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Arlington Rooftop Bar & Grill

185 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Top Tags:
  • Good for Groups
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Neighborhood Gem

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Arlington Rooftop Bar Grill is a full service restaurant offering much more than excellent lunch, dinner and weekend brunch options. Centrally located in the Clarendon / Court House village of Arlington, VA. Arlington Rooftop Bar & Grill delivers value and variety in a fun and exciting , upscale atmosphere. With an extensive beer and wine list, a huge rooftop patio with outdoor seating, and enough flatscreens to catch every game, Arlington Rooftop Bar & Grill will soon be your new favorite place in town.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Nightly: 3:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(703) 528-3030
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
David Testa
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Private party facilities
Our mezzanine level offers a more quiet atmosphere with personal service, full menu options and a fireplace. The perfect place for meetings, special occasions, and private parties.
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Private party contact
Stephanie Terault: (703) 528-3030
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Cross street
Barton St
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.6  based on all time ratings
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74% of people would recommend it to a friend
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disapointing (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on April 20, 2017

We had a very tasty meal. The staff was shorted that nite when a server called off. The bartender and rest of the staff worked hard to ensure that we had quick and attentive service. We were very pleased!

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on April 11, 2017

The rooftop is shut down for the whole season, the bar area was kinda depressing for a date night. Probably won't go back.

vipTimbo (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on November 14, 2016

I was the only Villanova fan at the Villanova vs Purdue game. Pleasant surprise to see that game on all TVs except one which had the Giants vs Bengals game - the other game I wanted to see.

vipOpenTable Diner (Savannah)
1.0  Dined on October 24, 2016

We reserved a spot via open table and when we arrived I was informed they do not accept open table. Very disappointed.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on August 28, 2016

The rooftop has a beautiful view. It wasn't crowded for brunch. The bacon, egg and cheese was really good! Really good breakfast potatoes too.

MeeshMealLovin (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on June 8, 2016

We had the bacon wrapped dates- really great and just the right size. Also, had Happy Hour wine and a great salad. Would recommend and try to go to again.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on May 21, 2016

Subpar food with subpar service to match. Chicken in my sandwich was tough, which was consistent with chicken in other dishes at our table. Fries were good. Simply not good enough compared to nearby options.

wineandfood (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on April 30, 2016

I thought the restaurant area would be more separated from the bar area. The food and service were good!

vipTwelly (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on March 27, 2016

We had a very poor dining experience here. Very bad service, bad facilities (the booth we sat in was disintegrating), but a great place to meet friends for a late night drink. Save your food money and eat at another restaurant in the area, and venture here for drinks. They definitely staff the bar better than the restaurant.

Sushilover (Raleigh)
3.0  Dined on March 20, 2016

Not what I expected. Went on a Sunday night, no one greeted us until the bartender said oh sit anywhere. There was only one server on and she was dealing with a party of 5. She only checked on us once when we just wanted the check. She was sitting with some guy at a booth chatting with him. I wouldn't call this restaurant awesome by any means. The food was good but that's about it.

vipJenL (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on March 13, 2016

Very friendly service and delicious food!

vipJoGi (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2016

Great place for a bite with friends. Good food and good service

AshleyR (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2016

The food and service were exceptional. We checked out the restaurant in February, so we weren't able to experience the rooftop location. The rooftop opens in April and we are stoked to check that out! The ambiance was great and the drinks were also superb. We will definitely visit again!

vipjess4food (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on December 12, 2015

Honestly, my chicken sandwich was gross but our server was awesome. I'll go back for drinks!

TMac (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on October 19, 2015

The rooftop is showing its age and the new owners know it! Having said that they're not apologizing for the food but definitely for the ambience, or lack thereof!

The food has never been great but always's always been the view that kept us coming back so when pulling that thread it's safe to conclude that no rooftop equals no patrons.

Yes, it was a Monday and yes, we were the only table seated in the restaurant with two or three people at the bar.

I'll look forward to going back to the Rooftop with new decor and probably a new and improved menu!

Returning (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on July 18, 2015

Great place to just eat or get drinks

Kevin (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on July 4, 2015

They do have some unusual food. I had a duck confi Ruben sandwich. It was yummy. My friend had a buffalo chicken salad. He was very happy with his food as well. The alcohol was good and I liked the beer selection. The service was ok. It was a little light and slow. I'd still go back.

vipBikeLady (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on June 9, 2015

I would recommend it only if you can eat on the roof. Inside is dark and not at all inviting. But service was a bit haphazard.

JoyJaz (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on May 14, 2015

Had a reservation for a largeish party (9) that was confirmed earlier in the day. When we got there they had my reservation, but said that 'they had nothing downstairs - it must be upstairs'. Scott, told us to go upstairs and ask for the hostess by name. We walked upstairs and the place was packed which wasn't a surprise considering it was a Thursday night. And there was no hostess stand or hostess that we could see. So we went back downstairs to find Scott, who came back upstairs and walked around for a few minutes and then disappeared. We waited for a while longer upstairs and then decided to leave as it was obvious we weren't going to be seated anywhere.
As we walked back downstairs, I saw Scott serving drinks behind the bar. A very nice bartender with a beard asked if he could help me and I said I needed to talk to Scott. about our reservation. He walked over and said something to Scott who turned around and saw me standing there. He said something to the bartender and then turned back around. The bartender came back and it seemed like he didn't really know what to say. I asked him if Scott was the manager. He said 'yes' and I just said 'Thank you' and we all left.

CKFVA (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on April 17, 2015

We visited the Rooftop Bar & Grill in anticipation of bringing a friend there. The rooftop area is roomy, with a good amount of tables and ledges/counters for standing with drinks. Table service is provided at the area in front of the bar. At the tables behind the bar, you have to serve yourself.

We ordered one beer and one cranberry juice, and were shocked to find out the juice was as expensive as the beer--$5.50! My husband had a friend chicken sandwich, which he said was pretty good. I decided to go with the nachos. These were some tortilla chips with a little bit of sour cream, cheese and salsa. Very underwhelming.

The attraction is definitely the outdoor location with a nice view over Arlington, but I don't think we will bother bringing my friend there, as the drinks and food did not over-excite us.