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 WinnerIndian
Rasika reviews from OpenTable diners
600 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (449)special occasion (361)hot spot (214)romantic (186)great for lunch (143)neighborhood gem (137)good for groups (113)notable wine list (106)vibrant bar scene (48)late-night find (21)kid-friendly (12)great for brunch (9)great for outdoor dining (8)scenic view (4)Show More
  • Only one word...
    HungryinAtlantaVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Can be used to describe this restaurant: AMAZING By pass the menu and simply as for the 4 or 6 course meal. You won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 4.5 Stars
    Dktran31VIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Had a dinner reservation for my girlfriend and I last night. We had the chef's tasting menu. Absolutely loved the first 4 courses, palak chaat, honey ginger scallops, spicy reshmi kebab, black cod...all A+ dishes. We were too full to finish the 5th course (curries, breads, rice) and I'm not a big dessert fan so I didn't care too much for the 6th course. The palak chaat, crispy baby spinach in yogurt sauce, is to die for. Perfect way to start the menu. The scallop was huge and very soft. The black bod was a pretty large piece and very well-prepared. Our waiter was very accommodating, he happily moved us to a different table after we put in the request. Our water glasses were constantly refilled and he checked with us often. Great restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Superb!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Treated my significant other to a surprise birthday dinner @ Penn Quarter. We were seated w/i 15 minutes of our reservation; and enjoyed a drink at the bar talking to other patrons about their favorites on the menu. Once we were seated, Bo our server was impeccable! Enjoyed the highly recommended Palak Chaat, Meen Varuval/Sea Bass, Tandoori Lamb Chops and Chicken Green Masala. All Phenomenal! Once you dine at Raskia you will be back. Make sure you make reservation on your way out. Cheers!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food but...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    The 6:30 pm and later noise level detracted from excellent, interesting food and made conversation difficult. Found myself wishing for translucent, vacuum filled partitions to stop raucous laughter and near shouts of revelers and this was a Tuesday evening. Still, a restaurant to enjoy with excellent staff and clearly great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • MnugerVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    As good as the Washington Post's recent Fall Dining Guide said it would be.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ho-hum, what is the fuss?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Decent Indian food that is very expensive, served in a nice dining room with attentive waiters. A few dishes were excellent, most were average and can be found at any neighborhood Indian restaurant for half the price. The vegetables sides were not as complex as I like and the eggplant dish (Baingan Saraf) was over salted. The Honey Ginger Scallop was almost boring and did not justify the $12 price tag. The famous Palak Chaat (fried spinach) was ok tad sweet for my taste. This is a good restaurant but I wouldn't go 5 minutes out of my way to dine here, due to the prices.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • New and Interesting Indian Food
    Dawn
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    4 of us had an early dinner reservation this past Sunday. We arrived early (after allotting extra traffic time) and were promptly seated. After perusing the menu we started with cocktails - both twists on classic cocktails that incorporated flavors of India - and decided to have the tasting menu. One of our party is allergic to all seafood and we stated that up front. As the dishes started to come out one of the appetizers provided as part of the tasting menu was a grilled sea bass - sadly, not something we could all eat. The server was apologetic when we pointed out this fact and quickly brought a replacement dish. Overall, the food and service were fantastic and we will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unforgettable Experience!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Food was excellent. We enjoyed our dinner very much. Especially the 'Palak Chatt"
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Springbrook1
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    For those seeking a place to spend time with friends while also enjoying excellent food, Rasika is not the place. We went early to avoid loud conversation, but sports fans had jammed the place. The noise level abated when they left, but we still couldn't hear each other or the server comfortably. The food was good, but it was hard to enjoy it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic
    Cowgoddess
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Service and food were impeccable. The host went out of his way to make sure our experience was memorable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loud and Foodie
    vegafoodie
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Excellent food and service. Many choices for a vegan foodie. Noise level too high and could not be described it as energetic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This restaurant came with a great reputation. It is deserved. the food was exceptional, the service very attentive and paid attention to detail. Would definitely go next time we are in DC
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Steven
    Steven
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Excellent restaurant with great attentive service. Food was innovative and well prepared and well presented. The tables were a little small for 4 people with drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lived up to the reviews.
    foodadventurist12
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Wow. By myself and did not want to over order. Let the waiter order for me with a few directions. Was blown away by how pleasing the palak chaat was. He also brought me a piece of black cod, some of the most delicious fish I have ever had. I will visit Washington again just to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oksana was amazing!
    Willsomm
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    From start to finish this place will floor you. Amazing food with perfect service makes for a perfect date night. Not only were we seated 30 minutes early but Oksana was on top of it making sure we had food out quickly. The palak chaat was outstanding as always and the Tikka Masala so good I got it to go after dinner. Thanks for being the best Indian food in the city and for living up to the #1 title you deserve.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but nothing special
    Annie
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    I booked this restaurant since I had heard that this is the best indian food I can ever have. The starters were very good, but the main was nothing special. I specifically asked for no hot and spicy food, and our server ensured me that the food we ordered was not spicy. Some of it was spicy, and had to leave the food there. The food and wines are too expensive for the taste and type of food we had.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My favorite in DC
    BeBeWhy
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Rasika never disappoints. The food is ALWAYS outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • zelli
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Best meal I've had since Girl and the Goat in Chicago a year ago---perhaps even better. Good, clean food, with pure tastes and wonderful presentation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • old meets a new interpretation
    poppo
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    nice, friendly staff. Modern interpretation of Classic Indian culinary. fresh ingredients like aromatic herbs and sizzling dishes just out of the kitchen. I will go back there. Because I went there during Holiday lunch hours, it was crowded and a little noisy, but the usher led to a relatively quiet corner. I appreciated the consideration.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Phil
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    The Crispy Spinach was OUTSTANDING! Not at all what I expected from the name. I was going to pass on this menu item, but my wife ordered it. I will certainly order it the next time I go there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WoW!!
