Charlie Palmer Steak - DC

4.6
3253 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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Mon - Fri 11:45AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 2:00PM 4:00PM - 8:00PM

What 3253 people are saying
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vipStuart
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently perfect!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipCarrie
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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
97 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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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ErikaR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing: the food, the service, EVERYTHING. Our wait staff went out of their way to make our anniversary dinner special, and we truly appreciated every moment.

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vipjbs27
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The filet with bleu cheese and halibut were delicious! Excellent seafood platter in an age when raw bar items are hard to come by. Great martinis!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place to dine!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding across the board. Definitely will go back

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience!

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RobDG
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Service by the staff is incredible, they are friendly and will go their lenghts to make sure you have a good time. Ask if you can go to the rooftop, its a great view, specially at night.

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Julie
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Overall the food was good and the service excellent. My husband's onion soup was delicious and our steak frites were very tasty, but the meat was more medium than the medium rare we had asked for. The accompanying asparagus was a bit underdone. Our table was wobbly and required the addition of a piece of cork (found next to the bottom of a table leg) to stabilize it. The table would also have benefitted from some white paint to cover the splotchy areas on all spots four sides of the table top. We could also have used candles to help us see the food and each other as night fell. I got the impression the restaurant was not 100% prepared for outside dining. But I very much appreciated being comped for a glass of wine and wonderful cheesecake in honor of my husband's birthday.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and delicious food!

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vipEleanorO
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Live the food and fantastic service!

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vipKB777
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was great. Service severely lacking. Might still be getting there act together since recently reopening. Busboys and support staff more attentive than actual servers.

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BridgetS
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Server was Awesome ..The Food was outstanding, I will be going back.

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vipGG08
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great location, staff & ambiance. Food was disappointing as I was expecting a flavorful ribeye on par with Flemings and it wasn’t. 😞

Overall Good experience.

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JamesonR
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best service I have had in a very long time! Food and drinks were fabulous!

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Marvin
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding experience. Would certainly go back to this restaurant.

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restaurantweekfoodie
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our lunch was delicious, and our steak perfectly served. We ate outside and we will be back.

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Gene
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The ambience of the restaurant is superb. The service was good. I was disappointed in my steak. I thought the NY Strip was thin but it was cooked to my request. For the $58 price, I expected a better steak.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was excellent and service was A+

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SanjayS
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top Notch Service from Start to Finish. Our waiters were super patient with our 6 and 9 year olds. They knew when to refill glasses and to appropriate levels that were manageable for them. They provided a split dish for them to share and yet keep them feeling like that had their own order.

The Lavender Collins is a must to try! Great recommendation from the Manager, Derrick.

Derrick, was very accommodating and ensured a Fine Dining experience even for a family of 4. Courses were well paced and when kids began to get restless, they were able to speed dessert up to meet our needs and children’s attention span.

I would definitely recommend the experience and will be back. Maybe just with Mom next time.

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CristinaA
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always love this place for a business mtg, solid food and service. And you gotta love Lamar!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my boyfriend here for his birthday. We did the dinner for 2 and it was INCREDIBLE. A great amount of quality, delicious food with fantastic service. Will be returning.

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vipBonbahn
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The Prix Fixe menu was an excellent value. Service was outstanding, and my server replaced my cocktail to another one that I preferred, no questions asked. Outdoor dining was very pleasant and was able to hear the bell tower chime across the street and see many joggers go by.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We had a good time in spite of the server being overwhelmed. The dinner should’ve taken about an hour but ended up taking about 2 1/2. We were seated outside and by the time we were done we were eating and pitch black because the sun had gone down. We had a twice baked potato that was not that great and the rest of the food was average. I’d go back in a pinch but wouldn’t go out of my way.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect great food and service as always!

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vipRegmrg
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Good food. Good service nice atmosphere. I recommend it highly

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KElisabeth
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a wonder experience! They waiters are professional, very kind and ready to serve you to overall have a wonderful experience.

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PHHH
London
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and service. The Porter house steak was wonderful

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HankSays
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

This is a DC heavy-hitter steakhouse - it's been outstanding in the past - this experience was not outstanding. The staff seemed to be only half-interested in serving us with more people standing around than being attentive. The place was only half-full. The waiter took our drink orders and then we waited for 15 minutes before he realized we never got them. We ordered wine and food and all was fine - they brought my steak - which was entirely the wrong cut (I ordered the NY strip and ended up with some sort of ribeye) - luckily the matre-de noticed and quickly corrected it. But the steak was obviously hurried and just not up to what it should be at this place. We were hoping for an epic night out with great steaks, great wine and great service... the wine was great - the rest was lacking this time.

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AmyT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

It seems like the kitchen is still getting back into the groove of high end dining. My fish was over-cooked and the sides lacked a some seasoning.

However, the waitstaff and bar staff were very attentive and did a wonderful job making us feel welcome.

I think being closed for such a long time was hard, but am confident the restaurant will recover to the top notch steak house we know and have loved for the last 10 years.

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vipJaneL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Outside seating was great. But felt neglected in terms of service. Our order was wrong. No refills for drinks until we asked and it was very late. Probably felt our order wasn’t high ticket enough so didn’t warrant the attention.

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JoLa
Mississippi
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We went for our 25th Anniversary, as noted on the reservation, but they didn't even acknowledge that, which was fine. I ordered the DC Bibb Salad to start and unfortunately
it had zero flavor. I ordered the filet mignon medium rare, and it was good, but it came out very overdone. My husband had the Spring Risotto and he said it had good flavor but wished there were other vegetables to offset the starchiness of the ingredients. We also ordered a side of broccoli and Mac and Cheese. We both really liked the Mac and Cheese, but the broccoli was barely blanched and crunchy. I prefer mine soft, but even if I forget to request that most places cook it more than that. Overall, it was underwhelming and perhaps we went on a bad day, because the reviews were phenomenal, but I think we both agree we wouldn't go back.

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DCRAM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Welcome back and it was like going home again. So glad Charlie Palmer's in DC has reopened. It was great to see familiar faces of the staff and as always the outstanding food and service.

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Ramon
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I liked the service and the attention we received on a special occasion. However, the steak I ordered was not good. I expect better from this restaurant and I was disappointed. I will not be returning any time soon,

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KyleW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Food was subpar

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vipFreddyt3
Richmond
95 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There are lots of "expensive account" steakhouses in Washington, DC -- ranging from dining rooms that feature a rustic, wood paneled ambience, to a few that depart from the cliched traditional decor in favor of a more refined and sophisticated ambience. Charlie Palmer's falls into the latter category, offering the usual array of steak and seafood specialties, but served in a polished contemporary environment located within sight of the Capitol. We find the change refreshing, and the menu, while hardly innovative for the genre, high quality and satisfying. In sum, it's a refreshing alternative to the Capitol Grills and Ruth Chris' of the world, and well worth experiencing.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside and still had great service!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience1

Wedding anniversary

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Charlie Palmer Steak - DC is rated 4.6 stars by 3253 OpenTable diners.

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