The Palm Washington DC

4.7
3540 reviews
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$50 and over
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Steakhouse
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  • Business Meals
  • Good for Birthdays
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Steakhouse, Seafood, Italian
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Hours of operation
Serving Lunch Monday - Friday, 11:45 AM - 3:00 PM
Serving Dinner Monday - Thursday, 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Friday, 3:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Saturday, 5:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Sunday, 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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Phone number
(202) 293-9091
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Christian Fuentes
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Catering
You provide the occasion; we’ll set the scene. Whether you’re organizing a rehearsal dinner or a business lunch presentation, we’ll work with you to create a personalized, enjoyable, and memorable event. Our team of expert staff will do everything required to create a positive experience for your valued guests – from the warm greeting they receive on arrival to their last bite of dessert. Visit http://www.thepalm.com/privatedining to start planning your event.
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Cross street
N & M Street
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Parking details
Complimentary valet parking available after 6:00 pm daily.
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Public transit
Metro stop on the Red Line at Dupont Circle
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Special events & promotions
There’s always something happening at the Palm! To learn more about our latest specials and events visit http://www.thepalm.com/Specials
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

The Classic American Steak House - Private Dining for parties of 15-80. Two private dinning rooms that will accommodate seated parties of 10-65 and reception parties of up to 100. Semi-private dinning for up to 80 people is also available. High Speed Internet is available.

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What 3540 People Are Saying
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SF
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

ALWAYS AMAZING!!! The Palm always have great service we have the best waitress ever.

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GP
Washington DC
171 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always a great meal. I wanted a steak. I git a very good bone in rib eye. Always a pleasure to come to the Palm. I will return soon.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about our experience was wonderful. I decided to take my father out for a birthday lunch at The Palm, and we were greeted with each staff member wishing him a Happy Birthday. Between that, the incredibly fast service, and the perfectly-cooked steak and sides, it was a perfect lunch.

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NM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best ate in usa

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NB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Palm DC never disappoints! What a great meal to celebrate our anniversary!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I hadn’t been there in years but thought I’d give it a try for a business meeting. The food was great as I remembered and the meeting was perfect.

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F
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful food. Good service. Extremely noisy.

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NH
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 1

We’ve celebrated our last 27 wedding anniversaries at the Palm. We consider it a rare yet necessary treat to ourselves.
But I’ve noticed a lax in standards by customers. I’m not sure where the line needs to be drawn but gym shorts, tee shirts and the wearing of baseball caps while dining to me is unacceptable.

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TM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Palm is my favorite restaurant in DC. The service is always fine and food is always exquisite.

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M
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the Palm the staff is always welcoming and kind to both myself and my mother.

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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chuck is awesome

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R
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Birthday! It was fare. I was disappointed...

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G
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Classic DC establishment. Historic in every way and just fun to go to if you don't visit D.C. often. The two best things about The Palm (which should be for every restaurant) is the service and food.
My server Mike was excellent! The right amount of attention and interaction. The food was served extremely quickly by the runners who were also friendly and attentive.
The food was extremely solid. I had the filet and chicken parm which are their standards and both were as expected very good.
While I understand the style is one of the main attraction (the walls should always stay), the floors/furniture/decor are in need of replacement and could be replaced with replicas of what exists now. This I realize, is easier said than done in the middle of D.C. The value isnt great but is probably decent given that it is D.C. And you won't find much better value downtown.
All that being said, if you are in D.C. and not there often, it is always a extremely solid choice.

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LH
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

Very disappointed in the Palm.
We were celebrating my older son's imminent departure for college, and he loves steak.
We went early on a Sunday, so the restaurant was not even half-filled.
We asked for a booth and were seated directly across from the opening to the kitchen - no doors, so our view was of a dingy kitchen area. Not appetizing.

In the last year we have been to Charlie Palmer's and BLT.
The Palm ranks as a distant third to the two of them.

