Kingbird at The Watergate Hotel

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$31 to $50
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Mediterranean

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Located within The Watergate Hotel, this elegant restaurant features Mediterranean Riviera cuisine. Kingbird is open daily for breakfast, lunch, pre-theater dinner (5-7pm) and dinner with an energetic bar and contemporary dining room. Each menu feature seasonally inspired plates crafted with fresh, local ingredients. Just a 5-minute walk to the Kennedy Center and Valet Parking is $12 for Dinner. Valet parking is free for Breakfast, Lunch, Weekend Brunch and Afternoon Tea.

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. Please note: Afternoon Tea reservations can only be made by calling (833) 304-4830

Winner of Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence Award 2018 & 2019
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OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We celebrated Valentines a few days late and so pleased we selected here to do so! Everyone was delightful at the Kingbird. I loved the uniforms and the decor. Posh w/o feeling stuffy! And as Crazy as this sounds...Ladies, the bathroom is stunner!!

Appetizer: tuna carpaccio. Husband wouldn’t select this on his own, but we loved it!

Meals: 1/2 chicken (w side salad & edible flowers. Salmon (w side of broccoli)

Dessert: Chocolate torte (ganache w orange) AMAZING!!

Everyone was spot on. The servers were all so accommodating. We’ll be back!!

OT
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding dining experience! My server Shelley was attentive and intuitively addressed my dining needs. Each member of the staff I interacted with was courteous and ensured my dining experience was memorable. Kingbird is definitely a DC dining gem.

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Despite having a reservation, we were sat at the table right near the high-traffic kitchen. Once seated, we waited a good while until we were acknowledged by a server. We then requested to move and waited again for anyone to take drink orders. We were never told anything about the menu. Certainly did not feel like a valued customer. Very disappointing, especially given the reputation. Save your money in forego indulging your curiosity about this “establishment” and go to one of the many, much more modern and imaginative restaurants that know how to serve great food and offer stellar service.

L
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server was perfectly attentive, giving us space to enjoy our food and time together, but always ensuring that we had everything we needed right when we needed it. The food was outstanding, though the lamb was a tad bit dry which was made up for by the provided mustard that made it a sublime combination. Highly suggest the tuna carpaccio, salmon, and the chocolate torte. Ambiance was especially pleasing with the added view of the Potomac and Art Deco inspired decorations.

CP
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

yes, but is pricey. more servings of food for the price would make it more worthwhile. Food itself was excellent

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

They were amazing, they even accepted to serve lunch after it’s time already passed. Many thanks.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was good, we had both excellent dishes and just alright dishes. The scallops could have been better. The service started out slow but for being very slow, and sporadic at times, our waiter made up for in quality! I was pretty impressed for overall and our anniversary dinner was a success!

BM
Washington DC
62 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

His lamb and my branzino were a bit overcooked. The ratatouille and spaghetti squash had enjoyable flavors.

Moreover, kudos to the staff for handling my husband's forgotten credit card. They stored and promptly returned it when he returned to the restaurant. Thank you very much.

JD
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

very expensive menu with nothing that interesting on it--somewhat misses the mark--

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Pre theatre dinner.

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a delicious meal ahead of a performances the Kennedy Center!

NY
Washington DC
115 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a delicious brunch at Kingbird before a Kennedy Center matinee. Our first time here and the decor, service and food were 5 stars. Would recommend highly.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Very slow service, especially for lunch time. Server was very lax in checking in. Had to wait a long time for check and then had to go find the server to actually run my card. Don’t go here if you are on a deadline.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was surprised to have such an intimate dinner in a hotel restaurant. It was beautiful. The ambiance was perfect. The food was awesome. Great date night spot

t
Washington DC
80 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dinner was excellent. I had the lobster and my companion had the scallops. Service was very personalized.

K
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

The service was terrible. They were focused on their pre-theater special crowd so the servers really didn't pay any attention to people who were there to enjoy a normal meal (which is odd as the pre-theater is likely a special of some kind). The food was mediocre and a bad value given the price.

BS
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

The staff seated us in a booth that had seats at different heights, so some people had the table at a normal height while for others it was too high. The staff brought bread to the table, but there were just two bread plates for a party of five. The waiter ignored me when I signaled to him, so I had to get bread plates from another table. Two members of the party had duck, which required a sharp knife,; again, we had to get the attention of the waiter/busboy and request different knives. At the end of the meal, the waiter asked one person whether he wanted coffee or an after dinner drink, then left. Trying to get the waiter's attention again failed to produce results, so I had to walk to the waiter and ask him why he ignored everybody else. At these prices I expect competent service. The food was underwhelming. Fortunately, Washington has many good restaurants.

M
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience4

The restaurant is generally good.... BUT I called several days ahead of time and asked if they had vegan options (one couple coming with us is vegan), they said yes we do! When we asked for their vegan options today, they said they didn’t have any. Leaving was not an option as we were catching a show at the Kennedy center after. They told us they could figure something out... they brought a “veggie” plate (mostly decorated carrots) and an arugula salad (arugula and salt). They charged $8.00 for each bowl of arugula and $24.00 for each veggie plate. The couple also had to ask that they don’t add butter to the veggies and the waiter seemed confused.
Upsets me that they say yes and then don’t actually have options. Upsets me that in 2020, an upscale restaurant wouldn’t have a vegan option. Upsets me that the carrots costed that much and the salad was terribly put together.

