Staff were very attentive; crab cakes were delicious. Apple crumb was ok - creative but not our favorite.
I have been coming to this restaurant for years. The quality of the food, the expertise of the wait staff and the imaginative menu continue to be first class. I have successfully entertained colleagues with sophisticated pallets on multiple occasions. In my book, New Heights is always a winner.
Exceptional service, fantastic food, and very good wine list!
Chef Tony Glass always delivers with delicious and creative dishes that are a feast for both the eyes and the stomach! The cocktails are sublime and the wine selection is well rounded. Service is wonderful and attentive. Owner Umbi, with his team, has created an overall outstandingly dining experience for his customers!
We were there on a busy evening after a hiatus of five years or so, and were pleased to find New Heights' high standards for service and cuisine maintained despite the exceptional (conference-related) crowd. After thirty years in this tourist-heavy neighborhood it would have been easy to let standards slip. My friend was happy with her jackfruit-and-endive salad and quail, as was I with a mushroom crepe and bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin. The presentation was worthy of a Michelin star. Intelligent and fairly priced (for these days) wine list.
I ate at New Heights on a Saturday night, in February. My reservation was for 6pm. I can't say enough about how great my experience was. The food was amazing, and the wait staff friendly, helpful, and fun. I highly recommend one of the gin and tonics, and the gin Gelato is a must. Would go back in a heartbeat!
Food was meh, service was sub par. Would not go back
My husband and I went for Valentine's Day Dinner because they were advertising a 4 course meal with wine pairings. We have been to this restaurant several times and like it. It is close to our house so we decided to go. We were on time for our 7:15 reservation. They took our order on time. There was a bit of a delay getting our drinks, then we got bread a few minutes after that. However, we did not get our first courses until 8:45. When we said something they gave us 2 drinks complementary. When we got our food it was very good (although the vichyssoise was warm). In the past the service was fine, so I'll chalk it up to Valentine's Day, but really, it wasn't crazy crowded and they had advertised this dinner, so you would think they would be ready.
Lovely dinner at New Heights. Really enjoyed every aspect of my meal. While the service was a little slow, the wait staff were attentive and pleasant.
Always a delicious and delightful dining experience!
AMAZINGLY CREATIVE CHEF!! Every time we eat here the food is creative and absolutely delicious. This visit we had sweet potato soup with a homey thanksgiving comfort flavor then with an amazing spicy kick at the end. I could have eaten a few bowls it was so wonderful. 2nd course was duck breast with cabbage and wonderful romenesco - Large portion that was absolutely delicious!! Couldn’t resist dessert - deconstructed apple pie - edgy and fun and melt in your mouth fabulous with bourbon ice cream!
Service was attentive and personable. Overall experience - top notch all the way!
A really great meal for a reasonable price. Don't overlook this longtime DC favorite.
Hadn’t been in a long time. The food was truly excellent...can’t wait to go back.
1- we made reservation and there was clear place to receive us; we assumed a waiting area and waited for direction.
2- got seated and service was very slow and inattentive.
3- had to remind people of orders (Brussel sprout and dessert)- not a good showing for visiting (international) friends/colleague.
4- desert was delayed and horrible- no one cared to check on our satisfaction. We had to pay bill and leave because we were running late for a professional social nearby.
Gin drinks excellent! Food good. We arrived about 7 and did not get served dinner until almost 9 PM . We ordered fairly soon, but COOKING AND SERVICE MUCH TOO SLOW! The atmosphere is very pleasant and not too loud. Service was friendly but cooking/serving food and drinks way too slow.
Quiet, balanced menu, nice choice of dishes, amusing service. Good food,
elegantly cooked and prseented.
This was my fourth or fifth time at New Heights over several years. I was disappointed in the service and the food reaction from our group was mixed. The salads were lettuce and a bit of dressing -- no color, no crunch. definitely need to rethink the salad. The oysters had a bad taste and didn't seem fresh--the person ate one and sent the rest back. the beef dishes were fine, cooked to the specified temperatures. so it's probably my last visit to New Heights. There are too many other great options in DC.
Sat there for 40 minutes. No waiter, no water, no menus.
The food was good but service was weak. Never got one of our appetizers. Fish dishes were good.
We appeared to be the lowest priority table in the place. Our waiter disappeared several times, one time for at least 45 minutes.
I’ve never had a less-than-wonderful meal at NH. Bravo!
Neighborhood gem with excellent food, low noise level, and nice lighting.
New Heights consistently provides good food with lots of choices, pleasant service, nice ambiance, quiet setting. We recently celebrated our daughter's birthday. She is on a restrictive diet allowing only small portions. She found lots of choices. Those of us who are hardier eaters also found ample dishes. We all had a great time.
Great food. Bar downstairs extremely noisy. Service OK but nit amicable.
Excellent menu selection which is not extensive but diverse. Dishes are very light but well seasoned with attention to detail in quality sourcing of ingredients and platings. The space is charming with a lovely pastoral view over the treetops of Rock Creek Park. I have been dining at New Heights for over 20 years and have always been delighted.
Excellent food and service. Street noise on Calvert Street tolerable with outside seating (there were only three sets of EMT sirens during the two hours.....) Go there - food and service excellent (but I repeat myself).
Definitely not what I expected based on what I read online... food was poor quality and minimal...shareable sides are not shareable...risotto undercooked...
We have been to New Heights for awhile. The martinis were great. The food was delicious.
Thoroughly enjoyed the evening.
Very nice atmosphere and great menu. Also, the chef here is excellent. We enjoyed the soft shell crab, the fried oysters and the hamachi sashimi for appetizers and all were excellent. I thorougly enjoyed every bite of my scallops and my husband enjoyed his duck. It was not overcooked or dry.
New Heights is our favorite restaurant in Washington DC--excellent food and service in a lovely setting.
Great food. Non-existent service. Not sure I would go back because of the service -- lots of good food available in DC...
Enjoyed the outdoor ambience in September, and every entree we tried was excellent and creative, although I think overpriced. The soft shell crab appetizer, however, was unexciting, dull flavor, and generally not up to expectations, especially at $15. Cordial, delightful service.
Food was outstanding and a great value given the summer menu.
Four of us dined that evening. We ordered three appetizers and four main courses.
Only two of the appetizers came out instead of three. The server said he was not aware we had ordered three. It took a while for the kitchen to make up the third appetizer.
Only three of the main courses came out instead of four. The servicer had the kitchen make up the fourth main course. It did not come with rice as specified on the menu. Instead it came with Brussels sprouts. We surmise that it's quicker to microwave Brussels sprouts than it is to boil rice.
We did get a second round of drinks on the house. But the experience turned us off to the point that we will most likely not return.
A gem. Amazing that New Heights has been around for a quarter-century in a high-turnover business. Food was interesting and tasty (other than a rather dry blueberry and almond dessert); service was friendly and professional; wine recommendations very helpful...our server brought me three wines to taste and, sure enough, I went with the one that he originally recommended. My only wish is that there were more than one entree choice for vegetarians.
I was very impressed with New Heights. The cocktail - and especially the gin menu - options were extensive and interesting. The dining menu focuses on seasonal and regional ingredients and our selections were excellent (Branzino and duck) as was the dessert sampler. All in all a great meal at a very reasonable price. To top it off, the service was friendly, helpful, and personal without interrupting our conversation.
Excellent spot to which I will be returning often I think.
the dinner for 2 of us had something that was highly spicy and not advertised on the menu or warned about by the server.
The valet service is non-existent and when we left our car with a "valet" we did not get a ticket and he left our car running for the entire 3 hours we were in the restaurant.
I love New Heights! I dine there as often as I can. It is a sophistocated place to dine. The ambiance is relaxing and interesting. The cucumber mint cold soup was superb as was the branzino. We 3 shared dessert of a chocolate cup (I forget its name) and it was a perfect ending for dinner. Our window table gave us the pleasure of being "outside" without the heat and noise of the busy street. The drinks, especially from the terrific gin menu, are imaginative and delicious. The food is creative, beautifully presented, and delicious. The service (at least in the earlier dinner hour) is helpful and individualistic. [As the restaurant filled up, however, the service was less attentive. Perhaps it was understaffed the night we were there.]
Wonderful experience. Highly recommend.
New Heights is so under-rated. A very decent place with imaginative wonderful food, a humanely quiet ambience, and a low-keyed almost-Scandinavian feel. The $35 summer special was an absolutely top bargain. We will return soon.