The Charles

4.5
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
449 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Contemporary American
"Welcome to The Charles, an iconic restaurant space in
the heart of historic La Plata, Maryland.

The Charles is a neighborhood gathering place for the local community and the county, where all folks can dine, drink, celebrate and always feel welcome. We serve unique twists on American favorites along with local fare that
highlights the culinary traditions of southern Maryland. We source much of our produce from our own local EatWell Natural farm and other local
purveyors. We offer all at fair prices. We feature American and regional beers, hand crafted cocktails with a large selection of bourbon along with a well
chosen wine list. We seek to provide great employment for our team, always respect the environment and give back to our community.
"

Support The Charles during COVID-19

What 449 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.4
service
4.4
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
90% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Filters
CP
ChrisP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great environment, A+

HT
HeatherT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very good food, staff very pleasant and was nice sitting out on patio.

P
Picks
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drink at The Charles. We had the calamari and classic hamburger. Very flavorful and fresh. Also Excellent Cocktails!

T
Tesia
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We have a variety of dishes but the calamari in the ginger sauce was our fave.

RG
vipRestaurantGoer
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Wait staff a little rusty but friendly. Don’t ask the dinner to hand you the plate!! Go get it.

CH
CHRISM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were following the covid rules so we made a reservation and so glad we got in. Simone took great care if us. We had crab cakes, brussel sprouts, steak, meatloaf and chicken palliard. Everything was hot, delicious and plentiful. Highly recommended! Enjoy

L
Lisanne66
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful, as always. The Charles is doing Pandemic dining right!

LW
vipLockW
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We enjoyed a pleasant evening at The Charles. Food was well done, and Jesse did a nice job of serving us.

CA
CourtneyA
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Reserved 10 am brunch for 2 the night before. Nice variety of breakfast and lunch menu items. Very attentive waitress. Sat outside on the covered patio; fans were blowing.

AM
AM958
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best local food! Love this place, missed it so much.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyable atmosphere outside. Great social distancing pre-cautions and the food was delicious. Great service!

SB
StacyB
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our waitress was awesome very informed on the food gave great suggestions. I was only disappointed on not having bread with the meal, but understand why.

P
Packfan99
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Service was horrible. Brought me cream cheese icing instead of mayo. Waited 15 min for Shirley temples because no could find the grenadine. Overall horrible experience. Won’t be going back.

R
Rodders70
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We opted to sit outside which was very nice and comfortable. The service was excellent and the food was prepared quickly and tasted amazing!

SP
SierraP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about our experience was amazing. Started with a margarita which were phenomenal and the spinach & crab dip for an appetizer. With dinner we ordered a bottle of Pinot Grigio and ordered the Salmon and crab cakes. Both meals were cooked perfectly and it did not take long to be delivered to our table. We will be back again!

LM
LynnM
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food, but disappointed that we had to wait more 20 minutes to get seated for our reserved table, then another 50 minutes to get our entrees. Since it just recently reopened after being closed for the pandemic, I will chalk it up to having to adapt to the new social distancing, 50% capacity and cleaning mandates and hope for a better experience next time!

S
Sarah
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food took awhile but other then that the experience was very good!

CS
CS87
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our first experience at The Charles. Dani was our server -she was wonderful and gave several delicious suggestions! We will be back!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was delicious and the spicy margarita was fantastic!

LH
LisaH
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So great to be back at The Charles! Great service and I felt at ease with their safety modifications. We dined on the patio.

LW
vipLockW
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They’ve upgraded the menu with some nice new selections. And our server, Danny, did a superb job of taking care of us.

RS
ReedS
Savannah
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Had hot chicken, chicken paillard and lettuce wraps for an appetizer. The server did not bring out plates with lettuce wraps which were very messy but delicious. The entrees were also exceptional and I’ll be having the fried chicken again soon. The ambiance lacks because of covid restrictions. We were seated inside which was fairly cold with the air conditioning blowing directly on us. Excellent food for the price and will be back soon and requesting an outdoor seat when we make our reservation which was what the hostess recommended to guarantee a patio seat.

LR
LeRaley
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is excellent. Unique, high quality, everything we've tried has been fantastic. Cocktails are also delicious, good wine and beer selection. Our favorite local restaurant. I feel good supporting this restaurant. They seem to treat their employees well, they get benefits. I also think they handled the shut down ethically.

ES
EStricklen
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Its not the food that is worth the trip, but the service is top notch! Jesse is attentive and always attentive to my tables' needs.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last day of school for teachers, and without FOP, this was the place I wanted to be. The margaritas are fresh and delicious!

BG
BenG
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was okay except we had to wait 10 minutes for the table that had been reserved for two days

KR
KimRose
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I'm so excited my favorite local restaurant is open again!! They've done a great job setting up for COVID safety. The food is still just as excellent and the cocktails can't be beat. Welcome back Charles! We missed you!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Charles never disappoints. The LP Burger is fantastic. The service and cleanliness was excellent. So happy to see them back open.

The Charles
Responded on 13 June 2020

Obviously our favorite burger too! Happy to hear you enjoyed your dining experience - Glad to be able to serve you again!

Report
KC
KimberlyC
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fantastic crab cake and the service was excellent.

The Charles
Responded on 10 June 2020

We're excited to be able to serve you again, thank you for joining us! Happy to hear everything was delicious - looking forward to your next visit!

Report
CL
CorriL
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous place. Will do again next year when in the area.

CA
CharlesA
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Plenty of parking. Met at the door and was seated right away. Staff was very helpful and friendly. The food was outstanding, I had the blackened salmon and my wife had the meatloaf. We will definitely visit again.

G
vipGregg
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall2food4service3ambience2

Sadly, despite wanting to celebrate an anniversary and being a regular, I was denied alcohol. I certainly look my AARP age and thought it was ridiculous.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A group of girlfriends getting out on their monthly 2nd Thursday happy hour/dinner. We rotate local locations each month and had a great experience at the Charles! The food was outstanding, the drinks were good and our waitress, Jamie H was the best! She was so personable and fun! Her evening was a complete joy!!!!

J
Japarsons
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We loved everything we had! What a cute spot! We also loved that they had round tables that accommodated 6 people, it makes it so much easier to talk!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

The visit to the Charles was fun. It was a friends bday. Waitress was really nasty to our table. Very rude . But the food.... soooo delicious!!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful meal! The food was delicious and our waitress Jaime was the best! Will be back soon!

CK
ChristineK
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal we’ve had at the Charles! Drinks were great and served in a timely manner as was our entire meal! Hancock Farms meats were amazing, as always and my scalloped potatoes were possibly the best I have ever had!

CL
CarolL
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Unfortunately, the kitchen overcooked my eggs on my Eggs Benedict. I could have sent them back but decided not to. The staff was friendly and attentive and the restaurant has a good location.

PW
PatriciaW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience2

This was the second time dining at the Charles on Sunday morning. It was not as good as the first time, we were seated in the bar area and the service was very slow. Next time I will ask to be seated in the dining room.

LH
LenaH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The Crab Benedict and Kung Pao Brussels Sprouts are amazing. Definitely worth trying!

FAQs

The Charles offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (301) 392-5116.

The Charles is rated 4.5 stars by 449 OpenTable diners.

The Charles does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.giftrocker.com/secure/Order/?h=bf00bf18.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.