Roofers Union
Roofers Union

Roofers Union

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://roofersuniondc.com/
  • Phone: 2022327663x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Daily: 5:00pm - 2:00am
    Saturday/Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Gastro Pub, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Marjorie Meek-Bradley
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Metro: Redline - Woodley Park/Adams Morgan/Zoo stop.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Roofers Union
From the team behind Ripple in Cleveland Park, we are thrilled to announce the launch of Roofers Union, a new restaurant now open in Adams Morgan. The menu at Roofers Union will showcase chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley's take on casual tavern fair inside a neighborhood restaurant and bar.

The bar program will focus on craft beers and cocktails as well as 10 to 12 wines by the glass on a moderately priced list from around the world.

A cozy and relaxed first level houses a cocktail-centric bar with 24 seats, while the main level features floor-to-ceiling windows that fill the restaurant with natural light and of Adams Morgan’s bustling 18th Street. The vibrant dining room will offer full service with a range of seating options including a revamped 20- seat bar, tables for large groups, and banquets.
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Roofers Union reviews from OpenTable diners
85 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating3.5
  • Food3.5
    Service3.5
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
57% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (34)neighborhood gem (30)good for groups (28)vibrant bar scene (24)great for outdoor dining (22)great for brunch (20)fit for foodies (17)hot spot (15)late-night find (9)great for lunch (9)kid-friendly (8)romantic (4)special occasion (4)notable wine list (2)Show More
  • Brunch
    EGMoodou
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Roofer's Union has a good brunch set up for warm weather, with a nice roof area and good standard brunch options. It gets fairly crowded as the day moves on.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice spot but not amazing
    districtdiner79
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    The view, the ambience, and the service were all good. The food was only so-so. Nothing bad, but nothing memorable either.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Another Adams Morgan disappointment
    foodsimple
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    I've eaten at Roofer's Union 3 times, partly because my wife likes one item on the menu and partly because I hoped it would get better. I originally wrote a 2500 character review, before i realized I was limited. So here's the bottom line. 2nd visit-waiters recommendation - Brisket in a pastrami brine. 30% meat, 70% fat. 3rd visit-Memphis ribs-ate 1/3 of the rack, took the rest home and threw them away the next day. smashed potatoes and baked beans were worst I've ever had. Wait staff-amateur as best-didn't know the menu or wine list. So much potential for great establishments in Adams Morgan and once again, disappointment. With the exception of Mintwood Place and Donburi, there isn't much to go to AM for besides the giant slice pizza.
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  • Good people, good food
    trulyVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Solid place. Try the BLT with fried egg. You'll never be able to order anything else.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Meant to be a bar, not a restaurant
    Trynewthings
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food was ok, not great. The drinks were good. Service was not good. The drinks took a while to arrive, and the server didn't seem to know a lot about the restaurant and the food. I would recommend it more as a bar then a restaurant to eat at. The noise level though is extremely loud though. I think it's part of the industrial chic look.
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  • Okay
    TyBlanco
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The service was fantastic. The managers And staff were great. The food however was not. Maybe a new chef or better recipes. I didn't like the style of BBQ nor was the chicken good and flavored. The best they had was wine. If it were not for the kindness of staff and managers dinner would have kinda sucked. However the place is nice and comfortable. Service is excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I was very excited to try Roofers Union, as the chef is very well-regarded. The food was excellent, although not outstanding. The service, however, was terrible. The hostess was incredibly rude, and the table service took forever and was sub-par (she forgot more than one request). Highlights were the busser, who had better customer service skills than anyone else in the restaurant that night, and the sriracha chicken wings (although I'd rather have my chicken wings at Looking Glass, where the servers are all wonderful).
