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Top of the Gate at The Watergate Hotel

3.4
3.4
265 Reviews
$50 and over
Mediterranean

Tickets for our July 4th party can be booked ONLY through Eventbrite.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/354632925627

We are open Thursday-Saturday.

The energetic and sophisticated rooftop bar and lounge at The Watergate Hotel has views of the Potomac River, the Key & Arlington bridges, and Georgetown. It is the perfect place for an after-work cocktail or the season’s most talked-about event.

Parties of 8 to 19 are subjected to a $100 minimum per person. This includes separate reservations that are together. By making your reservation(s) you agree to these terms. If we close for the day for any reason, all reservations will automatically be cancelled, and an email will be sent to alert you.

There is a cancellation fee of $50 per person. See our cancellation policy for more. We can hold your table for 15 minutes before we release it & charge the no-show fee. Should you have questions you may call our reservations team at 844-617-1972 or email us at topofthegate@thewatergatehotel.com.

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Booked 8 times today

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Foggy Bottom

  • Cross street

    Virginia Ave NW & New Hampshire Ave NW

  • Parking details

    We offer Valet Parking at the hotels entrance for $20 per vehicle.

  • Public transit

    The nearest metro station is Foggy Bottom. Our main entrance is located between 2600 Virginia Ave NW and Watergate East.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wine

What 265 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.4
3.4 based on recent ratings
  • 3.1Food
  • 3.1Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 2.8Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • District of Columbia

    Late Night Find

  • District of Columbia

    Outdoor Dining

  • District of Columbia

    Special Occasion

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovey service and views. Thank you

  2. N

    Natalia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Lovely view and atmosphere! Drinks were excellent. Definitely a must do if you’re in DC!

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience5

    the view is spectacular, the sound of pleasant music you can talk and share.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience3

    Disorganized, very slow service!!

  5. M

    Mikayla

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience5

    The view is absolutely beautiful! Drinks and food were ok. Unfortunately the service was quite poor.

  6. s

    smukherjee

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2

    The service wasn’t very good. Our food arrived 1.5 hours late and our server hardly came to check on us. We had to flag someone down to ask about our food. The truffle fries were very good though. The rooftop view is very nice!

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    We made our reservations a month in advance and got a table without a view. We waited for 20 minutes in our seat and never saw a member of the wait staff. We ended up leaving and no one noticed. It was also dirty and not welcoming place. There are better rooftop bars in DC

  8. BR

    BethR

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Terrible. We made a reservation weeks in advance and were put at a terrible table - near the back in the rear - I asked to be put at a better open table and was denied. My rose took 25 minutes to be sensed. “ still working on it” was what server said when my husband got his wine! Pizza laughable / so bad. Drinks served in plastic. I would never waste time or money to return. Staff totally unresponsive.

  9. JB

    JonathanB

    Charlotte

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4

    I was really disappointed by my recent experience at Top of the Gate. I arrived around 8:05pm for an 8:15pm reservation and was told by the hostess that the table was being cleared and that it would be a few minutes. After waiting for approximately 25-30 minutes I had to flag someone else down to get an update on my table. Finally, after about 35 minutes after originally arriving our table was ready. When we got to it, there was still trash left behind by the last guests. Once seated, nobody ever came by our table to check on us so we had to just order at the bar and sit down. For the price, this place is not worth it. You pay about $20 for a drink to be served in a plastic cup and the lack of service was shocking for a place that is so well regarded.

  10. YE

    YaelE

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4

    The overall stay at the hotel was dissapointing. Not a 5 star level. I booked that dinner for my son and fiance thinking it was a full dinner reservation. They only had drinks and appetizers available and not all drinks were available. There was one server! He was sweet but couldn't service everyone well.... Not matching the price level at all.

  11. LA

    LANCEM

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The views from this place are astounding!! We went to take in the vistas over a few glasses of wine and had a really nice experience. The hostess was very pleasant and quickly seated us near the "edge". Our server arrived a few minutes later was very nice, and we had our wine in short order.

  12. IG

    IGuyNYC

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience5

    The staff needs to set expectation. The hostess arrived after 90 minutes to tell us our “experience” was coming to an end. That wasn’t shared at the beginning. And there were empty tables. In addition, they don’t accept cash. Finally, the price for a martini is the same as a vodka soda. What?! One positive: the view is great!

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience3

    The worst! The food was not edible. The drinks were gross! We got there at 9pm and the fire pits were not lit and it was so dark. The space is so cute and it’s disappointing that the food, drinks and service were trash

  14. A

    Adrian

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food1service1ambience5

    The place has an astounding view and it is a nice terrace. The service is pretty bad though. We stayed there for an hour and a half and no one stopped by to take our order for food. For drinks I had to go to the bar three times. Good thing I had dinner reservations for another place after this, so I didn't care much about the food in the Top of the Gate, but the service was very poor. It is pricey but the view is worth it. The service is definitely not.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    A beautiful view with great drinks! Food is light appetizers which we didn’t try but all looked like great options for light fare.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience5

    Terrible service. Expensive drinks in plastic cups. The view was amazing.

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5

    Service sucks

  18. JN

    JNDR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5

    The view was absolutely the number one best thing about "top of the gate"! It was a little windy up there. The seating had 2 couches and a few chairs-plenty for us 5. There's a center coffee table with clear rocks that can be lit for night time warmth. Our waiter was very laxsidazical. He wrote 1 check for 4 groups despite that I told him I was paying for my son and me, and the 3 other ladies were separate checks. The food was good-but expensive. The selection was very limited. The pizza and fries were the most economical. One person showed up 1/2 hr late. We 4 ate our main course by the time the 5th person ordered food. The service was slow and the waiter was never around. Before our dessert, and the 5th person's dinner came, a female attendant said we only had the table for 90 mins. The waiter never told us that! We said we ordered dessert and the 5th person had ordered food and we hadn't eaten them yet. So she let us stay. While we were on top of the roof, a helicopter flew within 20 feet of our seat and it was only about 10 feet above the roof top! There was also a Georgetown graduation party going on the other side of the roof. They must have gotten their food from some other restaurant because they had shrimp cocktail and heavenly looking sliders that were not on our meager menu. There were no markings or delineations but when we wonder by looking off the roof the server scolded us for coming near the party. Overall it was a lovely experience because of the view. And we will keep it in mind as a one-of-a-kind experience for out-of-town guests. But the waiters, 90 min time constraint, and forbidden party were a detraction that we now know about to avoid on future visits.

  19. KG

    KarenG

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    We sat for 15 minutes at a table and no one ever came to serve us so we left. The food menu is smaller than what it used to be before COVID. It’s graduation weekend and we came here for the view. They rented out the front where the best views are to Belvedere vodka so we had a view of another building instead of the Potomac There’s no phone on the roof top so you can never talk to anyone I was here a few years ago and it was really nice. But it’s hit and miss as you see from my review

  20. CM

    ChristineM

    Dallas

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2

    Seated and server never came, ended up just having to order at the bar. Wouldn’t go back

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5

    Birthday drinks following a show at the Kennedy center! Really great service and perfect ambiance. We didn’t have any food so i can’t really comment on that. Definitely expensive but you’re paying fir the whole experience which was totally worth it!

  22. ED

    EvelynD

    Hong Kong

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food2service5ambience5

    Was seated with the absolute best view especially for sun set on the Potomac. Staff was the perfect level of attentive.

  23. WS

    WeakSauce

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience5

    Order a $35 cocktail and it came in a plastic cup. Ordered a few bites. Not worth the price. Just order drinks and enjoy the view. That’s why you’re there.

  24. KD

    KertrinaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Great roof top overall experience. Server was great. Hostess seemed to not allow patrons to select desired seating. It was chilly and she sat us at a small table near the balcony wall. When we asked about one of the tables with a firepit, she said they were reserved. We had reservations and there was no preferred seating options when we scheduled so we donor understand how the rationale for seatimg. Otherwise, great views and ambience.

  25. MK

    MikeK

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    The restaurant was closed. We came to find out it was closed due to rain which did not happen. They did not send us any message to alert us! They got my credit card information and still I’m not sure if it is charged at the day since it is done through open table! They should restrict the restaurant to hotel guests to prevent this kind of review. It’s too small to accommodate other people. If they cannot manage it properly why don’t you just keep it for hotel guests!!

  26. CB

    CindyBodz

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3

    Plastic martini glasses: yuck. Martini’s should always be served with presentation in mind. Olives in the martini were gross Cheese board was awful. Cheese was old and dried out. Three crackers and some hard as rock dates Female waitress was rude and non attentive View was good

  27. NB

    NancyB

    Washington DC

    216 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    216 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place for cocktails and light bites on a beautiful fall evening. The meatballs are the best ever as was the Thai shrimp. Thank you to our server, Jesse.

  28. BP

    BrittanyP

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful view ! Nice place to relax for an after dinner drink!

  29. MH

    MahnazH

    Orlando

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    We got a nice table with fire pit in the center. The food was mediocre and pizza was served in a box. The meat plate was not really a platter it was small and didn’t look appealing at all.

  30. LK

    LKHJJHAJH

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2021

    overall1food2service1ambience2

    The Watergate Rooftop is over priced and over rated. We went for a birthday celebration. We made an early reservation to ensure a better choice of seating only to discover 2/3 of the seating was blocked for a private event. Service was slow. Drinks and tapas were extremely expensive and food quality was average at best. A bottle of champagne that we like (typically $60 at total wine) was priced at $800/bottle. We expected 5-star service and quality experience given the cost. I would never go back!

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Never opened! Hotel sent room service and apologized

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience2

    This is a total overrated rip off. It was impossible to reach them and it was only possible to get a reservation online with a very significant deposit and when we got there there was nobody there, place was about a quarter full. I thought ambience, food, drinks were significantly below average. Watergate Hotel is rundown and Grimy!

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2021

    overall1food1service2ambience3

    Not impressed. Such a great view and location. But overall food was average and price was excessive. I don’t mind high prices as long as the food is good. But $30 for a small pizza? No thanks. Also they allow smokers near dining, which was awful. Also there is quite a bit of barriers from actually enjoying the view. Will not be coming back

  34. SB

    SantoshB

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience5

    I took my wife here for drinks on our anniversary. Really good service, first they sat us in this awful dark canopy thing with no lighting was not a fan couldn’t see anything, so I asked to be seated elsewhere and they gave us a really good table that had such a great view. Drinks weren’t bad either, I think pricey for the taste but overall the view is what makes you come back and we will go back. I do suggest they change that canopy thing it is terrible at night to sit in and they provided dim light glow sticks and just doesn’t suffice.

  35. LM

    LiviaM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 3, 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Limited view while seating, lounge seating on second raw has no view of the city but sky. I would suggest to uplift a bit second row to make better use of view feature. The place is run down and it could be a bit more lively and nice with some plants and better furniture arrangement.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 3, 2021

    overall2food3service1ambience5

    The views were amazing but its so expensive and the service wasn’t good, they took 50 min to get us a charcuterie tray, and we were celebrating our anniversary.

  37. O

    Ornella

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 3, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Poor customer service, food not good especially for the price. Outside was dark poor lightning and no ambiance.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2021

    overall5food3service5ambience5

    Beautiful! Just really expensive.

  39. E

    Ensa

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2021

    overall3food3service2ambience4

    The place is very nice, though a little too dark. The service was very slow.

  40. D

    Drinkaroundtheworld

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2021

    overall2food2service3ambience5

    Nice views at the top but overall not the best rooftop bar experience. Service was extremely slow though it wasn’t crowded. Maybe just understaffed. Not many drink & food choices. The valet was extremely disorganized, unfortunately. This is definitely a visit-once type of place.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Top of the Gate at The Watergate Hotel is rated 3.4 stars by 265 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 8 times today
Google Map for Top of the Gate at The Watergate Hotel

2650 Virginia Ave NW Washington, DC 20037

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Virginia Ave NW & New Hampshire Ave NW

  • Neighborhood

    Foggy Bottom

  • Hours of operation

    Thu 4:30 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–10:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Tapas / Small Plates, Pizza Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    We offer Valet Parking at the hotels entrance for $20 per vehicle.

  • Public transit

    The nearest metro station is Foggy Bottom. Our main entrance is located between 2600 Virginia Ave NW and Watergate East.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wine

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