Charlie Palmer Steak - DC

4.6
3238 Reviews
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Charlie Palmer Steak Washington, DC, located in the United Brotherhood of Carpenters building, is dedicated to another fine master craft: bold American food. Under the direction of Executive Chef Zach Long, the menu not only stars the best American artisan beef cuts like an aged Angus Rib-eye "Cowboy" Steak but updated locally sourced seafood dishes, like Chesapeake Bay Oysters and Soft Shell Crab Fritto Misto.

Much more than a steakhouse, the timelessly stylish restaurant moves the political power meetings out of the back room and into private dining spaces, sleek enclaves of dark wood. Located off the wide, open expanse of the National Mall, Charlie Palmer’s Steak’s rooftop terrace can accommodate 400 guests for private events, offering the city’s most impressive view of the Capitol.

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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected

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What 3238 people are saying
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MikeF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great staff. great food. great service. will be back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect evening from start to finish! Lamar was a talented and friendly bartender and made both of us extraordinary cocktails.
Kitty was our server and went out of his way, truly above and beyond to make our evening special! Great staff, phenomenal food and drinks and wonderful atmosphere! We will be back for sure… thank you all for a very memorable evening!

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MarcusG
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very nice place to take someone you care about or a business dinner. Will certainly go again when in Washington.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Very disappointing! I will not recommend this place for a special occasion. The staff especially the server Kitty did not even make an effort to wish my 12 year old happy birthday! They were very plane Jane about the whole experience and as a result we were underwhelmed. Though a very pricey place but there was no wow factor. They could not even do a cheap dessert and candle! Never going back!

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vipAbigailW
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Gustavo is the best waiter I've ever had. Beef Tartar the best I've ever had. Wow.

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JosephR
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, very nice atmosphere, delicious lunch

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vipTsents
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Steaks were over cooked and cold, sides lacked flavor and execution

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dining experience!

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StephB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charlie Palmer's is a classic steak house that has not let their standards drop! Good food, good service and a beautiful dining room with Capitol Building as your back drop. Go and enjoy, steak lovers!

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vipPatrickG
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Came here today for lunch. I got the Prix Fixe lunch option and elected for the Oysters and Grilled Steak Salad (medium rare). Both the oysters and steak were delicious and I thought a very good value at under $30.

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rachelc
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food was delicious, ambience was amazing.

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Nicole
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was fantastic, the food was delicious, & it was a night to remember.

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vipGregH
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and a very attractive atmosphere. Did Happy hour first and then dinner. It's not a cheap place but it is of solid quality. The seafood platter appetizer was awesome.

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vipSandyL
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I highly recommend dining at Charlie Palmer. We had a wonderful experience. The manager, Michael, took such great care of us. I will be back!

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vipIEatOutALot
Atlanta
27 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

I really wanted to like this visit, but unfortunately the experience was pretty bad.
For context, I've eaten here 3 times prior, albeit about 3-4 years ago and my prior experiences was great.

There were a lot of service failures...for example:
1. We asked for wine recommendations and our server said "I don't know, I'll have to ask the wine advisor." When he returned, he didn't bring any recommendations.
2. It felt like we were rushed through our appetizers. Servers kept hovering and two in our party were MID-BITE and they literally reached in and took our plates away?!?
3. Pacing of the meal was way off, after the apps, one of our party left for the restroom and they brought out the entrees to an empty seat. (This is a big pet peeve of mine, please don't serve the entree until all parties are at the table)
4. Because of the rushed paced and the mis-firing of the entrees, the fish orders were dry and over cooked.
5. The steak was so-so, a little under-seasoned or I should say uneven as some parts were good, but also the sear on the steak was just not good.

The good parts - despite the service miscues, everyone was very nice, the wine we selected was delicious, and the appetizers (oysters and ahi) were very good. The dessert special (blueberry peach cobbler) was also the hit of the evening.
All in all for $600 (apps, entrees, 2 bottles wine) unfortunately, I don't think I'll be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and amazing staff. Joaquin and Kitty made our day very very special, thank you so much for the great experience.

