The Palm Washington DC

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Steakhouse
Palm Restaurant...The Classic American Steak House is renowned for its USDA prime aged steaks, jumbo Nova Scotia lobsters, Italian dishes, the freshest of seafood, warm smiles, outstanding service and an atmosphere like nowhere else. If you can't find your representative on Capitol Hill, you better check Palm Restaurant in Washington DC. Since 1972, Palm Restaurant has built a loyal guest base made up of the who's who of Washington, including the political elite, the city's socialites, power brokers and media personalities such as Tucker Carlson and Bob Schieffer who can also be seen among the hordes of loyal Palm Restaurant guests.
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4.6
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4.4
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OT
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reggie was a wonderful server. The noise level was a little overwhelming initially, but as the night went on, it made for easier conversation as people left

JC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great birthday dinner at The Palm! The bartender and my server were extremely helpful and friendly.

OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food good service

FW
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Thanksgiving dinner!

RM
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good Thanksgiving dinner, plenty of turkey, more than any of us could eat. Those who didn't enjoyed a good steak dinner, fries, creamed spinach and all the good Palm selections. The usual good Palm service and food. Not too busy for Thanksgiving, good we talk and hear each other. We will be back.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving with my daughter and her friends . What a great time , and the food was amazing . We will be back soon!

k
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Some of our table’s food looked good, but I ordered the crab cakes for main and it was absolutely horrible. Way too much breadcrumbs and way too greasy. The delicate flavour of the crab was completely drenched in these two. I expected much more from the Palm.

d
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Food and service are first class, however the ambiance does not live up to those first 2 elements: tables are tight and it is really loud. Lots of kids and teenagers in sweat pants and hoodies (at least on a Saturday night) just doesn’t make it feel as special occasion as it used to

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My husband birthday! He had a great time.

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Went for lunch and got NY strip. Super thin and tough. Nothing to write home about. Others at table liked there food. Salmon, filet and salad.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I felt rushed and I was overcharged for Power Lunch

ES
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience4

Was very disappointed that the veal parm lunch special was what amounted to a smaller-than-appetizer portion. Truly surprised that the Palm's kitchen would allow something like that to be sent out to a customer.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

The Palm is not what it used to be. The menu lacks many of the entrees from the "old days". I had a salad that was drenched in dressing and basically not edible. It was the wedge salad. My tuna appetizer was fairly good but nothing to die for. Overall I don't plan to return but my husband and I hadn't been in a long time and wanted to go back for old time's sake. It's just not the same!! Oh and the prices for the steaks are ridiculous - considering there's absolutely no labor in cooking up a steak, really, $60 is not a fair price.

HK
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Palm in DC just does it right. They were slammed with a big event but still we were seated per our reservation on time. While Jimmy is our go-to guy he was waiting the event so we had Chuck who is always great too.

NY Strip, Brussels and Garlic Mashed were all perfectly
Done!

Don’t overlook The Palm in DC. Great staff and food and not overly fussy!

U
Nashville
16 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Palm is always consistent — great food, very attentive service, expensive & very loud — but you know to expect all of those going in.

TG
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

The steak was, as always, delicious. The fried onions were also great. So was the crab soup. But the fried potato chips were burnt. A few were almost black. Who let those out of the kitchen? The other problem was the service. The waiter would disappear for long periods of time, and as a result, we could not order another drink or send back the burnt potatoes. And we arrived at 5:30, so it's not like the dining room was full and the waiter was overburdened. From our seat, I could look straight back to the hallway off the dining room where six or so waiters were constantly gathered looking at their phones. No wonder I could not get ahold of one of them!

EH
Jacksonville
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our main entrees were fine sides not so much, not as good as it used to be.

n
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A family favorite for special occasions. Wonderful staff. Delicious food. Love the creamed spinach.

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent food and service. A bit crowded and noisy, however.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love the palm

P
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Anniversary

OT
Miami
18 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

We were so excited to go to the Palm in DC, while on vacation...as we normally love the dining experience! But this was not a good dining experience from beginning to end! Our waiter, Mike, had too many tables to take care of..and we didn't have good service because of that. When we ordered our dinner, the food wasn't as we would normally expect of the Palm, either.

