Top of the Gate at The Watergate Hotel

3.9
159 Reviews
$50 and over
Mediterranean
We are open for the season as of April 2021.

The energetic and sophisticated rooftop bar and lounge at The Watergate Hotel boasts commanding 360-degree views of the Kennedy Center, the Potomac River, the Key and Arlington bridges, the Washington Monument and the rest of the DC skyline. It is the perfect place for an after-work cocktail or the season’s most talked-about event.

No reservations are required. However, we are now taking a limited amount of online reservations for a max of 10 people. Reservations can be automatically cancelled due to inclement weather or events (without charge). If we close for the day for any reason, all reservations will automatically be cancelled, and an email will be sent to alert you.

Our staff is wearing masks to serve and we ask that all guests wear masks for entry and in public areas. Masks are not required while seated. Thank you!

Experiences

  • 4 Tickets for July 4th Party at Top of the Gate

    $249.00 per personPrepaid

    Jul 4, 2021 only

    Celebrate July 4th at Top of the Gate! Special 4 Ticket Package Price - only $249 per ticket 6-9:30PM Sunday, July 4, 2021 Fireworks at 9PM Limited tickets available. 4 GENERAL TICKETS includes: Lounge rooftop seating - Signature gourmet bites - Open Bar with mixed drinks, wine and beer - Premium spirits and bottle service available at an additional cost. Note: All tickets are pre-paid, non-refundable. In the case of rain, food & drink will be served in our ballroom, with access to rooftop during fireworks.
  • July 4th at Top of the Gate

    $295.00 per personPrepaid

    Jul 4, 2021 only

    Celebrate July 4th at Top of the Gate! 6-9:30PM Sunday, July 4, 2021 Fireworks at 9PM Limited tickets available. GENERAL TICKET includes: Lounge rooftop seating - Signature gourmet bites - Open Bar with mixed drinks, wine and beer - Premium spirits and bottle service available at an additional cost. Note: Parties of less than 6 may be seated with other parties. All tickets are pre-paid, non-refundable. In the case of rain, food & drink will be served in our ballroom, with access to rooftop during fireworks.
  • VIP - July 4th at Top of the Gate

    $425.00 per personPrepaid

    Jul 4, 2021 only

    Celebrate July 4th at Top of the Gate! 6-9:30PM Sunday, July 4, 2021 Fireworks at 9PM VIP PREMIUM TICKET includes: - Premium Fireworks view seating - Signature gourmet bites - Open Bar with mixed drinks, wine and beer - Event ticket includes tax and gratuity - Premium spirits and bottle service available at an additional cost Parties of less than 6 may be seated with other parties. All tickets are pre-paid, non-refundable. In the case of rain, food & drink will be served in our ballroom, with access to rooftop during fireworks. Note: Early Bird tickets are now SOLD OUT

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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
What 159 people are saying
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3.9based on all time ratings
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3.7
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4.3
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3.2
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65% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BrandiB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience3

buyer be aware!! this is the biggest ripoff in DC. the food is ok but very very small. not worth the money. service is terrible. way overpriced. overall this place sucks

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful. Very expensive for drinks and appetizers but it was worth it to us as an outing after a year and a half of not being able to venture out. Food was great. Drinks creative and delicious. Staff was very friendly. I don’t know why they marked us as a no show however!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience5

Loud, windy, sunny, crowded, you have to buy food with alcohol purchase. Gratuity is added.

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vipSteveW
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely rooftop lounge overlooking the Potomac - perfect for a treat. Top notch service as you'd expect from a landmark luxury spot. Be prepared for sticker shock tho. $30-40 drinks and their signature Manhattan is delicious at $60. Yes, you read that right, Sixty dollars for one cocktail. But it's good! You're paying for the place, the people watching and the vibe... and it's worth every penny.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The restaurant took the open table reservation, but when we arrived 15 minutes later, they were closed due to weather and had been closed for hours. Open Table wouldn’t let us cancel our reservation and the restaurant was closed.

