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“Good But Not Great” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Charlie Palmer Steak

Charlie Palmer Steak
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Ranked #146 of 3,189 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: National Mall
Cross street: Louisiana and First Streets
Transit: Two Blocks From Union Station Metro, Amtrak, and VRE
Description: Charlie Palmer Steak Washington DC, located in the United Brotherhood of Carpenters building, is dedicated to another fine master craft: big, bold American food. Under the direction of Executive Chef Jeffery Russell, a Culinary Institute of America graduate whose interest in agriculture and aquaculture is rooted in his early years living in the Finger Lakes Region of upstate New York, the menu not only stars the best American artisan beef cuts like an aged Angus Rib-eye "Cowboy" Steak but updated locally sourced seafood combinations, like Five Spice Carolina Shrimp with Quinoa, Pomegranate, Fennel, Feta and Marcona Almond. 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 where gathering around the table gets things done in the best possible way. Located off the wide, open expanse of the National Mall, Charlie Palmer's Steak's rooftop terrace can accommodate 400 guests, offering the city's most impressive view of the Capitol.
Chicago, Illinois
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63 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Good But Not Great”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2013

I had a good dining experience here, but it wasn't great. I've dined in other establishments of a similar price point and caliber and always left raving about some part of the meal - not here. I don't have any complaints, but nothing was memorable (and for $100/per person - without drinks - I would like something to stand out).

I dined here with a party of 5 early on a Saturday evening. The restaurant is quite spacious and tables aren't close together so you have some semblance of privacy. The staff was attentive without being intrusive. Our head waiter was quite pleasant and thoroughly explained items on and off the menu and answered all of our questions.

Several of us had the petite filet which is not on the menu. One of us had duck and another diner another kind of steak. Everything was cooked correctly and we all enjoyed our meals - but no part of the meal stood out as excellent.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Nice place with inventive house cocktails”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2013

Went there for a team diner. Nice steak and great cocktails. Sound like a place in DC you can go if you need to take some business partners and treat them well.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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125 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“I'm a little in awe of the place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2013

Absolutely one of the prettiest restaurants I've ever been to, with large, elegantly turned-out tables, beautiful lighting, and rare spaciousness for a dining establishment. The main focus is steak, but non-steak-eaters should be able to find something to their liking as well. I had trouble selecting a wine and gave myself over to the waiter, who listened to my preferences and brought back something sumptous. The desserts also amaze. This is a very fine restaurant doing everything right. No snobbery the night I was there, and I saw all kinds of people: union reps (it's near Capitol Hill), business and lobbyist-types, families, couples, you name it. Everyone with a smile on their face. This is accessible to individuals with limited mobility.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Annapolis, Maryland
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61 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Dining with a view...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2013 via mobile

Living near DC, we have eaten here many times and the restaurant has always been consistently great. The menu is constantly changing, service is flawless and the wine list is very good. It has one of the best views in DC too.

Visited October 2013
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Worcester, Massachusetts
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Wonderful food, great service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2013

Food was fabulous, with many choices- not just steak! Steaks were cooked to order and were perfect! Servers were very attentive, but not intrusive. Our special seating request was accommodated. Positioning of the tables offer privacy. Modern décor. Beautiful bar and lively atmosphere throughout.

Visited October 2013
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