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Dining & Gift Shops

Celebrating Japanese Cuisine at the Kennedy Center Restaurants

Bento Box of Japanese foodDuring the festival, make a reservation at the Roof Terrace Restaurant to enjoy spectacular views while feasting on a variety of dinner options, including Chef de Cuisine Karen Hayes's three-course menu featuring Tuna Sashimi Napoleon, Miso-marinated Black Cod, and a Japanese-themed dessert. On February 7, Japanese chef Makoto Takamura will prepare a special prix-fixe meal. For reservations and more information about these Roof Terrace Restaurant events, call (202) 416-8555.

John Gauntner World-renowned sake expert John Gauntner hosts "The World of Sake" - a special three-course dinner, sake tasting, and discussion February 14 & 15 in the Roof Terrace Restaurant. For reservations, call (202) 416-8396.

For a more casual lunch or dinner without reservations, head to the KC Café for a Bento Box - a Japanese-style meal served in a colorful segmented box and typically including fish or meat, rice, and vegetables. All dining venues and intermission bars will serve sake and other Japanese beverages like Kirin Ichiban beer and green tea.

Gifts, mementos, and more

Japanese Gift Shop itemsUpstairs in the States Gallery, browse beautiful jewelry from Mikimoto, colorful textile designs by Reiko Sudo and Nuno Corporation, and unique products from iconic visual artist Yayoi Kusama. In the upstairs Nations Gallery, have fun exploring our Robot Shop and Manga Bookstore. In the Hall of States Gift Shop, you'll find gifts for all ages and tastes, from sushi-shaped soap to the "Knockman Family" - cool noise-making wind-up toys designed by Maywa Denki. Or visit the Online Gift Shop now to shop from home! Plus, watch for details on meet-the-artist signings throughout the festival.