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Looking for a nice rooftop restaurant

gfaber Jun 5, 2008 05:41 PM

Any exist in DC? Thanks for the info!

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  1. Aphioni RE: gfaber Jun 5, 2008 06:47 PM

    yep- Tabaq around 14th and U. glass enclosed rooftop- ultra cool atmosphere, delicious mezze and excellent bar.

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      dcandohio RE: Aphioni Jun 6, 2008 04:41 AM

      I love that space at Tabaq and I think the food is credible. The tables are squished so close together, though, that you feel as if you're eating with the folks at the next table. The two-tops are impossibly small. The bread service and a bottle of wine make the table crowded even before any dishes arrive. I find it really difficult to relax there, as I'm nervous about having something fall off of the table and onto the nice strangers at the next table.

    2. alkapal RE: gfaber Jun 5, 2008 06:49 PM

      the newly renovated hotel washington, to become a w hotel, will be the spot once it reopens at the end of the year. http://www.bizjournals.com/washington...

      the sky terrace resto has the very best views ; second place belonged to the sweeping views once offered by top of the town in arlington.

      btw, any scoop on that tott place? i'm bewildered why it is not a thriving place. anyone?

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        kensingtonite RE: alkapal May 19, 2009 07:43 AM

        Are you sure that the Sky Terrace is going to reopen in the fall when the Hotel Washington reopens as a W? I was down there the other day, and from the ground, it looked to me like they enclosed the entire area that used to be open air. I was so upset when I looked up and saw that. Can anyone confirm that, or was I just seeing things?

        Oh, and the Skydome Lounge in Arlington has turned into some cheesy nightclub like atmosphere. It doesn't go with the hotel at all. You have to show id at the door, and you can't even hear yourself think. I don't know why they don't turn it into a nice little simple dining place where you can go get small plates of food and drinks in a nice, relaxing atmosphere, and enjoy the fantastic revolving view.

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          hill food RE: kensingtonite May 19, 2009 02:54 PM

          I'd heard the plan was to enclose the roof at the new W - pity.

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            alkapal RE: hill food May 20, 2009 04:39 AM

            i agree it is a pity that they've enclosed the sky terrace -- it was always a place we could go to relax with friends and have a drink. it was a treat for our out-of-town guests to get such a fabulous view. we also had our wedding reception there on a gorgeous october day. the suits at "w" obviously didn't consult with me!

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              BarbaraM RE: alkapal Jun 15, 2009 08:53 PM

              The rooftop isn't enclosed. There is an indoor lounge (and a ballroom) in addition to the outdoor roof terrace, which has now been renovated and will be known as POV (Point of View). It opens July 8.

      2. ktmoomau RE: gfaber Jun 5, 2008 07:41 PM

        The Reef in Adam's Morgan- rooftop bar with decent food.

        I am not excited about the coming W, they are supposed to glass in the rooftop, which takes away the charm, maybe they changed their minds, but I doubt it...

        The Ruth Chris in Crystal City isn't rooftop, but it is at the top of the building, with an excellent view if you get near a window.

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          elegantelliot RE: ktmoomau Jun 5, 2008 08:08 PM

          Perry's in Adams Morgan. I dont love the food, but the rooftop dining experience is very nice.

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            alkapal RE: ktmoomau Jun 5, 2008 08:35 PM

            w plans to glass in the terrace? oh, that would not be good!!! i had my wedding reception there. it has such charm open-air.

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              Elyssa RE: ktmoomau Jun 6, 2008 09:56 AM

              I 2nd the Reef.

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              gfaber RE: gfaber Jun 6, 2008 05:06 PM

              thanks everyone.

              1. discojing RE: gfaber May 19, 2009 09:53 AM


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                  Bob W RE: discojing May 20, 2009 06:40 AM

                  Last night I spent a bit of time at the rooftop bar at Eventide. I would second this rec. Easy access from DC on the Orange Line to Clarendon.

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                  Jacey RE: gfaber May 19, 2009 10:00 AM

                  You need to check out Perry's. Great views and good food!

                  1. mikeismora RE: gfaber May 19, 2009 10:03 AM

                    i third the reef. they also have a great drink/beer selection. local 16 also has a nice roof top area. i have no idea about the food, but the roof top is really nice.

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                      Jacey RE: mikeismora May 19, 2009 10:15 AM

                      The problem is both of their food--i've found--not to be good! Plus, Local's and Reef's rooftop gets very wild with lots of drunk early 20-somethings and interns.

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                        MTP RE: mikeismora May 19, 2009 11:14 AM

                        straights of malay---great food, nice roof

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