Where to Eat in Cathedral Heights

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The 17 Best Restaurants in Cathedral Heights DC to Check Out

Looking for a good place to eat in the Cathedral Heights neighborhood? Washington DC has some of the best food selections in the world — but that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily easy for you to find what you are looking for.

We at DARO find it easier to break it down by neighborhood, so feel free to check out our guides on where to eat in Mt. Pleasant and Cleveland Park.

In the meantime, check out the new and old neighborhood favorites in Cathedral Heights and find your favorite new place to eat!

Chef Geoff’s

Chef Geoff’s got its start in 2000 when it opened its first location in Cathedral Heights (and would eventually go on to open a second in Vienna, Virginia). This is a sunny neighborhood spot with a great patio, and you must check out their mushroom ravioli.

Where? 3201 New Mexico Ave NW

Cactus Cantina

This one was founded in 1990 and quickly became the watering hole of choice in Cathedral Heights. They serve Tex-Mex, Cuban, South American and Spanish dishes, but you could honestly just come here for the wine and margaritas.

Where? 3300 Wisconsin Ave NW

Cafe Deluxe

This is the kind of spot you should stop at for lunch when checking out the National Cathedral. It’s a burger, salad, mussell and tuna taco kind of place, but since Wednesday is half-priced burger day you should definitely stop by then.

Where? 3228 Wisconsin Ave NW

2 Amys

This is a popular Neapolitan-style pizza and calzone “joint” that actually follows the strict Italian regulations on how pizzas should be made (expect a thin crust!). This one is popular with families and locals.

Where? 3725 Macomb St NW

Shemali’s

Ready for some real Middle Eastern cuisine? Joseph Chemali is a Lebanese chef with over 50 years of experience, and you can taste his take on shawarma, kafta kabobs, and lamb gyro. You can view their menu here.

Where? 3301 New Mexico Ave NW

Al Dente

This one was established in 2012 and immediately made a splash when it was featured in Esquire. Chef Robert Donna has been named “Chef of the Year” in DC twice, so that should give you a clue about how good the risotto, pizza, and pasta is.

Where? 3201 New Mexico Ave NW

Barcelona Restaurant and Wine Bar

Something about being near a large Cathedral and eating little plates of tapas can make you feel like you are back in Barcelona, even if you are in DC instead. Or at least, that’s what this little gem offers, with a large selection of international wines (many of them Spanish), a sleek interior, and some pretty exciting dishes.

Where? 3310 Wisconsin Ave NW

Acuri

An Italian and American spot in a cozy and rustic building that offers everything from potato gnocchi to roast chicken to Spanish octopus. This is one you will need to come back to again and again, just in an attempt to try all of their concoctions.

Where? 2400 Wisconsin Ave NW

The Grilled Oyster Co.

This one has a late night happy hour from 9:30 until close (after their first hour that goes from 3 to 7), but we recommend their brunch on Saturday and Sundays from 11:30 am – 3 pm with bottomless mimosas for $12. Their menu is great too! Try their scallop and sweet corn tacos or their Maine lobster cobb salad!

Where? 3701 Newark St. NW

La Piquette

Finally, a French restaurant! Chef Francis Layrle changes the menu here every day based on what is seasonal and fresh. They have great wine selection, an elegant vibe, and an excellent steak frites.

Where? 3714 Macomb St. NW

Raku

Raku is the premier Asian dining spot in Cathedral Heights — seriously. This one has been around since 1996 and it’s the place to go for sushi, coconut red curry broths, noodle soups, and bento boxes. Check out their menu, sure, but why not just skip it and go for their miso marinated Alaskan black cod with ginger tomato sauce, broccolini and oyster mushrooms?

Where? 3312 Wisconsin Ave NW

Heritage India

This is a great stop for authentic Indian cuisine! They do carryout and deliveries but it’s worth it to stop by, feel the atmosphere, enjoy a tamarind ginger mojito, and check out their extensive menu, which has plenty of vegan and vegetarian options!

Where? 3238 Wisconsin Ave NW

Duke’s Counter

Duke’s Counter is a British pub in the middle of DC with cool art on the walls, a minimal and millennial feel, and a well-stocked bar. It’s right across from the National Zoo so you might have to deal with crowded streets and lots of kids if you wander all the way over here on a summer day, but we promise it’s worth it.

Feel free to check out their menu or go here to find out more.  

Where? 3000 Connecticut Ave NW

Dumplings and Beyond

This is a classic Chinese restaurant in every way — unpretentious, relatively inexpensive, and well rated for their actual dumplings (and the rest of their menu as well). They aren’t known for their atmosphere, but you’ll love it if the atmosphere you are going for is “no-nonsense” and “let the food speak for itself.”

They don’t have their own website but you can see their full menu and order online here!

Where? 2400 Wisconsin Ave NW

Open City at the National Cathedral

If you are going to the National Cathedral and looking for a peaceful place to eat, you could consider just…eating at the Cathedral itself. Their little cafe is called Open City DC and there are healthy options (acai bowl!) and lots of good lunch-y type things (tuna melts, bacon-avocado-tomato sandwiches).

If you go, then stop by the Cathedral gardens as well!

Where? 3101 Wisconsin Ave NW

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