Kingbird at The Watergate Hotel

4.2
1364 reviews
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Mediterranean
Located within The Watergate Hotel, this elegant restaurant features Mediterranean cuisine with a French Riviera twist. Kingbird is open daily for breakfast, lunch, pre-theater dinner (5-7pm) and dinner with an energetic bar and contemporary dining room. Menus feature seasonally inspired plates from Executive Chef, Sébastien Giannini. Just a 5-minute walk to the Kennedy Center and Valet Parking is $12 for the evening. Out on the seasonal terrace, enjoy al fresco dining with a view of the Potomac. Weekends offer Saturday brunch & Sunday brunch buffet, plus traditional Afternoon Tea with a modern twist. Winner of Wine Spectator's Best of Award of Excellence 2018
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

We stayed at The Watergate hotel where we celebrated our anniversary at the King Bird last year around the same time and we had a fantastic experience and service. Unfortunately this year we cannot same the same. Our waiter was not very attentive and we had to flag him down multiple times for numerous items. His service was not on par with our experience from last year. The menu also drastically changed. We will not be returning to the King Bird.

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JH
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Some of the staff needs basic training. They were with a few exceptions flummoxed with how to handle a customer using a wheelchair. The apparatus to lift a wheelchair or semi disabled customer was unfamiliar and therefore unusual when entering the restaurant. Different personal at departure were ready to operate it but based on entry inexperience, the customer was unsure this group could overcome the arrangement. Service at the table at first seemed to be overwhelmed and slow but picked up as the customer offered encouragement. The food and wine selected was quite good. Definitely more positive than negative but not certain with the wheelchair issue would be a repeat customer.

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T
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My only complaint with Kingbird was for me, getting from the dining room to the restroom. I'm 84 and don't see all that well. There were steps which looked like a black hole, so I took the ramp on my hands an knees as it seemed unsteardy to walk down with my cane. A little illumination on those steps would be welcome. Otherwise everything else was great!

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OT
Washington DC
179 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Kingbird is probably one of my favorite places in the city. The food is excellent and the service is outstanding. Tuna tartar, the lobster appetizer, the excellent short ribs - all delicious. Fabulous craft cocktails.

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d
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I'd recommend Kingbird if you want/need to be near the Kennedy Center to attend a performance. You'll have great views of the river from one side of the restaurant. The food tries to be exceptional but isn't. Having dined at restaurants all over the world, this was the first time I was served burrata that didn't have a soft, creamy center. A huge piece of rockfish (white) was served on a white plate with white pasta on the side. Our server handed us the check before offering coffee.

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KM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It's impressive, yet casual. The food is good but a bit expensive.

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TC
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It was nice. Service was great. Honestly, food was too over priced for the portions given.

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OT
Washington DC
180 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kingbird has become my "goto" place for special events or out-of-town guests. It is also terrific as a pre-Kennedy Center venue. The tuna tartar appetizer is outstanding. Their presentations are creative and delicious and the service is top notch.

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AB
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful! Check out the pre theater menu!

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Des Moines
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Waitress was inattentive. Had to flag someone to fill water glasses . Even had to request pen to sign bill

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TR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kingbird is a very convenient place for a pre-theater dinner. I parked at the Kennedy Center and walked over. If it weren't a week night I probably would have walked back over after the show for a drink on the rooftop.
The food at Kingbird is delicious. I had the Dover sole, which had the perfect lemon caper sauce. My companion had the short rib, It too was very good, but I preferred the sole. The tuna tartare appetizer was wonderfully chilled and flavored perfectly.

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MR
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly gourmet. Food was amazing! The Innovative flavors and ingredients you are well thought out and presented At a Michelin level.

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LW
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The food was very good. The service was really bad. The wait staff were not able to answer questions about food, and were generally not around. We had to flag them down to check on order. The food it was very slow in arriving. We asked for the wine menu and they never returned to find out if we wanted any. So, we were able to ask him to bring us a bottle of wine after our food arrived. So it was really very surprising for restaurants of that caliber to have sleepy staff

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OO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

The food was overpriced, the portions were small, the taste was bland, and the server was disingenuous. We won't be back again.

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KC
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect. All I suggest is some soft music. Our reservation was at 6pm and it was very quiet but we enjoyed so much and will be back.

