H Street NE/Atlas District Restaurants

Maketto

1351 H St. NE
Washington, DC 20002
202-838-9972

Asian
Cambodian
Taiwanese
 

$$
$22.50
 

★★★

Good Value

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Don Rockwell
 
This combination retail space, coffee shop, and restaurant on H Street has a lot going for it. Chief among them is the restaurant from Toki Underground chef, Erik Bruner-Yang. It features Cambodian and Taiwanese flavors on a brief menu of "small format" dishes and "large format" entrees. Everything is served family style.
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Don Rockwell
 
2.5 Stars (10/7/2015) — Fall Dining Guide 2015
"The dude who makes arguably the best ramen in town, at Toki Underground, turns out to be pretty deft with Taiwanese and Cambodian dishes, too. Erik Bruner-Yang took seemingly forever to open his second restaurant on H Street NE, but our patience paid off. When Maketto began serving steamed buns with shredded pork and Khmer-style meat dip with crudite in April, the launch also unveiled a retail space and a second floor for pedigreed pastries (Frenchie’s) and coffee (Vigilante) — lots to like under one cool roof. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
No. 16 (2/8/2016) — 100 Very Best Restaurants 2016
"Erik Bruner-Yang’s indoor/outdoor space functions as a skate-culture-obsessed shop (hawking $184 hoodies and Brooklyn-made graffiti pens), a coffee bar, and a restaurant, where the tangy, spicy flavors of Cambodia and Taiwan are on full blast. It’s hard to turn down the insta-classics that have always been on the menu—fried chicken with fish-sauce caramel, pork buns—but the menu keeps evolving. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"It's finally here, it's finally open, and I haven't been. Look for this ranking to change one way or the other in the near future."

Toki Underground

1234 H St. NE
Washington, DC 20002
202-388-3086

Japanese
Ramen

 

$
$11.40
 

★★½

Exceptional Value

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★★½

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Don Rockwell
 
Toki is DC's original hipster ramen joint. The massive waits have subsided early in the week, but a seat is still hard to come by at peak times, so prepared to wait several hours in a nearby bar for a table (Toki is located above The Pug). Those willing to wait are rewarded with best-in-class ramen and dumplings from chef Erik Bruner-Yang.
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Don Rockwell
 
2.5 Stars (10/21/2012) — 2012 Fall Dining Guide
Tom Sietsema notes that his "favorite soup kitchen counts fewer than 30 seats" so "there’s almost always a line snaking up the stairs of the second-story shoebox" but Toki serves "the best ramen in the city" plus "exceptional" cocktails and non-soup specials. See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
No. 70 (2/8/2016) — 100 Very Best Restaurants 2016
"Chef/owner Erik Bruner-Yang may be spending more time at Maketto, his ambitious Taiwanese/Cambodian restaurant up the street, but you wouldn’t know it save for his absence in the open kitchen—there’s still good reason to snag one of this ramen joint’s 27 stools. Number one: soups such as the Toki Classic, packed with noodles, mustard greens, pickled ginger, a sous-vide egg, and an unapologetic quantity of pork. Though bowls are beyond filling, don’t ignore starters like the fried-chicken bao buns. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"Formerly my favorite ramen in DC proper, there is a recent upheaval at the restaurant resulting in the evacuation of a partner, judgment reserved."

Sally's Middle Name

1320 H St. NE
Washington, DC 20002
202-750-6529

American


 

$$
$18.60
 

★★

Good Value

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Don Rockwell
 
Owner and chef Sam Adkins is a veteran of Jackie’s in Silver Spring and Cashion’s Eat Place in Adams Morgan. His small H Street NE restaurant specializes in seasonal small plates with a particular emphasis on vegetables. The restaurant is named for his sister Sally, who has no middle name. In lieu of tipping, an 18 percent service charge is automatically added to the check.
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Don Rockwell
 
2 Stars (10/15/2015)
"… Sam Adkins opened a 42-seat restaurant in honor of his sister, who has only a first and last name. … What’s good for sibling harmony turns out to be a plus for the increasingly appetizing neighborhood. … Sally’s Middle Name also made its kitchen crew happy, by adding onto checks an 18 percent gratuity that’s shared by servers and cooks alike. … Anyone who writes regularly about restaurants ought to have 'seasonal" and "small plates" on a cut-and-paste string on their laptop. … Adkins, who previously cooked at Jackie’s in Silver Spring and Cashion’s Eat Place in Adams Morgan, adheres to that popular script, but stick with me, because among his small plates are some big pleasures. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 

Washingtonian has not reviewed this restaurant.
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"Talented chef Sam Adkins in a dinner-only, Modern American restaurant that uses an 18% service charge in lieu of tips." See 6/17/2015 Review…»

Boundary Road

414 H St. NE
Washington, DC 20002
202-450-3265

American


 

$$
$23.71
 

★★

Average Value

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Don Rockwell
 
Chef Brad Walker's friendly neighborhood bistro features a nice bar and an ambitious, but well-executed menu.
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Don Rockwell
 
1.5 Stars (6/3/2012)
Tom Sietsema likes much of what he finds at Boundary Road, but complains about over salting–an oddly common complaint from the critic in summer 2012. See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 

Washingtonian has not reviewed this restaurant.
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
" A nicely stocked bar with good beers and friendly bartenders, an ambitious menu with cautious execution."

