New Heights
New Heights

New Heights

  • 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: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, American, Contemporary 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
  • 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 2022344110x
  • Special Events: 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.
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New Heights reviews from OpenTable diners
77 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (44)fit for foodies (38)special occasion (29)romantic (18)great for outdoor dining (15)notable wine list (13)vibrant bar scene (12)scenic view (11)good for groups (11)great for brunch (4)great for lunch (2)hot spot (2)Show More
  • Small dessert portions.
    Berri
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    I'm a dessert person and the dessert portions are very small.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't go Hungry
    NevadaJLW
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The food is excellent and the service was very good. However, the portions are very small
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dfwmw
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Stumbled across this place at the suggestion of a friend. It was very quiet (practically empty) when we arrived at 7 which was a little disconcerting, but it filled up over the course of the evening and the food was just great. Definitely plan to return at some point.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Privacy/intimacy at a restaurant!
    CandidComments
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    I have been to New Heights many times over the years. The food is interesting and the choices are varied; and the prices reasonable. What distinguishes it is that at a reasonable price point, you can actually have a private dinner -- whether a couple seeking intimacy or a groupd seeking privacy and (wait this is important) you can actually carry on a conversation in a normal voice AND not hear what is going on at the other tables. The tables are spread apart and there are enough nooks to allow larger groups (>4) their own space. Very good food; reasonable prices; and peace and quiet. 5 stars.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Truly a Gem!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    This is a place for Gin aficionados! Many fine Gins to choose from which sets the specialness of the dining experience. The food was artfully prepared and fresh ingredients abound. Small but elegant with a note of contemporary design. Will visit again on our next trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty creative and relaxed
    JEB1VIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Food is creative, beautifully presented and atmosphere is gracious but unpretentious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • love to eat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Have eaten here many times over the years and love to see the menu still changes each season. Service is polite and very helpful. Ambiance is great. Perfect for a romantic dinner for two or a place to go with friends if you want to hear the conversation. Always look forward to a couple of favs as well as the new entries. The veal cheeks are amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always fun!
    Andy123VIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    They continue to do extremely well, we all had some excellent seafood, but there's plenty else on the menu as well. And this has to be the best place in DC, if not the US, for serious gin aficionados. You'll never see more interesting gins together on a single menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Heights Rates High
    Marga
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    This longstanding restaurant, close to two large hotels and to a host of appreciative Woodley Park neighborhood residents, is a fine dining destination worthy of a trip from elsewhere. Service is professional and considerate, and the food is outstanding. Seating in the attractive and fairly quiet second floor dining area is arranged so each party of whatever size can feel separate and private. For parties of three, the unusual triangle tables are uniquely accommodating. Our foursome thoroughly enjoyed oysters (fresh and fried), wonderful branzino with fennel and celeriac, delicious black cod, a rib-eye steak, and a tasting menu. We were delighted to introduce our California friends to this special Washington restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    happyeaterVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The menu is expensive and I am not sure that it is worth the price. The fish dish was well prepared.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    dms11VIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    I had heard that New Heights was the best restaurant in Woodley Park and went there with a group of six. The server who acted as our waiter, answered phones and acted as the "host" seating people, bordered on gruff. He was probably overworked (and may even be an owner, judging from the way he acted), but it made for a less than pleasant experience, since servers can make or break the dining experience. They could REALLY use a nice waitress or two. The menu was severely limited, with no more than 6-7 entrees. I had pork wrapped in bacon, which was OK but not great, especially considering the lack of choices, the price and reputation of the restaurant. I doubt that I would come back, given the many other dining choices in the area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mike
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    while food was excellent, service was less than average
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Wonderful date night. Precisely prepared food in a quiet and relaxing setting. A real gem without the annoying hipster crowd, overly complicated food, or stupid small plates. Great for a date, group trying to catch up, or family meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of DC's BEST
    foodfunVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I've been going to New Heights since it opened and love it, love it, love it. The food is imaginative, the very best of ingredients. Affordable fine dining. This weekend three of us lingered for hours over black cod on purple rice which was like melt in your mouth butter - rivaled the black cod at Jean Georges in NY and for the meat eater among us an unctuous short rib special. We shared a fried apple pie which combined the best of crispy crust and well seasoned apple puree studded with chunks of apple. Umbi, the owner is ever present, let him pick the wine; always some surprises. Even when the restaurant is full the noise level is low enough to have a real conversation. You just can't lose here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • KateVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We returned after a previous good experience, but weee sorely disappointed by the undercooked cod, scallops and over cooked pork tenderloin. Every dish seems loaded with salt. Wine selection was high prices and limited. Service seemed to be spread amongst three people who all bugged us over and over about dessert. Won't go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    LEPK
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We tried New Heights after a multi year hiatus. Much to our surprise, it has transformed into a gourmets delight!! Innovative, artistically presented and just downright fabulous- Also helpful, valet parking-
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An Old Favorite
    mrdhouston
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Every time my travels take me to DC I always visit New Heights. I have been going there for more than 20years and it never disappoints. I strongly recommend you try it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • leahc
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    The main dish ( black cod) was very good- a little skimpy--the cucumber salad something extremely skimpy for $10. the place was so noisy by 7:30 you could not talk. For the money just ok.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food and wine
    DeanJC
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    New Heights has put together a 3 course menu that is noteworthy for its creative and delicious dishes. The accompanying wine list is outstanding and reasonably priced. Looking forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good for Business & Fun
    tater
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Had a business dinner there and the noise level, food and prices were great for conducting a lively conversation about our industry. Service was excellent, food was very good - not over the top and well priced. If there was any issue it was the prices on bar drinks. Alcohol got to more than 60% of bill without heavy drinking. Looking forward to wife and I stopping by for lunch on a weekend day!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A lovely night out
    TomCam
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We sat outside so the noise level does not relate to the inside of the restaurant. We both had seafood and it was first rate - scallops and haddock. Service was good - not rushed nor too slow. We have been there several times before though not for a few years and it appears the food has improved. I am surprised it is not included in the Washingtonian best restaurant list
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely experience
    VirginiadinerVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    first time there after recommendation from friend. we will be back. Service is wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New Heights reaches new heights!
    ElaineVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My husband and I celebrated our 25th anniversary at New Heights recently. It was outstanding. The staff went out of their way to ensure that our two sons, who are vegans, has delicious and beautifully presented dinners. My husband and I also had excellent meals. For a final sweet touch, the chef had written "Happy Anniversary" on our shared dessert plate. It was truly a memorable evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great group dinner
    ToddVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I had a dinner to arrange for 15-20 people, while we were attending a conference at the nearby Omni hotel. The restaurant couldn't have been more accommodating, helping me to create a 4-course menu and preselected wines. They also provided a sampler of desserts, and even menus with our group name printed on top. The food was excellent and the service was very attentive. The dinner was a big success!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Top Notch
    DCGardener
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The food, wine and service is always excellent. Considering how long they have been open, it's remarkable that the quality is still consistently high. It's also a good value for the price range -- you'll pay more at trendier restaurants and not get nearly as good a meal. We go about three times a year and always enjoy it. The interior reminds me of the restaurant at the now closed Simon Pearce in the Brandywine Valley. It's warm, relaxing and elegant without being trendy or pretentious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Was disappointed after reading other reviews. Service was very slow and inefficient. Portions were small and some dishes were not served as described.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Try a G&T
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We took friends who were in town for a conference at the Shoreham. We all tried a gin & tonic with different gins (& tonics), and that was fun. The food was good and our waiter was very helpful
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great happy hour
    Audrey2
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Lovely outdoor seating and friendly, knowledgable staff offered helpful advice, particularly regarding the extensive array of gin options.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exquisite meal at New Heights
    LoveVeganFood
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My friends and I dined at New Heights on a Saturday night and we had a lovely experience. We started in the bar with gin cocktails and then moved upstairs into the comfortably elegant dining room. While my friends enjoyed a chicken and risotto dish and a scallop dish, the chef prepared a delicious, visually delightful vegan dish for me - chanterelles, beluga lentils, fingerling potatoes, tender broccoli. I was in heaven. For dessert, my friends enjoyed a delicate peanut butter cake and I had the passion fruit and coconut sorbets with fresh berries, a refreshingly sweet end to a wonderful meal. The owners of New Heights are gracious hosts, checking in on us to make sure everything was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • For those who like gin..........
