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About 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.

2317 Calvert St. NW
Washington, DC 20008
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner-Dining Room:
Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
Sunday: 5 pm - 10 pm
Brunch-Bar, Patio and Dining Room:
Sat-Sun:11am to 2pm

Bar and Patio:
Monday - Sunday: 4:30pm - Close

Patio:
Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - Close

Cross Street:
Connecticut Avenue

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 234-4110

Website:
http://www.newheightsrestaurant.com/

Catering:
Contempory American Cuisine by chef Takeshi Nishikawa. Available on request.

Parking Details:
$10 Starts at 5:15pm

Public Transit:
Half a block from Omni Shoreham and Marriott Wardman Park Hotels. Woodley Park Zoo Metro (Red Line)

Executive Chef:
Takeshi Nishikawa

Private Party Facilities:
Special banquet menus and semi private dining space available.

Private Party Contact:
Kavita Singh: (202) 234-4110

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Private Dining room and conference space available. For more information contact Kavita Singh at 202-234-4110

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New Heights Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

3.9

ambience

4.1

value

3.8

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Quiet

82% would recommend it to a friend

Quiet Conversation (14)
Creative Cuisine (12)
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Fit for Foodies (12)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Good for a Date (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Casual (6)
Cozy (6)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Authentic (5)
Business Meals (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Healthy (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Romantic (4)
Good for Groups (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Seasonal (3)
Fun (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Scenic View (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Vegan (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Organic (1)
People Watching (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Sat there for 40 minutes. No waiter, no water, no menus.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food was good but service was weak. Never got one of our appetizers. Fish dishes were good.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We appeared to be the lowest priority table in the place. Our waiter disappeared several times, one time for at least 45 minutes.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 1, 2017

I’ve never had a less-than-wonderful meal at NH. Bravo!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Neighborhood gem with excellent food, low noise level, and nice lighting.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Great food. Bar downstairs extremely noisy. Service OK but nit amicable.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 13, 2017

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 4, 2017

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).

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Definitely not what I expected based on what I read online... food was poor quality and minimal...shareable sides are not shareable...risotto undercooked...

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 16, 2017

We have been to New Heights for awhile. The martinis were great. The food was delicious.

Thoroughly enjoyed the evening.

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 16, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Tampa)·Dined on September 13, 2017

New Heights is our favorite restaurant in Washington DC--excellent food and service in a lovely setting.

Tags: Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Vegan, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Great food. Non-existent service. Not sure I would go back because of the service -- lots of good food available in DC...

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Food was outstanding and a great value given the summer menu.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 28, 2017

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 26, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Casual, Business Meals
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 24, 2017

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 23, 2017

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.]

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Wonderful experience. Highly recommend.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 19, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for Groups, Fun, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 18, 2017

New Heights continues to be a main stay in DC dining. The food choices are creative and delicious. I have eaten here many times over the years and have never been disappointed. Highly recommend.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Notable Wine List, People Watching, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on August 7, 2017

I recently took my boyfriend to New Heights for his birthday. Everything we ordered was delicious. For an appetizer we split the fettuccine and the raw oysters, and both were delicious. I ordered the duck for an entree and was pleasantly surprised. It was prepared in a unique way, with more emphasis on the taste of the meat, rather than the skin. My boyfriend got the Sea Bass and was equally impressed. I told the restaurant we were celebrating my boyfriend's birthday so our dessert (Pain Perdu- again, delicious) came out on a plate with Happy Birthday spelled out in chocolate. I would highly recommend New Heights to anyone looking for a restaurant to celebrate a special occasion or have a nicer meal.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 6, 2017

We love this place. In fact we love it so much we chose to get married at New Heights. Our recent meal (Sunday) was outstanding, as was the gin martini. You can actually hear your friends at the same table. We had a great time. Rena and Ed

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 4, 2017

New Heights is a neighborhood gem! The extensive gin selection with house made tonics, seasonal cocktails can make a casual happy hour feel special. The seasonal additions to the menu and farm to table ingredients elevate their food. The service is wonderful. Everything I have ever had there is exceptionally delicious!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Organic, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 29, 2017

A lovely birthday celebration for my husband with our family of three and one GF. The ambiance is perfect for a relaxed, leisurely meal where one can converse without loud music or the din of other patrons' chatter. The menu is quite varied and suitable for all kinds of eaters. Side dishes of spinach risotto and shisito peppers delighted.
Cocktail list is tremendously varied and the the first floor bar has over 100 kinds of gin. My personal favorite is "That's My Train" made with gin, darjeeling tea, orange bitters, and moro amaro.
Perfect for a special occasion, a bar dinner alone, an upscale al fresco meal. I applaud the restaurant for continuing to deliver inventive cuisine for three decades. Bravo!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Father's Day

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 13, 2017

New Heights is a very good restaurant. I've eaten at the restaurant twice and both times have been quite good. The food is very good, well prepared, and nicely presented. Service is also quite nice. The restaurant is elegant but also comfortable and relaxed. The main dining room is on the 2nd floor on Calvert street, with views onto the street. A very nice ambiance overall. Will definitely visit this restaurant again.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on June 11, 2017

We had host's recommended gin cocktail, mushroom crepe, greens salad, scallops,duck, pinot grigio, chardonnay, decaf coffee​, oolong tea. Everything was fabulous!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on June 11, 2017

The food was great and the atmosphere lovely. And the location was right for us, right across from my conference hotel. However, the service was so slow that, even allowing 90 minutes for dinner, I still didn't receive my entree before I had to return to my conference. It's a shame to have to eat the entree from a $120 dinner cold in a styrofoam takeout carton.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Always great to be able to have a filet that is cooked as ordered! Very good service and delicious food. Be sure to try the oyster appetizer.

Tags: Casual, Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 27, 2017

One of the hidden jewels of D.C. With a great location with easy access to Rock Creek Parkway. The gin selection is awesome but the food equals it.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 26, 2017

We ate upstairs at the Restaurant (not downstairs or outside, which are lively and noisy). This is a great restaurant for adults who wish to have a quiet and lovely ambiance so conversation can take place. The food is creative and outstanding. The service is excellent and not intrusive. Wait staff is extremely knowledgeable about the food and especially the extensive assortment of amazing gins and tonics. We have returned here again and again because it is so comfortable and elegant.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 25, 2017

This was our first time in many years at New Heights, and it was really great. Good food and wonderful ambiance. Plan to go back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 21, 2017

I was very disappointed. The salad had no flavor. The duck came cut before it had rested and there was blood all over the plate. When it returned the food was cold and unappetizing. No one asked how the food was. I would. It return here.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Have eaten here often and the food and service are consistently great.

Tags: Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on May 13, 2017

We first visited New Heights 7 years ago following a colleague's recommendation. We have been back several times every year since then whenever we are in DC. The food has always been excellent, the service impeccable and the wine list interresting and rewarding. We will keep going back.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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