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Roof Terrace Restaurant & Bar

4.2
6163 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary American
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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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)
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Phone number
(202) 416-8555
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Matt Shourds
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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.
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Private party contact
Niiyo Madison: (202) 416-8571
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Virginia Avenue NW
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Parking details
Three levels of garage parking are available under the Kennedy Center. Very limited street parking available in the surrounding area.
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Public transit
The Kennedy Center provides free shuttle service to/from Foggy Bottom Metro (Orange and Blue Lines).
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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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 6163 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.1
food
4.3
service
4.0
ambience
3.6
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 2 days ago

Beautiful place. Okay food.

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3.0Dined 3 days ago

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.

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

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.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Get the lobster appetizer!!! Succulent! Was very surprised

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3.0Dined 7 days ago

Much preferred their previous menu. We had salmon and chicken dishes. Previous recipes were excellent. New versions mediocre.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

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

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

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!

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1.0Dined on May 12, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on May 11, 2018

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.

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2.0Dined on May 11, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on May 11, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on May 11, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

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!

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3.0Dined on May 11, 2018

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.

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2.0Dined on May 11, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Great place to eat before the opera. The room is huge, but elegant. The view is spectacular.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

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!!!

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4.0Dined on May 10, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on May 9, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Thanks for the special dinner for our son's 46th birthday
Our waiter was very helpful

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Just do it. Food is great. Service was great as well.

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4.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Efficient service. Food was good-average. Great for the show we attended

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Always a memorable date night at this restaurant. Great views, great food, and a pleasant staff.

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3.0Dined on May 2, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

The start of a wonderful evening.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Meeting friends

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3.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Pre-performance meal....pretty good but not worth a visit if you are not attending a Kennedy Center program later.

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2.0Dined on April 22, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Excellent food in a comfortable and convenient pre-theater venue, but service was lacking.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

A must before an event at the Kennedy Center. Park at the center and never worry about missing the show time.

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

We we’re a bit disappointed with the location of our table, but our server was awesome and the food and wine were excellent.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

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!

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3.0Dined on April 20, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

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.

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