RIS
RIS

RIS

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://risdc.com/
  • Phone: 2027302500
  • 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, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • 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: Natalie Christenson 2027302508
  • 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 6:30 during the week, and 5:00 on the weekends. The valet stand is on L Street outside of our main entrance. There is also 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
258 reviews since May 19, 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 (166)neighborhood gem (117)special occasion (111)great for lunch (81)good for groups (60)great for outdoor dining (57)great for brunch (47)romantic (40)notable wine list (40)hot spot (16)vibrant bar scene (15)late-night find (13)kid-friendly (5)scenic view (2)Show More
  • 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.
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    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!!
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    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.
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    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.
    Special Features:
    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
  • we are waiting for the wine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/15/2009
    we are waiting for the wine list, which isn't together yet. But the food was really great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had the shrimp salad. Spicey,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 12/15/2009
    We had the shrimp salad. Spicey, but good. Try it! Our waiter even arranged for us to meet Ris!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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  • This was our second dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 12/14/2009
    This was our second dining experience this week! Ris is a great neighborhood gem. The staff is well trained and you could not recognize that the restaurant had only been open less than two weeks. I only have higher expectations has time passes.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • While the food at Ris was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 12/14/2009
    While the food at Ris was servicable, the selection was somewhat limited. Undoubtedly this is probably due to the fact that it is a new restaurant which is still going through its opening stretch. The bigger issue is the ambiance. The banquettes were oddly positioned and fairly uncomfortable. The bigger issue is the layout and interior of the restaurant. One feels that he is dining in a hotel or airport restaurant or in this case the restaurant of an apartment building which it is. From my vantage point, it is a plain, not particularly attractive place. Go for the food.
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  • Wonderful experience from
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 12/12/2009
    Wonderful experience from beginning to end. Service and food were spectacular.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • I liked the food well enough,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/12/2009
    I liked the food well enough, although desserts are terrible and overpriced, also, service is spotty at best, go on a slow night, better chance of getting fed. I tried to go to lunch there last week and they didn't know how to open front door, nuff said?
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The restaurant is new. With
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/12/2009
    The restaurant is new. With that in mind, I submit my comments. Overall a pleasant experience. Friendly staff. Service a bit slow. Limited wine selection. The food was tasty, for the most part. Nothing stood out a bad or unappetizing, we were a party of 6 who all ordered different items. Not much stood out as extraordinary, however, with the exception of the French Onion soup, an old standard exquisitely prepared. The restaurant was good, but not special. I was hoping for special. We look forward to trying Ris again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Obviously the restaurant has
    nicknameVIP
    Dined on 12/12/2009
    Obviously the restaurant has just opned, but the service was quite polished. The food was very good, and priced reasonably. Could use valet parking but a paid lot is across the street. We'll go back.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • We waited a LONG time for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 12/12/2009
    We waited a LONG time for Ris Lacoste's return; we loved her food at 1789. We were not disappointed. Our food was outstanding, and the service was great. Lovely design. All in all a great experience, even though we went to Ris so soon after it opened. GREAT addition to the Washington restaurant scene. We needed this.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Like any restaurant that has
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 12/11/2009
    Like any restaurant that has just opened, diners need to be aware that Ris will need some time to "iron out the kinks". But considering it had only been open a couple of days, we were plesently surprised at how smoothly our late nite dinner went. Ris is a welcome addition to the neighborhood, and we wish it all the best!
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    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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  • I was there the first full
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 12/11/2009
    I was there the first full weekend they were open ... I am sure this will become a good regular place
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  • Our dinner at Ris last Friday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 12/11/2009
    Our dinner at Ris last Friday night was one of the worst dining experiences we've had recently. We were initially seated at a freezing table by the main entrance and when we asked to be moved, we were seated at an even colder table next to a side door. That may have been for the best since our underchilled bottles of white were served in a planter that didn't do much. Our appetizers were mediocre, but we should have savored them as it was more than an hour and a half before our entrees arrived, during which we were just left waiting without any update. My companion's dish was prepared differently than as described on the menu (in a bad way). I called the next day to share my concerns; they took my contact info, but I haven't heard back.
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  • Food is outstanding here,
    Jessica
    Dined on 12/11/2009
    Food is outstanding here, and the room is nice though you might want to avoid the back section of the main room. Too easy to see the servers walking back and forth from the kitchen there. Minor quibble. Service is a work in progress; some servers are fine, others taciturn. While the phone reservation person noticed, she did not pass the birthday info to the restaurant, which was a mild disappointment. But the food is absolutely gold standard terrific. Both the exotic stuff and the comfort food met every criterion and heart's wish. My companion had the chicken pot pie, and it was exactly what one of those things should be, down to not having peas in it. She says the ruin the texture. Ris apparently agrees.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Great space, though I prefer
    IntiCat
    Dined on 12/11/2009
    Great space, though I prefer the more casual bar/bistro area, which feels more vibrant, to the more formal dining areas in the back, which felt a little secluded and stuffy. Food was very good across the board, though nothing completely knocked my socks off. Our table had sole a la meuniere, which was well cooked, but the fish was thick, not delicate, like you expect of a sole, and there was not much butter sauce. So probably pretty healthy but not the most delicious I've had. The skirt steak was fantastic. And the desserts--butterscotch pudding and german chocolate cake--were outstanding. The service was a little cool at first, but warmed up later on. Overall, very good and polished for the first week. We'll come back!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • I went for lunch and got 2
    radhar
    Dined on 12/11/2009
    I went for lunch and got 2 apps: gnudi and ceasar salad. I was also served warm, crusty bread with butter. The gnudi was spectacular- light puffs of italian dumplings on top of tomatoes and spinach. The salad was eh. Didn't have room for desert, but they sound tasty! Staff were very nice and the place has a bright, open feel.
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    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups
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  • This place is too new to evalutate
    sseatsVIP
    Dined on 12/11/2009
    This place is too new to evalutate on all the categories. The clam chowder and the sole were good, as was the elaborate sundae. The scallop Marguerita had too many non-scallop ingredients.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Food was good, entree's very
    GoodVIP
    Dined on 12/10/2009
    Food was good, entree's very reasonably priced,tiny glass of wine leaves you feeling cheated, dining-room freezes every time someone uses the side door. Restaurant is attractive but "soul-less", it's just decorated. Staff was very nice.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Ris was everything I had hoped
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 12/10/2009
    Ris was everything I had hoped it would be. Relaxing comfortable ambiance with great food. The service was very precise and polished, even though the restaurant had only been open for four days! RIs is a great addition to the neighborhood and I plan to return often.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great new restaurant and addition
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/9/2009
    great new restaurant and addition to the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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  • We were at ris for lunch three
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 12/9/2009
    We were at ris for lunch three days after their opening day December 7. If anybody was afraid of glitches - none happened. On the contrary: our lamb shanks accompanied by a very nice combination of chickpeas, crispy pita pieces, creamy joghurt and pomegranate seeds (did I mention the delicious sauce?) were the best we had in many years (actually not since we had lamb shanks at Biba in Boston almost 20 years ago). Service was as smooth as you would expect it. Hopefully the DC food scene will soon take note - ris deserves it!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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