New Heights

4.7
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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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4.7based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.7
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4.5
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RB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect choice...client had chosen a trendy place with okay food in the noisiest space imaginable...New Heights was the perfect antidote, especially when it turned out that one of the party is a gin freak...was only surprised that we had the dining room to ourselves on a Thursday night...this is a great place that somehow suffers from a lack of buzz and (perhaps) its location

d
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful food in a beautiful setting quiet enough for good conversation. Our only concern was parking, but that was no problem at all. What’s more, Metro is an easy walk away. Perfect spot for a nice dinner with friends.

F
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food—from foodie (those crispy oysters—wow) to comfort (that chicken—yum). Attentive but unobtrusive service. And so pleasantly quiet in the dining room (even as we occasionally heard the good times in the bar downstairs). Excellent all round. Thanks.

BC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The owner came to our table and was so gracious
What a great place!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Dined twice once with a friend and once alone. Both occasions were very enjoyable Contemporary American menu which was s welcome relief from the standard very large portions and multiple ingredients common to most American restaurants. The service is helpful without intrusion and the waitress was knowledgable in helping choose options. The food is simply cooked with good veg sides.
Enjoyed the background jazz tracks over a g&t, of which there are many choices, including house made tonics.

c
New Orleans
59 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again a great experience: relaxed ambiance with understated elegance, friendly, attentive and knowledgeable service and excellent imaginative food with very good wine by the glass selection for the single diner. I chose this time to combine all appetizers, but the mains also looked good. The fried oysters were very good but nothing unusual; the grilled asparagus salad was outstanding (the fried egg made it different from anything I had had), and the beef tartar was even better. But be warned: it has a "kick" to it that you may love like me or not. If you arrive early, you can try one of the gin drinks from the very wide selection (but the number of brands available is not quite as large as the list implies). Some parts of the menu change, so before going, do check the menu on the restaurant's own website. That given on other sites may be outdated. Ah, one last note: it *is* on the second floor, so if stairs are a problem for you, you probably need to go elsewhere. You can eat downstairs at the bar, but it can be crowded.

JL
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible restaurant at many levels!! It explains why and how it has been in existence for 32 years!!!

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was wonderful. All of it. 3rd time here and May return tomorrow nite. Limited menu but oh so interesting. Croquettes were a a light wonderful foil to the richness of the confit. Roasted shishito peppers were delish. My wife had half portion of the crab cake and half portion of the scallops. Both were outstanding. She only let me me taste the scallops plated with black beluga lentils. Can’t go wrong. Very interesting cocktails . Featuring gin of course. Varied by the glass wine list. I had the vouvray (chenin Blanc) which paired nicely with branzino and curried cauliflower. I can go on but you need to come here and to taste for yourself. My guess is you won’t be disappointed.

CC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have died at New Heights for over 20 years. The food, service and ambiance have consistently been 5 Stars.

k
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant. It is our go-to place for special occasions and for date night. We generally stay at the Omni Shoreham and walk over to the restaurant. The food is always excellent and the service perfect. The owner is a wonderful gentleman who is generally there to greet guests. The downstairs area is the "gin joint." So, if you love gin, this is the place for you. The bartenders are very knowledgeable and can make you a drink to your liking. Also found out about "sipping" gins here. Wow! Highly recommend for a romantic evening, convention group, or any reason.

JT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. The gin list was a treat to study and choose from.

l
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Very good food and service and loved that it was quiet!

E
Tampa
160 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love New Heights Restaurant! We had our wedding supper there 30 years ago and we return for our anniversary dinners every year. The food and service are ee.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place to meet up as a family and include a few friends. Everything was delicious and the service was excellent. Best of all we didn’t feel rushed out by the staff although we had a very long and leisurely dinner. We will be back.

SS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The food was very good but I would have liked tablecloths to match the level of the meal. We ate outside on metal grate garden tables. This restaurant is pricey so I expected at least table cloths. The service however was excellent. I had the branzino which was excellent but the rice basil risotto needed more basil.

DM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in DC for a dinner where you actually can hear your companions conversations without raising your voices. Very good food, wine and gin drinks; vegetarian options; relaxed and charming atmosphere. We will return.

M
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic, unpretentious, warm hospitality...just lovely. Thank you!

JK
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, and friendly, professional service. This always a favorite of ours. They have a fantastic selection of gins, and an excellent wine list. The dining room is tastefully decorated in rich colors and has views over Rock Creek park.

BR
Washington DC
146 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Very nice and efficient server. The food was a mild disappointment. The wine list was quite good.

L
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've had the pleasure of dining here a few times and each time more impressive than the last. The service is excellent, the food is amazing, the manager is an absolute delight to speak with, and it isn't noisy or over priced. They are incredibly flexible and accommodating. Truly a gem!

