The Palm is famous. It's been around forever and is a staple of the Washington scene. Expensive, yes, but not overly formal or fancy. The staff really know what they're doing, with a few exceptions. Particularly well know for its steaks and its lobster (3 to 5 lbs.). Beautiful presentation. So why the "average" rating? Well, we (9 of us) were there on an evening following high school graduation. Lots of families celebrating. Very high noise level. At my end of the table, three of us had ordered the small (9 oz.) filet, and all had requested "medium". When they were delivered, one was medium-well, one was medium, and one was medium-rare. That should not have happened at The Palm. The other downside was that our waiter never did come by with a wine list, and wine was never ordered. A couple of folks at the table asked for a beer, but the offer of wine never materialized.
Well, maybe they were over-stressed and over-busy. Would I go back with another couple and try it again? Absolutely. The potential is there. We probably just hit it at a bad time.
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