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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
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
We came for a birthday dinner on December 30th. We were one of only a few parties in the restaurant and we had a lovely meal. The service was very good. The cocktails with the house-made tonics were tasty, and the ambiance was perfect for catching up with people. Afterwards, we wandered down to the Gin Joint bar to try even more of its massive selection of Gin.
Hadn't be to this old friend in quite a while. But the food had improved since our last visit, and as alway nice setting on 2nd floor overlooking park, tables well-spaced, noise level not ridiculous. The Gin Joint bar downstairs a great start to the evening, with interesting drinks, particularly their selection of 500 gins, and friendly bartenders. 4 course tasting menu a good deal. Only complaint was some slowness in the service, not in terms of time to get food once ordered, but to place order or to ask for something from our server, who seemed often hard to find.
If you want to go to restaurant where you can have a quiet conversation with good friends, a delicious not rushed meal and professional service, the old New Heights is your place. I live in the city for more than 10 years and it is difficult to find a place like this. Loved it!
My friends and I had a lovely meal at New Heights. I had the grilled oysters- which were very flavorful. My friends really enjoyed the crab cake appetizer and the tomato salad. My entree was the branzino over black rice. The combination was fabulous and the branzino was perfectly cooked! My friends both had the scallops over risotto and could not stop raving about it. I wanted to try it but feared I might lose my hand if I attempted to remove a morsel from their plate. The real standout was the chocolate flourless cake. My friend has a severe gluten allergy so she was totally blown away by how light and moist this cake was! I love chocolate cake (with or without flour) and thought this was one of the best I had ever tasted. While this restaurant does not have a gluten-free menu, most of the dishes are actually gluten free. That made my friend very happy.
We are in the neighborhood but had not been in years (although we always liked the cooking). Tonight's meal was outstanding. We shared three small plates - including grilled oysters and fried green to tomatoes - each exceptional, as were the mains. Highly recommended.
Ordinarily, I would recommend this restaurant over and over, and in the past, I have. I have been going to this restaurant for 25 years, on and off, and have never had a bad experience until last Saturday evening. The restaurant was having air conditioning problems, and it was well over 90 degrees all day. It was stifling. No explanation or warning was given when we walked in. The kitchen was incredibly slow. The food was mediocre, and the entire experience was such that I don't think that I will return. Also, even though we complained about waiting 20 minutes for a cheese plate of 3 cheeses that never arrived, we weren't apologized to, compensated or made to feel like we mattered as patrons in anyway. The only bright spot in the evening was our server, who through no fault of her own tried to make the experience bearable. We couldn't wait to get out of there. The server told us that the backup in the kitchen was due to their expectation that business would be slow as it had been during the summer. However, it was very busy and the kitchen couldn't gear up to meet the demand. It was shameful for a restaurant of this claibre.
I have a friend who highly recommends this place and I've been there twice now and although it was a fine experience, I can't say I understand her enthusiasm. The food was good though when studying the menu, I couldn't find any dishes where I was interested in all the sides. The service was attentive though when the food came out the servers were clueless as to who got what and started placing the food without checking first (not a big deal, but seemed unusual since even casual restaurants have this worked out). Overall, it was a fine experience, but I wouldn't say I'd go rushing back.
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