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Barely tolerable, mostly terrible brunch at the Roof Terrance Restaurant

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Roof Terrace Restaurant


The Kennedy Center is one of the great institutions of D.C., known for great shows and gorgeous architecture. Too bad the brunch at the Kennedy Center's signature restaurant, the Roof Terrance, does not do the venue justice.

To begin with, the Sunday brunch buffet is bizarrely served in the restaurant’s kitchen, so guests have to leave the dining room to go fill their plate. And once they have made it all the way over to the kitchen the options are so abysmal the walk over hardly seems worth the effort.

Eggs benedict are cold and soggy, topped with a hollandaise sauce that has congealed into an unappetizing mess. (Cue gagging immediately.) Salads are messy and clearly not fresh; pasta is mushy, breads are dry, and croissants are painfully tough. The list goes on. Potatoes are bland, French toast is too tough on the outside and the center is grossly soft. The only edible item on the buffet may be the cheese and cracker display, probably because that is the only platter which did not involve any cooking. Even that is barely acceptable, as the crackers are cheap and stale, and the cheeses have been sitting out too long. The omelet station is probably your safest bet, mostly because they are freshly made to order. Just don’t expect any interesting or tasty filling items.

Dessert is the only highlight, with teacups of chocolate pudding, cookies, fruit, flan, mini pies, and cupcakes.

For $36.00 per person, with one measly mimosa or glass of champagne and awful food, this goes on your absolutely must skip list. Just go to the Kennedy Center for the shows, not the food.

Roof Terrace, 2700 F Street Northwest Washington DC 20566, 202-416-8000