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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The food was great and the service was very good. We always eat there before attending the Washington Ballet.
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.
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.
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!
dining at the roof terrace is always a treat in every way
The food was excellent. Our waiter was very attentive and informative. Wonderful dinning experience.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Dinner prior to a show at the Kennedy Center. Very enjoyable experience even though the noise level was a bit loud.
Very nice restaurant for pre-theater dinner. I plan to include them in my next visit to the Kennedy Center.
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.
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.
Excellent dining!! Delicious food!
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.
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.
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.
Had two appetizers. Both were delicious and the service was superb
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...
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!!
Very good Salmon. The server was very sensitive to our schedule;
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!
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.
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.
Great food, terrific service and very good conversation with other guests.
Excellent food, ambiance, and service. The view was very nice. Perfect for before theater at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts.
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!
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.
We had a lovely evening at the Roof Terrace Restaurant. The seasonal salad was good--interesting flavors but a little tart and bitter for my taste. The seared sea scallops were very good. We were pleased with the service--very polite and attentive. The view was my favorite part--beautiful view of the river.
Service was decent. Food was overpriced for what it was. Rare steak was more medium-medium well. Charcuterie was nothing special. Staff was friendly and attentive though. I expect more for the amount of money spent. You are a bit limited in the area though.
Perfect for a special occasion at the Kennedy Center. We took our granddaughter and guest from Florida to see a modern dance. The gorgeous dining room with river view, excellent food and service made the Terrace Restaurant the right choice for this occasion.
Nice french fries as an appetizer . Quite a tasty Pappardelle, larger than I could eat. A banana dessert too sweet for my taste. Nice wine, white for my wife and red for me. Both from South Africa. We had an enjoyable meal.
the meal was exellent, a fish and vegetarian entree