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About Kingbird at The Watergate Hotel

Our spacious restaurant runs nearly half the length of the entire building, and will entice guests, residents and visitors alike. A lively place to see and be seen, Kingbird will be open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner with an energetic bar, contemporary dining room and seasonally inspired plates served throughout the day. This elegant yet relaxed setting features bay windows lined with banquettes and custom Ron Arad-designed Moroso chairs. On the terrace, patrons can share a meal and enjoy the breeze coming off the Potomac.

2650 Virginia Ave NW
Washington, DC 20037
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary French / American

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast:
Monday - Sunday: 6:30am - 11:00am;
Brunch:
Saturday & Sunday: 11:30am - 2:30pm;
Lunch:
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm;
Dinner:
Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,
Saturday & Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 838-4471

Website:
http://www.thewatergatehotel.com/dine-and-drink/washington-dc-restaurant-kingbird/

Parking Details:
Valet hotel Parking Available for $12.00

Public Transit:
Foggy Bottom Metro Station-Blue Line

Executive Chef:
Michael Santoro

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Private Dining

The Watergate Hotel’s featured restaurants are DC’s premier private event locations. We offer a variety of packages that make us the perfect location for private, political, corporate, fundraising & media events as well as social celebrations such as birthday parties & wedding receptions.

Kingbird at The Watergate Hotel Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

3.5

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Quiet

81% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (48)
Good for a Date (32)
Special Occasion (29)
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Fit for Foodies (28)
Good for Anniversaries (26)
Romantic (22)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Business Meals (20)
Scenic View (20)
Creative Cuisine (19)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Bar Seating (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
Good for Groups (14)
Happy Hour (12)
Great for Brunch (11)
Waterfront (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Cozy (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Afternoon Coffee (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Fun (6)
Casual (5)
People Watching (5)
Healthy (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Seasonal (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Authentic (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Organic (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Live Music (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

Our waiter Lasker was wonderful, as was everything about the evening.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

Dined here before Kennedy Center performance. Not only was the menu imaginative, the food was also delicious. Our server was personable and helpful in getting us out on time to make performance. Restaurant very convenient to Kennedy Center and will return.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

It qas really busy when we arrived two hours before a theater show. We barely made the show. We highly recommend this place with the qualifier not before a show at The Kennedy Center. We will be back to enjoy another delicious meal!!

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 (Key West)·Dined 3 days ago

We were out-of-town diners, pre-theater. The Kingbird was outstanding in every respect ... food, service and ambiance. The restaurant is highly recommended.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Cozy, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Our food was great and our service was spectacular! The only negative comment I have is that we made the reservation specifically so we could brunch and then go ice skating but we found out when we arrived that the ice skating rink was shut down for the day :(

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We dined at Kingbird for our 3 year wedding anniversary. On the first cold night of the year, we were sat at a table right next to the patio door and big bay windows, so we were freezing!

Service was slow... I mean snails pace. Cocktails were watered down, for $16 is at least like to taste the alcohol. Scallop appetizer was the best part of our experience. For our main entree we split the bouillibase which is $100 for two. At the recommendation of our waitress we added a saffron seasoning which was paired with the bread and it ruined the meal. We also ordered the sweet potato side dish which was disgusting g. The waitress never asked us how our meal was. We declined dessert bc we were cold and just wanted to get out of there as fast as possible.

Two drinks, an entree and an appetizer cost us $200 with tip. We won’t be going back and definitely will not recommend to friends!

