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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.
Washington, DC 20001
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.
Louisiana and First Streets
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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.
Private lot & street parking also available.
Two Blocks From Union Station Metro, Amtrak, and VRE
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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We offer free corkage on domestic wines everyday, Friday imported wines are also free of corkage.
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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
Ok for a decent steak in a noisy space with inexperienced wait staff—if you like your steak served with an ice cold steak sauce in a silver ramekin. Duck breast was tough and dry, accompanied by large ribbons of carrot—served ice cold, a combination that does not work! Waiter described amuse bouche in a mumble of words he did not understand, and neither did we. Questions were met with blank stares and a quick retreat to the kitchen. First and last visit. Perhaps it was just an OFF night?
Took my fiance for our last date night before we get married (four more days!). House gave us each a complimentary glass of bubbly for the occasion. Service was excellent.
We shared an enormous steak, which was delicious, but the twice-baked potato stole the show. If you go, order that. Period. It's the single best food I've ever eaten.
On our last evening in Washington before heading home to South Africa, we had an incredible meal at Charlie Palmer. From the moment we were received by the Hostess we had a wonderful experience.
The food was of excellent quality, well prepared and beautifully presented. The service was efficient and attentive and the wine list extensive and well structured.
The desert was heavenly. We will surely recommend Charlie Palmer!
The four of us who dined here were all quite disappointed with our experience.
The food - the steak we had was cooked three different temperatures throughout the cut, the lobster bisque should have been called lobster broth, and the appetizers (Tuna Tartare and Burrata) were nothing special.
The service - Since two of us were having complete meals, while the other two were doing appetizers, it was decided that they'd have one appetizer for starter, and the other for entree so they could eat along with us. The server obviously didn't hear that because both of their appetizers were delivered with our soup. Then, when the rest of the food was taking an extremely long time to come from the kitchen, the server kept telling us that "it's coming soon." It was only after I openly inquired if I needed to call a manager that our food suddenly appeared. All this time, our friends had their second appetizer get warm because they wanted to wait until our meal arrived.
The value - absolutely none. The obscenely priced wine list was just that; obscene. The food was no better than a chain restaurant steakhouse, and the ambivalent service was off-putting.
At $400 + for our meal (including gratuity), there was virtually nothing redeeming about the experience. I find it both surprising and disappointing that Charlie Palmer is the namesake because I expected more from a "celebrity" chef. I guess I now know why the restaurant was not even 1/2 full at 8 p.m. on a Friday night.
Perfect restaurant to finish off a vacation visit to our Capitol. Got to see The Donald Trump and Kelly Conway in the same day, outstanding! Only downside to our trip was having to be on the same flight from LAX to Ronny Reagan airport with Maxine Waters...no need to say anything else on that matter.
When I visit DC in the future, Charlie Palmers will definitely be on the itinerary. Great food, great service and a window seat to hustle-bustle of downtown DC.
Filet Mignon was cooked perfectly and was accompanied by an amazing Mac and Cheese side plate.
Thank you Charlie!
Service was slow from the start. They brought menus and no wine list. I asked for a wine list...10 minutes later the waiter came back with no wine list. Shrimp cocktail sauce was basically ketchup. My steak was rare and I ordered medium. For the price, much better food and service is expected.
Charlie Palmer is not just your typical DC steakhouse. It offers a variety of appetizers and entrees that you don't typically see on a steakhouse menu. Loved the sweet potato soup with madras curry and cilantro for example! Also enjoyed duck breast with a ginger carrot puree. If you want a steakhouse with panache and a great view of the capitol, this is your spot!
Hanger Steak was under cooked after it had been ordered medium well. Short rib needed to be cooked a lot longer as that is the nature of short ribs - it was very fatty and tough but a longer braise would have solved both these problems. Dessert was great, as we're the bread selections and the truffled gnocchi (although I didn't really taste any truffle). Thai red curry soup was wonderful. Pad Thai noodle base under the short rib was very good. Very attentive service.
We had the Chef's tasting menu and the entire meal was delightful. The first course was a chilled salty oyster with a small scoop of champagne sorbet and a few pearls of caviar. Each course that followed was carefully prepared and plated. Especially noteworthy was the pasta course--cappelletti stuffed with mushroom and truffles, served in a clear broth. The broth was fragrant and soft, complementing the earthy cappelletti perfectly. Other courses included halibut with root vegetables, roasted chicken, and a bit of sliced strip steak. Desert was apple cake, poached apples and ginger ice cream. Accompanying each course was a well-chosen wine. None of the courses were large and the overall effect was wonderful. We left the restaurant with a nice glow....
The food was delicious. Although would skip the Mac & Cheese side dish - does not compare to other steakhouses that serve Mac & Cheese. The dining room is very attractive and loved the round tables for groups - hard to find rounds at restaurants! But, the service was not good - in particular, our main waiter ignored the table alot and when one steak had to go back for more doneness (all others cooked perfectly) - he seemed to forget about it and we had to wave down a waiter to retrieve it from the kitchen. Also, he was slow to pour our wine - we had to ask for the white bottle a few times and pour our own red. The supporting waitstaff was very good but the lack of attentiveness took away from the otherwise good experience.
We enjoyed a fabulous birthday dinner with friends and family! As always, impeccable service and dinner was amazing!!! Simply hard to beat when you expect and enjoy the ultimate dining experience! Being able to bring in our own wines on Friday evenings is also a nice option! However, Charlie Palmer's wine selection is exceptional as far as California wines go!!
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!
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 . . .
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.
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.
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.
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..
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.
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.
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