Do not let the bars on the windows turn you away, The Atlas Room on H Street (1015 H Street)–open for less than a year–is one of the up and coming restaurants in the DC area. A major part of the resurgence of H Street NE, The Atlas Room should appeal to food lovers across DC area. Chef-Owner Matt Cordes and Chef de Cuisine Bobby Beard have impressive resumes ranging from Vidalia to 701 to Gerard’s Place to Kinkead’s to Citronelle. The previous experiences of Cordes and Beard shine through in dishes at The Atlas Room.
The unimpressive barred windows and blue awning outside give way to a nicely decorated, if dark, inside. The small restaurant features seven closely placed tables lining both sides of the wall at the front with a bar and bar seating towards the back. The entire restaurant fits less than fifty people, so on weekend nights you would be wise to call ahead (they only take phone reservations, unfortunately no Open Table). If you don’t make a reservation, you can usually get a table during the week or on the early side during the weekend. Tables on the left hand side of the restaurant have chairs on the outside and covered bench seating on the inside, while tables on the right hand side only have chairs. The entire restaurant features a dark color scheme with dark wood floors and lights hanging down from the ceiling. Large pictures and maps hang from the wall on both sides. Continue reading