Kingbird at The Watergate Hotel
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 2019
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We were celebrating my wife’s birthday, the food was delicious!
Our service was very poor. But the food and ambiance were great.
The Kingbird is my favorite Restaurant in DC. Every time I go, the menu is new and exciting, but they always have my favorite beef tartar in a new form, so I get to experience it new every single time. Funny enough, I always go for the roast chicken too
Do not go pre-theater. We arrived almost 2 hours before the show and told them we had an 8 pm show. After 90 minutes we still did not have hour entree. No warning or information from anyone. Told hostess that we needed to leave in 10 minutes and nothing happened. The food came the same time we have to leave. We were hungry so we ate in 3 minutes and then waited again for the check. While waiting we saw other patrons complaining about the same issue. As an aside the butter served was bad and when a new batch arrived it was bad as well. We have eaten here before and generally enjoyed the experience but tonight was a disaster. Good news - we made the show and it was great.
Stay away from the Kingbird for Pre-theatre dinner. We had an awful experience there last night. Had to leave the restaurant in the middle of our meal, and run to the Kennedy Center to make our show. Very stressful experience. No table ready at time of reservation ( and we even arrived 10 minutes early), very slow service, meals for our party of four came out at different times. Heard from others that service is a real problem there.
I never write restaurant reviews but felt the need to do so in this case.
This was one of the worst restaurant experiences in recent memory. Our reservation was for 6:00 p.m., and we arrived shortly before 6:00 and were seated promptly. The first thing our waiter asked is if we were going to the theater, to which we replied yes, an 8:00 show.
One hour later he had not even taken our order. We had to flag him down and ask him to please take our order, and he seemed irritated that we flagged him down. In hopes to make it easy and speed things up, our entire party ordered from the prix fixe theater menu.
At 7:40 p.m., they roll out with the first course, with the entrees literally two minutes later, and to top it off, one of the entrees they brought out was not what was ordered. They told us they were out of the rock fish (really at 7:00??) and just substituted it with another entree without even asking the person in our party what they would like to substitute it with. We did not have time to eat our entrees, and the dessert never even got to the table.
We got every excuse in the book: they had 150 people arrive at the same time, they were short staffed that evening. NOT OUR PROBLEM! And to top it off, they weren't apologetic in the last.
You would think a restaurant that is walking distance to the Kennedy Center would be accustomed to accommodating theater patrons. We don't get downtown for dinner and the theater very often. We were celebrating two birthdays and were greatly looking forward to this night, and it just really ruined what should have been a special evening out. We will never go to this restaurant again.
From the iconic rooftop bar to the beautiful view of the Potomac what a special night!
We came for Restaurant Week lunch, and it was an outstanding value; great food for $22. We got 2 of the 3 options for each course, and they were all very good. I particularly liked the charred eggplant appetizer and the branzino entree. The restaurant itself is beautiful, and the service was excellent.
Although the ambiance is wonderfully quiet and the view by the river is calm and relaxing, the food was a complete disappointment. Nothing at all interesting. Bland and uninspired. The service was absolutely outstanding which made for relaxed evening but the four of us were equally unimpressed with the lack of creativity and imagination for the food itself.
Hard to find entrance to hotel. Food was ok; pretty typical for a hotel restaurant
The food was delicious and presented beautifully! The waitress was good but the busboy was surly and they both disappeared so that the water ran out at the beginning of the meal and did not get refilled until we were almost done.
The Palladin special menu was terrific. There’s also a reasonably priced pre-theater dinner. The bread was unacceptable, however. You can’t serve stale bread at a fine restaurant.
We had outstanding service. The server was friendly, professional and extremely helpful as we looked over the menu, trying decide which dishes to get. She was attentive but not cloyingly so. She knew exactly when to approach us, so our conversation wasn't interrupted. The dining room is very open and quiet, so we felt we had the whole place to ourselves. And the lobster spaghetti is to die for, perfectly cooked. the delicious tomato/cream sauce did not over shadow of the delicate lobster claw meat. It was a perfect dining experience.
We have eaten here before and have liked the food. This time we felt the description of the food on the menu did not accurately describe the dish that was served... particularly the appetizer.
The website is NOT accurate. The reservation times are not accurate. The menus are not accurate. We planned our family vacation well in advance and were looking forward to our Sunday Brunch. As it turned out, they no longer did Sunday brunch and even though we had a reservation for 10 AM we had to wait an hour and a half before we could get served. And then what we expected to eat was not even available. And what they did serve was over garnished. Pictures make it look appetizing but it was tasteless or over cooked or under ripe. Huge disappointment!! Cannot recommend this place for dining.
Chocolate Tart was amazing
One of the finest dining experiences in DC. The ambiance and service are top notch. The presentation is outstanding. I had the red snapper w a side of mushroom sauce. The fish tasted like it was just caught. My new go to restaurant before or after The Kennedy Center
Our server, Mr. Lasker was superb. Thx
The drinks were delicious. The presentation was excellent, but the food was not. I had the prix-fixe theatre menu. The lobster tail was over cooked and I struggled to cut it with the knife provided. The rockfish was delicious, but the gnocchi sarde were too al dente and the sunny side up egg in it didn’t make it seem like a carbonara because it didn’t blend well with the pasta. Additionally, they brought out the wrong dessert (creme brûlée), but in hindsight I should have eaten that instead of the cherries jubilee. The cherries jubilee had a macaron on top that was rock hard and the cherries were very bitter from being soaked in the alcohol. I would go back for drinks.
