Roof Terrace Restaurant & Bar

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THE ROOF TERRACE RESTAURANT & BAR BRUNCH WITH SANTA WILL BE HELD ON DECEMBER 9 AND DECEMBER 16 FOR 2018

Enjoy a fantastic culinary experience and unequaled 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.
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Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

The food is horrible but the location is convenient if you’re going to a performance at the Kennedy Center.

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New York Area
33 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Very good about timing and making sure you make your show. Great views, come early to walk the terrace outside.

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p
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a great time, our waiter was excellent as well as the steak we ordered. My only complaint is the tuna tartare changed from the previous menu. We were fine with the course chopped instead of the minced tuna but you do need some sort of chip to go with it, raw tuna is a little rich not to have some sort of cracker/chip.

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k
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was spectacular and the ambiance was amazing. One of my favorite restaurants to visit while I'm in dc. Always worth the trip

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S
New Orleans
73 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous view. Very nice and friendly service but the food was sub par. I had fried lobster appetizer. It was doughy, not crisp. Then I ordered the Maryland crab soup. Didn’t have much crab. Wine was OK. I left happy only because of the view. I would not recommend this restaurant. Apparently there is another one on the premises that is more casual and folks told me it was pretty good.

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p
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Terrific food, disappointing service. Each waiter, in turn asked, with each course, "and the chicken?" Or "and the salad?" Or "and the mousse?" Really too much, particularly for a tab upwards of $200 for our table of two.

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R
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Vegetarians need not apply. .

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DW
New England
9 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our dinner place to go when we're attending a performance at The Kennedy Center. They know what our fave table is, and we usually get it. Menu is not extensive, but offers a good variety and the dishes are always creative and well presented.

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B
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was superb. Ambiance and view at our window seat was wonderful. The service was spot on ( our waiter even slowed up the service just a bit because we had so much time until our show started). And finally our tab didn’t break the bank. The only negative for me was that the menu and wine list was limited.

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T
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I had tickets for both Saturday and Sunday evening performances. The meal was so fabulous Saturday, I had the same thing Sunday - rare tuna on greens - seriously great!

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was good, but overpriced. My meal was served lukewarm and had to be sent back to be heated. The ambiance is good and the service was good, but not exceptional.

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SC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I believe there are many other restaurants in the area that would be better. Tried it once and that was enough.

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n
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Oscar, our waiter is great. Suggestions right on. The menu has changed and has become a bit less pricey. But still excellent place for a pre-concert or pre-show dinner.

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n
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would like a few vegetarian options. the service, food and ambiance was very good

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CC
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Roof Terrace Restaurant is a wonderful place to have dinner before or after the show. The food is delicious and the servers are good. My only complaint is was cool in the restaurant.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, a little pricey.

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DD
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were there for brunch. I usually do not like buffets, but this one was loaded with good food. I was able to get fruit and salad. I splurged on dessert. The food was delicious and the service was good.

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T
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely one of the best meals I have had in years - the special was seared tuna, and it was fabulous.

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LM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fast service; good food. Nice ambiance with windows all around the room. Nice choice of wines by the glass.

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TF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

Have been here a dozen times in the last year. This was the first time that a ‘seater’ had an insulting attitude when asked for a different table . Absolutely inappropriate.

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MF
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Overall, a disappointing dining experience. Poor service, good food, a high school lunchroom on the top floor of the Kennedy Center. Such an amazing place negated by poor service!

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TP
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Its such a beautiful room and a great place to eat before a performance at the Kennedy Center. Its not cheap but it helps support the center. Our waiter was fantastic !

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p
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The menu is limited. However, it is very convenient considering the curtain times. The hostesses are good and try to accommodate everyone. The service staff is okay but not very prompt especially at the end of the meal. We are glad it is there for convenience sake. Food is pretty good. Price is average.

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R
Washington DC
68 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This is a wonderful place to dine prior to seeing a show at the Kennedy Center, with soaring ceilings and floor to ceiling windows offering sweeping views above the Potomac. Tablecloths and carpeted floors lend an elegance to the restaurant. The service is exemplary, from the friendly hostesses to the wait staff. Even when the restaurant filled with diners, my companion and I could easily converse. The food is good, not remarkable, but well priced. The bar area looked cozy and inviting but it's tiny. My only real disappointment was the limited vegetarian options.

