The Charles

4.5
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419 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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What 419 People Are Saying
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CL
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous place. Will do again next year when in the area.

CA
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Plenty of parking. Met at the door and was seated right away. Staff was very helpful and friendly. The food was outstanding, I had the blackened salmon and my wife had the meatloaf. We will definitely visit again.

G
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall2food4service3ambience2

Sadly, despite wanting to celebrate an anniversary and being a regular, I was denied alcohol. I certainly look my AARP age and thought it was ridiculous.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A group of girlfriends getting out on their monthly 2nd Thursday happy hour/dinner. We rotate local locations each month and had a great experience at the Charles! The food was outstanding, the drinks were good and our waitress, Jamie H was the best! She was so personable and fun! Her evening was a complete joy!!!!

J
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We loved everything we had! What a cute spot! We also loved that they had round tables that accommodated 6 people, it makes it so much easier to talk!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

The visit to the Charles was fun. It was a friends bday. Waitress was really nasty to our table. Very rude . But the food.... soooo delicious!!!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful meal! The food was delicious and our waitress Jaime was the best! Will be back soon!

CK
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal we’ve had at the Charles! Drinks were great and served in a timely manner as was our entire meal! Hancock Farms meats were amazing, as always and my scalloped potatoes were possibly the best I have ever had!

CL
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Unfortunately, the kitchen overcooked my eggs on my Eggs Benedict. I could have sent them back but decided not to. The staff was friendly and attentive and the restaurant has a good location.

PW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience2

This was the second time dining at the Charles on Sunday morning. It was not as good as the first time, we were seated in the bar area and the service was very slow. Next time I will ask to be seated in the dining room.

LH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The Crab Benedict and Kung Pao Brussels Sprouts are amazing. Definitely worth trying!

A
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My family and I have gone to this place almost weekly the last three weeks! The food is awesome and we ALL absolutely love the brussel sprouts as the appetizer....so delicious! Definitely a place we will visit as much as possible. So happy that it is so close!

MD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time diners at The Charles. What a great meal. The Kung Pao Brussel Sprouts were incredible. I will definitely be back.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Hreat service and food.

LF
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Went for Valentine's and was told the special Surf and Turf dinner had already run out but then it was offered to a couple who sat down 15 minutes after us. We weren't happy with that aspect of our Valentine's Dinner.

MM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Quality food, well prepared. Attentive to food allergy. Nice ambiance. Will go again. And the kitchen is open late on weekends!

TC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food & service was amazing! We will be back to bring the entire fam!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! Highly recommend!

CK
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Ambiance and service was great. But things started out a little rough with our cocktails served improperly. That was cheerfully corrected. We choose from the Valentines Day special menu for our meal. The apps were great as was the dessert, but the entree of “Surf & Turf” was a real disappointment. It was billed as a 12 oz ribeye with prawns. What we got was ONE small heads on shrimp and a piece of steak so thinly sliced that it could have been roast beef. The flavor was good and it was almost cooked to the temp I requested (hard to cook a steak that thin to rare). This was the third visit we have made to this establishment and each time we have been disappointed! We are not hard to please, just expected more of a place operated by a company with such a good reputation.

JH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Went for lunch on our anniversary (valentines day). The food was amazing. We definitely plan on returning to try out the rest of the menu. I highly recommend trying out this place!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wasn’t busy for lunch on Valentine’s Day. Food was awesome and so was the service

PW
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My fiance and I had brunch on Sunday 2/09/20. I made reservations, so when we arrive we had a short wait before being seated. The food was great the only complaint was that the bar had an issue with our drink order and we were well into the meal when his Bloody Mary arrived. Other than that the experience was very pleasant. We agreed that we plan to come back. Glad to have another nice eating option in Southern Maryland.

OT
Montana
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Got our food before our drinks but both were awesome

AC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server was attentive & let us sit & talk after we were finished eating- no rush. They don’t have music playing in the background, so it’s easy to talk! The specialty burger was delicious & filling. I can’t get enough of the brûlée cheesecake! This is quickly becoming one of my favorite places to eat!

N
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent and the food was even better we enjoyed ourselves

A
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is amazing and the service to match! One of the best meals our family has had. We are so happy it is so close!

AC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The Brussels sprouts were delicious & the Brûlée cheesecake was yum! The meatloaf was ok. The servers were nice & quick. The restaurant appeared clean & inviting.

JS
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service!

K
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my husband's birthday at The Charles. Great time, great food and great service. We will be going back!

The Charles
Responded on February 2, 2020

Thank you so much for the positive feedback - We're so happy to hear you enjoyed your experience! Looking forward to your next celebration with us!

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TB
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! The staff is not only friendly but rather efficient. We were there for several hours and were never rushed to finish. Highly recommend others dine here if you have a large group gathering for dinner.

SA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant. Great food options, friendly service. Will continue to bring family and friends for the dining experience.

F
Baltimore
25 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
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
4 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
6 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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