The Palm Washington DC

4.7
4060 Reviews
$30 and under
Steakhouse
Wherever you join us, The Palm will always feel like home. Known as the go-to place for great steaks, craft cocktails and fresh jumbo lump Nova Scotia Lobster since 1926, The Palm is both sophisticated and welcoming to generations of guests, all of whom are treated like family from hte moment they walk in the door.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 4060 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DianeR
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food1service5ambience5

The Ribeye was fantastic but the other 3 people had the Turkey dinner(Thanksgiving)and it was dry and blah.
Our waiter, Reggie, was fantastic and the place itself was very nice.

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vipMark
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving at the Palm with my family was wonderful!

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SeanD
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Palm in DuPont Circle is my favorite DC dinner spot. Relaxed, unpretentious, in a word, "civilized." Excellent Martini, by the way, which often makes all the difference. Love the place. SD

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Daisy
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall2food3service5ambience2

so disappointed. the palm in d.c. has always been our go to celebration point for business deals. Jimmy and Tony were GREAT. but they were unfortunately understaffed. I had heard that new ownership took over in 2020. it shows as I doubt we will go back despite the fantastic service. note to ownership: if you can support your staff, then you probably shouldn't be in the business in the first place.

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Jose
Mexico City
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Palm is always a wonderful place to dine. I never tire of it.

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vipJimmy
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Given Covid issues, the evening was spectacular. The service was 5 star. Honestly, it was the best meal I've ever had a the Palm, and I've had many a meal there.

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vipTriedEmAll
Washington DC
88 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Palm consistent provided an excellent dining experience. The menu, the wine list, the food and the service are alway great!

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Palm is a DC staple and is never disappointing. The staff is stellar!

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vipGregS
Baltimore
39 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food with outstanding service. It does not get better than this.

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vipAdam
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

For the record The DC Palm is one of my favorites. The staff and regulars are like family, and I miss the bar during the pandemic. The restaurant has done a remarkable job of staying open. In March all of the Palms were purchased by Landry's. I have no opinion on if this is good or bad, the family founders of the Palm wanted to retire. With a new owner sometime comes change both for economy and efficiency. Case in point is the crab cake. In the past The Palm offered a crab cake sandwich that was pan fried, as well as an entree broiled crab cake. This meant that they had 2 different crab cakes, but each with a unique purpose. Well efficiency won out over serving an excellent entree crab cake and the broiled crab cake is history. It's really too bad. I'm not sure if the new owners reviewed past sales, but I'm sure The Plam served a lot more broiled crab cakes then pan fried.

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TomB
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday dinner for a 23 year old carnivore. We had to take food home!
Ambiance was so-so due to Covid, but food and service was excellent.

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vipMichaelR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Went for the Italian Heritage Sunday Dinner Special featuring Veal Chop Parm for 2, but was served only a single veal chop to be shared, a disappointingly small portion for 2 diners. At $80, not a good value

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vipLauraA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the team at The Palm DC was amazing. Fabulous food combined with great service from Chuck, Rick and the team made for a top notch experience.

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TanishaR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a party of six... our server was very quick on her feet she made sure we had everything we asked for from food to our drinks even if they didn’t have it in the menu thanks

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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about dining at The Palm was exceptional -

Except - the crying baby next to us -

It interrupted our special dinner for my daughter’s law school graduation

Erica (I think was our waitress) was absolutely amazing !

No complaints other than the noise level of the little one

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vipBrad
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food and wine were fabulous, but we became rather disenchanted when it took 15 minutes after we'd completed eating and our server came to ask about dessert ... and after we said 'no, thank you', anther 15 minutes before he even looked our way so we could confirm a readiness for the check.

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vipYoshiO
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for your usual excellent service! Hope to see you soon!

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vipTraci
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Steaks were over done-sent back
Crab legs came after dinner was over instead of with dinner
Plates were dirty
Nice running in front of restaurant window
Brussel sprouts under cooked
We really only saw our waiter twice, once when we sat down and when he boxed our food. The rest of the time the FM was at our table apologizing for the mess ups
We definitely won't go back
Have never had this experience at any other Palm

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vipChuck
Washington DC
179 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best food, service and experience. Solid in every way. Shared lobster and a rib eye and king crab. Palm beer is really great as well!

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vipFrequentGuest
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Martinis and steak for lunch with a friend during COVID...ok.
The Palm is good. Service is always great, the meat is right. I love their soups. And they have blue cheese olives and little slivers of ice on top after they pour a martini. Will be back.

