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Top of the Gate at The Watergate Hotel

3.7
3.7
238 Reviews
$50 and over
Mediterranean

Top of the Gate is closed for the season.
Thank you for a great season! We will see you in the spring!

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If you have any questions, you can email us at topofthegate@thewatergatehotel.com.

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  • Neighborhood

    Foggy Bottom

  • Cross street

    Virginia Ave NW & New Hampshire Ave NW

  • Parking details

    We offer Valet Parking at the hotels entrance for $20 per vehicle.

  • Public transit

    The nearest metro station is Foggy Bottom. Our main entrance is located between 2600 Virginia Ave NW and Watergate East.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wine

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

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Menu

Tapas and Shared Plates

  • Summer Salad$27.00

    arugula, blue cheese, candied nuts, berries

    • Octopus & Hummus$48.00

      za'atar, chili peppers, olive oil, warm naan bread

      • Hummus$27.00

        piquillo peppers, warm naan bread

        • Beef Meatballs$29.00

          teriyaki sauce, sesame seeds, jalapeno, fried onions

          • Tempura Black Tiger Shrimp$32.00

            cilantro, sweet chili sauce, lime

            • Honey Buffalo Chicken Wings$29.00

              local blue cheese, buttermilk ranch, smokey paprika

              • Charcuterie Board$32.00

                assorted meats, pickles, whole grain mustard, baguette

                • Handcrafted Cheeses$32.00

                  assorted handcrafted cheeses, dried fruit, honeycomb, baguette

                  • Burrata con Panna$38.00

                    eggplant, roasted cherry tomatoes, pumpkin seeds

                    • Pizza Romana$29.00

                      tomato sugo, mozzarella, olives, oregano

                      • Spicy Roasted Mixed Nuts$17.00

                        • Marinated Olives$17.00

                          lemon, rosemary

                          Desserts

                          • Raspberry Trifle$27.00

                            mascarpone cream, toasted pistachios

                            • Assorted Macarons$27.00

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                              • Assorted Mini Pastries$27.00

                                (6)

                                Last updated: October 13, 2021

                                What 238 people are saying

                                Overall ratings and reviews

                                Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                3.7
                                3.7 based on recent ratings
                                • 3.2Food
                                • 3.8Service
                                • 4.2Ambience
                                • 2.7Value

                                NoiseModerate

                                Loved For

                                • District of Columbia

                                  Scenic View

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                                1. NB

                                  NancyB

                                  Washington DC

                                  210 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  210 reviews

                                  Dined on October 14, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Great place for cocktails and light bites on a beautiful fall evening. The meatballs are the best ever as was the Thai shrimp. Thank you to our server, Jesse.

                                2. BP

                                  BrittanyP

                                  New York Area

                                  3 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  3 reviews

                                  Dined on October 13, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Beautiful view ! Nice place to relax for an after dinner drink!

                                3. MH

                                  MahnazH

                                  Orlando

                                  5 reviews

                                  3.0

                                  5 reviews

                                  Dined on October 11, 2021

                                  overall3food3service4ambience4

                                  We got a nice table with fire pit in the center. The food was mediocre and pizza was served in a box. The meat plate was not really a platter it was small and didn’t look appealing at all.

                                4. LK

                                  LKHJJHAJH

                                  Washington DC

                                  15 reviews

                                  vip
                                  1.0

                                  15 reviews

                                  Dined on October 11, 2021

                                  overall1food2service1ambience2

                                  The Watergate Rooftop is over priced and over rated. We went for a birthday celebration. We made an early reservation to ensure a better choice of seating only to discover 2/3 of the seating was blocked for a private event. Service was slow. Drinks and tapas were extremely expensive and food quality was average at best. A bottle of champagne that we like (typically $60 at total wine) was priced at $800/bottle. We expected 5-star service and quality experience given the cost. I would never go back!

                                5. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  1 review

                                  1.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on October 10, 2021

                                  overall1food1service1ambience2

                                  This is a total overrated rip off. It was impossible to reach them and it was only possible to get a reservation online with a very significant deposit and when we got there there was nobody there, place was about a quarter full. I thought ambience, food, drinks were significantly below average. Watergate Hotel is rundown and Grimy!

