Top of the Gate at The Watergate Hotel

4.1
29 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
The energetic and sophisticated rooftop bar and lounge at The Watergate Hotel boasts commanding 360-degree views of the Kennedy Center, the Potomac River, the Key and Arlington bridges, the Washington Monument and the rest of the DC skyline. It is the perfect place for an after-work cocktail or the season’s most talked-about event.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
*Hours subject to change due to weather conditions.*
Monday & Tuesday - CLOSED
Wednesday - Friday: 5pm - 10pm
Saturday & Sunday - 1pm - 10pm

RESERVATIONS: To occupy a table, there's a minimum spend requirement of $50 per person for groups of 8 or more.
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Phone number
(202) 322-6455
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Michael Santoro
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
We offer Valet parking at the hotels entrance for $12 per vehicle.
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Public transit
The nearest metro station is Foggy Bottom.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, View, Wine
What 29 People Are Saying
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3.7
food
4.0
service
4.4
ambience
3.1
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60% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1.0Dined on June 16, 2018

The service at the Top of the Gate is awful. Our reservation time was moved by ToG just hours beforehand, then they "gave our table away because [we] were late." Then seated us at the worst table while others arrived later and received far better seating. The drinks, served in plastic cups, are overpriced, but never arrived. I know the price because they had already entered the cost onto my credit card. When I demanded my credit card so I could leave, no one seemed to know where it was or how to retrieve it. Eventually, a manager offered to seat us at the table we should have had in the first place and drinks immediately, on the house. But, prompt drinks and reserved seating were what I was expecting an hour earlier, so I left once my card was delivered.

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

It was nice

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3.0Dined on June 12, 2018

The I saw that there is a minimum of $50 per person, I imagined at least the cocktails would be in a glass, not a plastic cup. Really thought it would be a cool place, up scale and elegant --wrong! Waitresses were extremely pleasant , but I felt it was a ripoff.

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3.0Dined on June 12, 2018

The food was ok but the drinks were pretty good. The service was less than stellar. The waitress went missing for about 15 minutes and we were trying to leave to make it back across the street to see Hamilton opening night.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Facility had an awesome view. However did not have a variety of food. Good for get together with family, and friends, as well as a good business meeting.

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Great ambiance. Chris, one of the skate attendant was great! He even came and skated around the ice rink a few times and also offered to take a few pictures of my date and myself. He took great pictures btw. The ice rink itself was small but the view made up for it! Awesome view of the national monument and surrounding areas with views overlooking the water. Drinks were nicely made but the food was ok for what they had to serve. Bartenders were nice and friendly. The fire pits, blankets and comfy seating made the ambiance that much more enjoyable. Valet parking ticket can be validated at the bar, cost only came up to $12. Valet excepts cash or credit card. Heavy traffic since it’s right next to the Kennedy center so be prepared to wait longer than expected to actually get to the hotel. Overall l, i had a great time and I definitely look forward to coming here again in the spring!

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Went for NYE. Amazing staff, serving us all with a smile in bitter cold. Will go there again soon.

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5.0Dined on November 24, 2017

Tom was great!

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2.0Dined on October 25, 2017

Sadly disappointing experience. We were “served” by a random assortment of nice people who seemed to have no idea what they were doing or what we had ordered. We never received the pizza we ordered after waiting more than 30 minutes. We waited about 20 minutes for the bill we repeatedly requested. We had theater tickets and finally just had to hand the manager cash to cover the bill. For a meal we never received. Terrible. Never again.

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5.0Dined on October 13, 2017

Tom showed us respect and was there for every thing we needed

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4.0Dined on October 6, 2017

Proscuitto Pizza was very good. Sangria was delicious too. There is a charge just to sit up there though, FYI.

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5.0Dined on October 1, 2017

possibly the best rooftop restaurant in the usa
yes, you heard me
truly, it beats the band

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5.0Dined on September 30, 2017

Location was inredible. Was worth the $50/person reservation for this special occassion. We had no trouble spending it with the steep prices. We knew to expect the pricey and limited menu so no qualms there. The heirloom tomato/peach/ricotta seasonal salad was incredible. They brought us the wrong pizza at first, but had a correct and fresh one out within 15 minutes. Our server was nice enough to take a photo of us as well. The blankets were a nice touch on the windy rooftop. All in all a wonderful evening.

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4.0Dined on September 23, 2017

We had a great experience at the Top of the Gate. The views are unreal, the pizza and drinks were delicious. Service was a bit slow but our waitress had a lot of tables she was serving. It is pricey but worth it for a special night out.

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4.0Dined on September 16, 2017

My parents came into town and requested a place for dinner with a view. The dinner menu is not extensive (pizza & one salad option), but Top of the Gate is great for drinks, conversation, and has a sensational view of the monument, the waterfront, Georgetown & Arlington's skyline.

Be warned if you book a table, there is a $50 minimum per person- come hungry, ready for happy hour, and definitely bring your friends! Another suggestion- book just before sunset and plan to stay for a few hours. I will definitely be coming back!

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5.0Dined on August 22, 2017

An amazing place that was recommended by a friend. Not to be missed!

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3.0Dined on August 13, 2017

The view was amazing and that's what we came for. Minimum $50 pp spend is easily achieved given the prices. The ambiance doesn't justify the cost - drinking a $30 glass of Verve from a plastic glass just isn't right. The only food option is pizza ... served in cardboard boxes ... no serving plates on offer. Top of the Gate has top notch prices a fantastic view but all in all an underwhelming experience. Could be so much better!!

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1.0Dined on August 9, 2017

We were excited to visit the Watergate Hotel and Top of the Gate on our visit to D.C. At first I was not successful at making an online reservation prior to our visit, so I called. When I did not receive a confirmation, I went back online to try again. I was able to make an online reservation and received a confirmation. We arrived on Aug. 9th and were seated, and we were excited. The waiter arrived and immediately asked if we knew there was a $50 minimum per person. I explained I did not, but that we would stay. He was very aggressive about pointing out the more expensive wines. We ordered a glass of red wine ($20) and a glass of sparkling ($30). We had dined at the Blue Duck Tavern, and wanted to enjoy a cocktail with a view. Again, he kept trying to get us to order more drinks because of the minimum. I explained we were not going to drink more. He even encouraged us to order a bottle and take the remaining with us. This required minimum was not included on my online reservation, was not mentioned when I called, and was not posted. When I asked the hostess about it on our way out, she said it was posted at our table. I told her it was not, and she said she will tell the manager. Two drinks in plastic for a total bill of $107.88 is unacceptable. I will not return nor will I recommend the Top of the Gate. So very disappointing!

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4.0Dined on August 6, 2017

It was a great view.

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1.0Dined on August 6, 2017

Let’s see. If you are looking for a super-casual (t-shirts, ripped jeans, water-pipes, etc.) rooftop bar with cool 180-degree views of the river, TRI & Rosslyn, this is one to consider. We were lucky to be there on a cooler August evening. Place is advertised as an energetic (which, perhaps, it can be) and SOPHISTICATED LOUNGE (which it is definitely not; it's a paved roof around a few ventilation/cooling towers, or smth resembling these).

In short: you're paying for the view. Weather-permitting, this is an OK bar to hang out after work or before a performance next door. Nihilistic menu (5 pizza varieties, served in carton boxes & 1 salad); quality of our 1 pizza and 1 salad approached ‘mediocre’ … but only on some bites. Drinkware is plastic & “silverware” means 1 fork … rest is finger-work. For a bar, wine selection is poor; fortunately, we picked a plastic of nice ($12) pink champagne and a tasty plastic of ($16) Lemelson Pinot Noir. Our server Vafa (?) was super-attentive (addressing us by name), accommodating, and at times even over-compensating for what he must have perceived was our experience there. TOTG’s Management should recognise, reward, listen to, and cherish co-workers like Vafa, and make certain they never leave.

Found notification of ‘minimum spending requirement of $50 per person’ utterly off-putting … first when seen on TOTG’s website, and later – when actually on-site – on big white sheets under the glass top on each table. How about this: offer a genuine quality experience and people will spend such an amount anyway … no need to prod, remind, or threaten.

Conclusions: (a) no sophisticated lounge on this roof, (b) don't come here for food, (c) do not expect a wine-list, and (d) our service experience actually was good. Hoping to celebrate a birthday in a sophisticated rooftop lounge environment, we dropped the required >$100 as quickly as slow & mediocre pizza+salad service permitted, were in-n-out in <75min, and went elsewhere.

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4.0Dined on July 29, 2017

Beautiful location. Food list is very basic and could use more selections. Also, there were numerous tables (well over half) available at 5:30 pm on Saturday night. So I don't see the necessity of requiring a minimum of $50 on food and beverage and a $50 cancellation charge when so many tables are available.

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2017

Incredible view of sun set in DC. The service was slow and not very attentive. We did not eat anything, and the drinks are somewhat limited. But the music was great and the scenary outstanding!

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2017

Proposed to my fiancé with the help of the bar staff, it was an awesome and amazing experience.

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4.0Dined on July 1, 2017

The view is what this place is about. It is amazing. We could see Georgetown from the river to the National Cathedral and over the river to Arlington Cemetary. We were at the same altitude as the traffic helicopters and we watched them buzz around us like dragonflies.

Other than that bar service was very polite. We asked them to turn down the music (It was early afternoon) and they did. The food was very slow. It's a bar. They serve only two person flatbread pizzas. But you don't come here for the food. If you want a meal, go downstairs.

There was a good breeze that day, but it can get hot. If you come before sunset, bring your sunscreen.

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2.0Dined on June 29, 2017

Great views with high potential, but poor service, and poorly maintained facilities leave you feeling how the evening COULD have been nice. It needs money poured into the place with an overhaul in its service culture. Way over priced as well

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2.0Dined on June 18, 2017

This place has a great view and is definitely fun to go before or after theater or dinner to kill some time. Sunset looked amazing. Not much choice for food and drinks are pricy and watered down.

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1.0Dined on June 5, 2017

The restaurant was closed when I arrived, despite taking my credit card info to book the reservation in the first place. I used Uber to get to the restaurant from my hotel and asked if they would reimburse my fare since they were closed, and I was told "No, it happens. People usually call before their reservation to confirm." I believe the point of OpenTable is the convenience of not having to call the restaurant. A manager came over and offered to buy me a drink at another bar which I accepted, but still spent $20 in transportation for a meal that I was unable to enjoy. I hope you reach out to the restaurant regarding the matter and follow up with me with the outcome. I have worked in hotel sales for over 10 years and have never encountered this lack of hospitality.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2017

Don't be confused, you're paying for the view. Pizzas are quite good, but why the box? I'm always vexed by those decisions in a luxury or expensive place that hits many of the other notes. Vanessa, the hostess, is great. Waitstaff friendly but nothing special. View and scene is everything.

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3.0Dined on May 26, 2017

go there for the view of DC but not the service, at least until the staff are trained. we had to flag down a waiter to order another drink, and that's after at least three walked by and observed our empty glasses. At one point our waiter informed us that we had to leave because our table was reserved for an 8 PM party (we had been seated for about an hour and a half and the rooftop was about half full). She later said that we could stay. keep in mind that the Top of the Gate has a $50 per person minimum. Last note is that its not the place for wine drinkers. The selection is limited and mediocre.

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