Rasika West End
Rasika West End

Rasika West End

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rasikarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2024662500x
  • 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 2024662500x

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.
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Rasika West End reviews from OpenTable diners
512 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (389)special occasion (298)hot spot (172)good for groups (136)neighborhood gem (132)romantic (121)great for lunch (120)notable wine list (88)great for outdoor dining (69)vibrant bar scene (55)late-night find (31)kid-friendly (15)great for brunch (15)scenic view (5)Show More
  • jeffb75
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Have to say for all the hype and great reviews I felt that the food was very underwhelming. My girlfriend and I felt that most of the food items were way too sweet and buttery. We felt was forcibly trying to be fancy and not truly authentic Indian food. We've had much better food at local Indian restaurants in Virginia for 1/4 the price. Don't think we will be back or eager to recommend to others.
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • Excellent
    FoodieInTrainingVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    I had a 10 PM reservation at the West End location on a Friday night. I would have preferred a more vibrant scene for a late dinner with friends, but maybe it was just getting too late. The food was excellent. I liked the modern spin on the green pea samosas. The Cauliflower Bezule was great, although I didn't expect it to be fried. The Andhra Chicken Curry was awesome, especially if you like spicy/hot food. I liked the Garlic Naan, although I think I like all garlic naan. The service was excellent. The cocktails were well crafted and I felt that I had plenty to choose from. I would return just for drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food. Poor service.
    TB56
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Treated with such contempt by our waiter it would have totally ruined our experience if the drinks weren't flowing and we hadn't turned it into a game to see how many ways he could be rude to us. From the very beginning. He sort of came around when the bill hit $200. Totally bizarre. Get a new job if you can't at least fake it.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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  • excellent, excellent, excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    nothing to really say...our second visit...and i must say this is my favorite DC restaurant..Rasika, we are lovers!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    flutrby
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Had a great romantic dinner at Rasika West End. You need to make reservations in advance as they're often booked. Ordered all vegetarian entrees. Loved the edamame pancakes!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lacat4@comcast.net
    Finepalate
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Exceeds expectation, sublime food! You must order crispy spinach and the dal! Also had beetroot app that was so good it defies all attempts at explanation! Also the cardamom ice cream is wonderful
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent quality
    terrypVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Took two colleagues and we shared everything. Three appetizer, three mains, two desserts, all excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hope for Bo! He's a superb server.
    Muttonglutton
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    I'm a fan of Sindian cuisine and have travelled to India as well. I was really looking forward to this dinner, booked weeks in advance, but was disappointed that I had to wait nearly 1/2 hour for my reserved table. Patience and kindness pays off folks! The maitre d'hôtel promised they'd make it up to me and they certainly did...the food just kept coming and it was superb! From the flash fried baby spina he to the seared tuna and the quartet of entrees (they comped a fifth, the black cod, yum!) all was perfectly orchestrated by my server Bo, who made my time there an experience, not just a meal; he was wonderfully adept and kind. Rasika is a must for anyone who loves Indian cuisine and flawless service. Go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall Outstanding Experience.
