Roof Terrace Restaurant & Bar

4.3
6566 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary American
THE ROOF TERRACE RESTAURANT & BAR BRUNCH WITH SANTA WILL BE HELD ON DECEMBER 9 AND DECEMBER 16 FOR 2018

Enjoy a fantastic culinary experience and unequaled 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, Blue and Silver 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
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 6566 People Are Saying
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Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

Was expecting more.
Cafeteria setting with a menu price of a 4 stars restaurant.
Way too expensive

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CJ
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The service got very slow at the end of dinner, and we didn’t have time before the show to have dessert.

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family dinner before opera - we really appreciated getting the table for all five of us. Everything was delicious. Our server was delightful - from Persia and a wonderful guy. I think his name is Marzat but I may have it incorrectly.

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OT
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for nice place to eat before show! Food was really good, pricy. But really good

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M
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious, as usual! With Christmas around the corner, it was very crowded and for the five of us, the table was too small and we were a bit cramped. We, however, enjoyed ourselves. The service was outstanding and we will come again and definitely recommend it to others.

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DP
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Very convenience for going to show at Kennedy Center. For that reason only, we might try this again.

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MD
Cleveland
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Dinner was average and pricy for the quality.

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NH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my mom here for dinner before a show and EVERYTHING was so delicious!! We started with the lobster appetizer, then had the scallops and lamb- both were incredible. We didn't have room for dessert- but that looked amazing as well.

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JS
New England
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waiter was superb! Thank you. We enjoyed a special dinner prior to a Christmas concert. Considering the rainy weather, we were happy to be able to enjoy our meal and attend the concert in the same setting.

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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre-theater

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SO
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is excellent and the wine selection is very good

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DW
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Roof Terrace Restaurant & Bar at he Kennedy Center is a fantastic location for a drink and/or fine dinning! It never disappoints. The food and service and superb!

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RR
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Outstandingly, surprisingly good - we have eaten here many times before but the food has really been elevated - Make sure to get the truffle fries!

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OT
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner and service were outstanding. I had the bidd salad and the charcuterie board, both which were delicious. It's incredibly pleasant to eat good food in an environment that allows you to hear and speak to your friends and family.

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CH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Nothing too special. It's convenient if you're already going to be at the Center. Gives a more elegant appearance than it is. A bit pricey, which would be fine if the food matched. Food was simply adequate, and served room temperature. I like that the menu is a bit stream lined, but again, if you're only going to have a few select choices, you better make it nothing but excellent. Could also use one or two more vegetarian/vegan main course options. Wait staff doesn't annoyingly hover, but at the same time they don't seem all that interested in helping with the dining experience. It's just "Order?" Then "Here ya go." Then "Here's your check." No muss, no fuss. Sound level never got obnoxiously loud, which was great. For a once a year "night out for dinner and a show" experience, or if you're young and trying to impress a date, you could eat at worse places. But for an overall value and true upscale dining experience worth the cost, you could find better.

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MB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great steak! Service was outstanding!!

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LJ
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Wonderful server. Ahi tuna was great. Menu could be expanded, back to earlier days. Miss the hamburger.

There was a noisy large party near by (2 tables of 12 or so).

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were going to the symphony & had appetizers & wine as we were running late because of traffic.

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G
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Convenient, but never again.

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g
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Tasty but limited menu, with excellent service from start to finish. Great for pre performance dining.

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JS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We've always gone to the KC Cafe and while we never had any problems, it was always loud and busy and dinner felt cramped and rushed. We decided to try this restaurant for a change of pace, even though the prices seemed fairly high to us. The atmosphere was VERY nice and relaxing...quiet and calm with HUGE floor to ceiling windows. I have Celiac disease so being gluten free is crucial to me. The server seemed knowledgeable when answering my questions regarding food preparation and steered me away from certain items even though they were labeled as gluten free, which I appreciated. My soup and vegetable side were both wonderful, and my husband appreciated that his steak was truly cooked on the rare side of medium rare, as he requested. Overall it was an expensive dinner, but got the evening out to a very relaxed and enjoyable start.

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JM
London
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We took our 3 small kids, plus my parents here for the Santa brunch yesterday, and it was just fantastic. It was dressy enough that it felt special but not too stuffy. It was so kid-friendly, the Santa line was never long, and the food (kitchen buffet with dessert bar) was delicious. Loved the special touch of a coloring station for the kids. Will definitely book again next Christmas!

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NP
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The venue is okay. I've only had the Brunch Buffet. The Brunch itself was not worth the price. Food was nothing spectacular. You can get better quality of food with more flavor at other less expensive places. Although a variety of foods, many of the hot items were actually cold. The desserts looked good but were not good at all. The cakes were dry. The local grocery store cakes tastes much better.
You pay more for the location rather than a good quality Brunch.
After an hour of being there, it felt as though we were being rushed so that they could flip tables, even though we had reservations and people who were there way before us were still sitting and enjoying their time.
I would not recommend this place for their Brunch Buffet. Certainly not worth the price we paid and almost an hour drive.

