The Heights Closing at the End of the Month for “Revamp” – New Chef, New Menu, and New Look Coming Nov. 1st

3115 14th Street, NW

From a press release:

“David Winer, Principal of EatWell DC LLC, announces the complete refresh of The Heights, the American eatery in Columbia Heights. The neighborhood staple will have an updated look to accompany a new menu created by the recently-appointed Head Chef, Kerry Tate. The Heights will close Sunday, October 27 and offer an all-day Everything Must Go half-off sale. The dining-room and bar will undergo a renovation before reopening five days later on Friday, November 1 at 5:00 p.m. with Happy Hour offered all night at the bar and in the new lounge area. The weekend celebration will follow with a “Beer & Wine Garden Party,” featuring half price beer and wine on the patio, from 2:00 p.m. until close on Saturday and Sunday, November 2 and 3. The changes will offer a warmer and more intimate feel for guests, with a refreshed and more diverse menu.

“The decision to revamp is an exciting one,” says principal Winer, “Neighborhoods are changing overnight, and with so many new restaurants and options in D.C., we wanted to take this opportunity to refresh our dining room and bar, as well as reinterpret the menu and beverage program. Every aspect of The Heights will be executed at a higher level, because we know our guests and neighbors are ready for a more diverse offering.”

The Heights’ changes follow the hire of Head Chef Kerry Tate, who is incorporating new local offerings into the menu, with an emphasis on produce sourced directly from EatWell DC’s EatWell Natural Farm in La Plata, MD. With over 20 years of culinary experience, he was most recently the Lead Chef at Slate Wine Bar, but came to The Heights to develop and evolve the menu to a higher level. A sampling of new menu items include French Fried Oysters with jicama kimchi and a meyer lemon tartare sauce, and Maple Brined Pork Tenderloin, served in a cider-dijon pan sauce with roasted sweet potatoes and apples.

In addition to the menu, the entire beverage program has been updated by Master Mixologist Lisa Weatherhold and The Heights’ Head Bartender Keith Vient, with an emphasis on hand-made cocktails and mixers, unique beers, and an entirely new wine program. Aesthetically, The Heights’ fresh look will offer a more comfortable bar and lounge area as well as more intimate seating and lighting.

These changes will all be offered following a “Closing Sale” where Everything Must Go! All day on October 27, all menu and beverage items will be offered at 50 percent off. The Heights will reopen on the evening of November 1 at 5:00 p.m. and reveal the new offerings with an all-night Happy Hour at the bar and in the new lounge area. The celebration will continue all weekend with a “Beer & Wine Garden Party” on the 80-seat patio. The event takes place from 2:00 p.m. until close on Saturday, November 2 and Sunday, November 3, featuring half price beer and wine.”

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  • Mmm. No more chicken sandwhich?

  • Good to read.

  • Oh no! Please don’t remove the wine program’s “glass and a half”. It’s so perfect, closest thing in all of DC to being able to order 25cl of wine like most of Europe.

  • Please don’t change the ginger calamari! Or the hamburgers. Or everything else I like! I’m sure they will keep the homey neighborhood feel. ( I wouldn’t mind losing the weird white hands & heads however.) And I’ve always thought that this would be a great space to display work from local artists instead of those giant architectural photos that everyone has nowadays.

  • I’m not sure I’m ok with this. The Heights has always been my favorite. Hope this doesn’t mean prices will go up.

  • Always been a fan of the place…
    looking fwd to new things though

    so alre they selling the food at half the price or the decour? couldnt really tell

  • BUFFALO SHRIMP???? NOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Hmm, I’ll reserve judgment, but I’m kind of sad. I like the Heights and its all American food. Sounds like they’re trying to go higher end, which isn’t really my taste. I’ll give it a try, though, because I try to support local businesses.

  • So basically- prices will go up by 20% and food portions will decrease by 20%


  • ha! I thought everyone in Popville always complained about this place…maybe it’s improved recently, but I haven’t been in years because the food was so blah / boring.

  • Good! This has always been the worst of the EatWell restaurants. Hope the new menu will be closer to the standard set by Commissary and The Pig.

    • For real – I’m actually really surprised to see all the favorable comments for this place. I thought it was a great space w/ middling to sub-par food. Buffalo Shrimp was pretty good, but I thought most of the menu items were really poor.

      Hopefully, this will be a true improvement since it is in such a great location.

    • I found The Pig very disappointing, but I went a month after opening, so maybe they have improved. Likewise, The Heights had some issues a couple of years ago but have really improved in both food and service. I have tourist/guests who eat there 2 or 3 times during their stay.

      I too value it as a neighborhood place and really hope it doesn’t go all hoity toity – “French Fried Oysters with jicama kimchi and a meyer lemon tartare sauce, and Maple Brined Pork Tenderloin, served in a cider-dijon pan sauce with roasted sweet potatoes and apples” – Just scares the hell out of me!

      • justinbc

        I’ve always had outstanding experiences at The Pig. But we always go there with large parties, so perhaps they try harder when they’ve got 5-15 people all critiquing them at once.

    • You’re setting the bar pretty low.

  • hispanicandproud

    Let’s hope they get rid of the pesto in the quesadillas.

  • Scrillin

    This sounds like a parody of a high-end yuppie restaurant, a la Portlandia or the opening scene of American Psycho. No bueno.

    Prices increase by 40%, food becomes overwrought, and DC loses another normal food option. Great.

  • Lived across the street from The Heights in the Park Triangle when it first opened up in 2009. Was pretty good then but it definitely went through a slide. But if the food is 50% off on the last day, it will be packed lol.

    • The heights has been open since at least 2006. I don’t remember the exact date, but I know we took our now 7-year old there when he was an infant.

  • As a vegetarian, I have always found the food between The Heights, Commissary and Logan Tavern to be so similar that I often can’t distinguish between the three. I hope these changes mean that The Heights will increase it’s vegetarian offerings (especially things without bell peppers) and that they will also increase the number of times the menu rotates (or at least portions of it).

    Also, I second the love of the “glass and a half”. Please keep that!

  • Good that they are changing it up. I haven’t been back to this place in 4 years because i had a couple of gross meals there.

  • I will always have a spot in my heart for The Heights, as it was my go to restaurant when I lived in Columbia Heights.

    That said, here’s hoping that their revamp includes teaching their chefs that ordering a burger “medium rare” does not mean I want it “well done”. Can’t tell you the amount of times that’s happened.

  • So they will likely up the prices..great!

  • Would be great if they made it a little higher end. We dont have anything really nice on upper 14th. all the good stuff is down the hill. I think there are lots of people with some cash who would rather spend it in our hood than go down the hill

  • turkey hash for weekend brunch is my favorite meal in dc. they finally put it on the menu a couple years ago after it was a special for the first ~18 months. it’s the best. keep it on the new menu!!

  • Acre 121 just “revamped” their menu and it went from bad to worse… Way too expensive now and they got rid of all the lighter/small portion/vegetarian options I used to order. Now I won’t go back. Here’s hoping The Heights doesn’t make the same mistake.

  • Please keep the chipotle chicken sammich. Thanks.

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