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Where to Eat and Drink on H Street

Find everything from natural wine bars to Burmese and Trinidadian fare.

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The amount of cranes and constructions sites dotting H Street NE make it clear how fast new restaurants and nightlife are coming to the neighborhood.

Of course, there are still the Atlas District stalwarts such as Rock and Roll Hotel, Horace and Dickie’s, The Pug, Little Miss Whiskey, Sticky Rice, Smith Commons, Toki Underground, Dangerously Delicious Pies, and H Street Country Club, and they’re now joined by everything from freshly baked bagels to vegan diners.

For a comprehensive taste of this neighborhood, swing by the H Street Festival on September 21 for a quirky and fun celebration that defines this community’s spirit. No matter the day, there are plenty of options to dine out in the Atlas District. This list is by no means comprehensive, but it is a good overview to an H Street food or drink crawl.

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Ethiopic Restaurant

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Ethiopic celebrated its ninth year on H Street this year: that’s nine years of serving vegetarian platters and awaze tibs at this upscale Ethiopian restaurant.

It’s one of the newest additions to H Street and it comes from Trinidadian-born Peter Prime and his sister Jeanine who are channeling the vibes of rum shops back home. The menu ranges from rounds of fry-bread stuffed with curried chickpeas and spicy chutney to grilled oxtails, and smoked coconut soft serve. Fresh juices make up the base of rum-heavy cocktails and punches.

Bar Elena

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Bar Elena is popular with locals and industry vets for its happy hour specials. On weekdays there’s both an early-bird happy hour (4-7 p.m.) as well as a late night happy hour (11 p.m. to midnight). Bivalve lovers will want to visit on Wednesdays for oyster happy hour when a half-dozen halfshell go for $10 from 4 p.m. to midnight.

Le Grenier

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Cocktails, crepes, steak frites, and straight-from-the-oven baguettes with butter are the big draws at this little French bistro with antique decor. And it’s an excellent spot for happy hour—wine, cheese, and charcuterie are half price from 5-7 p.m.

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DC Harvest

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This diner offers a boozy bottomless brunch on weekends and a menu of farm-fresh dishes sourced locally, including a vegan eggplant BLT that’s a top seller.

Farmbird

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This fast-casual eatery across from Whole Foods claims mastery of the perfectly cooked chicken breast. Order that or chicken thigh (or tofu) then choose sauces and sides like barbecue sauce with buttermilk ranch and crispy shallots with tarragon, or sliced avocado, basil, kale pesto, snap peas, and pickled vegetables.

A grilled chicken sandwich at Farmbird.
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Fancy Radish

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Richard Landau and Kate Jacoby bring a critically acclaimed vegan restaurant to the Atlas District, and they’re also the duo behind high-end Philadelphia restaurant Vedge and its casual counterpart, V Street. Favorites include a turmeric-spiced cauliflower, a zesty roasted carrot, and a Peruvian-style smoked potato causa.

Dio Wine Bar

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Dio is founder Stacey Khoury-Diaz’s attempt at spreading the gospel of natural wine. Recently the bar teamed up with Odd Provisions, a small gourmet market in Columbia Heights, to serve a variety of snacks, like a spicy salami sandwich with herb pesto and fennel confit, seasonal salads, cheese, and charcuterie like chicken liver mousse ($6-$9).

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Copycat Co.

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Copycat Co. is a two-in-one deal: downstairs, find dumplings, bao buns, and pot stickers. Upstairs is a dimly lit drinking den with cocktail names scribbled on chalkboards—making it the best spot on H Street for a daiquiri.

Dumplings and drinks at Copycat Co.
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Horace and Dickie's

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Washingtonians have turned to Horace and Dickie’s for fried whiting and other fried seafood since 1990. It’s a venerable eatery that has attracted the attention of Travel Channel host Andrew Zimmern.

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The Queen Vic

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British-themed gastropub The Queen Vic is the spot to watch soccer with a Guinness, or tuck into menu items like roasted marrow bones or a full English breakfast. 

Sticky Rice

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Buckets of tater tots, creative sushi, and a kids-eat-free menu are draws of this the long-running, party-ready Sticky Rice. To really make a night of it, book the restaurant’s new next-door private karaoke rooms for post-dinner revelry.

The Pug

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This classic H Street dive bar is a very laid-back place to bend the elbow. So order a Natty Boh tallboy and try to find the bar’s Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots game.

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Toki Underground

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This is one of the restaurants that sparked a ramen craze in D.C. Toki still packs diners into its treehouse-like second floor space for Taipei curry chicken ramen. There’s also new vegan ramen options as well as new lunch service Monday-Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Granville Moore's

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Dark wood-covered bar Granville Moore's just marked its 12-year-anniversary of serving moules frites and Belgian brews to the neighborhood. It’s also a go-to spot for weekend brunch and breakfast sandwiches.

Moules frites at Granville Moore’s.
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Pow Pow

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Pow Pow is often cited as the best fast-casual restaurant on H Street catering to vegetarian, vegan, and kosher diners. The menu features Asian-style plant-based salads, hearty grain bowls, and oversized egg rolls.

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Thamee is a Burmese restaurant from the Toli Moli crew (in Union Market), and it’s one of the most exciting new additions to the D.C. restaurant scene this year. Go here for weekend brunch, when the menu features breakfast Burmese staples, like catfish hash and prawns and congee.

Stable DC

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Swiss-trained chefs David Fritsche and Silvan Kraemer debuted Stable two years ago. It’s a restaurant with ski chalet looks and a Swiss menu, down to the interactive raclette stations and fondue grilled cheese.

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Hill Prince

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The equestrian-themed Hill Prince offers affordable cocktails and a very charming patio in the back of the bar’s 100-year-old carriage house.

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Bullfrog Bagels on H Street

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Bullfrog Bagel took over the Star and Shamrock space completely this year, which means there’s more room for bagelwiches, including a stellar smoked salmon BLT.

Sospeso

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This romantic brick-lined eatery’s menu evolves from morning house pastries to hummus, halloumi, Turkish lentil soup, and hearty carbonara and grilled lamb chop orders for dinner. Find $6 wines and $4 falafel and crispy potatoes from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays.

Maketto

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Chef Erik Bruner-Yang’s Maketto is a looker: It’s a menswear shop, a coffee bar, and a restaurant with a gorgeous indoor-outdoor dining room. Once diners are done gawking, they order soup dumplings (in an unlimited serving if you dare), plus Taiwanese fried chicken and dim sum brunch.

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RedRocks

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Local Neapolitan pizza chain RedRocks recently reopened its roof deck after a fire caused a brief hiatus. It’s one of the largest restaurant venues on H Street with a Sunday drag brunch.

The rooftop at Redrocks.
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Biergarten Haus

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Biergarten Haus doesn’t mess around when it comes to Oktoberfest. The German beer hall and its outdoor beer garden is a go-to for liters of Spaten paired with pretzels and mustard. And it has a dog-friendly patio.

The Outsider

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The Outsider has a pretty slim bar menu, but it’s a go-to spot for decently priced cocktail. $12 classic drinks include old-fashioneds, daiquiris, and negronis, meanwhile, there are $14 specialty cocktails that rotate frequently. And you can order up Japanese snacks, either grilled skewers or rice balls.

Ethiopic Restaurant

Ethiopic celebrated its ninth year on H Street this year: that’s nine years of serving vegetarian platters and awaze tibs at this upscale Ethiopian restaurant.

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It’s one of the newest additions to H Street and it comes from Trinidadian-born Peter Prime and his sister Jeanine who are channeling the vibes of rum shops back home. The menu ranges from rounds of fry-bread stuffed with curried chickpeas and spicy chutney to grilled oxtails, and smoked coconut soft serve. Fresh juices make up the base of rum-heavy cocktails and punches.

