Himalayan Heritage Added to 17° CxNW Recommended Restaurant List

Image: Vegetable Dumplings.

Last Updated: 6/5/2021

Current Status:  It appears they are back to dine-in, but call to confirm.  They are doing Take-out and Delivery of the menu.  Get 10% off if you order by phone – (202) 483-9300.

Last Visited: November 2019

Near the bottom of the strip in Adams Morgan, but north of the tennis courts, is a door frame shared by two different restaurants.  Himalayan Heritage is the one on the left.  It serves Indian food with specialties of Nepal and Tibet thrown in as well.  It has become a neighborhood institution by putting out good food at modest prices.

The menu lists many traditional Indian dishes, like Chicken Tikka, Tandoori, cauliflower curry, Saag Paneer, and Naan. The heart of the menu, though, are those items coming from the mountains like the dumplings and meat curries.  The dumplings can be steamed or fried and come with a variety of chutney/dipping sauce options.  The servings are pretty substantial, order big and stretch the leftovers!

The beverage list is limited, but you can find something in either the beer/wine/spirit category as long as you are not picky.  The dining room is a little retro with its large painting on the back wall and a poster of Sagarmatha (Sanskrit)/Chomolungma (Tibetian)/Everest tacked to the wall by the entrance.  The room is generally at a low hum of activity and sound depending on the crowd size.

When it opened, it was lauded by some local mavens of the scene, including Don Rockwell and Tyler Cowen.  We only got around to trying it recently, but it is still doing good work after a decade.

Other Guidance:  It is a casual neighborhood spot.  GF and vegetable options are plentiful, though vegetable sides are minimal.

Rating: Worth Trying Out
Cuisine: Indian
Neighborhood: Adams Morgan
Address: 2305 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Website: https://www.himalayanheritagedc.com/
Reservations: Call: (202) 483-9300 or Opentable

Other Critics/Voices:

Washington Post: no coverage

Washingtonian: Cheap Eats 2011; 2010 and 2009 too – Kliman must have been a fan.


Tyler: In 2009: “I am a big fan of this place.”