    Vijay
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Very accommodating management. Great wine selection. Outstanding food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will Go Back
    lapanos
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    The palak chaat was unbelievably good -- a must order! I ordered a delicious lamb entree, and I am looking forward to exploring the rest of the menu. The service, though, was a little odd. When I asked the waiter if he recommended that my friend and I order our own entrees or split smaller plates instead he responded that "it will all end up in the same place anyway." We also asked him to recommend a dessert and he was rather uncooperative. Maybe we just didn't understand his sense of humor? In any case, I definitely recommend it and will be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • complex wonderful flavors
    FinedinerVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    these folks know how to use their spices. complex flavors that do not overwhelm the focus of the dish. beautifully prepared and served. they also have some great drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Doesn't live up to the original
    Milwm
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    I've eaten lunch at Rasika West End twice now, and have been disappointed with the food both times. I have high standards for this restaurant, as the Penn Quarter location is absolutely delicious. At Rasika West End, it's just not as good. Most recently, the star anise fish was undercooked. I did not complain to the server, and I will say the service is fine. Compared to other Indian restaurants in the area, Rasika West End is not worth the price. It just doesn't pull off the unique flavors the way the original does. I will not be going back to the West End location.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • jrpear
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    we've had better curry in other Indian restaurants, but overall very good food and service
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rasika West Never Disappoints
    NewFanVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We marked our 16th anniversary with dinner with friends at Rasika West. The food was terrific from the first bite of palaat chat to the last spoonful of sorbet. Our waiter was terrific -- made great recommendations for our friends who were there for the first time. The wine is extensive enough and not overly priced as our so many Washington restaurants. The only problem is how difficult it's become to make timely reservations. Give yourself a 4-6 week start on your desired date.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for the gluten/dairy free
    NancyVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Rasika West End wowed the 8 of us who ate there. One of my out of town guests proclaimed it the best Indian food she had ever eaten. But I discovered something amazing for the gluten- and dairy-free among DC diners. Usually I ask my server to ask the chef what I should order. But as soon as I told my server what I needed she said she would bring me a different menu. She actually returned with two copies of the SAME menu as everyone else, but the difference was that one highlighted (literally) the dishes with dairy and the other highlighted the dishes with gluten. By comparing the two menus, I could order gluten-free and dairy-free with no difficulty. Ever dish I ate was delicious. Thank you, Rasika West End. I will be back!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We had the tasting menu paired with wines and every thing was delicious...would definitely recommend to others!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Indian standards elevated
    Beth
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We tried the familiar (tikka masala) and the innovative (crispy spinach) and loved every bite! Friendly attentive service and wow decor made dining at Rasika a wonderful eclectic experience. Looking forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific as usual
    Vegetarian
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Tried the tasting menu - every course was great and the staff was wonderful about substitutions.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Excellent Indian food, top notch service, great location in downtown DC
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Why even ask?
    ashevillefun
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Although we had a glitch or two in our service, it cannot diminish the dinner that we had at Rasika West End. The food is so wonderful and such an adventure each time there that one cannot help enjoying the whole experience.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dinner at Rasika West End
    JED061874
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    I've eaten at another Rasika in the past on a few occasions, and it was great. This Rasika was delicious and had a great menu full of diversity. I started with the Baingan Mirch Ka Salan, eggplant with peanuts and jalapeno, and for my entrée I had the Lamb Mirchi Korma with Kashmiri chilies, caramelized onions, and Sichuan pepper. The food was excellent, and I enjoyed a very nice viognier with dinner. I highly recommend this for a very enjoyable meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • VeggieNewbie
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Deliciously different flavorful food, artistically prepared, with excellent service, and very cool ambiance One of the best restaurants we've eaten at in a long time. Can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Joanie
    JoanieJJo
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Rasika West End has the best professional service; the food is very creative and delicious. This was our second time at the restaurant and the choices are excellent for meat lovers and vegetarians.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time at Rasika West End
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    I have been wanting to try this restaurant since the first review from Washington Post. The place is really Indian nouvelle cuisine. The crispy spinach and the black cod were both outstanding. For the rest of the dishes we ordered, I would like more spices. I would take guests to this restaurant but to satisfy my indian food craving, I would go to some local restaurants in NOVA with real indian and spicy food. Overall, I love the ambiance and the service.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous birthday lunch
    FoodLover
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Lunch at Rasika West End on Columbus Day to celebrate a family birthday was a memorable event! We've enjoyed Rasika a number of times before and I've been at Rasika West End once before as well, but this time the experience was especially good. The ambiance and service were excellent, but even they paled in comparison to the truly memorable food. Particularly worth mentioning the palaak chaat (as usual), a new menu item the Foie Gras Galouti--a delicately spiced melt in your mouth minced lamb kebab, and the gulab jamun with the saffron pistachio rabdi and cardamom ice-cream. The other items, a chicken pudina korma, a spicy reshmi kebab, and the chocolate samosa with mocha ice-cream were also outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always perfect
    GoodvisitVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Rasika is one of our favorite restaurants. The Rasika West location has great ambience and the food is always top notch. The service is wonderful, and this a great place to go for special occasions or any occasion.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Stunning Redfish
    SoutherngirlVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I cannot get over the taste sensation of the incredibly fresh, tender as a baby's kiss, tomato sauce dusted redfish. I need to immediately go back next week and order more! And when I do, I will want more of the spicy Bhindi Okra. Multiple layers of flavors are still dancing on my tongue.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • spectacular!
