POV at the W Hotel Washington DC
POV at the W Hotel Washington DC

POV at the W Hotel Washington DC

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.wwashingtondc.com/POV-lounge-washington-dc
  • Phone: 2026612478x
  • Hours of Operation:
    POV will be undergoing renovations and will be accepting reservation starting September 1st for September 5th.

    Food is served from 11am - 11pm. Bars stay open late.
    Reservations are only available from 11am - 3pm daily. After 3pm seating is available on a first-come, first-server basis.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Richard Wiggins
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Parties over 10 can be booked via our Large Party Reservation by emailing povevents@whotels.com. Food and beverage minimums apply.
  • Private Party Facilities: Large Party reservations can be secured through POV reservations by emailing povevents@whotels.com. Food and Beverage minimums apply. 21 and older after 7pm daily. 24-hour cancellation policy.
  • Private Party Contact: Andrea Cathey 202-661 -2452x
  • Entertainment: DJ Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights
  • Special Events: Parties over 10 can be booked via our Large Party Reservation by emailing povevents@whotels.com. Food and beverage minimums apply.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: F Street
  • Public Transit: Accessible via Metro Center Station.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking only. $30 per car. Enter via 15th St. and F intersection, on F street side.
A word from POV at the W Hotel Washington DC
The famed rooftop terrace has been transformed W style!
This bar, for decades, has provided what are known as
the best views of the White House and the city’s soaring
historic monuments.

Serving craft cocktails and featuring a dynamic group of wines and champagnes by the glass or bottle. Join us for lunch, after work cocktails, or late-night bottle service.

21 and over after 7pm. Dress code enforced nightly.