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BS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and food. We definitely dine again at Roof Terrace Restaurant. Ambience was excellent. Food preparation very timely.

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OT
Washington DC
73 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

An ideal location for pre-theater dining. The food always is excellent. The service if friendly and most professional. A good selection of wines. We dine there before every Kennedy Center show.

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C
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lamb shank was very good, but the lobster tails were terrific. (Spinach was excellent, but the broccoli rabe was really bitter...). As always, I love the ambience, with its big, elegant, ocean-liner-dining-room feel, and the food is reliably good. Service is usually excellent -- they're used to accommodating diners who need to make a certain showtime, and if you let them know the drinks, food, and check come smartly but without a rushed feeling. It's an asset to the Kennedy Center to have a restaurant of this kind and caliber right onsite!

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s
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a lovely pre-theater dinner in the bar - nice ambiance, and the food was good for pre-theater. The service was outstanding - very nice experienced waiter, attentive and efficient - and did not hover around. The lady behind the bar was also very friendly.

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KL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Only before a show...... service is terrible.
Food ok, location obviously is what's best and they never gave me the 100 points.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Food is always great. Fast service for theater goers. Great view of the Potomac.

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K
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Food was far better than expected. Seared tuna was perfect. My friend loved her scallop dish.

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G
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 4

We eat here often before performances. The food is usually quite good. Feb. 5, 2019 was an unfortunate exception. The special of the day was Tuna on a Nicoise salad. The tuna was good; the Nicoise salad was forgettable. Dressing was non-existent and the salad consisted primarily of green beans. No potatoes, no eggs, no dijon, almost no Boston lettuce, but the lack of any dressing we could taste was the crucial missing ingredient. There were yellow beets!!!

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SB
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is amazing, plentiful and delicious. The staff does a great job of keeping everything fresh.

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RJ
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Sunday Bunch service was fine, but the food was poorly managed (not kept hot, poor quality)....especially for the price...won’t go back and will not recommend...I’ve been before in the spring (3 yrs ago on a Sunday) and recall it being very nice...Thing management has really let things go. Saw 2 managers there, and didn’t see them engaged...

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L
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

Food not so good this time. Lobster ravioli --where's the lobster? Salmon ordinary. Need new menu items. (In the past fish has been excellent!)

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LR
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best reasons to dine at Roof Terrace:

1. Convenience. Super convenient if you are attending a performance at the Kennedy Center. One of the first questions your server will ask is the time of your performance so that your service is timed appropriately to get out the door and seated prior to curtain rise.

2. Ambiance. The view of DC from the terrace is amazing, and is a beautiful from inside the restaurant and outside on warm evenings.

3. Service. Attentive but not intrusive.

4. Food. Very good. We had the flash fried lobster tails and the crab soup, both of which I recommend

The restaurant is on the higher end of the price range (i.e., $14-16 for a glass of wine). We spent $125 for dinner for 2, including 1 glass of wine each, two soups, the lobster, a vegetable dish, a shared dessert and 2 coffees.

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B
Washington DC
177 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was tasty and well-served. Wines were pricey so I didn’t have any. Bread was good and warm. Service was a little slow but very convenient if going to a show. We both had lamb shank, iced tea & split a romaine salad. The bill was $122 with tax, & tip.

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DC
Washington DC
150 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed another lovely dinner before the ballet at the Roof Terrace. As always, the service was professional and the servers knowledgeable about the menu. I ordered the salmon entree - delicious. My husband chose the beef tenderloin, also very good. My mother in law choose two appetizers, a well prepared soup and the tuna tar tar.
The wonderful staff is very considerate of my mother in laws physical limitations -- she is otherwise a very sharp lady and appreciates the kindness they always show her.

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GG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

This meal was so disappointing. While the food was pretty good the experience was not. The service is very slow. I think it has cut back on Servers and it showed. My water glass was empty more than full. Our table was not only wabbly the top was rotating so every time we used a knife the top of the table would rotate. The only this restaurant has going for it is location and because of that it gets away with substandard performance especially given the price. Audience members would get a much better value and experience eating at the main venue.

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CC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 5

Incredible views of key Washington buildings (e.g., Willard, White House), limited menu and OK food (lunch menu). Their system of sometimes there is a cover charge to get up to the roof and other times there is not kept me from going in the evenings.

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