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice view of AdMo, good food
    aclogan24
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This was an overall enjoyable experience. It was Restaurant Week in DC, so we had the chance to get a 4-course tasting menu for $35.14 per person. I think this probably saved a few bucks, not many, over what it would have been had we ordered à la carte. The honey and lemon roast chicken was pretty close to perfect. One weird thing was that they seated all their tables in one section, and other sections were completely open. So rather than having an even dispersal of tables across the restaurant, about 6 or 8 parties were all clumped in the corner, which made it pretty loud. But the service was great and the food exceeded my expectations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food concepts...done ok
    HStreetFoodster
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Decor was nice and the service was great. The plates didn't always coordinate which we thought was weird. Food wise the staters sounded great but delivery was lacking. The pigs ear was unique but not super tasty. The salmon was fantastic but the ribs were dry. Again hit and miss. Great drinks and atmosphere for sure!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DISAPPOINTED
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Everyone at our table had the ribs. Unfortunately they were charred to such an extreme they were dry and completely void of flavor. The accompanying baked beans suffered the same problem, burnt and tasteless. After several bites we abandoned the meal. The second floor dinning room has a lovely feel with large windows facing 18th street. The wait staff was friendly. It was a shame the food was so bad. We had such hopes when we entered the restaurant.
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  • Great Rooftop
    Ilikefood
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Been wanting to check this place out since it open and was not disappointed. Got a table on the rooftop, had a few drinks, and the food was good. If you are looking for a good spot to grab a drink or dinner, you should add it to your list.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good was terribly disappointing
    DCnoga
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Been wanting to go for a long time. Drinks were good but food (ribs - came out cold, sauce was not good and dry and ribs were oily inside literally you could tell the oil it was yellow! Not very appealing, sides of beans were not good and chicken thigh sandwich was very basic with a splash of mayo and lettuce on sandwich, side salad was bad too) were terrible! Only decent item were the sweet potato fires and our drinks a beer and a whiskey soda. Service was fine but after leaving almost our full meal on plate it would of been good if they had asked if the food was actually ok. Would only recommend to go to rooftop if so and just get drinks.
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  • Bit too salty
    WingedPeach
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I've been to this place twice for brunch and I find some of their fare to be too salty. Their special beer bratwurst or kielbasa on pretzel rolls is overly salty. Everything from the bun, the toppings, and the sausage are all salty. They do not feel like a good bang for your brunch buck. The second time I visited, I went for the "Hot Mess": a lovely dish filled with potatoes, sausage, peppers, onions, fried chicken all topped off with gravy. Each individual element of the dish was good, but again together it was too salty. I recommend their biscuits with perhaps only butter and jam. They are large and fluffy and quite delicious. The atmosphere was a bit loud and echo-y (especially the ladies restroom), but the service was good and sunny.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brunch
    Sherbert
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    A few friends and I had brunch here on a Saturday. One of my friends was from out of town so I wanted her to get a little taste of the area I frequent most often in DC. She enjoyed the view of Adams Morgan from the rooftop. It was a great expereince. Service was excellent, food was delicious as well as the drinks. The huge windows on the second floor really opened the place up. Cant wait to check it out during the night scene. Great spot!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • House smoked bacon
    baconVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Nothing else needs to be said. But it should be incorporated more into the brunch menu
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Citygirl58VIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Second floor dining room is huge and airy with a great view of AdMo. Unfortunately, food was mediocre and the quinoa contained hard pieces. Manager explained that sometimes there are hard pieces in the quinoa because they cook it al dente. OK, but if your uncooked quinoa is so hard that the diner thinks it's a piece of glass, you might re-think how you're cooking things. He comped my friend's meal and the chef prepared her the same meal with a different side. Service was perfunctory and the wait time for the kitchen seemed long given that the place was almost empty. The only noteworthy things we ate were baked beans and rhubarb/berry crisp and they were terrific. Maybe it will find its footing with time but we won't be back any time soon.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It's Ok
    Foodlover
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The service was the big downer. No one seamed to really care accept for the host. The bartender didn't know how to make their own drink on the menu. Def liked the drinks though. Of the apps we got, the sweet breads Po Boy and wings were good, felt like the cauliflower should have been roasted or something to give a bit more flavor or finish to the dish.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Really fun place
    porchnapper
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    This is a great bar/restaurant. The menu is fun, innovative bar food with options to please all palates. The roof offers a great view of Adams Morgan, where it's fun just to stand at the rail and watch the world go by. But if the roof is full, or Washington weather is oppressive, you can still get a great view from the second floor dining room. Great mixed drinks too -- Don't miss the Road to Eldorado if you like a good ginger bite to your cocktails. The hostesses and waitstaff are helpful, cool and attentive, making it all around a fun casual dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    MagsVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Was fully disappointed with both the food and service. The braut was flavorless, the rest cold, and asking for a different roll seemed to utterly perplex our lethargic server. The cocktail was more ice than alcohol. The space, with its floor to ceiling windows, has great potential but the other components are entirely lacking.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a good meal
    KECinDC
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    This place is an easy sell for me - inexpensive and delicious. I've been there several times, tried several dishes and I keep coming back because the food and service is consistently good (as well as the cocktails!). Plus there are plenty of choices for under $15 - and no, those choices aren't small plates! They also have a good happy hour on the first floor (snacks and drinks).
