Beautiful place. Okay food.
For a date night at the Kennedy Center this restaurant can’t be beat. The food was fine but the view and the convenience to the after-dinner performance were amazing. A little pricey but on the whole a very good option. I’ll try it again.
We were seated as planned. Not much of a view: it was raining and there were two large construction cranes just outside the windows. Asparagus soup was excellent. The seared scallops entree, not so much.
Get the lobster appetizer!!! Succulent! Was very surprised
Much preferred their previous menu. We had salmon and chicken dishes. Previous recipes were excellent. New versions mediocre.
I have been going with a group of friends for many, many years before our opera performances. I do recommend - great service, great food! I
As ever, the Terrace Dining Room was FAB for a lovely meal before the opera. Tables are placed with space between for both comfort and to lower the noise level. Selections throughout the menu are intriguing and delicious. Server was excellent...and one is leisurely timed but perfectly organized to enjoy company but arrive at the performance in a timely fashion!
I would call this a forgettable meal, except that the total was ridiculously high for the value. The crab soup tasted like Campbell's tomato tarted up with Bay seasoning, a little fresh crab & some under-cooked endamames. The "sweet & sour" lobster was essentially chicken fried, with dishes of hot oil dressing or (what was indistinguishable from) French's yellow mustard for dipping. My husband's daiquiri (plain lime, no luxardo for a Hemmingway--this DURING the Artes de Cuba exhibit!) tasted like it was jiggered together with Rose's (really, not even fresh lime juice+simple syrup?). The cherry cobbler was basic, a bit heavy & very sweet with a tiny dab of whipped cream. My dessert was pathetic--it appeared to be two tablespoons of lemon curd covered with some marshmallow topping that got crisped, not quite saved by a tablespoon of mixed fresh fruit and a good shortbread cookie. THAT was what they called "Citrus Merengue!" Service was pleasant but insanely slow--we were afraid we'd miss the concert & we got there at SIX! Best things about the meal were the view (can't go wrong at the Kennedy Center), the option of Dom by the glass (contributed to the price of the meal, but how often do you get the chance?), & a truly lovely spring salad loaded with tender fresh vegetables and a pleasant dressing. As for the rest, so disappointing & annoying that it really affected my enjoyment of an important evening.
Food was okay, but too pricy for portion sizes and quality. Our service was terrible. My meal was incorrect, and our waiter never stopped by after he took our order. We would have liked to order more drinks or perhaps coffee, but because of his lack luster service we were running short on time for our show. Not sure I’d give this another chance.
Disappointed in the very lacking ambience - especially for the price. The decor seemed like it belonged in a overly causal diner or school cafeteria. We just expected more from the Kennedy center.
The waiter was handling twice as many tables as he should have for a fine dining restaurant. He forgot most things we ordered, like espresso, and in the end cut our check and gave us free wine as well. That was great, but not so great for the restaurant’s profit margin.
Atmosphere is great with such a grand room. The views are fantastic. The food was very good and fitting for the venue. However, the service was so slow. We arrived at 6:00 to have dinner before our 8:00 show. We left at 7:40 without ordering dessert. It took 1 hour to get the one entree with both shared. If you’ve got time and don’t mind waiting, it’s awesome! If you don’t, try somewhere else.
We had a lovely pre Mother’s Day dinner before the Carol Burnett show! The Roof Terrace Restaurant has Never disappointed! We Highly Recommend it!
The only reason to dine here is convenience to attending a performance and save yourself the cost of two parking fees. Food was OK but not notable. Service was good until it got busy then didn't seem to keep up. Price fairly steep especially for quality of food.
Convenience is the key to this restaurant. When visiting the Kennedy Center, getting through traffic is demanding and the convenience of eating dinner on location before you go to a show is the easiest plan, especially when you have senior family members who use wheelchairs. My dinner was 3 scallops on a bed of shredded collards with 3 dabs of mustard and a cauliflower creme sauce. Delicious but hardly $32 worthy for both the quality of the meal and content. Where I come from, the greens were eaten because we were too poor to afford other vegetable options. Though I appreciate bringing this delightfully nutritious and simple foods to new culinary plates, they are hardly worth the prices charged.
I always feel like I am a captive versus a patron when I dine at the Roof Terrace. Very unworthy of the potential and status of the Kennedy Center.
Service is always friendly, helpful and on-target to enjoy the dinner. Ambiance? Move out of the 80's and upgrade the restaurant.
Great place to eat before the opera. The room is huge, but elegant. The view is spectacular.
Ambiance and service was excellent! Great place to eat prior to a show!!!! Get to the Kennedy Center early and grab dinner at the Roof Terrace!!!
The food was really tasty and the waiter was very accommodating. There was a problem with the temperature of my steak and the waiter said he would keep taking it back to the kitchen until it was cooked to my satisfaction. As we were there for the Artes de Cuba festival, I ordered a Cuba libra, which tasted a bit off. It wasn't until the check came that we realized that they used captain Morgan spiced rum! No, no. Also. When I made the reservation they asked if it was for a special occasion. I indicated that it was our anniversary. Yet there was no notice taken. Why bother to ask, then? These are all nitpicky, though, so I heartily recommend to others willing to pay the prices.
Dined here before Kennedy Center show - like everyone else. I suspect the place, which was only half-full on a Wednesday evening, is deserted after 8 pm. Food is ok not great, as is wine list. Service was very smooth. Main reason to come here is convenience before a show, and great view over the Potomac.
