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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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
The food is decent, but not quite fit for a foodie. Our meal tasted like wholesome banquet food, which does not justify the price. It isn't expensive per se, but it isn't cheap either. There are so many other amazing restaurants in DC at the same price point, I would go elsewhere. The only advantage to eating at Roof Terrace has is location since there is nothing else in the immediate vicinity. With of that said, if I were tight on time and need to satiate my hunger, I would return, but just order a charcuterie plate with wine.
Do note that the restaurant has a small bar before you enter the main dinging room. I know reservations can be hard to come by, so perhaps pre- or post-theatre drinks are an option or it would be worth inquiring if food is available at the bar.
The Roof Terrace restaurant is our first choice for dining Pre -Theater. Both Maria and Oscar are superb servers. We also liked the table we we were assigned on February 1st and 7th and would like to know what table number it is. Please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at (301)320-5311.
Thank you. Diane E. Epstein
We have been going to this restaurant at the Kennedy C enter for several years. In the past, we have felt that he food was only average and the prices were too high to make this a common place to dine. We were going to a concert and decided to try this place again as it is the only nearby place to eat and parking is certainly convenient.
We were pleasantly surprised to find a totally new wine and food menu. Prices were still quite high but average for good restaurants in DC and now the quality of food and service matches the reputation of the best DC has to offer. My wife wanted only the lentil soup which had a poached egg in it. I tasted it and it was delicious - totally unexpected in flavor but rich and tasty. I had a delicious Caesar salad and my entree was a seared veal chop served with a deeply rich morel sauce and a squash puree which was very tasty. The veal chop was done to perfection and one could cut it with a fork.
We don't usually eat dessert but the choices looked inviting. We enjoyed two glasses of wine from a short but quality list of whites and reds at the usual restaurant prices for a moderately- high priced restaurant. In addition, the view is spectacular as you can see the lights of Rosslyn, VA. once the sun sets and we have been there in the summer when the view is likewise a memorable one.
Nothing was extravagant but the quality of the menu and food preparation were outstanding and service is always good there. We applaud the up-tick in quality of food preparation. It is the perfect choice pre-performance. We will certainly be back next time we have performance tickets
My husband and I celebrated our anniversary here followed by a show at the Eisenhower theater. We loved our Charcuterie board and the scallops! The hostess also brought over two champagnes on the house which was an awesome surprise. The one thing I didn't like was how close we were seated with other couples. You can hear and see their meals. I didn't feel any privacy at all and was shy to talk too loud. We even witnessed a table complaining about them never getting served or they haven't seen their server yet. Overall thought, great company excellent services from our waiters and enjoyed our evening.
Avoid this restaurant at all costs! It seems convenient to go here before a Kennedy Center show, but don't do it -- NOT WORTH IT. This restaurant takes advantage of that fact and overcharges everything. The food -- quantity and quality -- is WAY below average. A GLASS of wine was $26?!?! Service was terrible, too. We didn't get a glass of water until 20 minutes in -- AFTER we had gotten our entrees. I can safely say I'll never eat here again, which is a shame because I love going to the Kennedy Center and it's convenient to go to a restaurant right there.
We have eaten at the Roof Terrace several times. It is convenient for Kennedy Center performances and the food and service are good and/or sometimes very good. We do not eat at this restaurant unless we have a performance and are pressed for time. There is really no other reason to dine here. That said, dining options near the KC are few, and the food and menu and consistently good. The service is good and the wait staff manage the arrival of your food in such a manner that you have sufficient time to eat. The wine list is good and the atmosphere is pleasant. It would be nice if they rotated the menu a little more often, or added a few more options, but the selections are kept at a minimum on order to ensure that you consistently make your curtain.
We were one of the first to arrive, but seated too near the kitchen. The service was appallingly slow -- plate after plate of salmon went by us to tables who'd arrived much later. Dessert menus were dropped off, and 20 minutes passed...
The food was good, but not worth the price.
My husband and I and our friends enjoy the Roof Terrace for Pre-Theater Dinner. We are particularly pleased when Maria or Theo are assigned to our table. Both are knowledgeable, helpful, professional, and friendly without being intrusive. Please tell each of them how much we appreciate their service. We also want to commend the chef for honoring our request for Grilled Salmon cooked Medium Rare. Thank you.
Dr. B and Mrs. D.
The Roof Terrace was perfect for a pre-ballet dinner with my mom. The menu had lighter, less expensive options than I remember from previous visits. The lentil soup was particularly good. The service was very attentive and it was not loud. And it's so easy to go downstairs to the performance.
We enjoy the brunch at the Roof Terrace. It’s a tasty selection of food, and the servers are extremely friendly. In truth, much of the money you spend here is for the convenience of the location to the theatre you’re about to see. At these prices, I would not seek out the Roof Terrace if I weren’t seeing a show at the Kennedy Center. But we’ve been back several times, and Terrace brunch followed by a matinee does make for a lovely Sunday, if you can afford it.
The staff were disengaged and rude. I asked for butter to go with my crab legs and was informed they did not serve butter with the crab legs. There were three people in our party and we were give 1 cracker. When I requested another with a tiny fork the waiter said they didn't have tiny forks and he "might be able to get one more cracker for the table."
The buffet was served inside of the kitchen. The food was quality but the ambiance in the kitchen was terrible. Very industrial/institutional looking kitchen.
The room and the views were lovely.
Charged way to much money for that kind of service.
Chose this since we were attending a show. Started out great, but the service declined pretty drastically after our appetizer (salad/soup) was served. Table next to us was seated about 20 minutes after us but had their main dish a good 5 minutes before us - we had to ask about our food after seeing the table next to us served. Our food was served a few minutes later - thankfully it was hot. The food was good, but the experience was hurt by the sharp decline in service - from the time we ordered until the time our main dish arrived it was about 35 minutes and we only saw our server once during that whole time. What should have been an enjoyable relaxing dinner, ended up being rushed so we could make our show. Not sure I'll give this consideration next time we attend the Kennedy Center...
I have season tickets for the NSO performances. I have always taken a guest who sometimes enjoys the pre-performance dinner, more than she enjoys the performance we went to see. On this trip to the RTR, it appeared that the food was exceptionally excellently prepared and the service was exquisitely professional.
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