    foodfan
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    we have been to Rasika twice, both have been an excellent dining experience. Each dish has proven to be a fabulous offering. I wouldn't put Indian food as one of my top 3 ethnic foods, and even I am a devoted Rasika fan. (i blame it all on repeated bland chicken dishes and terrible gulab jaman experiences). But Rasika is definitely one of the redeeming Indian food experiences. Some of our foods highlights would include the sev batata puri, the rockfish (perfectly cooked), the calamari appetizer (dusted in semolina versus panko or a heavy batter, this is quite a happy, crispy dish), the goat cheese kulcha. for dessert, the sticky toffee pudding and the gulab jaman with cardamam ice cream are a great finish. service was impeccable.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Rajeev
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Took my office colleagues for a company celebrations including some out of tow visitors, everyone loved the food, restaurant and service.
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    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of the best!
    Tenleytown4561
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    It was a good idea to book early and one of the best Indian experiences we have ever had! The food was good but the best in the USA? Service was a tad slow but we were not interested in a quick dinner even though we were off to the theater. Take the pre-dinner menu! Very good and all the regulars are there. Crackling spinach sublime and with the addition of yogurt is not only smart a great addition compared to other places...Buy a bottle of wine, the wine/glass prices crazy. But go it is an experience that needs to be made! We arrived at 5ish and the place was maxed out in less than 30 minutes, It is the craze obviously. Ask for a window table-you might get the stagecoach table as we did. Very fun!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • chubbjett
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    I found the restaurant to be a nice spot to celebrate special occasions. The food was excellent as was the service. They even honored my request for a different table location without hesitation. I rate it an excellent dining experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstanding creative Indian
    ATLGAVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Great food, creative menu, perhaps the best Indian food I've found in the US. The service is top-notch too.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Fantastic. A great Indian restaurant for diners who do not already have an appreciation for Indian cuisine.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worthy of the hype
    DaveC
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Rasika is amazing. We had the tasting menu and every dish was delicious. We were there celebrating a birthday and the server not only brought us two glasses of champagne on the house, but the chef also sent us an extra tasting course. Everything was perfection. Easily in my top 5 dining experiences of 11 years of living in Washington, DC.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Another great experience!
    MKozVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Outstanding experience. Great food, try the crispy spinach and sea bass peri peri as appetizers. The rock fish rocked. Date and toffee pudding was a very special dessert.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • foodlover
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Our party of four were delighted. We all ordered something different but thought all four entrees and appetizers were delicious--not the usual fire-hot Indian restaurant food. If I could afford it, I'd go back today.
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    great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Extremely Dissapointing
    nmbeyVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    I've been to Rasika countless times, however I was extremely disappointed with this last experience. The dishes were very poorly executed and didn't taste as good as they usually are. The quality of service was below average as well, it particularly slow and the greeter was rude.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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  • Good but overrated.
    VinuVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Stick to the appetizers. The lamb Mirch korma tasted like it was made using curry powder. Meat was protein cubes that were tasteless. The chef needs to get back to making basic fresh food
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    hot spot, special occasion
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    My husband and I went to Rasika West End for our six year anniversary. We have been many times and always loved it, but this time is a bit different as I am currently 36 weeks pregnant. The hostess sat us and a few minutes later came back to us with a pillow in hand, asking if I wanted it to help with my seating. That small offer made all of the difference for me in terms of being able to enjoy dinner - it was so thoughtful and considerate and helped me be truly comfortable! A small detail - but I appreciated that the cocktail menu had non-alcoholic options available, without me having to ask for a specialty drink. Our dinner was amazing, as always, and we had an absolutely fabulous waiter. We can't wait to go back!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • memorable experience
    Shubhans
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    My husband and I took our friend here for his birthday. The food was excellent; so was service. Definitely worth the price.
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    hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic