Roof Terrace Restaurant & Bar
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)
Pre-theater dinner , food was very good, service was slow. It was good that we had a 5:30 seating for a 7:30 performance
If you want a restaurant that will get you in and out very quickly to enjoy a show at the Kennedy Center, you've come to the right place. If you want to actually receive a meal worth the ~30 entree price, you're out of luck. The Service was excellent...no complaints there. It was actually TOO fast, and betrayed the kitchen's secret, which is pre-cooked meals, nuked to some semblance of warmth and thrown on a plate. My fish--which was allegedly the special--was barely warm, and had very clearly seen the inside of an oven quite some time previously. I should have guessed when we ordered, and I had time for two sips of wine and three bites of bread before the entree arrived. I tried to compensate with dessert, and was rewarded with a tiny serving of bananas foster with a packaged cookie and the thinnest banana known to mankind. The caramel was copious (hard to screw up caramel), and was the only redeeming factor in a $12 item. Hey, I get it--you need to get people in and out quickly. Fine. Don't overcharge for the privilege of microwaved food.
Food was nothing special and overpriced. My adult daughter and I were dining together and the service we received as two woman was very different that those who had male dining companions. We felt pretty ignored.
so convenient when going to the Kennedy Center for a performance - friendly staff and the brunch was great !
Roof Terrace Restaurant & Bar has a easy monopoly on the pre-theater crowd at the Kennedy Center. I ordered the crab bisque and found it lacking in flavor other than crab, so much so that I found a couple of crab shells in my soup. The tuna tar-tar, was spicy, and lacked a delivery method other than a fork. The halibut was dry on one half, but delicious on the other half. Dessert was bananas foster, which was good, but very small compared to the other plates. Over all decent dinner, but does not stand up to other restaurants in DC.
I doubt I would go again, and would rather find a different location for a pre-theater dinner.
Everything was outstanding but we felt like our private anniversary date turned into a dinner for 4 when another couple was seated right next to us. We were so close that we could hear each other's conversation. I was very disappointed because the table was very romantic up to that point. Delicious food, amazing views, great servers, wonderful candlelit ambiance. My only complaint was the uncomfortably close seating. Even so, we had a special time. Thank you Kennedy Center Roof Top Restaurant!
They charge $21 for a glass of champagne and the champagne is not chilled properly...sent it back twice. Still wasn't right.
We were so delighted with our waiter, Oscar! But prospective diners should be aware that special requests may be ignored. For example, I'd requested a quiet table in a corner or against a wall, not in the center of the floor -- and instead the restaurant put us in the center of the floor.
Birthday!! Very much enjoyed the service provided by Freddy. Great evening.
Excellent food and good ambience. Quick service so it was perfect for dining prior to our show.
The quality of the food has increased since I last dined there two years ago, so that's a plus. I would recommend a reservation earlier than you think you'd want. It can get a bit harried closer to curtain.
Very good Beef Tenderloin and Crabcakes entrees. Waiter was very good. Service before a theater event was relaxed and very good, we did not feel rushed.
We celebrated my daughters birthday and pre theater for Hamilton. The food was only so so and the prices extremely high. $16 for a glass of not so good Pinot Gris.
The crab soup just tasted like canned tomato soup with crab.
Crab cakes were very good! Beef tenderloin was also good . Scallops were squishy. Chef was very accommodating to a member of our party with special dietary requirements.
What a gem of a restaurant. As good as any fine dining around.
Service was excellent. Finished plates removed very quickly so a trip back to the buffet could return with more! Our server, Freddy, was very attentive.
Food on the buffets was replaced/refilled often so that food was always fresh. Seafood bar particularly good with oysters on the half shell, smoked salmon and trout, and more.
Nice view out the windows.
Buffet line for brunch is not ideal -- you're going through the kitchen. As such, the line goes very slow. In addition, the food selection was not robust. The dining area is nice and this is an ok restaurant to go to right before catching a show.
Soggy fish , tasteless salad, unfriendly waiter . Will not return .
My group had a great time and the waiter was very accommodating with a guest's food allergy concerns. We did not feel rushed.
A disappointing experience. With tickets for Hamilton we felt the convenience of the Terrace Restaurant would add to the evening out. Arriving at the site we were seated within touching distance of a table with two individuals engaged in a constant loud conversation which lasted for the entire time we were there. Our waiter, who seemed uninterested in our presence, finally took our order. When it arrived my wife found the Maryland crab too salty to eat. My salmon was tasteless. Our cocktail had to be sent back to the bar. Facing the need to finish before the show we selected ice cream, thinking it impossible to ruin. WRONG. When it finally arrive, our waiter being casual about service the entire evening, it was well on the way to a melt down. Spending well over $100 for food and drink that was poorly prepared, poorly served did not add to the enjoyment of a long awaited evening.
