Friday, July 11, 2014

Summer Menu Debuts at Roof Terrace Restaurant

From our friends at the Roof Terrace Restaurant...

Summer Makes a Theatrical Debut at Roof Terrace Restaurant

New Seasonal Menu to Excite Theatergoers and Patrons

The Roof Terrace Restaurant and Bar at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, welcomes the highly-anticipated summer theater season with a fresh, innovative menu. Executive Chef Joe Gurner and Pastry Chef Kendra Stephens have updated their appetizers, entrées and desserts to captivate patrons long before the curtain rises.

Refreshing summer starters include scallop crudo, in a spicy harissa vinaigrette and garnished with cilantro or the popular spicy tuna tartare, served with flavorful pickled cucumber and won tons. The vegetarian white asparagus soup is drizzled with hazelnut and truffle oils and sprinkled with parmesan cheese.

Chef Gurner excites patrons' palettes with main courses like the grilled branzino, served whole with fennel, orange, and fingerling potatoes. He gives Maryland crab cakes an exotic spin with green curry, mango, papaya, and coconut-citrus coulis and serves house made goat's milk ricotta gnocchi with grilled asparagus, pecorino and lemon. 

Chef Stephens saves some of the best for last. Her Côte D'Ivoire is a chocolate lover's dream made with chocolate mousse, milk chocolate feuilletine crunch, and dark chocolate ganache. The equally satisfying shortcake is topped with house made crème fraîche vanilla coconut cream and fresh fruit salsa.

For parties of 10 or more, please contact Jeffery Wingate at 202.416.8559. For all other reservations, please call 202.416.8555 or visit or

Roof Terrace Restaurant's Executive Chef Joe Gurner offers innovative adaptations of classic dishes, using seasonal ingredients that showcase global flavors and accentuate traditional French techniques. Guests can enjoy an a la carte menu in the dramatic deco-inspired dining room, complete with soaring ceilings and alabaster columns of light.

Roof Terrace Restaurant is open before Concert Hall and Opera House evening performances from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM The restaurant also hosts its critically acclaimed Kitchen Buffet Brunch from 11:00 PM to 2:00 PM on most Sundays. Roof Terrace Restaurant is located at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20566. Reservations are strongly recommended for dinner and brunch. For more information, call 202.416.8555 or visit or