Located in the Northwest quadrant of Washington, D.C., Columbia Heights borders the neighborhoods of U Street Corridor (Cardozo/Shaw), Adams Morgan, Mount Pleasant, Park View, Pleasant Plains, and Petworth. On the eastern side is Howard University. The streets defining the neighborhood’s boundaries are 16th Street to the west, Spring Road to the north; Sherman Ave to the east, and Florida Avenue to the south. It is served by the Columbia Heights station on the Yellow and Green lines of the Washington Metro. The New York Times has called Columbia Heights’ assortment of restaurants and bars on 11th Street Northwest, “Columbia Heights’ Hip Strip.” It has also been called the “11th Street corridor.” Locals and observers have “described 11th Street as ‘the social hub’ of Columbia Heights.” Many bars and restaurants have opened along 11th Street—some to great acclaim. Bistro and bar Room 11 is a “Columbia Heights mainstay” and was part of a group of restaurants “shaping the arts and culinary landscape of the nation’s capital.” President Obama visited 11th Street’s The Coupe, a combination bar, restaurant, and coffee shop, which has become “a one-stop destination for D.C. residents.”
11th Street wine bar and Italian restaurant, Maple, was named one of “America’s Hottest New Wine Bars” by Details magazine. Mexican eatery El Chucho, made The Washington Post’s list of “essential eats,” has “formidable mezcal collections” and has an “Essential D.C. Rooftop.” Bar and restaurant Meridian Pint is “the Columbia Heights craft beer destination” with some of the District’s best mac and cheese. The Hill picked Meridian Pint as “Columbia Heights’ most versatile new bar.” In 2016, Bon Appétit magazine named the Columbia Heights Filipino restaurant Bad Saint the No. 2 new restaurant in the United States. The New York Times designated Bad Saint a “Critic’s Pick,” awarding it three stars and describing it as “one of Washington’s most sought-after restaurants.” In 2019, Bad Saint’s chef, Tom Cunanan, won the James Beard Award for Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic.