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The Charles, La Plata, MD

The Charles

4.4
4.4
822 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon, Tue, Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm Wed, Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (301) 392-5116

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    Welcome to The Charles, an iconic restaurant space in the heart of historic La Plata, Maryland.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator: (301) 392-5116

  • Neighborhood

    La Plata

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 822 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. L

    Lrv8rman

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food, attention to detail and always checking to see how everything is, bringing refreshments etc
  2. M

    Monica

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Overall, great experience. However, the food came out warm and there was no justification for this when there were approximately 8-10 customers at the hour we dined in. Aside from this, the flavor was great, customer service was exceptional. Oh.. the table we sat at needed a tune-up. The table was wobbly when leaning up against it, which was a distracting, uncomfortable situation.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server provided excellent service and the food was absolutely delicious!
  4. ES

    EmilyS

    Jacksonville

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    We were originally seated inside next to the bar, which was exceptionally loud and not particularly impressive. We asked to sit out on the front patio as the noise level inside was higher than we expected for a “nicer” restaurant. Our server was kind but very slow- it took us 20 minutes to get our drinks and over 40 minutes for our food to come. The appetizer (Brussel Sprouts) were the best thing we had. I ordered the fish and chips and was very disappointed by the three fish sticks on chips that came out, along with a side of very watery coleslaw (which I did not try). My husband bought the TC Burger which he said was decent, but not worth the $20 we paid for it. After three drinks total, an app and 2 mains we landed at $105 after tip. The website makes the restaurant appear as an upscale place, the prices included, but the ambiance, service, and food presented more at a Greene Turtle level. Super disappointed.
  5. V

    Vibe

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Need more options for vegetarians and vegans or I would come more often.
  6. L

    Lorac

    Baltimore

    42 reviews

    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious!
  7. RA

    ReinaA

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The staff was welcoming and kind. The food was great. I had the fried chicken with mashed potatoes and spinach
  8. KO

    KONG

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food and service were outstanding. Could use a few more fans for outside dining. Overall excellent experience. Of note they do allow dogs ouside!
  9. T

    Tasha

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The wait staff was helpful and pleasant. The food presentation was eye catching and very tasty. Beverages were favorable and on point with the amount of alcohol. I will definitely return and refer others.
  10. B

    Beau

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    We will never go back. Expected regular lunch menu as advertised on website, but only limited brunch menu was available. Food was terrible: hamburger burnt black; fries and hashbrowns also burnt; requested unsuccessfully that salmon not be blackened; ordered cole slaw and received fries. I have never seen my father put ketchup on a piece of salmon before, anywhere. Worst meal I can ever remember.
  11. D

    Disappointed

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Sat at the bar and Charles, the bartender, was awesome! We couldn’t decide what to drink and asked him to surprise! He made the best mezcal margarita. He was a great sport and offered great service!!
  12. LJ

    LorenaJ

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    4 year Anniversary
  13. ML

    MelissaL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great brunch - really good food, attentive service. Pecan French toast is delicious, chicken and waffles is fantastic.
  14. DN

    DianneN

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    My group sat at the outside tables. Our meals were good and the service was friendly.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Love this public house. Prices are a bit high in my opinion for what you get. Would like to see a larger selection on the menu. Very allergy friendly.
  16. S

    Sibsas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Charles has a variety of different types of food for brunch. If you are into Bloody Mary' s, they have a fun "build your own" menu. You select each component for your drink.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Cost versus what you received was not sensible. Went doing brunch. It was way over-priced. $19 for bacon eggs and 1 slice of French toast slice turkey sausage over cooked.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Had the bottomless mimosas for brunch! Also tried the chicken and waffle sliders and they were really good.
  19. AW

    AudreyW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great place to dine and the food was good! I loved the outdoor patio! Can’t wait to try the brunch.
  20. D

    Dizguy

    Birmingham

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were in La Plata for a few days for family event. This is a great locals place with fun atmosphere (which is what we seek out when traveling). Terrific service and food. Prices a bit elevated but everything is during these inflationary times. Bottom line; we had dinner here on Friday night, and brought guests back for brunch on Saturday morning.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    My meal was delicious. I order the Crispy Chicken Palliard. The service was a little slow but our server had several tables and one large party. Overall the experience was good. I will definitely go back.
  22. MD

    MsDee

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    The restaurant used good ingredients, but they just didn't seem to come together in a flavorful way. Server was inattentive--a slice of pie arrived 20 minutes after the coffee had been served.
  23. LH

    LatanyaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our server, Tiffany, was amazing. She was on top of everything making. The food was delicious.
  24. M

    Michele18

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday choice. Food was excellent, but a bit expensive for family of 4. It’s a better value for happy hour and appetizers which is what we usually come in for here.
  25. TB

