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Coffee Shop, Bar, and Café$$$$
Adams Morgan, Washington
282 Tips and reviews
  • coffee
  • espresso drinks
  • healthy food
  • lively
  • trendy
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  • trillateezy
    trillateezyDecember 23, 2014
    There's this pizza that has pesto, butternut squash, goat cheese & honey. Not too heavy, fills you up just enough. Weds is 50% off wine bottles, so grab a friend a split a bottle of bubbly for $8/ea.
  • Sonia S.
    Sonia SuJune 6
    Mint tea and magic bar were perfect. The bar is a delicious combo of coconut, chocolate and peanut butter! Nice seating by the window on a beautiful day for reading and people watching.
  • Anthony G.
    Anthony GomezMay 12, 2014
    Just incredible. Love this place. Great vibe, the menu has so many amazing items, they serve counter culture coffee and the people are great. My new favorite place in DC, hands down.
  • Eater
    EaterFebruary 23
    Tryst serves a cocoa blended with housemade syrup and topped with lavender flowers. Eaters can order this for $3.75, while fans of classic hot chocolate can order it for $3.25. Read more
  • Jake F.
    Jake FrasierAugust 21, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Great environment! Latte was really delicious and the food was good as well. Lots of comfy seating, free wifi, and patio as well. Definitely a spot you could bring a laptop and work for an hour or so!
  • Loren W.
    Loren WorsleyNovember 9, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Hip as fuck, but yet to have a bad meal there. Kudos especially to the Thai chicken soup & butternut squash flatbread! Sandwiches and boozy drinks pretty reliable too.
  • Cara
    CaraFebruary 8, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    New Tryst specials every night of the week, including student specials on Sundays, 50% off bottles of wine on Wednesdays, & a special Tiki menu on Thursdays.
  • Kat
    KatSeptember 1, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Open when you need it most. Great breakfast selection and pastries. Try the lebneh baguette. If you don't want to be alone go with your laptop (but no wifi during weekends, time to socialize!)
  • Sara C.
    Sara COctober 9, 2013
    My favorite weeknight study spot. A comfy hideaway in Adams Morgan. The lighting the live band graham crackers next to my warm chai tea & nachos locos on my lap if Im feeling crazy. Alwys on point. Go
  • Ryan J.
    Ryan JamesAugust 16, 2012
    If you've come to work, you need to buy something in the first 15 minutes of your visit. But the Internet access is reliable and it has a great atmosphere. One of my favorite places to work.
  • Taxi Magic S.
    Great atmosphere for caffeine fix, bkfast, lunch, drinks... Ok just about everything :) Book a Taxi Magic ride by selecting Tryst as your pickup or around the corner on Mintwood if 18th is bustlin!
  • Chelsea C.
    Chelsea C ☀November 4, 2013
    Very hip, trendy cafe-style restaurant with great coffee, excellent healthy food options, and a pretty decent beer selection as well. Wifi is free. Big couches w/ coffee tables or regular tables.
  • Krystal S.
    Krystal StanleyFebruary 7, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    A great, relaxed atmosphere. I was pleasantly surprised by the new seating (more sofas). The coffee and expression drinks are well made and the food is simple but tasty. I <3 this place.
  • DCist
    DCistJanuary 10
    Get comfy with a matcha green tea or chai latte or sip on City Harvest green and black teas—20 percent of all proceeds benefit the City Harvest nonprofit. Read more
  • Design*Sponge
    Design*SpongeAugust 3, 2014
    Coffee bar by day where you can hang out with your laptop. Bar bar by night where you can hang out with your friends. Cool and cozy doesn’t get better than this. Read more
  • Dara F.
    Dara FisherDecember 26, 2012
    If you need to "get some work done" this cool coffee house/bar is a nice place to relax and work on your laptop. Crowded in the afternoon, so bring a charged laptop so you won't need an outlet.
  • Judson M.
    Judson MooreNovember 29, 2013
    The atmosphere is amazing and the internet is reliable. If you want your coffee in a paper cup though, you better mention that when you order or else you'll get a "proper" mug.
  • Satyajith B.
    Satyajith BhatDecember 29, 2016
    Great, casual ambiance. You can read a book, chat with friends or get a bite to eat at any time during the day. It's a perfect location for all of these things.
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 4, 2014
    Tryst has a good selection of muffins, bagels and pastries for breakfast and soup, salad, sandwiches, and wraps for lunch and snacks for the afternoon munchie attacks. Read more
  • Mimi N.
