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New Heights

New Heights Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.newheightsrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (202) 234-4110
  • Hours of Operation: Dining Room:
    Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
    Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
    Sunday: 5 pm - 10 pm

    Bar:
    Monday - Sunday: 4:30pm - Close

    Patio:
    Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - Close
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, American
  • Executive Chef: Takeshi Nishikawa
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Wine
  • Affiliations: Dine Originals - Member Restaurants
  • Catering: Contempory American Cuisine by chef Takeshi Nishikawa. Available on request.
  • Private Party Facilities: Special banquet menus and semi private dining space available.
  • Private Party Contact: Kavita Singh (202) 234-4110
  • Special Events & Promotions: Private Dining room and conference space available. For more information contact Kavita Singh at 202-234-4110

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Connecticut Avenue
  • Public Transit: Half a block from Omni Shoreham and Marriott Wardman Park Hotels. Woodley Park Zoo Metro (Red Line)
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: $10 Starts at 5:15pm
A word from New Heights
New Heights consistently features innovative New American cuisine. Locals, from Presidents and well-known dignitaries to international travelers, return time after time. ZAGAT dished out top honors for the food, service, and stylish decor. The wine list receives the highest praise awarded by Wine Spectator and Restaurant Hospitality. The award winning architectural interior, original art adorning the walls, airy windows overlooking Washington DC’s scenic Rock Creek Park and dramatic floral arrangements create a perfect stylish atmosphere to enjoy the award winning creative cuisine of New Heights. Intelligent and knowledgeable wait staff add to create a perfect dining experience.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Diner Reviews
  • " very inventive food and wine pairings. spectacular deserts"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "we used to eat at this restaurant thirty years ago. It has "grown" as we have. The extensive gin and tonic menu was fun and different and the food was delicious. It was expensive for the food we got but we had a nice long meal and didn't feel rushed to leave. It was a nice place to catch up with long time friends and the atmosphere was quiet enough to hear what they were saying across the table.. The décor and the tables are especially lovely- I love the wooden tables."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "The downstairs "neighborhood" bar is a true gem. Original drinks prepared by knowledgable people. Small, intimate and a great place to meet new people. A unique place and one to be visited and revisited. The upstairs restaurant is equally special. Enjoy drinks beforehand and then a special dinner upstairs - you will not be disappointed."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We loved this restaurant recommended by our hotel. We went in not knowing what to expect and were more than pleased. The food was delicious, tasted so fresh with great flavor. Nice champagne to start and a great wine list. It was a bit of a cab drive from our hotel, but well worth it and will definitely go back on our return trip to DC."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Portions are like a small plates place but with large plate place prices."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Service was just okay-on par with other D.C. restaurants, which is to say sub par. The atmosphere could have been good because we sat outside on a rare nice June night. But the dishes clanging next door at Open City was so distracting. They have a dish station next to New Heights' outdoor tables and they throw dishes in there all night. Extremely loud and distracting. The highlight was the food itself. I had the scallops and a white wine - delicious. Another downside, though, is the price. $25-30 for 3 scallops."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "New Heights is at the top of my list of DC restaurants, especially for special-occasion dining. The food is truly wonderful--lots of seafood (among other things) expertly prepared, quality rather than quantity, imaginative combinations of textures and flavors; the service is impeccable; and the tables are spaced so that quiet conversation is easy. It's upstairs with lots of windows, and it's right by Rock Creek Park, so that you feel you're dining amongst the tops of trees. A very special place."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "If you are exhausted by loud restaurants, New Heights is for you. It's elegant, airy, with excellent food and service. We love to bring our friends when we look forward to relaxation and conversation in their company. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "This was our third visit to New Heights in the past two months, having not been there in the past ten years. It is truly a gem in the heart of Woodley Park. The service was warm and friendly, the patio was comfortable and spacious (it accommodated our two small dogs which we tucked away in a corner, distant from other diners), the wine list was extensive and reasonably priced, and the food was simply outstanding. My wife had the filet of halibut which she thought was excellent, and I had the bouillabaisse -- also outstanding. I would recommend anyone who wants a special dinner out and who enjoys the vibrant energy of the Woodley Park scene."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Food is devine, waitress and staff attentive, kitchen service slow, though. Spent a lot of time between courses."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Bouillabaisse was insipid. Other food served at our table was good, but not exciting, and most portions are stingy. Cornbread seemed a bit stale. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Creative menu, lovely setting, plus large and interesting gin selection. Service pleasant but could be a little more prompt. Overall a wonderful place for an elegant dinner."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We had not been for a long time-- years-- and were delighted to be back with a group that ranged from 22 to 82. Everyone enjoyed their food-- the halibut was particularly good that night, as was the fettucini appetizer. The contents of two bread baskets disappeared. The passion fruit sorbet and the papaya tempura were also big hits. The service was expert. It was quiet enough to hear everyone speak-- a real treat for a special occasion."