No Corporate Coffee, No Matching Silverware
Tryst has been in the neighborhood since 1998, and has given Washingtonians an opportunity to come together over a truly great cup of coffee, enjoy some light café fare, and even try a craft cocktail…all in the same visit. We strive to be your ‘third place’ to go -- where you can escape the stresses of everyday responsibilities but still connect to your local community and the outside world.
Right in the center of the nation’s capital, Tryst stands in stark contrast to the suburban culture and coffee chains that proliferate the country. We’re a single location, owned and operated by the same couple that started it in 1998. No, our silverware doesn’t always match, and we don’t have 75 different kinds of trademarked, pre-made caramel-nilla-frapp-a-ccino-supremas. What we do have is excellent made to order food and drink, and a commitment to serving the community.
So, roll on down, find a seat, sit back and prepare to enjoy something truly exceptional. We offer specialty coffee and espresso drinks made by skilled baristas, craft cocktails made with reference to the classics and incorporating fresh and interesting ingredients, fine pastries baked daily by our sister restaurant, and sandwiches and small plates that incorporate flavors from around the world.
Who likes us?
- Washington Post - Editor's Pick; Best Coffee Shops; readers’ poll - Best Coffee Shops
- Washington Post's Express - Best Local Coffeehouse ; Best Indie Coffee Shop
Washington City Paper's Reader Poll Winner 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, runner up 2013
Washington City Paper's Best Chocolate Chip Cookie
Beer Advocate recommends our "short but nice and well maintained selection" of beers
About.com - 10 Best DC Coffeehouses
- 9 out of 10 average score as reviewed by The Roast
4 out of 5 sporks - Washington City Paper
4.5 out of 5 stars - Urbanspoon
4.5 out of 5 stars - Yahoo Local
5 out of 5 stars - City Search
5 out of 5 stars - MetroMix
Drinks Preview: Tryst, WeLoveDC; Tryst on 18th Street in Adams Morgan Launches New Cocktail Menu, Prince of Petworth January 28, 2010; Photo and Flavor Preview of Tryst’s New Bar Menu, Brightest Young Things
Please note: Electronic devices are welcome at Tryst, however, Tryst is not responsible or liable for damages to or loss of electronics or property regardless of the circumstances. You are acknowledging this disclaimer & assuming any and all risks by using a laptop or any other electrical device at Tryst.
"(Tryst is a) public place where you can hang out do your own thing among others doing their own thing. That defines neighborhood culture." – Constantine Stavropoulos, Owner, quoted in CityStreem
"(O)ur combining... coffee and booze comes from a place of inclusion and community. ...The coffeehouse, tea house and bar have historically been social places and a diversity of drink options supports a diversity of interaction and ideas." - David Fritzler, Beverage Manager in Fresh Cup Magazine, March, 2011