100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Charlie Palmer Steak
Tables in the dining room at Charlie Palmer Steak have a view of the Capitol. Photograph by Chris Campbell.
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Charlie Palmer Steak
Address: 101 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-547-8100
Neighborhood: Capitol Hill
Cuisines: Steaks, Modern, American
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Friday 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM and 5:30 to 10 PM, and Saturday 5 to 10:30 PM. Closed Sunday.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Union Station, Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter
Price Range: Very expensive
Noise Level: Intimate
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Foie gras; Kona kampachi; head-on prawns; rack of lamb; porterhouse for two; Alaskan halibut with crab-and-asparagus risotto; side dishes of Parmesan gnocchi and potato purée; a tasting of six sorbets and frozen custards; a trio of crèmes brûlées.
Price Details: Lunch appetizers, $11 to $21; entrees, $13 to $41. Dinner appetizers, $8 to $58; entrees, $23 to $68.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Valet Parking Available

This glass-walled power scene in the shadow of the Capitol has always flouted steakhouse clichés. But since opening chef Bryan Voltaggio left in 2007, the kitchen has had its ups and downs. That is, until last year, when chef Jeffery Russell took over. Marvelous meat is a given. More of a surprise are Russell’s smart flavor match-ups—think roasted shrimp with Banyuls vinegar—and his way with vegetables. Then there’s the dining room, elegant yet unabashedly modern with a giant glass cube in which the restaurant’s 3,000-plus wines are stashed.

Up front, the bar makes for fun people-watching. It’s schmooze central for media types and politicians (plus their arm candy).

Don’t miss: Oysters with Bloody Mary sorbet; mini-burgers with bacon marmalade; bone-in Angus rib eye; smoked pork porterhouse with preserved cherries; pancetta-braised fingerlings; seasonal fruit cobbler; frozen custards and sorbets.

Open: Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday for dinner. Very expensive.

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