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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
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Sun 11:00 - 14:00
Tue - Sun 17:00 - 20:00
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Silver Spring, Maryland
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1,028 reviews
671 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 244 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's not Shear Madness to go to the Terrace Restaurant before a show at the Kennedy Center: it's convenient; if you choose wisely, you can get an acceptable snack; and if you don't mind a flattery room, you can enjoy some light conversation with your companions. No, it's not Shear Madness: for that you'd have to buy tickets to the... More 

Thank jaseaton
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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

For being " roof top". You can't see very much. A couple of construction cranes. However, location is wonderful if you are seeing a program at the Kennedy Center. We had a couple of appetizers. Excellent. The crab soup was slightly spicy, but good. The pate board was expensive and good. We had good wine by the glass. $20 for... More 

Thank Shelley N
Darnestown, Maryland
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68 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

The food was quite good and the service was ok, but not what you would expect for the price. The ambiance feels a bit like you are at a banquet hall. Very high ceilings, vast open space, sterile design. The only reason this place is able to pull it off is the monopoly on location. Anywhere else and this restaurant... More 

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Dumfries, Virginia
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73 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

The Roof Terrace Restaurant has over the years been good, very good, and mediocre. Our dinner last week was mediocre at best. One of the best appetizers ever was their kale Caesar salad. A large bowl of kale and romaine, chopped hard boiled eggs, shaved Parmesan cheese, and excellent croutons with traditional Caesar dressing. Last week, the salad was served... More 

Thank Robert S
Charleston, South Carolina
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16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017

The food is ok for pre or post concert or theater. The view is wonderful and it really sets the scene for your whole evening. The food is not memorable, but the evening will be. Drinks were good. We had Risotto and pasta, salads and desserts; all ok.

Thank Mary S
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336 reviews
281 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

Dinner before seeing our show was not only convenient, but surprisingly good at the Kennedy Center Rooftop Terrace. The servers are busy, but still provide excellent service. The menu is “limited” but serves all tastes. Plating and presentation is first-class. Highly recommend dining here.

Thank Crazzzzs
San Diego
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61 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

If only the taste and ambiance matched the prestige that the name and location of this restaurant deserves. I was very excited about booking a table here on New Year's Eve, but walked away a bit disappointed. The meals had great appearance, but a few minutes into the dinner my food was already cold. I had the short rib and... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

I try this restaurant about once a year, hoping that it will be better, but really, you should save your money and frustration and eat elsewhere before coming to the Kennedy Center. This restaurant has a fantastic location and beautiful venue, but, it is overpriced, crowded, and not a good value. Dining out in DC is not cheap, but generally,... More 

Thank Barbara W
Alexandria, Virginia
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122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

Beautiful dinner, great location and a fantastic menu. Everything is fresh, made to order and delicious. The risotto with seafood was amazing. My companion had the salmon over wheat berries. We split a salad and a wonderful chocolate ice cream for dessert. Very happy and satisfied we enjoyed the atmosphere and the wonderful service. Can't wait to go back!

Thank Bella3020
Potomac, Maryland
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192 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

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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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
American, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
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?