Bar Elena

Bar Elena is popular with locals and industry vets for its happy hour specials. On weekdays there’s both an early-bird happy hour (4-7 p.m.) as well as a late night happy hour (11 p.m. to midnight). Bivalve lovers will want to visit on Wednesdays for oyster happy hour when a half-dozen halfshell go for $10 from 4 p.m. to midnight.

Le Grenier

Photo: Le Grenier

Cocktails, crepes, steak frites, and straight-from-the-oven baguettes with butter are the big draws at this little French bistro with antique decor. And it’s an excellent spot for happy hour—wine, cheese, and charcuterie are half price from 5-7 p.m.

Photo: Le Grenier

DC Harvest

This diner offers a boozy bottomless brunch on weekends and a menu of farm-fresh dishes sourced locally, including a vegan eggplant BLT that’s a top seller.

Farmbird

A grilled chicken sandwich at Farmbird.
Photo by Rey Lopez for Eater DC

This fast-casual eatery across from Whole Foods claims mastery of the perfectly cooked chicken breast. Order that or chicken thigh (or tofu) then choose sauces and sides like barbecue sauce with buttermilk ranch and crispy shallots with tarragon, or sliced avocado, basil, kale pesto, snap peas, and pickled vegetables.

A grilled chicken sandwich at Farmbird.
Photo by Rey Lopez for Eater DC

Fancy Radish

Richard Landau and Kate Jacoby bring a critically acclaimed vegan restaurant to the Atlas District, and they’re also the duo behind high-end Philadelphia restaurant Vedge and its casual counterpart, V Street. Favorites include a turmeric-spiced cauliflower, a zesty roasted carrot, and a Peruvian-style smoked potato causa.

Dio Wine Bar

Photo by Rey Lopez for Eater DC

Dio is founder Stacey Khoury-Diaz’s attempt at spreading the gospel of natural wine. Recently the bar teamed up with Odd Provisions, a small gourmet market in Columbia Heights, to serve a variety of snacks, like a spicy salami sandwich with herb pesto and fennel confit, seasonal salads, cheese, and charcuterie like chicken liver mousse ($6-$9).

Photo by Rey Lopez for Eater DC

Copycat Co.

Dumplings and drinks at Copycat Co.
Photo: Copycat Co.

Copycat Co. is a two-in-one deal: downstairs, find dumplings, bao buns, and pot stickers. Upstairs is a dimly lit drinking den with cocktail names scribbled on chalkboards—making it the best spot on H Street for a daiquiri.

Dumplings and drinks at Copycat Co.
Photo: Copycat Co.

Horace and Dickie's

Photo by Rey Lopez for Eater DC

Washingtonians have turned to Horace and Dickie’s for fried whiting and other fried seafood since 1990. It’s a venerable eatery that has attracted the attention of Travel Channel host Andrew Zimmern.

Photo by Rey Lopez for Eater DC

The Queen Vic

British-themed gastropub The Queen Vic is the spot to watch soccer with a Guinness, or tuck into menu items like roasted marrow bones or a full English breakfast. 

Sticky Rice

Buckets of tater tots, creative sushi, and a kids-eat-free menu are draws of this the long-running, party-ready Sticky Rice. To really make a night of it, book the restaurant’s new next-door private karaoke rooms for post-dinner revelry.

The Pug

The Pug [Photo: Facebook] Photo: The Pug

This classic H Street dive bar is a very laid-back place to bend the elbow. So order a Natty Boh tallboy and try to find the bar’s Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots game.

The Pug [Photo: Facebook] Photo: The Pug

Toki Underground

This is one of the restaurants that sparked a ramen craze in D.C. Toki still packs diners into its treehouse-like second floor space for Taipei curry chicken ramen. There’s also new vegan ramen options as well as new lunch service Monday-Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Granville Moore's

Moules frites at Granville Moore’s.
Photo: Granville Moore’s

Dark wood-covered bar Granville Moore's just marked its 12-year-anniversary of serving moules frites and Belgian brews to the neighborhood. It’s also a go-to spot for weekend brunch and breakfast sandwiches.