    Mimi NguyenFebruary 3, 2015
    Ask for the lavender hot chocolate with two shots of espresso. You get the delicious hot chocolate balanced with just enough caffeine to get your morning started.
  • Omar M.
    Omar MasriJuly 27, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    The new patio is great for people watching whilst snacking on great food and imbibing on great drinks! Love this place! (Full disclosure: I also work here)
  • Cozmik
    CozmikDecember 13, 2011
    Monday night jazz - when John Lee makes a rare appearance - is sweet. If Tryst just hadn't jacked up their prices & cut portions by 1/3 then it just might have been the perfect chill spot.
  • Jennifer W.
    Jennifer WangJune 9, 2013
    grace sandwich, masala chai, love that some beverages come with animal crackers, etc. & awesome ambiance - very comfortable with couches, etc. and you get to seat yourself!
  • Dylan M.
    Dylan Monteiro1 week ago
    Good place for food, coffee and drinks but if you need wifi make sure to ask if they have it on. Sundays it isn't on until after 4pm and they often turn it off for random "holiday weekends".
  • Joshua H.
    Joshua HigginsMay 3, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The frozen mochas are perfect for a hot day. And I don't even like cold coffee drinks... but Tryst's are amazing.
  • Eric O.
    Eric OlssonApril 17, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the Pesto Orzo - The small salads at Tryst are phenomenal. If you want a bigger one, the chefs will make it to order - and install it in a wrap if you like
  • Tyler T.
    Tyler TringasFebruary 24, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Best spot in DC for freelance work. Couches for laptops, good wifi (only after 5p on weekend), good coffee and food. Even some outlets by the wall.
  • Jordan B.
    Jordan BarrAugust 7, 2014
    Iced latte with an extra shot was on point. Waffles and bananas/strawberries had a great taste. Be prepared to wait a while for food to arrive.
  • Trish T.
    Trish TheDishAugust 10, 2014
    Bomb diggity grilled cheese along with an fabulously delicious kale and quinoa salad. Good beer selection and nice atmosphere. Service is ok. ;/
  • Lizzie H.
    Lizzie HatfieldMarch 25, 2016
    Delicious sandwiches and great coffee! The patio is a lovely place to sit on a sunny day and good for people watching. Free wifi too.
  • Karen L.
    Karen L.December 11, 2011
    I like this place. Great cappuccino, not a fan of animal crackers but OK the idea is kinda cool. Good for morning coffee, to work/wifi, relax and the food is good;)
  • Tom M.
    Tom MaxwellSeptember 20, 2016
    Unless you're to-go, seat yourself; someone will serve you. My latte was good, but the service was great. Lots of people working on computers. WiFi password right now is bloodymary.
  • Ian B.
    Ian Bryant-SmithMarch 2, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great atmosphere, tasty sandwiches, and amazing drinks (with animal crackers!).
    Upvoted 4 weeks ago
  • Les T.
    Les T.April 28, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    This vegan treat is delicious - Description from their menu: CHOCOLATE SILK TOFU TART Oreo crust topped with a "GANACHE" made from tofu and fine bittersweet chocolate liqueur and agave.
  • Doris
    DorisDecember 20, 2012
    Nice atmosphere dim lights and couches. Wifi is turned off weekends and holidays *kanye shrug* vegan friendly apps live band wed nights
  • Jorge E.
    Jorge EnriqueApril 17, 2013
    Coffee has improved from the last time I came! The bench right next to the entrance is a great spot for ppl watching....
  • Ab
    AbJuly 10, 2015
    Great place to work or meet friends - though group seating's a crap shoot. Great food. Slow service. Go Rodney or Maya!
  • Mona D.
    Mona DNovember 27, 2013
    Popular with the locals. Great food and fun environment. On weekends there are long lines to get seated, so get here early!
  • Samantha G.
    Samantha GriederFebruary 29, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Chaippuccinos are fabulous. Teas are french pressed. Get the Yared for sick days. They do latte art and serve drinks with animal crackers!
  • Rahn S.
    Rahn SibleyOctober 21, 2016
    I love the chorizo and cheese quiche. The fruit is very fresh. Good coffee and a very nice bloody Mary
  • Michael L.
    Michael LucasJanuary 24, 2013
    You want a chill coffee shop to relax in or get some work done? This is it, this is the place you're looking for in DC.
  • Carmen d.
    Carmen da SilvaJune 23, 2011
    DC's equivalent to Think Coffee (great coffee+free wifi+beer+wine) but they have a great selection of real food options and a full bar Read more
  • Darren L.
    Darren LongAugust 5, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great veg option is the Alisha - nice whole grain bread, cukes, tomato, sprouts, hummus and cream cheese
  • Marc P.
    Marc PhillipsOctober 14, 2013
    Nice little coffee and dessert place in a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood. Animal crackers served with each drink!
  • Kaz K.
    Kaz K.July 10, 2015
    Happy hour Sun-Fr 4p-7p: $4 wines, beer and a cocktail. Great deal.
  • kiramonkey
    kiramonkeyFebruary 16, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Ther is the most attentive server ever! Be sure to leave him a good tip, he's an incredibly talented martial artist (I've trained with him ;)
  • Cornbread H.
    Cornbread HeysoosMarch 30, 2014
    Everything is a good value here. Nice atmosphere and wifi (sometimes)... Cool low pressure spot to study
  • Michael S.
    Michael StarrSeptember 1, 2014
    This place is awesome. Little bit of an identity crisis but coffee, food, service, and atmosphere are great.
  • Melissa C.
    Melissa CDecember 26, 2010
    Ever wanted to feel like you're on the set of Friends? Go here. Big, comfy couches and an open layout make for lounging and a living room atmosphere.
  • Laurenellen M.
    Laurenellen McCannAugust 11, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    This place has gotten a lot more explicitly vegan-friendly recently. More options, more menu clarity, and more kale smoothies. \m/
  • Mikey Z.
    Mikey ZSeptember 15, 2014
    Their iced frappuccinos are so smooth you can barely tell they're iced. Best I've ever had, hands down.
  • Carolyn Z.
    Carolyn ZimmermanFebruary 19, 2015
    Love Tryst. Only had coffee and pastries/sweets here. consistently good and a very cozy atmosphere.
  • 2M S.
    2M StreetAugust 13, 2014
    Tried the spiced wine on a rainy day-it will warm your soul! Free wi-fi Mon-Fri.
  • Abbie W.
    Abbie WApril 2, 2013
    wide variety of iced teas. lovely space. windows open up completely to the sidewalk when its warm out.
  • Arnaud R.
    Arnaud RéautéOctober 30, 2014
    Very chill environment with live music in the evening. Perfect to work. Waffles are amazing!
  • Eric O.
    Eric OlssonApril 11, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the Roasted Eggplant Dip - One of my faves here - but I think they should try serving the dip warm instead of cold.
  • Numuque
    NumuqueJuly 9, 2015
    nothing particular about the food or coffee but still the best café in Adams Morgan. nice ambiance. good place to work
  • sam
    samNovember 1, 2014
    nice but crowded. good coffee (they don't burn it!) and served generously.
  • Cara
    CaraAugust 23, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    The 1700 Park Road - one of the two Gin Rickey finalists from Tryst - rules the school.
  • Lynn N.
    Lynn NguyenMay 28, 2013
    I always have an issue connecting to the Internet. So I always restart my laptop when I'm on the premises and it works fine. Password changes regularly .
  • deenuhfoowad
    deenuhfoowadOctober 17, 2014
    an awesome place to read and people watch. sometimes it gets so overcrowded that it ruins the vibe.
  • Sheridan M.
    Sheridan MarfilJune 16, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    They shut off the WiFi on the weekends and service can be kind of slow, but their coffees are large and delicious.
  • Johnny G.
    Johnny GoldenAugust 27, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Come during a natural disaster. The sense of community is amazing. My only complaint, no wifi on Saturday. How am I supposed to track Irene?!
  • Adam P.
    Adam PowersMarch 18, 2010
    order their grey earl tea (or any tea, really) and you get one of those fancy french tea presses. after you're done, dump your tea leaves in your cup and try to read your future.
  • Joshua H.
    Joshua HigginsJanuary 25, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Their Counter Culture coffee is on point. And their latte art is awesome.
  • Matthew P.
    Matthew PearlSeptember 1, 2014
    Chicken quesadilla with salsa is gorgeous! Try with featured cocktail of the day
  • Cody S.
    Cody ShankmanMarch 5, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    The food is not always the best but the hummus platter is out-of-this-world. Seriously. Get it.
  • Margaret K.
    Margaret KamaraMarch 17, 2013
    The baked goods are big and good for sharing!
  • Soxinly
    SoxinlyOctober 29, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Gourmet coffee + full bar + delicious food + cozy atmosphere + open late = my favorite place!
  • Anthony M.
