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Kennedy Center Rooftop Terrace Restaurant

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2700 F St NW, Washington DC, DC 20566-0002 (Virginia Avenue NW)
+1 202-416-8555
17:00 - 20:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 11:00 - 14:00
Tue - Sun 17:00 - 20:00
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Potomac, Maryland
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272 reviews
191 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Since our last visit two years ago, when we enjoyed perfectly prepared food and impeccable service, we observed a significant drop off in quality. Prosecco was not chilled properly. Coffee was not hot. Chocolate dessert may as well have been wrapped in cellophane. Seated at 5:30, we advised waitstaff we were attending a performance at 8:00, yet our dessert was... More 

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Washington, North Carolina
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I had tickets to "Shear Madness" and as a birthday treat, I took him to dinner before the performance. I cannot say enough good things about our experience. The service was impeccable, we do not like restaurants that rush us through each course and the pace was perfect. We had time to actually relax and enjoy the... More 

Thank Diane1109
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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93 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

The people who work at this restaurant should be ashamed. Seafood chowder was elegant if a bit overpriced, but everything else was substandard. The server was comatose. He forgot drinks and barely checked on us. Seafood risotto was cold and the rice so gloppy and overcooked I felt like I was eating at Olive Garden. Really disappointing.

Thank 136ross
Dover, Delaware
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597 reviews
372 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

We went to an evening theater showing so decided to have dinner so we would not have to leave. Terrible experience from flat champagne to rice that was not cooked. Overpriced, lacks any service

Thank Lisa B
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Eating at the Terrace Restaurant gets one to the Kennedy Center early, and makes parking much easier. However, the food is very expensive (more than $100 for two excluding alcohol), and the menu selections are very esoteric. You need truly to be a gourmand to appreciate the unusual selection of foods, especially given the high price.

Thank Lloyd M
Fairfax, VA
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100 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

As others have noted, the convenience is wonderful and the staff, without fail, is always attentive, focused on getting you out for the show and very efficient. It is not cheap, but compared to the other restaurants in the vicinity, it is the middle of the price range. Portions could be a little larger, but you will not walk out... More 

Thank 48stever
Keyser, West Virginia
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016

The convenience of in house eating couldn't be beat, so I thought. Not true. While the staff was excellent at getting the food out on time and were pleasant, I never received the sides ordered. We ordered the shrimp risotto and were greeted with a total of 3 medium, at best, shrimp and three something awful looking ,which may have... More 

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Triangle, Virginia
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

We were short on time before a performance so we gave this place a try. Service was excellent, menu is limited, and very pricey. We both had the crab cakes, which were some of the best we've had, but portions are tiny and do not come with any accompaniments other than garnish. We ordered a side of whipped potatoes, which... More 

Thank Sue K
Baltimore, Maryland
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51 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

My companion and I ate Sunday Champagne Brunch here before a performance. You can't beat it for the convenience or the views. The food is remarkable for a brunch: crab, oysters, shrimp, prime rib, omelet bar, eggs Benedict (as well as many other tasty offerings). You can end your meal with little tidbits of desserts, small enough to try a... More 

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Washington DC
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37 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

We visited this restaurant for the Kitchen Buffet Brunch prior to a matinee show and it was fantastic! The unique layout of the brunch - winding through the restaurant's kitchen - makes it interesting to visit and is a great way to make sure the food is as hot and fresh as possible. They have a great variety of both... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$50 - US$50
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, View
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 20:00
17:00 - 20:00
17:00 - 20:00
17:00 - 20:00
17:00 - 20:00
17:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2700 F St NW, Washington DC, DC 20566-0002
    (Virginia Avenue NW)
  • Public Transportation: Foggy Bottom Metro on the Orange & Blue Lines. Kennedy Center provides free shuttle to/from Foggy Bottom Metro.
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > National Mall
  • Neighbourhood: National Mall
  • Phone Number: +1 202-416-8555

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?