The Observatory

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$30 and under
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The Observatory rooftop lounge is the ideal location to impress out of town guests, watch spectacular sunsets, sip on the finest wines and spirits, and make new friends. Lounge on the overstuffed sofas, listen to the cool lounge beats, and take in the sweeping views of historic Georgetown and Washington D.C., dotted with monuments and landmarks such as the Kennedy Center, the Washington Monument, and the skyline of Arlington, Virginia.
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4.1based on all time ratings
3.2
food
3.7
service
4.2
ambience
3.6
value
Noise · Moderate
79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2017
Overall4food4service1ambience5

We had no idea that there was a private event happening at the same time as our reservation. It took over an hour to get our cheese platter. We would have appreciated a heads up on the situation instead of dragging out the food.

VH
VirginiaH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Love the view and ambiance!

IA
IAmOutTonight
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2017
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Absolutely divine spot for a drink when you really want to settle in and relax - the mixologist uses fresh squeezed juices and handcrafted concoctions that elevate the cocktails to pure pleasure. Views of Georgetown and down the river are lovely. Bring a hair clip - it can be windy up there!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2017
Overall4food3service2ambience5

The view, upscale atmosphere and general service was very good. The waitress wasn't as attentive as I would have liked. I had to request napkins and refill on chips for our ceviche and charcuterie plate, yet never received either. I would recommend this rooftop for special occasions and date nights.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This was a very negative experience. Clearly watered down drinks. Loud, drunk crowd - a group of whom should have been removed. No knowledge of my booking on OpenTable. Certainly would not recommend or go back. Which is a real pity as it's a lovely space in a nice part of town.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Great rooftop bar. Great views and seating. Highly recommend

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Upon arriving at this establishment with my reservation, I was promptly shoved out of the way for the arrival of a foreign diplomat to the hotel. I was brusquely informed that the Observatory was now closed, and when I tried asking another question I was waved away and told to leave the premises.
I found the entire experience quite unpleasant. If I had only received some form of prior notice of this situation I would not have come in the first place. To have a reservation, arrive at the spot, then immediately be asked to leave without hardly any explanation was not the manner in which I expected to be treated.

I wish that this establishment would handle their cancellations with a great amount of more grace.

PG
PeterG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2016
Overall4food2service5ambience5

I made a reservation thinking this was a dinner spot. But it's actually only for drinks. The view was nice and the sectioned off patio for furniture was cool. Unfortunately my date say in a wet seat, made for an awkward time for her. The dinks are $$$ but on par with the price for DC, I'd say they could do better on their glassware, drinking a $20 margarita out of a plain plastic cup was somewhat underwhelming. Good views, go for a cigar and drink. Good after work place.

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The Observatory is rated 4.1 stars by 8 OpenTable diners.