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OliviaG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took some of my staff to CP's for lunch. The food was outstanding as always, and the atmosphere was nice. Would love to see more people coming out, but we enjoyed our time tremendously.

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Lorena
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was there celebrating my birthday. The sever did a great job taking care of us. He was very attentive and was helpful with recommendations. We had a great time.

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vipPTJPTJ
San Francisco
459 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food here is consistently good, what you'd expect from a high-end steakhouse. The number of choices on the menu is a bit weak in my view (especially compared to BLT), but what we ate was great: onion soup, two filets and peanut butter terrine for dessert. My only complaint about the food is the twice-baked potato, which lacked any real taste. Service was good but not exceptional.

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GeorgeP
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had the Restaurant Week menu. All items were prepared well, served at the appropriate temp, and very tasty! We will return

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Honestly, a bit underwhelmed, maybe I had built too high expectations from what I read. Ceviche appetizer was awesome. But the the NY strip steak was a bit chewy and fatty, bland with the potatoes. ESPRESSO POT DE CRÈME Desert was ok. I would go back and try other things on the menu but for the value I guess I expected more.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was very good, but it was the service that made the meal outstanding. The servers were great with suggestions and went above and beyond to make sure we had a great evening. We even got to go to the rooftop for views and photos of the capital. The steaks were perfectly cooked and the appetizers, sides, and desserts were very good. Only complaint was the mashed potatoes, they tasted sweet to me. I prefer mine a bit more chunky and on the salty side.

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EricaM
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A great place to participate in DC Restaurant Week. Great ambiance and good food. Staff was attentive and kind

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Ross
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing place to go on an anniversary! They treated us like royalty and made us feel special on our special day. Thank you!

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DanB
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charlie Palmer had both fantastic steak and fantastic service

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vipMeganM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wait staff was very attentive and gave excellent suggestions. Overall it was a very nice experience.

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vipEssenceO
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My first visit to Charlie Palmer Steak was very nice. My fiancé and I loved our meal and the service was great. We will definitely be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

I just Love Charlie Palmers but for this Birthday celebration we had a uninvited guest. A spider can down and joined the party. It was scary. But he did leave and didn’t cause a scene; however they need to get rid of the spiders and their family so they won’t intrude on the next guests.

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vipDustin
Austin
22 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

The food was not high end steakhouse quality. Our server was great, though. We had a pretty mediocre experience, unfortunately.

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NancyB
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charlie Palmer’s is an excellent choice for delicious steaks and ambience. A bit costly and sides are not included with the entree.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined on a Thursday evening for my niece’s 21st birthday. The service was outstanding and food delicious. I would definitely love to come here again.

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vipJHammerEsq
Raleigh
51 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charlie Palmer never disappoints. On a very hot July day, the food was wonderful, distance between tables comfortably appropriate, and service excellent. This was a business luncheon, and we felt comfortable discussing matters as there was no one proximate to us. The service was particularly attentive and kind -- two of the participants are on "wedding diets" as they each anticipate a wedding, and at the end of the meal the server brought 3 glasses of champagne and said, "congratulations on your upcoming weddings!" which was well beyond their service requirements. All in all, a lovely luncheon capped off by a very generous and thoughtful gesture.

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vipMarco3
Naples
78 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining at one of his facilities and will not be the last it was excellent

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and the manager was soo amazing.

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vipStuart
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently perfect!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely phenomenal service. Drinks were perfect. Do not skip dessert.

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vipCarrie
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and wine collection. Steak and lobster cooked to perfection. Great place to celebrate a special occasion!

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vipTriedEmAll
Washington DC
99 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Pre Fixe selections are the way to go unless you want to spend a significant amount at Charlie Palmer’s Steakhouse. Excellent selections at a great price!

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Charlie Palmer Steak - DC is rated 4.6 stars by 3238 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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