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. 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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Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

A special menu will be offered for both Brunch and Dinner on Christmas Day. Please see our Christmas Day menus for more information and pricing!

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

A special menu will be offered to celebrate the New Year. Please see our New Year's Eve menu for more information and pricing.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 1499 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.2
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4.3
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Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience5

Service was wretched; we literally sat for half an hour without getting any service and only got some when we flagged down the hostess. Once a server came over, we ordered wine, and it still took a very long time for her to return with it and take our order. The restaurant was not very crowded, so I am not clear on what the problem was. Kingbird is a stunningly beautiful space. But it is FAR too expensive for anything but stellar service. And we didn't even get close to that.

GP
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a nice, relaxing dinner after an event at the Kennedy Center. Food and drinks were outstanding.

TG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I'm afraid I cannot recommend the Kingbird restaurant. The portions are extremely small and the food can be very good but sometimes simply is not. So, very uneven. The service and ambience are nice! The value overall however is not good. The chef should be more even in his dishes and not give unusually tiny portions particularly given the price.

AB
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I will definitely be back on a regular basis in large part to our accommodating waitress FeeFee. Excellent service.

c
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience1

Much too expensive for the mediocre food provided. The decor looks ludicrous. Service was good.

C
London
22 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a restaurant we wish to return to. From friendly greeters to superb service, our evening was perfect. We were impressed with the best ever Branzino and an inventive red pepper appetizer. The wine by the glass exceeded our expectations (baby Caymus Vivino rating 4.3). To top off a fine evening, Kate the manager, visited us to announce dessert was on the house. We will return to Kingbird on our next visit to DC.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience5

There was a bug in my food and they tried to tell me it was asparagus.

For the price I paid the food was not that good.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely thanksgiving day brunch but our waitress, Maza, was the true delight of our experience!

D
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ICONIC-The hotel and restaurant is not only historical but exquisitely decorated.

JB
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful venue for a business lunch. Great service, nice menu and beautiful views of the Potomac. It is quiet and a good place for discussions. Convenient to DC and Virginia. I am a repeat customer and will continue to bring guests here. The terrace is very pleasant in the summer and I saw their outdoor winter "igloos" on my last trip and they looked intriguing.

DC
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful, elegant restaurant with exemplary service

OT
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary and pre- theater

JQ
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Unfortunately the brunch buffet was limited And overpriced and the service was very slow we had to ask for coffee three times before receiving it.

JE
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming dining room. Food and service was superb!

FJ
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

An easy walk from the Kennedy Center, the setting is comfortable, the service brisk and attentive, and the food is excellent. You'll pay a lot for such a combination of convenience and cuisine, but this is by far the best choice for a pre-concert meal.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
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 on November 9, 2019
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
15 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