Charlie Palmer Steak - DC

4.6
3228 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.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff 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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Mon - Fri 11:45AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 2:00PM 4:00PM - 8:00PM

What 3228 People Are Saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! Our bartender and waitress Danny and Kamara were on point the whole time as well as the manager Lamar! The playlist was also very good! We enjoyed all of our food and the drinks were great as well. As a fellow Washingtonian I recommend this place and will be back again for sure!

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vipNajF
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Enjoyed a lovely dinner with family; the service staff were very courteous and the food perfectly prepared.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Only thing good about our dinner was the steak, which we’ve had better. Rolls looked to be Hawaiian rolls bought from shoprite. Caesar salad was way over priced and very fishy.

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vipLeslie
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We started coming to Charlie Palmer in DC when it first opened. At the time we lived here. We moved away several years ago but every time we return we have dinner here. It has never disappointed! The service is excellent and the food is top notch. We look forward to dining again the next time we come back to DC.

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vipDelicious
Washington DC
66 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Decided to eat in the bar and try the bar bites. The lobster corn dog is life changing.

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DCDiner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good place for work lunch. Cauliflower steak great too.

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RichardW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Overall, the experience was OK. I’ve eaten at this location and had better experience. It’s possible that since I wasn’t drinking, it may have skewed my overall impression. Waitstaff were professional, prompt and responsive.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was outstanding …. Ambiance, service and food. Our server Kitty was SUPERB!

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vipRashadR
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience was phenomenal. Will definitely go back there

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Family get-together far from home

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vipPigsFly
Washington DC
68 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb dining experience in what I believe to be the most beautiful dining room in DC. Steak was perfectly done, not often said about a Strip Steak done medium well. It was moist and flavorful and a deep rose. Shrimp cocktail was wonderful. Lovely little cocktail list. This is my second time at this restaurant and my companion — hard-to-please — said he wanted to go back the same week! Take your time here and linger.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We dine at similar upscale restaurants at least 4 times a month. I loved the music, my waiter was superb; i wish i would’ve gotten his name. The only thing i would change is the size of the onion rings, they were really big and add regular A1 sauce; i didn’t care for the choices they have. Oh, they actually pay attention to your request and the occasion. We were sat by the window like I asked, we received 2 on the house glasses of champagne and a slice of cake.

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vipRegmrg
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

cps is a great spot. the customer is accomodaTED IN EVERY CASE ON REQUESTS, ETC. THE FOOD IS GREAT AS IS THE SERVICE. i highly recommend it

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vipGjnbln
Chicago
65 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was ok. Service a bit slow for being empty.

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vipHebSD
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Felt rushed through our meal. Had to send some things back that came out cold. Food was good but for the price we won’t go back. Many many great steak houses in the area.

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vipHighsAndLows
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Pretty disappointed with our experience here. We had high expectations and were let down across the board.
1. Arrived and were seated at a beautiful table by the window. But, then awaited a greeting from our server to take a drink order for at least 5-7 minutes.
2. Ordered our food. It came out at a reasonable time, but the filet minon was the most fatty piece of steak I've ever gotten at an upscale steakhouse. The server also not once returned to ask how our steak was cooked. That has honestly never happened to me.
3. Our drinks were gone shortly after our entrees arrived. Our server never returned to ask if we would like another cocktail
4. We had finished our meals, plates and drinks were cleared. 15 minutes later our server arrived with dessert menus. We said we had been done for quite some time and just wanted to leave.

Ultimately, I would have much rather spent our $280 literally anywhere else. We will not be back.

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Davud
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Noise came from eating outside — and bad luck of street construction. “Steak frite” was very un-French to the point that a French person might turn up their nose — but much tastier and more interesting, so maybe delight to those who simply appreciate great taste and texture (even a little panko?)!

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BKP1
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We really had a wonderful meal. Everyone really enjoyed the service and meal. I love the fact we they have no corkage fee on Fridays.

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5taR
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My frist time at charlie palmer DC an i had a amazing time the staff were Awesome service was fast food an drinks was Awesome I enjoyed cleabraing my cousin birthday here it was a great choice at the when we finished up they gave us a Vip Tour to there rooftop for the best view of the capital for group photo they went beyond expection will be visiting Charlie Palmer steak DC again. 5taR approved ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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MikeF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2021
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 13 September 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 10 September 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 9 September 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 9 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, very nice atmosphere, delicious lunch

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vipTsents
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

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

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dining experience!

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StephB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 1 September 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 1 September 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 31 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food was delicious, ambience was amazing.

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Nicole
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 27 August 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 24 August 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 23 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 20 August 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 20 August 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
5 reviews
Dined on 20 August 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 18 August 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 17 August 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
460 reviews
Dined on 16 August 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 13 August 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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Charlie Palmer Steak - DC is rated 4.6 stars by 3228 OpenTable diners.

Charlie Palmer Steak - DC does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.charliepalmer.com/gift-cards/.

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