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: (202) 661-2478
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
POV at the W Hotel Washington DC reviews from OpenTable diners
31 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating3.5
  • Food3.2
    Service3.3
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (22)scenic view (20)great for lunch (11)special occasion (8)good for groups (7)vibrant bar scene (7)hot spot (6)romantic (4)fit for foodies (3)great for brunch (3)neighborhood gem (3)late-night find (2)Show More
  • Can't Beat The View
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    The directions to the restaurant did not work with our iPhones and sent us in the opposite direction. Luckily I'd been there before and arm wrestled the iPhone believers to go the other way. Waiter was a little slow, but okay... food was good not great.... martini was delicious. You can't beat the view and I imagine thats why most people go there.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Indifferent service, mediocre food
    KCAlexandriaVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I took out of town guests to POV. Service was indifferent at best and food was mediocre. Here is an example of the service we got: when I ordered tea, the tea arrived in a cup, without a saucer, spoon or sweetener. I asked for honey. Then when it arrived 5 minutes later without a spoon, I had to wait another 5 minutes to flag down someone to get one. And this went on for the rest of the meal.... For food: we ordered pizzas and the chicken sandwich. Pizza crust was soggy, almost as if it had been put in a microwave. Chicken sandwich was dry and fried. In short go for cocktails and the view. The food sure isn't worth it and if you're drinking cocktails, maybe you won't notice the surly service.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great view
    purple105
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Great view in the warmer months... plastic was down to block out the wind. This is not a place to have a fancy dinner because the menu is small. But great for lunch and drinks at night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice rooftop view
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Great view of the White House, Washington Monument. Great drinks, good snack choices. Friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wait staff was rude
    Unhappy
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    The waitress was very annoyed when asked about food choices containing gluten. The service was very slow. If your in Washinton DC. Skip this place. You will be wasting your time
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for out of town guests
    havingfun
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    This venue is provides beautiful views of the city in an open air setting. The cocktails are unique and add to a fun atmosphere. Everything we ate was great as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food
    Zizo
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    The pizza was "uncutable" if you mean. The Caesar Salad was only lettuce for U$13,00 and the hamburger was with old bread. The food is the worst point.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best spot to view the White House
    TJGdwntwnVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    As a visitor of DC and wanting an city view of the skyline, this was the best view of the White House. We were greeted kindly and walked to our table. Our server was nice and got us our drinks and water. Ordered Chicken Skewers, Harissa Lamb, and Marghertita Pizza. All were well prepared and had fresh taste. All staff was really nice as they would pass our table and greet us with a smile. Had friendly conversations with the young lady who seated us. Made us feel welcomed.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paying for the View
    CaliTerp
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    I took my family from out of town to lunch here mainly for the view, which you can't beat. Even though the hamburger at lunch was delicious, the view is what takes the price up to $20. I would go back, but only on special occasions like this one.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Lunch
    MBShell
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    I visited POV for my birthday this past weekend and loved it. We went early in the day so they were able to accommodate my larger party of ten which was great. The service was great, the staff was friendly, and the food was good. I really liked the sparklers and the caramel cheesecake brought out for my birthday. The greatest thing about this venue is the amazing view. It was a great place to celebrate my birthday with family and friends. FYI it's a kid friendly place during the day. I recommend it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • POV
    KimC1
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Great spot for people watching with views over The White House and across to The Washington Monument
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A little overpriced
    cec0944
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    So the scenery is hard to beat! The view and atmosphere were amazing! I thought they had brunch but apparently they don't anymore since the renovations. I would have liked to have been notified because that was the reason we went there in the first place but there was nothing at all saying that they don't serve brunch. They should really update that. Or serve brunch because it is a perfect "brunch" spot! I loved the views and it made you feel "DC" but the food was definitely overpriced for what you got. Cheese and bread and pepperoni practically was $24! I guess you pay for the view.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice customer service!
    RCMD
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Good customer service and an amazing view. I highly recommended, especially, for drinks. But, the food was ok... not great... I'm very demanding regarding food taste!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 16 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.5
    • Food3.1
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service3.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1772 reviews are from the POV at the W Hotel Washington DC reviews archive.
  • Exceptional
    DarnellVIP
    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
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    • 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!
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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.
  • It was just ok
    ADUB228VIP
    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
    SammVIP
    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