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Roof Terrace Restaurant & Bar

4.2
6051 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
Kaitlin Creamer: (202) 416-8572
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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 6051 People Are Saying
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4.2  based on recent ratings
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4.2
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4.0
ambience
3.5
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MrsPhud (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined 4 days ago

This was an awful lot of money for a buffet where you could not get rare roast beef, hot food, or jam with your biscuits and croisant. One can get much of the same good in the cafe at a lower price with rare roast beef.

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Erich 
3.0  Dined 4 days ago

Everything was wonderful but the price ($48) was far too high for a brunch.

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KimC 
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Very friendly and professional staff. Clean. Food and desserts were very delicious. Beautiful view. Expensive but worth treating yourself from time to time.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined 4 days ago

Within 20 minutes were served out first two courses. No sooner that our forks went down from our first course, the plat s were whisked away and the second course was served.
It was as though were Ina fast food restaurant.
In no was as theexperience worth the prices.
We sensed our veal chops had been cooked in advance and were placed under heat lamps.

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akluss (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

We chose this restaurant as we were going to see a show at The Kennedy Center for my birthday. It is very expensive as one would expect for a restaurant in this location. We had the cheese and charcuterie board, with a selection of three items. It was too much of each item, we would have preferred a selection of 6 things with less of each one. The Ceasar salad was skimpy, with not a lot of dressing. We all enjoyed our entrees. The service was attentive, however the waiter did not bring our second glass of wine until we were half way through with our entrees, which we found surprising and annoying at a restaurant of this caliber.

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Tarheel78 (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Our waiter was fantastic - patient and prompt, and put up with 2 single women taking their time! Loved the evening.

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vipDrDining (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Food was outstanding. We will be back!

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DeniseK 
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Perfect for dinner before theatre at Kennedy Center. Food was good. Service good. Great views.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined 5 days ago

We sat at the table for no less than 15-20min without being approached by any wait staff. We had to flag down any random passing server to get water, bread, to order. The food was ok nothing special. But the amount of the bill would indicate the quality of the food and experience was much higher than it actually was. Not a good value at all. And not a good experience.

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vipSallyAnn (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

A lovely pre-theater dinner for a special night. The food was delicious (I had the steak which was perfect), our waitstaff was very attentive and helpful.
It is expensive but well worth it for a special night out.

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CaroleenC (Central Coast)
3.0  Dined 5 days ago

The food was good but nothing very unusual. Wine list was not good value, however if you are going to a performance at the Kennedy Center, this is a stress free choice.

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DanielV 
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

Good restaurant if you are in the Kennedy Center to see a show but I would not consider it a destination in and of itself.

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OpenTable Diner (Birmingham)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

I and two friends gathered for before performance dinner. Our server, Theo, was very attentive and helpful. We were asked what time our performance began to be sure our service was completed with time to walk to the venue. First experience at Roof Terrace and very enjoyable.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined 7 days ago

We were attending the ballet at The Kennedy Center and decided to try the Roof Terrace restaurant. A large very nicely lit space with phenomenal views along the Potomac River. A very good selection of offerings with a delightful selection of soups and salads; we had the creme of broccoli (excellent) and the spring greens salad with roasted Dukkah to start and the filet (with garlic mashed potatoes and sauteed spinach plus the encrusted salmon, both excellently done a plated). We shared the homemade vanilla ice cream (creamy, not too sweet and refreshing). Pricing is fair for the venue and Washington DC better cuisine. Recommend trying the place at least once.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

The full bar is great - as is the bartender. Must have been understaffed on this Valentine's Day evening; service was much less attentive than the Sunday evenings that we usually attend. Disappointed there was no special menu for Valentines Day. Food was well plated and hot, but, again, not quite up to the standard we get on Sunday evenings. Perhaps the crowd was unexpected. Always the best choice at the Kennedy Center - but since your other option is a cafeteria, that isn't a very high bar. Very appreciative to our table assistant (the one who fills water and brings the rolls) - he really tried to step in when the waiter wasn't there. THAT is evidence of good training and team work.

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AdvancePlanner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Had dinner prior to Kennedy Center performance on Valentine's Day. Food was delicious; my entree of scallops was a bit modest in size but my spouse had a well-portioned veal chop. Efficient service, especially considering most diners had performances to make.

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Convenient (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

The caesar salad was the highlight of the meal. The main courses were a disappointment. The rockfish had bones. We selected this restaurant before going to the theater which was super convenient.

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natalieb (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

2 suggestions -- make sure the crab legs are not overcooked/mushy and that melted butter is available. We had a wonderful time.

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JeanneS (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Our friends were very impressed with the food and as always, my husband and I are thrilled to come and enjoy our annual brunch date.

We, were told at the table that the Mimosas /Champagne were complimentary and “as many as we liked”.... we were not then understanding the addtl. $9 (x2) charge on our bill (our friends declined alcohol and instead had juices (please tell me cranberry juice is not $9.00???)

We found Round 2 at our table, upon returning fm the kitchen, a mimosa and champagne neither my husband or I asked for, having not even finished with my first “complimentary” mimosa. Not appreciated at all. That needs to change!

Other than that we had a great time.

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RitaW 
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Great idea before a show! Parking is convenient. Service is mindful of showtimes and accommodate you. Food was tasty! a nice treat before a show!

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ClintonR (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Allen was a great server. He helped us pick a great wine to pair with our dinner. Both the veal chop and the tenderlion were perfectly prepared and very tender. The Chocolate desert was divine.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Fabulous! Went before a production.

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vipthfields (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

This is the ideal place to have a nice dinner prior to a show at the Kennedy Center. I had the veal chop, which was excellent.

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vipRashanda (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Dinner before the theater. Enjoyed the Skuna Bay Salmon with caramelized Brussels sprouts. The Salmon was cooked perfectly and the flavors of the Brussels sprouts were delicious. Our reservation was honored timely, server was great and offered suggestions on cocktails and wine!

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Service was very good and the food was nicely presented, delicious and quickly served.

The special occasion was my granddaughter’s 18th birthday. Upon making the reservation, I indicated that we were celebrating her birthday, however, I was surprised when I had to remind the waiter of the occasion.

At the end of the main course, we were presented a dessert menu and we all ordered ice cream. My granddaughter’s arrived with a candle. Since it was a special occasion, I was surprised that her dessert was not complimentary and perhaps accompanied by a slice of cake. That would made the occasion even more special since it would have demonstrated the restaurants interest in ensuring patrons had a truly wonderful dining experience.

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vipFrequentdiners (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

While the menu is not extensive, what they offer is beautifully cooked and flavorful. We went before a show and found the service terrific.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

This was our first time dining here. We were catching a show at the Kennedy Center at 8:00pm. The staff was attentive and delightful. The food was wonderful. The entire experience made for a memorable evening.

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LatrieceP (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

You would expect more at the Kennedy center. Food is not good.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Wait staff was fantastic. Very friendly and attentive

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Alvina (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

After reading the reviews, I really needed to see why all the low ratings. The only reason I see, is that the hosting is not that the best. I had a 5:30 reservation and told them it was my moms 70th Birthday, could they offer a nice table. So she sat me, my mother and my brother by the kitchen.
Just to give you an idea, the restaurant was not full, at all. I did not make a big deal or ask for different seating because it was my mom's birthday and my mother doesn't like causing any issues. Overall my mom was happy, so I was happy. Maria was our server and she was great!

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