In its wildly colorful and hip restaurant, POV at the W Hotel in Washington D.C. serves contemporary and elegant American cuisine in its rooftop eatery. The jumbo shrimp cocktail served over spicy papaya salad with a Korean chill cocktail sauce and the battered and fried Buffalo cauliflower with blue cheese make sensational and spicy starter options. Some of POV�s specialty house entr�es include the New York strip steak frites in mint chimichurri sauce, chef Ronde�s crab cake with miso glazed Brussels sprouts and the wild mushroom pizza with parmesan pine nut crema. Sandwiches, like the lamb merguez wrap with tapenade and oregano tomato jam and the CBLT with lemon herb grilled chicken and bacon jam, are both inventive and satisfying.
Enjoy your excellent fare and the beautiful view with a craft cocktail, such as the rustic sour with rye, all spice, lemon, blueberry, grapefruit and cinnamon simple syrup.
We had family guests in town to view the Cherry Blossoms, and this turned out to be the perfect spot for lunch. I couldn't believe we got a reservation for 6, but the staff couldn't have been nicer, and put us in one of the best tables in the restaurant. The food is very good and the view is seriously unbeatable anywhere in DC. The service was a bit slow, but it was a Saturday afternoon, so it was very crowded. and the drinks are delicious. Highly recommend.
This was my second visit to POV, both times with out-of-towners, for weekday lunch this time, previously for brunch. We went to POV for the view. I am a foody; my guests were a 17-year-olds, one vegetarian, one omniverous. The menu is so-so and very expensive ($17 for a small tapas-like plate), which is okay if you have a good viewing day. The menu attempts to be trendy and is very limited, especially if you have children (the waiter explained that it is basically a bar menu), and nothing of interest really for either my guests or me. This visit was a cloudy, damp day and the plastic "curtains" very down limiting the view. The terrace itself is a bit down-at-the heels; the back area with the best view was roped off, as it was the previous time. Service was okay, not outstanding. The whole place was a bit dispiriting. I think I'll look for other places in town that provide good views.
Wonderful place to introduce a young person to an "up high" view of the area around the White House.
The best view in DC! A bit crowded and typically hard to get a table but the view is worth the wait!!
Several friends and I made a reservation for lunch on a Saturday afternoon. The waiter was extremely inattentive, it took 35 minutes for our sandwiches to arrive (making us very late for our next activity), and the check was full of hidden "service" fees. For example, my friends ordered a $50 bottle of wine because it worked out to be cheaper than $14/glass. POV added on a $55 service fee for a $50 bottle of wine. There were other charges as well, such as a 'group table fee' (not tax) although there was just 5 of us eating. This place is run by fraudsters. The appetizers were good, but the mains were not desirable. My advice is to go here for one drink and pay in cash. But be sure to talk to the waiter before to ensure there's no hidden fees for doing so. They're becoming well known for sneaking in charges anywhere they can.
We had read a great review about brunch at POV, but our experience was less than spectacular and not what I have come to expect from W Hotels I have experienced in Austin and New York.
While the view is spectacular, the brunch options left much to be desired. The menu was limited and the available selections were not worth the price paid.
The setting felt old and run down giving the impression that POV is best suited as an evening locale with dim lights, loud music, and mixed drinks.
I would recommend a visit for a drink with a view then move on to another spot.
If you are looking for about the best view in DC with good food, this is your place.
The cost of lunch here is expensive for what you received. It was tasty and the cocktails were excellent. Its a great place for a special occasion.
Our group went on a November Saturday mid-afternoon, after attending another DC event nearby [Oyster Riot]. We were seated at one of the banquette tables in what felt like a private roped-off area -- we felt rock stars! Even though we weren't on the rail, we were still able to enjoy the cityscape views and the sunset was amazing. Our bartender and waitperson couldn't have been more accommodating and the overall experience was top notch.
The directions to the restaurant did not work with our iPhones and sent us in the opposite direction. Luckily I'd been there before and arm wrestled the iPhone believers to go the other way. Waiter was a little slow, but okay... food was good not great.... martini was delicious. You can't beat the view and I imagine thats why most people go there.
I took out of town guests to POV. Service was indifferent at best and food was mediocre. Here is an example of the service we got: when I ordered tea, the tea arrived in a cup, without a saucer, spoon or sweetener. I asked for honey. Then when it arrived 5 minutes later without a spoon, I had to wait another 5 minutes to flag down someone to get one. And this went on for the rest of the meal.... For food: we ordered pizzas and the chicken sandwich. Pizza crust was soggy, almost as if it had been put in a microwave. Chicken sandwich was dry and fried.
In short go for cocktails and the view. The food sure isn't worth it and if you're drinking cocktails, maybe you won't notice the surly service.
Great view in the warmer months... plastic was down to block out the wind. This is not a place to have a fancy dinner because the menu is small. But great for lunch and drinks at night.
Great view of the White House, Washington Monument. Great drinks, good snack choices. Friendly staff.
The waitress was very annoyed when asked about food choices containing gluten. The service was very slow. If your in Washinton DC. Skip this place. You will be wasting your time
This venue is provides beautiful views of the city in an open air setting. The cocktails are unique and add to a fun atmosphere. Everything we ate was great as well.