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.

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. 

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

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'm interested in a private event...

Contact Carey Tang at or 703-217-6527. Options are plentiful and range from full buyouts to semi-private dining, custom to limited menus, and full dinner service to light reception fare. We'll help you navigate what works best for your needs. 

Other Questions?

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