Roof Terrace Restaurant & Bar

4.2
7350 Reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary American

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Enjoy a fantastic culinary experience and unequaled skyline views through two-story windows high above the Potomac River. The contemporary interior features chrome, glass, suede, and wood with accents of granite. Check out the critically-acclaimed Sunday Kitchen Buffet Brunch. The Roof Terrace Restaurant & Bar is located on the Roof Terrace level of the Kennedy Center above the Hall of Nations. Check out our menu: http://roofterracedc.com/
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JustJeff
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

so ... we had a reservation, but did not go! why??? because we all be quarantined and the Kennedy Center is shut down! nonetheless, we are enjoying the Millennium Stage virtually with live streaming and are certain that the restaurant would have been excellent as usual if we had been able to go!!!

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AndrewS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had the sweet potato bisque, scallops (a pricey $36 appetizer!), and crème brulee for dessert. We shared the scallops, which were very fresh and paired with spaghetti squash. The dessert was perfect but best of all was our server Theo, who ensured we were able to complete a leisurely meal and depart in time for the 7:30 curtain for Giovanni.

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vipPeterK
Baltimore
23 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an awesome experience! A wonderful place with fantastic views. The food was outstanding!!!!

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vipGaryS
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and view were great. The decor is blah.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthdays!!!

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ClaudiaJ
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Exceptional quality and quantity of food. Gorgeous fish, creative salads, generous display of great variety for brunch. Lovely music selection and stellar view.

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RachaelE
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

There is absolutely no privacy
. The seats were so close I can tell you the entire argument the couple seated next to us was having!

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NaimaP
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wONDERFUL SERVICE AND FOOD wE WERE A PARTY OF FIVE AND ALL WAS REALLY GOOD..

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RobertO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Attending a performance at the Kennedy Center and dinning at Roof Terrace Resturant is so convenient.

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vipJMike
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Fantastic dinner option for pre theater/opera performance. Food and menu options are above average. great view since the restaurant is on the "Roof" level of the Kennedy Center.

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CarlaB
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience5

Although this place was nice with a nice view, I am thoroughly upset that the food is so expensive, that they pulled my meal out of a microwave. I ordered then not even 5 minutes go by and my food is ready. I ordered Australian Lamb Rack. It was luke warm. The best thing I received was the French martini. Compliments to the bartender. The waiter was excellent. I want a refund that’s how bad it was. I am assuming they do not have a real functioning kitchen. They should. My food was $38. You are only paying for the view. I could have just went up there without dinner and on to the rooftop. I am utterly disappointed.

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DavidS
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The roof terrace restaurant seems geared toward those attending a show at the Kennedy Center. The menu is focused but has a reasonable range of choices. The waitstaff and kitchen are experienced in getting dinners through their meal in time for the show without their feeling rushed. The food quality is excellent. We have had at least 6 meals at this restaurant over the past several years and all have been very nice. The bar is great. The cocktails are very professional. There is a reasonable wine by the glass list.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Poor atmosphere, too pricey for pre-plated lukewarm food

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LinL
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Pleasant ambiance with extraordinary convenience. Service was professional and knowledgeable. Food decent but not extraordinary.

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vipluvnyc
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

I requested a window table - fairly certain I requested it when I reserved. I asked the maitre'd who did not make eye contact with me. The woman who brought us to a table in the middle of the room was unfriendly. We asked again to be seated at the window - there were many available tables without reserved signs on the table. We did not get a window table - we were seated one row back. Menu is not designed for those can't digest spicy foods. Very little choice for us. The small dessert menu offered the strangest unappealing combos. The Harney tea selection offered just 4 different teas - so disappointing as Harney has a wide variety of delicious teas. I ordered a side of roasted vegetables which was not served with the entree. I had to ask the server. The server was a bit brusque. Bottom line, wouldn't go back: the menu, the service and the unfriendliness of the maitre'd left much to be desired.

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vipBBK2020MD
Key West
19 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

A lovely experience to be had. The view makes it worthwhile. I am critical about food and service - so that being said, it's average but I didn't come here for the food, I came for the experience and that did not disappoint.

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formerteacher
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely. It was an outstanding meal. Scrumptious cocktails. Interesting and delicious food. And so convenient to the opera.

