RIS
RIS

RIS

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://risdc.com/
  • Phone: 2027302500x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Friday

    Lunch: 11:30am - 5:00pm

    Dinner: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

    "Rush Hour", our Happy Hour, is available from 4 to 6:30pm.


    Saturday

    Dinner: 5:00pm - 11:00pm



    Sunday

    Brunch: 10:00am - 3:00pm

    Late Lunch: 3:00pm - 5:00pm

    Dinner: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

    Our pre-theatre "Marquee Menu" is available daily from 4 to 6:30pm, and after 10pm Monday through Saturday.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Ris Lacoste
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: RIS Catering offers corporate deliveries, dinner and drinks in your home, holiday parties, weddings and more!

    For more details contact Erin Socia-Hernandez at 202-730-2507 or at erin@risdc.com
  • Private Party Facilities: RIS has three beautiful spaces to host every event from business meetings to rehearsal dinners. We are also available for buyouts.
  • Private Party Contact: Katie Morrison 2027302508x
  • Special Events: RIS offers three beautiful private dining spaces for every occasion from business dinners to wedding rehearsals. The State Room is our smallest and most intimate dining room, seating a maximum of 10 guests. The Federal Room seats up to 35 guests, and comfortably accommodates up to 45 for a standing cocktail reception. The Main Dining Room accommodates 40 guests, and when coupled with the adjacent State Room, seats to 50 diners. We also have other options for group dining, including two banquettes that seat up to 16 guests. For more casual receptions, the Cafe area next to our bar is a great location for a standing cocktail reception. Contact Natalie Christenson at events@risdc.com to book your special event!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 23rd
  • Public Transit: From Foggy Bottom Metro (Orange and Blue Lines)

    1. As you exit the Metro, turn left onto 23rd Street.
    2. At the traffic circle, take the 5th exit and continue on 23rd Street.
    3. Walk one block.
    4. Turn right at L Street NW.

