Rasika
Rasika

Rasika

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rasikarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2026371222x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Friday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
    Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Executive Chef: Vikram Sunderam
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Atul Narain 2026371222x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: On D Street Between 6th and 7th Streets.
  • Public Transit: Two Block Walk From the China Town/Gallery Place Metro and One Block Walk From the Archives/Navy Memorial Metro.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking with validation at Dinner only.
A word from Rasika
Rasika is a modern Indian Cuisine restaurant showcasing Tawa (Griddle), Sigri (open Barbeque), Tandoori and regional dishes.
We have a temperature controlled wine cellar, offer small plates and a modern lounge.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Rasika reviews from OpenTable diners
595 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (428)special occasion (361)hot spot (203)romantic (196)great for lunch (137)neighborhood gem (132)good for groups (110)notable wine list (104)vibrant bar scene (36)late-night find (22)kid-friendly (17)great for brunch (10)great for outdoor dining (7)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Unique flavors, excellent service
    Lovethespice
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I eat South Asian cuisine at home 4 nights out of 7, but Rasika's inventive tastes are a refreshing change, and I'm always surprised at the creative combinations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great anticipation
    smilingabs
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    My friends and I waited for our reservation date and time to come with great anticipation (we had to book a month in advance)! Rasika sure lived up to the hype and I already plan on returning with my husband for our anniversary dinner. We tried the crispy spinach and minced lamb as appetizers and all shared chicken makhani, a lamb stew dish and a veggie trio of dal, cauliflower and peas, and bangain something (eggplant purée dish). Everything was the perfect spice level for us! Service was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had higher expectations
    velasq19
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This was my first visit to this Rasika. The service was very good as well as the ambiance. I found the food to be good but I expected it to be exceptional from all the reviews about it. I found it to be overpriced (food and drinks) for the lunch portions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I was very surprised by the meal, in a good way. I opted for the 4 course tasting menu, which is good if you want to try a lot of options. I half-expected the meal was going to be overly rich and heavy, but several of the courses were quite light and refreshing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Impeccable service & fabulous food
    JMO1VIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Our dining experience was fabulous. You will pay a lot to eat here, but it is worth it once in awhile (if you can get a reservation). The food was excellent. The spinach chaat is amazing, perfect balance of sweet, salty, sour, with a crunch. The corn fritters and kale fritters were outstanding. The wine list is great and naan the perfect accompaniment. The service is really wonderful, easily the best in DC. Our waiter was attentive without being overbearing. He offered great recommendations and let us enjoy the meal at our pace. The room is dark and loud, so you're senses are a bit overwhelmed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never disappoints!
    Ashford
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I've been to Rasika many times over the past year and I still am amazed by how great the overall experience is. The food is amazing and the service is always fantastic. Definitely would recommend this gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Best Indian food ever. Both 6 course tasting menus were delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another special experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    My second time at Rasika was as wonderful as the first. The black cod signature entree must be tried!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wanted to be impressed but wasn't
    DCeducator
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    I had been looking forward to eating here for a few months. I finally found time to make it with a friend. I went with high expectations. First of all, it was a Tuesday night at 8:45pm. We still had to wait about 15 minutes at the bar for our table to be ready. We were then given a horrible table crammed beside a mirror. We couldn't even sit across the table from each other. The table was horrible and it was very awkward. We ordered the spinach dish and the mango shrimp for an appetizer. They were decent. We had a chicken dish and lamb dish for the entree. The lamb was delicious, but not incredible. Overall the food was good, not great. There is a less formal Indian restaurant on K St. called Indigo that is much better with more flavor!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous Gem with Unique Food
    JAMIN
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Rasika remains one of my most favorite restaurants in DC. The food is creative and complex and fabulous. The service is first rate. The experience is always a total joy. It's a very special place that I hope will be around forever.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not better than the burbs
    supertasterVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Rasika was lovely and the food delicious, however, although more expensive and perhaps more refined, the food is by no means better than what you can get at Indian restaurants in the Washington suburbs. I'd put Tiffin or Woodlands in a blind taste test with Rasika anytime.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really disappointed this time
    PamelaVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We usually love Rasika. This time was the exception. For some reason everything seemed a little off to both my husband and myself. That has never happened. It didn't help that I had asked for all white meat in one of our dishes and they did not listen. The brought us a new one and comped us a dessert which was delicious but still we both had the same impression of the flavors. It would seem that they all were too overbearing with one or more of the ingredients. Not spicy overbearing just too much salt etc.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Different Taste of India
