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Fearless Critic restaurant review
Casual restaurant

Mon 5:00pm–11:00pm
Tue–Thu 11:00am–11:00pm
Fri–Sat 11:00am–1:00am
Sun 11:00am–11:00pm

Features Date-friendly, kid-friendly, outdoor dining, veg-friendly, Wi-Fi
Bar Beer, wine, liquor
Credit cards Visa, MC, AmEx
Reservations Accepted


Columbia Heights
1036 Park Rd. NW
Washington, DC
(202) 506-1402
Rockin’ brick-oven pizzas on the patio

With Columbia Heights gentrifying like crazy, it was only a matter of time before an ambitious pizza place dropped anchor in this up-and-coming neighborhood. RedRocks serves brick-oven pizza in a cozy, brick-lined dining room and on their popular, picnic-table-studded outdoor patio. Young couples and groups of friends, mostly from the surrounding area, abound, enjoying the pizza and beer or waiting around to take their food to go. In the summers, there is a comfortable, lazy buzz on the patio, which is perfect when the stretching hours of evening have sapped the sun of some of its energy.

The host and waitstaff at RedRocks are friendly, if at times a bit frazzled. Plates can come out at random times; and in the cramped interior, trays of food swing in wild orbits around the tables and waiting patrons’ heads on their way to their destinations, like some strange solar system run amok. Just duck, and go with the flow—RedRocks doesn’t stand on ceremony, but neither will it leave you standing long. In just a few minutes you’ll be enjoying your own assertively seared, generously adorned pie.

But RedRocks’ menu goes beyond pizza, and we recommend you take advantage of the kitchen’s sophistication. To start, order the wonderful burrata mozzarella, served on a bed of dressed arugula and grape tomatoes; it is fresh and creamy but could use a sprinkling of salt. The pizzas, which are sized, Italian-style, for individuals, with a thin, chewy, and (aggressively) charred crust, have good-quality toppings that can seem a tad skimpy. Favorites include the “Toscano”—salty black olives and salami, a welcome alternative to the usual pepperoni—and the “Salsiccia,” which beautifully marries smoky, homemade fennel sausage with roasted peppers and Parmigiano-Reggiano. A highlight of all of the pizzas is the use of fresh mozzarella in able moderation, which lets the mild tomato sauce and yeasty crust speak for themselves.

Although the wine selection at RedRocks is limited, there are plenty of bottled domestic beers and a few imports, along with six beers on tap. Beer drinkers will be happy to see both familiar and unfamiliar faces on this impressive list.

A weekend brunch complements a variety of breakfast pizzas (potato and egg, anyone?) with cheap bottomless mimosas. Get a few of those in you, and the pies that emerge from RedRock’s red rocks will send you over the moon.

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