    RIS will be across the street on the left.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking is available in the evenings after 6:30pm Monday-Friday, and 5:00pm Saturday & Sunday. The valet stand is on L Street outside of our main entrance.
    There is also an open-air parking lot, Systems Parking, located across the street from RIS at 1120 23rd Street NW.
A word from RIS
A neighborhood restaurant, serving seasonal American creations by chef Ris Lacoste.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
RIS reviews from OpenTable diners
256 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (163)neighborhood gem (122)special occasion (104)great for lunch (79)good for groups (70)great for outdoor dining (62)notable wine list (54)great for brunch (43)romantic (33)hot spot (15)vibrant bar scene (14)late-night find (8)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (2)Show More
  • The food is excellent and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 1/7/2010
    The food is excellent and interesting. There also appears to be a private room for small groups.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The lamb shank, sole, and
    sseatsVIP
    Dined on 1/7/2010
    The lamb shank, sole, and sundae were great. There are many choices of wine by the glass. A small annoyance of the waiter using "we" instead of "you," as in are "we" ready to order.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • For those of us who are not
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/6/2010
    For those of us who are not from the "neighborhood" Ris is a long awaited, albeit somewhat expensive, option for the Kennedy Center pre-theatre crowd. The recommended parking in a lot on 23rd street (at six dollars)provides excellent ingress and egress and a direct shot to the Kennedy Center after dinner. The menu has something for everyone; caeser salad and the cheesburger were every bit as good as the the gnudi and the passion-fruit cheesecake. Each was nicely prepared and attentatively served. Very knowledgeable and friendly waiter. Wine list by the glass was ok but some more reasonably priced options would be welcome. Overall, a very enjoyable and satisfying experience. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We tried the Salmon and Sole
    Peter
    Dined on 1/6/2010
    We tried the Salmon and Sole meuniere lunch entrees, and the Tiramisu dessert. Salmon and Tiramisu were very good to excellent, but the sole meuniere was disappointing - overcooked and lacking flavor. Decor and street view are outstanding, and the service was reliable and welcoming.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, scenic view, great for lunch
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  • Had lunch at Ris this week,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 1/6/2010
    Had lunch at Ris this week, my inaugural visit to this new restaurant. Muted colors and clean lines created a nice environment. Very friendly and courteous staff, could use a little polishing on some service details. Food flavors were creative and well balanced, but some dishes lacked a little zing, dare I say maybe even too light on the salt. Looking forward to returning and seeing how they progress, which I'm confident they will under Ms. Lacoste.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Had a heary and efficiently
    JoanneVIP
    Dined on 1/6/2010
    Had a heary and efficiently served lunchGreat onion soup, excellent steamed mussels, beautiful ceasar salad and excellent cheese plate. This is our second trip...noticed they are heavy into anchovies so if you are not partial to them you should tell the wait staff
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We really enjoyed our first
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 1/5/2010
    We really enjoyed our first trip to Ris. The food was excellent and service and pacing of dinner was right on. The butterscotch pudding dessert is to die for!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was a big, fat disappointment.
    LuluVIP
    Dined on 1/5/2010
    It was a big, fat disappointment. I had dined at 1789, where this chef previously cooked, many times and it was always a perfect joy: GREAT food, wonderful service, fabulous amibiance. During my visit to Ris there appeared to be one waiter and some busboys/trainees. Had to wait for a cup of tea! My lamb was gamey and I thought chickpeas were not a good choice of a pairing with it. I only hope that this was a result of the staff and kitchen not experienced in working together, that they are working out the wrinkles. Still, I am not the least bit tempted to try again.
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  • The food was great. We all
    DavidWashIngtonVIP
    Dined on 1/3/2010
    The food was great. We all enjoyed everything that we ordered. The hot fudge sundae is FABULOUS!!! The marshmellows are home made and square. What a way to finish off a great day. The only negative to whole outing - was the service. We were there New Years Day for brunch - the place was not that full. We had to ask the door host to have our waiter come over more than once. We had to wait over 20 minutes for our check. We would go back, but if the service does not improve, never again. One other small item == GET A SIGN OR SOMETHING. The place is very hard to find. ONE WORD- MARKETING.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • If you like your food underseasoned
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 1/2/2010
    If you like your food underseasoned, have great patience for slow service, and enjoy the challenge of selecting from a limited wie list - RIS is the place for you. The dishes sampled were bland at best. Conceptually, everything sounds wonderful on the menu, but execution and flavor are significant failures. One positive - the restaurant layout and design are elegant, and teh private dining areas are well conceived.
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  • Good food but not outstanding.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 1/2/2010
    Good food but not outstanding. Visually well presented, but better looking than tasting. Very noisy in the front room near the door. Not a place that I would be willing to be seated again when it is full or nearly so. Wine list overly expensive.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I thought the ambiance was
    joanVIP
    Dined on 1/2/2010
    I thought the ambiance was a bit stark. Maybethey are just getting going,but it seems more neighborhoody than destination.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I had always enjoyed her cooking
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 1/2/2010
    I had always enjoyed her cooking while Ris was at 1789. She has modernized her menue and the creativity and quality shines through. We will definitely go back.
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  • Though RIS is still new, you
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 1/2/2010
    Though RIS is still new, you would never know it. The servers were well-informed and knew how to guide us through the menu without being overbearing. The food had a good mix of old classics (clam chowder and chicken pot pie) and new favorites (crudo and gnudi). The dining room is very well designed so that you know you are in the room with other people, but you can't hear the other diners conversations and the tables are large enough to be able to fit all of the plates easily, especially when sharing dishes. The kitchen split the appetizers on separate plates was unexpected, but a nice touch. We couldn't find a reason to complain, the entire experience was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great meal at RIS. We were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 1/1/2010
    Great meal at RIS. We were there the evening of Jan 1, and the restaurant was never more than half full. The dining room is very nice with plenty of room between tables. Our server Gladis was great and we thoroughly enjoyed our meal. The gnudi apetizer, rockfish special, and mushroom pappardelle were outstanding as was the ice cream sundae dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was terrific from the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/1/2010
    Food was terrific from the specials to the classic hamburger. The service is great, the setting is modern and elegant, and the evening was enjoyable. Will return for many a dinner
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • This was both the restaurant's
    peterstorandt
    Dined on 1/1/2010
    This was both the restaurant's first-ever brunch and our wedding anniversary, and to our delight everything the restaurant could control came off perfectly. As is often the case in Washington, nearby diners provided the only problems with the occasion. One party, mostly 20-somethings with the attendant hearing loss, loudly proclaimed wedding plans and options; another preened before the staff and then insisted on leaving by an openable side window/door, blasting the dining room with "fresh" air (it was 20 degrees outside). A manager came by to roll his eyes with us. We'll be back, and have already put out a Facebook recommendation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • RIS is a wonderful new restaurant.
    wellserved
    Dined on 1/1/2010
    RIS is a wonderful new restaurant. The food is superb, the ambiance lovely, the service first rate. The Earl Gray herbal tea is truly extraordinary. Wish I could eat there every day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was excellent and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/1/2010
    The food was excellent and the prices very reasonable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved Ris! Have been three
    StevensonVIP
    Dined on 1/1/2010
    Loved Ris! Have been three times since it opened, and food and service have been consistently outstanding. Chicken pot pie is much better than Mom used to make, and the chocolate mousse is out of this world. Ris is quickly becoming a neighborhood standard in the West End.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I was underwhelmed by RIS.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 12/31/2009
    I was underwhelmed by RIS. If you want a nice bland meal then you might like, but if you are a foodie pass this one up. They had a fixed menu for NYE, which is normal for DC. The amuse was like eating butter. The beet salad was very good. The lamb was cooked perfect but just bland (this is one of those places that doesn't allow salt or pepper on the table. Note to chef, get over yourself). The potato side dish was way too salty. Dessert was good. Also of note, this is one of those places that puts the two tops in the middle of walk path so you feel like you sitting in the middle of the restaurant and in the way. All good places put the two tops on the wall / window and four tops out, this creates romantic privacy for two tops.
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  • Ris was a rare delight --
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/31/2009
    Ris was a rare delight -- the food was delicious, the service impeccable. We went early on New Year's eve for a fixed price dinner, and everything was perfect. They even had hats and beads and balloons to add to the festive feel. I have never seen such incredible, attentive service, and our party of four was never made to feel rushed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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  • Outstanding new restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/31/2009
    Outstanding new restaurant in DC. We had lunch at the restaurant. The menu was excellent and the food even better. Ris is a beautiful restaurant. We loved the interior and the large windows keeps the restaurant bright in the day. Our waiter was outstanding. He took the time to make useful recommendations and engaged in just the right amount of talk with us. We'll be going there again soon and often. Well done !
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was quite good, not
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 12/30/2009
    The food was quite good, not great. the room is pleasant and the accoustics seem good (i.e., you can hear your guests talk) which is very important to me. I say "ssem" because the room wasn't compketely full.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was great and our waiter
    toadie622
    Dined on 12/30/2009
    Food was great and our waiter was fine but it took way toooooooo long to get our food. We only ordered soup and a few appetizers but it took over an hour. No explanation. Not good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
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  • A great addition to the West
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 12/29/2009
    A great addition to the West End. Menu offers something for everyone -- from cheeseburger to leg of lamb -- in a casual chic setting where you can actually hear yourself. Wines by the glass could be slightly less :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I had a turkey pot pie on
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 12/29/2009
