Roof Terrace Restaurant & Bar

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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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KC
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Worth it for a one-time experience; otherwise very unremarkable. My biggest complaint is the limited vegetarian options.

JR
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Only ate here because we were seeing a show. My sisters have never been to the Kennedy Center so I decided to give them the full experience. There’re much better restaurants in DC. When I go back for another show in a month, I’ll definitely eat at a different restaurant.

W
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 4

They had to move me after initially seating me, but to a much better table.
Service was excellent.
Wine (Sancerre) was good but massively overpriced. Crab gumbo was odd and oily. Vegetable side was good, nice variety, with herbs, and not over cooked. Scallops were a little overdone and the white sauce was awful. The mustard (I hesitate to call it a sauce) was very close to French’s yellow. The Brussels under the scallops were interesting - it had a little kick.

OT
Jacksonville
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Our server completely lost his cool when it came time for us to pay. We arrived at 5:45 and had ordered by 6 to make our 7:30 show. When, at 7:00, we asked to have our checks, and to have them individually separated, he lost composure and started raising his voice, saying he had other people trying to pay too, he could do it but it was going to take all night. And sure enough, in between his tirades, he checked out every other table that had come AFTER us, still complaining about us loudly as he walked by each time, and finally brought ours at 7:28, leaving us all running to the show and barely making it in time. Horrible experience. Theo was his name. But I’m certain no one will read this or pay attention. I never receive any feedback when I post here. Either positive or negative.

TN
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

The food was good. However the restaurant décor was somewhat dated; not as elegant as one would expect for a Roof Terrace restaurant at the Kennedy Center. The entry bar scene could be closer to the back as not to smell alcohol as soon as you enter the restaurant.

MM
London
9 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We love this restaurant, but it was closed. I don't know why they accepted reservations when they were closed for the day. From now on, will have to call restaurant directly and not use open table. It was very disappointing.

AJ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The wife and I went to see a 7:30pm show at the Kennedy Center. We decided to make 5:45 reservations at the Roof Terrace restaurant. Great collective decision. The service was spot on and the food was delicious. We started with flash fried lobster tail app followed by grilled scallops (for her) and beef tenderloin (for me). Everything was cooked to perfection and both were well portioned. We ended our meal with the Kalamansi Cremieux for dessert and coffees. Had time to take some great selfies on the outdoor upper balcony with views of the Mall, Arlington, and Georgetown. Highly recommend this restraint for theater night or any date night.

TH
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Now that the REACH is completed and open, let's work on a really great new Roof Terrace Menu. Not necessarily the most exotic, just the BEST. Thanks

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So convenient to go for dinner before a show but I would like to go anytime because it was so good and the view is amazing!

JC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

The food was good, though we felt it lacked "punch". However, having said that, we understand that with the limited menu served they have curtailed the seasonings for the broader diner base. The presentation was excellent, portions were just right.

The wait staff was excellent. The ambiance and views were on target.

BO
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A perfect place when attending a show at KCFPA. Food was super!

J
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I would recommend the restaurant to someone who is going for a show and it’s a special occasion. The food is good, but it is priced as a restaurant in a theater. The dining area is a large open room. It is well laid out so that it doesn’t feel like you are right on top of the table next to you, but there isn’t much privacy. The food selection and quality was good, but slightly overpriced for what you get. It’s worth it for the experience along with a show.

SR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 5

Wonderful location, not the food. Most likely pre-made and not even warmed adequately to serve. Disappointing for the price and the location of the restaurant. I don’t recommend it.

K
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The ambiance and location is what you are paying for. The food quality was good, but did not match the price tag. It was great service, quick, and great location especially if you are seeing a show at the Kennedy Center. I will say the cheese board was great. You also need to be weary about the water, they will offer sparking or still, but if you don't want to pay for it you need to make sure to say tap other wised you will be charged for it. All that being said, its was a good experience, but there are other places you could get similar or better quality food cheaper.

MS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The server was good and helpful
We enjoyed the food and wines

l
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Lousy food ; don’t like menu. Overpriced

MM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The service was polite, but not stellar, as one would expect. The space seems like a ballroom set up with some tables seemingly seated very close to one another in one corner of the room. Couldn't really have a quiet conversation without hearing the conversation of the 2 top next to us. Expected much more given the price point. The tuna tartare was a disaster - looked like it came out of can. Our table did not eat it, nor did the table next to us. They were kind enough to take it off the tab. We indicted it was our anniversary upon booking, but they only mentioned it upon seating us. I wasn't necessarily expecting anything nor receive anything special, but why ask? Unfortunately, I don't know that the convenience is worth the dining experience/price.

JB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

The waitstaff was very pleasant. The ambiance is excellent. The crab gumbo was quite good, as was the chocolate shortbread desert. The salmon, however, was overdone. We ordered a sauvignon blanc wine and were served a sancere (sp?) instead, which, however, was delicious. We requested coffees with cream and sugar and got only the coffees. Could not get the waiter's attention so we drank the coffee black. It, too, was quite good. But we were surprised by these misunderstandings, especially since the prices there are so high.

M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Had dinner here before heading to the theater. There was a hair in our appetizer, but our server replaced it immediately and discretely. The location is beautiful and convenient, but the food is "fair" from a taste standpoint. The beef tenderloin was very good however, just not everything.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner and dessert were wonderful! The staff was fantastic and very attentive! They even brought us champagne for our Anniversary! Fantastic celebration!

AW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We chose to eat here to have a nice dinner before seeing Aladdin at the Kennedy Center. Our waiter was really aggressive from the jump. First, he got upset after we didn’t choose to order any wine (we could tell he was trying to upcharge us). We ordered the gumbo and wanted to share and the waiter ROLLED HIS EYES at us. I wanted to order the mushroom risotto (it sounded good) but the waiter asked if I was vegetarian and when I said “no” he INSISTED that I order the lamb or salmon (which costs more). The lamb was mediocre and came out cold. The portion seemed small to me; I wish I had gone with the risotto and honestly will not be likely to return to this restaurant again.

OT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

While everything was great, the service was exceptionally kind and attentive.

DE
Washington DC
101 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We hadn't been to the Terrace Restaurant in years but decided to try if before a performance in the Eisenhower Theatre. I was really quite nice. The service was great. The food selection and quality was really good. I would definitely go here for a quick meal before a KenCen performance instead of the cafeteria style restaurant.

c
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved having dinner here before the show. Walked around outside on a beautiful evening in the roof top to enjoy the view. The food was delicious. Can’t say enough about the convenience.

CG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have eaten there many times. Never disappointed. Class act.

MG
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Nothing special. Cost is little high but gets offset by convenience. Ambiance is average - sort of like eating in a school cafeteria.

SO
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Broadway at the Kennedy Center

MM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

The food is delicious and great presentation. They finally changed the menu a bit which is a good idea. They need more variety.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Birthday before the show

DT
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Seeing a show.

C
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

This is a convenient, but expensive, place for dinner before a show at the Kennedy Center. Once you are parked for dinner, you don't have to worry about driving and parking for the show. I would say the food has improved considerably since our last visit in December. The beef tenderloin was excellent.

L
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice restaurant with good food and good service. Thought they would offer outside seating. Location is perfect for it.

C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday for out-of-town family before performance. Perfect location!

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

For the price point, not worth it unless you’re more concerned with making sure you’ll be on time for something you’re attending at the Kennedy Center.

Service was just ok. My water was empty most of the time and had to ask for refills.

Food was fast - but to the point it was too fast - and didn’t seem made to order. The proteins were good. The sides were meh. And the tuna tartar was more like a pâté. Basically you can tell they are waiting to serve like banquet style.

Also the ambience - the views can’t be beat (well maybe POV at the W). But the ceiling are very high making the ambience feel yet again like a banquet, so not great for a nice date spot prior to a play.

The price point wasn’t absurd, just higher than I would expect for what we got. You’re definitely paying for location view and ease of access to events at Kennedy center.

CS
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent Birthday dinner. Dessert menu left us unimpressed but meal overall was great.

B
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great view, great food, bottomless mimosas. It’s an open kitchen brunch so there is no menu. There is a ton of food options for every taste. We had a 12:30 reservation and the place pretty much cleared out by 2:00. So it’s not a place to really linger. Next time will make a noon reservation to give us more time to chat.

SH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Sunday Brunch before a show is a great way to enjoy D.C. on a Sunday! The food selections on the buffet and dessert station are awesome and the food is delicious! Take in the panoramic view while you dine or walk out onto the Terrace after your meal to take in the D.C. skyline. One of my favorite places for Brunch!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great
The only thing I would say is that it might help if the food was labeled to know what everything is, like the salads and something to put on the floor of the kitchen (where the buffet was. But all in all, it was really nice.

R
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our brunch at the Roof Terrace Restaurant was a great beginning to our day at the Kennedy Center before we saw the matinee performance of Dear Evan Hansen. Our server was outstanding; friendly with a great smile that made us feel welcome, attentive, and helpful. The mimosas she brought started the meal perfectly. We started with the many selections available in the kitchen and enjoyed all of them. The eggs benedict, oysters, cheeses, and shrimp were especially delicious. Each of us enjoyed an omelet, too, and tried to save room for the inviting desserts that were available.

It was a wonderful meal, made special by our server, and the spectacular views of Washington.

f
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Location is everything. Food was tasty.
Choices were varied.

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