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vipJacques
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

What about a restaurant where the main course arrives 2 minutes after the appetizer, while you’re busy eating what just came in? And the server just drops the plates somewhere on your table and disappears, leaving them to cool at room temperature.
And the main course (striped bass) didn’t need to be rushed in: it was bland to the point of being taste free. I tried hard to find some flavor, to no avail.
Also, a glass of Sancerre will set you back $19.00, which is the price of a nice bottle of the same wine. At 4.5 glasses per bottle, that’s a 450% mark up.
Had been there before and had the charcuterie, better stick to that: there’s no cooking involved so hard to mess it up. Also, it’s at room temperature so doesn’t really matter when they bring it. Foolproof choice.

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vipannie
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience3

While the menu is tempting, the food quality is uniformly poor.

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vipAlison
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food served very well. We got to our opera on time

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OperaLover
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful pre-opera experience. Menu has nice options, Duck was great!

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JohnG
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food with great choices- special mention to the varied and imaginative vegetables and -as always- the omlett station.

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localeater
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. We enjoyed the scallops and the duck, and dessert. Wait staff were friendly and very attentive. Very nice atmosphere.

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AlexandriaM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

I came here for my fiance's birthday. Staff was very friendly and prompt. I will say that the food was just ok for the price point. It is also not an "intimate" ambiance since tables are close together and go toward the middle of the dining room. I wish the seating arrangements were a little more private and intimate.

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RAYMONDL
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My friend and I were attending a performance at the Eisenhower Theater. The food was excellent, the service was prompt and courteous and we were right on time for the performance. The experience was perfect.

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vipBeaMarie
Washington DC
64 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The lobster tempura was superb; tender lobster and good dipping sauce. Sea bass entrée was flavorful, however, the fish was a bit overcooked and the mussels were puny with no flavor.

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PhyllisH
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined here before seeing a ballet. The front desk staff were very friendly and asked what show we were seeing as to establish how long the dining experience should be to allow us to arrive on time for our ballet.The service was impeccable and the food delicious! The ambiance was light and airy. We will definitely eat here again. Nice wine selection by the glass Great for a special occasion!

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vipElizabethA
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

This was not the anniversary date we planned for. The server barely came back to the table. I asked before dessert for my coffee and he did not come back until after our dessert was done. Was not a good experience

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
93 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service were top quality as always. We had a most enjoyable meal. Our server Oscar was totally professional and ensured our needs were met in a timely manner. The Roof Terrace always is our place to go before a show. We enjoy the dining and don't feel rushed.

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Ella
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great combination with concert. Makes for great evening

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vipPegR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Terrible vegetables with filet mignon.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible quieres comer comida fría y de mal gusto vengan aqui donde el mesero nunca se acercó el busser hispano fue el que hizo todo el trabajo

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vipMomAJA
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely incredible. Great views, amazing food and exceptional service. The Roof Terrace is always a great meal and super convenient before a show :) Thank you!

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ConnieC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience2

Three of the items I ordered from the buffet were cold, including both egg hollandaise dishes and waffles. The bacon tasted stale. The only decent buffet item was the fingerling potatoes, but those aren't worth $48 a person. Our server was excellent. Overall, the experience was extremely disappointing. I have no desire to return.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

While the food was edible it lacked the flavor you would expect from an iconic location.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Service was awful. Don’t go if you’re planning on also attending a show. You’ll feel rushed and only focus on making your show.

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Andrew
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Expensive but still wonderful place to eat. Great before a performance. We will return soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Waiter had too many tables. We ordered the pre-fix menu and they forgot to bring out the first 2 dishes for my date. It was definitely an event not being able to eat our dishes together.

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vipMike
Washington DC
68 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience2

We had an abominable episode. We were delayed by traffic. I attempted to call the restaurant 6 times to let them know were were still coming. Each tome (on three different number) the call was answered by voicemail telling me the restaurant would be closed Sept. 8-10. We arrived and were seated a 6 for our 5:45 reservation. We had an 8 PM curtain downstairs so we ordered promptly and advised our server. Our entrees arrived at 7:25. By that time several adjacent tables had left before their dinners arrived because they had 7:30 curtains. Complaints to the server were met by the response that the kitchen could not keep up. Really! Yes, it was Valentine's Day, but the restaurant had to expect to be busy. When we complained to the hostess about the voicemail, she shrugged her shoulders and said, "Sorry about that".

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Roof Terrace Restaurant & Bar is rated 4.2 stars by 7350 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.