Kingbird at The Watergate Hotel

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$31 to $50
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Mediterranean

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Pre/post Theatre
Located within The Watergate Hotel, this elegant restaurant features Mediterranean cuisine with a French Riviera twist. Kingbird is open daily for breakfast, lunch, pre-theater dinner (5-7pm) and dinner with an energetic bar and contemporary dining room. Menus feature seasonally inspired plates from Executive Chef, Sébastien Giannini. Just a 5-minute walk to the Kennedy Center and Valet Parking is $12 for the evening.

Out on the seasonal terrace, enjoy al fresco dining with a view of the Potomac. Weekends offer Saturday brunch & Sunday brunch buffet, plus traditional Afternoon Tea with a modern twist.

Winner of Wine Spectator's Best of Award of Excellence 2019

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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

In honor of Thanksgiving Day, Kingbird will be offering a special brunch buffet service from 11:30am to 3:00pm

Thursday, 28 November, 2019

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Terrible experience. Service was awful and food was dismal. It took two hours to get breakfast actually served and cold food when arrived. We had to ask for water repeatedly, parts of meals missing, no attention to service.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Food was not nearly as good as I expected with not nearly enough vegetables. And cappuchino was truly terrible. Was seated at a table looking at coats and kitchen doors but moved to a booth looking at the river when I requested. The staff were wonderful and seemed like they wanted everyone to have a great experience. Prefer the food (and prices) at campono nearby.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They made this such a special occasion, everyone we met was so lovely and welcoming. Can’t wait to go back.

l
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Good food, pricey given hotel location. Enjoyed the Black Sea Bass.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was good, we missed out on one of our entrees so timing was off. Managment corrected the issue and apologized for the mishap. Overall food was delicious!

G
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Although the food was really good, the service was awful, therefore almost ruining the occasion.

SK
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I chose Kingbird for a Saturday brunch in honor of a close friend who is getting married in a few weeks ( casual bridal shower brunch). The restaurant was very accommodating and let me put balloons and treats at the table that i brought in myself, and even gave us a complimentary dessert for the bride-to-be. The server was very attentive and went the extra mile to provide a nice morning for us. It was not very crowded - we were there for 3 hours and never felt rushed. Overall i am so glad I chose this place for our get-together!

CF
Indiana
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Had been wanting to try this place for some time as a good dinenr spot before the Kennedy Center. The ambiance was great and the service was fabulous . The food was just OK, though... not fabulous... it came out promptly but was a little cold. Considering the prices, which are a little steep, I had expected better.

S
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Had lunch after concert at Kennedy Center. Eating there is an experience that transcends the meal. Service is impeccable. Prices are exhorbitant but this is for the location, the ambiance and the service. The food is also very good. Would do this again.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Disappointed in the breakfast buffet. Three different servers told us everything on the a la carte menu (which included avocado toast, lobster Benedict, and chia seed pudding) was on the buffet. So obviously we chose the buffet. None of that was to be seen. Only basic plain waffles, pancakes, bacon, sausages, scrambled eggs, and fruit and pastries. We felt like it was a bait and switch and not worth the buffet price.

OT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

After we finished our appetizer course, we waited for 45 minutes to be served our entrees. Since we had a theater time to meet, we had to skip dessert.

S
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Pre theatre meal. Good food. Great wine and dessert. Downfall was a very rude hostess who didn’t make eye contact nor offer greetings but just stared at her iPad. Her co hostess made the excuse that they were busy; however for a restaurant of this level and price point that is INEXCUSABLE.

waiters were very friendly

Makes me want to go to another restaurant before my KC shoes...if you’re too busy to serve me.

JV
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great place! Excellent food. Staff gets overwhelmed before a large show at Kennedy Center so schedule your dinner with plenty of time to curtain. Two hours prior to showtime will work. Anything less than that and you won’t enjoy the experience. Our waiter got us out right on time but there were plenty of large pauses between courses.

LS
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and the server was very attentive.

CC
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Wine pour was clearly short. Food was very good, the ambiance was great.

CG
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Service here was surprisingly bad. We waited over an hour for our food during a not at all busy time. One of the dishes that came out was the wrong dish. Drinks were not refilled unless we flagged someone down and asked for them to be refilled. It felt like our table was largely forgotten by the wait staff. Very disappointing for such a seemingly nice restaurant.

VL
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The service and food were excellent, as were the drinks. It was a little noisy but it seemed to die down after the Kennedy Center performances. Private conversations were not really very private.

AT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice environment before a show at the Kennedy Center

BI
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Could not ask for a better dinning experience in D. C. From being greeted, seated, and waited upon, it was a lovely evening. The menu was just the right size and offered enough diversity that everyone was happy. The wine selection is superb as well as the knowledge of the person who took time to describe the various wines to us. Desert was the highlight of the meal - we are all still talking about it.

M
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food excellent service! Really enjoyed the Pre-theater menu.

K
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came before seeing Cats at the Kennedy Center. Beautiful, great food and attentive service. Wanted to try everything on the menu - can’t wait to come back!

M
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The evening was excellent. The Waitress knew the menu and made excellent suggestions. The food arrived hot and the presentation was outstanding. The wine list provided us with many choices and the Wine Stewart guided us to an excellent Chardonnay. The atmosphere was pleasant and very quiet.

DK
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was a "find"...very happy experience.

LB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christina was our waiter for Sunday brunch. She took extra efforts to bring tea to one of the guests of the three that were not drinking adult beverages or coffee. She also knew everything about food content and menu content. The food was outstanding for a buffet. Fresh, well prepared and abundant. Absolutely loved the chairs. Comfort from the minute we sat down and commented on by two of us immediately. Christina also knew everything about the design of the chairs, their individual cost and the fact that they were made solely for Kingbird and not sold to others. Can't wait to go again.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and service.

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

The food was good except for the many bones in the halibut.

RD
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Between us, we tried all three available fish dishes. The halibut was the winner. We were given a comfortable booth with a panoramic view of the Potomac - an unexpected treat. Best of all we were headed to the Kennedy Center for a performance and a bit short on time, so particularly appreciated our servers being super efficient, anticipating our needs, and even pointing out a shortcut back to the Kennedy Center. Can't really ask for more - good food and good people in a good location.

DC
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely perfect. The food and drinks were outstanding...

MP
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently outstanding in every way! Food, wine, service - everything is top notch!

l
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was great and very polite. There were two hostesses coming at intervals, both saw people standing and neither greeted anyone. It was early (5:15ish) and many open tables, there shouldn't have been a line). An establishment like this should have better hostess etiquettes. Food was not excellent, but just great. We had the pre-fix menu and our appetizer was delicious (layered ?? w/ foie gras). My friend and I both had the black sea bass with gnocchi. The gnocchi was OK, we've had better. My friend's crème brulee was just OK but my lemon cream was excellent. Very close to the Kennedy Center which was nice as we went to a show.

DD
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose Kingbird because of it's location near the Kennedy Center; we had tickets to a show. Kingbird has a very nice prix fixe menu or they will make substitutions. The food was great quality and the restaurant was very clean and updated. They even gave us a shortcut to walk from the restaurant to the Kennedy Center.

R
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

First off this place is so difficult to find. We drove and planned on valet parking and while you can easily see the “watergate hotel” awning, there is zero signage for entrance to valet. Then once entering the hotel, there’s little signage to the Kingbird restaurant. On a Saturday evening, they had a limited Prix fixe menu with the option to order al la carte. The tartare starter had this toast that was crunchy and as hard as a rock. The service was extremely slow and it took ages for us to receive our entree. The bathrooms are extremely far from the dining room and you must go downstairs. Just to get our waiters attention to ask for the bill (we had been finished with dessert for 15 minutes) was nearly impossible. When we left to get our car from valet, the main valet guy said it was $20, we said we were told for dining in the restaurant it was $12. He said no, it’s $12 for the first hour. I walked inside and grabbed someone from the check in counter and told her the situation. She had to walk all the way outside and tell this valet man that we were only paying $12. I was infuriated as this guy was clearly trying to overcharge us because he thought we were stupid. I will never ever dine here again. The only reason I would return to watergate is to have a drink and lite bite at their rooftop bar which has wonderful views of the Potomac and Georgetown.

LE
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

The food at the restaurant was amazing, everything was very delicious and really tasty! The service was also really great. However, We expected a little more. I had made this reservation over a month prior, as it was my husbands birthday. I wrote it down with the initial reservation. I was a bit upset that we did not get a nicer table by the window, but were placed in the middle of the restaurant, with the next table just inches away. Unfortunately the menue was different from the one online. I asked the waiter about it, who said it was just a shorter version for the night. A big let down, because we both were really excited for the salmon, which was not on the shorter menue. The food we had was really delicious, however, it was not the most pleasant atmosphere all in all, and I had higher expectations of the place. There was no music, and the menue also did not include cocktails, only wine and champagnes and beer. A great night, but not as fancy as I had hoped for. All in all,I would go back and recommend the restaurant!

P
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for pre-theater dinner. Service was impeccable and food was very, very good.

BT
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 4

Wanted to love it. Unfortunately they were disorganized and ran out of food! Really, we had reservations, they knew we were coming and they actually ran out of food. No apology, no compensation, nothing! Well, that is unless you got their excuse that the delivery guy shorted their delivery. The guy offered to walk up to Whole Foods and get me a bushel of tomatoes right then and there. Too bad he didn't do that earlier in the day! Sad.

m
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was great -service excellent - drinks a little pricey

PE
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Wickedly expensive for average food and service. So convenient to the Kennedy Center, but so charmless. Sky-high prices are not matched by attentive service or particularly interesting-tasting food. Presentation, no matter how lovely, is no substitute for actual good food.

W
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was quite good, but the description of one side dish — asparagus — didn’t include that was served with a beef stock, which my wife’s stomach cannot tolerate. There should have been some warning about that unexpected ingredient.

PP
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

We decided to eat at Kingbird pre-theatre ... here’s the good:
Easy 3 course ore theatre menu
Great service
Pretty space

The bad :
The food was really mediocre. There were 3 of us and we all ordered completely different things and not one dish was good.

The price : $226 before tip for dinner for 3.

SG
London
4 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

This place is REALLY hard to find. It is NOT handicap accessible. (They have an electronic stair ramp that did not work when I was there and even if it did work you have to wait for security to come to use it. It's really bad.) It took over 20 minutes to order a drink. It was loud. The whole thing is bad.

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