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Charlie Palmer Steak - DC

2728 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 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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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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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.
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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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What 2728 People Are Saying
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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Wow - Charlie Palmer Steak staff really pulled out all the stops for our special occasion celebration. They recognized the event, sent special regards from the house and catered to us in every possible way. Service was impeccable and the food was perfection. It was a truly memorable evening and I am so grateful for the caring and attentive bar, wait and kitchen staff for setting the stage for a very elegant evening.

Spelhouse (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

The food and service was excellent. I highly recommend this restaurant and the manager was wonderful.

OpenTable Diner 
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

We were taken care of in a timely manner and the food was delicious!

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Great restaurant.

vipRedwineofnyc911 (Toronto)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

So the three girls that are hosts really need to do a better job. The restaurant is completely empty or not as full, and plenty of good tables - and if they seat you against the wall - adjacent to the bar - it’s really noisy and they are trying to hide you. Then, if you ask for better seating, they’ll take you to a kid’s table - tiny - where all the waiters and walking through- no privacy or quiet conversation. I got a headache with so many people rushing past me. Had to ask twice for better seating! Ate here before; very respectful and good experience the first couple of time - came back with my wife. This place is trying to showcase - like NYC - but this ain’t a high end NYC - Restaurant. I average about $450 to $500 on a night out with my wife (special occasion: like valentine’s). The valentine’s meal was excellent. The chef - really personable and exceptional. And I have been to the very best places, globally and this place could be a very high end. I’m getting to the point again, chef is great, The servers are above average and even the manager recitifes an error. If Charlie, the owner is reading this post, your host girls need to wake up and treat all patrons with dignity and respect. First impressions is everything. They look cheap and fake. Many patrons will not come back - unless that is your intention of asking people not to come back. There are plenty of exceptional places in DC. The second table I rejected, an old lovey African American couple was seated, there. They looked distinguished, and the lady in her 60s, she was very dissatisfied with where they were seated. They asked to be moved. They moved them to the next table over. Need I say more?

FrancisJ (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Food, service and atmosphere is good. I think Del Frisco's Steak House food is a little better.

OpenTable Diner (Nashville)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Food was so-so. First item was burned and had an unusual taste. Second choice took forever to get. The service was nearly non-existent. Could never find the server to get sweetener or bread or a clean fork... etc. One visit was enough. I'll do Capitol Grille the next time.

lplp29 (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

First time visit to Charlie Palmer's and was overall pleased with our dinner. our steaks (all 6 filet mignons) were cooked to each of our specifications. The side dishes were way smaller portions that we expected, we thought they would be shared/family-style and our server never corrected us as we placed orders for 3 of them (for a table of 6), so when they came out, we were all a bit surprised and got about a tablespoons worth of each side. The sides are definitely one per person at a steep price of $12 on up. The salads are very good and could be split for 2 persons. The wine selection was very good as well. We would return in the future.

JaniceB (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

The steaks were exceptional, all 4 of us ordered the Filet- they were cooked to our specifications, we were all very pleased.
The Service was great. We never felt rushed and our waiter was attentive. This restaurant has become a favorite, we dine here each time we are in DC and we have never been disappointed!!

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Beautiful views of the Capitol, Great steak, one pasta dish was over cooked and they happily refunded the cost, good wine and excellent service. Would definitely go back.