The Heights
The Heights

The Heights

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.theheightsdc.com/
  • Phone: 2027977227x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Mon - Fri, 5 pm; Sat & Sun, 4 pm Lunch: Mon - Fri, 11:30 am - 5 pm Brunch: Saturday & Sunday, 9 am - 4 pm

    Happy Hour: Every Day, 4 - 7 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Kerry Brian Tate
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Contact Andy Phan, Events Coordinator, aphan@eatwelldc.com
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact Andy Phan for more information.
  • Private Party Contact: Andy Phan 2026176869x
  • Special Events: Contact Andy Phan, Events Coordinator, aphan@eatwelldc.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Kenyon St.
  • Public Transit: Columbia Heights Metro Station (14th & Irving, NW) is just one block south; Accessible by yellow and green lines.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Underground parking available across the street in DC USA. Enter from either Irving or Park Rd. The Heights validates. $1 at lunch, $2 at dinner. Street parking also available.
A word from The Heights
Eat Well DC, creators of Grillfish, Logan Tavern and Commissary, brings The Heights to the Columbia Heights neighborhood, Washington’s new retail destination. Located just steps from the Metro at 14th & Kenyon St. NW, The Heights neighbors Giant Supermarket; Target; Best Buy; and the historic Tivoli Theater. Enjoy the cozy dining room and expansive bar, soaring ceilings, and door-to-door window view into the heart of Columbia Heights. On beautiful days, relax in the comfort of our 80-seat patio against the backdrop of some of DC’s most historic buildings and weekend farmer’s market. The food and drink blends contemporary American cuisine with home-style favorites. Enjoy fried chicken, meatloaf and amazing burgers, as well as an extensive list of beer, wine, and cocktails. The Heights is the quintessential neighborhood restaurant: perfect for a quick weekday dinner or casual weekend brunch.
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The Heights reviews from OpenTable diners
64 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (36)neighborhood gem (36)great for brunch (27)great for lunch (17)good for groups (17)kid-friendly (15)fit for foodies (15)hot spot (5)late-night find (4)romantic (4)special occasion (4)scenic view (3)notable wine list (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • I'm sad
    LovingFoodVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The Heights has been a favorite of ours since we lived in the neighborhood. They used to have the best shrimp and grits in the city and great appetizers like fried green beans as well as a more diverse menu. We tried the fried calamari which was one of the few remaining dishes and was still great. The food we remember and love all seems to be gone now and replaced with a simpler menu of even simpler foods. While the food we had was good I felt the restaurant has lost it's unique appeal and is sadly no longer one of our favorites. Taste is purely subjective so please give this place a try and decide for yourself; you may love it! The location is great and the neighborhood it resides within has become a lively and upcoming area.
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  • Neighborhood Gem
    dtrwiggs
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Made reservations three day prior. Staff openly welcomed our group of 14 which included kiddies. Staff was very attentive. Food was delicious. Would recommended to other friends/family.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good restaurant
    ElieHA
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    In general experience was good. Food and service were good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a great brunch spot!
    TNgirlinDC
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I hadn't been here in years, but the food is still tasty! I was catching up with a frew friends including a friend with a 1-month old. The staff was extremely accommodating as far as space for the stroller. Mark was the best server I've had in years at a restaurant! I'll definitely make this a destination when I can.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meeting spot
    Alphaman007
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    This is very close to my job and we have all of our meetings here. This place is great for a midday meeting. The food is good, the service has always been pretty good and the location is nice.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • props for helping the dogs!
    ratherbeskiing
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I dined here for a fundraiser for City Dogs--- really impressed that the restaurant worked with the nonprofit to donate 15% of proceeds to the shelter and that the waiters all promoted the drink special for the fundraiser to, which 100% of the proceeds went to City Dogs. Nice work for a great cause!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • Terrible service
    Reviewer
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    When I went to The Heights this past Sunday, I was looking forward to trying their brunch. I had been for happy hour once before and had a good experience. This time, our server took over 15 minutes to come to our table initially to take our drink orders. After receiving our drinks, it was another 20 minutes until we saw our server. When we saw her at this point (30+ min.) we had to ask her to take our orders. When she took our orders, she sighed loudly (as if we were a bother to her) and sighed when we asked for minor changes. Despite our terrible server, I will say that the manager handled this situation very well. She was extremely apologetic and comped our meals. The food was ok, I just wish they trained their servers better.
