The POV was everything that I expected. Spectacular views, great drinks, wonderful food. Nattie, our server helped make sure our desires for food were met and our glasses were never empty. The view was great during the day, but once sunset came, the views were amazing. No food ordered was less than perfect, but the drinks, .... OMG. The rock and rye and the strawberry lemonade are definitely a MUST-HAVE.
6/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a great evening which our server, Tia helped make happen. She was fabulous!
7/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely spot for seeing notable places. Cushioned couches was a wonderful idea, but practically, it does not work. Too low to see the views and so far from your party that it is hard to converse with your friends. Want to enjoy the views by being higher on the inside tier...not lower.
7/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great view, poor service.
Our service was very poor - we waited over 20 minutes for our waitress to ask what we wanted to drink. The bar, drinks, and view were amazing and well worth the poor service. I would likely only go back for a special occasion or a larger party of some sorts.
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Only outdoor restaurant open for lunch when we went. Food and drinks are expensive because of the location and view. Neat place to take visitors.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best view of DC any restaurant in the area could have. The food was pretty standard, drinks were great, service was great, and view was fantastic. Of course, going at noon on a Saturday in July was pretty hot, even with the fans going. The heat was a little uncomfortable, but certainly was not the restaurant's fault. Still had a good time though and impressed some out-of-town friends. Might try to go to the 4th of July party here next year; heard it's awesome.
7/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
I'll be back!!
Came for the incredible view but I'll return for the imaginative and delicious food. Drinks are good too. Did I mention the view? The sun sets behind the iconic White House then you turn left and see the Washington Monument lit up. And order another drink. Awesome.
7/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice but Hot!
Everything was perfect but it was too HOT! My reservation was at 2:00 pm and this was the hottest part of the day. The food and views were amazing! I recommend a late evening or night reservation.
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great view, great ambience,
Great view, great ambience, great food and drinks! I will come again. However, the service was not the greatest with long waits for refills and opportunity to get more food.
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great service, Great food
Great service, Great food - the rice cracker tuna was to DIE for!
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Awesome way to end your day
Had a reservation for 4 on a Thursday evening. We had a table with a view of the White House and were able to watch the sun set...SPECTACULAR. We split a pitcher of their strawberry lemonade (delicious) and shared 3 of their dishes, which were better than I expected. All of that came to $118...not bad for a downtown DC rooftop! Once the sun set, they turned the volume up. Whomever was DJ'ing was awesome, and before that we were able to have conversation comfortably. The only thing I was slightly peeved with was the service, which was a little slow, but other reviews had me prepared for this.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Drinks. Wonderful View.
I took my boyfriend here for a pre-birthday dinner. The view was awesome and the drinks are amazing. The only complaint I have is that the drinks are a little pricey. But that's expected at a venue with such a wonderful view of DC. The food wasn't the best I've ever had but it was still good. We had a great time.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was outstanding, small menu
If you want a spectacular scenic view of national mall and DC, delicious drinks and some food, this the place. They have a very small menu but everything is great
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Sunday on the Terrace is wonderful
This is a great spot for a nice Sunday brunch with good food and an amazing view. The menu is small enough to feel focused and not overwhelming, but has enough variety to please everyone at the table. Prices on food are fair, but be ready for an expensive drink purchase! It's worth it though, because you can't beat the view! I will definitely return!
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
It's all about the View
The title says it all. While the food is good, there isn't that much variety and it could be better. Still, it was tasy and the view is spectacular.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cannot speak high enough about the service my wife and I received at POV. In addition, the food was excellent. We were there to celebrate our wedding anniversary and while it was crowded, it was not overly loud. Moreover, we had lots of space. We were seated outside near the railing with a view of both the White House, Lincoln Memorial, and the Washington Monument. Finally, we were treated with a dessert to share by the restaurant. I do recommend to make a reservation if you plan to have dinner. There are lots of table but table space is at a premium.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our experience was almost too good to be true here. The drinks although pricey are delicious with top shelf alcohol. Pitchers are great to share. We only came for drinks for a friend's birthday and got the brownie which melts in your mouth. Best thing I've ever tasted. The view is also fantastic! Should go when the sun is setting.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
This bar/lounge style restaurant has a beautiful view of the city that's perfect for a first date (as long as its not extremely hot and sunny). Its difficult to get a reservation which was confusing since it was a barely a third filled when we arrived. However, despite not being served a drink list when seated, service was good, our deserts and drinks were good. And again, the view is all worth it.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fun tapas menu with a rooftop
Fun tapas menu with a rooftop view of The White House. The wine selection is sparse but you'll find something to enjoy.