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 8, 2017

This is a really nice restaurant with great service. It is very convenient for pre-theater dining before shows at the Kennedy Center.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Organic, Waterfront, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Some of the food was served a bit cold. They offered to re-heat, but we were in a hurry.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The service was excellent. The food was good. I would prefer that duck taste like duck and not ham. The sauce was amazing but no potato to eat it with, just three very small medallions of turnips. You must like turnips, I do not. Bread was the only thing to sop up the wonderful sauce. Lamb dish was served with burn eggplant. Would have been nice to have had the egg plant not burned--not healthy for you to eat. The two different cuts of lamb were very tasty. Again a potato of some kind would have been nice. The coffee ice cream was excellent. The noise during happy hour was too loud but was pleasant after happy hour was over and you didn't have to shout at one another. A good place for informal dinning such as a birthday celebration or good for groups getting together for dinner.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Second time there, overall quite good, I still recommend it, although this time a couple of service flubs, one of which is worth noting here. The staff are very gracious and usually attentive (although their attention does wander a bit as diners near the end of their meal, even though on our visit the restaurant was not super busy). One of our party arrived early and gave the front desk the name on the reservation, sat at the bar waiting for the rest of us to arrive. When we arrived about 15 mins later, we were not told he was already there, and he was not told we had arrived, and we didn't catch sight of each other; only through texting each other about 15 mins later (we each assumed the other was probably in especially bad traffic) did we realize he was in the bar a few feet from us. Simply put, the front desk (which was very friendly and welcoming, but dropped the ball on this one) is to ensure that arriving parties are brought together - that's part of the job. Even in this age, cannot rely on a cell phone to do the staff's job. Wouldn't be a big deal except it was unfair to our friend, sitting alone at the bar for a long time. The food was excellent. I was last there a year ago in the summer, had a great time, the place seemed bright and fun, but somehow in evening in November, with the black-painted walls and darkness outside, it was a bit...subdued, at least in comparison to my memory. I would still recommend a visit by others . It deserves a place on your list to try.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 29, 2017

The lobster roll ($26) had three pieces of lobster and lots of mayo. My colleagues both ordered the salmon which was dry and served with white rice!

The sun was shining in my eyes and I asked the server to close the blinds. She couldn't as hard as she tried. So I closed them manually, one by one.

The bill for three entrees was over $120 with no alcohol, plus coffee.

The restaurant and whole hotel lobby is the definition of "bling"--not tasteful at all

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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 25, 2017

I went here with my daughter, son-in-law and 2 grand children after seeing The Nutcracker at The Kennedy Center. It is just a short walk over and makes things easy to just park once in the KC garage. Service was really great. Food was excellent both main courses and appetizers. The children loved their pasta and ice cream for dessert. My beet appetizers was scrumptious and my Cod was cooked to perfection. Other choices were Caesar Salad, scallops and crab cakes. Everyone was pleased with everything they ordered. We could actually have a conversation as it was quiet in the corner they placed us in at 5 PM. Second time I have eaten here. In my opinion, it is the best choice in the area for pre or post KC performances. Although we did not go in there, we loved the outdoor pods where many young folks were gathered.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 24, 2017

This restaurant is a great alternative to dining at the Roof Terrace Restaurant at the Kennedy Center . We used the pre-fix menu before our performance. There are some issues. The restaurant is a 10 minute walk from the Kennedy Center, which may bother some; and it is on the ground floor of Watergate, so the view is not particularly good. Then again, you can go up to the Top of the Gate (make a separate reservation if you wish a seat up there) for one of the best views in Washington. We look forward to trying this restaurant when we have more time, and will use the ala carte menu.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 24, 2017

My brother and I️ came to celebrate thanksgiving. The food was good and the hotel is beautiful The only comment I️ really have that was disappointing was the waiters verbiage. For being such a nice hotel, you’d expect the waiters not to call the menus “things.” He was very nice and, for the most part, attentive but his verbiage really ruined the ambiance. Also, the restaurant wasn’t busy, there were plenty of open tables, but yet they sat us next to a table full of kids who were playing YouTube videos pretty loudly and yelling at times. I’m not sure why they may have sat us there but it made catching up with my brother very hard. Overall, not as impressed with Kingbird as I thought I was going to be.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

This was our first time dining at Kingbird, but it won't be our last. As a serious cook, I often find something amiss with restaurant meals and usually prefer the food from my own kitchen. The Kingbird is an outstanding exception. Every plate was prepared with care, high quality ingredients, well-balanced seasoning, and beautiful presentation. The staff was highly knowledgeable about the ingredients, and most attentive. We can't wait to go back!!