E
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It's nice to have such good food in a soothing quiet room.

CH
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner with very attentive service. Everyone enjoyed their main courses, nice wine list - not huge but solid. Gin is a specialty and they have amazing selection. Owner came by table and when he learned our daughter likes dirty martinis, he brought a special infused gin for her to taste. Just a very nice time.

KT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Very accommodating. If you go early for dinner you can hear yourselves.

KC
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

We arrived and no one else was in the restaurant (we had a reservation-table for three). There was only one waiter and one busboy but that was fine. We received our drinks and the waiter took our order and that was the last we saw of him. All of a sudden three more large tables came in and he was swamped-- we got our salads and then waited forever for our entrees- even though we ordered before the other large tables came in. We received our entrees and had to ask for more water - no other drinks were offered by the busboy and as I mentioned the waiter never came back but he was swamped with these other tables. We flagged busboy for bill and the waiter brought the check and just said "thanks"-no explanation or apology so our tip reflected such but really this is the fault of management- if all of these tables were reserved you know in advance it will be busy so GET MORE HELP. Poor reflection on your management style not on the poor waiter. Food was great but won't be back

HI
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This is a delightful, quiet restaurant with high ceilings and window views. Drinks are plentiful and the menu is varied and well-prepared. We think it's a too-well kept secret

KP
Denver
59 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The carrot ginger soup was excellent as was the branzino. They seemed short staffed and things like more water or bread took a while.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

We ate at New Heights about a year ago and were most pleased. This time, not the same! Would not recommend.

SK
Washington DC
150 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We have not been to New Heights for many years but we were very happy to return! The food was very good and it was lovely to see the very helpful and pleasant owner again! The restaurant itself could use a bit of a “fresh up” but the food was very tasty.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience1

Don’t get stuck in the back of the upstairs. It was absolutely freezing- huge temp difference with the rest of the floor. They need to get an HVAC guy to balance things out. Also on a slow night we were there for a total of two hours. It took forever to get our food. The food was good but the portions were rather skimpy. No salad dressing on my salad and none was offered. I don’t plan to go back.

DM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Another lovely meal at New Heights. The vegetable dishes were particularly appreciated.

H
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service, quiet attractive atmosphere and fresh clean menu. Well prepared

EB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

I’m hesitant to be so negative b/c the food was quite good, and it was a very pleasant setting, not noisy. But I can’t remember when I was last in a good restaurant w such inattentive service. Maybe it was just an off day where half the staff didn’t show up. Though if that were the case I would have expected an explanation.

RS
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice New American cuisine. The food was well-prepared and delicious, and an added feature was a menu of wonderful gins with house-made tonics.

l
Orange County
38 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The upstairs portion of this restaurant is a wonderful respite in the Wardham area. Lovely decor, smooth service, great choices of gins and home-made tonics (with interesting herbal mixes), and best of all--reliably, good food. I had the wild mushroom soup as a starter that tasted like wild mushrooms--field tasty. My scallop entree was beautifully prepared, moist, perfectly scented sauce, and ample. They even accommodated my request for one decadent scoop of their home-made dark chocolate ice cream. A fine dining experience that was friendly, quiet, and perfectly enjoyable. I will be back.

DJ
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

One of the few upscale-quality, gracious restaurants in Washington where are you can have a normal conversation without yelling — at affordable prices.

DN
Washington DC
81 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I tried New Heights because we had seen it while we were strolling in the area. The reviews are excellent, and it lives up to them. The restaurant is on the second floor. The decor is lean and modern, yet warm and comfortable. My friend and I had a window table with a nice view of the area. We began sharing a pan roasted crab cake, served with corn pepper relish and celeriac slaw. The spicing of the crab cake was unique, even though I cannot put my finger on what exactly was different. My friend had pan seared branzino for her entree. It was served with black rice, confit fennel, castelvetrano olive & smoked celeriac. I went with roasted arctic char, served with beluga lentil, dates, pickled ginger & spiced roasted baby carrots. We finished with a slice of cheese cake. As I wrote, the food and the service lived up to the excellent reviews.

OT
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food was delicious! Lovely atmosphere; inviting and comfortable Server was excellent. However; she seemed to be serving the whole restaurant. Service was slow.

k
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love New Heights and the Gin Joint below. The menu changes regularly and is always excellent with a good variety of items available.

JV
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Heights is a hidden gem. The food, service and ambiance are outstanding

K
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Great gin selection, but the food was rather underwhelming. The crab cakes were cold. Two orders of them, both cold. And the rest of the dishes were ok, but not great. Overall just an average spot.