    TheBestWifey

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a wonderful Mother's Day treat. Food was great and very flavorful. The ambiance was excellent and the service was superb! We will definitely be dining there again.
  26. MF

    MonicaF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant was delicious! We got the filet and the chicken paillard, both were absolute perfection! We also had the carrot cake and key lime pie which did not disappoint. Highly recommend!
  27. F

    Foodie

    Baltimore

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great go to neighborhood restaurant. A little pricey, but the food is really good.
  28. LW

    LockW

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our food was very good, and April, our server waas friendly and efficient. We enjoyed a great meal with our family!
  29. L

    Linda

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    I made a reservation for indoor seating on open table but on arrival was told they changed it to outdoor seating since that was what they thought I preferred in the past. I pulled up the reservation on my phone showing "standard seating " and was told no indoor tables were available, that they were all for people with reservations. Not wanting to make a scene or be rude (like the hostesses) our party of 4 sat on the patio. I won't be back anytime soon since they cannot provide good customer service.
  30. EB

    ElizabethB

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    We eat here quite often but I was overall disappointed with my food last night. I ordered the mahi-mahi which is a newer food item on the menu. I substituted the risotto for the rice. The fish was dry (overcooked) and didn’t seem to be seasoned. The risotto was not creamy at all and it was more like rice in a clump under the fish, although the flavor was good. I also had their farm salad which was very fresh and delicious.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    15 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Our table was in the bar. We requested a different room but that was the only one open. It was very noisy with folks yelling from one side of the bar to the other as people who have been at a bar for a while tend to do. We ordered buffalo wings and they were good. I ordered Herb Chicken for my main course. When the food arrived the waitress handed me my plate without telling me it was full of juice. I was wearing a new $50 Disney spirit Shirt. The entire front of the shirt as well as my pants and the turtle neck under it were SOAKED. Despite my best effort, I was unable to salvage my new shirt, the front is one big grease stain. To add insult to injury the chicken was terrible. It was overcooked, dried out but mushy in places at the same time. I have been to 5he Charles before and it was okay. This last time was unacceptable and probably will be my last time.
  32. CS

    CynthiaS

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Our server was amazing!! I wish I remembered her name. The food was good though a bit pricey for eggs and bacon. The food was delivered hot with minimal wait.
  33. BN

    BobN

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Food and service were good. However, we had requested dining room seating and upon arrival , were notified that the dining room was closed and we wood be seated in the bar area..…which was quite noisy. Instead of a nice, peaceful atmosphere, we were now sitting in a loud sports bar!! On any Saturday and Sunday during football season that would have been fine, but not on a Saturday “date night” with my wife of 60+ years! Bob Navarra. P.S. Any chance of discounted Thursday “pizza nights” returning to the bar area? That was very popular for many years. Thank you. BN.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always delicious and always great service. :)
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The worst restaurant I have ever been to. Made a reservation since they had a 45 minute wait. Went at the reservation time and had to wait another 15 minutes while they cleaned a table. Server took another 15 minutes to take the order. She kept forgetting we were there and when I asked about the food she said “I’m busy”, even though she only had what looked like 4 tables to help. The food took another 45 minutes. The drinks never came. I ordered a steak that came out RAW and was cold. Ordered desert to go and they were all wrong when I got home. This place was incredibly expensive and the food was terrible, the service was terrible, the ambiance was terrible.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    We were seated 10 min after our reservation, it was over an hour before we received our meals (fish & chips, blackened salmon). Our server interacted with us 3-4 times during the 1.5 hrs we were there. We won’t be coming back.
  37. TC

    ThadC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    My wife and I always enjoy dining at The Charles, but make sure you request dining room seating if you want to have any conversations. The bar area has very low ceilings and is ridiculously loud and noisy.
  38. S

    Shunda

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great Food
  39. LF

    LeeFoodie

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    Our server Jordan was excellent. She had a large section and you could tell the restaurant was busy but she was still attentive to each table and quick on her feet. The food was just okay. My partner and I have been here a few times. Overall the food is just okay. I do like the variety of the menu and the cute market attached to the restaurant is smart. I just wish the food were more remarkable and it's presentation.
  40. JB

    JerryB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    We were disappointed. It was noisy, our food was cold and it was not good value.

FAQs

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

The Charles is rated 4.4 stars by 822 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today
Google Map for The Charles

417 Charles St La Plata, MD 20646

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    La Plata

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon, Tue, Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm Wed, Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (301) 392-5116

  • Private party facilities

    Welcome to The Charles, an iconic restaurant space in the heart of historic La Plata, Maryland.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator: (301) 392-5116

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