Tags: Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Fabulous food. Buffet displays were amazing. Every item was delicious. Servers very attentive. Very quiet

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

My sister, husband and I were in the national mall, and decided to grab lunch. We wanted a nice, yet different, place. We thought French cuisine and the location, the Watergate Hotel, would work well. Upon reviewing the menu, it looked like they had a good variety of items suitable to our taste. We were interested in eating light, as Thanksgiving dinner was on the horizon. Upon arrival, we were seated (I made reservations). Our server then explained that the regular menu was not available, only the Brunch Buffet at $110.00 per person. We should have left, however, as we walked by the buffet, on our way to our table, we saw the great variety of items offered. Well, we were not disappointed. While we ate too much, we could not agree on what we liked best. The selection of meats, salads, seafood, cheeses, etc. were vast, well-prepared, well-presented and delicious. A great variety indeed. Service was just OK; considering the level of restaurant and the price for the buffet, I expected a bit more attention to details (like refilling our water glass, without having to ask) and ensuring the blinds were at a good angle, so the sun was not hitting our face directly. Our server was friendly, was the "full package" did not meet expectations. So, we were pleased, pleasantly surprised, but not impressed.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Expensive Thanksgiving buffet and food wasn't that good. Not many choices for children.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2017

The magician coming to the table was awkward and intrusive. After that the service was superb.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

The hotel is unique and decorated with contemporary furniture, which makes the room with a great sense of design. Unfortunately, the afternoon tea is not as good as I desired. Just have two sweets and even the scones without jam😨

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Inspected presentation of the he crab meat scramble at brunch. Fried and oily lump crab meat??

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Best was the low noise level

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·Dined on November 16, 2017

Waitress was not attentive at all!! The food was NOTwhat we expected for the price. Would not recommend to anyone.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

It truly made our anniversary eating at the Kingbird. Peggy was an excellent waitress and truly made us feel special. The food was so unique and delicious, we are already planning our next trip.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Pre-theater dinner

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Very expensive, but almost worth it.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

I made brunch reservations here with a few friends to celebrate my 35th birthday weekend. I had been seeing photos and hearing people talking about Kingbird since the summer so I was excited to try it out. I had 12:45 reservations for the Saturday after my birthday. The restaurant was particularly empty. It actually reminded me of your typical hotel bar/restaurant. Perhaps a Friday or Saturday night draws more of a crowd. The food and bottomless drink options (mimosas& sangrias) were all delicious. They let you add as much or as little orange juice to your campagne as you like so you dont have to worry but bad mimosas. One of my friends and I chose the french toast with a side of bacon and my other friend had the burger. Everything was cooked perfectly and had so much flavor. Im usually not a french toast girl while brunching but I decided to switch it up this time. And I was not disappointed. Kingbird is worth the drive if you arent used to coming to their location as its a bit out of the way. My only tiny complaint is that it can be quite confusing trying to locate the actual restaurant. I parked on the street near the Kennedy Center and had to walk into several building lobbies to ask someone how to actually get to the restaurant. I didnt see any signs on the outside pointing you in the direction of Kingbird. Your GPS will only show that the restaurant is in the “middle” of the main building but not really how to access it. Seeing as how it was freezing outside that day walking around the entire campus was my least favorite thing to being doing. But now that I know how to get there, I’ll definitely be back. Also for the girls who care about good lighting...the restrooms are perfect for a selfie😉

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Afternoon Coffee, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Happy Hour, Waterfront, Casual, Romantic, Afternoon Tea, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Excellent food and service. Highly recommend!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The service was exquisite with very good cocktails. However, wine by the glass (Chardonnay & Cabernet) was so so and nothing to get excited about. Thestarters and entrees were mediocre. We had a table for two very near the wait station and behind a column which was less than what we expected. All-in-all an overpriced experience.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I will make this a lot shorter than my yelp review, but brunch there is a miss. Their sangria is delicious but their food made me very, very ill. Also, my wife’s chicken and waffles tasted of fish sauce. A total miss.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Way over priced for what you get but the decor was beautiful.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

