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Rasika West End
Rasika West End
  • Address:
    1190 New Hampshire Avenue, NW.
    Washington, DC 20037
    West End
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary Indian
    Price: $31 to $50

Rasika West End Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rasikarestaurant.com
  • Phone: (202) 466-2500
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary Indian
  • Executive Chef: Vikram Sunderam
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: We can cater events from 10 to 1000 guests.
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer three private dining room options.
    The Library Room seats up to 36 guests for a sit down dinner and Stand up reception for 60 guests.
    Window view Private room seats up to 10 guests.
    Glass enclosed Private Dining Room in the Kitchen seats up to 8 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Atul Narain (202) 466-2500

Getting there

  • Cross Street: New Hampshire & M Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We offer valet parking at Dinner service at eight dollars per car. Our valet station is situated at the corner of New Hampshire Avenue and M Street.
A word from Rasika West End
Rasika, which is derived from Sanskrit meaning "flavors,” is the award-winning modern Indian restaurant owned by Ashok Bajaj. Leading the kitchen is Group Executive Chef Vikram Sunderam, a 2012 nominee for Best Chef Mid-Atlantic from the James Beard Foundation. Rasika has consistently earned four stars in the coveted Dining Guide of The Washington Post, and is in the top tier of Washingtonian magazine’s annual “100 Best.” Esquire magazine named it among the country’s best new restaurants in 2008 and Food & Wine magazine also stated that Rasika is “One of the hottest restaurants in the world.” Rasika showcases authentic Indian fare prepared on the Tawa (griddle), Sigri (open barbeque), as well as Tandoori and regional dishes. The restaurant is also noted for its international wine list, innovative cocktails and intimate, plush dining room. For private dining, Rasika has an exclusive space that can seat up to 16 guests and a semi-private area for up to 28.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "The food, service, cleanliness and prices were great."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "I know the reputation of Rasika is very good in DC, but my experience at lunch on a Tuesday was less than satisfying. The dining room is very noisy so I had a hard time conversing with my lunch partner. The waitress was harried and curt. We had been in the restaurant for 35 minutes before we saw any food. It then took a very long time to get the waitress' attention for the check. My tandoori chicken was unevenly cook, to the point where some pieces were dry and others so moist I was afraid they were under done. The cucumber and yogurt was long on soupy yogurt and short on cucumber. This would have to be a much better experience for me to return."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Please please try the crispy spinach appetizer. It is wwonderful. This is my second time at Rasika West End. The food was good, but the dishes were served room temperature. It appears it may be due to the volumn. I will give them another try to see if they were having a bad day on my recent visit."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Pretty solid food, but despite it being so awarded, the food seemed rather mundane when compared to homemade Indian food. Being Indian, I appreciated the culture hitting the tops in DC, but it didn't reach not exceed my high expectations. But the prices I must admit are solid for the area. Overall a solid dinner, but nothing special."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Food, service, and atmosphere were incredible. Just every aspect of the experience was perfect. One (small?) thing: I wish restaurants would enforce a basic dress code. No workout clothing, no shorts, no hats. I'd prefer collared shirts for men, but I suppose that's asking too much.anI cannot fault Rasika though, go there immediately!"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Rasika is my family's choice for Indian food. The original restaurant is getting tired, it continues to be popular but I think it needs to be freshen up. I can tell because now when I go I don't wear my best outfit, because I smell of masala after dining there. We have now moved to the West End locus, it has a fresher feel, though lacking in authentic "Indian" feel that the original place offers. The food is equally good. We ordered palak chaat, sev batasa puri and cauliflower bazule for starter. We also tried the sea bass peri peri and that's a winner. Entree included lamb curry, chicken tikka, red snapper patia and bhindi chilli, everything was good except for the snapper, will not have it again, will stay with my usual black cod."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "We all had the chef's tasting menu and every course was wonderful. The service is very attentive. We will definitely go back whenever we are in town."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Rasika lived up to the hype, the food was delicious it might be the best meal I've ever had!