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Top of the Gate at The Watergate Hotel

3.2
3.2
310 Reviews
$50 and over
Mediterranean
We are open Thursday-Sunday.

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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 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 310 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

3.2
3.2 based on recent ratings
  • 2.9Food
  • 3Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 2.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • District of Columbia

    Scenic View

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  1. GJ

    GuavaJelly

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Don't go! The Top of the Gate charges a $50 cancellation fee if GUESTS don't show, but they don't hold themselves to an equal standard. I made sure to be there on time, to be told that there was no table service and that the kitchens were closed, so no food. Just drinks. Apparently there was a private function going on elsewhere in the hotel to which they were giving priority. They didn't bother to email people with bookings. The place was more or less empty. Grubby floor. $100 tab for four drinks. I strongly recommend you save yourselves the expense and bother. You're paying for a view.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Though we called ahead, no one took our call. We arrived and the chef wasn’t there AND there was no food . They didn’t bother to call us.
  3. MG

    MayaG

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    The view is the only thing this place has going for it. It is indeed breathtaking. But the set up and the decor and the drinks are definitely not worth what they are charging for. We also got there and were told that the kitchen is closed. And we were barely there for 45 mins before they told us that they are closing it at 7. It's a one and done situation. Will not be going back.
  4. PE

    PickyEater

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall4food1service5ambience5
    Enjoyed location and view immensely. $25 per drink seemed a bit over the top though as did the fact no nuts or food at all.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience5
    Great view and location. Service was very slow. For the price the drinks were served in cheap water glasses so that was kind of disappointing. Definitely just go there for the great view.
  6. BW

    BWallace

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience5
    We made a reservation just for the hostess to tell us it didn’t really matter, she even said “you can find somewhere to sit or I can seat you if you want.” There were no waiters, it was all order at the bar and bring it back to your seat. We ordered drinks and started to order appetizers, the bartender said “the kitchen is really behind, you can order food if you want but it’ll be 30 minutes before they even start your order.” Overall not that great of an experience, not worth the price. The view however was amazing, really the only good part though.
  7. BP

    BenjaminP

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience5
    Views are great, drinks are way overpriced and they are in plastic cups
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    The view is everything! Service is very attentive drinks are definitely expensive although that’s not terribly surprising given the view and location.
  9. PP

    PamealP

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience3
    Horrible food....overpriced and frankly not good. It was very dark and furniture needs to be replace. We went for my son's birthday and it was so disappointing.
  10. CB

    CmdrBond

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Very nice setting so it was disappointing to be served $22 cocktails out of plastic cups.
  11. JB

    JudyB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience5
    Horrible quality drinks. Our bill was $900 but they’re serving $22/wine in a paper cup.
  12. C

    Customer1

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience5
    Beautiful views but was disappointed with the drinks presentation. The drinks were served in plastic cups!! That is inappropriate for such a fancy bar. Expected more
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Excellent service, beautiful venue, picturesque views, top 40 music. Points off for the menu being different than what’s on the website
  14. SC

    ScottC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food3service2ambience4
    Great view; dated furniture; no table service; unorganised line at bar
  15. SS

    SherryS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall4food1service5ambience5
    The view and the ambiance were incredible. No food was available and that messed up our plans for the night. Id go back, just with a full stomach
  16. M

    Mmbb

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    The service was great but the food and drinks were over priced but if you come here, you are paying for the view.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Very limited menu, but you can’t beat the view.
  18. SK

    SlavaK

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food2service3ambience5
    You basically pay for the sunset view. The drinks are mediocre and so is the food but you cannot beat sunset
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    It was disappointing to say the least. It is very difficult to get a reservation and they ask for a credit card to charge $50 per person for no shows. Prices are on the high side. Your would expect better than what we found. On the positive side, the view is amazing and the hostess was great. However, the rest of the experience is subpar. The furniture is run down and uncomfortable. You sink into the chairs and couches. Menu is limited. The drinks are nothing to write home about and they are served on plastic cups. We asked for water and were told it was self service, had to go to the bar and get water on cardboard cups from a dispenser. All in all, just hype.
  20. GA

    GuilhermeA

    Baja California Sur

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall4food2service3ambience5
    The views are the best in DC but the food is not good, not a lot of variety and drinking wine on a plastic cup not fun. Price is too high for the view, better to go without a table.
  21. SS

