When the Atlas Room (1015 H St NE) opened its doors in 2010, it quickly became the best restaurant on H Street NE or anywhere nearby.
At the time, we said, "the Atlas Room is a fantastic addition to H Street, offering an ambitious menu, diverse wine list, and excellent craft cocktails. It is already H Street's best restaurant and its opening continues a trend of nicer restaurants opening on H Street ." The critics quickly agreed with Tom Sietsema stating that "The most ambitious kitchen on H Street NE deserves a full house every night" and including the Atlas Room in his Fall Dining Guide. Don Rockwell also touted the Atlas Room as "not only the best restaurant in the Atlas District, but it's also the best restaurant in all of Northeast or Southeast DC, including everything on Capitol Hill." The Washingtonian followed suit and included it on its 100 Best Restaurants list.
The Atlas Room's opening and initial success raised the bar for dining on H Street and across Capitol Hill. Sadly, it closed its doors for the last time on Saturday night.
The good news is that Chef-owner Matt Cordes is hard at work to reopen a new venture at 1015 H St NE in the near future. We'll have more details soon, but in the meantime, we want to thank Matt and the many terrific folks who put the Atlas Room on the map and elevated dining expectations on H Street and nearby, including Mark Medley, Bobby Beard, Chris Surrusco and Karim Soumah who contributed greatly to some terrific years at the Atlas Room.