New Heights

4.1
1057 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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.
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C
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The manager provided excellent input on the restaurant's wine collection and offered us an enjoyable cabernet that I had never heard of. Was a welcoming host.

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M
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food -great
Service - good
Drinks- excellent
Owner -lovely
Regularly lovely

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MR
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and wonderful service. Lovely evening

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CR
New England
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going there over the years, many times with friends who had never been there, and every experience has been excellent. It has been there a long time and remains somewhat undiscovered (or forgotten) of late. Woodley Park Metro is the same block. Limited valet parking is available. The owner is terrific. Their bar on the first floor - The Gin Joint - is a small, cozy spot serving a wide range of excellent cocktails. The Shoreham Hotel is across the street. Excellent service.

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CP
New England
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I think the food was very solid, but not spectacular. The waiter did an excellent job helping us navigate an incredible gin selection.

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RR
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Heights is an undervalued restaurant - but that works in your favor. It's quiet enough for a conversation with friends, and the food is always superb.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food and service. The Brussels sprouts are amazing!

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GG
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

We were pretty bummed overall about the space and the service. We all liked our food, but we probably won’t be back.

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C
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I think their waitstaff was short on Saturday night. It took quite a while before someone took our drink orders. And then when we were ready to go our waitress disappeared completely for about 20 minutes so I had to enlist another waiter to get her to bring our check. No toilet paper in the ladies room. Otherwise good.

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DX
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Waited forever to get seated, served, food to come, etc. Garlic parmesan fries were delicious, but the chicken was only so-so

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s
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We are always happy with New Heights. Food is interesting and inventive. Restaurant is quiet so it’s easy to hear each other at the table. And if you like gin, there are oodles of choices of gins and tonics

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k
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant. Our go to place for a special night. The gin joint is amazing and will make drinks for anyone's taste.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Horrible. They didn’t ask for our order for an hour and then the food arrived cold and uncooked. They basically ignored us.

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DG
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

They were very short staffed the night we were there. Waited for everything from the water to the check. Food was above average however. My suspicion is that when the staffing is adequate is a very good restaurant that is higher than the 3-star rating I gave it for our experience.

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f
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and drinks are good.. just a bit pricy. Great for special occasions.

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F
Nashville
62 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. Enjoyed interesting cocktails and appetizers. Branzino was light and perfectly cooked. Highly recommend

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KK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

TERRIBLE experience!!!! I rarely write reviews but I was misled by the positive reviews on this restaurant and want to warn others to avoid the same mistake. Maybe this place was good at one time or maybe they're going out of business or something??... there was no hostess, our server seems very stressed/ overwhelmed and uncaring. We ordered a bottle of red wine which was delivered very cold. The server poured it quickly while spilling it onto the table (no apology or recognition)... she later said that someone must have put it into the white fridge on accident and that's why it was cold. The food portions were ridiculously small and overall unimpressive! The "burratta" appetizer was actually just a thin slice of regular mozzarella cheese with about three cherry tomatoes... the crispy oysters were OK but had no sauce... the rest of the appetizers were unmemorable. The meals were a huge disappointment!!!! I requested my filet medium rare and it came out well/grey.. there was no sauce on it... Two others ordered the filet also and they were all overdone and over-seasoned. The filet also came out pre-sliced so it was obvious that they were over cooked but clearly nobody cared. I even mentioned it to the server but she didn't give me any apology or feedback. The pork tenderloin was literally 3 small medallions about the size of a silver dollar, also overcooked (not a dinner portion at all). The stuffed summer squash meal consisted of 3 medallions of zucchini/squash filed with @ 2 tablespoons of couscous... it had to cost less than $2 to make it (again not a dinner size portion). The gnocchi was just gross. We ordered a second bottle of red wine (requested something that wasn't accidentally placed in the refrigerator) and received a different bottle than what we ordered. The desserts were just OK. For 5 people, the bill was $480 and we all left hungry. It was honestly one of the worst dinners ever!

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SS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place to eat.

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l
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

For year after year New Heights serves delicious food with imagination and attention to detail in one of the most pleasant dining rooms in the city .

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d
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice find in Wardman Park. Bar is at street level, dining is on second floor. Unique crafted gin cocktails. Attentive wait staff. Beautifully presentation for dinners.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quiet dining room in a lovely setting. Food was excellent and portion sizes were spot on.

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C
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined on a quiet summer Saturday evening. The food was excellent. I loved my Branzino filet and the tuna appetizer. The wine list was well chosen. Our server was attentive and the staff gave us all the time we wanted for a leisurely reunion with old friends.

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DC
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Heights has tasty creative food, even better drinks (all those gins!), gracious and friendly service, and the best atmosphere I've come across in DC restaurants. The restaurant is spacious, with lots of room between tables, and a lot of noise-canceling or sound-absorbing design pieces to keep it quiet. This meant that my husband and I could hear ourselves talk, and that other diners didn't bother us and we didn't bother them. The spaciousness of the place also meant that staff wasn't in a rush to turn tables and hurry people out, so my husband and I could occupy a table for three hours while sipping various gins. We also loved the creativity of the new three-course menu at the very manageable price of $38. New Heights has hit on the perfect formula, and we'll happily be back.

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JK
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Loved the cocktail options from The Gin Joint downstairs, including huge selection of gins and about 10 made on site Tonics. Similarly imaginative first, main, and dessert courses. Prix fix menu suited us perfectly. Will definitely come back next time we're near Connecticut and Calvert / Shoreham and Marriott.

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T
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Entertained two European professors who really enjoyed their first fried green tomatoes. The wine list is great, the food artistically arrayed and delightful (my pork was wonderful)

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d
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always a lovely meal, in this stylish spot. wonderful ingredients beautifully plated. delicious meal, excellent service, kind and thoughtful owner of guest needs and comfort. would recommend highly for foodies. excellent value.

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e
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great view, reasonably-priced wine list and innovative food makes this a great place to dine. The mushroom crepe was a great starter with the aroma of truffle. Branzino was fine. Their take on key lime pie was tasty and not too filling,

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Overall, our experience was a firm MEH. It took a while for our waitress to acknowledge us, and when she did — after we had had long enough to choose our entire meal from the menu — she started out by telling us the third of the menu that they were “out of” (despite it being 8pm on a Thursday, and all of what they were out of were things we had chosen to order). And then a few minutes after we ordered different food, she returned... to tell us that they were, in fact, out of one of our entrees as well.

The food was fine, but really small portions for the price.

Don’t think we’ll be going back.

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JT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From our seats at the window overlooking the heat outside (and feeling the cool inside) New Heights is the perfect place to spend an evening with a good friend. The vast array of gin combinations made it great fun to concoct our drinks, with the help of our knowledgeable waiter. The menu - and then the food - is imaginative and satisfying. We shared a blood orange salad then each had different main courses. My friend had the vegetable main course and I had perfectly grilled scallops - each was delicious. Desserts were as beautiful and tasty as our mains. The ambiance - quiet, with barely audible music, most gracious and unobtrusive wait staff, was perfect. Totally wonderful evening.

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MD
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Such special preparations: halibut+ sea beans; dragon fruit+endive, around, citrus fruits. Duck breast; tuna sashimi. Mango+ coconut pannacotta. So memorable!

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M
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was our anniversary and the owner treated us like VIPs! We have been going to New Heights for many years and highly recommend it for special occasions.

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o
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful, superbly prepared food in a comfortable, attractive atmosphere. We enjoyed the best soft shells we have had this season and a fresh branzino enhanced by its sauce and accompaniments. Altogether a pleasant sophisticated restaurant.

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N
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and good service. Probably the best place along this strip. We would definitely go back and might take the Metro from another location to return.

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F
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My recent two dining experiences at New Heights were both completely outstanding. Tony Glass, the highly talented chef, is creating stunningly beautiful and delicious specialities at this well-known mainstay. New Heights is in a new realm and deserving of its name, offering a delightful ray of sunshine that should not be overlooked. The menu offers terrific artisinal dining options that are custom crafted, delicious and artistic.

A very creative kitchen together with a smart personable staff make this a stand-out dining spot and a no rush, no crush evening. There's a cascade of flowers from every window, terrific bar and a charming outdoor dining patio. This place should not be under the radar. It's a white tablecloth restaurant of quality. Put New Heights back on your list.

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DC
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful dining at New Heights! The cocktails are smooth, and Chef Tony Glass serves creative dishes with inventive, delicious flavors! Truly both a neighborhood gem and foodie paradise!

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TM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Heights delivered a wonderful dinner for my friends and myself yet again. Their chef makes great use of seasonal produce, fish, etc. and is inventive while honoring traditional styles. My starter was crab and corn soup and my main was the branzino. Wonderful!

And the gin menu is quite thorough. The wait staff are familiar with it in detail, but can recommend wine, etc. for those not interested in mother's ruin.

Too many restaurant critics and customers flock to the newest flavor on the block. New Heights has been consistently an excellent restaurant for a long time. Give it a try.

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E
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, and quiet (it was not crowded, may be different on busier nights). Really nice.

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DH
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was excellent....allowed all of us to make adjustments to our orders. The salad we had was outstanding....and all the entrees were great. But we all said the homemade ice cream was the best we have had. We will be back.

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Houston
50 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Second visit. Service is pleasant, but sometimes lacking in frequency. This time we ate only appetizers and small plates. The food was good except for the French fries. We asked for well done and still got limp potatoes. They included a delicious sauce to dip them in, so we ate them all. This is a nice restaurant run by a nice family, but the kitchen could be better.

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DB
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Lovely gem of a restaurant. Relaxed, sophisticated, and excellent food. The halibut in green curry was outstanding. A+.

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