    ShannonS

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    I think our expectations were too high to be fair. You’re paying for the view not the service or the food. We didn’t actually eat anything. Drinks were ok, not bad, not outstanding.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    This place deserves a five star just for the view and ambience. Nowhere better in DC do you have a pure rooftop bar open to incredible views of the Potomac and flights coming into the airport. The drinks are pricey but you pay for the location. It was very interesting walking through the Watergate Hotel and talking to the staff about the Watergate scandal. One of the bellhops even took me up to the scandal hotel room to show us the history. This little piece made the trip well worth it.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall3food2service1ambience4
    Service and food were slow. Food was ok but not great. Pub food. Not worth the price. Not enough lighting to see. Views were very nice.
  24. T

    Tomasso

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall3food1service3ambience2
    Something has happened to lessen the fun and glamour or drinks at the Top of the Gate. I just can't see paying for drinks... when the water arrives in paper cups and the Manhattans arrive in plastic flexible tumblers! I would not return to this place, despite the great views
  25. CE

    ChiquiE

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall3food1service2ambience5
    The views are impressive, something to really try. The food, drinks, service... don't make it justice. You're paying $22 for a cocktail and it comes in a plastic glass, the order was wrong (and it was just two things and we needed to repeat it twice after the waiter forgot it), half of the menu was not available... So it is worth for the visit, but consume the smallest amount you can, spend some time, and don't have any further expectations.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful views and quiet. Friendly staff and we're accomodationing.
  27. J

    Jaypee

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service good food and cocktails. Highly recommended to other patrons.
  28. S

    Scott

    Tampa

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience4
    Was overrated. Very pricey for regular drinks (Tito & Seltzer, Prosecco- 4 drinks $100). No service and they closed the bar at 8:46 on a Saturday night. We had 8:00 reservations with the expectation they were open till 11:00. The Next Whiskey Bar was much better! Great service, great drinks!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience4
    A great view, no doubt, however the Top of the Gate needs to up their game. No wait staff or service. One gets their drinks from a walk up bar which is fine and the bartenders from Nepal were very personable. That said, I paid $56 before tip for an Aperol Spritz and a Vodka Tonic in plastic glasses. Not what you expect from a bar on top of the Watergate. Again… the view is great but not sure I’ll be coming back. Too many other places to check out.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience5
    Had to wait 30 minutes after reservation time to be seated. Had to wait 15 more minutes to order a drink. Paid $90 for two small drinks before tip. Go anywhere else in DC.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall3food2service1ambience4
    Horrible service. Beautiful views.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food3service2ambience5
    Can’t beat the view. Staff was overwhelmed, made do with not enough servers/bartenders, yet were very polite. Ran out of various types of alcohol around 9:30pm. Amazing view and ambience, but overpriced and understaffed.
  33. LH

    LissaH

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food2service3ambience3
    View was spectacular but food was limited
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food4service3ambience5
    Very nice experience. Service was slow. Beverages (cocktails) were not mixed making them too light or too heavy. Highly recommend to make a reservation but some seats are too close to together. Large groups can overtake a smaller group. Food was good but online menu was different then actual menu. Ambience was great. Watched the sunsetting. Still believe it’s one of the best rooftop bars!
  35. RR

    RRich

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    Waiter service was slow and I was disappointed that you can no longer smoke a cigar there. The drinks were good and the food for the most part was fine.
  36. l

    lorenap

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience4
    Final account should be control better We pay more than
  37. J

    Julianb

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Great atmosphere but Terrible service. The hostess wasn’t professional at all. No drink menu they just ask how do you like your drink, sweet, sour, dry. Ugh just horrible
  38. LB

    LinaB

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Lovely and beautiful view. Servers were nice and lovely, we really enjoyed the view. Meat plate was really small for the price. But overall great rooftop
  39. SJ

    SamanthaJ

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Unbelievable views, however the service was weird. We walked in and nobody was at the door to greet us so we went to the bar. Moments later we were approached by a staff asking if we had reservations. We did and we’re told to go find a seat, after that none of the waiters came to help us. We were under the impression that they might have been understaffed. Overall, we really enjoyed the views and the drinks were decent.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall3food1service3ambience3
    My friend and I visited Top of the Gate tonight and had a lovely time with an amazing view and great wine. Our only disappointment was with the food. We ordered stat spiced nuts and the cheese board which could only be described as adult lunchables- at $35 a pop is pretty expensive! We were expecting something slightly more filled with cheese

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 3.2 stars by 310 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 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

    Wed, Thu, Sun 4:30 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–11:00 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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