    I had a turkey pot pie on the advice of a friend but I found it mealy and too starchy even for a chicken pot pie. My wife loved her fish. The service was obviously new and uneven. My wife's hat was misplaced by the coatroom. All in all, the experience was slightly disappointing considering the hype surrounding the restaurant's opeening.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The skirt steak and the meatloaf
    JoanneVIP
    Dined on 12/28/2009
    The skirt steak and the meatloaf special were excellent. The onion soup very good. The beef carapaccio with anchovies as garnish was our least favorite...but I have not found anyone that does a great carpaccio yet in DC. The desserts were all fabulous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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  • My son and I had a quiet weekday
    EssentialFoodie
    Dined on 12/28/2009
    My son and I had a quiet weekday lunch at Ris and thoroughly enjoyed it. The service was perfect--attentive and professional without being overbearing. The decor is beautiful and seating was comfortable. And the food....the best part! I wouldn't hesitate to order anything from the menu. Everything was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • We live at West End and hope
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 12/26/2009
    We live at West End and hope with time, Ris will shine. For now, it's average. The first time we went (Saturday night), we intentionally sat at the bar first, just to get a feel for the place. It's decor is safe and nothing really pops out, but the bar staff was friendly & professional. The wine list was small, but we were told the complete list was coming. That said, upon dining, our waiter was fantastic and service was outstanding. The food, however, was nothing special. The scallops were refreshing, and I enjoyed the chicken pot pie, although the latter was a little dry. My friend, however, did not like her ceasar salad or cheeseburger. Neither of us enjoyed dessert, but we'll try again later once it's been open longer...
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  • A great bottle of bubbly starts
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 12/23/2009
    A great bottle of bubbly starts any meal off on the right foot, an excellent cremant in this case (cremant being a French sparkler from regions other than Champagne- or their grape standards). The most notable moments of the evening... the Nantucket Bay Scallop Margarita, Smoked Paprika Crusted Muscovy Duck and Braised Lamb Shank. Also of note, the perfect wine suggestions complimenting our entrees.
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  • Excellent service. Our waiter
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 12/22/2009
    Excellent service. Our waiter seemed genuinely enthusiastic about the menu items. I wanted almost every dish on the menu and will have to go back many times to try everything. The chicken pot pie is to die!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • This is expensive but the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/22/2009
    This is expensive but the food and attentive service was outstanding. I would reserve it for a special occasion. The food was very slow in comming from the kitchen. They need to step that up for the lunch crowd as most people do not have an unlimited lunch hour. That is the reason that Service is only average. Great from the waiters but poor from the kitchen.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • This was the best dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 12/21/2009
    This was the best dining experience I've had since moving to DC 6 months ago. Ris is a FABULOUS chef. Everything was EXCELLENT. Charcuterie, mussels, chicken pot pie, lamb shank, german chocolate mousse cake and bottle of wine were all to die for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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  • Our Group from work went there
    stevengVIP
    Dined on 12/21/2009
    Our Group from work went there for lunch to celebrate the holidays. 9 of us.. food was very good, service was attentive. Someone mentioned they didn't like the meatloaf special that they ordered but in general everyone was very positive about the menu items. SOme of the portions were very large, especially the Lamb Shank, which was a nice surprised. All in all a very good experience and worth a try.
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  • First impression: sophisticated.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/18/2009
    First impression: sophisticated. Once we got inside, the service couldn't have been better - very friendly, welcoming, approachable staff. Menu was upscale comfort food - nicely prepared, great value. Will definitely go back again!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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  • WHAT'D YOU SAY? It's very
    FoodRoamerVIP
    Dined on 12/17/2009
    WHAT'D YOU SAY? It's very loud, but the food is very good to excellent. The perfect gnudi brought back childhood memories of growing up in Italy. The sole was perfectly prepared--we've never had better. The braised lamb shank was almost perfect as the lamb could have been slightly more seasoned. The seasoning for the beef carpaccio, however, was--here's that word again--perfect. The slicing was a bit thicker than traditional, but it may appeal to many diners. The downsides were the very high noise level, which left us shouting to each other, and the sub-par service that could not be excused with the usual "new restaurant" explanation. The wine list is nicely varied with good quality. Looking for Falanghina?, you can find it here.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I think the service leaves
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/16/2009
    I think the service leaves a lot to be desired, as there seem to be a lot of people standing around, i think being seated near the door when there are no other customers is insulting.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • We had a fabulous first experience
    AmandaK
    Dined on 12/16/2009
    We had a fabulous first experience at Ris. The space is gorgeous, the staff was exceptionally warm, and the food was delicious. We will tell all of our friends about this wonderful new restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent all around. This
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/15/2009
    Excellent all around. This is another welcome addition to the West End-Foggy Bottom area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate