Roof Terrace Restaurant at The Kennedy Center Launches New Summer Menu

Photo by PoPville flickr user philliefan99

From a press release:

The Roof Terrace Restaurant and Bar at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, has debuted a new dinner menu to reflect the summer season. Whether grabbing a quick bite before a show or relishing in an elegant meal amidst stunning views, guests will delight in the new selection of appetizers, entrées and desserts.

Highlights from the menu include seasonal additions as well as staple items beloved by restaurant patrons. For starters, choose from a number of savory summer dishes like a refreshing bowl of Chilled Tomato Gazpacho topped with flavorful Serrano ham, or the Bibb Lettuce Salad served with local grilled peaches, cloth bound cheddar, marcona almonds and finished with honey vinaigrette.

New main course offerings include Pan Seared Sea Scallops with farm fresh peas and carrots and Olive Oil Poached Black Pearl Salmon with fava beans and tomato mint salad. Crowd-pleasing entrees like Beef Tenderloin Filet with horseradish potatoes and fresh spring vegetables and Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes with grain mustard sauce, pickled red onions, and frisée remain on the menu.
For the perfect ending, guests can indulge a sweet tooth with a choice of select desserts. The mouthwatering Warm Rhubarb Cobbler is topped with cinnamon crème fraiche ice cream and drizzled with balsamic anglaise. Dark Chocolate Biscuit is the ultimate chocolate confection served with silky chocolate mousse and ganache.

Dinner 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. before Concert Hall and Opera House evening performances; Kitchen Buffet Brunch 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. most Sundays

Strongly recommended; call (202) 416-8555 or visit

The Roof Terrace Restaurant and KC Café are located at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20566.

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  • the low quality of restaurants around and in the Kennedy Center is very sad. Tried Ancora before seeing Book of Mormon this week; it was terrible, just as its predecessor Rivers was terrible, and 600 before that. The roof terrace restaurant in the KC is roughly on par with the food on offer in a retirement home.

  • Two points, both rants:

    1) Why doesn’t the Kennedy Center just outsource their restaurant space to a place that can actually make a decent meal? Seriously, that’s an easy money maker. Or put a nice big bar up there? This town is full of people who would gladly pay $13 for a cocktail on the roof of the Kennedy Center. Hell, there’s a school next door filled with such students as well! Disclaimer: I went to GW.

    2) I’m looking at the photo PoPville posted above and I feel obligated, as a man, to say that fellas: A lot of you need to step it up. There’s no reason why your girl should be dressed to kill while you look like you just fell off the back deck of your frat house. I mean COME ON (in GOB voice)

    Done ranting.

    • I was going to go for #2. 100% agreement.

    • Haha, you and my BF might be kindred spirits. He has a huge thing about standards of dress for men.

    • Thought the same thing. C’mon bra!

    • As a woman it’s definitely awkward to show up for a date and feel like you should’ve worn your pajamas instead of a cute dress!

    • I had the same thought as your #2. I mean, she’s dressed to kill, and the guy is wearing camo shorts, flip flops, and a backward baseball cap. Honey, ditch him quick because it’s not going to get better.

    • #2 + 1 million

      Also, if you’re going to the Kennedy Center for a show, it behooves you to dress appropriately. Theater-dress is not ever going to be shorts.

  • mtpgal

    I will always have a soft spot for the Terrace Restaurant. During my first year as a vegetarian way back in the early 90s, when vegetarianism was not at all mainstream, they took pity on my scrawny little kid self and made me a pb&j.

  • nice view

  • She is wearing a tank top and a cotton stretch skirt. Not sure if i would call that dressing up.

    • You are absolutely correct. Her “dressing up” started and ended with her shoes. And I wouldn’t call them dressy.

  • Baseball hats and the Kennedy Center should not even be in the same sentence. Sartorial knowledge is certainly lacking in the photo!

  • Nice set of legs on that one! Giggity giggity!

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