Kingbird at The Watergate Hotel

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$31 to $50
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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. 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 Dinner. Valet parking is free for Breakfast, Lunch, Weekend Brunch & 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.

Winner of Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence Award 2018 & 2019
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Relax with friends and family on Thanksgiving Day. Join us at Kingbird for a gourmet brunch buffet from 11:30AM to 3:00PM. Includes holiday buffet, bottomless mimosas and more! After 5PM will be offering an a la carte dinner menu or reserve our exclusive Turkey Roulade in a Bottle.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my mom, who was in from out of town, my partner, and a friend there for a pre-show (Kennedy Center) meal. The waitress was excellent, noting our need to finish by a certain time as well as the dietary restrictions of two our our party members. She offered excellent suggestions and kept the evening fun and casual.

PC
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ideal restaurant if you want to see a show at the adjacent Kennedy Center; if you want bar ambience ask for seating in the front. If you want some quieter ambience ask for the back. Service for the pre-show menu was exceptional.

t
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

EXCELLENT location for Kennedy Center event. Food, drink & service quite good for breakfast, lunch & dinner.

DL
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I enjoy Kingbird. I find the atmosphere and decorations to be thoughtful, tasteful and nicely done. I think the food and presentation of the food is very thoughtful and creative. LOVE the plating, portion size, and overall presentation of the food. Some of the food is very well executed and delicious. However, sometimes the execution of the food is slightly off - a hair overcooked, or flavor profile that just misses the mark. But overall, I enjoy going to Kingbird, I enjoy sampling the food, and overall I definitely recommend.

DY
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We usually stop at Kingbird before going to the Kennedy Center. They are always very accommodating to make sure that we get to the theater on time. One way they do this is is by offering a special complete meal that consists of items from their regular menu. In addition to the food, the service is impressive and friendly. We really enjoy the aged in the restaurant Mahattan that is both good and elegantly served. The Kingbird is not an inexpensive restaurant, but is worth every dollar.

TC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had an enjoyable experience. Our food was very good and the service was very attentive.

L
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience5

Kingbird is a glorious restaurant, super convenient to the Kennedy Center--in an area where there are very few good places to enjoy a pre-theater meal. We arrived ahead of our 5:45 reservation--about 5:30. We had a performance starting at 7:00 and informed EVERYONE who came to the table of our time line. We ordered from the amazing pre-theater menu, reasonably priced at $56. We were repeatedly assured we had plenty of time to enjoy. This, unfortunately, wasn't the case. The wine, appetizers and main courses arrived relatively promptly. The desserts took for ever. We wound up leaving the dessert uneaten, unable to even enjoy a cup of coffee, and literally had to run to the Kennedy Center to arrive as the lights were dimming. A word of advice: Leave yourself full 2 hours (meaning start dinner at 5:00 or you won't make it! This was a major disappointment. The food is too good to eat fast and the service--while very attentive--just couldn't keep with the pre-theater time line.

KK
Montana
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice ambiance, service a little slow as soon as we were seated. Could have moved a little more quickly.

JG
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My first comeback to this place in more than 25 years. Excellent surprise. Good food, nice atmosphere, excellent service. I’ll come back, but sooner than 25 years from now !

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Terrible experience. Service was awful and food was dismal. It took two hours to get breakfast actually served and cold food when arrived. We had to ask for water repeatedly, parts of meals missing, no attention to service.

KB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

They took good care of two theater goers. The world bank meetings were going on and there were other events in the hotel. But we had a quiet dinner, very good, service was attentive and they showed us out their 'back door' to the Kennedy Center in a timely manner. Would recommend Kingbird as a civilized pre theater dinner. Will be happy to return.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Food was not nearly as good as I expected with not nearly enough vegetables. And cappuchino was truly terrible. Was seated at a table looking at coats and kitchen doors but moved to a booth looking at the river when I requested. The staff were wonderful and seemed like they wanted everyone to have a great experience. Prefer the food (and prices) at campono nearby.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They made this such a special occasion, everyone we met was so lovely and welcoming. Can’t wait to go back.

l
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good food, pricey given hotel location. Enjoyed the Black Sea Bass.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food was good, we missed out on one of our entrees so timing was off. Managment corrected the issue and apologized for the mishap. Overall food was delicious!

SK
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I chose Kingbird for a Saturday brunch in honor of a close friend who is getting married in a few weeks ( casual bridal shower brunch). The restaurant was very accommodating and let me put balloons and treats at the table that i brought in myself, and even gave us a complimentary dessert for the bride-to-be. The server was very attentive and went the extra mile to provide a nice morning for us. It was not very crowded - we were there for 3 hours and never felt rushed. Overall i am so glad I chose this place for our get-together!