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "Always reliable with very creative food. Quiet enough to be able to talk with attentive service and excellent cocktails and wine."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I would not recommend New Heights because I think the prices are too high for the quality of the food. Although the food was good, the price suggest a 4-5 star restaurant while New Heights is a 3 star restaurant. Beverage (drink) prices are also high and the amount served was barely visible in a glass. I ordered wine and in addition to using small wine glasses, New Heights struggles to meet 4 ounces per serving."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "New Heights has been around for a long time, and like an old friend, it is happy to see you and welcome you back, and you are happy to revisit it and rediscover why it remains your trusted and true restaurant pick. At a recent dinner, we ate crispy oysters - succulent and meaty; I was surprised at how large the oysters were. The garnish of yuzu lemon and micro greens worked beautifully. For our main course, we had the black bass - perfectly cooked, with a black rice accompaniment that was a revelation - and the Amish chicken - truly the most succulent and flavorful chicken I have had in a very long time. We finished with some cheese - great selection, beautifully presented. Umbi Singh's wine recommendation was spot on."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "I was in DC for a conference while staying at the Omni. This restaurant was recommended by the hotel as someplace I could go by myself. I started in the bar downstairs and should have stayed there. The bar tender was extremely personable along with having a great knowledge of cocktails. When I went up stairs, it appears the hostess was a little too busy, even though the restaurant was not. When I was seated, I didn't get a very warm, welcoming feeling. Then the food really wasn't much to to write home about and I can't really remember what I had."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Drove from Charlottesville to dine with daughter who was guest speaker at conference at nearby Marriott. Easy walk from hotel. Excellent food. Restaurant was hosting several large groups that fortunately arrived after our reservation time. Noise level elevated dramatically after that time. Food was excellent. Serving sizes a bit small but perfectly prepared and delivered. Excellent wine list. Austere ambiance. Professional servers. Kitchen performed miracles given number of diners who had to be served within a short window. High quality dining in this neighborhood. Bar on street level; dining room up one flight. A bit pricy, but okay for D.C. Fried oysters appetizer probably the best I have ever had, and I've dined all over the world."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "New Heights remains one of the best restaurants in Washington, DC, the east coast, and the US. I can not imagine not going there each and every time I am in our nation's capitol. Bravo for the consistently high quality of the menu, the service, and the elegant atmosphere."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The drink I ordered was a little lite on the alcohol and the salad was nothing to write home about. I didn't order any entrée or appetizer so I can't comment on the rest of the food. I thought the salad and drink were overpriced. The staff, however, was excellent."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "The maître di was the star of the show. Accommodating, friendly but not overly, made us feel at home. I had a vege plate as my entree and everything on it was delicious but it was too spare, had or order a side vege to feel like I had eaten. The chicken my friend ordered was amazing. Beautiful space."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Go!. If you haven't been in a while, go back. The ambiance creates a comfortable, calming surround without being boring. There is a wonderful view overlooking Calvert and the Connecticutt bridge and a portion of Rock Creek Parkway. Our meals were wonderful and the timing of the service, perfect. The Cod was cooked to perfection and I could have eaten my way through a gallon of the celeriac soup. The chilled fois gras pate was like butter. The little Gin Bar downstairs is an added plus. One can get a specialty drink in a lively setting before heading upstairs."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Ths was simply the best meal and overall experience our group has had in a long time. We would recommend a pre-dinner cocktail at the accompanying The Gin Joint (inside or patio) where the libations' quality and character are exceeded only by the bartender's. Following, the dinner experience was exquisite. The service was personable, charming, knowledgable and extremely attentive. And the food ... there is not enough room here. From the 63 degree egg fettuccini to the mixed beat salad to the lamb osso bucco and everything in between, not only can you not go wrong but you cannot miss excellent."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "I choose this restaurant based on other consumer reviews, as well as the location to the Washington Marriott Wardman Park and Conference Center. I had family in town for a conference, and wanted to take them off-property to a nice restaurant. Additionally I wanted to try something new. In terms of location and the food, they were wonderful. But the service and wait time for the food, was something left to be desired considering it was a Monday and not that crowded. Also the price of the food was a bit much for the small portions, I would have much rather taken my family into DuPont Circle instead."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Took my in-laws here. We were looking for good food and a nice atmosphere and got both. The dining is all upstairs with a nice view of Rock Creek Park. We had the root vegetable salad, the fried green tomatoes, the mixed green salad, the celeriac soup, the miso cod, the fluke sashimi, the rack of lamb, and the chicken. The soup was the most delicious thing served to us and my mother in law couldn't stop raving about it. The mixed green salad was surprisingly tasty (the shaved pear and salt made it), and the lamb, chicken, and cod all got solid reviews. My husband was less excited about the fluke, which he described as neither sashimi nor crudo. The service was very good. Our server was knowledgeable and patient. Overall, I recommend it!