The 10 Best Restaurants In Columbia Heights, Washington DC

Photo of Riley Londres
9 February 2017

Columbia Heights is a popular residential neighborhood in northwest Washington DC. These are the best restaurants to visit, each representing a tasty piece of the neighborhood’s culture and melting pot of citizens.

The Heights

Restaurant, Korean, $$$
The Heights provides hearty American food to hungry customers who are looking for a weekly bite, weekend brunch or a place to catch-up with old friends. The restaurant features a cozy dining room as well as a bar and lounge with high ceilings and a patio. Customers can enjoy their meal while overlooking the beautiful historic buildings of the area. Afterwards, they can visit the farmers market on the weekend.

Acre 121

Bar, Pub Grub, BBQ, $$$
Acre 121, Washington
Acre 121, Washington | Courtesy of The Coupe
A classy spot to grab some savory barbecue, Acre 121 has everything a meat-lover could ask for. The meat is dry-rubbed and slow-smoked to make the meat tender and melt-in-the-mouth delicious. Every piece is served with homemade dressings and sauces. There are also several vegetarian options, so everyone is happy. On the weekends, the restaurant provides live country music from local bands.

The Coupe

Cafe, American, $$$
A cozy spot with a dog friendly patio and late night coffee, The Coupe provides a relaxing environment for regulars and visitors. The French-American cafe sources their food from local and organic farms, and the alcohol from the District breweries and distilleries. The selection is vegetarian-friendly, offering a mushroom reuben or an open faced vegan fennel sausage sandwich. There are also plenty of options for omnivores, like fish and chips or crispy croque monsieur.

Los Hermanos

Restaurant, American, $$$
A Dominican restaurant that is family run, this is an excellent spot to get a try something new and still get a taste of home cooking. Los Hermanos is a friendly establishment that dishes out generous portions of their food that guests can mix together for the perfect meal. Guests get a choice of rice, a side and one of the many types of meat available; stewed beef or chicken, pork chops or goat, and more.

Thip Khao

Restaurant, Asian, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
Thip Khao Restaurant, Washington
Thip Khao Restaurant, Washington | Courtesy of Red Rocks
A modern restaurant, Thip Khao brings Laotian cuisine and tradition to Washington, DC. A Thip Khao is a traditional communal basket that contains sticky rice and is shared among the family at meal time. At this restaurant, each table is provided with their own Thip Khao. They are given a choice of different dishes to mix it with, pairing a bite of rice with a bite of something else.

Red Rocks

Bistro, Restaurant, American, $$$
RedRocks Columbia Heights, Washington
RedRocks Columbia Heights, Washington | ©Daniel Gasienica/flickr
With wood-fired oven pizzas and a wide selection of paninis and calzones, this Neapolitan Bistro is a chic spot to spend lunch with friends or set up a work meeting. Red Rocks also offers a range of beers and cocktails to drink with the pizza, creating a relaxing atmosphere to kick back and enjoy the meal. Add some tiramisu for dessert and the night is perfect.

El Pollo Sabroso

Restaurant, Peruvian, Spanish, $$$
El Pollo Sabroso, Park Road Northwest
El Pollo Sabroso, Park Road Northwest | ©James/flickr
A simple, no-frills environment, El Pollo Sabroso is an easy-to-miss restaurant with amicable staff who are happy to help customers with questions. The restaurant specializes in Peruvian cuisine with moist rotisserie chicken, gyros and sandwiches, and the must-have yucca fries. The portions are large and tasty and can be eaten there or taken to go. Either way, it will make for a delicious evening.

Mi Cuba Cafe

Cafe, Restaurant, Cuban, $$$
Mi Cuba Cafe, Washington
Mi Cuba Cafe, Washington | ©Courtesy of Maple
A colorful space filled with tropical plants, this Cuban restaurant exudes the scents and sounds of Cuba. This is a great place to meet up with a large group of friends and share an affordable dinner out. The small restaurant is almost always crowded, as visitors and locals cannot get enough of the empanadas or cubano sandwiches. Mi Cuba Cafe also provides fresh squeezed orange juice, which can be refreshing on a hot summer day. It fits perfectly with the richer flavors of the food.


Restaurant, Italian, $$$
Maple is an Italian restaurant with outdoor seating, large portions and a cool relaxing atmosphere. The menu offers a list of paninis, such as short rib, three cheese or white bean, as well as homemade pastas, like the lamb ragu tagliatelle. This restaurant’s intimate air makes it an ideal location for dates, where guests can watch the sunset while enjoying a sweet after dinner affogato.

El Rinconcito II

Cafe, Restaurant, Salvadorian, Mexican, $$$
A two-level restaurant with the bar on the 2nd floor and an outdoor patio, El Rinconcito II is a Salvadoran restaurant with a pleasant staff and equally present atmosphere. It is easy to feel at home at El Rinconcito, and that is what keeps guests returning time and again to eat more of the hearty food. While waiting for their meal of pupusas, tamales or chicharron, guests can munch on complementary chips and salsa.

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