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E
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a party of five, one in a wheelchair and hearing impaired, and were attending an evening performance at the JFK center. From the first greeting at the maître d station, each staff member was so kind and helpful. Two of us arrived early and we were seated immediately. Our remaining guests arrived late, and it was not a problem. The waiter we had has been serving for over 40 years! He was kind, efficient and served us perfectly and had us out on time for the performance without feeling rushed. The space is beautiful, but simple and friendly. We are vegetarians, and we found a nice selection to chose. The Terrace also has gluten free meals. I highly recommend this restaurant, and wished they could have post-performance coffee/dessert meals.

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M
Washington DC
183 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

This restaurant is an easy and convenient choice for those attending an event at the Kennedy Center. The service can be spotty, very dependent on who the server is. The food is good, not necessarily great. Selection is limited and fairly expensive. The wine is tremendously overpriced, with the lowest priced wines at $65. Be prepared to spend $200 or so for a simple dinner for 2. However, hard to beat the convenience.

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OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

We have season tickets for the ballet every year and always dine here before the show. Had dinner before the Nutcracker and this time we had an unpleasant experience. My husband had a black hair in his water glass, I had to ask our bread server on 2 separate occasions to find our waiter because he would disappear for long periods of time, and then to top it off, they brought my father-in-law the wrong dish for dinner. Because we had waited so long just to get service, he decided to just eat it because otherwise we would be late for our show. And of course we had to skip dessert which we usually enjoy having. Maybe it was just an off night for them but a disappointing experience this time.

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CG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s-rate, again. A month after a pre-birthday show, the Terrace Rooftop Restaurant delivered another winner in every aspect of the meal: the quality of the food,and the service, used to be the ambiance and service were always superb, while the food was merely pedestrian. Not so, any longer. The menu selections and resultant dishes match the surroundings. Bravo!!

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G
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We took our 9-year old granddaughter to dinner before seeing the Nutcracker. The food was well prepared and delicious. The service was excellent and the drinks were very good. Great experience for our young lady. Highly recommend it for pre-performance dining.

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OT
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Good food and quick efficient service. When you have a deadline for a concert that really counts. Nice wine. Still doing espresso in regular coffee cups. So you have to like your espresso cold.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We enjoyed our evening . The service was good and the food was delicious. The decor needs an update. The dining room reminded us of a banquet hall. Unfortunately, it does not take advantage of the beautiful views .

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MC
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful. Everything was wonderful. Selection of food, presentation and taste of food. Service was wonderful too.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food, service and atmosphere were excellent!

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BR
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

I ordered one of the priciest things on the menu, the Lobster Cavatelli. There was a generous amount of pasta, an also generous amount of chunks of un-cored unpeeled tomatoes, and an adequate amount of slightly over-cooked lobster, in a bland marinara sauce. Any bottled sauce on the super- market shelf would have been better. I’d have been embarrassed to serve this in my own home. Has anyone in the kitchen ever tasted this? Is anybody in charge here? Fortunately, my husband’s braised lamb shank and accompaniments were delicious, as was the crime brûlée.

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JW
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We dined at the Kennedy Center Roof Terrace Restaurant before attending a concert. Our reservations were for 6:00, but because of the weather and traffic we didn't arrive until nearly 6:30. The staff were most accommodating and had kept our table. They were very friendly and not concerned about our being late. The service was great, as was the food. Gluten-free dishes were clearly marked on the menu, as my wife is gluten-free. We did not feel at all rushed and our food arrived in a timely manner. We even had time for dessert before heading to the concert. This is our second experience in recent times at this restaurant. Both experiences have been excellent and we will be sure to return again.

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DC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and atmosphere was perfect for our ladies night. The food was delicious and the environment was relaxed and tranquil.

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RE
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Post theatre.

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LJ
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We always enjoy our dining at the Roof Terrace restaurant where generally the food is excellent, the atmosphere is generally quiet and the scenic view is enjoyable. This time the one disappointment was that my pasta dish was served lukewarm and edges cold and I had to ask the waiter to take it back to the kitchen to have it reheated. The appetizer was excellent as were my wife's choices menu choices.

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JG
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My date and I enjoyed a wonderful pre-opera brunch. Food quite delicious- especially the omlett.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat at the bar versus the restaurant this past Saturday before seeing, “Anastasia.” We were very shocked though at how hard it was to keep away the small gnats that were constantly buzzing around our food. It was very unappetizing. They really need to get the bug problem under control, especially for those with meat & cheese boards and entrees that are fully exposed to the flying little creatures. The service is always excellent here though and we would still recommend the restaurant to our friends (with knowledge of the gnats though).

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GG
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was good, albeit a bit pricey - but then it was the Kennedy Center. Ambience is nice, not too dressy or casual but definitely a more up-scale dining experience. Service is top notch! Our server was extremely attentive and efficient, making sure our meal was piping hot and on the table quickly enough to enjoy at leisure before the night's performance. Reservations are a must for this site - especially during the holidays.

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