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D
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This was my first time having dinner at Kingbird and I must say, the food and overall dining experience was excellent!!! I love the decor and location! The wait staff was great as well! I will definitely visit again.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ambience..valet parking was only $12 which was a great deal given we were attending an event at the Kennedy Center. Wait staff asked if we were attending the theater and ensured we were fed and on our way prior to the show. Only suggestion would be for the short cut offered to the Kennedy Center from their back exit would be to pave the walkway. It was a little difficult walking through grass with heels.

Food was superb and plated beautifully. We had: octopus and crab cake as appetizers. Our entrees were lamb chops and lobster spaghetti. For drinks we had Mon Ami/Watergate Sour. Dessert was cappuccino and Remy Martin. After our event, we returned to the Top of the Gate (rooftop bar) for a champagne nightcap. Wonderful evening from start to finish. Would definitely return.

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VP
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It’s a fairly typical hotel restaurant, but the people are very good at what they do and there are certain parts of the seating that have views. Definitely a better hotel restaurant.

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N
London
46 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

This was a disappointment. As the main restaurant of the prestigious Watergate Hotel, we expected more, but the food was unremarkable. The fish for the entrées was well cooked but the accompaniments and side dishes were bland and insipid. There is nothing here to tempt the taste-buds, the room lacked atmosphere and it was a damp squib. Very underwhelming.

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c
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Three of us had the pre-theater special. With a 6:15 pm reservation, we just made our 8 pm show at the Kennedy Center. The entrees--duck confit, dover sole and rockfish were outstanding, as were the sexy fries. The burrata/asparagus appetizer was quite good. However, the half maine lobster was really just one bite, which was accompanied by marinated fish, which was fresh, but a strange combination of flavors.

The unique cocktails were substantial, but a bit too unusual, e.g. hibiscus syrup which was too strong in the pineapple drink. The chocolate dessert was delicious, lavender creme brulee was average. The cherries jubilee was not lit at the table; the cherries were good, but completely saturated in alcohol.

The setting is very hip with comfortable chairs. The music emanating from the bar area was distracting, as it sounded like dance music.

Overall, the chef is really good as was the experience. But it does not feel like a fine dining experience. Wait staff were mediocre at best.

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Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Cocktails and food were delicious!

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Bristol
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and lovely food just prior to a show at the Kennedy Centre. The restaurant even countered the show in. Highly recommended!

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s
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The American Rose is a MUST! Food was delicious and worth the drive into DC. Afterwards, we went upstairs to enjoy the views on the rooftop. Highly Recommend!

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d
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience. Beef tartare and grilled salmon were wonderful. Service was excellent. Highly recommend and will dine there again

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RW
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Even though we were there at a busy time, the staff was efficient and helpful and got us to the theater on time. The Pre-theater menu selection was wonderful with enough variety to be interesting.

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LM
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect evening. Pre theater dinner had wonderful choices. The desserts were divine. It was a fine dining experience without the clutter and frou frou.

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OT
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating our anniversary. Champagne was brought out to toast and an anniversary dessert as well. The food was delicious,our server was nice, professional,but fun too. It is a 4 minutes walk from here to the Kennedy Center so perfect for a show and dinner. We would definitely come back here.

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DC
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Everything was good but this is a place you expect more than good. I don't think we'll be back.

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LK
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great before theater meal and $12 valet for the evening (just make sure you get your ticket stamped)

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service & food.

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DB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Overall good but not great or special. Decor and location ideal for Kennedy Center!

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GG
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

All buffet options were delicious! Service was great. I highly recommend and will dine here again

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G
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

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BF
Memphis
40 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday brunch buffet is the best!!

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful staff, service and the food was divine.

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D
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

Lamb was very fatty and was ordered medium rare but came rare. Veggies .. broccoli was over cooked. Wait staff was excellent and that is why I tipped what I did .. would not recommend as food was not good for the price.. 154.00 for dinner I should be full and happy when done dining. I was not full nor happy. I would recommend the hotel but would not recommend this restaurant.

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MP
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful dinner before heading over for a show at K.C. Food was delicious and service was outstanding! Going to go back in a couple weeks before the next show!

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K
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Service is frustratingly slow and has been for some time; doesn't seem to be a perceived issue from management. The burger was very good, though most other items are fairly over-priced for a lunch portion. I continue to go for lunch because of proximity to my office.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Grandson’s birthday

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DD
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

I don't mind paying a premium price for premium food. Our lunch did not meet that criteria. Very disappointing birthday celebration.

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