Best Rooftop Dining in DC

Best Rooftop Dining

With the summer finally here, the best place to take your dining experience is outside. Here are our top 10 best restaurants with magnificent rooftops: 


1120 Maine Ave SW, Washington, DC

Everyday: 10am-10pm 

Located at the trendy Wharf, Officina is a four story italian experience that includes a market, a cafe, a bar, and of course, a fabulous rooftop with views of the Wharf. 


15 15th St NW, Washington, DC

Monday through Thursday and Sunday: 11am-12 am, Friday and Saturday 11am-2am 

Atop the W Hotel sits the POV rooftop. It has unbeatable views of the White House and monuments, along with yummy food such as burgers. 

Perry’s Restaurant 

1811 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC

Monday through Thursday and Sunday: 5:30pm-10pm , Friday and Saturday 5:30pm-11pm 

For many years, Perry’s Restaurant has been a popular choice in DC for good reason. This multilevel Japese restaurant serves delicious food at great prices. It’s tasty sushi can be best enjoyed on its romantic rooftop.

La Vie

88 District Square SW 5th floor, Washington, DC

Monday through Thursday: 4pm-11pm, Friday and Saturday: 4pm-2am, Sunday: 4pm-12am 

Another pick at the Wharf is La Vie due to its modern meddeteranian cuisine and piquesque views. The building that the restaurant is in features large windows so that almost every table can view the beautiful water below. The rooftop a few floors up is beautiful.  


1274 5th St NE, Washington, DC

Monday through Wednesday: 5pm-10:30pm, Thursday through Saturday: 5pm-11pm, Sunday: 5pm-10pm 

Located at Union Market, this sushi restaurant is truly unique. Its modern rolls are served in an equally cool rooftop setting.  

El Techo

606 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC  

Monday: closed, Tuesday through Thursday: 5pm-12am, Friday: 5pm-1:30am, Saturday: 12pm-1:45am, Sunday: 12pm-9pm

El Techo’s rooftop nicknamed “the adult treehouse” is a cozy, funky place to enjoy spanish tapas. The charming patio overlooks some of the unique row houses in Shaw. 

Top of the Gate

2650 Virginia Ave NW, Washington, DC

Monday through Wednesday: 5pm-12am, Thursday: 4pm-12am, Friday: 4pm-2am,  Saturday: 1pm-2am, Sunday: 1 pm-12am

Looking for a great place to enjoy the sunset? The top of the Watergate Hotel is a terrific place to do it with views of the city, the water, and the harbor. The menu has just been revamped to serve Medeteranian-inspired dishes. 

DNV Rooftop

1155 14th St NW, Washington, DC 

Monday through Wednesday: 4pm-11pm, Thursday: 4pm-12am, Friday and Saturday: 4pm-1am,  Sunday: 12 pm-4pm 

The DVN Rooftop at the Kimpton Donovan Hotel is lovely rooftop lounge with great views. Its instagram-worthy decor is the perfect backdrop for their small bites. 

Colada Shop

1405 T St NW, Washington, DC

Monday through Thursday: 7am-9pm, Friday: 7am-11pm, Saturday: 8am-11pm, Sunday: 8am-9pm

This small colorful cafe is a neighborhood gem serving Cuban favorites. Its adorable roofdeck is a great place to enjoy a cubano or some croquetas. 

City Winery 

1350 Okie St NE, Washington, DC

Monday through Friday 5pm-12am, Saturday: 1 pm-12am, Sunday: 2pm-12 am

Inside of the massive City Winery sits newly-opened Wine Garden. Its massive rooftop is a great place to enjoy any of the flavorful menu options.