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "If you are seeking a place to bring friends and enjoy good conversation while experiencing excellent service, food and drink, New Heights is the place."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "We come to new heights often as our neighborhood spot. The food is always well composed and well executed. The menu changes frequently enough to keep our interests peaked. It is rare to find a restaurant that consistently executes food and doesn't have a "night off" where they mail it in. The gin bar downstairs is also a rare treat with a very knowledgeable staff who are passionate about their craft without touting their pretentious "mixologist" skills. Just great drinks from people who know their craft and know it well, served with a casual flair and true desire to please the customer."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Very good overall, fairly priced. Bar area is very noisy. Some noise spills over to the upstairs dining area which is not treated to minimize sound."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Excellent meal, not so friendly waitress.... Especially since almost all tables were open. Would've preferred sitting in the lower level since staff appeared happier."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "We live close enough to walk to New Heights and are never disappointed when we go out to eat there. The food is really good and the establishment owners are so nice and involved with their customers. We are devoted!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The Gin bar downstairs was very noisy upstairs in the restaurant, until about 8. If you dine early, try to get a table as far as possible away from the spiral staircase. Service was perfunctory at best. It seemed as if there was a shortage of wait staff. Our waitperson seemed to be trying to serve half the tables. Food was good. Not the cozy Valentine's Day dinner we were looking forward to."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Each dinner at New Heights is a pleasure. From the fettuccine with pancetta and the egg cooked at 63 degrees, to the osso buco cooked perfectly with a hint of thyme, surrounded halfway with delectable mashed potatoes and a marrow bone with a miniature fork to enjoy the marrow; it was heavenly tasting. The pork en vide and the black truffle agnolotti was delicious as well as described by the other 2 diners. The owner is always interested in his diner's pleasure and the wait staff is knowledgable and pleasant. The beautiful carrot cake ( not typical at all) with a basil sauce and beautiful calligraphy saying happy birthday to our friend was a special touch. We will be back again and again."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Had the most unique and incredibly delicious dessert....carrot torte. The white chocolate genache with a hint of basil, accompanied by carrot sorbet and candied carrots. Light and tasty after a perfectly-sized meal. Fried oysters to start were nicely done. Scallops also delicious. Staff was friendly and attentive. Chef came out to visit after we began peppering our server with questions on the dessert. This was our first time at New Heights. We would definitely return."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "The crispy oyster appetizer was outstanding. Black cod is a nice dish as well. Pork tenderloin - the meat was very nice but a bit small on the portion and the cabbage part of the dish was kind of an amorphous grey, not particularly good part of the dish. The chocolate tso dessert was ok but nothing great -- perhaps par for the course for the smallish, good looking but somehow unsatisfying desserts that seem to be everywhere now days."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Having enjoyed many Indian-themed, but eclectic, dinners at New Heights over many years, as it changed its chefs and tweaked its menu, we were somewhat disappointed at a recent return to the restaurant. It seems to have left its thematic roots and become too much like too many other restaurants in its menu choices and preparation. While the host is still as charming as ever, and the service was generally good in a room that is comfortable and distinctive, the food was disappointing and lacked distinction. Perhaps it will improve over the next few months, as we hope, but, at these supra-bistro prices, it is not what it used to be and not what we hoped to rediscover."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "The raw seafood was expertly prepared and beautifully presented. We had meat courses of venison and osso bucco, and they were delicious as well. The cheeses in the cheese course were all local and regional cheeses, served at room temperature. The wine list was complete and our choice of wines met expectations."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "The food was really very good, my guest was pleasantly surprised. The Gin Joint (downstairs) is a real treat too."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "The food was excellent. Unique but plenty of selections for even the less adventurous diners to find something they'll enjoy. The service was good, but too intrusive. They interrupted us constantly in an effort to provide "good" service. If they can improve on that aspect, it would be an outstanding place for repeat visits."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "Hadn't been for many years, so thought we'd revisit and were very satisfied. Had read mixed reviews, so were somewhat skeptical, but we could not find fault with service, food, ambience. High praise for the veal Osso Bucco. Enjoyed the complimentary offerings from the chef at both the start and finish of the meal."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "My partner and I have lived in the DC area since 1986. New Heights has been our tried-and-true choice for great food and lovely ambience in the Woodley Park area. We ate there Saturday night, however, and were underwhelmed by the experience. The space is still beautiful, and service is still fine, but the cooking was uninspired. I had a scallops entree that had brussels sprouts in it. The scallops seemed overcooked and the brussels sprouts seemed undercooked. Nothing was awful, but nothing had any of the five foodies at our table oohing and ahhing and passing plates around for taste bites either. Seems to me chef Ron Tanaka's replacement in the kitchen hasn't yet figured out how to fill his big shoes. I hope that changes soon."
    Dined on 1/4/2014