Great place to get dinner before a show at the Kennedy Center.
The food was great- halibut with peaches and tomatoes; Great crab cakes. Decor in large dining room is a little drab in a 60s sort of way. Could be updated a bit. We had a table by service door so not the best ambiance.
Service and food were excellent. I always enjoy the resturant.
you go for the convenience factor. the view was nice. the server brought me tepid white wine and it took forever to get his attention for a replacement. he poured a sam adams beer into one person's wine glass and walked away. it was pretty odd. we felt like our party of three didn't matter and it was a shame for a special occasion evening for us.
The new furniture was nice and quite comfortable. However the menu remains quite limited, the prices are high, and the service is so so. Very convenient pre or post show.
This place was wonderful! Have an amazing cauliflower steak, so vegetarians are welcomed. A perfect place for a memorable pre-show meal!
Pre-theater dining was extremely convenient. The food and service were very good.
Food was great. Menu was limited. There were not a lot of beef or steak choices. The service was excellent. The restaurant itself was just one large room with high ceilings and so very noisy and not very private for conversations. Sit very close to other patrons. Just a few window tables and really no view. So why is it called the Terrace?? No outside tables at all
Delightful prelude to "Hamilton" in celebration of my sister's special birthday!
A convenient place to eat before a performance at The Kennedy Center, but don't expect too much (although the bill will probably be more than expected). Feels kind of like a gymnasium with ill-fitting drapes on the wall. Food was just OK, service about the same - except for one busboy who was EXCEPTIONAL: smiled, was polite and careful to serve and remove dishes from the proper side, etc - wish I had gotten his name!
After years of eating at the Terrace before shows - maybe twice a year - I was very disappointed in the quality of the meal and the menu changes. Is there a new chef here? This is our first trip to the KC in 2018 - perhaps we missed the change.
I thought the food here was very average and the food and wine prices were very high. It’s the restaurant at the Kennedy Center so it’s convenient but I think that’s the only reason to eat at this place.
We went to the Roof Terrace for a pre-theater dinner. The room decor is tired and need a refresh. We were looking forward to rooftop view, but all the drapes were drawn. The menu, food and service were mediocre. The Roof Terrace needs to kick it up a notch! Bread service was cold and ordinary. The restaurant lacks a cocktail menu (in the heart of DC, at a theater venue, couldn't they come up with some creative drinks?). The AC was out on the (hot) night we dined, and no one mentioned it or offered any explanation or apology.
Meal and service was excellent! We were there for a performance of Hamilton, which was cancelled because of cooling system issues. But our experience at the restaurant was wonderful.
Went to see Hamilton and to dinner before the show. Hamilton was canceled due to a/c. No air conditioning which wasn’t the restaurant’s fault but it took away from the experience. Service could have been a bit better. I will try dinner there again.
The review is most likely out of the norm regarding ambience and view. The day we went on 08/27, the Kennedy Center’s AC was down. We had reservations and what should have been a show after, but the show was cancelled. The whole restaurant was hot and humid and just not a pleasurable environment to eat dinner.
I ordered crab cakes under the server’s recommendation and it was not good. Every bite had shells and I ended up sending it back. He replaced the meal with the filet, which was still just mediocre. I never season my food with additional salt/pepper when out, but it was so bland, I had to add the seasoning.
For the price, I would recommend going somewhere else. I don’t think it’s worth the cost.
I am always a bit amused by the menu - which takes a culinary dictionary to completely understand. Wonderful crab cakes - but plate lacked a starch (Hot crab cakes served on a cold slaw and what do you get? Lukewarm slaw and crab cakes.) Far better than the cafeteria because you can get great table service and a good drink (and their bar makes great drinks), but the room is a barn and the menu limited and seldom changing. I wonder what will change with the new space being built - will there be other options?
The view and menu indicated a sophisticated gourmet dinner was at hand. Both the view and the food lived up to that expectation. However, the table arrangements, lack of decor or plants left us with the impression that the tables were arranged haphazardly across a great expanse with no thought to ambience. The waiter, though pleasant, was busy and neglected to bring plates for the lobster starter. Three of our party had the special - halibut. Two of those dishes were excellent - one was a bit dry and lacking in sauce.
So, all-in-all, the food was good, the wine list satisfactory - it was a good meal before a performance ---- the rest could do with some more thought and consideration for ambiance.
The bartender was getting overwhelmed and starting slamming things around, which echoed horribly and ruined our enjoyable dinner. Maybe they need to get her some help or remove her from the bar area tables.