We go there before going to performances at Kennedy center. This time we went to celebrate my son’s birthday. The staff was very nice and made him feel special. The food was delicious. We plan to come back again.
So... Let me sum this up. The place looks nice and the food looks nice but it is overpriced, the portions are small, the seating is cramped, and the service is like going to a restaurant chain instead of a fine dining experience. For the money I spent I would not recommend and push anyone who asked to find something else.
Just ok - overrated and expensive. Waiter was distracted most of evening. Food was very so-so.
Always fine food !!
Very overpriced food. I participated in the 3 course meal and none of it was mind blowing. Any restaurant that charges sides separately is not a place to be. Waste of $70! Will never be going back.
Very nice early dinner so we could walk over to the Kennedy Center for a show. A quiet Sunday night at the restaurant. The service was fine, but not very attentive - a little more attentive would have been better, but still fine. They have an excellent choice of fish and three types of lamb dishes (being a lamb fan, I was impressed). I have the lamb riblets, which the waiter tried to talk me out of and steer me to the lamb chops - glad I stayed with the riblets. All in all, a very nice dinner. I wouldn't go out of my way to go there for dinner, but I will always go there when I go to the Kennedy Center.
Beautiful, comfortable, very nice. Only glitch: wine was a different year than shown on the menu. Still, it was delicious. Hope to get back soon.
My husband and I visited the Kingbird for dinner after a show at the Kennedy Center. Although refined in decor and menu selections, this restaurant is far from it. The service was slow and inattentive. With other larger parties around us, our waiter felt more compelled to inquire about their dinners and additional drinks. With minimal dining options in this part of town, I would steer clear of the Kingbird.
Service was awful and inattentive.
I've been several times over the past year... Food never disappoints. The cocktail list is very fun. The servers and bartenders are very friendly and accommodating but dont go if you're in a rush. Several times I've been before a show at TKC and you think thye'd be used to people being in a hurry since they even advertise a "theater pre-fixe", but give yourself extra time. Again, the staff and food are awesome, just don't be in a rush ;)
Service was a bit slow to start. Maybe we were in no man's land? After we ordered things picked up. Great food. My date really enjoyed her Lamp Chops. I had Rockfish. All was good.
Pre theater menu was excellent as well as the food itself and the wait staff!
The food was excellent a d the presentation was nice. The chocolate dessert was yummy and would have been even better if the wafer at the bottom was more crispy, not soft. The arugula salad was great.
This was my first time at Kingbird - went before a performance at the Kennedy Center. Pre-Theater price fix dinner was amamzin - both delicious and a good value. Fish was amazing as were the appetizers and sides. Wonderful staff too! I will definitely go back.
Excellent service, the food is really good and they got a cozy place
This was my first experience at Kingbird and I will definitely be coming back. It located inside The Watergate Hotel. The hotel staff and and the servers were exceptional. The food was plentiful and delicious. The amount you pay us worth it.
We sat in the bar area. Entrees were good, service was outstanding. And there is a short cut to the Kennedy Center.
The food was great, the venue convenient for catching a pre-theater dinner, but what really put this over the top for us was the service... wow. I wish I remembered her name but she was beyond amazing, taking care of several tables and still giving us incredible attention and getting us out the door in time. And did I mention the food was great?
Disappointing dinner. 6 of us went to dinner before a show at The Kennedy Center. 4 of us ordered of the pre-theatre menu (app, main course and dessert) and two of us ordered off of the regular menu. My wife and her sister ordered the Dover Sole. While they both said it tasted fine, both also were surprised at the extremely small portion size. Apparently the pre-theatre option comes with nothing else. A small piece of fish on the plate and nothing else. Nothing, small fish and empty plate. I ordered the Bone in Ribeye cooked medium (waiter’s suggestion from the chef). The bone in Ribeye came out pre-sliced and almost well done. One piece of the pre-sliced meat had some red in it. I mentioned to the waiter that I ordered medium and he looked at my plate and said that the steak was cooked medium. Now, I’m no expert chef but I am an expert meat eater and in my 57 years of meat eating I have learned that a medium cooked steak has some pink in it.....somewhere.... now I wasn’t trying to make a big issue out of it but for the waiter to tell me my steak was medium was somewhat insulting. The manager finally came over and admitted it was well done. She asked if I want a new one cooked and I said no thank you I will be fine with this but I wanted o make sure that the food world didn’t come up with a new medium cooked method. She offered to take it off my bill, but again, I wasn’t trying to get a free meal. Just wanted an acknowledgment that there was an error and hopefully that would improve performance for future diners. When the manager left I looked at the table and realized that another person did not get a par of their order and that my son was eating Rockfish when he ordered Salmon.
I left the manager know of the other errors and he apologized. The manager did not come back over and my son ate the Rockfish as opposed to having the Salmon fired up. As we were almost done with dinner a new medium Ribeye showed up. I said thanks but I had asked not to