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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.
Washington, DC 20008
Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, American
Hours of Operation:
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
Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - Close
$31 to $50
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Contempory American Cuisine by chef Takeshi Nishikawa. Available on request.
$10 Starts at 5:15pm
Half a block from Omni Shoreham and Marriott Wardman Park Hotels. Woodley Park Zoo Metro (Red Line)
Private Party Facilities:
Special banquet menus and semi private dining space available.
Private Party Contact:
Kavita Singh: (202) 234-4110
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
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.
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.
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.
Love this place, though I wonder why it's always empty. One suggestion would be to update their menu more often. I was there over a year ago and the plates were all the same.
If you are into gin, this is the place. Their mixed drinks are delicious.
PS. The french fries need to be revisited. They should not have served us that soggy-luke-warm mess--especially given how overpriced they are.
The food was excellent, innovative but classic too-- not crazy "original" combinations that are not really good culinary combinations but are just unique for the sake of unique and incredibly pricey-- characteristics of new trendy DC restaurants.
New Heights is 35 years old and has an air of hipness but also an air of civility and is extremely service oriented. Unique is its "gin bar" and lovely outdoor seating.
The owner Umbi could not be more hospitable and kind and the server was friendly, efficient, and just the right amount of attentive.
First time here but it will be a regular spot for our family on celebratory occasions.
Highly recommend if you are nostalgic for true hospitality coupled with high style cuisine.
Really wanted to enjoy New Heights more than I eventually did; while the food was pretty good, there were several issues with multiple dishes... great scallops but cold veggies, good fettuccini, mediocre crab cakes, really good mushroom crepe, very tasty bread.
BEST THING ABOUT NEW HEIGHTS: Gin.
They have an AMAZING selection of Gin and a wonderful flight of three very big Gin & Tonics for just $19.
Overall, we had a great time. We had a large table and would have preferred a way for all to hear each other at a "round" table but understand the space limitations. The scallops were very salty, but the starters, other entrees, and desserts were delicious. Close to two hotels; a convenient location for dinner when in town for a conference.
I made the reservation based on the menu but was extremely excited when we got there and I realized they specialize in gin cocktails! I had a powerful special with aperol and muddled cucumber that was bracing and delicious. A bread basket included warm cornbread. Fried oysters had quite a bit of breading but were perfectly cooked with a delicious sauce. Fish and scallop entrees were delightful and a bit lighter. My guest is less of a gin fan and enjoyed one of several excellent wines available by the glass. I will be back!
Enjoyed another fine meal at New Heights, this time with relatives visiting from out of town. Highly recommend the scallops, duck, and pork tenderloin dishes. One of our party was late in arriving, and he was accommodated without the service missing a beat. In addition to the wonderful food, it is this kind of service that we so greatly appreciate. Looking forward to a return trip.
Menu is ill-conceived and the quality of the dishes remarkably low (not only was the execution poor, the ingredient pairings were puzzling). Though the service was great and they were so dog friendly, which I value highly, the food was so unsatisfying that I would never go back or recommend it to others.
Went for the gin curiosity, as they advertise having over 100 different gins, had a great martini (best ever!) and came back a couple of days later for the food, which was delicious. Table of 6 and we all loved the different dishes. House made fettuccini got got great comments. Recommended wine was outstanding, a 4.7 on Vivino!
From the moment you arrive at New Heights you are welcomed by staff or wonderful owner Umbi. Your meal is perfectly paced so that you feel you are dining at a private table. Drink master Ravi suggests excellent cocktails and recommend that you let him lead the way.
The food was perfectly prepared with a crisp fish skin on the Branzino, a pasta dish well balanced and crab cakes. You can regulate your portion sizes to create the meal that is right for you . Dessert lightly done panacotta, home made sorbets and ice creams finished with port, again ask Ravi for his thoughts!
This place was wonderful. Had a little problem with the food when it came out (a bit overcooked) or else would have given five stars as the flavors were outstanding. Fortunately, the bartender fixed things up pronto with extra special attention. I'd go back in a heartbeat.
This visit was our fourth, although our first within these 12 months. We were sorry that the pappardelle with boar sauce on the prix fixe was unavailable--I certainly would have ordered it if it had been. We both ordered the rockfish, braised with kale and other subtle vegetable complements--quite aromatic and satisfying, although more vegetables included would have made it a more balanced item. I greatly enjoyed the pork belly appetizer; the cheese selections for dessert--at least the three I chose--were outstanding, although I was sorry that the waiter announced they were out of bread at the time she served the cheeses. Clearly, they were having a busy night (Thursday), with conventioneers from the Shoreham across the street jamming the place--thus, no more bread (which was delicious, judging from the basket we were served earlier).
Wine selection was not extensive, but among the reds available by the glass, the Malbec I selected was quite satisfactory, and inexpensive ($10/glass). I did find the martini I ordered before dinner to be disappointingly dilute and undersized--although also only $10.
I was expecting a bill of over $200 for the two of us, but it was actually only $160. We'll be back--preferably earlier in the week, when we can have the place more to ourselves.
New Heights is a neighborhood restaurant for me, so I appreciate that in the last year or so its menu has become inventive, interesting, varied, and always tasty. I rarely go to a restaurant where I am tempted by every offering, but I find that at New Heights. The gin cocktails are a special treat too. A real plus is the quietness of the place -- I love going to a restaurant where I don't have to shout across the table to be heard.
This was our second visit to New Heights and we were not disappointed. The food was interesting and excellent in each menu category, the cocktails were imaginative and unusual, the service was attentive without being overbearing, and the noise level was blessedly quiet so that we could talk without shouting. I have already recommended New Heights to two friends. Bravo for a meal well done.
We have had dinner at New Heights several times in the past year and New Heights is always a winner with its creative & fresh cuisine. New Heights is a rarity in DC - it is very quiet. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post food critic, would love the atmosphere (American Arts & Crafts), the food and the noise level. We enthusiastically recommend.
Food was good but in a competitive restaurant environment a little lacking in creativity... it was certainly tasty but similar food may be found for less money.
Ambiance is lacking... it really needs a recharge of its environment.
Finally my waitress was not that attentive or interested in our experience...having worked in a restaurant... my pet peeve is when a waiter walks around like they have tunnel vision.... visiting an adjacent table yet seemingly blind to my attempt to get her attention...
One plus... the owner I think was on site and was chatting with some people who I assume are regulars there. It's a good sign to see the owner keeping an eye on things... but his involvement appeared to be be mostly social.
I have now dined here 4 times
I will not plan to return
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