse.

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M
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Food was delicious but our server was inattentive and did not deliver one side dish, coffee or drinks. Very disappointing for such a great restaurant.

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TM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service! I would definitely recommend lunch or dinner.

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HH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Extremely friendly and attentive service, food was delicious and had some new options to try, dessert was super fun and full of interesting flavors, pricey but worth it for a special occasion

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DC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my mother, who was visiting from out of town for her birthday, here for a family celebration. Everything about the experience was excellent. The service was absolutely top notch, and to top it off they took us up to the roof so my mom could enjoy a beautiful view of DC at night. She loved it! All of the food was delicious (highly recommend the Hanger Steak and Broccoli Rabe!) and they made the whole night special for my mother. Highly reccomended!

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Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The exquisite taste of the ribeye was flavorful, moist and mouth watering perfectly paired with twice bake potatoes. For dessert, Lamar and Kevin captured the spirit with flavorful Mai Tai, spicy margaritas, and classical Manhattan. The perfect evening at Charlie Palmer steak in D.C.

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TG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service for a recent trip with my wife for my birthday. A number of complimentary items and excellent service from Gustavo really made this a special dinner. Will definitely return in the future!

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, good service

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Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was, easily, one of the BEST experiences we’ve ever had! On a visit from Phoenix for our kids’ Fall Break, we decided to dine here for our 14th anniversary. All 4 of us in tow, the hostess was amazing, server, Sommelier, food, ambiance, experience and manager treated us like royalty. We couldn’t have asked for a finer experience or meal. Thank you to everyone involved!!!!

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our 1st Wedding Anniversary here last night. From start to finish we were greeted and had a memorable experience. We received complimentary glasses of champagne and even the seafood platter as an appetizer. Our food was impeccable along with the staff. To top it off our server took us to the rooftop for photos and views of the capital.
I absolutely loved and so happy we chose to dine here for our wedding Anniversary. Everyone knew it was our anniversary and we felt so special. Thank you to the staff of Charlie Palmer’s we are forever grateful!

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W
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The service was very good and the meal excellent. We had been there in a while and we love the location. We would definitely come back to this excellent restaurant.

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KL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

I didn't feel the quality of food was worth the price.

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Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!! I truly enjoyed the linguine & clams plate. The garlic breadcrumbs sauce with truffles was mind blowing! Xoxo Chef Mike and team for another amazing meal!

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice ambiance, great and varied menu. Saige and Lamar were awesome and made good recommendations.

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Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding

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AK
Washington DC
362 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is great and Saige was great to work with. George the Manager was very nice and friendly.

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GX
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place and friendly staff. Our party of 7 had a blast. Thank you!

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MD
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I wish I could give the a million stars! We’ve dined at 3 Charlie Palmer locations & restaurants world wide but the experience here from every person here was stellar. Chef Michael Ellis prepared the most stunning food to utter perfection, and he was so sweet- his food left us speechless; our Waiter Josh was beyond words in kindness, personality and attention to detail. And pastry Chef was phenomenal. We enjoyed 9 desserts amongst us and they were the best EVER. Baked Alaska was an experience of its own! And the view of the Nations Capitol at night made this evening enchanted....This is a MUST in DC!!!!

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c
Washington DC
171 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the steak salad with a really nice Filet Mignon perfectly seasoned and fork tender. There was also the best four minute egg I've ever had, arugula, bacon lardon,green beans, crisp shallot and truffle vinaigrette. Just wonderful! My colleague had the Hanger Steak. It looked delicious and he thought it was great. He wanted to lick the plate!

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AK
Washington DC
362 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the food and drinks. I worked with a great bartender. He was super friendly and professional!

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T
London
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Charlie Palmer!! It’s one of my favorite restaurants in the city.

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PR
Washington DC
104 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
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
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as usual

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C
Denver
7 reviews
Dined 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
25 reviews
Dined 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
5 reviews
Dined 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
Dined 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
Dined 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
Dined 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
Dined 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
Dined 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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Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place and especially the charming and perfect bartender Lamar who makes the perfect drinks. The enchanted atmosphere of Chef Mike and his wonderful plates of pleasure! Happiest place on earth!! Thank you Mike Irving and George Manolatos.

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

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

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