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.View Private Dining Details
Come join us to celebrate and indulge in our Mother's Day Brunch Menu! We ask for a credit card to secure all holiday reservations. Please cancel three days prior to your reservation to avoid a cancellation fee.
Sunday, May 13, 2018
Come join us to celebrate and indulge in our Easter Brunch Menu! We ask for a credit card to secure all holiday reservations. Please cancel three days prior to your reservation to avoid a cancellation fee.
Sunday, April 1, 2018
Nice decor-- try to get a booth by the windows. If you're trying to reduce salt, this is not the restaurant for you. All of the dishes we tried were definitely aided by generous amounts of salt. The appetizer menu doesn't offer much for nibbling & sharing, but we shared the scallops & the asparagus and they were excellent. I was a little worried about "jumbo" asparagus when thin is often so much better, but these were just the right amount of tender & very flavorful. For the main course, we split a side of spinach-- again nicely prepared and flavorful. And had the brook trout and the steak frites. The French fries had to be shared-- thin, crisp, and with truffle oil. The steak was great-- but again, very salty as we realized when we ate the other half at home. The gelato was good-- but nothing too extraordinary. The service was a little anxious, a little pushy, which was odd in a nearly empty restaurant, but absolutely professional and responsive. An after dinner drink on the roof was worth the whole visit. We agreed we'd go back when we felt like the investment was worth the occasion-- at $150 per person with tip...
Anniversary dinner after the symphony—early evening on Sunday. Service was great, food was wonderful as well. Retro decor keeps you intrigued. Pricey, but that was expected.
Lovely atmosphere. Really limited and inflexible menu. Overpriced menu options.
The food was fair and the menu seemed pretty limited on choices. The atmosphere is good but our server was not up to par for the pricing. For the two of us, the price was $174.00. A bit pricey for what was received.
Didn't get a steak knife with my steak. The steak was overpowered by the ginger. I heard a service staff member tell a customer they could not close the blinds because it would disrupt the view even when the sun was shining directly in the customer's eyes.
Food and service were not up to expectations for a restaurant in the Watergare Hotel with prices at the level charged.
Notices on Open Table and on the Watergate website stated that between 5:00 pm and 6:30 pm only a three-course, Pre-Fixe menu priced at $58 per person was available. Upon arrival, we were presented a menu with la carte pricing that yielded higher costs. The explantion from our server was courteous but inadequate.
The restaurant was unable to control the glare from the setting sun and its reflection in mutiple mirrors around the dining room. So, four of us squinted our way throught the second half of our dinner.
Service was passable but less attentive than one would expect in restaurant of this calibre.
I hope that other diners have a better experience.
Our second time to Kingbird, and this time was just as great as the last. Staff, food and drinks were all amazing, and its a stone's throw away from the Kennedy Center.
Beautiful architectural design! Average food. Out of sight prices! Sloooooow Service. We made reservations at 1715 to make it to a performance at the Kennedy Center at 1900. We let both the receptionist and our server know we had a performance to attend. Even though it wasn’t crowded and we ordered salads as appetizers we weren’t served till 1815. This put us in precisely the kind of rush we tried to avoid. The main courses—trout, salmon, and pasta bolognese—came fairly quickly after the appetizers. Inappropriate pacing for a place of this caliber. Portions were average size and good, but not great. The timing barely allowed us time for coffee and dessert—which we shared. We barely made the curtain call.
Worse, while the restaurant advertised a fixed price pre-theater menu, we were told that was no longer available. Overall, extremely pricey ($90 steak!!!!). Great ambiance and could be a superb pre theater option, but the quality of service and price point would have to be significantly improved to recommend it wholeheartedly. So few dining options within easy distance to the Kennedy Center. This could be a gem. As is, it’s a disappointment except the beautiful setting. Good wine list though very pricey.
Where do I start? Superb in every way--delicious octopus appetizer, trout and filet mignon entrees, even the bread and wine are outstanding. Great view too of the Potomac basin!
We had an amazing dining experience at this hotel restaurant! We booked reservations for after the theater crowd so I think that helped our overall experience. Our server, Peggy, was super friendly and very knowledgeable. While we dressed up due to it being my girlfriend’s birthday, the restaurant was not too stuffy and there was a wide variety of dress throughout the restaurant. The food was great but the menu is somewhat limited, so beware. Overall, great experience at a DC landmark hotel.
So, I live in the Watergate and frequently eat at Kingbird. I like the service and ambiance, but think the menu needs an overhaul, and prices are way too high for the food.
The food was very poorly prepared and took a very long time to arrive. An uninspiring atmosphere.
Excellent location for Kennedy Center pre-theater...good not outstanding food but MUCH better than KC...attentive service...added bonus: parking...only $12 as a diner vs. KC at an exorbitant $23.
The food was great. It's only a short walk to the Kennedy Center via a secret path that the waiters can direct you to.
Great location, great food. Service very attentive
We wanted to go for afternoon tea, which the Kingbird website says they offer 1:30 to 4:00, so I made a reservation for 1:45. A concierge named Chris called to say they weren't actually serving tea until 2:00, but didn't have availability until 2:30, and kept insisting he had to cancel my OpenTable reservation to book me into the special tea area later. I agreed to the new time, but asked that he just update the existing reservation. He seemed really annoyed, like he didn't want me to use OpenTable, but I thought everything was OK after I received an email confiramtion via the website. On the day of our reservation, we enjoyed a reasonably nice meal, though service was sparse; I finished a couple cups of tea before I could flag anyone down to get some cream. But the worst part came that evening, when I got a now-show notice from OpenTable, saying I hadn't honored my 1:45 reservation. I don't know why there was still a reservation on the books for that time when the concierge said he had changed it to 2:30, but I guess he only made a new booking without canceling the old one, and I had to basically swear I really did show up. Overall, not a smooth experience, especially unfortunate since there are so many other places offereing great afternoon tea service around the District.
Excellent ambiance and professional staff The best service
Kingbird was not by any means inexpensive. The fixed price menu was $56 per person, minus any drinks. But the food was excellent and the service superb (that means you Peggy!) It is an excellent alternative choice for dining pre-Kennedy Center and they will arrange to get you out the door in time.
Excellent service from Hari . Dinner delicious!
I've never written a review. But I am beside myself. I should have managed my expectations. Our friend arrived first and our waiter encouraged a drink for him that was well - undrinkable. There's bitters and then there is BITTER. We sent it back but kept seeing it go to other tables. Our waiter was VERY attentive in the beginning and we enjoyed interacting with him. The appetizer portions were silly in size - gigantic round plates with 2 spoonfuls of something in the middle. The 10 oz fillet came out looking like 4 oz and was completely tasteless. We asked for salt and pepper and got 2 little shakers that tasted like mortons salt and powdery black pepper. A streak of sauce accompanied the plate with what tasted like day old sweet potatoes pressed on to the plate on one side. My friend's fish was very undercooked. On top of that our waiter did not process our bill. Someone we had not seen the entire evening did. Then our waiter returned the check. About 2 hours later our friend started seeing Amex charges at shady online establishments (trashy lingerie, etc..) pop up on his wife's phone beginning around midnight. Seriously - WAITERS or STAFF STEALING CREDIT CARD NUMBERS AT THE WATERGATE? Ridiculous and also on top of the stress the gathering was one of our first connections over the loss of a loved one. Thanks but no thanks. KingBird's cafeteria style decor resembled the food - silly or unremarkable. We walked by the scotch (??) bar which we were told were bottles "filled with food coloring" and peeked in to see the ugliest red seating we've ever seen. What in the world Watergate? The only way this place will stay open is because of its proximity to the theater. I am sick that I wasted a very important evening at this place. We should have gone back to Bourbon Steak. But thought we'd try something new.
Lunch served fast with great taste. Menu could have been bigger.
Great food. The service is exceptional. I highly recommend this restaurant.
The roof top bar with fires and ice skating was fantastic for a pre-dinner drink. Nice DC views. The Kingbird restaurant itself offered a nice atmosphere and the food is well cooked and tasty, but the menu is overpriced compared to similar restaurants in the Georgetown area. Meals do not come with any sides (the $100 steak is just that - a steak). If ordering a side dish, do not expect to find many green choices. For around $20 you get a basic and small salad. The history of the hotel along with the walking distance location to The Kennedy Center are definite pluses. With tweaks to menu and prices Kingpin would be topnotch.
It was ok. Menu was confusing, open table stated if you booked after 630pm you didn’t have to order the prifixe menu. When we sat down at 645pm they stated it was after 730pm. We thought we were ordering the prefix but at end waiter stated no we made it ala carte??!!! We just paid. My husband thought the decor looked like a coffee shop. They should have back waiters or allow their bus persons to take on more responsibility for better service. Se
Whiskey bar was fun and top of the hotel bar was fun.
