The Charles

4.5
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350 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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Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Come bring your freinds and family this Thanksgivng and enjoy our Thanksgiving speical.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Come celebrate The Charles first Christmas Eve and our Christmas special. Bring your friends, family and loved ones and yourself and dine in with us.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

The Charles first Christmas come celebrate and dine with us and enjoy our christmas special.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Come do New Year's Eve by doing your countdown with us and enjoying our New Year's Eve speical.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 350 People Are Saying
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and atmosphere!

J
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good service. Food average. Brulee cheesecake was awesome! Chad was our waiter and was great!

KT
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Overall atmosphere very nice. Service was good but a little forgetful. Food was ok but a bit oversalted. Calimari was very good but very small portion for the price. I was a bit disappointed as I had set this up as a birthday dinner but there was no recognition of the event when I mentioned it during service or at dessert time. I would come back bit possibly for a lunch special.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always.

F
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Appetizer Brussels sprouts entree salmon drinks dessert brownie everything yum! Service by Ned great will be back soon!

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Service was a little slow but they were very busy. Food was excellent.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Underwhelming. Keep coming back expecting more... not such luck. Each time part of the conversation is “I wish there were more restaurant options in la plata”

D
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Love The Charles!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Our second visit, and it was not as successful as the first. My entrée (Boneless Fried Chicken) was cold in the middle. A new, fresh plate was prepared quickly, but other than a quick apology from the server there was no acknowledgement of the error, nor any discount on the bill. Disappointing, but still one of the better restaurants in the greater Waldorf area.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely first time! I enjoyed the small but varied menu & the service was wonderful. Will definitely return.

NG
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

It's a nice atmosphere and our server was very friendly but was disappointed with my meal. I got the chicken salad sandwich and a fruit salad. Very skimpy on the chicken salad, though tasty,...nice bread but dry sandwich overall. Fruit salad consisted of cantaloupe and honeydew melon...no berries, peaches, or apples. Subpar.

OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great location, and wonderfully friendly staff!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great evening and location for our anniversary food was great. We had a great time. Didn’t feel rushed. Drinks were mixed to perfection. Starters were unique and delicious. Min meal was fantastic. We had to have desert because all the previous courses were so good. We ended up rolling out very satisfied. We can’t wait to return.

PK
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to celebrate my birthday! Food and service were great, will definitely be back!

OT
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We always enjoy our dinner at the Charles

DF
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 3

I ordered a medium steak and it was rare. The service was horrible for a place that wasn't busy at all. The server completely ignored us for the most part. When the food came out all but a salad came out and by the time we got the salad for the last person everyone was almost done eating. Never got drink refills or ketchup one of the kids requested. The food is good but just ruined by the poor service.

NS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Of course I would recommend The Charles, I have and will continue to do so. My husband and I have been there several times and enjoy the people (wait staff & management). This visit was to celebrate a friends birthday and my husband always recommends the Cat Fish. He was just a little disappointed this time because they changed the sauce from an Aoli to a Tarter Sauce. One of our friends is a vegan eater and she was able to find a few choices.
Thank you

PC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The server, Casey, was inattentive and forgetful. It took her 30 minutes to bring the appetizers, had to ask for drink refills and then got the wrong beverages. I would let it go but this was our second time with her as our server and had the same experience two times. It may be a lo g while before we return. Food was very good.

BB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

The service was painfully slow and for some reason the fries were different which we look forward to every time. There was no color to them at all and not crispy, as usual.

D
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful. Will be back for happy hour.

l
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

My burger was overcooked- I ordered it medium it was basically well done.

DC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We were celebrating a special occasion and it was very lovely
Service was exceptional food was great
Was a little surprised our table was not ready since we had a reservation and it was not busy

LW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I tried the herb baked chicken for the first time, and it was exceptional. Service overall good as well. Look forward to returning soon.

KD
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you like local dining, this is a must. The Charles is a great Southern Maryland restaurant. We had a wonderful brunch.

K
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here for restaurant week and it was another great meal. The atmosphere was wonderful the food was excellent and the service was great

ES
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 2

Did not like the meal selection! Lot of fried food and to spicy!

PM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food is flavourful but pricy. The staff were pleasant and welcoming. We were seated in the area surrounding the open kitchen which was noisy; kitchen staff noisy and somewhat boisterous, clanging dishes and pots and pans, which made it difficult to have a conversation.

LS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We ate outside and there were a lot of flies. I totally get that food+outside=flies/bugs...was just annoying. Other than that everything was great! Danielle is a great server...hope we are in her section the next time we are there!

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent. It’s nice to have a local gem that’s local,not a chain. The fact that they locally source their food and beers is a bonus. We will definitely be going back.

ML
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Came in for my wife's birthday and 4 out of 5 of us did not like the food. Complained to waiter. He offered to re-make dinners but at that point no one felt like waiting. Did not take anything off bill or offer dessert. Waiter was also average at best. Had to wait for drinks, bread, etc. Overpriced for food quality and service. Have to admit that I have been several times for brunch and that has always been great! May give them another chance, but doubtful.

G
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, wonderful time, food and service.

The Charles
Responded on July 29, 2019

Thank you for your review of The Charles! We love our craft cocktails and glad you enjoyed your visit here! Come see us again!

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KS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Noise level was ungodly high. Unable to have conversation with others at table. Ordered ice tea and it was brought to the table with no sugar or sweeteners. Cheeseburger brought to table with no ketchup or mustard. We requested both sweeteners and mustard and the waiter forgot. We eventually had to ask a second waiter who brought them to the table. I will not waste my time or money on a return visit

CO
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Very disappointed after reading such great reviews. Our wait staff was more interested in talking with a table in the next room. Will certainly find another restaurant to spend $200.00 for 4 to have dinner.

s
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eight of us had dinner at the Charles on Friday before heading to the play house to see Guys and Dolls. Our server was Danni and she was the best. We told her we had to make a 8 pm show so she was very aware of the timing. She promptly took our order brought our drinks, appetizers and our meals. Perfectly timed. Food was excellent. Those new spinach dip fries were so delicious. I hope you will keep on the menu.

The Charles
Responded on July 29, 2019

Thank you for review of The Charles! We're glad you enjoyed our special Spinach Dip Fries - Our chefs are working hard to continue with local specials! Hope you enjoyed the show and come back for your next pre-theater meal!

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K
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 2

Restaurant wasn’t crowded at all but it took quite some time to get our food and especially a long time to get dessert. Food was good but nothing exceptional and prices were decent, a little high for the location.

G
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service, and atmosphere were excellent. The restaurant has a folksy southern feel. Menu is not huge but the have a good selection of quality dishes. We plan to only eat here on special occasions as the menu is on the pricey side.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food is good. the service could be alittle faster.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing. Everyone enjoyed what they ordered. My only gripe is that I felt the Cesar dressing was bland and it looked like the lettuce has sat out a bit too long as it was beginning to turn brown. Everything else was OUTSTANDING!

j
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always enjoy this restaurant. Food is great, service and presentation are always outstanding. It’s a little loud for enjoyable after dinner conversation on a weekend and a little pricey for dining there all the time. But I’d still recommend dinner here whenever you can.

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