The steaks were ok.
The creamed spinach was nasty - too much nutmeg. And, I love creamed spinach.
The potatoes au gratin were gummy.

Oh, and the space between the seats and the table in the booth was surprisingly narrow.

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CC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great 5lb lobster & soft shell crab. The service was outstanding and the wine was delicious.

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DW
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service. We enjoyed all aspects of the evening. We will definitely come back and become a regular customer.

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t
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Michael great Host - John fabulous server - 33 yrs and counting = long time 837 member and will continue

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great meal for a birthday dinner!

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c
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We've been going to the DC Palm for decades and always enjoy it. It's a special place on the Washington dining scene.

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SH
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service and great steaks but the rest of the food did not justify this pricy restaurant

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JR
London
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Great service, fun atmosphere, but at over $100 per person without wine, food was not really that great. Actually, it was mediocre...

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A
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My personal favorite! The food service and atmosphere are all excellent.

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RF
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First rate fun and class. Welcoming, funny, classy, bipartisan place! Service was top hotch and food was perfect.

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WD
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Burger is great!

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DK
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

My daughter was heading to Copenhagen the next day for six months and she requested the Palm for the lobster. We were also her upcoming birthday. The restaurant was not particularly busy so the service was good although inconsistent. Sometimes nowhere to be found, other times overbearing. That’s about the best I can say for our experience. I used to feel special when dining there and that added a lot to the experience. This time we might as well have been eating at ihop.
As for food, we all wound up ordering the lobster, big mistake. While I usually do enjoy their broiled lobsters, all four came out over cooked and dried out. Shame on us for not sending them back.
The best part of the meal was the lettuce wedges.
I first came to this Palm in 1976 while in college, and have dined at almost of their restaurants. I usually anticipate going. However, I’ve learned price is an issue in the absence of value. The Palm has lost its touch and the value just isn’t there, too bad. You can do much better at plenty of other steakhouses in DC.

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JM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always terrific. Food top notch and everyone extremely professional!

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Q
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an amazing meal, great people watching and fun! 🍸🥩

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H
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place for a special occasion. Food was a little under seasoned but still a nice experience. Great service

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BB
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Our waiter Chuck was great. Maitre’d and front of house staff not the friendliest. Chuck and the food made up for it. Seems that there wasn’t a dress code.

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P
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Very disappointed, avoid at all cost. The food was terrible dry steak, greasy salmon, hard bread

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RM
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun place with great food and service, and always enjoyable atmosphere.

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MW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the Palm, been going for over 20 years and everytime we try the competition R.C. we realize there is no competition, the Food is great and the service is fantastic,

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M
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The DC Palm never fails to deliver an excellent full dining experience. The whole Nova Scotia lobsters are outstanding including all their steaks and chops which the Palm is noted for.

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L
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just fabulous! Everything about the food is cooked to perfection with large portions. Come hungry.

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DD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Seems to be past its prime, food and service as not as good as they used to be.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ordered the lobster to share and was absolutely amazing! Never disappoints! Love love their lobster special and service is top notch.

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M
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love The Palm! I treated my son for the lobster special, we ordered an additional 2 lbs so enjoyed a 6 lb lobster and it was amazing. I try and get to The Palm at least twice during their summer lobster promotion and I'm never disappointed. Michael is always so welcoming and our waiter is always the best. This restaurant is consistently excellent.

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JS
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

My daughter and I went for the final night of the Summer Lobster special. All the food was quite good, EXCEPT THE LOBSTER, which was tough as a boot and tasteless. And, although we were directly across a two person table from each other, we had to shout to talk. I’ve been to other Palms that are much better, and shall not return to this one.

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KI
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Lobster special was great as usual ! Everything was fresh and seasoned well. Becky and NeAngelo were especially attentive to our needs. We go early to avoid the crowd/noise and sit in the enclosed patio. We would highly recommend this restaurant.

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H
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always! They knew what I wanted before I ordered it!

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