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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
The best place for dining before a Kennedy Center show. The food always is creative, excellent tasting, and well presented. Our server, Oscar, is the ultimate in professionalism. He always takes excellent care of us and all his customers. An excellent selection of international and U.S. wines.
WE had a very nice dining experience. Did not feel rushed to get to our performance on time. Nice and quiet for conversation or people-watching. Our waiter, Oscar, was exceptional, very pleasant, attentive and helpful. Mixed drinks seem a little pricey. For a special night out,
it was a lovely evening. We will be back again.
Food was only okay for the price. Our reisling had something in it that our waiter tried to convince us was "condensed sugar crystals", but none of us had ever seen that before, even with sweet wine and we saw a mouse during the meal. Probably won't be getting dinner here again, maybe just pre-show drinks?
Below average. Food wasn't that good and the setting of the restaurant - is one large hall with tables and chairs - it's a large assembly hall - room with just chairs and tables. The decor needs help. It's a quick meal before the concert or a venue. The wines are pretty bad. Oh were they terrible. I ordered a simple bottle of syrah ($60) it was like water. Sent it back. Ordered another one a Cab ($75) below what a wine should be. The people that come there aren't picky but it's not living up to standards of say - NYC's Lincoln Center's Restaurant.
Food wasn't an impressive at all. The price is ok. It's a solid 2 star restaurant. I think there is potential. It begins with servers, but my server was careless. From the setting, wine, food, and service, all is lacking passion, flavor, and proper management. I wouldn't go back.
Fabulous dining experience at the Roof Terrace Restaurant. Dining there was so convenient, as our party of six went to the NSO concert afterward. Nice having the restaurant in the Kennedy Center. The waiter was attentive, friendly, made excellent recommendations, and provided excellent service. The food was very delicious, and the ambiance was nice.
The food was served lukewarm. The Salmon was dry. We went ahead and ate because we had not eaten all day and didn't have time to go somewhere else and be back in time for our show. This was my first and the last visit, I won't eat there again. Not at all what I expected for an upscale resturaunt.
Through the various makeovers and incarnations of the Rooftop Terrace restaurant the past 30 plus years it remains fundamentally an average dining experience in an amazing location. However, i must admit that the quality of the kitchen has been more consistent and the prices remain fairly reasonable, especially for DC, but I'm constantly reminded that this restaurant only exists to feed the hungry theater patron before a show. The physical isolation from the rest of the city and dining only hours will always impact the ability of this restaurant to offer more as it well should. The biggest downfall that one always encounters is the wait service. It is always a crap shot on their professional caliber and many of these "waiters" would not be hired at any decent restaurant. Recommend that if weather and dining time are not a factor to now enjoy dinner at the Kingbird restaurant located in the Watergate Hotel.
I ate dinner here with my Mother before a music concert. This was my first time dining here. We ordered wine (rose and sparking rose), duck fat fries, scallops as a main course with spinach, and chocolate cake for dessert. We cleaned our plates! The food was outstanding, and so was the service. I highly recommend this restaurant.
I came for the Sunday brunch buffet before the Nutcracker. The buffet is set-up inside the kitchen which is neat. There are pastries to choose from which are not baked in house, they are Costco quality. The hot items are pancakes French toast, bacon, and sausage. The French toast was burned and hard. Next is a large selection of cold marinated vegetables such as mushrooms, carrots, eggplant, and some cold salads. Finally is the cold seafood bar which is for sure the highlight. Crab legs, peel and eat shrimp, oysters, and smoked fish. There is a dessert table and omelet station in the dining area. The crab legs were impossible to open and very little meat inside. We had an early reservation and they tried to sit us near the wall and the entire window was empty. I asked for a better table and they did oblige. The service was OK. It's a fun place before a show but I would not go out of my way for this. The price is not expensive I think was 42.95 for an adult.
I have dined here on several occasions. I have always had an outstanding experience. Everything about the restaurant is excellent — the service, the food, and the ambiance. Everything is done with class. I highly recommend it for any special occasion, including dining before performances at the Kennedy Center.
I recently went here for brunch before going to the symphony, and I can sum my experience up in one word: phenomenal! It’s a little non- traditional having the buffet in the kitchen but they make up for it. Not only do they have an abundance of brunch type foods but they include a full oyster and seafood bar. And I must admit the breakfast potatoes and beef tenderloin are simply mouthwatering. Amazingly enough the price is justified for the amount and quality of food you can take your choices from. I’ve already told several people about it. I can’t wait to go back and I probably won’t need an excuse to go other than a great dining experience. I highly recommend this buffet as you simply will not be disappointed.
Wonderful buffet brunch on Sundays featuring fresh oysters, smoked fish, eggs, numerous salads, fruit, variety of breads and rolls, cheese, desserts. You start with a champagne orange juice combination (Orange blossom cocktail) and may return to the spread in the large kitchen as often as you wish. there is also an omlette consession -- choose your filling. I don't know nayone who has experienced this brunch who has not raved about it.
Because we recently subscribed to the NSO, we wanted to experience the Roof Terrace Restaurant for the first time.
The menu: limited, which makes sense for a restaurant whose guests need to get in and out relatively quickly. Yet, there is something for everyone -- e.g,, fish, chicken, beef, and non-meat options. All items are a la carte.
The service: pleasant and attentive.
The food: good, if somewhat underwhelming. It had that high-end caterer quality about it.
The ambiance: nice enough. It has a bit of a ballroom feel to it, and it does not quite resonate with the still-incredible mid/late 60s opulence of the Kennedy Center.
Bottom line: though we doubt we would dine regularly at the Roof Terrace Restaurant (before a symphony performance), we recommend others try it.
We were pleasantly surprised ! The gin martini was very good ! My husband ordered the lamb and I had the lentil soup. Both were very good. Service was fast and efficient. For a pre-theater venue, you can't beat the convenience. And, the food/drinks/ service were better than many other DC restaurants ! The ambiance is hotel-banquet-y which is why I rated this restaurant only "very good"..... however, I was aware of this prior, and, selected this venue just for convenience. We were very pleased, overall.
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