Thanks for the special dinner for our son's 46th birthday
Our waiter was very helpful
I miss the old decor and more formal atmosphere of this restaurant. Since the Kennedy Center already offers the Cafe I don't know why they felt they had to make this casual as well. Some people like to treat going to the Kennedy Center as a special occasion and this restaurant doesn't really support that feeling anymore. The food was pretty good, I had theBraised Beef Shank Pappardelle, the beef was really tender, my date had the scallops (3 of them). I think there should have been one or two more for the price. The wine list was really priced sky high, much higher than it should have been, the least expensive wine was $65 and most were so much more than that. If you're going to charge prices that high than it should definitely act more like a high end restaurant. The value for the price isn't good, if it wasn't located at the Center I don't know that it would make it as a stand alone restaurant.
The service started out strong but suffered as more people arrived, perhaps they are understaffed? I'd say go somewhere else but we all know the dining options around Kennedy Center are limited.
Just do it. Food is great. Service was great as well.
Efficient service. Food was good-average. Great for the show we attended
Always a memorable date night at this restaurant. Great views, great food, and a pleasant staff.
Hostess was rude. Did not like that we did not like a table in a service corner when the restaurant was and remained relatively empty. Was very rude upon moving us to a new table.
The start of a wonderful evening.
The flash fried lobster as an appetizer was unique and superb. The scallops and beef entrees were excellent. Loved the dessert. Service by Eliseo was exceptional; he was professional and delightful.
Pre-performance meal....pretty good but not worth a visit if you are not attending a Kennedy Center program later.
I was all set to have a lovely dinner with my husband before our concert, but was put off by the food that was served to me. I ordered the beef tenderloin rare. I came and was medium well-done. It also appeared to have been cooked ahead of time and then warmed up. I sent it back, and the new one came within 5 minutes and it too looked like it had been cooked ahead of time and then warmed up less. I ate it as I did not want to have my husband sit for additional minutes. The last time I ate at this restaurant I was impressed with the formal, elegant surroundings along with the professionally dressed and trained wait staff. Granted that was several years ago, but I was surprised by how far downhill the restaurant has come along with the food. For the price paid, I felt like I was in a cafeteria that served my dinner. Unfortunate as the view is amazing.
Excellent food in a comfortable and convenient pre-theater venue, but service was lacking.
We were actually there, because my lady-friend & I are Jazz Lovers & Chris Botti is one of my (all time) favorites. So I decided to make an evening out of it, for her, with cocktails, dinner & the Concert. The Bar Tender, Mary, is a long time friend of mine, who use to bartend, at the City Club of Washingto, where I am still a Member & on its Board of Governors.
A must before an event at the Kennedy Center. Park at the center and never worry about missing the show time.
We we’re a bit disappointed with the location of our table, but our server was awesome and the food and wine were excellent.
Fantastic restaurant on the roof of the Kennedy Center. Nice and quiet so you can visit with friends. Great food. The best service, very prompt and attentive. The view would be great if it were not for the cranes right outside the window. The sunset view was terrific with a view over DC. Most amazing was the service. The waiter was there when we needed him. I had a problem with my drink and he immediately corrected it with a smile. Everything was perfect!
This is a really nice restaurant to go to when you're attending a show at the Kennedy Center and want to splurge a little. There is another dining option on-site but it is much more casual (cafeteria style.) If you get a table by the window, you can see out onto the terrace and watch the planes fly over (it's quite near DCA) although the place must have great sound-proofing because you can barely hear them. There are a limited number of options for food and beverage, which is kind of nice. I had the braised beef over parpadelle pasta. I wasn't wild about it but I think that is probably because I didn't fully understand what braised meant. The meat was kind of chewy, which I didn't care for. The asparagus yogurt soup was interesting and tasty. We split a dessert which ended up being very tiny so that was a bit disappointing. The service was TERRIFIC! Very attentive, polite and went above and beyond.
It’s has been many years since we have been here - maybe 6-7, and we felt forced to come here for the most recent show bc of timing however I am so glad we did! We were pleasantly surprised and the new ambiance- the chicken and filet entrees were terrific and tasty. Great wine selection. And our gracious server was the utmost pleasant and attentive and sincere. We are now anxious to find more shows to attend at the Kennedy Center and have a preshow dinner here! Great date night.
Buffet brunch ONLY is available until 2pm on Sundays. We were not aware that we could not order from the menu when we made the reservation. We are not really buffet diners. However, the Roof Terrace’s brunch buffet was lovely. I especially enjoyed the smoked salmon offered at the made-to-order omelet station. My mom really enjoyed the crab legs. It was a pleasant surprise. We would surely return for Sunday brunch. Staff was very attentive as well.
Good food and great atmosphere for a Sunday Brunch. Lots and lots to eat. Don't let the 'Kitchen Buffet Brunch' wording fool you. Food presentation was tastefully done. Dining there was worth the price. And great staff too.
Several gluten-free entree options and one vegan option on its small menu, and good variety in the selection of meat-based dishes. Staff worked hard to maximize our dining time prior to show start. Starting dining ninety minutes before start of show leaves time for an appetizer and entree, but cuts it close for coffee/dessert. Entrees not too heavy, perfect for pre-theatre.