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10 Restaurants with River or Scenic View in Washington DC, Northern Virginia area
With a long river front, several parks and beautiful monuments, many restaurants in the Washington DC area offer a wonderful view and many have great food. When I have company coming to town, I often seek out these places to show visitors the beautiful city skyline and vibrant water front.
Restaurants with a River or Rock Creek View in Washington DC
Great view of River from Sequoia Restaurant: Go for happy hour. At Tony & Joe's Seafood Place: Have wine or beer at the bar patio
Overlooks beautiful Rock Creek Park
Stunning views of the city from the rooftop
Great views of the river and the marina on the Potomac River Channel
For an unsurpassed view of Washington, take a dinner cruise on the Odyssey
For a view, unequalled by any restaurant in Washington, visit the Roof Terrace Restaurant and Bar on the top of the Kennedy enter
Sequoia Restaurant (Location A on map above)
3000 K Street NW, Suite 100
This is a great place to dine in historic Georgetown, especially during nice weather. It’s a very popular hangout right next to the Potomac River. You’ll get a great view of the river and the nearby Kennedy Center, which is gorgeous at night. Since it’s a hip place, it can get very crowded on weekends and during “happy hours”. If drinks are your thing, do take in the happy hour. The food is good and a little eclectic from empanadas of lamb to flatbread pizzas. The place is large so it does accommodate crowds very easily.
Tony & Joe's Seafood Place (Location A on map above)
3000 K Street Northwest,
Tony and Joe’s Seafood Place offers a spectacular view of the Potomac. The food is a bit overpriced. Best bet, order a glass of wine at the bar patio and take in the sites or go for the Sunday brunch.
New Heights (Location B on map above)
2317 Calvert St. NW,
Washington, DC (202)
New Heights overlooks beautiful Rock Creek Park, in the center of Washington DC, near the Omni Shoreham Hotel. This restaurant offers excellent new-American style cuisine, a well-stocked bar and a very attentive wait staff. Reservations are recommended and valet parking is a must.
POV at the W Hotel Washington DC (Location C on map above)
515 15th Street Northwest,
The W Hotel was formerly known as Hotel Washington. In this hotel’s reincarnation, the Starwood Hotels transformed the property into a sleek, rooftop lounge. You get really stunning views of the city from the rooftop, which overlooks the Treasury Department. On busy nights, the POV gets a little exclusive, complete with a guard granting entry behind a velvet rope. A-list bars are very unusual for Washington DC. Go on a weeknight in season. It’s worth the hassle, and you might just rub elbows with a celebrity or two.
Pier 7 Restaurant (Location D on map above)
650 Water Street Southwest,
The Pier 7 is a good seafood restaurant with great views of the river and the marina on the Potomac River Channel. If you can, get there at sunset, you will not be disappointed. You will find this restaurant off of Maine Avenue at the end of 7th Street. in Southwest DC. It is only a few minutes from Capital Hill, offers 2 hours of free parking and is in a row of several restaurants along Maine Avenue.
Odyssey Cruises (Location E on map above)
600 Water Street Southwest,
For an unsurpassed view of Washington, take a dinner cruise on the Odyssey. At night, the view of skyline and lighted memorials is stunning. The food is not extra-ordinary; but the wait staff is very nice. With live music, you can really have a romantic evening.
The ship offers brunch, lunch, dinner and midnight cruises departing from the Southwest waterfront. Each cruise provides a full meal including appetizers, entrée and dessert.
Roof Terrace Restaurant & Bar (Location F on map above)
The John F.Kennedy Center
For a view, unequaled by any restaurant in Washington, visit the Roof Terrace Restaurant and Bar on the top of the Kennedy enter. Through two-story windows, you can see the up and down river and across to the skyline of Rossyln Virginia This restaurant does have special hours, so check ahead. The best value is the Sunday brunch. The Restaurant is located on the Roof Terrace level of the Kennedy Center above the Hall of Nations. You can take a free shuttle from the Foggy Bottom Metro station.
Restaurants with a River View in Northern Virginia
Great views of Georgetown and the National Cathedral. At night, watch the lights of planes as they make the banking turns into National Airport.
Overlooking the Potomac River and the marina on Old Town Alexandria.
A sweeping view of the Potomac River and the skyline of Alexandria, Va just across the river.
Vantage Point Restaurant and Lounge (Location A on map above)
1900 Fort Myer Dr
Most people come here for the view. From the restaurant you
can see Georgetown
and the spires of the National Cathedral. At night, you can watch the lights of
planes as they make the banking turns into National Airport.
The restaurant is nicer than the Holiday Inn hotel lobby would indicate.
Plus you get free parking. Since it is a
little off the beaten path, you can often find a seat with a great view. The
bar is a great spot for a few drinks with friends. You can walk to it from the
Rossyln metro station. The food is fair to good.
Chart House Restaurant (Location B on map above)
1 Cameron Street,
Call ahead and make a reservation. The restaurant overlooks the marina on Old Town Alexandria. The food is wonderful if little pricy and the views from the tables by the windows are lovely. It’s a great place for lunch. After your meal, take a stroll through historic OldTown and don’t miss the ArtCenter in the Torpedo Factory. In all my visits, the Chart House has served consistently good food with a very attentive wait staff. Very kid friendly.
Steakhouse (Location C on map above)
Gaylord National Resort,
National Harbor, Maryland.
National Harbor is across the river from Old Town Alexandria. The Gaylord Hotel atrium is worth a visit. This restaurant in the hotel provides a sweeping view of the Potomac River. Food is good; but the prices are high. For a less expensive treat, go to the hotel during the day, buy a snack from one the take-out counters off of the atrium and eat at a table in the atrium. Kids will love the dancing water. Take one of the glass elevators to the top for a very special view. After your meal, walk along the promenade near the river. Make sure you get to the sandy area where kids and the young at heart crawl over a Gulliver size statue called the Awakening. During the summer, many people rent boats and it’s a great place to people watch.