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  • Accomodating and excellent food
    Lalaith7
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I was very impressed with the accommodation this restaurant was able to provide. I was able to adjust my reservation slightly two days before and better, they were able to adjust when my brunch party arrived a bit later than our reservation as well as finding space for us outside at our request. There was a good variety of dishes available for brunch and our entire party (6 total) was very pleased with their choices. Bonus for us we hadn't realized it was restaurant week and were able to benefit from that when dining.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Boomerdog1
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Went for Saturday morning breakfast. Food was very good, service was terrific. Scrambled eggs, poached egg and egg "over hard" were all cooked perfectly.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    CelticDiner
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I realized that I had only gone for brunch previously and liked that a lot. Our entrees disappointed very much so. I'll return for brunch, just not dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • kristin
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    This is a great spot for excellent food with a casual atmosphere, service was quick and friendly. Ginger calamari and goat cheese stuffed lamb burger were both outstanding
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • pleasant dining
    dcspeed164
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I found The Heights to be a lovely place. The intimate setting provides diners with comfortable space to meet. The food was exceptional and the service was first rate. I would recommend "The Heights" to friends and family.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good
    PhilVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Doesn't quite match the brilliance of Logan Tavern but still good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Surprisingly delicious
    DCFoodie
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Had a lovely snacky type of lunch with an old colleague who agreed to come to my 'hood so we both didn't have to look for parking. I found a table outdoors, which is shady at lunch and there was a lovely breeze. We both had the IPA on tap (actually very nice - can't recall the name of it -- crisp and appropriately hoppy, but not as bitter as some kraft IPAs can be) and both had the kale salad (exquisite - served with fried cheese ... mm-mm) and at the server's suggestion we ordered an appy to share -- the ginger calamari. I was nervous about ordering it because I've been disappointed by servers' ideas of 'good' seafood, but this dish was exceptional. I would definitely order it again. Our server was super patient with us. Two thumbs up!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Nice location
    Fabulousv
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Food was ok. Watching the soccer game inside was great. If you book a table you will only be able to sit inside. The patio is a first come first served basis. Would have been nice to know beforehand. Our waiter was okay just a bit absent at times. Missing a major food item in one of the dishes. Went to the ladies and saw a member of staff come out of the toilet barely splash her hands with water and she went straight back to waiting tables. Glad we had finished eating by then. But it did put me off from returning.
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  • Excellent
    dsboxer
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    The Heights is a great place to go for people-watching and a charming atmosphere to relax with friends.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Doing it right.
    Manicpixiemeangirl
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    I went to the Heights last Sunday and had an excellent time. The service was excellent. Fast, friendly, and helpful with any and all questions. The food was amazing. I was so full and satisfied. Even with the World Cup festivities going on, it never felt chaotic or out of control. Great restaurant. I am hooked.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great summer evening
    BFMarie127
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    This was a great choice for a low key June evening meal. Strong beer selection, fantastic menu. The fried deviled eggs were delish and unique, as was the mac and cheese, and the blackened catfish was perfectly cooked and well-seasoned. the portion sizes were more than generous as well. Service was slightly erratic, but it was in the middle of a shift change and everyone seemed to have a lot of tables. The politeness more than made up for it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great all around
    dcdinerVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    I went to lunch here with a friend and his dog and had a great time. It was drizzling a little but the server didn't seem to mind at all. I ordered the fish tacos which were a perfect lunch portion. My friend told the server to surprise him and she hit a homerun! It was a chicken sandwich of sorts. All in all a great experience in a great spot. I will definitely be going back soon to try the famous brunch!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is our neighborhood restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Good food, friendly to families, and a lovely outdoor patio.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious as usual
    Beth
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I've been to the Heights several times. The menu is always different and has such a great variety. My vegetarian husband and son and omnivore in-laws were pleased with the options. The service was curtioud, friendly, and survive. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • feedmefeedmefeedme
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Food, service, drinks all wonderful. Great happy hour. We had a wonderful time. Thanks
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sarah
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Awesome service!!! Accomodated our large surprise party. Could not be happier. Have already recommended it to friends
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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  • Slow Service, Nice Ambiance
    outandabout
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The Heights has a great outdoor seating area that is perfect for large groups during a summer evening. I headed there later in the night for a reservation. The hostess was not very friendly, but led us to our table. The drinks were pricey and seemed watered down and took some time, as they like to "bring everyone's out at the same time." We put in our orders for entrees, which we were told later that they were not put in to the kitchen for around 30 minutes. Eventually the food came and I thoroughly enjoyed all of it and thought it was fairly priced for DC. I had the scallops appetizer and catfish as a main entree. We ordered three desserts as a group and all of them were phenomenal. Overall great for outdoor seating, decent food
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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  • Lee41VIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Lovely discovery! We needed to be in the neighborhood for a theatre event, and the blind choice of Heights was perfect. Very friendly, obliging staff; yummy ginger calamari, mac-&-cheese, asparagus. Lamb on kabobs was overdone, but tastes differ, and the rest of the dish was good. If we're in the height again, we'll come to The Heights.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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  • Surprised and disappointed.