Late night minimums are required for table service after 9pm on Fridays and Saturday. Parties must be fully present in the Living Room to avoid the line when booking a table.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
POV at the W Hotel Washington DC reviews from OpenTable diners
36 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.5
    Service3.4
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (32)great for outdoor dining (20)special occasion (19)great for lunch (14)hot spot (13)romantic (11)great for brunch (10)late-night find (9)good for groups (8)vibrant bar scene (6)neighborhood gem (5)fit for foodies (3)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Nice staff, but slow
    Joha
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Initial service was wonderful - they helped seat our group which had stragglers. Food portion size was small but expected. Latter service was slow; given how busy it got after 1:00 you'd think they'd want to move us along from drinks to food to more drinks to paid, but maybe they thought they were doing us a favor. Lunch took 2.5 hours. Great view, nice staff. I'd definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow, just wow
    GreatViewsandBetterfood
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    They recently finished a fantastic renovation that allows for great views from every seat in the house. The covered awning is great to keep the sun off (and the rain) but the open air dining is second to none. The employees are fantastic and also very interesting people. Everyone worked well together to make sure our dining experience was very memorable and exciting. The seats are very comfortable and the food was fantastic. The duck on our salad was cooked beautifully and my rare burger was one of the best I've had. The fries that came with my burger were the best I've ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional
    Darnell
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Food is as exceptional as the view. The waitress was pleasant and responsive and the food was hot and very good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great to bring out-of-town guests
    DiscerningDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The staff is friendly, the drinks are tasty, and the ambience is fantastic! While the food is better than it was when under pHotel Washington, it's still not a dining venue so much is a great place to show people Washington views
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible view of DC
    explorer
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The food is good but you can get good food anywhere. You come here for the elevated view of DC and great people watching. It is fun place to grab lunch if you are doing the tourist thing during the day as the restaurant is more casual and you can see several monuments and the whitehouse. At night the view is cool because all the monuments are lit up as are the patrons. Most dress night club-ish and it makes for fun people watching.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tacky
    HugaVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Beautiful views. Which I guess justifies the one dollar each tater tots and watery drinks. It is incredible that these folks haven't figured out how to make a magnificent view something more than a tacky bar with wobbly Walmart tables.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great view but food nothing special
    Ilikerooftops
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Overall I had a good afternoon here with a friend of mine but the food was a bit disappointing. My friend had crab cake and was happy about it, but I had a pizza which was surprisingly small and uninspiring in terms of taste. After that, we ordered bacon and cheese fritters which weren't that tasty either. Nevertheless, the views are amazing, so in the end it was a perfect spot to drink a glass of wine with my friend who came out of town.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • POV Always Delivers
    MsStephYes
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    As always had a great dining experience at the W's POV in DC. I brought my niece and nephew from PA and they loved it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awewsome View
    Rstewart12VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    POV at the W Hotel is an excellent spot to have brynch or a drink and relax. Probably the absolute best view of the city. Its somewhat on the more pricer side of town, so be forewarned. I have eaten here several times, mostly brunch but have had late lunches/dinners here as well. Menu is small but grea seletion.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Go For The View
    TGTAKM
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Came for brunch on Sunday with a party of six. We were seated at a low table ill-suited for eating. Ladies with dresses/skirts have no choice but to expose themselves unfortunately at this type of table. My wife's plate fell off the table because of the awkward table/seating position. The staff was courteous and replaced the plate, but my wife's shoe was covered in egg yolk and hollandaise. Food and drinks were good but not memorable. The view of the White House was average; the view of the Washington Monument was very pretty. My wife and I took a nice, scenic picture. There was trash, debris and broken glassware in the overhang gutter while viewing the White House. We'd return for an evening drink on a pretty night, but not for a meal.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Luvit
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Simply loved it! I want to return for a special date night or another special time w friends
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • POV Lunch Review
    KYinDCVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The POV at the W Hotel offers a great view and a music video type ambiance. You feel important. I found the food to be completely average, nothing excellent nothing sub par. You are paying for the view. For lunch you can see the White House, Treasury, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, as well as Virginia. It is a fun environment and the service is OK. It was a $50 lunch (for an appetizer and two entrees).
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    POV staff were friendly and very attentive. Made for a wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sports bar? Scenic Venue?
    made2order
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    When you plan a visit to a rooftop venue, you're looking for ambience -- to enjoy the view, a drink, a special moment in a special place. POV could be those things, but on the day we visited, the sound of the World Cup Soccer game (6-12-2014) was the backdrop for the scenery and the pricey drinks. So, one out of three is not bad, except that the noise was deafening, and the service was miserable.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Time - But Why the Dress Code
    KDSPLUS
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Published dress code is clear. No one with a non-colar shirt or sneakers - ever. NOT. Suggest either changing the code or enforcing it. Those who go out of their way to comply feel shortchanged when other non-compliant guests show up and are seated. Maybe the policy should be different depending on time of day, etc. Bottom line is what's published on the web site needs to be accurate. In practice, today it is not.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really disappointing...
    CeehVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    You are paying for the view and not much else. View is decent of the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Arlington, etc. Food was mediocre at best... $93 for 3 drinks (@$15 a piece - even 2 small mimosas) an appetizer, and 2 very bland sandwiches. Even their French fries were just okay - how do you mess up French fries!!!! For what could be an awesome spot, they are in dire need of better food! Would never return...checked it off my list of things to do in DC!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • You go here for the views
    Mszkl
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Took the girlfriend here on Memorial Day weekend, it was unneccasirly tough to book a table both times we went. The food is finger food, and totally passable. The $15 drinks are $5 drinks with a $10 view. In the photos it makes it seem like the White House is closer than it is, be warned for a disappointment
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 19 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.7
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service3.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1756 reviews are from the POV at the W Hotel Washington DC reviews archive.
  • It was just ok
    ADUB228
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Service from hostess to server was .... Snobby. Not pleasant. Ambiance and view were great but was expecting better service since it is apart of a hotel
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Underwelmed
    DCDine
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Underwelmed with the quality of the food and service. Staff continued to drop objects (there were 3 broken glasses and multiple dropped silverware). Orders arrived without requested sides and then waited 15 minutes for those to arrive. With small menu would expect excellent preparation and taste. No one at the table praised the cuisine. The view is beautiful but poor space planning. Would not go again nor bring out of town guests. There are better options.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A view to remember