    Soma
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We went as a couple based on outstanding reviews. Those reviews did not lie. Simply put, we are avid Indian food lovers and we wanted a different and outstanding twist. We were wowed by the unique blend of spices and cooking and wish we were closer to DC to be able to try every item on the menu. Also given quality of food, price was very decent..not cheap, reasonable and not overboard Advice...Reserve 1 month ahead if you are looking for a Friday or Saturday 7-9. This is a hopping place, not quiet, and not for young children. We plan to make the trip from Baltimore repeatedly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impressed!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    What a fantastic restaurant. Best Indian food I've ever eaten. Impeccable service. Great food and wine recommendations. Great great place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Dinner Ever
    KarenfromLynchburg
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I was surprised to read that an Indian restaurant was rated as highly as this one. I mean I love Chicken Tikka Masalla as well as the next person, but Number 1 restaurant in all of DC? When I read the chef was a James Beard award winner, my husband and I decided to splurge and order the 6-course tasting menu and paired wine (for 2 people it came out to be almost $300 with tip included). It was so worth it. Every single course was unbelievable and the wines matched perfectly. I have never raved about a starter salad before but there flash fried spinach salad was the best thing I have ever eaten. We rolled out of the restaurant after we were done that's how stuffed we were, and we know that we are going back here next time we are in DC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always the BEST!
    BeBeWhy
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Rasika is my favorite restaurant in DC. I am there a minimum of once a month. The food and the service is consistently outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Indian food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The food was very interesting. Not your average Indian fare. Reminds me of Vij in Vancouver. I'm a fan. Make reservations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Food!
    Traveller44
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Menu was fantastic! Service was excellent, our server recommended two dishes that we ate up in minutes. Great India in DC!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rasika Review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    It was a great experience. When they didn't have the wine we selected, the manager came out to give us selections that would suit the taste we were looking for. With it being our anniversary, they greeted us with a complimentary glass of Rosé. The food was delicious and the staff knowledgeable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delish so Delish
    BeltwayFoodie
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Rasika was well worth the wait- booked reservations weeks in advance. Don't feel shy about a 5pm dinner- it fills up fast and has a vibrant atmosphere early! The good is amazing but pricy. This is a special occasion place unless you typically spend well over $200 for 4. The quality is very good and the seafood ( lobster tail, blackened cod) was particularly good. Also had a Indian version of chicken pot pie that was excellent. Aromatic rice and chicken in a copper bowl with a bans type bread baked on top. Friendly management and waitstaff. Ambience loud and casual enough that you could bring children if they are open to eating spices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best restaurant in DC
    strevisa
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We loved it from start to finish. Not only the best Indian food that I have ever had, but one of my favorite restaurant meals ever.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FANTASTIC food
    LivetoEat
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I have been to Rasika three times now, and each time I have absolutely loved it. The combinations of flavors are spot-on, and the Palak Chaat (the signature dish) is perfect. When we came in, the hostess offered us our choice of main dining room or quieter spot, and our wait staff was incredible. When we gobbled down the first order of crispy spinach they offered us an additional half order, which was wonderful. I'd recommend trying some of the new things on the menu, the ones you don't find in Indian takeout. Each and every dish is perfectly cooked, and the depth of spice and flavor is wonderful. The cocktail menu was a lot of fun, too. Rasika is great for dates or groups. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Value in Indian Food
    Michael
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Our waitress, Oxsana, helped us navigate the menu and make excellent choices on our first visit to an Indian restaurant. The value was outstanding. The service was great. The food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • PRe-Theater Dinner a great deal
    golpista
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We are at Rasika before going to the theater. The 3-course pre-fixe menu is very good. The Crispy spinach appetizesr was fantastic. The dal and the eggplant dishes were superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A step above
    diner101
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The quality ingredients here make the difference. Really enjoy the chicken tikka masala because of the balance of spice, tomato and milk. And the crispy spinach is worth a try. Outstanding service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun non-traditional Indian
    Erin
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We had fun exploring the different options on the menu, but don't go expecting traditional indian. You will be introduced to new twists on india food, but if you have something specific in mind you probably won't find it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    AugustDay
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We had a great experience. Food was awesome and we went for our waiter Ahmed's recommendation. He was great and spot on! We can't wait to go back and hope to get same waiter!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Palak Chaat is FAB!
