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POV at the W Hotel Washington DC

The famed rooftop terrace has been transformed W style!
This bar, for decades, has provided what are known as
the best views of the White House and the city’s soaring
historic monuments.

Serving craft cocktails and featuring a dynamic group of wines and champagnes by the glass or bottle. Join us for lunch, after work cocktails, or late-night bottle service.

21 and over after 7pm. Dress code enforced nightly.

Late night minimums are required for table service after 9pm on Fridays and Saturday. Parties must be fully present in the Living Room to avoid the line when booking a table.
47 Current Reviews
Summary of Diner Ratings & Reviews
Overall 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
(47 Reviews)
Open Ratings Snapshot
Rating Breakdown 47 reviews
5 stars
(17)
4 stars
(18)
3 stars
(7)
2 stars
(4)
1 star
(1)
Food 
3.5 / 5
(Very Good) 3.5 / 5
Service 
3.7 / 5
(Very Good) 3.7 / 5
Ambiance 
4.3 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.3 / 5
Noise Level
2.2 / 3
Energetic
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Diners classify this restaurant as:
  • scenic view(31)
  • great for outdoor dining(22)
  • great for lunch(16)
  • hot spot(15)
  • special occasion(14)
  • great for brunch(9)
POV at the W Hotel Washington DC Reviews List
Review 1 for POV at the W Hotel Washington DC
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

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Dined on 11/11/2013
 2014
Dined on 11/11/2013
 2014
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 11/11/2013
 2014
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Review 2 for POV at the W Hotel Washington DC
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 7/05/2013
 2008
Dined on 7/05/2013
 2008
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 7/05/2013
 2008
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Review 3 for POV at the W Hotel Washington DC
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 12/20/2014
 2011
Dined on 12/20/2014
 2011
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"If you are looking for about the best view in DC with good food, this is your place."
Dined on 12/20/2014
 2011
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Review 4 for POV at the W Hotel Washington DC
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 12/18/2013
 2011
Dined on 12/18/2013
 2011
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 12/18/2013
 2011
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Review 5 for POV at the W Hotel Washington DC
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 5/15/2015
 2012
Special Features: scenic view, great for outdoor dining
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Review 6 for POV at the W Hotel Washington DC
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 5/09/2015
 2011
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion, great for outdoor dining
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Review 7 for POV at the W Hotel Washington DC
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 5/09/2015
 2015
Dined on 5/09/2015
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 5/09/2015
 2015
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for brunch, hot spot, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 8 for POV at the W Hotel Washington DC
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 5/08/2015
 2008
Dined on 5/08/2015
 2008
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 5/08/2015
 2008
Special Features: great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
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Review 9 for POV at the W Hotel Washington DC
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 3/13/2014
 2004
Dined on 3/13/2014
 2004
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 3/13/2014
 2004
Special Features: romantic, good for groups, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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Review 10 for POV at the W Hotel Washington DC
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Wonderful experience"
Dined on 4/15/2013
 2008
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Review 11 for POV at the W Hotel Washington DC
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 4/19/2015
 2011
Dined on 4/19/2015
 2011
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 4/19/2015
 2011
Special Features: neighborhood gem, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion
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Review 12 for POV at the W Hotel Washington DC
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Loved it, great food, amazing views!

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Dined on 4/18/2015
 2012
Dined on 4/18/2015
 2012
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 4/18/2015
 2012
Special Features: romantic, great for brunch, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
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Review 13 for POV at the W Hotel Washington DC
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 4/15/2015
 2012
Special Features: great for lunch, scenic view
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Review 14 for POV at the W Hotel Washington DC
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

great for out of town guests

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"We had family guests in town to view the Cherry Blossoms, and this turned out to be the perfect spot for lunch. I couldn't believe we got a reservation for 6, but the staff couldn't have been nicer, and put us in one of the best tables in the restaurant. The food is very good and the view is seriously unbeatable anywhere in DC. The service was a bit slow, but it was a Saturday afternoon, so it was very crowded. and the drinks are delicious. Highly recommend."
Dined on 4/11/2015
 2007
Special Features: good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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Review 15 for POV at the W Hotel Washington DC
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

Give POV a pass if it isn't a clear day . . .

Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"This was my second visit to POV, both times with out-of-towners, for weekday lunch this time, previously for brunch. We went to POV for the view. I am a foody; my guests were a 17-year-olds, one vegetarian, one omniverous. The menu is so-so and very expensive ($17 for a small tapas-like plate), which is okay if you have a good viewing day. The menu attempts to be trendy and is very limited, especially if you have children (the waiter explained that it is basically a bar menu), and nothing of interest really for either my guests or me. This visit was a cloudy, damp day and the plastic "curtains" very down limiting the view. The terrace itself is a bit down-at-the heels; the back area with the best view was roped off, as it was the previous time. Service was okay, not outstanding. The whole place was a bit dispiriting. I think I'll look for other places in town that provide good views."
Dined on 4/09/2015
 2011
Special Features: scenic view, great for outdoor dining
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Review 16 for POV at the W Hotel Washington DC
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Wonderful place to introduce a young person to an "up high" view of the area around the White House."
Dined on 4/06/2015
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view, great for outdoor dining
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Review 17 for POV at the W Hotel Washington DC
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

Check is full of hidden fees

Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Several friends and I made a reservation for lunch on a Saturday afternoon. The waiter was extremely inattentive, it took 35 minutes for our sandwiches to arrive (making us very late for our next activity), and the check was full of hidden "service" fees. For example, my friends ordered a $50 bottle of wine because it worked out to be cheaper than $14/glass. POV added on a $55 service fee for a $50 bottle of wine. There were other charges as well, such as a 'group table fee' (not tax) although there was just 5 of us eating. This place is run by fraudsters. The appetizers were good, but the mains were not desirable. My advice is to go here for one drink and pay in cash. But be sure to talk to the waiter before to ensure there's no hidden fees for doing so. They're becoming well known for sneaking in charges anywhere they can."
Dined on 4/04/2015
 2014
Special Features: romantic, scenic view
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Review 18 for POV at the W Hotel Washington DC
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Great view; disappointing brunch

Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"We had read a great review about brunch at POV, but our experience was less than spectacular and not what I have come to expect from W Hotels I have experienced in Austin and New York.
While the view is spectacular, the brunch options left much to be desired. The menu was limited and the available selections were not worth the price paid.
The setting felt old and run down giving the impression that POV is best suited as an evening locale with dim lights, loud music, and mixed drinks.
I would recommend a visit for a drink with a view then move on to another spot."
Dined on 2/08/2015
 2008
Special Features: hot spot, scenic view, great for outdoor dining
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Review 19 for POV at the W Hotel Washington DC
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Rock Star Experience

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Our group went on a November Saturday mid-afternoon, after attending another DC event nearby [Oyster Riot]. We were seated at one of the banquette tables in what felt like a private roped-off area -- we felt rock stars! Even though we weren't on the rail, we were still able to enjoy the cityscape views and the sunset was amazing. Our bartender and waitperson couldn't have been more accommodating and the overall experience was top notch."
Dined on 11/22/2014
 2004
Special Features: hot spot, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining
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Ratings-Only Reviews for POV at the W Hotel Washington DC
Based on the average of (28) ratings-only reviews
Overall 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
20 out of 24 recommend this product
Food 
3.6 / 5
(Very Good) 3.6 / 5
Service 
3.9 / 5
(Very Good) 3.9 / 5
Ambiance 
4.1 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.1 / 5
Noise Level
2.4 / 3
Energetic