What’s with tuesdays?

Heads up: What If Tuesday concluded June 4 until further notice.

Through June 4, Tuesdays at Rooster & Owl are different from our traditional service. The menu is a set 4-course of the newest dishes in development for $35. What If Tuesday menus do not have choices like our traditional tasting menu. Instead, it allows guests to experience the recipe-testing process. We cannot accommodate modifications or substitutions for items on the What If menu, and in general, the menu is not published ahead of time. Please be sure that all members of your party are aware. The regular dining menu will not be available on What If Tuesdays (which concluded until further notice on June 4.)

so what’s the format?

The format is a hybrid of shared plates and a tasting menu. Each guest selects four courses, and each course is presented shared to the table. This format unites the progression and thrill of a tasting menu with the variety and flexibility of shared plates.

If you’d like to join for a quick bite and a couple cocktails, you may order à la carte at the bar. And while our dining format emphasizes sharing, we do not have communal tables.

What if I’m vegetarian?

Pescetarians and vegetarians are welcome! In fact, much of our menu is designed to be vegetarian- and pescetarian-friendly without modifications. Courses are still served shared at the table, so vegetarians and omnivores may still dine together and enjoy the R&O experience.

What if I have allergies or dietary restrictions?

Most allergies or dietary restrictions can be accommodated with advance notice, so let us know when you book your table. Please let us know at least 2 days before your reservation. We cannot accommodate all requests without advance notice, and we cannot accommodate modifications or substitution requests on What If Tuesday.

Please note: our kitchen is not gluten-free, nut-free, or kosher; if your allergy is sensitive to cross-contamination, we do not recommend you dine with us. #livetodineanotherday

I don’t want to share…

While we encourage sharing, you may elect not to and simply enjoy a 4-course meal of your choosing. #youdoyou

Do you have a full bar?

Our bar is an extension of the kitchen, so we do not have a traditional full bar, but our offerings are designed to pair with the current food menu. Should you bring your own wine, our corkage fee is $25.

Please note: our bar space is limited, so we do not offer standing room. We strongly recommend making reservations for bar seating, and walk-ins are encouraged to arrive early as seats are often booked or fully seated by mid-evening.

What about parking?

Below is a map of nearby parking garage options. Street parking is also available, but it is limited. #cityliving We recommend allowing for extra time to park or using ride-sharing services.

what was with those pop ups?

We hosted pop ups to launch our concept. Through that experience, we made tweaks and adjustments (e.g. transitioned away from communal tables) and positioned ourselves to take the next step: opening a full-time, brick-and-mortar restaurant which opened February 7, 2019.

What's with the name?

Co-founders Carey and Yuan Tang have largely opposite work schedules. Carey (the Rooster) works during the day, while Yuan (the Owl) works at night, but they always come together over food. That idea inspired the name Rooster & Owl, where guests could come together and share exciting food in a comfortable, approachable atmosphere. Plus we love bird-themed puns... #flocktogether #fowllanguage #whatahoot

I want to bring a lot of friends!

While we seek to accommodate larger parties, we have very limited availability for parties larger than 4, and we only accept parties larger than 4 on Wednesdays & Thursdays. To book a table for 5-10 guests in our semi-private dining area, give us a ring at 202-813-8376 or email manager@roosterowl.com. (Food & beverage minimums may apply!)

For parties larger than 10 guests, we offer full buyout options. To learn more, contact Carey Tang at info@roosterowl.com. (Food & beverage minimums apply!)

What about kids?

So cute! But unfortunately, our experience is not kid-friendly. Dinner for 2 is designed to last about 2 hours, and given our limited space, we do not offer high chairs or booster seats.

What about gift cards?

Gift cards are available for purchase online through Giftly, over the phone, or in person. (Note: a smart phone is needed to redeem; if your giftee doesn’t have access to a smart phone, let us know and we’ll arrange a hard copy gift certificate.)

Other Questions?

Email us at info@roosterowl.com. We'd love to hear from you!