The Charles

4.5
312 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.

Wednesday, November 27, 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

What 312 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food is good. the service could be alittle faster.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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!

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WT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice healthy eating

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TB
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just love eating there!!! Food and service is always good. Will be back soon.

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Went for brunch. Both of us got an eggs Benedict. 0 out of 4 eggs were poached correctly. :(

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SJ
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my Mom’s Birthday in the sunroom. The food was delicious and the service was fantastic!!

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DK
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

It was great! I have Celiac disease so have to eat Gluten free. They have some things on the menu GF but they will accommodate you. The waitress was outstanding! Very knowledgeable about Celiac. Great gluten free dessert! Only thing we didnt like like was the restaurant smelled moldy as from a roof leak.

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B
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was very accommodating. The hostess held a table for us outside then changed our mind to dine inside, not a problem. She was also very helpful in recommending her favorites. We were dining with friends we hadn’t seen in a while, so there was more talking than eating. Our server was very patient. We all had their burger(s) which were excellent.

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NS
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our 2nd visit to The Charles and both times it has been great. Service was good, food was good. My husband couldn't stop talking about the Fried Cat Fish, he says please don't take it off the menu. The only thing is in the description of the Fried Chicken maybe put a note of what type of Chicken. I am not a fan of the thigh and that was one of the pieces given to me. We would recommend The Charles to our friends and family.

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AB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Friendly atmosphere. Good food. Well kept secret in Southern Md.

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JC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I'm so glad that The Charles opened up where Casey Jones used to be. The food was very good! My husband and I both ordered the Benedict. Mine was with crab and his plain. The crab was very good and the portions were substantial. We will be back as it is nice to have a local restaurant that is not a chain restaurant.

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ES
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was excellent for the price and area. The restaurant was very tastefully decorated and comfortable. The only negative with our experience was poor service. Our server was inattentive and talked so fast we could barely understand him. He only did the bare minimum required to bring food and drinks to the table and made no attempt to be friendly or informative about the menu. It was impossible not to feel like he was rushing us out the door and it was only 730. I would definitely go back again but hopefully get a different server

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KD
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We had a group of people who wanted to celebrate a milestone moment--and the Charles was the perfect place in which to savor the yumminess of the gathering!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was good the service was great and is nice to be able to find that outside of a chain restaurant.

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1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit. There were 7 us who were in the area for a family reunion. Xavier was our waiter and he was great. He was very attentive and personable. Food was great. Looking forward to visiting again!

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KF
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was delicious. Service was very good too. We went for our monthly girls night dinner. Going to come back with the hubby.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We’ve come for brunch in the past so since it was my husbands birthday we decided to come for dinner. Food was excellent. Our server was attentive but not overbearing. This is our go to place.

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GD
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I don't know why we had not heard of this restaurant before now, but we are SO glad we did! This is just the kind of restaurant the Southern Maryland needed. The food was fresh and delicious. The service was excellent and the atmosphere for Sunday Brunch was GREAT! We'll be back!

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SF
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was great, food was even better! And pricing was excellent!

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OT
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Came for brunch. Service was fast and food was delicious. The only disappointment were shells in my crab cake Benedict and it would have been better with lump crab meat. Others in our group had hummus and pitas, crab cake sandwich, seafood louie, and omelet. We also had mimosas and bloody Mary's. They have a large selection of bloody Mary's. We were seated right away. Looking forward to coming back. We had an enjoyable time.

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1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I met two of my long time buddies from high school (1962 - 1966) and their wives for dinner. 2 1/2 hours of great conversation, food and drink.
After dinner we headed across the street to a play.
A Special evening
Thanks open table for making part of this evening possible

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DF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My second time dining with The Charles. Place and staff were perfect. Atmosphere was quiet and relaxed. Great food and drinks. Definitely would recommend and coming back again.

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TC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice, quaint setting. Our server, Collin was very descriptive with the menu. Would definitely return.

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AD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my 4th time there! Dinner twice and brunch twice, each time great. This is great local restaurant. Great food and the service is always fantastic.

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G
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch, bar scene and outdoor dining.

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LB
Western NC
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Good location. Food is fresh. The waiting time for food could be improved. Victoria is lovely, very personable and offers suggestions.

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BH
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

Food was not impressive at all especially for the price. Chicken wing app was served with raw chicken, wedge salad had to be sent back due to old/discolored lettuce and the mixed greens were terrible tasting. Hostess was extremely rude and although our server was nice, he did not know the menu or generic menu questions when asked. For the building to have been newly remodeled, it was dirty and old feeling. I will not be back nor will I recommend this establishment.

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MH
Richmond
18 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Charles is one of the best things that has happened to La Plata recently. It is a 1st class restaurant with a quality (albeit somewhat limited) menu and great service...

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Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed our first visit to The Charles. The food was outstanding and the service was awesome. We sat on the patio, by choice. It was nice out there but a lot of road noise. They have an awesome craft beer selection!

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LF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. As were the cocktails. I’ll definitely be going back in the near future.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Staff was courteous and welcomed us with smiles and hellos. The food was delicious and the menu items were varied.

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MW
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

We have been to The Charles 3 times since they opened. Our first visit, just before Christmas, was wonderful. We could not wait to return. 2nd visit was with friends and the food was ok, steak were a little over cooked and service was slow. This last visit was for mothers day. It was stressful to learn that you serve brunch until 3pm on the weekend. We were there at 2pm. You did work to accommodate some additional menu options and were kind to us with the changes. The food was decent however a little too salty and I love salt. My mom did not get her meal until the rest of us were almost done. She only ordered a crab cake sandwich. Overall my husband and I feel that service, etc. has declined each time we have been - 3 total. We would love to see The Charles step up its game as we would love a place to eat that we simply want to be at all the time!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for mother's day brunch. This is hands down my favorite brunch place outside of D.C. The food was, once again, amazing. The waiter was attentive without being overbearing. And even though it was packed we never felt forgotten or like an afterthought.

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TL
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The breakfast was ok. I would love to go back for lunch or dinner to try that. The place is so cute inside.

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DW
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

the orange juice in my drink tasted like orange drink instead of juice. the pork sausage was cooked dry, no flavor. the home fries had a baked on coating on the outside like the french toast sticks, dry and not too moist on the inside. You should call it something else because it doesn't resemble home fried potatoes.

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D
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 5

This was our second time here and the food was excellent again. The staff was very good and attentive to all her tables
We are definitely going back

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CD
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Best restaurant in Charles CO. Repeat customer, last Saturday was a bit busy and our server had a large party in the Blue Room at the same time as our table and service was a bit off from previous experiences, with a few miscues from the runners to the table and beverage service also lagged. Always have enjoyed the food, the buffalo shrimp app is a favorite, but Saturday night the blue cheese crumble garnish was missing except for 1 single lonely piece. Tried the catfish and it was tasty, but I was a bit surprised at the portion size, another 2 or 3 oz would have been appreciated for the $$$

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RC
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Food and service were both outstanding! One of the best happy hours in the area.

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

Our server Stevie was amazing! We loved every minute of our brunch!

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JG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic and our waiter was very attentive. Oysters were fresh and delicious! Dessert is a must! The carrot cake and the brownie sundae were top notch! Going back this week to try the lunch menu!

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