We normally love the Shrimp Bruno appetizer, but this one was completely swimming in sauce, and it was a huge disappointment! We had to beg the busboys for more water and more bread, as our waiter was busy with other tables. When it came time for our steak, we ordered the $62 Prime NY Strip "A la Stone"...it was sliced with sauteed onions , and we ordered it Medium. It was the worst steak EVER!!! I can make a much better steak on the grill at home, and I am no chef!! It was so hard and fatty on the ends, we couldn't even eat it. As the maitre d walked by to check on us, we told him that we had been waiting on another dinner plate and Bearnaise sauce (which I specifically ordered with the meal)..and we were still waiting for it, while the steak was getting cold. He finally brought us the sauce, but we could only eat half the steak- as it was a terrible cut! No way was that a Prime steak, nor was it an 18 ounce steak!

Chris ended up not charging us for the shrimp or the steak, but who cares! We didn't go to the Palm to have a free disgusting dinner! We went, as 837 Club members, expecting a fine dining experience, while on vacation! And they just shrugged their shoulders and said sorry. It's just not OK for the Palm. We had many, many choices for dining out in DC, and should not have been treated like that. My husband said he won't go back to the Palm, as we always enjoy all the steak house competition...

RL
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice experience

S
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Bro Level +10. Dress like a slob and fit right in. Shorts and flip flops welcome. Not the Palm you remember

J
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service we always enjoy the food and the people !

DC
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This visit was a special treat for my 8-year-old son and not only was it a great meal but he was treated like royalty and thoroughly enjoyed it. An above and beyond effort on a busy Saturday evening.

KT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I celebrated my twins birthday and we had a blast. The service and food was superb.

- kanitha

JD
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

One thing you have a right to expect at a steakhouse - any steakhouse - is that your steak will be cooked perfectly. My wife ordered hers rare, but it was cooked medium - inexcusable! Also, it was so noisy that it was impossible to carry on a conversation, even though there were lots of empty tables.

ML
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really delicious food. It was a great way to start our weekend in DC

OT
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food.

H
Omaha
141 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great cuisine and service!

KS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Although it is a little pricey, the Palm is somewhat of a legendary stopping point when in DC. The walls are lined with the heads of famous people who have dined there, and the ambiance is old school DC, with white table cloths and darker lighting. The wait staff is on top of the game. Try the Chicken Parm, as it is a generous portion. Unfortunately all other sides are a la carte (including that you have to order pasta as a side with the chicken farm, which seemed kind of ridiculous). When in DC, it's worth the experience.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We celebrated our 7th anniversary and were welcomed with a sweet card from The Palm staff. Our waiter was charismatic and genuine. You cannot beat the ambiance, love the caricatures on the wall. We had the salmon, chicken parmigiana (didn’t realize it didn’t come with pasta so be sure to order), and they sent us home with a slice of cheesecake. Overall lovely experience and we’ll worth the experience.

LM
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall2food3service5ambience3

Server was wonderful but the noise level was so bad.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent as always. Was looking forward to pasta, but As someone with food allergies, wish there was a gluten free pasta available as an alternative.

AY
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for my mom birthday, it was awesome food and service. Reggie make our visit the best, he dose his job very well, his service is top notch! Once I gain thank you for the great service!

AB
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, great vibe, great service and great food

SY
Sacramento
15 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience1

Our dinner was ruined due to drunk diners at the table next to us. Our table staff was superb. I almost asked our rude neighbors to pay for our dinner. We were meeting an old friend and very very difficult to carry on a conversation AND we were even in the “quieter” dining space.

TJ
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Had high expectations for such an iconic restaurant, our app. was very good but the entrees were very lacking. I ask the waitress if they could do a veal piccata on a bed of pasta which was extra and she said would be no problem. My guest ordered seafood pasta which was also lacking in flavor. Overall everything else was fine. Should of ordered off the menu.

TE
Washington DC
83 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Palm-DC is one of my favorite spots. The steaks and seafood are fresh, well-prepared and presented and always tasty. The waitstaff is fantastic and the service is always impeccable. If you really want a good steak or a great lobster, don’t miss the Palm.

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