OK - it's fine dining at the Watergate Hotel. So, expensive. But, it was fabulous, delicious, and romantic! We had dinner before a play at the Kennedy Center, which is a short, 5-minute walk away. The service was spot on. Go there - you won't regret it.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Terrible service. Started off well but then we were completely abandoned. Food cold on arrival, had to send it back. Great space but it's really pretending to be a high-end experience. Very dissapointed.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Entrees came very late but tasted great. Waiter didn’t charge for the entrees! Smart service move, we didn’t even complain he just knew it wasn’t the standard for their restaurant. Will definitely go back!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View
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 (Memphis)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Everything was very good. The prices are a bit outrageous....quite a bit more than similar restaurants. Nothing to complain about, but as a friend who has also been said, "you need to be amazed at that price." The drinks were wonderful and sitting outside was lovely.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Pleasant setting, tasty food, and unpretentious cuisine. A short but interesting menu and excellent service. We had the crab cake sliders and the lobster roll. Portion size was perfect and service was speedy. Located conveniently for downtown or Foggy Bottom business lunches.

Tags: Scenic View, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 2, 2017

We are new Watergate residents. We have had brunch at KB several times but this was our first dinner. The food was wonderful. Salads, entrees and their Manhattan cocktail could not have been better. We will be back and recommend whole heartedly. A surprise for a hotel restaurant.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 1, 2017

My wife and I attended a conference in DC and met some vendors that recommended it from the night before we went. Simply put, it was way beyond our expectations! We had the Alba White Truffle Risotto and an 8oz. Tenderloine Filet. The Risotto was just as authentic in flavor and cosistency as you could ever find in Northern Italy. It completely surprised and pleased my Italian/Irish wife. I, on the other hand am a carnivore and am a real fan of great steaks. The night before, I had a 16oz. NY Strip at a well-know Grill east of the White House. Let me tell you, the 8oz. Filet I had at The Watergate beat it hands down. I also loved the fact that The Watergate served my favorite Scotch - "Monkey Shoulder" - a great blend of three great and famous single-malts. Three fingers is the only way to go! The Watergate was completely off the chain and we'll be sure to visit again the next time we're in DC. Thanks for being so great!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Went to kingbird for a pre-theater dinner. Steak was amazing, melts in your mouth. Service- top notch. Cocktails were out of this world.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 1, 2017

We went for dinner before seeing a show at the Kennedy Center. The décor is nice and we were given a large comfy booth. The server was eager to please. The problem was the food. It's not that the food wasn't good, it's just that the food combinations were odd and didn't go together. And for the price, we expected a lot more. I had the scallops which were very good, but it was paired with an odd dried fruit. When I asked what it was, I was told the fruit was "passion mint". We thought he meant passion fruit, but no, he meant passion mint. Looking at the menu on-line, I see that it was dried persimmon. The persimmon had a very faint taste and really didn't taste of anything. The calamansi sauce was very subtle too, barely citrusy. There were these odd black lacy tuile things. I don't know what they were, but they didn't really taste of anything. I also had the lamb. It came with a small amount of couscous with a charred eggplant which looked like a black bean puree and really didn't taste of anything. It certainly didn't taste like eggplant. And there were two cuts of lamb on the plate. Two slices of the loin (it was okay) and 2 slices of what looked like a lamb brisket, or maybe short rib, with long, sinewy fibers. I'm not sure what that was all about. The dessert menu wasn't very exciting but I settled on a pistachio terrine thing. It wasn't very ice cream like as it was very chunky with large chunks of pistachio and not creamy enough. It came with some other things which I didn't care for. My friends thought their food was okay but again, the food was rather on the bland side (taste so subtle you couldn't really taste anything) and the food pairings on the plate were odd. That being said, everything was beautifully plated and artfully arranged. So the food was okay but odd parings. The best thing was the scallop appetizer which was cooked perfectly. The beet salad was also very pretty.

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