Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

As a destination restaurant for culture buffs, the Roof Terrace has no equal in DC.


Dinner nightly, Brunch Sun.

* Click here for rating key

Roof Terrace Restaurant, Washington, DC

Operations may be disrupted due to COVID-19. Be sure to contact the restaurant to find out its current status and offerings.

Roof Terrace Restaurant Restaurant Review

: Under the direction of executive chef Joe Gurner, the dinner menu has developed a certain cache, making this a fine setting for a pre-concert feast. Sitting down over cocktails or a glass of wine allows you ample time to chat and peruse the listings, which might include as appetizers a Caesar salad or a white asparagus soup, a delicate tribute to the vegetable. For entrées, the grilled branzino comes as a whole fish and will need some knife manipulation, but is a succulent treat. Other options might include a lobster-and-pea risotto and double lamb chops with fava beans. As for sweet endings, do not pass up a serving of the Côte d’Ivoire, a chocolate mousse with dark chocolate ganache and a crunchy chocolate biscuit. The Roof Terrace is also a popular Sunday buffet brunch destination. For culture buffs, this place has no equal in DC. Within moments, patrons can descend to a concert, a theater or an event in the Kennedy Center after dining.

Belgian chocolates

Coffee and chocolate make a delicious combination. ENJOY 10% OFF YOUR ENTIRE ORDER with GAYOT's exclusive promo code.

Stay in a romantic mood with this Rosé Champagne.

Read GAYOT's review.