    Whoisthismaya
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Rasika is now my new favorite resaurant! Get the crispy spinach--the palak chaat--it will change your life. Everyone whom I've taken to the restaurant says it is out of this world and that they've never tasted anything like it. I also love the paneer chili fry!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never disapoint
    hankbmw
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Every time I go this this establishment they never disappointment me, there food stays consistent, delicious, and always a good experienced. I would recommend this place to anyone who appreciated the best things in life.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wouldn't change a thing
    Flinn
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Everything was perfect -- one of the best dining experiences my boyfriend and I have ever had!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    GNPAZ
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Delicious food with very attentive service. Try pre theater menu and signature black cod!! Would highly reccomend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good, not quite great.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    As seems often to be the case, the appetizers were outstanding and the entrees just good to very good.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always excellent
    lunchieVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Rasika is always excellent and never disappoints - another great lunch...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always delish!
    StephanieAMH
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Just love Rasika! It's perfect for dinner after a long day or a special occasion. It's definitely in our regular rotation of restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    FrancesVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    As usual I had a thoroughly enjoyable experience at Rasika. The food was beyond delicious and I can wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • fancy, trendy indian food
    Nappertoe
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    A busy Saturday night put the seating 45 minutes behind schedule. The restaurant compensated with a free delicious crunch spinach leaf appetizer. Honey ginger scallop appetizer was great, lamb kebab was okay. Chicken biryani came in a novel pot-pie like format and was perfect, and came with a Costco size dish of raita (tasty). Rana-e-rasika was unique and flavorful. Apple "beignet" and csrdamo ice cream was a nice finish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love Rasika!
    Chelle
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Just went to Rasika for the 3rd time and it was just as good, if not better, than the first time! My boyfriend and I stumbled on it the first time not realizing what a find it would be! Each time we have the delicious palak chaat for an appetizer, and we've tried the lamb curry and chicken tikka masala which are both amazing. This last time to celebrate a birthday we both tried the chef tasting and everything was delicious. Our only negatives are it is very loud which makes conversation hard, and very hard to get seating before 10:30pm, so that just means you have to plan in advance. The service is outstanding. I can't say enough good about the food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unique dining experience
    KimC
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We enjoyed our dinner at Rasika. Since we were dining with others who had been there before, it was easier to order. Otherwise, it would have been a challenge selecting which of the many menu items we'd enjoy for dinner. Beware, the naan comes out one small round at a time, at a $3 per naan cost. We spent $18 on just naan, which was outrageous for bread, something other restaurants include.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best restaurant in DC
    OmarVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This is seriously the best restaurant in DC - there isn't a bad dish on the menu. I especially recommend the palak chaat, the avocado and banana chaat, the chicken green masala, the lamb chops, the chicken reshmi kabob and the okra.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • exceptional
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Best dining in DC. Food and service was exceptional.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.