LD
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A special treat dinner for before a Kennedy Center show. Jamie, our server, was spot on with her recommendations and the food was delicious.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

20th anniversary.

E
Washington DC
109 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience4

Although the food is good, the service is not. Slow to take order, slow to refill water glasses, alow to refill wine glasses, and slow to deliver main course. Practically had to trip a waiter who was not ours to get some service. Waitress offered no apologies, seemed to be not focusing on service. Will not go back.

SF
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Pretheater meal was good, if it took a very long time to prepare. They made good with it by giving us a round of drinks.
Excellent location. Great spot to jump to Kennedy Center.

MV
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed every aspect, food, ambiance, great place to take your significant other. Knowledgeable, friendly bartenders at the whiskey bar.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful Anniversary Dinner!

TL
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic! Everything was just about perfect!

N
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

They had a great restaurant week deal! And their location is very convenient to the Kennedy Center, so it's a perfect place to go before a show. Will definitely be back again.

MM
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

We had a 5:30 reservation for a 7:30 show at the Kennedy Center. We left plenty of time to enjoy a leisurely dinner. It was anything but. It was restaurant week and we felt treated as third class citizens by third class staff. We arrived with our wet coats and no one offered to take them for us. As the seats are wide and rounded (and comfortable) the coats ended up on the floor until we asked for help and someone checked them for us. The meal was excessively rushed. No sooner was one course cleared than a waiter set down the next one. The waitress took our order then disappeared. We had to ask for water and coffee and salt and pepper and lemon, as the food had very little taste, with the exception of the scallops.
The people on either side of us did not order from the restaurant week menu. We were dismayed to see their portions we re three times the size of ours for the same order. A manager brought us a third tiny dessert for our troubles. This treatment is unacceptable on any night at any price point.

RN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was fantastic and worth the price. We had a problem with service and had to mention it to the hostess. I am usually very patient and understanding (especially during restaurant week) but when a table that was seated 20 mins after us got their appetizer and drinks before we did it was a red flag. After mentioning the lapse in service, I will say we did get prompt service afterwards but it should not have come to that.

S
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Food was very good. We went on Saturday expecting the brunch but it was Restaurant week with a very limited menu. We were disappointed in not having the full brunch menu however the food was good. The kitchen was slow so it took longer than expected to get each course. We just made it to our Ken Cen matinee.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall2food5service2ambience3

We had a mostly good time but it took longer than we hoped for the food to arrive.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience4

My boyfriend and I visited Kingbird for the first time during restaurant week Brunch . We wouldn’t normally leave a negative review, but we were so disappointed. It was almost an hour after we arrived before the appetizer was served and another 45min after those plates were cleared before we got our entrees. All in all, we were at the restaurant for over 2.5 hours for brunch. The food was very small portions and the food was average quality - except the filet mignon and fries, which were great! The desserts were way over powered by mint (chocolate cake) and thyme (creme brûlée). Thankfully, the server took the drinks off our bill, otherwise we would leave only one star. Hope their service during non-restaurant week time is better!

ER
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience5

The food was wonderful and the front staff was very helpful. However, it took 45 minutes for our appetizers to show up and then half an hour after for each course. I recognize that Friday night is busy, but nobody followed up and for a while we were not sure if our order had even been put in.

LD
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Iconic locale and brilliant evening. Kingbird nails the luxury experience. The service especially cannot be beat. They really personalize everything for you. The entire staff at the Watergate treat you like royalty. It is a fabulous place, very special indeed.

SK
Washington DC
108 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Service was extremely slow during restaurant week lunch that the person pouring the waiter had to take our order after 25 mins. Food was excellent though. The wait staff or the desk never asked if the valet parking could be stamped which caused many problems when retrieving the car as the valet asked for payment while valet parking was free before 3pm.

SN
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

The food was quite good and going during restaurant week made it affordable. The service was remarkably slow, even though the place wasn’t very busy. I had to find the wait staff and ask after the appetizers, the dessert, and the bill. What we expected to be a one hour lunch took well more than two.

NK
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food2service1ambience3

Went for restaurant week lunch. The entire staff ; hostess, wait staff and kitchen (based on the food) was overwhelmed. There were only two choices for the main, filet mignon, which one of us had and enjoyed. I ordered the lobster pasta. The pasta was so overcooked it was glued together and then was overwhelmed with so much sauce that the flavors were indistinguishable. The two bites of lobster were fine. The service was exceptionally slow, we were there for over two hours and waited almost 30 minutes for our plates to be cleared. Generally, we only write good reviews because we all know a restaurant can have a bad day. But, once a restaurant decides to participate in restaurant week there ought to be some effort to get it right. Didn't see that at Kingbird.

CC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, great views, good service ... a very nice experience. WARNING, if you use a cane or other walking assistance aid (other than a wheel chair), this restaurant is NOT accessible. You MUST climb several stairs. There is a shaky ramp for a wheelchair but the handrails do not extend the full length, so canes, walkers, etc. have no choice other than the stairs. So much for ADA ...