Have a Look at the Coolest New Restaurant on Capitol Hill – Rose’s Luxury

717 8th Street, SE

Back in Nov. 2012 we first learned Rose’s Luxury was coming to Barracks Row. They’re now open and the place is freaking amazing. You can see their menu here. Their website says:

“Open for dinner and drinks Monday through Saturday. [Hours are Monday – Thursday 5:30 – 10pm; Friday & Saturday 5:30 – 11pm.]

Due to our small size we are unable to take reservations – yet. Seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

We also have a cozy bar upstairs where you can enjoy a drink while you wait.”

I stopped by yesterday for photos and the place wasn’t totally set up but you can get a feel for how cool it turned out. Ed. note: My good camera broke on Saturday and these photos were taken with my back up junker camera – so it really looks even better in person.

Have a look:

first floor open kitchen

stairs to second floor

Tons more photos after the jump.

second floor bar

open kitchen

first floor back bar and seating

first floor back seating

open kitchen view to back seating

first floor front

tall ceiling back room

awesome posters and pictures



second floor deck and herb garden will eventually have seating in the warmer months


good advice


19 Comment

  • So how many people does a “family style” portion serve? I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that a family of 4 probably isn’t going to be satisfied with just one $29 family-style dish, you know, with the way DC restaurants are and all…

  • I love the “and other stuff” description! Genuinely. But am sure that is going to cause other people’s heads to explode.

  • That chandelier on the stairs looks like a head hazard for those of us with some height in our bones.

  • justinbc

    I’ve been eagerly awaiting this opening maybe more than anything else recently. Ever since trying Aaron’s pop-up at Hogo I was hooked on the concept, it’s really excellent food. So excited for him and all the folks I know who work there, and glad that it’s in easy walking distance from my house!

  • Gorgeous renovations. That patio is friggin awesome. This is worth a trek from U Street, so long as I can get a reservation.

  • “Due to our small size we are unable to take reservations – yet. Seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.”

    How does this make any sense? What does being small have to do with taking reservations?
    I make it a point to not waste my time when I’m looking to drop a minimum of $50/person on a meal.

    • Except when you accept reservations you have to be very careful about seating times. Say you have a reservation at 7pm, the restaurant can’t really seat anyone else at the table after 530 because they wouldn’t be able to guarantee that the previous party would be done in time for your reservation. Therefore, that table isn’t making them any money for 90 minutes. When you’re a small restaurant that’s just starting out, turning tables as quickly as possible in order to maximize income is crucial.

      • Additionally, say they did seat a table that didn’t leave before your reservation time, it would delay your meal even though you had made a reservation. That leaves a sour taste in your mouth and bad reviews can kill a new restaurant.

    • justinbc

      I would think it’s because there are a limited number of seats. So, if you take reservations for all 10 tables and only half the people show up then you’ve just lost a ton of potential money that could have been made with only walk-in clientele.

    • Any relation to Rose’s Dream on H Street?

  • went last night and the food was amazing. Best dish had to be Cinnamon french toast, with cinnamon toast crunch ice cream and foie gras, single best dessert I have ever eaten

  • The name sounds like a Judith Kranz novel

  • Oh my gosh! those pics got more and more amazing. I will definitely check them out.

  • Just to plug the designers – Peter Hapstak and his team at Hapstak Demetriou+ were the creators of this great space.

  • Ate the food at one of the pop up experiences. Way too much popcorn taste in nearly every dish. all the food tasted like Orville redenbacher was in the kitchen. Hpefully, this has been fixed, otherwise, this might be a short lived pop up experience, too.

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