    IslandSunset99
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Rasika lives up to all of the hype. Made reservation 2months in advance. Well worth the wait. We will be back very soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Rasika visit
    Pancho
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    First visit: excellent food, great variety of flavors, and very pleasant and prompt service as had been recommended. We had two cocktails from the bar's creation that were also quite tasty - and spicy. Two appetizers, two entrees and a shared dessert are perfect for two; no super-sized servings (a good thing). All at a reasonable price. We had a table in a quiet side-room which helped the conversation. We certainly plan to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delightfully Delicious
    VioletAlexei
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I brought my boyfriend here for his birthday -- he's been twice for lunch and loved it. Since it was the first time either of us were eating dinner here, we got the 6-course tasting menu which is a great choice for first time diners. We added a half portion of the black cod and salmon (major points for offering half sized entrees!) and absolutely loved the salmon -- we cannot say enough about it. Quick, friendly service. Make sure you make a reservation well in advance!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My new favorite!
    smilingabs
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    My first visit to Rasika with some girlfriends and after that first visit, I knew I had to come back with my husband. It was great timing because we had an anniversary coming up. Our anniversary was on Friday and Rasika did not disappoint. We actually had the same server and he was as great as the first visit. We had the palak chaat, mixed grill, chicken tikka masala, saag palak, and truffle naan as our appetizer and entrees. Everything was delicious (although, the chicken in the mixed grill was our least favorite compared to the ground lamb and salmon). We also got a complimentary dates & toffee cake (YUM!) as a treat for our anniversary. I had a latte to accompany it and even that was delicious. I can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic Vegetarian Food!
    Junio
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We ordered the vegetarian tasting menu for 2 with wine pairing and couldn't be happier. Each course was delicious and the wines chosen by the restaurant were perfect. Our waiter made sure we had a variety of items and that we didn't just receive the same dishes so we got to try almost 8 items. I highly recommend this restaurant and strongly suggest the tasting menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding experience
    Roxx
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    My boyfriend and I split the 6 course tasting and each of us got the wine pairing as well. It was fantastic. Impeccable service, outstanding food... What more can you ask for? Cons: the dessert. If you're like me and you have a sweet tooth, this is not the place for dessert. The apple fritters were delicious, but the rest was spicy. Not like spicy hot like a a chocolate with cayenne, but like savory dish with Indian spices made into an ice cream and a bland carrot pure. Pros: everything else.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply... Awesome!
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Great from start to finish. Shared 4 different entrees (upon server recommendations) and lived all 4 of them in different ways. As a million others suggested, the crispy spinach is a must have! The Dal was the best I've ever had. Wish I had time this trip to go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rasika hits it out of the Park
    CanuckDC
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Great food, exceptional service. Loved the experience & will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Everything was above par. The spinach appetizer is not to be missed, crispy & flavorful - bon appetit
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent Indian food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Excellent Indian food in a city with many choices. Don't miss their small portion vegetarian dishes that allow your group to share tapas style. Also they have great cardamon and cinnamon ice creams.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AMAZING!!!
    ktpie
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Absolutely incredible! Great food and fantastic service!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rasika never disappoints
    Olddogsarethebestdogs
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    I took a colleague from Michigan there for dinner, and he was overwhelmed by the quality of the food and service. Enjoyed ambience as well. The waiter was extremely gracious and helpful, even recommending dessert. I always enjoy the special cocktails and thought "Last Flight Home" (correct names?) was spectacular. both locations but prefer the downtown one. Will return as often as possible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always fabulous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    I look forward to every time I go to Rasika -- the food and service are always wonderful. I have found that it's much easier to get a reservation at lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • food is good but no different
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    When I recommend, I would say this worth a visit once. It is too expensive for the quality of food served. I don't see how the food is different from any other Indian restaurant in and around DC area.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the wait
    BrunchBunch
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Made reservations way in advance as this restaurant is a hot spot. The food and service was excellent we had the sea bass fish appetizer, baby lamb chops, and chicken tiki masala with truffle naan. It was truly worth the wait it get a reservation.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As good as I remember it
    BrookynCliff
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I spent nearly two years in Washington, commuting weekly from my home in Brooklyn, and only got to dine at Rasika my last week in DC. Six months later, I returned to DC for a week on business, and planned enough ahead to get a Friday evening reservation. Many things are not as good the second time. This was. The palak chat (spinach), the biscuits, the lamb, the cauliflower and broocoli -- without exception, exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambiance and great food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Authentic Indian dishes with lots of flavor. Definitely a gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rasika
    babli
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Interesting and delicious twist on traditional Indian dishes. Fantastic foodie experience.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food Swamped
    FineDiningDefinedVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Meeting friends at Rasika for conversation during dinner was a huge mistake. We all enjoy zesty Indian cuisine, but the noise level at Rasika interfered with any pleasure the food might have provided. We hurriedly ate what we had ordered before we realized the racket was so intolerable and fled to a nearby Gelato Shop for dessert and civilied conversation.
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    The food, atmosphere and service is always amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.