JM
JamahlM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food good staff. Thanks Vincent (manager) for accommodating my special requests.

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Yankeehoya
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I've thought about eating at the Palm for decades and finally got around to it. Bottom Line - very good meal. However for $54, an ala carte 14 ounce steak should be amazing. It wasn't, but I did enjoy it. Our waiter was both friendly and very professional. My only knock on the service was that when I made the reservation, I requested a bottle of Stag's Leap Artemis be decanted an hour before we arrived. I called again, the day before the meal, and was told the restaurant was aware of my request. I arrived 10 minutes before my guest and inquired about the wine. The receptionist told me it was decanting. After we ordered our lunch, a bottle was brought out and uncorked at the table. This would be understandable if they were busy, but the restaurant was literally empty when I arrived for an 12:00 luncheon.

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MarkS
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent, the meal was exceptional, and the atmosphere in the restaurant was elegant and relaxing. A great dining experience!

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vipAdam
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding a real Washington treasure. I would highly recommend the palm for every special occasion.

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GMW77
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After a bit of a slow start (our fault for requesting a different table - not the one by the bathroom), it was great. We loved our waiter. He was knowledgeable and helped us with both food and drink selections. We all learned a little bit more about port. The service was attentive without being cloying. All very professional. The food was terrific. We started with the shrimp cocktail for the table. He split two Cesar salads for the three of us (thank you!) and was very generous with the anchovies (on the side). We had steaks, cocktails and wine and port for dessert. It was a great evening. Thanks.

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vipLizPowerful
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great and attentive waiter. He also showed us pictures of his new puppies, which we loved! The food is wonderful at the Palm, but we always go back for the service

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vipAlex
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Unfortunately a very disappointing experience. Despite there not being many customers, service was incredibly poor. I had to request flatware, then had to get a server's attention to order. The wedge salad was good, the Manhattan was ok, the filet, Oscar-style, was... beyond odd. Instead of crab and asparagus, they had pickled peppers and tough lobster meat. It just wasn't working.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Shelly terrible experience. My father and I ordered steaks and both were cooked to the wrong temperature. Mine was returned fine, but my father’s was again incorrect. Even then, my filet mignon tasted recently unthawed. We also h had a glass each of 1942, which had very distinctly been diluted. The entire order was comp’d but we won’t be going back.

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vipMayor
Atlanta
21 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food is always good as is the service. Because of the pandemic it was very quiet that night, but all was good.

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OpenTable Diner
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. The fried oysters was so delicious!!

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vipDesignerM
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Room could use some decorating - too plain. Food was wonderful as I remember it.

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SueS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We had a good meal, but not great. Our waiter was wonderful. Did not like the atmosphere much at all. We enjoyed ourselves though.

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vipclevelandparkguru
Washington DC
480 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When you are at the Palm you know its going to be Great Service and Wonderful Food. Shrimp Cocktail and Shrimp Cocktail Bruno Style were both outstanding. Great size in the shrimp!! A Must. Excellent drinks. NY Strip was perfect and Salmon was outstanding!

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QuahogGirl
Tasmania
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, John, was personable and professional. He was old school - like the Palm! Food was cooked just right. Hubby got the lamb chops and I got the 9 oz filet. Perfectly cooked and delicious. Lamb was better than the steak but not by much. Healthy pour of wine in a large stemmed glass with a small carafe. Husband's whiskey in a solid, crystal old fashioned. Creamed spinach with a touch of nutmeg and fried onions and jumbo shrimp apps were huge! Cheesecake to top it all off - large enough to share! A memorable dining experience

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GerhardW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, service. Masks and social distancing were followed. Very nice evening.

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vipAnonymous
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall3food1service5ambience5

For the price, we expected the Tomahawk steak to be tender but it wasn’t. Regardless, it did have a great flavor.

We enjoy going to the Palm, and we usually enjoy our time there because of the ambience, service and food, but sometimes the food just doesn’t meet our expectations for the price. Such is life.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service- as always.

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vipDennisR
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best bone-in filet I’ve ever had! Despite being short-staffed because of pandemic you would never know it. Service was great!

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vipdoc40
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food at reasonable prices and outstanding service

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Michael
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall good. With the place empty it echoed with two extremely loud people. Not the restaurant fault, just very loud guest. The price we pay for being so empty I guess.
The steak was a little overcooked, asked for medium rare but got medium. Still very tasty. Drinks were outstanding.

FAQs

The Palm Washington DC offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 293-9091.

The Palm Washington DC is rated 4.7 stars by 4060 OpenTable diners.

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.

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