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Review of Kingbird

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Ranked #93 of 3,707 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$35 - US$100
Description: Winner of Wine Spectator's Best of Award of Excellence 2018. Our spacious restaurant is lively place to see and be seen. Kingbird is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner with an energetic bar, contemporary dining room and seasonally inspired plates served throughout the day. This elegant yet relaxed setting features bay windows lined with banquettes and custom Ron Arad-designed Moroso chairs. On the terrace, patrons can share a meal and enjoy the breeze coming off the Potomac. The Kennedy Center is just a 5-minute walk and Kingbird now offers a 3-Course Pre-Theater menu on performance evenings.
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Description: Winner of Wine Spectator's Best of Award of Excellence 2018. Our spacious restaurant is lively place to see and be seen. Kingbird is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner with an energetic bar, contemporary dining room and seasonally inspired plates served throughout the day. This elegant yet relaxed setting features bay windows lined with banquettes and custom Ron Arad-designed Moroso chairs. On the terrace, patrons can share a meal and enjoy the breeze coming off the Potomac. The Kennedy Center is just a 5-minute walk and Kingbird now offers a 3-Course Pre-Theater menu on performance evenings.
Reviewed 4 April 2018

Continental breakfast was great, but should have more to choose from. Fruits were very fresh and coffee with pastries were tasteful

Thank Janeen G
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Management_Team_365, Manager at Kingbird, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2018

Dear Janeen,

Fresh fruit in the morning reminds us that spring is upon us and we are warmed to find that you so enjoyed your breakfast. We thank you for taking a moment to share your review and we hope that you can again enjoy a scrumptious pastry, or perhaps a weekend brunch, one day soon.

Warm Regards,

Kingbird at The Watergate Hotel

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Reviewed 3 April 2018

The highly rated reviews were misleading. I came with high expectations only to be disappointed by the service and the food. Perhaps coming from Southern California has spoiled my tastes and expectations but I did not care for any of the items ordered. Scallops appetizer was sliced too thin, asparagus topped with proscuitto was nothing worthy to write home about and the caesar salad was not memorable. The trout entree was unappealing due to its soggy skin. If a fish dish is served with its skin on then the skin must be crispy not soggy which gives it that slimy texture and very off putting. The ragu bolognese pasta was mediocre and the whiskey cheese in the burger was too overpowering. Service by our waiter was a bit on the aloof side. The highlight to this dinner was visiting the exquisite restroom, lol.

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1  Thank TravelBees8
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Management_Team_365, Manager at Kingbird, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2018

Dear TravelBees8,

Our culinary and service teams at Kingbird place great value in guest feedback and we thank you for sharing yours both here and on other channels. We are concerned to learn that your experience was inconsistent with that which is loved by so many others, and we are sorry to learn that dinner was not thoroughly enjoyed. Your comments are most appreciated and on behalf of all of us, we wish we had left you more impressed. Should you wish to speak more about your visit, I would welcome the opportunity to coordinate a telephone conversation which can best be arranged by emailing me your contact details and a convenient time that I can be in touch. We thank you again for taking the time to share your observations and on behalf of all of us, we hope that we might one day have the chance to fully impress your palate.

Warm Regards,

Robert Muehlich
Director of Food & Beverage
rmuehlich@thewatergatehotel.com

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Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

Great Frites!!! The Lava Chocolate cake is awesome... if you are staying at The Watergate this a good place for lunch o dinner!!!

Thank FRCVA
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Management_Team_365, Manager at Kingbird, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2018

Dear FRCVA,

We couldn’t agree more! Every Kingbird experience should include dessert and we are thrilled that you so enjoyed. We thank you for the rave review and we look forward to seeing you again one day soon.

Warm Regards,

Kingbird at The Watergate Hotel

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Reviewed 29 March 2018

Our breakfast was fine, neither outstanding or disappointing. Although the waitress was very nice, there seemed to be a lack of communication among the staff so the service was disjointed, The lack of wait for a Sunday brunch was the highlight.

Thank DebraT26
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Management_Team_365, Manager at Kingbird, responded to this reviewResponded 30 March 2018

Dear Debra,

Brunch is our favorite meal and we are pleased that you could join us for both a breakfast and brunch experience. We appreciate you sharing your comments and we while we are pleased that you enjoyed your visits overall, we wish that we had created a more cherished experience. We thank you for sharing your feedback and we invite you to one day join us again.

Warm Regards,

Robert Muehlich
Director of Food & Beverage

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Reviewed 29 March 2018

This was our first meal upon arriving at the hotel and waiting for our room. Wow, I did not expect the expense. Our food was pretty good but we never went back after the first night.

Thank Craig P
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Management_Team_365, Manager at Kingbird, responded to this reviewResponded 30 March 2018

Dear Craig,

It was a pleasure to have you join us and we thank you for taking the time to share your review. Our culinary team appreciates your comments regarding the quality of your meal and we are all pleased that you so enjoyed. For those joining us from out of town, we understand the desire to explore other restaurants in the city, but we invite you to keep us in mind should you ever find yourself back.

Warm Regards,

Kingbird at The Watergate Hotel

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