The Kennedy Center

Kennedy Center Restaurants


Roof Terrace Restaurant

Jaime Montes de Oca Jr., Executive Chef

empty tables in the Roof Terrace Restaurant


Innovative adaptations of classic dishes using seasonal ingredients that showcase global flavors and accentuate traditional French techniques on a la carte dining in the dramatic deco-inspired dining room.

Sunday Kitchen Buffet Brunch

House specialties such as prime rib, raw seafood bar, seasonal gourmet salads, as well as traditional breakfast foods, including made-to-order omelets and homemade scones, muffins, and danishes, all served in the chef's impressive kitchen.


Pre-performance cocktails and food in an intimate setting.


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 Circles members are advised to make their reservations by calling the Circles office phone: 202-416-8068.

enerence to KC Cafe For preferred reservation, become a Kennedy Center Circles member and enjoy an exclusive reservation phone line as one of the benefits of your membership.


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.

Learn more about the Roof Terrace Restaurant

KC Café

people sitting and eating in the KC Cafe

Hours: 11:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Designed in the style of a food hall, guests can choose from a curated menu at four distinctive stations with dishes focusing on local sourcing and regional inspirations, including:

  • Farm: Classic roasted and carved meats with hearty sides and traditional accompaniments

  • Sea: Regional and global seafood dishes with fresh sides and vibrant sauces

  • Field: Vegetable-forward menu with tossed-to-order pasta and an array of hot and cold vegetables

  • Bar: Wine on tap with a Coffee & Dessert Bar. Specialty cocktails also available.

Group sales are available; contact Jennifer Post to learn more.

Intermission Express Refreshment Service

Pre-order your drink or snack before a performance and avoid waiting in line during intermission.

Print out the Express Intermission Service form. Prior to the performance, give the completed form and your payment to a bartender at any intermission bar at the Kennedy Center. At intermission, return to the bartender with whom you placed your order and pick-up your drink/snack without waiting in line. You can also find forms in the lobby and at the intermission bars.

Express Intermission Service is available for all performances that have intermissions.

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Waterfront near Georgetown

The Kennedy Center is right next to Washington Harbor and only a ten-minute walk from Georgetown-both of which are filled with great restaurants. Members, Circles Members, and Subscribers can also receive a discount from participating restaurants.