Roof Terrace Restaurant & Bar

4.2
6205 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary American
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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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)
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Phone number
(202) 416-8555
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Matt Shourds
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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.
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Private party contact
Niiyo Madison: (202) 416-8571
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Virginia Avenue NW
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Parking details
Three levels of garage parking are available under the Kennedy Center. Very limited street parking available in the surrounding area.
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Public transit
The Kennedy Center provides free shuttle service to/from Foggy Bottom Metro (Orange and Blue Lines).
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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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 6205 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
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4.3
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4.0
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3.5
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

The food was excellent, with many choices even for the two people who needed gluten-free options. The service was excellent, prompt and attentive. The waiter was able to work with the kitchen to adapt two items so that they could be gluten free. The atmosphere is excellent for converstaion.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Pricey and so-so food

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Eaten here many times and it is consistently good. Service is fast since the vast majority of patrons are dining before the theater. The waiter often asks what time our show is to make sure we get served in plenty of time. The food is consistently good, small menu , well prepared.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Perfect for pre-theatre dining

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

These guys are pros at delivering a very nice meal and ensuring you don’t miss the show. The view is gorgeous and the service is friendly and efficient.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Great ambience for pre-show dinner. Service was excellent!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

My kids and their friends loved eating at the Roof Top Terrace before we went to see Hamilton. They thought it was a very fancy restaurant. The food was enjoyed by all, especially the crab cakes. The dessert was also perfect. We can't wait for the next show and meal at the Kennedy Center.

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

When I made my reservation I had noted that we would be celebrating our granddaughters birthday and I had asked for a slice of chocolate cake and a candle to brought at the end of the meal .... this never happened. A children menu would have been a nice option.

Genevieve Guoba

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Thank you for the delicious food! It has a beautiful view of the river. Hope to eat outside when the weather is cool.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Father’s Day Brunch

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2.0Dined 7 days ago

I've been here several times hoping for improvements over time. The set is good and the seating is fine. Unfortunately that is about all. Wait staff appears bored and not particularly concerned about checking on guests. Not just one but all the ones I've had. As usual the first bread one is given is stale. If you ask for another you will get a warm somewhat fresh one. Crab soup was dreadful. Why make it so spicy one can't taste the crab? This time 3 of us ordered the filet, each differently cooked, medium, rare ,medium rare and all came the same-medium.rare. I understand the place is loaded with tourists but so are many restaurants at this price point and few treat everyone like they will never be back so why should staff bother. I'm done until new management.

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

Another pleasant meal. Nice atmosphere. I have a number of minor complaints. We waited too long between servings. We had finished eating and then waited over 15 minutes before being served again. The desserts were all to sweet and creamy. Serving espresso in large cups is ridiculous. Buy some espresso cups. It won’t bankrupt you.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

I was attending the play Hamilton. The service was superb; the food was delivered promptly and tasted delicious; and the ambience was excellence. I highly recommend the Roof Top Terrace as a “must” experience dining event.

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3.0Dined 7 days ago

The restaurant is in a huge room with super high ceilings and absolutely no art, decent lighting or ambience. Tables are too close together. The food is fair, but my daughter pulled numerous crab shells out of her soup and I found some in my crab cakes too. The waiter spoke poor English and seemed unfamiliar with the menu which was hard because both my daughter and I have food allergies and they are not listed on the menu. The steak was a bit overdone, medium rather than rare but good flavor. The cost is ridiculous, $200 for a fair meal in a warehouse. I will eat elsewhere next time I go to the Kennedy Center.

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2.0Dined on June 15, 2018

We went to a concert and the restaurant was convenient for dinner

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Me friend had the scallops and I had crab cakes, both excellent. Service was outstanding, as usual.

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4.0Dined on June 15, 2018

I've dine at the Roof Top Terrace on two previous occasions in 2016 and 2017. I was not pleased with the menu. For my recent visit on 6/15, I found a better menu. I enjoyed the fried lobster tail and tenderloin. My guest had the chicken and enjoyed very much.
The dining room is a large open area. The tables are too close with little privacy. I would suggest placing large floral displays, tall trees as dividers for sections to provide a more intimate setting.

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2.0Dined on June 14, 2018

tasted like a hotel food, server did not speak English. Ambience very old.

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4.0Dined on June 14, 2018

A genuinely pleasing dinner before a special occasion--Hamilton. My wife had the salmon, I had soft shells. Generous portions. Very good service.

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Service was great, seated immediately with great view from table. Crab soup was tasty and vegetable Gnudi w/ shrimp was awesome. Wait staff was attentive and friendly.

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4.0Dined on June 14, 2018

I have dined here frequently before the theatre. On this visit our waiter was exceptionally attentive. At his direction the chef specially prepared the superb soft shell crabs so that they were lactose free. We had a leisurely yet well timed dinner and our waiter was aware of security issues before our 7:30 curtain. The Terrace is always a good choice for pre show dining at the Kennedy Center.