G
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Although the food was really good, the service was awful, therefore almost ruining the occasion.

CF
Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Had been wanting to try this place for some time as a good dinenr spot before the Kennedy Center. The ambiance was great and the service was fabulous . The food was just OK, though... not fabulous... it came out promptly but was a little cold. Considering the prices, which are a little steep, I had expected better.

S
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Had lunch after concert at Kennedy Center. Eating there is an experience that transcends the meal. Service is impeccable. Prices are exhorbitant but this is for the location, the ambiance and the service. The food is also very good. Would do this again.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Disappointed in the breakfast buffet. Three different servers told us everything on the a la carte menu (which included avocado toast, lobster Benedict, and chia seed pudding) was on the buffet. So obviously we chose the buffet. None of that was to be seen. Only basic plain waffles, pancakes, bacon, sausages, scrambled eggs, and fruit and pastries. We felt like it was a bait and switch and not worth the buffet price.

OT
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience4

After we finished our appetizer course, we waited for 45 minutes to be served our entrees. Since we had a theater time to meet, we had to skip dessert.

S
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Pre theatre meal. Good food. Great wine and dessert. Downfall was a very rude hostess who didn’t make eye contact nor offer greetings but just stared at her iPad. Her co hostess made the excuse that they were busy; however for a restaurant of this level and price point that is INEXCUSABLE.

waiters were very friendly

Makes me want to go to another restaurant before my KC shoes...if you’re too busy to serve me.

JV
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great place! Excellent food. Staff gets overwhelmed before a large show at Kennedy Center so schedule your dinner with plenty of time to curtain. Two hours prior to showtime will work. Anything less than that and you won’t enjoy the experience. Our waiter got us out right on time but there were plenty of large pauses between courses.

LS
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and the server was very attentive.

CC
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Wine pour was clearly short. Food was very good, the ambiance was great.

CG
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Service here was surprisingly bad. We waited over an hour for our food during a not at all busy time. One of the dishes that came out was the wrong dish. Drinks were not refilled unless we flagged someone down and asked for them to be refilled. It felt like our table was largely forgotten by the wait staff. Very disappointing for such a seemingly nice restaurant.

VL
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The service and food were excellent, as were the drinks. It was a little noisy but it seemed to die down after the Kennedy Center performances. Private conversations were not really very private.

AT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Nice environment before a show at the Kennedy Center

BI
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Could not ask for a better dinning experience in D. C. From being greeted, seated, and waited upon, it was a lovely evening. The menu was just the right size and offered enough diversity that everyone was happy. The wine selection is superb as well as the knowledge of the person who took time to describe the various wines to us. Desert was the highlight of the meal - we are all still talking about it.

M
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food excellent service! Really enjoyed the Pre-theater menu.

K
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came before seeing Cats at the Kennedy Center. Beautiful, great food and attentive service. Wanted to try everything on the menu - can’t wait to come back!

M
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The evening was excellent. The Waitress knew the menu and made excellent suggestions. The food arrived hot and the presentation was outstanding. The wine list provided us with many choices and the Wine Stewart guided us to an excellent Chardonnay. The atmosphere was pleasant and very quiet.

DK
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was a "find"...very happy experience.

LB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christina was our waiter for Sunday brunch. She took extra efforts to bring tea to one of the guests of the three that were not drinking adult beverages or coffee. She also knew everything about food content and menu content. The food was outstanding for a buffet. Fresh, well prepared and abundant. Absolutely loved the chairs. Comfort from the minute we sat down and commented on by two of us immediately. Christina also knew everything about the design of the chairs, their individual cost and the fact that they were made solely for Kingbird and not sold to others. Can't wait to go again.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and service.

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The food was good except for the many bones in the halibut.

RD
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Between us, we tried all three available fish dishes. The halibut was the winner. We were given a comfortable booth with a panoramic view of the Potomac - an unexpected treat. Best of all we were headed to the Kennedy Center for a performance and a bit short on time, so particularly appreciated our servers being super efficient, anticipating our needs, and even pointing out a shortcut back to the Kennedy Center. Can't really ask for more - good food and good people in a good location.

DC
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely perfect. The food and drinks were outstanding...

MP
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently outstanding in every way! Food, wine, service - everything is top notch!

l
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our waiter was great and very polite. There were two hostesses coming at intervals, both saw people standing and neither greeted anyone. It was early (5:15ish) and many open tables, there shouldn't have been a line). An establishment like this should have better hostess etiquettes. Food was not excellent, but just great. We had the pre-fix menu and our appetizer was delicious (layered ?? w/ foie gras). My friend and I both had the black sea bass with gnocchi. The gnocchi was OK, we've had better. My friend's crème brulee was just OK but my lemon cream was excellent. Very close to the Kennedy Center which was nice as we went to a show.