The Charles

4.5
569 Reviews
$30 and under
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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tryto82
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Sat in a great window seat. Very quiet in restaurant. Server was kind and attentive to our needs. Try to crab soup please. Great beer and wine menu as well. All of our meals came out looking amazing and tasted well. We'll be back.

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AprilP
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fast and delicious per the usual. The chicken paillard and Brussels
Sprouts are my go to. also shared a pitcher of sangria. Only comment would be that there was too much ice that it made it difficult and messy to pour.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Birthday celebration

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vipShareeseS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, pleasant atmosphere, good service! Love the Brussels

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The host was pretty rude to us, but the manager and the rest of the staff were very apologetic and the food was really good. Would come again:)

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LisaH
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, great food! We appreciate being able to choose outdoor seating right now.

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FallonV
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my 3rd time I'm in love with this place everything I've tried is amazing
The service is really good.

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MarieW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Our server Brandon was absolutely outstanding. The food was amazing the is Laplata best keep secret.

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SamE
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

This experience was not as good as the last time dined here. Our apps were good aside from one dish missing the sauce. All 3 orders of LP burgers were kind of dry, meat was over done. Our water glasses sat empty a bit. Service was kind of ok. I feel like we were overlooked a few times.
Usually we get great service and the food is really good. Not sure if they were just super busy in this night.

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KenW
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Our experience was great! The quality and service was excellent.

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WilliamR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love coming here and supporting our local business's. Wonderful service and the food was amazing!!

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Steffers
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was delicious, the prices fair for the quality, and the service outstanding. Also, I would like to commend management for maintaining adequate safe distance between tables on what is likely their busiest day of the year: Valentine's Day.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We arrived at 4:45 for a 5pm reservation. We were seated right away. Service for ordering was quick and thorough. The valentine day special menu was explained. I ordered the Chilean whole bass and my wife got the filet mignon. The bass was outstanding. Maybe the best fish dish I’ve ever had. The filet mignon was cooked perfectly and absolutely melted in your mouth. Everything was perfect. Outstanding staff.

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Linds
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They didn’t have a table ready for us, so they let us sit in the Sun Room, which was so awesome because it was just us so we were able to enjoy ourselves, our waiter was great

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Loved it and good value

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SarahM
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was a perfect spot to have dinner with a friend I hadn't seen in a while. The hostess was so sweet, kind, and considerate. We were seated right away. We were given a lovely table in the corner and it was quiet enough to catch up for over two hours. Our waitress was considerate and attentive. Food was good and we enjoyed a drink from the happy hour menu. It can be pricey here; it would be hard to do a good meal and a drink for under $40. But, the ambience, food, and attentiveness from the staff made it worth it.

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Charmx3
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was awesome..great service...Will be back for sure.

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Vanessa
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love the happy hr and the tacos! It is a go to restaurant for sure.

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We went because they had a fantastic special for restaurants week, and the food absolutely did not disappoint. It was delicious!! We will definitely be back even when it is not restaurants week.

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DebbieD
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Be careful had 2:15 reservations however service was cut off at 2:30. So we had 15 mins to order and pay our bill but we were welcome to eat until 3. Nothing like being rush for a place that’s not cheap to eat at!

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EmilieN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

This type of restaurant was needed in the area. But wont last long if this is how customers are treated. We came in at 2 pm for Sunday Brunch. However the kitchen closes at 2:30. Therefore we were RUSHED! From ordering, eating, paying check and leaving. Food was ok...Definitely could tell sauces/gravy was the VERY last bit. Just tell me something is 86 or out! Sausage gravy(hardly any at all)&Biscuits, 2 Corn Beef Benedict- and both same issues. Hardly any Hollandaise and Poached eggs overcooked. Corncake was very dry and also greesy with like an old black burnt greese allover. We just didn't eat them. We waited forever for items like sugar & spoons for coffee, jelly/jam, black pepper and never refilled water or coffees.
Our child was starving and of course his waffle was forgotten....then took forever to get cold sryup. And of course couldn't even put jelly or butter on it for him...because we didn't have any.
Over all everything was just whatever..The Kung Pao Brussels were the only item we actually enjoyed. But at this price point our check amount over 70.00 for 2 adults and 1 child (Restaurant week Menu) that is not OK especially without any alcohol!
Ultimately our conversation consisted of being waited on with kids vs not having them and being treated differently! I tipped just over 20% because of this cliche but truly should not have.

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MaggieA
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love The Charles! Their food is always super tasty and it’s great that it’s locally sourced!

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Sama
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food tasted like a home cooked meal your mother would make. The menu is limited but whatever you pick you won’t regret it. Will go again!

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LaKishaB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience1

There was nothing I would recommend from here. They were however Covid Safe.

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Vicki
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. The brussel sprouts are amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

No issues. The food was good. It was a little chilly inside the restaurant but other than that all was well.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, as always. Friendly and attentive staff. Will definitely be back.

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LeRaley
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVE The Charles. Excellent food. Eclectic. Great cocktails. We like to go at happy hour to get the specials. Great service. I think it's a great company to support. They seem to treat their employees well, they offer benefits. That's important to me, I've worked in the restaurant industry where you're often worked to death and treated like a dog. I thought it was very ethical of them to completely close at the beginning of the pandemic when we really had no idea what was going on. Either way the food is excellent. They have a new market next door (The Market) that has really cool unique foods and baked goods, sandwiches, alcohol, etc. This is city quality stuff in sleepy La Plata.

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ChrissyM
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is always outstanding! One of the best restaurants in SOMD by far.

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Greg
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great brunch, we were seated immediately, service was excellent and food was very good. Our table was near the kitchen so it was a little loud.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve 2021, everything was delicious, we ate at the bar top and our bartender was excellent! Thanks Jessica! One thing that stood out for food was the Bacon Steak appetizer. A tender slab of bacon with a balanced salt and smoke flavor, and the sauce was sweet with spicy notes.

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Kate
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Appetizer was good but after ordering waiter came back 15mins later to tell me they were out of what I ordered. When dinner started being served 2 hours prior. I order something else that had zero taste and I sent back. Also, my husband said I’m his steak had no texture. We will not return .

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Vicki
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was AMAZING and so was the service. From cocktails in the bar prior to our reservation to the moment we left, everything was absolutely perfect. And those brussel sprouts!!

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catgrrl24
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here was truly delicious and our waiter was very friendly and attentive. When we arrived the restaurant was very quiet but when we left, most tables were full. My friend was nervous, as she usually doesn't dine in during the pandemic. We didn't feel too close to anyone but it was definitely busy.
I will definitely return but may wait for warmer days to be able to sit outside! The brussels sprouts were just heavenly!

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DanielW
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always a great time :). Take a look at my post on The La Plata Observer

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GaryM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

One of the best restaurant's in Southern MD and is one of our favorite spots for great food and an enjoyable atmosphere.

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AudreyC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quick & friendly service. Felt COVID19 safe. Delicious food! I felt normal for a couple hours & it was wonderful!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our brunch after church was wonderful!

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vipRestaurantGoer
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and wonderful service!!

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DominiqueH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food. Service was great. Place clean and had an old feel to it loved it.

FAQs

The Charles offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (301) 392-5116.

The Charles is rated 4.5 stars by 569 OpenTable diners.

The Charles does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.giftrocker.com/secure/Order/?h=bf00bf18.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.