LD
vipLeeDunn
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Outstanding views, lovely customer service and delicious cocktails and nibbles.

SG
SethG
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food and atmosphere were great, however our server was inappropriate when he returned the credit card we used upon arrival by handing me the credit card back. My girlfriend was treating me that night due to it being my birthday, but I didn’t feel like I needed to explain that to my server. He felt the need to make it apparent that he knew she was paying for our drinks and food. Our order came out wrong. We had ordered a cheese board and the tuna tartare. The tuna came out and was delicious, however the cheese board never came. Instead, a rice bowl was brought out. Things happen, I get it. We let our server know, and after an hour had passed our server stopped by the table to let us know that the cheese board would be out momentarily. I just decided to tell him to cancel it.

BA
BarAficionado
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Excellent service.. wonderful location. I did not like the fact that they serve these expensive drinks in plastic glasses!! Why would they do that?? For the price range they have, they ought to have good glasses for cocktails!!

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viptatergirl
Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Beautiful views. Food was quite good. It was very chilly and windy though and we wished we had brought jackets!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience5

We enjoyed our time very much although it was after a big rain so not many people. We thought you appetizers were a little chintzy given what you charged and the hype, but the location and ambience was fabulous as were the cocktails!

MC
MarkC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The drinks were too expensive for what they made. The lamb was very good. Tuna tartare was good but only four pieces of small toast to put it on, for 20 dollars, come on .
The view was great. The $50.00 min per person is ridiculous. But my lady and I had a good time while there.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and WONDERFUL cocktails. Oh, and the food was was great as well!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, very nice people making you feel very welcome

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

It was a little cool not to have heaters out. Overall my wife and I were pleased. Dave went above and beyond for us. We would recommend friends to check it out.

MR
MelvinR
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food3service3ambience5

I gave 3 stars for food because it was just mainly hor d'oeuvres. We were expecting to eat a dinner meal but they had finger foods. I should have checked beforehand. The finger foods were great though.

I had to go to the hostess to request service after 15-20 minutes of sitting at our table. The service was great once we finally got a server. Our server Dave was very attentive. I do wish you could actually eat dinner up there but I guess they don't have the demand for full meals. I would definitely recommend going to top of the gate.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

The view was beautiful but the service was terrible even by DC standards. $200 to sit on cheap furniture and be ignored isn’t my idea of a good time and I wouldn’t come back. The hummus was amazing though. Order it at the bar and skip the pretentious reservations.

CM
ChrisM
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience1

Made a reservation in advance as hoped to have a nice view of the sunset, however we were seated on the opposite side of the sunset literally behind a concrete wall. The other entire side was roped off for a private party. When making the reservation they should inform you that half (the desirable half) of the restaurant will be closed for a private event.

JB
vipJamieB
Memphis/West TN
20 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had a friend in town and wanted to do something different with water views.

Top of the Gate is a great place. It has great views and really nice cocktails and appetizers.

We arrived at 4 pm on Saturday and stayed until little after 7 so we could see the sunset. It was a great afternoon.

One thing to know: there is a minimum of $50 per person. It’s not hard to reach that after a couple drinks and appetizers but if you are just planning on a single drink you might be disappointed.

TM
TammiM
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience5

The service was attentive. We were celebrating my daughter's 21st birthday and they sent out a special drink and dessert for her! The only thing I say was negative was where our group sat. It would have been nice to enjoy the view but we were right behind the host station. There were so many open areas for us to go to.

LC
LaChelleRB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Wonderful at atmosphere with a view of the city over the river. The food was delicious too!!

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GalinaL
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Go there for a drink to watch sunset. However we ordered Mango Mule and Aperol Spritz. One word - disappointing! Also the rest of the menu. Try Rooftop at Kennedy Art Center instead. It is a very good alternative.

LM
LMcC
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter had a wonderful time celebrating her 21st Birthday here. Gorgeous views on a beautiful day, and thank you for the surprise cake!