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3.0Dined on June 13, 2018

This is time dining here. Not understanding why we always get seated next to a service area. Although the food was flavorful, it was a bit disappointing. I ordered the filet tenderloin. It came WELL DONE. Not the best. The appetizers were great. Just thinking for the price, the main meal should have been better.

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1.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Arrived at restaurant at 5:30 pm and the restaurant was about 15% full. We requested a table near one of the windows and were told that those tables were reserved for “Circle Members” only. So we were ushered over to a set of tables away from the windows where a cluster of apparently other non-Circle members were crowded together in an otherwise unoccupied restaurant. (Remember the rush scene at Omega House in the movie Animal House? If you do, you get the picture...)

I don’t have a problem if the Terrace Restaurant feels that it’s appropriate to treat non-Circle members is this sort of shabby fashion. But they ought to make that policy clear when someone books the reservation as opposed to informing them only as they are being seated at a lousy table.

Given the choice between a crappy table in the dining room or two seats as the bar, we chose the bar. Best decision I’ve made all week. Next time we will be dining somewhere else.

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

I would just add that our waiter Alan was very attentive and quick to take care of the requests made by my dinner guest. I appreciated his very smooth manner of serving our table.

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3.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Ok—ambiance was loud and bright. My main course was undercooked tuna. We were seated near a kitchen entrance which wasn’t all that great. However, we were seated right on time and the service was great

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

This was a vast improvement from our visit on May 19. The seating near the window is preferable and Theodore, our server, and the other staff we encoutered were attentive and professional. This is the type of experience we would like to expect each and every time going forward. Thank you!

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

The food and service were excellent. Wine was way way too expensive.

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3.0Dined on June 2, 2018

The Roof Terrace restaurant does a good job of preparing good (albeit oftentimes small portioned) food when there are frequently large numbers of people present. The wait staff is generally knowledgeable and efficient. The views used to be superior but with the construction cranes on the south side of the restaurant, facing that side should be avoided if possible.

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3.0Dined on June 1, 2018

The wait staff was very friendly. The food was plentiful, but not spectacular. Was hoping for excellent views, but the curtains were closed on one half of the room (maybe people don't like to watch the sun setting?). The curtains on the other side of the room gave great view of a construction crane. I know this isn't the fault of the restaurant, but just not what we had been hoping for.

The location is very convenient when you are catching a show at the Kennedy Center. We were able to enjoy our dinner without feeling rushed to get to the theater.

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4.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Great atmosphere and very convenient due to pre performance dining. However, the food is totally hit or miss. Had the tuna special and it was a miss and lacked flavor.

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4.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Ate here before a show at the center. The food was good, the wait staff was attentive. The drink menu lacked, and the big room was not interesting or romantic. I would certainly go there again the next time I went to the center, but I would not go there otherwise.

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

We were celebrating our granddaughter’s birthday with dinner and the ballet. Everything was excellent. We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience.
On a side note the restaurant does not offer a separate children’s menu.

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

We dine here at least 6 times a year; always prior to our seeing something in the Opera House. The staff is "old school", the ambiance classy, and the menu creative. One of our fave places!

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

My friend from Boise, Idaho and I had a lovely brunch here on 5/20. There was plenty of delicious food to choose from and we were so full we didn't even get to the omelet station or the dessert table. The oysters on the half-shell (shown top middle of photo) were the smallest I have EVER seen and, therefore, were not memorable. The carved roast beef was exceptionally good d the portions we were served were generous. I never did find the cost of the brunch on the Kennedy Center's website or on opentable and no place mentioned that unlimited mimosas were included. That would have been helpful. My friend had a bloody mary which she said was good and I had a glass of champagne, which was REALLY good. I will be going back again!

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

We have seasons' tickets to Kennedy Center performances and enjoy dining at the Roof Terrace before performances. There were different items on the menu this time. I enjoyed the yellow fin tuna and the Caesar Russell sprout salad. Service was excellent.

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2.0Dined on May 19, 2018

My husband and I have dined at the restaurant numerous times since we moved to the metro DC area in 2016. This was the weekend of my husband's birthday, and we planned for dinner and a concert on Saturday evening. The service in the restaurant on this occasion was subpar, and we were greatly disappointed. The server was inattentive, and he seemed to disappear for long stretches at a time. There also was absolutely no acknowledgement of my husband's birthday (that certainly could have been dealt with easily, as we had dessert at the end of the meal). Based on the server's conduct, we did wonder if he is homophobic.

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Beautiful place. Okay food.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

My granddaughter and I enjoyed gracious dining at the Roof Top Terrace before attending the Washington National Opera. The views, the fine service, and the convenience added up to an unforgettable evening for the two of us.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Wonderful evening with friends! Great food and drinks and fabulous service with Gerald Pratt! Thanks you !

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3.0Dined on May 17, 2018

For a date night at the Kennedy Center this restaurant can’t be beat. The food was fine but the view and the convenience to the after-dinner performance were amazing. A little pricey but on the whole a very good option. I’ll try it again.

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