The owner came to our table and was so gracious
What a great place!
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.
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 That given on other sites may be outdated.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.
Incredible restaurant at many levels!! It explains why and how it has been in existence for 32 years!!!
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.
I have died at New Heights for over 20 years. The food, service and ambiance have consistently been 5 Stars.
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.
Excellent food and service. The gin list was a treat to study and choose from.
Very good food and service and loved that it was quiet!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fantastic, unpretentious, warm hospitality...just lovely. Thank you!
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.
Very nice and efficient server. The food was a mild disappointment. The wine list was quite good.
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!
It's nice to have such good food in a soothing quiet room.
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.
Very accommodating. If you go early for dinner you can hear yourselves.
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
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
The carrot ginger soup was excellent as was the branzino. They seemed short staffed and things like more water or bread took a while.
We ate at New Heights about a year ago and were most pleased. This time, not the same! Would not recommend.
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.
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.
Another lovely meal at New Heights. The vegetable dishes were particularly appreciated.
Excellent service, quiet attractive atmosphere and fresh clean menu. Well prepared
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.
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.
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.
One of the few upscale-quality, gracious restaurants in Washington where are you can have a normal conversation without yelling — at affordable prices.
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.
Food was delicious! Lovely atmosphere; inviting and comfortable Server was excellent. However; she seemed to be serving the whole restaurant. Service was slow.
Always love New Heights and the Gin Joint below. The menu changes regularly and is always excellent with a good variety of items available.
New Heights is a hidden gem. The food, service and ambiance are outstanding
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.
Good food, quiet restaurant, easy to get a table. Good wine list and great gin and tonics with extensive selection and artisanal tonics. Decor is a little outdated and restaurant was only a third full on a Friday night. The service was a little much. Maybe because there weren't that many people there our server and busboy kept coming over ever 5 minutes, when we were clearly deep in personal conversation. Were constantly interrupted to take away plates with food still on them, or offer more drinks when our glasses were still have full. Took away from the pleasure of the dinner and good conversation.
This was my second visit to New Heights. I visited in February 2018 and talked about the food for months after. At my most recent visit, February 2019, I wasn't as impressed with the food. The steaks my friends ordered were tough, and my pork tenderloin was dry. Must have been an off night for the chef. The sides we ordered were delicious, and the dessert was good. The service is very personable and attentive. New Heights also makes great drinks, especially anything with gin. If you're unsure what to order, tell them what you like, and they'll pick out something for you. The restaurant is quiet and you can easily hear all your dinner companions. This is a big plus for me.
Dinner at New Heights was good but somewhat short of excellent. The food, service and ambiance were all good.