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vipBarbara
Washington DC
73 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

I would think that with the reputation that Watergate Hotel has, the food at their roof top bar would be very good. I would also expect that the bathroom would be kept up and not look like it was not cleaned in quite a while with no things one needs in the bathroom available. I had to look for our server several times when we wanted to order more food or drink. The lamb and humus was fair. The view is stunning. The drinks were very good. I expected more from Watergate.

KM
vipKyleM
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food1service5ambience5

It’s one of the best rooftop locations in the city with the river view. The service was great too! The food as usual is pretty terrible. And they really should try to clean the floors and seating every once in a while.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was great. We really enjoyed the view and the service.

JS
JenifeerS
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

in general everything very well, the atmosphere and the spectacular view, the very good food and the attention of a young Central American girl lived up to it, very friendly and very attentive, we were contemplating for hours that wonderful sunset until nightfall !!

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Deke
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The view is the best in Washington! The seating in the reserved section is comfortable and fun. The food plates are good, but not generous. The server was under 21, so could not open or pour our wine--just brought the bottle over and we waited for another server.
An upgrade in service would be welcome--The place is not inexpensive--but worth it.

JC
JessicaC
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

While the view is nice, the food was of very poor quality and priced very high. I will say the hummus was nice, but the vegetables in the platter were of poor quality, the rice dish was flavorless and the cucumbers were soggy. The wines were also of low quality considering the price point. In my opinion, there are much nicer places to go in DC for the cost. The view is nice, but I would recommend a quick trip to the bar rather than a reservation for dinner and drinks with a $50 spend per person.

JS
Jd4Sobe
Miami
21 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall2food4service5ambience1

It was astounding that a place that has a $50 per person minimum for table seating does not provide table umbrellas in the sweltering 92° heat of August from 5-7 pm. There is ONE table umbrella in the entire venue and it only covers a few guests at the non-$50 per person area!! Otherwise you are given a hand umbrella which is ridiculous to manage if you are eating and drinking. When we asked our waitress if we could have one of the floor fans pointed in our party's direction, we were told that the fan was broken!! Absolutely poor management of a venue that deserves more attention due to its stunning views.

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CarlieC
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience5

We were really looking forward to this special occasion experience at the Watergate. The rooftop was lovely and the views are great. However our service was terrible. We waited over 30 minutes for anyone to come over and take our drink orders. We were missing food items still when people came over to bus our plates. When we finally got the drinks they all tasted watered down. I will say the food was excellent. Overall I would not come back. There are many other rooftops to explore in DC that I'm sure are better.

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vipfrankfan
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Great place for drinks.

CD
CDavis
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Great place for after work.

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BrockM
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience5

Go for the view. The drinks were expensive and not that great. The food was also expensive but was good quality and tasted great.

RR
RochelleR
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience5

It took 30 minutes for waitress to come out and take our order and we had 10 o’clock reservations. The food was cold. The view was beautiful.

JS
JenniferS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

reserved seats for myself and famliy (3) persons (one minor child) only to find out there is a $150 minimum for table service (6PM, btw). Completely open areas but did not budge on seating us. We left and won't be back.

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sheNM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience5

Great view. Way overpriced. Below average service.

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DianneF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The view is great and food was delicious! Did not love the "mist" machine that blew water droplets on us. Also -- not great to allow cigar smoking. We moved tables which gave us less optimal placement, but at least we didn't have cigar smoke blowing our way!

JP
JaneP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Don’t go if rain is coming! They hand out umbrellas - otherwise no where to shelter.

Chairs don’t have decent backs.

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WVWalt
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

First time, and we had a lovely time! It even started raining, but the staff was well-prepared. Good drinks and good appetizers. You really go for the service and the view. Will definitely go again!

PB
vipPatrickB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great venue! Great staff! Perfect view! The sunset was spectacular!

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Top of the Gate at The Watergate Hotel is rated 3.9 stars by 159 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.

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