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

POV at the W Hotel Washington DC Details

  • 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: Tapas / Small Plates, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • 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) 661-2452
  • Entertainment: DJ Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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 WinnerScenic View
Diner Reviews
  • "Food is as exceptional as the view. The waitress was pleasant and responsive and the food was hot and very good."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • " 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"
    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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Simply loved it! I want to return for a special date night or another special time w friends"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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)."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "POV staff were friendly and very attentive. Made for a wonderful experience."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "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 "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "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"
    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. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Great venue for champagne and cocktails to celebrate special birthdays and anniversaires."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "We enjoyed ourselves and are glad it was recommended to us. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "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."
    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. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Service was poor, food was average. Nice views on a sunny day. "
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "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."
    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?"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "I had been to this roof-top lounge/restaurant a number of times in the past, albeit over 20 years ago. It is as I remembered it. The food now is mostly "small plate" offerings; however, there are also food options one could utilize as a meal. The view of the White House is amazing as is the view of the Washington Monument. I hope it is not another 20 years wait before I return!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "We like this roof-top-bar but don't go very often. When friends or family come to visit we always make sure to take them up to the W for a couple drinks and to take in the view. Normally the scene there is fantastic, generally happy customers, and folks out to have a good time in a cool place. Our server was nice, and attentive at a comfortable level. We had drinks and some food. The prices seem a bit high until you consider the location, then they seem fine and worthwhile. Being able to have a glass of wine and look out over the city from that location is really spectacular. If you go, take a few moments to look out and take in the significance of the area - amazing."
    Dined on 3/15/2014