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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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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Quiet Conversation (13)
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Good for a Date (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Business Meals (6)
Healthy (6)
Romantic (6)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Modern Decor (5)
Cozy (5)
Casual (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Local Ingredients (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Seasonal (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Historic (1)
Authentic (1)
People Watching (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Scenic View (1)
Molecular Gastronomy (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Fun (1)
Hot Spot (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Father's Day

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
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.

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
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.

Dining Occasion:Business Meal
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service1
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 11, 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.

Dining Occasion:Friends' Get-Together
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.

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
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.

Dining Occasion:Friends' Get-Together
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!

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 19, 2017

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

Dining Occasion:Business Meal
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.

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
Tags: Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Great food in a beautiful dining room. A favorite of ours.

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 11, 2017

Very nice experience- good food and good for business conversation.

Dining Occasion:Business Meal
Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Ignore the noise from the downstairs bar and enjoy a great meal with attentive, but not overbearing service.

Dining Occasion:Date
Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 5, 2017

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.

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
Tags: Quiet Conversation, Seasonal
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 29, 2017

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.

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Modern Decor, Authentic, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on April 29, 2017

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.

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
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 (Indiana)·Dined on April 25, 2017

A short 3 minute walk from the Washington Marriott Wardman resulted in a pleasant dining experience. Menu selections were unique. I had the scallops and my colleague the branzino, both were outstanding choices.

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
Tags: Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Richmond)·Dined on April 24, 2017

The Owners were there and were thoroughly engaged in making their customers comfortable. The wait staff was attentive but not overbearing.
The food was extraordinary, both in flavor, plate composition, and presentation.

Dining Occasion:Date
Tags: Quiet Conversation, Molecular Gastronomy, Modern Decor, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 19, 2017

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.

Dining Occasion:Business Meal
Tags: Business Meals, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 19, 2017

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!

Dining Occasion:Friends' Get-Together
Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 10, 2017

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.

Dining Occasion:Friends' Get-Together
Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 10, 2017

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.

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 6, 2017

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!

Dining Occasion:Friends' Get-Together
Tags: Romantic, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 6, 2017

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!

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 1, 2017

My food, filet mignon was cold when served. So we're others at our table. Unimpressed by the quality of the service. But will be back for drinks! Love the gin joint.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 26, 2017

The restaurant staff were extremely kind, but grossly ill-equipped to handle the size of the crowd. The food was perfectly fine, but a bit overpriced for what it was.

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on March 23, 2017

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.

Dining Occasion:Business Meal
Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 23, 2017

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.

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Healthy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 23, 2017

Very good food, presented and served well. Its a bit pricey but worth it occasionally for the quality. I have been here once a year for several years when I attend a nearby conference and have never been disappointed.

Dining Occasion:Business Meal
Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on March 19, 2017

Interesting and very farm to table feel. Ask for the salt as nothing had enough punch to the flavor. Great service.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 19, 2017

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.

Dining Occasion:Friends' Get-Together
Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 17, 2017

Lovely service, great bar and bartender

Dining Occasion:Business Meal
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 (Nashville)·Dined on February 24, 2017

Amazing food and the service was above and beyond! Highly recommend!

Dining Occasion:Business Meal
Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 15, 2017

Lovely restaurant, great food, nice ambiance, painfully slow service.

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Modern Decor, Romantic
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on February 15, 2017

The food was delicious. Service was very slow but that was probably because of it being Valentine's Day

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Average food, but terrible service. Dinner lasted 3+ hours. Our server disappeared several times during the evening, nor was a manager to be found. At times we tried getting her attention, but she never scanned the room.

Dining Occasion:Business Meal
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 12, 2017

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.

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 9, 2017

Great place for having a business conversation! Very good food and superlative service!

Dining Occasion:Business Meal
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 8, 2017

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.

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
Tags: Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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