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous chef! Wonderful Everything
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Roofers is a wonderful find in DC! Tasted many dishes with my friends. Everything was outstanding. Fresh, innovative and inventive menu. Full of surprises and taste delights. Marjorie Meek-Bradley is a talented chef and the staff was friendly, casual and professional. Love the neighborhood too. Off the usual tourist track and worth the journey! I can't wait to return and work my way through the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Getting worse
    usuallywontpostVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Been to Roofers several times now. Probably be a while before attempting it again. The servers are inattentive - had to find my own ketchup after being served a burger. And the food isn't so great. Stewed tomatoes and brown lettuce on a wedge salad? Yuck. The place started out okay but has gone way downhill.
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Would happily return
    Kelly
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We came for brunch on a quiet morning, and the food was great, and if it took a little long, it was well worth the wait. Great ambiance and view!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sorry, that was my fault
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Our second visit Saturday night. The place wasn't too crowded. Our server seemed new or just not there. She forgot to place our appetizer orders. We were surprised when our sausage and burger came out. We pointed this out to the food runner and he mumbled something. When our server came over to ask how everything was, we mentioned that we didn't get our apps. She told us that it was her fault, sort of apologized and walked away. In the end it was fine. We probably didn't need the them and saved $20 and some calories. The place is okay, not worth the hype. Burger was fine. Nothing special. We didn't try to go to the rooftop bar - this might be a better place to have drinks. Food and service are secondary in my opinion.
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  • Great experience
    NYCtoDCVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Highly recommending this restaurant. Great service, good food options, large windows with great view onto Adams Morgan.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food surpasses service
    ace14VIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    It was an early Friday night dinner and working in the industry I knew what to expect. The restaurant wasn't busy at all when we arrived which was great! I would have liked to see more manager presence throughout the dining room as to notice servers slightly weeded and the service staff's (bussers) lack of attention to tables needs (our neighboring table was served dessert without spoons or sharing plates, went unnoticed 10min). I would definitely return again the food was amazing and the menu very cohesive. The drinks were also well done.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good sausage and great beans
    foodtasticVIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    The food here is really good and perfect for the sausage lover. The merguez and lentil is done very well and the beer bratwurst is also very tasty. My favorite part of the meal were the sriracha honey wings!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not that Impressed
    foodiesRus
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    My husband and I dined at Roofers Union because we are a fan of ripple, but we were somewhat disappointed in the food and service at Roofers Union. The brisket was very dry, the chicken sausage was overly salty, and the pineapple upside down cake was too pedestrian, it needed something more. The highlights were the cipollini onion rings with BBQ sauce, the homemade potato chips, the cauliflower with mint and pine nuts, and the "Spring Fever" cocktail. The service was just ok, no happy faces, no personality, seemed like it was a task for them to take orders. I would have expected more.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    The scene was nice and the server very pleasant but the food was not special. My friend's biscuits came out rather cold and my food was good but nothing I had to come back for. I think this would be a great bar hang as opposed to a brunch.