Ethiopic

401 H St. NE
Washington, DC 20002
202-675-2066

Ethiopian


 

$$
$25.00
 

★★

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Don Rockwell
 
Though far removed from Shaw's Little Ethiopia, H Street's Ethiopic was once the place most often cited by local critics when asked where to go for one of the DC's strongest cuisines. Some now think it's slipped a little, but it is still a stylish, satisfying destination if you find yourself in the neighborhood.
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Don Rockwell
 
2 Stars (5/13/2015) — 2015 Spring Dining Guide
"Owners Samuel Ergete and Meseret Bekele opened Ethiopic five years ago when they couldn’t find an Ethio­pian restaurant that met their expectations for service and food. Almost overnight, the source for African stews and salads served on the tangy crepe called injera became Washington’s most reliable spot…. Ethiopic is still easy on the eyes, and welcoming. Its vegetarian sampler, including great garlicky collard greens, remains an edible kaleidoscope. But on my last visit, the injera shot blanks, the kitfo was muzzled and my go-to chickpeas tasted dry where they used to be moist." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
No. 60 (1/8/2015) — 100 Very Best Restaurants 2015
"Owners Samuel Ergete and Meseret Bekele source better-quality meats than the competition, and it shows up and down the line, but particularly in the various preparations of tibs, an Ethiopian stir-fry of lamb or beef that calls to mind fajitas. There’s more care taken at the stove, too—notice the sprigs of rosemary in the lega tibs, lending an unmistakable perfume to a sizzling skillet of sliced lamb and jalapeños. Spring for the kitfo, a fantastic mound of lightly spiced raw, chopped beef." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
 
Don Rockwell does not recommend this restaurant.

Indigo

243 K St. NE
Washington, DC 20002
202-544-4777

Indian


 

$
$12.00
 

Cheap Eats
Good Value

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Don Rockwell
 
Dinesh and Nidhi Tandon's informal family restaurant is eclectic and buzy — full of color, tchotchkes, graffiti, and music. The chalkboard menu is also haphazardly written, with a dizzying number of items, many of then vegetarian or vegan. But the cooking is bright and delicious, and everything is cheap for what you get. Unlike most Indian restaurants, this one serves dishes with kati, which is more like a crepe than a flatbread. Meat options are nearly all chicken, but the goat dishes are some of the best on the menu.
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (2/6/2014)
"… The family responsible for this free-form expression of Indian cooking and barely controlled id is not hard to find: Dinesh and Nidhi Tandon and their children live on the level above Indigo. … Nidhi, serves as chef at Indigo, where [she] draws on her years of Punjabi home cooking to pull together a rotating menu of dishes. The first thing you’ll notice about her kitchen is that it produces not a single oval of hot, puffy naan glistening with ghee. Instead, Nidhi specializes in whole wheat roti and stuffed paratha, the flatbreads common to northern Indian households. … Her menu takes shape, in large part, from the ingredients purchased that day, with a surprising array of complex vegetarian dishes for a family from the meat-centric north. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (5/5/2016) — Cheap Eats 2016
"Sensory overload kicks in the second you walk inside this Indian cafe. … Everything is amped up when it comes to the Punjabi-style cooking, too. Take the butter chicken—at many places it’s sweet, creamy, and above all tame; here it’s dominated by a strong whiff of woodsy cardamom. Another typically meek dish, the spinach curry called saag, almost stings the tongue with heat. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"Though I've never been, people are raving about Indigo as a great neighborhood mom-n-pop Indian restaurant, chalkboard specials, patio"
Ratings Guide:
★★★★ Extraordinary;  ★★★ Excellent;  ★★ Good;  ★ Average
All restaurants listed rate above-average or better. DCDiningGuide.com also includes a number of unrated local favorites, casual places, and other restaurants that we recommend if you’re in the neighborhood.
Price Guide:
$$$$$ Unlimited (>$45); $$$$ Very Expensive ($35-$45); $$$ Expensive ($25-$35); $$ Moderate ($15-$25); Inexpensive (<$15)
Price is based on the average cost of a dinner entree, which generally reflects a third of the cost of a full meal. Please note, however, that appetizer and beverage prices vary widely. Tasting menus are indicated with an asterisk (*).