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Roof Terrace Restaurant & Bar

4.2
6132 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary American
Perfect For:
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
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 6132 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.3
service
4.1
ambience
3.6
value
Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

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

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

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 4 days ago

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 4 days ago

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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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The food was great and the service was very good. We always eat there before attending the Washington Ballet.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

I usually prefer the bar/lounge area for more atmosphere. However, since I had reservations, we ate in the main dining room. I was disappointed to learn that the bar menu is NOT available in the dining room, but the dining room menu IS available in the bar. Hard to understand the reasoning for not having a reciprocal menu. However, our waiter was fantastic in allowing us to order a combination that worked.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We enjoyed our pre-show dinner here to celebrate my husbands birthday. We were about 15 minutes early and they were able to seat us immediately. The staff was polite and genuine from the time we walked in the door. The cauliflower steak was phenomenal as was the beef tenderloin. Only downside was the crime brûlée. We asked if there was actually basil in the coconut Thai-basil creme brûlée as we have had crepe brûlée all over the world and had never heard of this. The waiter said no that it was a garnish and it was not. The basil was infused in the custard. If you like basil, go for it. If not, go for the amazing bananas foster. We will definitely be returning to this restaurant.

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2.0Dined on April 14, 2018

There was not a long wait to be seated. The staff seemed very nice. The only red flag was within minutes of placing my order, our food was served. Normally this would be a good thing but in this case it was not. The steak and salmon we ordered were served COLD! I had to request it to heated. This was very disappointing!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

dining at the roof terrace is always a treat in every way

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The food was excellent. Our waiter was very attentive and informative. Wonderful dinning experience.

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2.0Dined on April 14, 2018

My food was cold and they took it back and replaced it In about three minutes. So I wonder how they prepared the replacement so quickly. That replacement dinner was not edible. It was hard and dry. So, I did not complain anymore I just didn’t eat that food. It was convenient because we were attending a performance there. That was the only good thing about it.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

We chose this restaurant because we would be attending at concert at Kennedy Center and did not want to be late to the performance. The restaurant served our purpose very well. The food was excellent and the waiter knowledgeable and attentive. So, no complaints. One has to expect, though, to be in a very large, open room with little ambience and a rather high noise level. We were able to finish our dinner without rushing and get to the concert in plenty of time. We would definitely recommend the Roof Terrace Restaurant to anyone going to the Kennedy Center.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

We ate before a show at the Kennedy Center. Our server was great - we were taking a long time to order as we were catching up & she kept reminding us that we had to order or we would run out of time before our show. They did run out of scallops, which both of us wanted, but still had another fish option so that was fine. I also had the brussels sprouts caesar, which I wouldn't get again, since a plate of raw brussels sprouts wasn't what I was looking for. The salmon came out cold at first, but our server immediately took it back for a new plate. The scallops were cooked perfectly.
It is a bit pricey for what you get, so be prepared for that.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

My daughter in law and I had dinner prior to Washington Ballet at KENNEDY CENTER, Roof Top.
We both had shrimp; and it was delightful. We love the convenience of the location as it is above the Ballet, and the parking is directly underground! Also, the service at the Roof Top is superb. The servers go above and beyond the call of duty to serve their clients!

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3.0Dined on April 12, 2018

It was our first year wedding anniversary, we’d come for a show at the Kennedy Center. Food and service were adequate. My scallops were way too salty and I love salt. Just ridiculously overpriced for what the experience was in terms of fine dining.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Dinner prior to a show at the Kennedy Center. Very enjoyable experience even though the noise level was a bit loud.

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Very nice restaurant for pre-theater dinner. I plan to include them in my next visit to the Kennedy Center.

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3.0Dined on April 11, 2018

While not impressed with the hostess(es), our server (Mr. Konstantinos) made the dining experience special and memorable. Our dinner (we chose salmon) was fine but not spectacular. I was disappointed with the wine steward who did not tell us in advance about any special qualities (or cost) of possible wine choices. However, Mr. Konstantinos deserves recognition for his exceptional and personable service. I will recommend the Roof Terrace Restaurant with some reservation and added comments.

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Really a great option for a meal prior to any event at the Kennedy Center. Menu was very interesting and service for a party of 10 was quite good. I would definitely come back next time I'm at the Kennedy Center for convenience. Reasonably priced, and food was quite good.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Excellent dining!! Delicious food!

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

It was a very nice experience. The service was wonderful. The Cauliflower "steak" was delicious. I am vegan and am always looking for restaurants that have more than one vegan option which this restaurant did not in terms of entrees They had a few good sounding vegetable choices but honestly I don't just eat vegetables. You would think that a good chef could come up with two or three entrees in this day and age.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

The service was attentive and perfect for a pre dinner meal. The food was delicious, however also expensive. Almost every main course was around $28 - $32 each.

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1.0Dined on April 5, 2018

My first time here, I ordered crab cakes and I'm pretty sure it was frozen first, then microwaved. My date was also not happy with her order, which embarrassed me since I picked the restaurant. I only go here for drinks now and maybe an appetizer because it's convenient to the show/stages below.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Had two appetizers. Both were delicious and the service was superb

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

The place is a barn. Huge. Can make you feel weird if you’re eating early before an early show. And while it is on top of the Kennedy center, once you sit down there’s nothing to see except sky through floor to 20 foot ceiling windows. The rail around the outside is opaque. But, after dinner and before the show the patio is pretty great selfie territory. Food was pretty good. Not cheap. Service was all over us. Because we were early...

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

This is the fourth Easter in a row that we have made the trip to DC from North Carolina to spend Easter weekend with our son and go to the Rooftop Terrace for Easter brunch. Every year we have found it to be absolutely wonderful and this year was no exception. The servers are attentive and there is such a variety of food you can't possibly try it all...everything we have ever had has been very good and I would highly recommend this restaurant especially for their Easter brunch!!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Very good Salmon. The server was very sensitive to our schedule;

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

We told the waiter that we had reservations for the ballet at 7:30pm. Our dinner reservations were for 5:30. We barely made the ballet as we scrambled for our bill at 7:15 and it seemed there was no awareness of this on the part of the restaurant. Otherwise a great meal!

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

My first time at the Roof Terrace and I was extremely satisfied with my experience. I'm from New Orleans, which is known for their cuisine, and the Roof Terrace met my high standards. I ordered the French 75 cocktail, which is well known in New Orleans, and they made one just as good as the New Orleans' version. I ordered the Brussel Sprout Salad, Scallops and Cherry Cobbler for dessert. The salad was different from the usual Romaine/Iceberg lettuce salads I order. It was very fresh and the dressing was the perfect accompaniment to the Brussel sprouts. The scallops were cooked to perfection, the sauces were creative and enhanced the flavor of the scallops. Finally, the cherry cobbler. The first time I've had a dessert that I can literally say it tasted just like my Mama made it. I wanted to eat the entire serving, but was it too much for one person. Recommend sharing. The views from the terrace are fabulous. I took some great pictures of the Washington monument at night. Most people were going to one of the performances at the Kennedy Center, so I would definitely go to the Roof Terrace before a performance.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

For many years, my Kennedy Center Ballet friends and I have enjoyed dinner at the Roof Terrace before our performance. The hostess has always tried to accommodate our special requests for table and server. In addition, our servers have always been aware of our performance time and served us without our feeling rushed.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Great food, terrific service and very good conversation with other guests.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Excellent food, ambiance, and service. The view was very nice. Perfect for before theater at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts.

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1.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We had dinner before going to a night show. We could order after 35 min of wait, the waiter came back 10 min after because he was remembering the wine we picked. 15 min later, we got the wine, first dish (very poor: crab soup in almost no crab, French fries sad and not crispy). Then the main dish came, same server, and this was not the dish we ordered. He came back after a while and our pasta came cold. He then told us he had the whole dessert menu. I picked a cherry cobbler. The server came back with a cream brulee, because he was out of the cherry cobbler! The only thing we got fast without asking was the check and I saw this morning that I was charged twice $181.50 (wrong) and $150.70 (which was supposed to be right)! We are old customers but we feel this restaurant is not as the level it was in the past. Poor quality of food, incompetent and slow service and far too expensive. We wonder whether we will come back. A big effort has to be done to fix last night disaster at least!

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1.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We used to really enjoy the Roof Terrace restaurant before an event at the Kennedy Center. It was convenient, reasonably priced and all of the options were nicely prepared and presented. Now, there's a new chef. His food is awful. Maryland Crab Soup was tomato soup with too much Old Bay Spice and some crab meat that you couldn't even taste. The pasta in my braised beef shank main course stuck together in a thick mass. Guests at the next table barely touched the crab soup or the French fries or the chicken and commented that it would be a long time before they considered coming back. The prices are ridiculous for what you get and for pre-theater. We didn't even consider the $12 desserts. And the waiters are all male and all sour. You wouldn't want to engage them in any kind of conversation. I would think the Kennedy Center could do a lot better.

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