    Anthony MaioranaAugust 21, 2012
    Live music is dope. Take off the headphones while the band is on or you might as well sit at home with Starbucks and the tv on.
  • Candice B.
    Candice BarnesFebruary 5, 2012
    Great place for a date. Try to snag a couch. The baristas are artists an make you feel special.
  • Omar M.
    Omar MasriSeptember 25, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Ask the baristas what the daily specials are and share your favorite coffee beverages w us! You might find yours as one of ours on the board!
  • Washington Post
    Washington PostAugust 1, 2014
    A hip, artsy coffeehouse on 18th Street that only sort of resembles the one on "Friends." Read more
  • Brian M.
    Brian McNameeApril 21, 2010
    While I personally don't list this place at the top of my favorite coffee joints (emphasis on personally), I am really enjoying the Tuesday night jazz and atmosphere.
  • Sara A.
    Sara AllenFebruary 17, 2013
    Get the chocolate waffle. My tummy thanks me. Light and heavenly? You know you gotta have it.
  • Kat S.
    Kat SkilesJune 28, 2016
    Free wi-fi. Awesome light-fare menu. Great place to get work done.
  • Ben C.
    Ben CaroSeptember 29, 2011
    Open til midnight on weeknights, 3am on Friday/Saturday. An awesome place for some late-night work!
  • Anna
    AnnaDecember 14, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Everything bagel with plain cream cheese, avocado and sprouts - trust me
  • G G.
    G GMay 19, 2015
    A lot of people. Nice moods. They usually open all windows so it is little humidity.
  • Richard M.
    Richard MJuly 3, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Restroom graffiti you can appreciate! Check out the "groutfiti" in the rightmost restroom. Its all clever puns on "grout" written between the tiles. :-)
  • Carmen Y.
    Carmen YépizOctober 25, 2016
    Good price, great environment, perfect for reading or working. Good service.
  • Omar M.
    Omar MasriMay 22, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Ask for our monthly barista specials made by your special barista of the morning, me.
  • Sandra R.
    Sandra RubinchikJanuary 25, 2015
    If you're not sold on the coffee, pastries, or spacious layout . . . ANIMAL CRACKERS.
  • kazahel
    kazahelAugust 20, 2014
    Perfect cortados, but it's impossible to find a seat. Order yours to go.
  • Abrar A.
    Abrar AlsuwainaOctober 3, 2015
    Try their Chocolate waffle and the white mocha too!! Very gentle service
  • Niara P.
    Niara P.July 8, 2013
    Great atmosphere, but beware of trying to do work after the sun sets -- the lights are extremely dim in here.
  • erin m.
    erin mazurskyDecember 30, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Highly recommend the Italian flatbread, the spinach egg sandwich, and the masala chai!
  • Bebe L.
    Bebe LeAugust 12, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Mexican hot chocolate and a Tanya (peanut butter & jelly sandwich).
  • Rukiyat G.
    Rukiyat GilbertApril 17, 2012
    Best waffles ever... Fresh blue & straw berries on top. Try with a chai latte. Yummy!
  • Claire
    ClaireNovember 15, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Best waffles ever. Never any seating room, go on an off time (never a weekend)!
  • Alicia W.
    Alicia WoempnerAugust 3, 2013
    Omg the vegan chocolate torte is amazing!
  • Brian E.
    Brian EdmondsMay 19, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Great atmosphere. Eclectic group of people. The chaipuccino is delicious!!
  • Katarina K.
    Katarina KatsmaJune 27, 2015
    Everything, I love it here. But no WiFi on the weekends? Kind of uncool.
  • Rick C.
    Rick CorradoNovember 15, 2011
    New chorizo & white cheddar frittata rocks! Healthier option is spinach, shallot & gruyere. Both are awesome!
  • Nick
    NickAugust 15, 2014
    Sweet place to work. Zayan grilled cheese, with Optimum Wit from Port City on tap.
  • Maggie D.
    Maggie DJuly 3, 2011
    This is my new favorite place. Full bar and coffee and comfy couches great bar tenders!
  • kazahel
    kazahelAugust 2, 2014
    Great cortado, but get it to go. This place is always packed.
  • Lucia T.
    Lucia TheresaAugust 12, 2016
    Great place for an end of date-night dessert. Had my first date with with my now husband here!
  • Eric O.
    Eric OlssonJune 14, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the Tuscan Chicken Quesadilla - Filling but probably my single favorite dish here
  • Tammy C.
    Tammy CMay 19, 2013
    HH SUN-FRI 4-7pm $4 House white/red, rotating tap beer
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