The proximity to the Kennedy Center makes this a great location, especially for a Sunday night when the KC's Roof Top Terrace is not open. With that said, the food is acceptable and the cost is high (although they do offer a pre-theater menu, which is a good value). The atmosphere is a little goofy and they seem to keep the blinds closed to block off the nice view of the Potomac River. A very few adjustments would make the place very nice and worth the price, but it needs those adjustments.
If you can find this restaurant in the hotel building that is closest to the river, and if you don't mind having a small number of choices, you'll have a pretty pleasant time. There are occasionally odd things that pop up: the world's tiniest latte, for example. and the parking is expensive, but you probably already knew that.
Elegant dining room in an iconic landmark. Convenient to the Kennedy Center
Service not great. Shuffled us from table to table when first arrived. Food tasty but very small portions and expensive.
Food good but service was very slow. Lighting above our table didn’t work. We had to read the menu by passing around the small candle on the table.
The food was all excellent. If I had my druthers, I would have preferred the cuisine to be a little more inventive, but it was all well prepared and enjoyable. All wine was by the glass, which was actually our preference, so we were happy for the selection. It was quite loud and they seemed to have some trouble keeping the seating of the reservations on time, but we enjoyed our meal and service while we were there.
We were the only ones there and it took 30 minutes to get our food. The food is over priced, the lunch menu very limited
Valentine's Day menu only TERRIBLE food for over $200 ... shook. Like so bad
We were hoping for a special experience for our special occasion, however from the minute we approached the hostess stand we knew we had made the wrong call. They didn’t offer to take our coats, they were rude and they made us wait at the bar 20 minutes (there was standing room only) for our 8:15 reservation. We were finally seated only after we went to ask what the delay was. We would have left right then, except it was Valentines Day and there was no way we would get in anywhere last minute. The bar didn’t transfer the bill to our table once we were seated (unacceptable for this caliber of restaurant). Our waitress was nice and pleasant, but it took at least 15 minutes for anyone to greet us after we were seated (with the exception of the bartender who chased us down to close out our bar tab). The food was good, but not for what they charge. Our wine came after our first course, it was far too loud to have a pleasant conversation and the list goes on. I would not recommend this restaurant. (And I’m far more forgiving than my husband and uncle who dined with me that night.)
We went on valentine's day and waited for an hour to be seated. For a prix fixe $125 meal, the experience was sub par at best.
Waiter and fractal service were terrible.
The food was very good, but the service was not as good as it needs to be in such a high end restaurant .
It was Valentines Day and a very busy night. I had a show to attend and had given myself 1.5 hours for dinner. It was a prix fixe menu that night. I was told that it would be plenty of time. The waitress disappeared after the appetizer. We had to leave before the dessert. Food was great as was the ambiance. Will go again but not try to do 2 events in one night.
Complete service failure during Valentine's Day. Waiting 40 minutes for first course in a 5-course prix fixe is a failure. Great ambiance, but the kitchen just could not get the food out in a reasonable amount of time. The restaurant did comp what little food and glass of champagne that we had.
We were very pleasantly surprised with the food and the service. The choices offered on their prix fixe Valentine's Menu were somewhat limited but the food was very good, artfully presented and well served. All the staff were very pleasant and whoever does their hospitality training should be commended.
GREAT NIGHT. We arrived early for our reservation and choose to have a drink at the bar. Great start and the snack nuts with our drinks were a super start. The Valentine Day special menu. had two choices a 3 or 5 course meal. We choose the 3 course not the 5 course. The 4 Kusshi Oysters on the half shell - with bulls blood beet, vanilla oil, hibiscus -never had anything like this before - was amazing. Alaskan King Crab Leg - with winter citrus, avocado, dill - was also delicious.
Second course: Dover Sole - with fondant potato, caper, nori butter - best I have had and the Beef Wellington - with prosciutt, mushroom, red wine jus - was perfect and perfectly cooked.
Third Course: Key Lime Parfait - coconut cream& mandarin sherbet - and Napolen of Dark Chocolate Mousse- pistachio cremeux, espresso anglaise & praline gelato were both perfect endings. Service was efficient, and at a perfect pace. It was expensive but a delightful experience. Live music was just right.