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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.
Washington, DC 20566
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)
Virginia Avenue NW
$50 and over
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
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.
Three levels of garage parking are available under the Kennedy Center. Very limited street parking available in the surrounding area.
The Kennedy Center provides free shuttle service to/from Foggy Bottom Metro (Orange and Blue Lines).
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
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
What a delight. There was so much delicious food, we had to pace ourselves as we were seeing a play and didn’t want to feel sleepy during the performance. The food at the kitchen brunch was fresh and tasted wonderful. My spouse wanted a bigger selection of oysters. The eggplant was perfectly cooked. Impressive. We will do the Kitchen Brunch again.
Since I dine there regularly because it is convenient for pre-theater dining at the Kennedy Center, I can say that I have not been disappointed each time. But you better have a reservation and tell your server your curtain time so that you can (1) get in and (2) have a well paced and timed meal.
2nd time dining here... food is very good, staff is superb. The wait staff on both our visits is excellent, professional, and bends over backwards to make you comfortable. They know when the shows start at the Kennedy Center and get you served and out on time to make your show. Main dining room doesn’t have much ambience, but it’s not bad. The bar area is our preferred seating - much cozier, and not too loud.
Roof Terrace Restaurant is great. I was treating an in-law to a show at Kennedy Center as well as lunch and was delighted that we had the Sunday Brunch. My guest was very impressed with everything about the restaurant----the service, the food, the ambiance. I've been there many times and am delighted that my guest loved it as well.
The service is good and well- timed for drink refills. The buffet is set up in the kitchen with omelet and dessert bar near the entrance to the restaurant. The trips to and from the buffet is difficult for those with ambulating issues. We love all the well prepared varieties: typical breakfast foods, cooked to order omelets, beef, fresh oysters, snow crab clusters, shrimp, fresh fruit (ripe), and delicious veggies, as well as sweet mini desserts. I was amazed by the waffles and real maple syrup! Remarkably sweet blackberries and raspberries in January! It's very nice to dine prior to taking in a show at the Kennedy Center.
This is a fantastic restaurant with outstanding food to meet anyone's desire. The atmosphere is quiet and friendly. The view is amazing! I would highly encourage anyone attending a show at the Kennedy Center to consider a dinner here first... the convenience and quality food will be a plus... and make your evening complete!
I made the reservation and while I am not a member of the Center, my friend who accompanied me, is a member. I made the reservation 7 weeks out; I expected we’d get seating for two along the window. When we arrived at 5:30, the restaurant was fairly empty. We were told no this seating is held for Members. There were two seats by the window that went unused during our time. We didn’t want to make a
Fuss and just accepted the seats right off the entry. My friend didn’t even get the chance to say anything before we were dropped off and left by the hostess. It was disappointing, which affected our appraisal. The food was good, the service was good. When I pay for a night out in future, I will go to a restaurant that doesn’t require membership for a window seat.
Another surprisingly good meal! Enjoyed the entrée offered Rack of Lamb in December and this months (January) Veal Chop. The Mushroom Risotto is also worth noting with its generous amount of mushrooms and flavor. The menu may be trimmed down but the quality has and continues to improve from past years. The wine menu offers a nice selection at reasonable costs and the pours are generous. Highly recommend the Veuve Clicquot Rose as the aperitif; not often found and always enjoyed by all. Our server, Absalom, was wonderful and significantly made for an enjoyable dinner before attending the theater.
The high ceilings and the view are exceptional. Two tenderloin meals were returned due to temperature; a third meal, the chicken was not hot either. The tenderloin was very tasty and tender. The risotto with parmesan and mushrooms was excellent. The cauliflower and cashew soup needed salt and pepper but it's easier to add and most restaurants tend to oversalt. The chocolate dessert was underwhelming.
This was a fantastic experience, as per usual. Our server was very attentive and quick with requests. The food was amazing. I wasn't expecting anything revealing or exciting with the standard steak option, but every piece was done perfectly, not always easy to find. It turned what could have been mundane into munchable. Very delicious. The wine paired perfectly, and the cocktails were great. This was a birthday dinner and I couldn't have been happier with the results, same with the birthday 'haver.'
Tasty, with good service. The one hitch was that they first tried to seat us at a folding table with legs placed awkwardly--it was impossible for everyone in the party to pull their chairs in. Fortunately there were enough regular tables still empty, so we were able to move and be seated more comfortably. I would hate to get there at peak time and have no other option than that awkward seating.
Location, location, location is the.best way to describe this restaurant. It is great before the theater...however, it was nothing special. It is an attempt at fine dining, but not fine dining. For how expensive it was, I expected more. The ambiance is nothing special, nor is the food or service. It needs to be updated.
Overall my experience was ok. I have a dairy allergy and don't eat red meat and my only option I was told was the salmon. The original dish I tried to order my server said would take too long to make without butter and I should just get the salmon. I had plenty of time, but the server rushed me and didn't seem to care about me since I was a solo diner, so I got the salmon. Nothing special or worth the almost $30. I was a little frustrated about it all, but I wasn't going to let it ruin my night. I would give the restaurant a second chance because I did like the ambience, but not any time soon. I would like the chance to try the dish I wanted, even if it takes long.
This is my second time here prior to going to the theatre. You cannot beat it for convenience. The service is good, food is good but I think way over priced for what it is. $12 for a child's bowtie pasta with butter is a bit high in my book. Nothing special about it, not even plated creatively or with any panache. But, location is key for the theatre and convenience so again, I say, that factor alone is worth coming back for.
Wonderful and convenient restaurant before Sunday matinee at the Kennedy Center. Early arrival about noon ensures choice parking space close to garage entrance. Noon reservation gave ample time for enjoyable brunch and view of the city. Theatre at 1:30 was spectacular and we had a fabulous day.
The Roof Terrace is extremely convenient when attending a Kennedy Center performance. You only have to park once. The wait staff is very attentive and can ensure you are served in plenty of time to get to the show. The menu has offerings that appeal to children as well as adults. The Rosslyn and Georgetown waterfronts are visible through the ceiling to floor windows, and you can always take a stroll on the outside terrace to get a full view.
We decided to dine at the Roof Terrace prior to attending a performance at Kennedy Center for convince. It was a good decision. The food was good and not having to worry about time made it very relaxing. Our waiter, Mehrzad, was very attentive, helped us timing so we would not be late for our performance, and was very attuned to my wife’s dietary restrictions.
Went to the Kennedy Center for a combination anniversary/family Christmas present with my husband, daughter and son-in-law. The reservation process was seamless, we were escorted to our table on time, service was excellent, varied menu with vegetarian options, noise level acceptable for conversations and a fantastic view. Husband commented that scallops were some of the best he had tasted since Nova Scotia. Daughter was happy with vegetarian options. Son-in-law enjoyed his gnocchi and I was able to order a soup and salad to counter-balance the Christmas glut. Absolutely no room for any complaints. Would highly recommend.
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