                                6. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Nashville

                                  4 reviews

                                  vip
                                  1.0

                                  4 reviews

                                  Dined on October 8, 2021

                                  overall1food1service2ambience3

                                  Not impressed. Such a great view and location. But overall food was average and price was excessive. I don’t mind high prices as long as the food is good. But $30 for a small pizza? No thanks. Also they allow smokers near dining, which was awful. Also there is quite a bit of barriers from actually enjoying the view. Will not be coming back

                                7. SB

                                  SantoshB

                                  Washington DC

                                  3 reviews

                                  3.0

                                  3 reviews

                                  Dined on October 8, 2021

                                  overall3food3service4ambience5

                                  I took my wife here for drinks on our anniversary. Really good service, first they sat us in this awful dark canopy thing with no lighting was not a fan couldn’t see anything, so I asked to be seated elsewhere and they gave us a really good table that had such a great view. Drinks weren’t bad either, I think pricey for the taste but overall the view is what makes you come back and we will go back. I do suggest they change that canopy thing it is terrible at night to sit in and they provided dim light glow sticks and just doesn’t suffice.

                                8. LM

                                  LiviaM

                                  1 review

                                  3.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on October 3, 2021

                                  overall3food3service4ambience3

                                  Limited view while seating, lounge seating on second raw has no view of the city but sky. I would suggest to uplift a bit second row to make better use of view feature. The place is run down and it could be a bit more lively and nice with some plants and better furniture arrangement.

                                9. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  1 review

                                  2.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on October 3, 2021

                                  overall2food3service1ambience5

                                  The views were amazing but its so expensive and the service wasn’t good, they took 50 min to get us a charcuterie tray, and we were celebrating our anniversary.

                                10. O

                                  Ornella

                                  1 review

                                  1.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on October 3, 2021

                                  overall1food1service1ambience1

                                  Poor customer service, food not good especially for the price. Outside was dark poor lightning and no ambiance.

                                11. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Washington DC

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on October 2, 2021

                                  overall5food3service5ambience5

                                  Beautiful! Just really expensive.

                                12. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Washington DC

                                  1 review

                                  3.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on October 2, 2021

                                  overall3food3service2ambience4

                                  The place is very nice, though a little too dark. The service was very slow.

                                13. D

                                  Drinkaroundtheworld

                                  Washington DC

                                  1 review

                                  vip
                                  2.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on October 2, 2021

                                  overall2food2service3ambience5

                                  Nice views at the top but overall not the best rooftop bar experience. Service was extremely slow though it wasn’t crowded. Maybe just understaffed. Not many drink & food choices. The valet was extremely disorganized, unfortunately. This is definitely a visit-once type of place.

                                14. RR

                                  RobertR

                                  Atlanta

                                  1 review

                                  3.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on September 26, 2021

                                  overall3food1service4ambience2

                                  Come only for the view. The drink, food and crowd are not worth the price.

                                15. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  New York Area

                                  6 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  6 reviews

                                  Dined on September 26, 2021

                                  overall5food2service5ambience5

                                  Beautiful view but disappointing menu- too limited

                                16. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  1 review

                                  4.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on September 26, 2021

                                  overall4food4service4ambience5

                                  We had a very difficult time trying to call to the rooftop bar to get details about it prior to our stay. One person told us we could over order more food of a full menu however when we arrived we realized that wasn’t true. The service was a little slow however everyone was courteous and the view was great. Overall we had a great time.

                                17. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on September 25, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Great location

                                18. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  1 review

                                  1.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on September 25, 2021

                                  overall1food1service1ambience4

                                  Everything else under the roof of the Watergate was on point for what I would expect from a luxury hotel. I was greeted with kindness and respect from the moment I checked in. When we arrived for our reservation at the Top of the Gate, the hostess was very kind and took us almost immediately to our table. We waited 10 minutes at our table without any greeting until someone came to our table and just dropped of a menu and kept moving, still no greeting. I can’t rate the food at all because we just left. The atmosphere was really nice and great views of DC and the Potomac river. We had high hopes, but the service out of the gate on top of the gate was basement level service. The hostess very kindly apologized almost as if she was not surprised. I know this might be a one off experience, but I am just being honest about mine.

                                19. MD

                                  MariaD

                                  Washington DC

                                  1 review

                                  3.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on September 18, 2021

                                  overall3food3service3ambience2

                                  Not thrilled about the spot, there’s only a small area where you could enjoy the view; I reserved about 4 weeks earlier and requested a nice spot for two which was not honored and not sure why, there were a few tables. I asked if we could be moved, and they never really followed up. Service was ok. Wouldn’t come back

                                20. IU

                                  IvyU

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on September 17, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  The view was very beautiful & we enjoyed the food.

                                21. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Washington DC

                                  2 reviews

                                  4.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined on September 14, 2021

                                  overall4food4service5ambience5

                                  The ambiance was wonderful, very nice view from rooftop The foods were good & extremely expensive Buffalo swings $29 (6-7 small swings) 5 tempura tiger shrimp $32 Octopus & hummus $48 (5-6 pieces octopus) Cocktail drink $25/each 20% gratitude is included

                                22. SD

                                  StevenD

                                  Washington DC

                                  1 review

                                  4.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on September 14, 2021

                                  overall4food5service5ambience5

                                  Excellent food and service, but a bit pricy.

                                23. K

                                  Kurt

                                  Washington DC

                                  5 reviews

                                  vip
                                  1.0

                                  5 reviews

                                  Dined on September 14, 2021

                                  overall1food3service3ambience4

                                  $50 for a Manhattan cocktail? $22 for a small bowl of nuts? C'mon now.

                                24. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Washington DC

                                  3 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  3 reviews

                                  Dined on September 14, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  It’s was special but very pricey.

                                25. LS

                                  LauraS

                                  1 review

                                  1.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on September 12, 2021

                                  overall1food1service5ambience5

                                  The price is not worth it! The cocktails were water basically!

                                26. T

                                  Tina

                                  Seattle

                                  3 reviews

                                  vip
                                  1.0

                                  3 reviews

                                  Dined on September 12, 2021

                                  overall1food1service2ambience1

                                  For the price point, the whole vibe was not great. The servers looked sloppy and were not properly taught to make drinks. The furniture was shabby and just worn out. Music was some playlist and not even thought through. It was forgettable. And for $25 for a cocktail it didn’t even compete to other lux hotels in the world. It was shameful to be honest to say that’s the best that DC has to offer.

                                27. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  San Francisco

                                  1 review

                                  vip
                                  3.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on September 12, 2021

                                  overall3food2service2ambience2

                                  Lack of verity of cocktails and mediocre food menu. Only one type of beer!! Broken outdoor furniture in such a high end place.

                                28. A

                                  Anonymous

                                  1 review

                                  3.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on September 11, 2021

                                  overall3food2service2ambience4

                                  The rooftop has great view and ambience. But the drinks are over priced. Food and drinks menu is very minimal. Drinks are not worth the price.

                                29. EH

                                  EarlH

                                  1 review

                                  3.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on September 10, 2021

                                  overall3food2service5ambience3

                                  Food and drinks were overpriced. Food was essentially the same as the room service menu for the hotel. Good place for drinks even though they’re over priced. Our waiter was great.

                                30. DK

                                  DarleneK

                                  Las Vegas

                                  17 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  17 reviews

                                  Dined on September 10, 2021

                                  overall5food4service4ambience5

                                  Super expensive occasion-worthy venue with fantastic views. Be prepared to break the bank!

                                31. FP

                                  FrederickP

                                  New York Area

                                  2 reviews

                                  4.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined on September 6, 2021

                                  overall4food3service3ambience5

                                  Got our food before drinks & did nothing for my Bday or making up for how long it took! The view was stunning that’s it plus it wasn’t even very busy.

                                32. S

                                  Sofia

                                  Washington DC

                                  4 reviews

                                  vip
                                  1.0

                                  4 reviews

                                  Dined on August 28, 2021

                                  overall1food1service1ambience2

                                  Tackiest place I have ever visited (and that includes Las Vegas). - They give you a bottle of tepid water (no glass) as soon as you sit down. - No coasters - All cocktails come in the exact same type of glass - Automatic 2% gratuity added for bad service - Hard to get a table with a view - Clientele is straight out of Joe Exotic’s zoo

                                33. JA

                                  JandA

                                  1 review

                                  1.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on August 28, 2021

                                  overall1food1service4ambience2

                                  With these absolutely exorbitant prices, we assumed that there would be at least good drinks and decent food. But really, this was not at all worth the cost. The staff was perfectly nice and the view is lovely, but the drinks were watery, unoriginal, and over flavored. The chicken wings had been over cooked- very little meat on the bones, and tough. The lettuce was wilted and the fruit mushy. The music was strange and inconsistent (house music at 7 pm? Followed by weird smooth jazz remakes of pop tunes?). All of these things are forgivable at a normal restaurant, but not at a place charging 25-50 a drink and 30-40 a small plate. Very frustrated to have spent so much of our money (and we aren’t rich people) on such a disappointing experience.

                                34. LT

                                  LovesToBrunch

                                  Washington DC

                                  2 reviews

                                  2.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined on August 28, 2021

                                  overall2food1service1ambience3

                                  Over priced drinks. Should have had better accommodations for weather (aka umbrellas for heat protection). No DC skyline which is fine but overpriced overall

                                35. Y

                                  Yisky

                                  1 review

                                  4.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on August 24, 2021

                                  overall4food2service3ambience5

                                  Best sunset views in the city, but it is incredibly overpriced. $25 for a beer. $30 for cocktails. $30-50 for small plate apps.

                                36. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Washington DC

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on August 24, 2021

                                  overall5food4service5ambience5

                                  the view was beautiful

                                37. RC

                                  RCOG

                                  1 review

                                  2.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on August 23, 2021

                                  overall2food1service2ambience3

                                  Pretty much you’re paying for the view, drinks are pricy and water down, food quality not that great.

                                38. BF

                                  BrownFoodie

                                  Washington DC

                                  4 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  4 reviews

                                  Dined on August 21, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  You are paying for the experience and the name. Beautiful view of DC.

                                39. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Washington DC

                                  1 review

                                  vip
                                  2.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on August 15, 2021

                                  overall2food2service3ambience3

                                  The only reason to go there is the view especially during sunset. Nearly every single time I’ve been there, the bill has somehow been exorbitantly inflated. Random $20 service charge fee for no apparent reason on top of tip/tax, charging $18 for a non-alcoholic drink, “mistakenly” having added a drink to the charges and when pointed out, the automatic tip which is a set percentage of the total bill staying the same instead of also decreasing, having no easy way to directly contact them by phone, and lastly a very limited food menu are some of the issues that have plagued an otherwise potentially nice venue. I only have gone to show the view to out of town visitors. Sadly I doubt I would go again.

                                40. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Washington DC

                                  1 review

                                  3.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on August 15, 2021

                                  overall3food2service5ambience5

                                  View was spectacular! Drinks were delicious, but prices were astronomical as well as tapas! Super surprised, we had two drinks and a charcuterie dish and it was $108. I have traveled to over 100 and rarely do I run into places that cost that much, just very surprising! View and a drink, perfect. Dinner, maybe not so much.

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                                Top of the Gate at The Watergate Hotel is rated 3.7 stars by 238 OpenTable diners

                                Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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                                Google Map for Top of the Gate at The Watergate Hotel

                                2650 Virginia Ave NW Washington, DC 20037

                                • Cross street

                                  Virginia Ave NW & New Hampshire Ave NW

                                • Neighborhood

                                  Foggy Bottom

                                • Hours of operation

                                  Closed
                                  Daily 4:30 pm–10:00 pm

                                • Cuisines

                                  Mediterranean, Tapas / Small Plates, Pizza Bar

                                • Dining style

                                  Casual Dining

                                • Dress code

                                  Business Casual

                                • Parking details

                                  We offer Valet Parking at the hotels entrance for $20 per vehicle.

                                • Public transit

                                  The nearest metro station is Foggy Bottom. Our main entrance is located between 2600 Virginia Ave NW and Watergate East.

                                • Payment options

                                  AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                                • Additional

                                  Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wine

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