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New Openings: Refreshed Rooftop Terrace Reopens

By Rina Rapuano
October 17, 2013

Fans who flock to Roof Terrace Restaurant at the Kennedy Center before performances and for its popular brunch will be happy to learn that its redesign is complete. This week, the spot debuted a refreshed dining room with a new bistro and lounge area, as well as a menu that still leans toward French-inspired but is much more adventurous. By adding these more casual spaces, the restaurant hopes to attract diners from beyond the Kennedy Center’s audiences (202-416-8555).

  • A new bar menu features small plates like sweetbreads, deviled eggs and mussels with fries. Also new to the bar are the wooden bar stools and reupholstered booths.

  • The bar menu is also served in the new bistro area, which is separate from - and more casual than - the more formal dining room.

  • The bistro has its own mini lounge area, yet another place from where guests can sample from the bar menu.

  • Dining room changes include rose-hued drapes, navy carpeting, khaki tablecloths and modern wooden chairs. Executive Chef Joe Gurner’s new menu for the dining room includes a pan-seared Muscovy duck breast with cranberry and chestnut, and scallops with fennel, orange confit and rosemary.

  • The private dining room opposite the bar now doubles as a larger lounge, where guests can grab a cocktail and relax in the couches arranged around coffee tables.

  • Diners are welcome to walk out on the terrace and take in a sweeping view of the Potomac River that includes the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument and planes taking off and landing from Reagan National Airport. Guests aren’t able to eat on the terrace, however.

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