10 Awesome Bars and Restaurants in Columbia Heights You Need To Try

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Including 11th, 14th and 16th Street and starting at U Street NW, the Columbia Heights neighborhood in Washington, DC, is an exciting neighborhood to call home. Columbia Heights is located in the upper northwest section of the nation's capital. When you live in the area, you get amazing views of the city and walks in the evenings take you past historic buildings of all shapes and sizes. 

Whether you've lived in DC for years and want to explore a new neighborhood or you're new to the area, Columbia Heights offers many amenities from a diverse population to top-notch shopping. In late spring to early winter, locals get their fill of fresh, local produce at the farmers' market. If you're a foodie or just enjoy a good meal, this neighborhood has some outstanding restaurant choices. Here's a look at some of the best restaurants and bars in the Columbia Heights neighborhood.

Bad Saint

Plan to spend some time waiting in line when you choose Bad Saint for a dinner of authentic Filipino food. Some days the line starts more than two hours before opening so go early. Choose a spot at a bar across the front of the shop with its large windows. You can people-watch while you enjoy your scrumptious meal of Ginisang Tulya or pork belly with chicharron. This restaurant offers a full-service bar so you can enjoy spirits with your meal or an after-dinner drink. The menu rotates and includes a seasonal selection and a vegetarian option if you need one. 

Room 11

You'll know that you've arrived at the Room 11 bar when you see its bright blue exterior with an American flag surrounded by pride flags waving in the air. This is the ideal spot for drinks on a warm afternoon or evening. It has a generous outdoor area to take in the fresh air. When you arrive, you can take a seat at the bar or select one of the small intimate tables. You can order small plate tapas for the table to offset the drinks. On the weekends, this bar offers a brunch with homemade fig pastries as the centerpiece. 

La Caprice

Filled with a combination of natural and overhead lighting, this local bakery will become your first stop each day. You can grab a bag of DC's best chocolate or almond croissants on the way to the office. On the weekends, grab your special someone and stop by for a quick breakfast of pastries and a hot coffee at La Caprice. If you're in the area around lunchtime, you can grab a quick sandwich.  This bakery will quickly become your go-to spot for birthday cakes and pies for the holidays. 

Wonderland Ballroom

Slip on your dance shoes for an evening at Wonderland Ballroom. This is a multilevel bar that frequently offers live music and a dance space for you to show off your skills. Wonderland Ballroom is a bar that offers almost any drink that you can think of. They have a bar menu with a wide range meals and snacks, including a vegan option. The fully-stocked bars and knowledgeable bartenders can whip up any concoctions that you can dream up. 

Little Coco's

Get your fix of Italian food at Little Coco's for lunch or dinner. This local eatery offers both pasta and pizza to fulfill any craving. On warm evenings, you can eat on the outside patio under the lights or take a seat at the bar if you're dining alone. You can indulge in classic Italian entrees and try a rich dessert with an espresso after your meal. There's a full bar to mix you a before-dinner cocktail. 

Zeba Bar

Each night, a new and different DJ takes the stage at Zeba Bar to spin some tunes. The parade of new DJs provides a variety of music and dance styles. In this multilevel bar, you'll find hookah, delicious cocktails, and a dance floor. There's a food menu with all your favorite bar meals. It's a great local bar to spend an evening.

Mi Cuba Cafe

With brightly painted green walls and ceiling-hanging plants, Mi Cuba Cafe feels a little like eating on an island. This Columbia Heights' staple has been in business for more than a decade due to the hard work of owners, Ariel Valladares and Jacqueline Castro-Lopez. You can sample all of your favorite Cuban dishes, such as Cubano sandwiches and papas rellenos. Treat yourself to a cafe bombing, which is a cup of espresso with condensed milk, '

Red Derby

When the weather is good, you can make a beeline over to the Red Derby to soak up the sun or a little stargazing from the rooftop bar area while you sip on a cool cocktail. This pub also offers a fair selection of food items, including po'boys and shrimp baskets. For the vegetarians, there is always at least one option. All the food has a cajun flavor to heat you up while their list of mixed drinks to cool you down. 

Lyman's Tavern

If you're looking for someone where casual to have a drink and grab a little grub with a little fun tossed into the mix. At Lyman's Tavern, you can play one of the pinball games while you wait for your sliders, tacos, or grilled cheese sandwiches to come up. On pleasant nights, you can grab a table out front to enjoy the fresh air. With only a handful, indoor tables fill up quickly so if you're with a group, arrive early. 

El Chucho

There isn't a shortage of Mexican restaurants and taco stands in the Columbia Heights neighborhood, but El Chucho seems to have the market cornered on repeat business. This neighborhood staple is best known for its Mexican street-style corn with mayo and cheese with its frozen margaritas to wash it all down. 

Columbia Heights neighborhood is a great place for a foodie or someone who just enjoys eating out to call home. At The Vintage on 16th, we love sharing our favorite eateries with our residents. Contact us today to schedule a tour. 

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