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    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will not go back
    Tracy
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We had high hopes for this place. Tom Sietsema of the Post (inexplicably) rates it highly and the chef is from Ripple in Cleveland Park, which we like a lot. But this place was a waste of money and time. The food is fair to bad (the salad tasted like it was doused with water, the veggie burgers were sent back after a few bites, the pork butt was dry and stringy), the service was awful (waiters come to the table to ask questions or deliver food but leave dirty plates and walk away?), and the noise level is deafening. We were seated on the second floor and could not hear anyone other than the person directly across or next to us. We took a peek at the roof top bar, however, and that looks like it would be fun for young professionals.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rooftop Brunch
    DCgal
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Rooftop brunch was fun and breezy. Food was good, but portions were TINY, given that the average price of a brunch entrée was $15.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing dud
    Luvs2eat
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    In DC with friend from Boston. We were staying in Adams Morgan so I did some research on resturants. There was a review in the Washington Post that was favorable. I like the atmosphere a lot, but cocktail was weak and food lacked flavor (including basic seasoning).
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  • Disappointed
    Lady17
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Overrated by far. Food was mediocre at best. Served in plastic baskets. Space is open and attractive. Waitstaff was very helpful and attentive. Will not go back.
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  • Saturday Night
    dennynova
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Tried out because it was a new place. Service was a little slow, approaching our table. Interesting, fun space. Was not offered the choice of the rooftop seating.
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 51 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.7
    • Ambiance4
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 42 reviews are from the Roofers Union reviews archive.
  • Quiet Beautiful Roof
    uhleese
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    I made a reservation for 11am on Memorial Day Saturday -- we were the first people to arrive at the restaurant by about 30 minutes! Although it was quiet, the food was delicious and the room can not be beat! perfect amount of sun and shade. I'm sure it'll become a popular spot in no time PS - get the bread basket to start!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • parsonalVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    SO happy to see the space get a much needed redux; this is one of my favorite rooftops in AM but the former restaurant was tired. I loved the atmosphere (we got a table on the roof) and the food surprised me. Soft shell crab appetizer was delicious, the perfect way to kick off MDW. I had the quinoa burger and we split a punch bowl; both hit the spot. Prices were super reasonable and our waitress was very sweet. Will definitely be back for cocktails and/or dinner with the girls this summer!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Convivial & casual
    earlybird
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    We were a party of five, and had the advantage of dining early (7PM) on a Thursday evening. The host was very accommodating when we asked to switch tables. Our waiter was always available when we needed him, and was knowledgeable about the menu. The beer and wine lists were diverse and not overpriced. None of us had a cocktail. We sampled a pretty wide range of appetizers and entrees. The glazed lamb ribs appetizer were superb. The winner among the entrees was probably the honey Sriracha chicken sandwich. The desserts were sumptuous, not at all an afterthought. A very pleasant evening from beginning to end.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Rooftop!
    Dccb
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Grabbed a later dinner here and managed to snag a rooftop spot on a beautiful day. You can't make a reservation for the roof, so we made a regular reservation and then asked to check out the roof first before being stuck inside. We got a spot on the roof with some great views. The roof is also completely covered by awnings and they have great heat lamps, so you can be out there anytime. And the inside had floor to ceiling windows, so that would have been great too! Sriracha honey wings and the andouille corndog are the way to go. Great for a casual dinner and some drinks (or just drinking) with an awesome view.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not a great first experience
    dwhotzVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    I was excited about going to Roofers Union, but we will likely not go back based on our first experience. While the server was very nice, he had too many tables and we were left for want while he was attending to other tables. This can be excused with good food, but that wasn't to be the case. While our food was all cooked nicely, none of it had any seasoning. There were clearly ingredients on the menu that didn't make it onto the dishes, and the dishes that did have everything lacked any flavor.
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  • Roof Top was awesome!
    DCPrincess
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    Enjoyed the rooftop dining ~ the vegetarian options we had for tapas were really good. The skewers were just meh, very underseasoned and bland. Good beer selection, nice drinks. Friendly but distracted staff. Cool place, could really be awesome if they stepped up their service and seasonning.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.