    Macyella2
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    The view is so outstanding. It would be difficult to find a place that compares to this place. The food is very tasty but the menu is too limited. I think it is the place to come with good friends, enjoy their company, enjoy the view and enjoy the great drinks. The hotel itself is beautifully decorated. A pleasure to walk through. All out of town guests should come to the POV and see Washington from this spectacular open air lounge.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Proposal
    Proposal5172014
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    I decided to propose to my girlfriend on the rooftop and the staff of the W Hotel & POV were very helpful in making it all happen. The seating was perfect, the food was great, and the drinks were on point.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebrate
    bill
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Great venue for champagne and cocktails to celebrate special birthdays and anniversaires.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 'Twas Nice
    GroovyLunch
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    We enjoyed ourselves and are glad it was recommended to us.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view, food just ok
    Samm
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    This was a great place to see and be seen. Gorgeous people and gorgeous view. Food was just ok, so go for the drinks and the view!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Alright
    DCgal28VIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The drinks were WAY overpriced - $85 for a pitcher.... and they were NOT good. We had the strawberry lemonade and the margarita drink and they were overly sugared... so sugary that I had to ask for a few glasses of soda water to make them drinkable. Not what you expect for that price. The bartenders were rude and stuck up. I understand this is a nice place but SERVICE people.. we are paying $85 bucks a PITCHER... be polite and helpful. They were snarky and rude.... I wouldn't go back.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • POV at the W
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    I lived everything about the restaurant except my service it was not even busy and it took forever for her to get out drinks and check on us if she even did after our food arrived, however she was quick on getting our check back to us.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view but noisy
    chezy74
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Had a table booked but our view was constantly blocked by rude people having a drink only. We eventually pulled the table up to the railings to stop people standing there. Expected more from this expensive bar.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Poor value
    Danielle
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Service was poor, food was average. Nice views on a sunny day.
    Special Features:
    Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    I took out-of-town family to POV basically for the view. The food is okay, the service was very good (especially attentive to our young family member), the menu very limited. One complaint: I had called ahead to ask whether the venue & menu were appropriate for a four-year-old, & been told yes, & that hamburgers were served. When we arrived at 1 pm on Sunday, only the "brunch" menu was available -- very, very limited "small plates" & no hamburgers (example: 3 steam buns with one 2"x3" piece of braised rib, very small chicken & waffle) which was a bit off-putting since I had called. Hamburgers were not available until 3:00 pm. Wish I had known. Exceptional views of Washington, although the corner with the best view was roped off.
    Special Features:
    Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wrong Place to have Family Brunch
    ABHollandVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    We were out in Washington DC with my in-laws and the rest of the family. Reservation for 6. Didn't realize you were not informed when you make reservations that seating for brunch would either be a table or could be couches with small tables. And, when when we were seated at the couches no place to move. Ordered pitcher of Bloody Mary's and waitress only bought 5 glasses. Bloody Mary has two much of something in it. Left and went somewhere else for brunch/lunch.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • terrible, slow service
    AndreaVIP
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    We were scheduled to eat lunch before the White House Easter Egg Roll. We made the reservation a week prior for 12 people. When we arrived, we were seated at a table that only accommodated 4 people. We were moved to a larger area, but still did not accommodate our group. Upon getting seated, we let the manager and waitress know we had to leave by 1:30 for the egg roll, and it took over one hour for our food to come (we had 4 children under the age of 6 in the group). Our food came at 1:45 and we had to quickly feed everyone to make the event. Further, our waitress only came by our table to take our orders and deliver our food; we were not asked for refills, we had to retrieve napkins, and had to flag the waitress down for water.
    Special Features:
    Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FoodaNesta
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    More of a posh bar spot than a resturant. Limited menu. Food was all fried finger food. Tasted good, but not what I expected for such an expensive "resturant". The $15 drinks not worth it. Waited for ever to be seated. Tons of people just walking around holding drinks. People walking around kept placing their drinks on our table where we were eating. More of a young hipster crowd who are there to be seen. View was nice.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • POV with tourists for a party
    dinediva
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We had a great time. sunset was beautiful and seeing the sights was fabulous for tourists on a Saturday night. Service was wonderful and they accommodated our large party.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great atmosphere for a great meal
    Jason
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Service was a bit slow but the food and view made it all worth while. I would have preferred a more extensive beer list. A local spot should have local beers available.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great view, thin sunday menu
    ChristianK
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    First time I went there on a Sunday, the views are still stunning, the bar cozy and stylish, but the Sunday brunch menu lack choice and variety compared to the regular menu.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Had brunch with visitors from out of town. The service - attentive, but some items took surprisingly long to come from kitchen (cup of coffee took 15 minutes) The food - brunch menu is very limited and portions are also very small. Don't come hungry! The drinks - delicious. The view - SPECTACULAR! Can't beat the view from this place, looking down over the mall from the monument across the rotunda all the way to the white house. Can even see the Lincoln, the Jefferson and Arlington in the distance.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great view, terrible ambience
    Matt
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We had made reservations for lunch for two on a Saturday. While the view is great, the restaurant is terrible at managing the crowds who are waiting for a free table and just walk into the dining space. People were literally standing next to us or squeezed themselves behind us to take pictures. When we asked a family to please give us some privacy after they were taking pictures of their children right next to us while screaming "smile" we only got blank stares. All of this made us really uncomfortable & it was impossible to have a private conversation. Staff did not seem to care even though it was difficult for them navigate the crowds with their trays. In general, service was not attentive & we had to wait 50 mins for two sandwiches.
    Special Features:
    Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had a great time at POV
    Stacey
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    We had a great time at POV but did have a pretty inattentive server -- we were there for pre-dinner drinks and had to flag her down for a second round; it also took about 20 minutes for our first round to appear.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great view
    LindsayVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    This place has a fantastic view and I take all my guests here. It is difficult to get a reservation and the outdoor patio food menu is limited.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Walked out
    Grw200
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Made a reservation a week ago. We sat and were ignored for forty minutes. Asked two servers to send our server over, they said ok and no one ever came. Everyone was super awful and unapologetic about the whole thing. Walked out, won't be back. Thanks for the free views, I guess?
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic