The Charles

4.5
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388 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
"Welcome to The Charles, an iconic restaurant space in
the heart of historic La Plata, Maryland.

The Charles is a neighborhood gathering place for the local community and the county, where all folks can dine, drink, celebrate and always feel welcome. We serve unique twists on American favorites along with local fare that
highlights the culinary traditions of southern Maryland. We source much of our produce from our own local EatWell Natural farm and other local
purveyors. We offer all at fair prices. We feature American and regional beers, hand crafted cocktails with a large selection of bourbon along with a well
chosen wine list. We seek to provide great employment for our team, always respect the environment and give back to our community.
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.4
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4.4
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4.3
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F
Baltimore
23 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Chad was very good as our sever, they were very busy.
Food was great and well paced

KM
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food and drinks were good, Savannah Provided great service.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great friendly and professional service.

RN
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, our server was WONDERFUL!! I’m sorry I forgot her name!!!
I will most definitely go back.

G
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great servers, food was excellent, great place to go it was my first time dining there and I will definitely be back!!!

OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The NYE prix fixe menu was just ok. The lobster bisque was great, but had very little lobster in it, taste very close to the old Casey’s cream of crab soup, like sherry. The cobbler was also good. The prime rib was near cold, not cooked that great (ordered medium). I tried my wife’s lamb ribs appetizer and it was also cold. Service was on par, the only thing that stood out. Probably will not do NYE dinner there next year. On other visits this year I would have expected more menu rotations for a farm to table establishment. The menu is getting stale. On one trip in October during the daytime at happy hour, the bartender insisted on trying out a new mixed drink on me, though I didn’t ask for it. It was made and given to me without any words, but it was served and couched as “try this new seasonal whiskey drink,” so I said thank you and then it ended up on my bill—bartender trickster. What else ended up on my bill? An extra beer charge that neither my wife nor I ordered. I should have called the bartender on this, but decided no tip was good enough and to not go back for a while...until NYE when I would give it another chance. It didn’t exactly shine for NYE either. The Charles isn’t winning me over. I only go back hoping it changed because SOMD doesn’t have many good options.

P
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Server was not very attentive & seemed very distracted. Maybe he had too many tables to attend to. He was slow responding to requests for drink refills. We ordered appetizers and then salad. Everything came at the same time. He did not bring any bread to the table. We had to ask, midway through the meal. His response was, "oh the bread was frozen, When it was cooked, I didn't think you would want any". Really buddy? How about you ask the customer if they'd like bread, Better yet, why didn't you mention there wasn't any bread ready yet, even though every table around us had bread. We were seated in a corner with a music speaker right over our heads in the room where the bar is. The music was loud and made conversation difficult. The people on the opposite side of the table couldn't hear each other. They shouldn't even have a table shoved into this corner. I felt this was unacceptable when we had a reservation for a specific time and there were several other empty tables. The food was not anything special given the prices charged.

r
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The server rushed us, which I did not like. However it was new years eve and I understand the need to turn the table over on such a busy night.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great brunch with family. Making reservations was super easy. Savanna was so great! She was super friendly and made sure we had everything we needed from beginning to end. Got the bottomless mimosas and she was there with fresh ones before we needed to ask! 😄
Loved the ambience, food, and that they allowed me to decorate the table. Would definitely recommend!
Thank you Savannah, you are amazing!!

The Charles
Responded on December 29, 2019

Thank you for letting us host your family Christmas brunch - We're so happy to hear you all had a wonderful time celebrating! Happy New Year to you all! Don't forget to ask for Savanna on your next visit!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was amazing, our server was attentive but respectful of our time and intimacy of the dinner (wife’s b-day). Food was really good and the menu offered something for even the most picky of eaters like my wife. She enjoyed the Chicken paillard with cheese grits while I enjoyed the NY strip, both dishes were well seasoned and tasted great. Definitely one of the high spots for Southern MD, we will definitely be back.

The Charles
Responded on December 29, 2019

Thank you for celebrating your wife's birthday with us! We appreciate the positive feedback and are happy to hear you had a great time with good food. We look forward to your next visit!

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JM
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

There was visible dust on the sill separating the two dining rooms. There were no paper towels in the men’s room.

BR
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. I really enjoyed dinner here with my son.

The Charles
Responded on December 29, 2019

Thank you for the positive feedback! We're happy to hear you and your son had a fabulous dinner!

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Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time for brunch! It was amazing!!

R
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great locals Public house. Food is solid and service is good.

PD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Slow food due to over-extended kitchen. Average/poor food. Over-priced and over-rated. 👎

FH
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

The food was fresh, delicious but arrived very late and not at the same time, i.e., party of 8 -- 3 entrees then 10 minutes later 2 more then 15 minutes later last 3 entrees. I complimented the server for working hard, not his fault, asked to speak to a manager to give feedback but one never came. Don't know if server even asked, decided not to bother asking. When server came with checks he dropped credit cards on the floor so they need to get a better clipboard with band system so this doesn't happen to others. Bottom line is that a spot-on manager would have caught problems in the kitchen and been proactive stopping by and offering compensation for huge delays (and/or the server should have honored our request). We tipped very well cause server was doing his best but with other great choices we'll go elsewhere and not return.

d
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was delish and waiter was courteous and knowledgeable.

K
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Food was delicious atmosphere was amazing our waitress could have been more attentive and friendlier

HW
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Nice restaurant with good food. I’ve been there before and loved it. I think (hope) this time was just an off night. The appetizers came out just minutes before the meals. I had ordered an additional side dish with my meal that I never received. The waiter never came back to check on us so I didn’t have the opportunity to tell him that I was missing part of my order h til I was done. The bar service was running very slow so my husband ordered his second drink when they brought out his first and the waiter didn’t put the order in until he was done with the fist drink. As I said, I’m hoping it was just an off night since I have had better there.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Overall, The Charles is a wonderful place for great food! My family waited about 30 minutes to get a table, and the waiter compensated us with an appetizer for the wait, which was greatly appreciated. The waiter was great, took care of my family and I really well. The ambiance of The Charles on a Friday night is very lively. My wife and I never went to the bar at The Charles, but it looked like a good spot for happy hour. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone living in the Southern Maryland region. Great date night restaurant!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Holiday show with friends attending the theatre across the street. Service was fantastic. Somewhat loud but not unbearable since it was a theatre night.

ML
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice experience. Great food. The turkey burger is delicious!!

c
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place! Food, service and ambiance were perfect. I’ve been here for lunch service as well as dinner and each time I’ve been “wowed”. Definitely a place I’ll be returning.

OT
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Wonderful seasonal menu. Everyone in our party enjoyed the dinner and dessert items ordered.

KP
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second visit to The Charles, and I was just as pleased as the first time. Excellent food and very attentive wait staff. Highly recommend.

OT
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was amazing!! Will definitely be back!! 💜💜

BC
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

We keep wanting to like this place, we've been there 4-5 times. The hostess was very pleasant, the waiter however was not very friendly or engaging. The food was fair (cheeseburger & pot roast). The Charles just didn't give us that warm, friendly, inviting feeling, which is a shame since there aren't many decent restaurants in the Southern Maryland area. Maybe we will try again, in 6 months.

F
Baltimore
24 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was great, service good but slow
Noise level was very high tonight

TP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as usual. And they have their original hand cut fries back!

R
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Veterans Day brunch with a friend. I wish they had more lunch entree options on their brunch menu. It tends to be mostly sandwiches and salads.

F
Baltimore
24 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and great food

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server was outstanding! Food was great!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are so thankful for a quality restaurant that is farm to table. Everything is always delicious and it’s our new “go to” when going out to eat.

NR
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

So glad we finally got to try it. Food and service were great. Will definitely recommend.

OT
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good setup to watch World Series - great food and service!

AA
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love having this place here in La Plata.

JG
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've heard many good things about the Charles so we decided to give it a try. Our food was excellent, service was wonderful, and they know how to make a perfect Bourbon Old Fashioned, which is a major plus these days. I would definitely recommend The Charles for a nice evening out.

OT
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and atmosphere!

J
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was really good. Had the calamari as an appetizer and a burger. Everything tasted amazing!