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Kingbird at The Watergate Hotel

4.1
885 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary French / American
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Our spacious restaurant runs nearly half the length of the entire building, and will entice guests, residents and visitors alike. A lively place to see and be seen, Kingbird will be open daily for breakfast, lunch, pre-theater and dinner with an energetic bar, contemporary dining room and seasonally inspired plates served throughout the day. This elegant yet relaxed setting features bay windows lined with banquettes and custom Ron Arad-designed Moroso chairs. On the terrace, patrons can share a meal and enjoy the breeze coming off the Potomac.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary French / American, Afternoon Tea, Breakfast
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Hours of operation
Breakfast:
Monday - Sunday: 6:30am - 11:00am;
Brunch:
Saturday & Sunday: 11:30am - 2:30pm;
Lunch:
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm;
Dinner:
Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm;
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm;
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Phone number
(202) 838-4471
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Michael Santoro
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Valet hotel Parking Available for $12.00
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Public transit
Foggy Bottom Metro Station-Blue Line
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Private Dining

The Watergate Hotel’s featured restaurants are DC’s premier private event locations. We offer a variety of packages that make us the perfect location for private, political, corporate, fundraising & media events as well as social celebrations such as birthday parties & wedding receptions.

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What 885 People Are Saying
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3.0Dined 2 days ago

The food was good but not for the price. It’s grossly over priced for the quality of food

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4.0Dined 2 days ago

Didn’t love the dark decor, but the food was amazing. What really made our evening was excellent service from our waiter, Nial. We would definitely come back. We also recommend a drink at the Top of the Gate for an excellent view of the sunset.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

The scallops are the best in the city.

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2.0Dined 3 days ago

Overall the portion are very small.
Had Octopus for appetizer, 5 pieces, of about 1/2" long with lettuce for $18.00.
Main course - Lobster Risotto, the dish was warm.

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

All 4 of us loved our entrees one got the lobster risotto, another the scallops and w of us had the sea bass. The service was a little slow It’s pricey

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

The hotel where the Kingbird is amazing. The restaurant is just as amazing. We ate breakfast and dinner here. And we went a few times just for drinks. The food is delicious. The service is amazing. Can't day enough good things.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Beautiful restaurant and delicious beyond words. The service was impeccable!!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Service was fabulous even though restaurant was crowded. Food was interesting, unique, and very flavorful, fresh and yummy. I really enjoyed the dining experience.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

I live next door at the Watergate and am a frequent dinner guest. I like the fact it's nearby. The service is terrific. Everyone is warm, friendly and prompt, but the food is extremely spotty. From terrible roast chicken to lamb chops that were inedible, it's very hard to believe there's any kind of decent chef associated with the hotel. What about a focus group on the food? And the prices are way too high. So, simply put, it's underwhelming and overpriced. Will I go back? Yes. I don't cook much and it's a three minute walk. And I'm always hopeful the menu will change for the better.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Very good food, but steep pricing for drinks and food.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The restaurant was nice. Food was very good, my husband’s steak was excellent.
Our waiter was less than helpful. He took our order after waiting for at least 15 minutes and then only came back with the bill.
Thankfully the other staff was wonderful to us.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

No one should pass up the Asparagus Soup. There is nothing to compare. My husband had the grilled scallops and said they were the best he's ever had. And, I love the bar area. The circular counters around the pillars are the best option.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The food was not very good, overall, for the price. For a Mother's Day brunch, it was over $100 a person. The shrimp were big and great, perfectly cooked, but so what: most other things just weren't that great. The deserts were probably the only standout. A lot of the food, for a buffet style, looked nice, but just weren't worth the money and were unexceptional. The only children's vegetarian options were french fries and noodles with marinara. About the nicest thing, aside from the bread and deserts, was that it was at the Watergate, and it's close to the Kennedy Center. Otherwise....for that kind of money, I expect a lot, lot more.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Make very sure you ask how much a buffet will cost per person. Do not gauge it based on typical menu items. On the other hand, if you are in the 1% and do not need to concern yourself with such things, ignore this.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Wonderful food and experience.

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

I would not go here for a special occasion. It was our anniversary and the ambiance was not a romantic intimate setting. My standards aren’t super high either. Our server did not inquire if we were celebrating anything nor did we say. My simple rum and diet could not be made. And the truffle risotto I requested was accommodated at a hefty price tag but with no truffle to be seen. The best meal we had was the pizza on the Rooftop and the macaroons at the spa.

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2.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Overly salty food. Limited menu. Should have been better. Could have been better. Disappointing overall.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

I just had a wonderful experience at Kingbird! I had an appointment for their afternoon tea; I took my amazing mama there to celebrate Mother’s Day. The modern decor of the restaurant is very beautiful and we were greeted warmly and revived great service from all of the staff. My mom and I both enjoyed everything... from the sandwiches to the desserts and of course the tea! My favorites included the cucumber sandwich, the egg sandwich, the homemade pop tarts, the scones (with raspberry jam and lemon curd). I especially loved the cherry blossom green tea! After tea time we enjoyed more champagne up on the hotel’s rooftop bar. Such a great view from up there! I would definitely recommend Kingbird for tea and other special occasions. I’m looking forward to my next time dining there!

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Beautiful food always tastes better. The grapefruit brulee was artwork topped with 2 raspberries, mixed nuts and a dollop of sweet yogurt. The bread was warm and crusty. Soft butter creamy and salty.

Service was a bit inattentive, but when they did respond, they were lovely and top notch. We had to ask for ice for our water, salt and pepper and ketchup.

The setting us sleek, modern and sparkly. Beautiful hotel!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Awesome Brunch!

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Fantastic service, delicious appetizers with elegant presentation, entrees with unique culinary flair and satisfying portions. Top it off with perfectly crafted cocktails, and overall an exceptional experience.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

The best steak I have ever eaten. The Key Lime Parfait was AMAZING!!

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4.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Great service place still looks a little dated

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Anniversary tea. Great food and service. Would go back.

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2.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Service was horrible. Server acted as of she was doing us a favor by service us. We had to ask multiple times for things. Will not dine there again.

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3.0Dined on May 5, 2018

My wife and I took our parents here for dinner before a 7PM show at the Kennedy Center. We had reservations for 5PM and arrived about 20 minutes early. We were seated in the bar area and were told that someone would be right with us to take our order. We sat there for 10 minutes before anyone came to our table. While we were sitting there, someone with 5:30PM reservations came to the hostess desk (which was right next to our bar table). She was seated before us by herself at a large group table. Finally, we were seated at just about 5:15PM at a table near the kitchen service station. The lone diner with reservations after ours was still by herself at her large table. Is this what you get with a reservation??? The restaurant was NOT full.

The food was good, but by the time we got it we all felt compelled to eat quickly to get to the show on time. The main high point was our waiter, who did his best to move things along. Maybe he should be promoted to be the manager.

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2.0Dined on May 4, 2018

LOUD! Way too noisy for a chat across a table (there were 3 of us).
Service was seriously lacking - wrong drink orders all around, slow, and hard to find servers
Food was fine (even good for some of the things we ordered such as the house salad and beef tartar) but entree came out cold. Fries were a mush of cold potatoes (you couldn't pick one out of the rest of the smashed bunch). The service was so slow and the bar area was SO loud didn't bother sending it back.
Over priced (very high markup) and limited wine list.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Went on a Friday and there was an extremely rowdy crowd at the bar which made it difficult to hear conversation at my table. Didn’t expect that ambiance at a place like this.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

It was an exceptional night! I celebrated my wife’s birthday and the staff couldn’t have done a better job. I want to specially thank my waiter Nial for his attention and complete service. I would definitely recommend this restaurant for any occasion.

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4.0Dined on May 2, 2018

jane was best waitress we have enjoyed in years

scallops, filet and burger great

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

The smoked old fashion is a must!

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2.0Dined on April 28, 2018

The food was pretty good however the portions were extremely small and the prices were very high making this a poor value restaurant. For example my steak tartare was less than a quarter of an inch thick. The Price was $18. I ordered the scallops which were $32 and I received 3 small scallops. My daughter ordered the foie gras and after we tasted we had no idea what we were eating. I asked her server and she explained that it was chicken livers puréed with creme fresh.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

The food was very delicious, and the service was superb --the best I've had in a long time. We had a pre-theater dinner, and our waiter timed the meal service perfectly, so that we were never rushed, but also never had any unusually long pauses in service. The server was very attentive and friendly without being intrusive. We also really appreciated the fact that the tables are well spaced and background noise was minimal. Accordingly, we could have a conversation without shouting -- a rarity these days!

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4.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Waitress and wait staff are very attentive; never had an empty glass. Most critical feedback I have is on the value for the money spent. The grilled asparagus was not seasoned. The steak frites we’re home quality, at best. Pasta bolognese was pretty good though.

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4.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Pleasantly surprised by the outstanding meal. Sea bass and chocolate lava cake were exceptional. View of the Potomac lovely too.

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2.0Dined on April 23, 2018

I, and a colleague, had an early dinner prior to a Kennedy Center event on a recent Monday evening. There were two downsides to our experience. The first was the fairly limited menu. The second was the extremely exorbitant prices. The starters were priced in the range of $18-$22. The sides (vegetables) were individually priced at about $10. The entrees ranged from $24 to $110. The food was meh.

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2018

this was my first visit to Kingbird and I thought the food and service were very good. It's a great option before a show at Kennedy Center, and frankly, the food is measurably better than the options at KC.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Food and drinks were awesome! We’ll definitely be back and recommend it to friends.

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Food was excellent but the bar prices are outrageous. $20 for a vodka cocktail! I will warn friends.

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3.0Dined on April 21, 2018

While the service was exceptional, the decore was somewhat dated and the food-especially given the price-wholly unremarkable. It’s basically an over-priced, underwhelming, good (not great) hotel restaurant. Had the meal been cheaper, it would have been rated higher. But for the price, I would expect excellent service and good food. The service was first rate, but the food decidedly not.

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