    Redmond
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    I had shrimp louie salad and could not believe they served me canned small shrimp - tasteless. Companion had fried chicken and was not impressed. Service and ambience great.
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  • Jeremy
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Late morning brunch wasn't too crowded at all. Had reservations but most of the tables were sat outside. Inside was almost empty. Food was very good and service friendly. Samurai Bloody Mary was great
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 37 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance4
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 512 reviews are from the The Heights reviews archive.
  • Graduation Dinner
    Cynnv
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    To be honest we ended up here by default.... The Heights was the only restaurant in the Columbia Heights area that could seat 12 for a graduation dinner on the night and at the time that we needed. Everything was Great!!! From the champagne toast to dessert the food and drink was spectacular. The service was great and we are looking forward to visiting again soon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • Good food, good location
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Very conveniently located near the Gala Theater. Exceptionally helpful waitstaff, even though we arrived at the same time as two large dinner groups. Food was well prepared, well presented and tasted great: Kitchen was willing to handle substitutes, which we always appreciate.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific neighborhood spot
    VbbbVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The new menu has lots a great options. Love this place for a casual evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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  • DC hospitality
    Mainegirl74
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Easy to find across-the-street parking. Very friendly atmosphere. Food was good. Appetizers good but small-ish serving size. Tables near back of restaurant were quiet enough for good conversation.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Graduation dinner
    notwelcome
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    The waiter was very dry and made us feel unwelcome. She brought us the bill without even offering us desert. We were a party of 13. I probably will not recommend this restaurant to anyone. I felt like they didn't want us there.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Great food, great place
    smdangelo
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    We are making this the place we take people when they come to town Always a solid menu, good drinks, great service ... mmm
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  • The Heights 5/10/14
    bmHeightsreview
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The services was a little on the slow side, but the food and atmosphere were good. We appreciated the availability of a kids menu for our 10-year-old and the availability of gluten-free options was a plus.
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    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
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  • Great for every meal of the day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I've been for many brunches and dinners and think The Heights is really great. The turkey hash is a treat at brunch (I order with avocado on top!). Servers are great and the menu has enough options for everyone without being overwhelming. Great for large groups or meals for 1-2
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Great find
    Dinner4two
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    My husband and I were visiting DC for a few days and The Heights was a couple of blocks from where we stayed. We went for the convenience factor and enjoyed our dinner and the staff so much that we went back the following night!
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    Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Early brunch (no mimosas til 10am)
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    My party was running behind, but I arrived right when the opened so they seated me without delay. Service felt a bit slow, but that could have been just me waiting there for 20 mins. They were probably trying to give my friends time to catch up! We were not drinking, but you should be aware that they don't serve alcohol until 10am.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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  • Food has gone down hill
    ONE78VIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    I'm not sure what happened to this place, it used to be my favorite neighborhood spot. The food was mediocre at best and the service was average. It's too bad.
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    great for outdoor dining
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  • Excellent for groups
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    A group of about 10 people went to The Heights for brunch on a Sunday. The food was great and the service was particularly excellent. I had eggs in tomato sauce, and asked for extra plain bread for dipping which was provided to me at no extra charge. The orange juice is 'freshly squeezed,' though I'm a bit suspicious about this since it was too yellow. In any case, it was delicious and cheaper than in most places I've been to for brunch. Most importantly for groups, they offered to split the bill individually without us even asking for it. For this they get extra high marks. They were flexible on group size (a few dropping out or in), which was also better than most other brunch spots in DC.
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    good for groups, great for brunch
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  • All you could hope for...
    CseksVIP
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Our first time stayng in Columbia Heights, we went there for Sunday brunch and The Heights was everything we could ask for?Outstanding menu. Omelettes, THICK French toast, pulled chicken over black beans with a fried egg on top with corn tortillas, etc. Glad we had resos for 9:45am, 'cause by 10:10 every table was taken. You can eat at a table, a booth, a tall table in the front window, or at the bar. So many options of Bloody Marys to choose from or design your own. The bread basket alone is worth the trip!! Truly, a fantastic recommendation passed onto us, which I now pass onto you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.