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The Heights

713 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Neighborhood Gem (1233)
  • Great for Outdoor Dining (825)
  • Good for Groups (801)

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Located just steps from the Metro at 14th & Kenyon St. NW and the historic Tivoli Theater. Enjoy the cozy dining room and expansive bar, soaring ceilings, and door-to-door window view into the heart of Columbia Heights. On beautiful days, relax in the comfort of our patio against the backdrop of some of DC’s most historic buildings and weekend farmer’s market. The food blends contemporary American cuisine and Southern-inspired favorites. The bar features craft cocktails, local beer on draft and an eclectic selection of wine.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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American, Comfort Food, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sun - Thur's, 4 - 10:30 pm; Fri & Sat: 4 - 11:30 pm
Lunch: Mon - Fri, 11:00 am - 4 pm
Brunch: Sat Sun & Holidays, 9 am - 4 pm
Happy Hour: Mon - Fri, 3 - 7 pm; Sat & Sun 4 - 7:00 pm
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Phone number
(202) 797-7227
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Kerry Tate
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Private party facilities
Please call or email at
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Private party contact
Sharon Sherron: (202) 797-7227
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Cross street
Kenyon St.
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Parking details
Underground parking available across the street in DC USA. Enter from either Irving or Park Rd.
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Public transit
Columbia Heights Metro Station (14th & Irving, NW) is just one block south; Accessible by yellow and green lines.
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.0  based on all time ratings
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on August 28, 2017

The salmon was great, flavorful and cooked perfectly.

JCares1836 (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on August 20, 2017

The food was not very good and the service was awful. The host was unprofessional and it was more on the loud side. If you are looking for a cheap meal, this would be the place to go.

vipfuturelawyer23 (Columbus)
5.0  Dined on August 19, 2017

Greatest short ribs I have ever had. Definitely head to the Heights on happy hour (before 7pm) and get great apps like the Chili Tots and the Moscow Mule! Delicious!

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on August 6, 2017

Excellent good & service. Eggs Benedict with salmon & chicken and waffles were crowd pleaser. Didn't do bottomless, but will be back to try it.


Nonfoodieluvsfood (Birmingham)
4.0  Dined on July 14, 2017

Good food. Good service. Probably paying $25 for one plate. However, the sharables are truly shareable portions.

Daphne (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on July 9, 2017

We had a very nice out door lunch. I did order a margarita that seemed unusually strong. The food, however, was very good and enjoyed by all in the party.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on July 9, 2017

The bourbon bloody mary was amazing. I went here because of a google search for "best bloody mary in DC" and was not disappointed. The food and service was great!

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on July 1, 2017

I quite liked The Heights. Their A/C was broken, so we sat outside, but you couldn't really tell you were right off of 14th street. My food was decent, my friend loved hers. The only downside was when I asked for a to-go box, the one they gave me was dirty. Like, dirty water on the inside, dirt in the creases, etc. I have no clue why, and they gave me another one when I asked, but that was a little concerning.

Other than that it was pretty good all things considered.

vipAlanK (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on June 28, 2017

Both Sam and Angel were extremely professional. Food was gre8! Angel took the time to say hello and offered amazing choices! Kudos.

AMCOFFEE (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on June 25, 2017

Very disappointed. Multiple plates and glasses were dirty. Service and food was mediocre. Do not plan to return or recommend.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on June 17, 2017

Food was great, as was the service, but the sangria had a watered-down taste to it, unless that was what the gourmet recipe was meant to be.

vipchisme (Tampa)
3.0  Dined on June 10, 2017

Whatever happened to The Heights? This time, both the catfish and the fish and chips were soggy and tasteless. The potato tots were covered with unrecognizable glop. Altogether a loss

vipReviewer (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on June 2, 2017

We got seated and never heard from our server until we had to ask another server about where he was.

Entire time, we lacked service, utensils, and even had our orders mixed up. Somehow we ended up with an extra entree that we did not order at all.

Servers need to be trained better!

OverTheMoon (New England)
2.0  Dined on May 21, 2017

We had a party of 6 meeting for brunch. When we arrived there wasn't a table ready and we were told that unless we sat outside or at a hightop at the bar that we would have a 15-20 minute wait. We decided to sit outside, and waited a long time for someone to talk to us. We spoke to the host and then a manager, but it still took 30 minutes for anyone to greet us. Once greeted, it took another 10+ minutes to get water because all the water glasses were being washed. Then, when the server finally brought the water he spilled half of the glasses. At this point we had been waiting so long that we were ready to order food and drinks. However, our server forgot to bring a notepad to write down our food orders, so he only took our drink orders. The drinks showed up only a few minutes before our food. The food itself was fine.

4fordinner (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on May 20, 2017

Website was deceiving. Based on the picture and description I expected a more elegant venue. We made reservations and were placed in the back near the kitchen door next to a family with 3 small children. We were also not impressed with the menu and left after a drink. The hostess was gracious and wait staff warm and attentive.

MaryBethW (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on May 19, 2017

The food was great and the waitress took good care of us - not an easy job to do since we were a large group. We loved the Heights!

vipTeeG (Detroit)
5.0  Dined on May 12, 2017

Went here to celebrate my baby's graduation. 😍Everyone was GREAT. The restaurant exploded when he walked in. The servers made certain he and rest of the party (20 ppl) was cared for. The PLUS...🤔we didn't know it was happy hour. The crab cakes are to die for...we ordered a total of 5 or 6 after the initial order. The old bay wings!!!!!🤗 yes! The cheese dip...not so much.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on May 6, 2017

We had a great time. Good food and our server Nikita was wonderful.

vipAnne (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on May 6, 2017

Our waiter, Mac, was great! We went for Brunch and the food was delicious. The manager stopped at every table to thank us and make sure everything was ok. This is a neighborhood restaurant and we eat here often

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on May 5, 2017

We gave The Heights another shot after avoiding it for a few years, and the same problems with service and quality persist. Long wait before we were ever greeted by our frazzled server, even longer wait for drinks (one of which was forgotten by the bar and had to be reordered), mediocre bland food was brought out at staggered intervals by confused busboys who had no idea who ordered what. We came in as a party of four plus baby, with a reservation, and made it clear we were ready to order right away. The meal still took well more than an hour.

The owners have a much better track record at their other DC restaurants, so there's really no reason this beautiful space should continue to haphazardly offer suburban stripmall fare.