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great views are a blessing & curse
POV is undeniably an amazing place to take in the view of the White House, Washington Monument, etc. Definitely book a reservation to snag a window-side table. Unfortunately the fact that you are trying to eat won't stop the people crowded on the bar side from constantly squeezing in around your table to take better photos of the view, and neither will the staff. Food and drinks were good (though we had to explain what was in a classic cocktail to our server, who had never heard of it) but be ready to talk loud, wait for busy service, and cope with strangers' butts in your face! Note this was a weeknight happy hour...I can't even imagine this place on the weekends when there are even more people, a DJ, and velvet ropes at the elevators.
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for drinks and an appetizer
POV is more of a bar than a restaurant and it's view is worth the slightly higher prices. Reservations are a must if you want a table and they should be made far in advance to get the date and time you desire.
It's a little noisy for my tastes, but after we moved from under the speaker we were able to have a conversation.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
great view of the white house
great view of the white house and the national mall as well as a good portion of arlington. drinks are pricey but strong with some unique options. food menu is basic and do like the tuna/rice appitizer. you go for the views and during the day it is a bit less crazy than at night.
8/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
A true gold mine!
This place is wonderful. I had the Tilefish Tempura. Excellent choice for the appetizer. Very healthy portion. The ambiance cannot be duplicated in D.C.
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
We enjoyed taking a break
We enjoyed taking a break from the museums for lunch and the hamburgers and salads were very good.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Summer DC Night
It is a great atmosphere with an enjoyable DC view.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Relaxing Saturday Lunch
I only say the service was fair because it was incredibly slow. Our waitress was super nice and we were a bit early, but drinks took forever ... but did arrive w/ a smile. Once we were able to order, the food didn't take as long to appear which was awesome.
I wasn't there for late night either but I hear it's a great location.
I was there for a nice relaxing lunch. Visiting from out of town it was close to our hotel and had a wonderful of DC. Since we weren't rushing anywhere, or rather since we had no plans, it was nice to sit and take in the area around us. Great atmosphere.
Definitely a place to lounge ... don't go w/ plans to get out super speedy.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went on a Sunday evening and there was a surprisingly large crowd. The servers were very nice but seemed too busy and slightly inattentive. This didnt detract too much from the night because the spectacular view keeps you busy and serves as a nice distraction. The food was good, and the drinks pretty strong.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Quick bite and a drink
We took our out-of-town visitors to POV for lunch and a view of the area. Though the menu is limited, we were all able to find something we liked.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a wonderful place to take guests from out-of-town...I always do! Thank you. Elaine
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place to watch the sunset over DC! We went for drinks and appetizers pre dinner with a group of 7. A couple of people in the group had never been to DC, so it was a perfect spot to start our night.
9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is definitely a special occasion spot. The views are amazing! I made a reservation for 7 and we were given a nice spot at a u-shaped set of outdoor chaises. The music was great and the drinks were top notch. We did not have food, but this site requires an answer so I settled on 3 stars. I saw the food and it looked delicious.
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding except for the tourists
My reservation for the POV Lounge was for my girlfriends birthday. The service was excellent, the drinks and food were outstanding, and the views were some of the best Ive ever seen in the city. However, if you have a table reserved, expect pesky tourists to be constantly trying to get to the railing for photo ops. Just an unfortunate fact to keep in mind, but don't let it discourage you from going, its still worth it.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Over and above on Service!!
Due to reasons beyond our control we had to move our reservation forward a day. I called one hour before, explained the situation and although fully booked they were happy to accommodate us! They even gave us a table overlooking the White House! We were celebrating my husbands 30th birthday. The staff remembered his birthday, were very attentive and brought out our desert with a candle in without me prompting them. I would recommend POV for special occasions or tourists looking for a unique nighttime view of the city!
9/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this place for the views of Washington DC. Watched helicopters going back and forth to The White House for night time maneuvers. Loved their drinks - Strawberry Lemonade and Mojito! Small plates of Beef Skewers and Tilefish Tempura, the cheeseburger and fries. Shared the warm chocolate walnut brownie with ice cream. Another great people watching restaurant!
9/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Gorgeous roof-top terrace!
Brought some out-of-town guests to the POV on a Monday night (had to book early to get a reservation). We actually arrived about 30 minutes early, but the very accommodating staff sat us anyway. We had a great table, and only had drinks, but found the prices to be pretty reasonable considering the bar is at the top of a W hotel, and the staff was very friendly and attentive. Fantastic people watching too! Amazing views of the White House, Lincoln Memorial and Washington Memorial at night.
9/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
My wife and I enjoyed our experience at the POV from the atmosphere to the food, everything about it was A++
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great spot in DC
Great location. Cant say enough about the views. The drinks were very good and very strong. And it wasn't just a place for younger people as people of all age groups were there which was nice. Just a really cool place and my wife and I had a great time. We would definitley go back.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
I love taking out of town
I love taking out of town guest to POV restaurant. The view and the atmosphere are fantastic. Guests always remember the POV part of their trip.
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was a great spot to celebrate my birthday during the day.. They brought me champagne and all!!!
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always great, but expensive
The views are great... the service is great... the food is pretty good... only if the prices were a bit lower... especially the drink prices.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
We reserved a table, assuming it would be on the lovely balcony overlooking the Mall. When we arrived, two men were doing construction outside so we were seated inside. OK, but not what we'd planned. It would have been nice to know the patio was closed that day and perhaps we would have chosen another day for lunch.
10/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
We came here on our last in DC. It was a fantastic choice! The view over Washington, in particular the White House was stunning! Food was delicious perhaps a little to many jalapeños in the steam buns but tasty all the same! Thank you for a lovely evening.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
POV fits my pov
I was staying at the W hotel and got a notification from Open Table to make a reservation at their rooftop bar POV. I took advantage of a reservation as I know the seating is limited and you must have a seat to truly enjoy the experience. The small plate menu and drinks are wonderful for a quick snack.
the view is phenomenal
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
The POV view is a must do in DC!!
This was the highlight of our and our friend's trip! Excellent service, amazing view of DC, great drinks and unique appetizers. This is the place to relax, unwind with friends for happy hour or mid afternoon drinks. Perfect time of day to enjoy the view in the fall. Make sure to make advance reservations. The staff is very accommodating and friendly.
10/24/2013 5:00:00 PM
This place is absolutely amazing! The food was delicious, the service was awesome, and the atmosphere was perfect! I can't wait to go back!
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great way to "take in" the scenery and the scene. Will return when in the area again.
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
So after reserving our table for 3 - 3 weeks - in advanced we were fairly pumped come POV night. After being stuck in terrible traffic we arrived 40 minutes late, we had called ahead and told them there was a car crash on 295 ( big surprise for us all ) they ended up honoring our reservation -though with slight attitude- and were seated immediately after arriving.
Drinks were all great, but vastly expensive. If I remember correctly it was at about 28 bucks for the Mojito and Jacket I got, seemed a little steep for the drinks. But they were good, best Mojito I've ever had didn't much care for the Jacket though my friend liked it.
Food: phenomenal, the menu was small so we nearly tried everything, and nothing disappointed.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
White House Surprise
I had several guests in DC for the first time and they loved being at the POV. We sat under a heater and brought us throws...we were so comfortable and had such a good time. The food was excellent and our service was superb.
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
POV DC's gem
This is a fun,stylish must when in DC. Great views and buzz plus well presented tapas and good winelist.
Make sure you get a reservation!
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
First-timer at 4:00pm - very good!
I had made a reservation for 6 and the table was immediately ready and waiting. Based on the lounge's web site, we were expecting a more "up-scale" or dressy location, but quickly determined that it's almost anything-goes--even saw a hoodie (it was rather cold and windy outside). Perhaps the casualness is because of the earlier time of day we arrived (i.e., 4:00pm???) Anyway, our waiter/server Matt was exceptional and made our first experience very comfortable. Next time I would be interested in being seated on a window for the view. Given that I identified myself as a first-timer during the reservation process, it would have been icing on the cake to have been placed next to the view. Music was interesting--DJ in the corner :-)
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM