Despite my general disdain for tourist traps, the Kennedy Center is a pretty cool place. So, when Living Social Deals offered a two-for-one brunch deal to the Kennedy Center’s Roof Terrace Restaurant, I quickly snatched it up. This Sunday, the boyfriend and I headed for Foggy Bottom to see what this $39 all-you-can-eat brunch was all about.The view from the rooftop was, naturally, amazing. The restaurant is a large, open space filled with hundreds of close-together tables and lots of yapping tourists—not a very intimate dining experience. As this was a “jazz brunch” there was a slightly cheesy, but talented musician singing his heart out at the keyboard. Our waitress was lovely and very agreeable. For starters, the bottomless brunch comes with one mimosa and endless coffee.
This brunch is gluttony at its finest. Oddly, the buffet was set-up in the kitchen and included everything you could imagine. In the dining room there was an omelet station and there’s a separate dessert room. In the name of blogging, we went back three times each + dessert (I told you it was gluttonous!)
Round 1, Breakfast items: dozens of types of muffins, fruit, French toast, pancakes, waffles, breakfast potatoes, Eggs Benedict, Eggs Florentine, toast, bagels and lox and all the fixin’s.
Round 2, Lunch items: Cheese and cracker spread, Asian pasta salad, marinated portabella mushrooms, broccoli rabe in a yummy cream sauce, salads, insalata caprese, deviled eggs, and more.
Round 3, Seafood: Snow crab legs, stone crab legs, shrimp, oysters, herring, salmon and more that I’m sure I was forgetting. Being a seafood snob from Florida, I found the caliber of the seafood to be sub-par.
Lastly, the dessert room was a sight to behold. Dozens of mini-cupcakes of all types of flavors, key lime pie, cheese cake, chocolate cake, cream puffs, crème brulee, flan, and chocolate mousse.
The quality of the food was mediocre—the cheese selection, breakfast fare, and desserts were the best. (The French toast with fresh whipped cream and berries wins!) The lunch items were eh, and the seafood was sub-par. However, with multiple rooms full of endless options you’re sure to leave satisfied.
The bitches say: B+ for mediocre food, lots and lots of selection, good value, great view, good service.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F Street, N.W.