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "I am actually quite mad at myself. I went to Rasika when they first opened. Everything was good, but just that, and so I hadn't been back since. Sooo....my coworker suggested it for lunch, as it was the last day of restaurant week and we should take advantage of it. And, I am so glad that we did!! The food was outstanding!! I can't remember all the names of the food, but we had the spinach appetizer and the mango one on crackers; butter chicken masala and then a spicy chicken; gulab jamun and the date toffee cake. I could not believe how delicious everything was. The service by Jenny was great! We were in a rush, and she got us out in good time, but still created an enjoyable time for us. Bo was also very sweet. I can't wait to go back!!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "This is by far my favorite restaurant in DC. The food is spectacular, the service is great. Everyone I bring here is always impressed."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "The food and service were amazing! I highly recommend the palak Chaat."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "4 of us were at Rasika West for lunch during Restaurant Week. We each had something different for a main course. It was salmon, grouper, lamb, butter chicken. All of them were outstanding. The appetizers were also outstanding as was dessert. The service could not have been better. It was attentive and very professional. If I had the one restaurant to go to for Restaurant Week or any other time, this would be it. It is not to be missed."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "This was my jewel of restaurant week! The food was fantastic, uniquely delicious! The ambiance was impeccable. But the service was the true star! We had a small issue with one of appetizers...not only did they replace that order..but also replaced the others including the one they had already threw in for free. In the end they also comped our drinks and one of our meals..for a small issue. Talk about above and beyond. But back to the food...the Scallops Moilee .wa scream out loud good..seriously..try to stop yourself! The Palaak Chair was amazing...I have never had those flavor combinations before! The Gulab Jamun appetizer was so refreshing! My entree salmon tandoori was delicious. The date pudding was heavenly!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "The service, food, and drinks are always impressive. Tried the Tandoori Lamb for the first time and it was easily the best lamb I've ever had. My bf always gets the Chicken Tikka, but this time they made it spicy for him and he loved it. You MUST have the Palak Chaat (crispy spinach dish) as one of your appetizers. You won't be disappointed. I'm always a fan of Gulab Jamun, and I particularly enjoy their version with a side of Cardamom ice cream. Simply delicious."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Must have the spinach dish! Everything tasty - great service - portions a bit small for men but otherwise great!"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Lunch was a delightful experience from both a food and service standpoint Received complimentary appetizer and it was taking a long time to process our order, which was very thoughtful Only objection, was that the main course followed too quickly."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "We went to West End for the first time during Restaurant Week. Although the service was a bit slow, but understandable because of Restaurant Week, the service was attentive and the food food was delicious. We had been many times at Rasika on E Street and have been always been impressed by this remarcable restaurant. West End is just as good. Amazing food."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "It was my first time here, actually my first time getting Indian food not in a buffet, and I thought it was very good. The only critique I have is with the plating. They put the ice cream in a small holder, but they gave me a large spoon, so the ice cream kept sliding around. Either a bigger plate or a smaller spoon would have fixed it."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "The food and service were great! I went for lunch with co-workers for restaurant week. They had an great selection to choose from, which is not too common during restaurant week. The setting was very nice and we were able to have a quiet and delicious lunch."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "The food was superb, with tastes that were exquisite and enjoyable. The Lamb curry dish had tender pieces of lamb in a delicious sauce, not too hot, but certainly not bland, the same goes for the chicken curry dish. The service was very professional, with all questions being answered; timely service, but not rushed. A perfect meal in very nice, relatively quiet, surroundings. A great introduction to novices, as well as those very familiar with Indian cuisine."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "For a Restaurant Week meal, this was very good. We had a nice choice of dishes and were provided, upon request, with a dish that was not listed on the special menu. This remains one of our favorite restaurants."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Honestly, I'm more of a fan of their Penn Quarter restaurant. The menu is more fusion and interesting. While the food here is good, it is (basically) pricey Indian food. Not sure I'm thrilled with the value. Also, service, while OK, isn't what I'd expect for a restaurant of this caliber. I'm not steering folks away - just managing expectations. On a plus, ingredients are quite good. I could tell the chicken was free-range and appreciated the quality."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "The food at Rasika West End is the ultimate in Indian dining. Flavors are vibrant and delicious and the food looks as good as it tastes."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "The original Rasika is my favorite special-occasion restaurant, now that Palena is gone. Rasika West End is also marvelous, but quite different in atmosphere. The food is from the same general well as Rasika, but the presentation is different. RWE is shiny and light-filled, much less Indian in decor. You order pretty much a la carte. What comes out of the kitchen is imaginative and delicious, of course. The service is exemplary, even during the Restaurant Week rush."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Food was excellent as always. No dropoff for Restaurant Week."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Excellent as always. We do love the palak chaat! Wish I had the recipe! Excellent service."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "The food has really taken a turn for the worse since the last time I ate at Rasika West End. Very disappointing."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "The food was an explosion of flavor...great Indian food...but pricey for normal items such as Tika Masala. Rice and saucy food can be just as good for much less $. Probably would not go back due to the cost. I have had great Indian Fare that cost much less."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Food quality was average. Waiters crowded our booth and conversed amongest Themselves. I had to ask for water. Overpriced menu. Not worth the drive From virginia. For a special occasion, this was not worth it."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The food was incredibly delicious, but our service was pretty variable throughout the night. I think our waiter was upset with us, but I'm not sure why!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "This is by far the best restaurant in DC. From the moment I parked my car to the moment I walk out the door! it was nothing but amazing. I came a little early and was told to wait for a few minutes, and myself and my friend was given a glass of wine while waiting. Being my first time eating Indian food the recommendations made by the waiters were spot on. It was the made to perfection! I have never been so satisfied and overjoyed eating at a restaurant. The food was AMAZING! once again THE FOOD WAS AMAZING! I am a very picky eater, but I will most definitely add Rasika to my must go list! Thank you for an amazing evening!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "This was a great restaurant to take visiting guests. Great food and great ambiance. In addition, the staff was incredibly attentive and had a separate menu for one guest with a dairy allergy. I would highly suggest making a reservation at least a month in advance."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "One of the better Indian food restaurants. I have seen hyperbolic reviews, but would rate this one better than average". Some dishes were really good, others were ok. Service was good."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "We had great service, and the food was delicious and perfectly prepared. I had the Lamb Korma, which was the perfect amount of spice and lamb."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "The only downside to my meal at Rasika was that I was on business and had nobody with whom to share it. The food was remarkable with great attention to quality and detail. The flavors were robust but nicely balanced with a minimum of gratuitous heat. The wait staff was attentive and well informed, acting as my guide through the nuances of the menu. I would give this my highest recommendation to anybody interested in exploring a broader range of quality Indian food than is afforded by most restaurants. Rasika was recommended to me by a friend from the West Coast who is from Central India. I am glad that I was able to follow her recommendation."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Rasika West End is wonderful from the food to the service. Went with two friends who felt the same way. The food is savory and well-prepared. Service is attentive but not fussy. Nice selection of reasonably priced wines and cocktails are delicious. The black cod and crispy spinach live up to the hype. We always get two orders of spinach because we can't get enough of it!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Was there for dinner with a friend. Meal was tasty but not outstanding. Main course was very slow in coming and the server forgot to bring side order of pickles. Pleasant atmosphere in restaurant."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Paalak Chaat- incredible- lightly fried spinach leaves with spices, very thin, light and sparse flour coating - added great taste and chutneys/garnish. Flounder great+ house-made chutney- elements blended well. Fish fresh- nice firm but tender texture/ flavor. Bhindi delicious- cooked perfectly (firm dry instead of the usual gooey stringy with large seeds). Dum Lamb Biryani- good but have had better. More like Pulao (with masalas/ ingredients mixed in) and not layered dish that expectedi. Lamb firm but well-cooked- no bones or fat- excellent. Overall- Excellent ingredients, creative blending of texture, colors and tastes, food prepped with care/ thought but needs to improve to earn buzz as 'best Indian restaurant' in US and top 20 overall."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "My favorite dish was railway lamb curry. Their service was great. Surrounding was too noisy"
    Dined on 7/26/2014