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    New Heights specializes in 60 different gins and 20+ tonics, many house made. The bartender is very knowledgeable and can mix excellent drinks using these very special ingredients. Food and service are excellent. The restaurant is cozy and very attractively designed with a wall of windows looking out over the city. A very special experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BostonphotobillVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We had such a great experience the first night we went back the next. Food was just wonderful and inventive. The Chef is a young Asian fellow who we had the pleasure of meeting the second night. Chris and John and their back waiters are swift and efficient and funny. We made two requests for our return visit which were not on the menu ..Bill wanted a whole fish and I requested lamb. They did not disappoint! It is not fancy or frumpy. Just a great meal with great service. From the heirloom tomato and foie gras apps to the incredible deconstructed carbonara with fresh pasta. Definitely on our list if we get back to DC. Wish it were here in Boston!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Food was excellent. Service very attentive. A nice friendly place. Definitely will go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Still a "go to place".
    oldfartdinerVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    My wife and I have been going to New Heights periodically for over 20 years. Never have had a bad meal or a bad experience. A real gem that delivers every time. Umbi has created something special.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Of all the gin joints...eat here
    AnneD
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    As a gin drinker I am often disappointed by the selection at a restaurant. New Heights, which specifically calls itself a "gin joint" promised to be the exception and it delivered. An extensive selection of gins coupled with our waiter's knowledge of those libations made choosing a gin I had never had a pleasant experience. Because we ate during restaurant week the menu was, as typical for this time, limited but our waiter assured us everything on the menu was available on their normal menu. Everything was flavorful and well prepared but the stand outs were the house made fettuccine with bacon and the soft boiled egg and the fried green tomatoes (to share).
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exquisite
    paokansasVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We didn't know it but it was restaurant week - 3 courses for $35. Not what we've planned. But the food was for a gourmand - terrific, with different tastes and each course a treat. We were trying to figure out to return before the special had ended.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Second Visit
    FCRobVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Second visit to New Heights. Food and service both were excellent. No complaints here.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A fine Place
    Recman
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We had not been Herr for many years, but are happy we came back. The fish (arctic char) and scallops were very good, but perhaps a little rare for our taste- we trusted the chef. Appertisers were as advertised. Dessert good. A limited wine list, but well chosen, and priced fairly. Service was professional and personal, atball levels. Overall- a big, we'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not good value
    HKLand
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We went for a special dinner last night to New Heights. The decor is nice enough - a bit sterile. The service was excellent, our waitress couldn't have been nicer. But, overall either the price needs to be halved or the food needs to be doubled in quality. The flavors weren't flavorful, the spices weren't spicy, and the sweets weren't sweet enough. Seems like the chef must be tired. Too bad, I think it could be a great location and the owner seemed quite nice and engaged.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always satisfying
    ESMWCLVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I have been to New Heights many times. The food is inventive and delicious. On this visit there was only the prix fixe restaurant week menu so the options were limited. However, the choices were varied, from lobster to steak and there is always a vegetarian option. I had an heirloom tomato salad that was outstanding and the rib-eye steak, also quite good. They have an overwhelmingly long list of gins, tonics and vermouth. I asked the bartender to invent a martini for me and the one she made from Old Raj gin was excellent. The owner and the hostess are warm and always welcoming.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good healthy food
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    They gave many fish choices and intrresting veggies.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 37 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 733 reviews are from the New Heights reviews archive.