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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.

The John F. Kennedy Center
Washington, DC 20566
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

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)

Cross Street:
Virginia Avenue NW

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 416-8555

Website:
http://roofterracedc.com/

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.

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.

Parking Details:
Three levels of garage parking are available under the Kennedy Center. Very limited street parking available in the surrounding area.

Public Transit:
The Kennedy Center provides free shuttle service to/from Foggy Bottom Metro (Orange and Blue Lines).

Executive Chef:
Matt Shourds

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

Additional:
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

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4.1

Overall Rating

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food

4.1

service

4.2

ambience

3.9

value

3.4

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (154)
Scenic View (80)
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Good for Anniversaries (42)
Good for a Date (41)
Quiet Conversation (35)
Waterfront (30)
Good for Birthdays (26)
Great for Brunch (24)
Creative Cuisine (23)
People Watching (19)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Romantic (17)
Worth the Drive (17)
Sunday Lunch (17)
Disabled Access (14)
Good for Groups (12)
Notable Wine List (12)
Seasonal (12)
Business Meals (11)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Fun (9)
Casual (7)
Authentic (6)
Bar Seating (6)
Healthy (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Cozy (2)
Live Music (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

It is a perfect place to dine before a performance at the KC

Tags: Healthy, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Tapas, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

The Rooftop is almost exclusively where I get dinner prior to attending performances at the Kennedy Center. The ease of parking once and no hassle about getting to my seat is a big lure. But the food is really good! The menu changes often enough that even with season tickets, I am not bored. The service is 100% fabulous.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, People Watching
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Before Kennedy center show. Very convenient

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 6 days ago

So much food to chose from. Everything was delicious. Very conveinent to eat before our play.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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 (Tampa)·Dined 6 days ago

Very nice venue for pre matinee dining. Food is good as is the view. Contributes to an excellent outing!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Their brunch is amazing. Well worth the expense!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Food was delicious and the service was excellent! My friend and I both enjoyed our meals and you even had a plastic box for the leftovers!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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.

Tags: Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Coffee, Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View
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·Dined on January 12, 2018

Lovely meal with great service!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Great Lamb chops, great scallops...great service...Nice table...Too bad we missed sunset as it was cloudy/overcast...Great convenient location at location of Theater/Musical at Kennedy Center! We liked it!

Tags: Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Scenic View
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Another very good meal at the Roof Terrace. Our waiter, Oscar, was fabulous, we enjoyed all of his recommendations. They also make an excellent martini. Veal chop was cooked perfect and delicious. Special of the day, scallops were also very good.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 10, 2018

My friend and I dined here before seeing a play. The food was superb; a mushroom risotto, and a gnocci dish were both so good. We had a glass of Proseco, finished with dessert and coffee. Beautiful room, elegant and made for a special evening.

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 10, 2018

still could use more variation in the menu. Less flavor than usual

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 10, 2018

nothing special. food was good but not great. very convenient pre-theater dinner.

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·Dined on January 9, 2018

I thought the lentil soup was not hot enough especially with the raw egg in the middle. Shallots on the scallops were too salty. Scallops were very good. Happy with the service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 7, 2018

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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 7, 2018

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.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Healthy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 7, 2018

It is really a nice brunch prior to a Sunday Matinee at the Kennedy Center. The food is plentiful with lots of options from specially made omelets, prime rib, seafood, fabulous vegetables, salads, cheeses, breads, to desserts.

Tags: Waterfront, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

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!

Tags: Late-night Find, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

After-performance dinner on a very cold evening. Convenient and delightful that we did not have to leave the Kennedy Center!

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·Dined on January 6, 2018

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.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Our meal was excellent, service spot on. Great place to dine before a show. So convenient! Thank you!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 3, 2018

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 2, 2018

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.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Restaurant should have washroom near by. Ambience could be better. Our next table both sides three out of four people retuned veal to cook more. Good thing I enjoy my tuna.

Tags: Comfort Food
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·Dined on January 2, 2018

our server, Oscar Condezo was outstanding and made the dinner even so much more enjoyable; he is a definite plus factor and would be a reason we'd return.

Tags: Waterfront, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Would only go here if attending seeing a show at kennendy center.

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·Dined on December 29, 2017

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.'

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, People Watching, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 29, 2017

A special experience before theater event at Kennedy Center, even worked for teens. Excellent waiter. Food a notch above, but not particularly outstanding, or generous in servings. Beautiful setting.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Once again, the food was absolutely amazing! We both had the special, which was sea scallops, and they were delicious! I love the variety and quality of the food here.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 28, 2017

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.

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·Dined on December 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 27, 2017

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.

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 (Caribbean)·Dined on December 27, 2017

The place is loveable. Service was impecable and the food was delicious. Great location. Was an excellent choice to enjoy our afternoon in an awesome place.

Tags: Authentic, Waterfront, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Scenic View
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The food and ambiance were good. I was not enthusiastic about the buffet being served in the kitchen of the restaurant. It was Christmas eve, I was expecting better for the occasion.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Hostesses were very unprepared and preoccupied. Food was large, tired buffet served in the kitchen and not worth the money. Dining was large, unattractive ballroom. Lengthy wait for service.

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