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About Roof Terrace Restaurant & Bar

Enjoy a fantastic culinary experience and unequalled skyline views through two-story windows high above the Potomac River. The contemporary interior features chrome, glass, suede, and wood with accents of granite. Check out the critically-acclaimed Sunday Kitchen Buffet Brunch. The Roof Terrace Restaurant & Bar is located on the Roof Terrace level of the Kennedy Center above the Hall of Nations.

The John F. Kennedy Center
Washington, DC 20566
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Open before evening performances in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall and Opera House only. We do recommend to book your reservation 1.5 hours to 2 hours prior to the show.



Dinner: Reservations from 5:00PM to last seating at 6:45PM, Bistro and Lounge section available with no reservations. Hours vary according to the shows.

Sunday Brunch: Reservations from 11:00am to the last seating at 1:00pm (Hours for Special Events, such as Easter and Mother's Day may differ)

Cross Street:
Virginia Avenue NW

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 416-8555

Website:
http://roofterracedc.com/

Entertainment:
Our Sunday Jazz Brunch features live Jazz nearly every Sunday from 11:00AM to 2:00PM. Our New Year's Eve dining will feature live Jazz from 5:00PM until after midnight.

Catering:
On performance nights, we can host a wonderful pre-show dining experience for up to 90 people in our Main Dining Room. On non-performance nights the entire dining room can captivate up to 250 for dinner with spectacular skyline views from Georgetown to the Monuments. Smaller parties can enjoy a more personal setting in the Private Dining Room, which can seat 30. We offer three and four-course dinner menus.

Parking Details:
Three levels of garage parking are available under the Kennedy Center. Very limited street parking available in the surrounding area.

Public Transit:
The Kennedy Center provides free shuttle service to/from Foggy Bottom Metro (Orange and Blue Lines).

Executive Chef:
Matt Shourds

Private Party Facilities:
Smaller parties can enjoy a more personal setting in the Private Dining Room, which can seat 30 for dinner and up to 40 for a reception. The Private Dining Room features a warm palette with shimmering lighting on wood and mirrored walls just perfect for intimate, private dining experience.

Private Party Contact:
Kaitlin Creamer: (202) 416-8572

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Roof Terrace Restaurant & Bar Ratings and Reviews

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food

4.1

service

4.2

ambience

3.9

value

3.5

Noise

Moderate

81% would recommend it to a friend

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People Watching (18)
Great for Brunch (17)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Disabled Access (13)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Romantic (10)
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Casual (7)
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·Dined 3 days ago

The food was amazing and you can’t beat the view! However, I wouldn’t say it was romantic as the tables were close together and it was extremely crowded with bright lighting.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Was great! We were late & in a hurry for our show but they made it work! Better than i ever could’ve imagined!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

The Roof Terrace is an ideas restaurant to use when planning a special evening at the Kennedy Center.

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·Dined 4 days ago

This was the first time at the restaurant and my wife and I very much liked the place. Great food and service

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Drab dining room with uninterested service. Food was fair, but overpriced. Best thing that can be said is that it is convenient if you have tickets for a Kennedy Center performance. Unfortunately, the restaurant is an embarrassment for the Center.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

The best place for dining before a Kennedy Center show. The food always is creative, excellent tasting, and well presented. Our server, Oscar, is the ultimate in professionalism. He always takes excellent care of us and all his customers. An excellent selection of international and U.S. wines.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined 4 days ago

Entrees were very good except my brussels sprouts were raw. A little expensive. $96 for two with no drinks and one dessert that was very disappointing.

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·Dined 4 days ago

WE had a very nice dining experience. Did not feel rushed to get to our performance on time. Nice and quiet for conversation or people-watching. Our waiter, Oscar, was exceptional, very pleasant, attentive and helpful. Mixed drinks seem a little pricey. For a special night out,
it was a lovely evening. We will be back again.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Disabled Access, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Food was only okay for the price. Our reisling had something in it that our waiter tried to convince us was "condensed sugar crystals", but none of us had ever seen that before, even with sweet wine and we saw a mouse during the meal. Probably won't be getting dinner here again, maybe just pre-show drinks?

Tags: Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

In addition to yummy food, our wait staff was delightful, interesting and attentive.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options
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 (Toronto)·Dined 5 days ago

Below average. Food wasn't that good and the setting of the restaurant - is one large hall with tables and chairs - it's a large assembly hall - room with just chairs and tables. The decor needs help. It's a quick meal before the concert or a venue. The wines are pretty bad. Oh were they terrible. I ordered a simple bottle of syrah ($60) it was like water. Sent it back. Ordered another one a Cab ($75) below what a wine should be. The people that come there aren't picky but it's not living up to standards of say - NYC's Lincoln Center's Restaurant.

Food wasn't an impressive at all. The price is ok. It's a solid 2 star restaurant. I think there is potential. It begins with servers, but my server was careless. From the setting, wine, food, and service, all is lacking passion, flavor, and proper management. I wouldn't go back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

The menu is limited but well worth it . The food was wonderful! Presentation was beautiful. Our service was excellent!

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

The food was delicious!!! The desserts were AMAZING!!!! The wait staff was attentive!!! Can't wait to go again.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Dallas)·Dined 7 days ago

My brother-in-law’s 77th Birthday!

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·Dined on December 8, 2017

Food was exceptional and service prompt and attentive. We enjoyed every bite of our dinner.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Food was very good. Convenient when going to a show at Kennedy Center. Dated, needs an update.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 8, 2017

You forgot to include ‘service’ or your wait staff. HE made our evening a memorable one by respecting our request to go slowly so we could talk and enjoy.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Fun, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 7, 2017

All great— and one can order small plates enough to make a light dinner.

I do think the server forgot my KC membership
Discount at the end

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on December 7, 2017

Fabulous dining experience at the Roof Terrace Restaurant. Dining there was so convenient, as our party of six went to the NSO concert afterward. Nice having the restaurant in the Kennedy Center. The waiter was attentive, friendly, made excellent recommendations, and provided excellent service. The food was very delicious, and the ambiance was nice.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 7, 2017

The food was very good. The only thing I didn't like was after our food was served, nobody came to see how everything was. Our server wasn't very attentive after our food came. Otherwise, nice atmosphere and excellent food.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Romantic
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

The food was served lukewarm. The Salmon was dry. We went ahead and ate because we had not eaten all day and didn't have time to go somewhere else and be back in time for our show. This was my first and the last visit, I won't eat there again. Not at all what I expected for an upscale resturaunt.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The food and restauant was ok, but I think pricey for what you get

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Unfriendly service, Dinner was bad ( Brokoli was really bitter!!!), Cappuccino was with low quality espresso beans, no atmosphere ( like in the 50`s), one scoop of bad chocolate ice-cream 9$- horrible!!!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Through the various makeovers and incarnations of the Rooftop Terrace restaurant the past 30 plus years it remains fundamentally an average dining experience in an amazing location. However, i must admit that the quality of the kitchen has been more consistent and the prices remain fairly reasonable, especially for DC, but I'm constantly reminded that this restaurant only exists to feed the hungry theater patron before a show. The physical isolation from the rest of the city and dining only hours will always impact the ability of this restaurant to offer more as it well should. The biggest downfall that one always encounters is the wait service. It is always a crap shot on their professional caliber and many of these "waiters" would not be hired at any decent restaurant. Recommend that if weather and dining time are not a factor to now enjoy dinner at the Kingbird restaurant located in the Watergate Hotel.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 30, 2017

I ate dinner here with my Mother before a music concert. This was my first time dining here. We ordered wine (rose and sparking rose), duck fat fries, scallops as a main course with spinach, and chocolate cake for dessert. We cleaned our plates! The food was outstanding, and so was the service. I highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 30, 2017

The renderloin was marvelous. Service a bit slow. I waiting a long time for desert menues and then had to ask another waiter for my check. My waiter had a number of tables to service which was the problem.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Brunch prior to show

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

This is an expensive restaurant with just OK food (had the brunch). It is convenient if you are going to a Kennedy Center performance, but you could probably find a better meal at the same price elsewhere

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

I came for the Sunday brunch buffet before the Nutcracker. The buffet is set-up inside the kitchen which is neat. There are pastries to choose from which are not baked in house, they are Costco quality. The hot items are pancakes French toast, bacon, and sausage. The French toast was burned and hard. Next is a large selection of cold marinated vegetables such as mushrooms, carrots, eggplant, and some cold salads. Finally is the cold seafood bar which is for sure the highlight. Crab legs, peel and eat shrimp, oysters, and smoked fish. There is a dessert table and omelet station in the dining area. The crab legs were impossible to open and very little meat inside. We had an early reservation and they tried to sit us near the wall and the entire window was empty. I asked for a better table and they did oblige. The service was OK. It's a fun place before a show but I would not go out of my way for this. The price is not expensive I think was 42.95 for an adult.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Our family of four had dinner before the Nutcracker. The food was delicious, salmon was cooked perfectly! The service was excellent! Beautiful views at night of D.C.

Tags: Scenic View, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 24, 2017

I have dined here on several occasions. I have always had an outstanding experience. Everything about the restaurant is excellent — the service, the food, and the ambiance. Everything is done with class. I highly recommend it for any special occasion, including dining before performances at the Kennedy Center.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

Good experience except that the quality of the rack of lamb was unsatisfactory . It was cooked to the requested temperature but it was mostly fat. I recommend that you serve a better grade of lamb

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Excellent all round. Rack of lamb especially good. All at table enjoyed their respective meals: gnocchi, salmon, scallops. Menu changes seasonally and specials offered so this review may not be relevant for future diners.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 19, 2017

I recently went here for brunch before going to the symphony, and I can sum my experience up in one word: phenomenal! It’s a little non- traditional having the buffet in the kitchen but they make up for it. Not only do they have an abundance of brunch type foods but they include a full oyster and seafood bar. And I must admit the breakfast potatoes and beef tenderloin are simply mouthwatering. Amazingly enough the price is justified for the amount and quality of food you can take your choices from. I’ve already told several people about it. I can’t wait to go back and I probably won’t need an excuse to go other than a great dining experience. I highly recommend this buffet as you simply will not be disappointed.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Wonderful buffet brunch on Sundays featuring fresh oysters, smoked fish, eggs, numerous salads, fruit, variety of breads and rolls, cheese, desserts. You start with a champagne orange juice combination (Orange blossom cocktail) and may return to the spread in the large kitchen as often as you wish. there is also an omlette consession -- choose your filling. I don't know nayone who has experienced this brunch who has not raved about it.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Everything was great as usual. The only disappointment was that there were no mussels. We always relish the crab, salmon, shrimps and mussels. Unfortunately, this Sunday, the mussels were not there.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Because we recently subscribed to the NSO, we wanted to experience the Roof Terrace Restaurant for the first time.
The menu: limited, which makes sense for a restaurant whose guests need to get in and out relatively quickly. Yet, there is something for everyone -- e.g,, fish, chicken, beef, and non-meat options. All items are a la carte.
The service: pleasant and attentive.
The food: good, if somewhat underwhelming. It had that high-end caterer quality about it.
The ambiance: nice enough. It has a bit of a ballroom feel to it, and it does not quite resonate with the still-incredible mid/late 60s opulence of the Kennedy Center.
Bottom line: though we doubt we would dine regularly at the Roof Terrace Restaurant (before a symphony performance), we recommend others try it.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great restaurant! We arrived early for a show and they sat us immediately and everything was fantastic!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We were pleasantly surprised ! The gin martini was very good ! My husband ordered the lamb and I had the lentil soup. Both were very good. Service was fast and efficient. For a pre-theater venue, you can't beat the convenience. And, the food/drinks/ service were better than many other DC restaurants ! The ambiance is hotel-banquet-y which is why I rated this restaurant only "very good"..... however, I was aware of this prior, and, selected this venue just for convenience. We were very pleased, overall.

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Pleasant surroundings, good service, fair food, fair wine list, but overall, OK.

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