i Ricchi
i Ricchi

i Ricchi

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.iricchidc.com/
  • Phone: 2028350459x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 1:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Christianne Ricchi
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We cater small - medium sized events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 19th & Jefferson Pl.
  • Public Transit: Dupont Circle South
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Free Valet Parking is available at Dinner.
A word from i Ricchi
A restaurant specializing in the preparation of "Cucina Rustica" - Tuscan country-style cooking.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
i Ricchi reviews from OpenTable diners
216 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (116)fit for foodies (99)romantic (92)neighborhood gem (53)great for lunch (51)notable wine list (50)good for groups (40)great for outdoor dining (21)hot spot (13)great for brunch (6)kid-friendly (6)late-night find (3)vibrant bar scene (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • When I made the reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/11/2008
    When I made the reservation on OpenTable, I had requested a quiet table to ensure easier conversation. I was born deaf and sometimes surrounding noise levels make it difficult for me to hear my dinner companion. As I approacded the entrance to I Ricchi, I was greeted and both doors were opened for me, which I always appreciate, and I gave the maitre de my name and he said, 'yes, you requested a quiet table'. I was very impressed that my comments were read and that we were given a very nice, quiet table. I will recommend I Ricchi to friends, co-workers and anyone who requests a very nice restaurant in DC. Thank-you, Evelyn Prestosh
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    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Reported by phone yesterday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/9/2008
    Reported by phone yesterday but asked valet for cab.. he directed my boss to a car sitting at curb. i asked, "is this a cab". Valet said YES When he arrived at J.W. Marriott and asked fare, driver said "whatever you want to pay?" My boss said "I paid $8 to come over in a cab" Guy moaned and said NO. . he wanted $15. . so my boss paid and got a receipt. This is terrible to happen to an I Ricchi customer even though outside your establishment but with a contract person working there. Thanks, Tom Whitehead
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is my favorite restaurant
    MRTV
    Dined on 6/3/2008
    This is my favorite restaurant in the world! I've been coming here for 10 years when visiting DC and it has been consistently incredible.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We indulged in the Chef's
    SCD2VIP
    Dined on 5/29/2008
    We indulged in the Chef's tasting menu, which included more food than one could possibly eat in one sitting -- and what a shame because it was all sensational. Don't let the word "rustic," which is often applied to I Ricchi's cuisine, fool you. This is FINE dining! In my opinion, one of the finest in DC. And the friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive service was beyond impeccable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • my dinner date and i found
    bingoVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2008
    my dinner date and i found the food very mediocre and uneven. we had a misto appetizer and a misto main course. both had some elements that were inedible and some that were ok. for the prices, tho, it was a bad showing. also, the half bottle of wine we ordered was bad and the waiter didn't know how to handle it. more because he didn't have the experience than the desire to fix it. we probably won't go back any time soon.
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  • One of the dining highlights
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/16/2008
    One of the dining highlights of our trip to DC. We have traveled in Italy extensively over the past 25 years and have close Italian friends who have taught us to be very selective when choosing Italian restaurants in the US. They would have been pleased with the entire dining experience. We will definitely come back on our next trip to DC. and will encourage others we know traveling to DC to eat at I Ricchi. David Via, Ph.D, Elizabeth Torres Via, M.D.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • While the food was excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/16/2008
    While the food was excellent and the wine list extensive we did not consider it value for money.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Due to its location, the prices
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 5/14/2008
    Due to its location, the prices are a tad high for what you get, especially wines.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My family and I had a wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 5/10/2008
    My family and I had a wonderful monther's day celebration.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First seated in rear room
    Teri
    Dined on 5/9/2008
    First seated in rear room of restaurant (by ourselves) when tables available in front room. Very noisy and next to kitchen. After appetizer course, asked to move and was accomodated. Waiter excellent.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I love this restaurant. The
    Legallady
    Dined on 5/9/2008
    I love this restaurant. The food is very good and the Risotto is excellent. I always enjoy my selection and the staff is lovely. The restaurant is romantic and quaint. I bring all of my friends and dates to I Ricchis. Thanks again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I had a great time during
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/8/2008
    I had a great time during my lunch meeting. However, the only suggestion that I have is to ask the staff to allow a reasonable amount of time go by before picking up a customer's plate. I had just placed my fork down as I finished my fish and hadn't touched the potatoes / vegetables and the bus boy quickly asked if I was done and picked up my plate. I felt as though he was waiting for that second when I placed my fork down to come over. To be honest, I was not completely sure that I was done because I wasn't given much time to think about it. But since my guest was finished, I agreed to have them take my plate away. In the future, I would appreciate a little more time to relax and eat my meal without fearing that it will be taken.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Second time at this restaurant.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/5/2008
    Second time at this restaurant. A bit disappointed this time. Meats (veal, chicken) were dry and on the tough side; probably overcooked. Mushroom appetizer at $18 was just 1/2 cup of mixed mushrooms -- no presentation, bland taste, just dropped on the plate. Waiter was responsive, but not really engaged. Compared to other DC restaurants, the place looked tired and old. All in all, not a great dining experience and would not go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food is good, but the
    luigiVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2008
    The food is good, but the prices are too high, at least for satrters - most salads almost $20. The wine guy started out sugesting a $250 bottle- very over priced list generally also we got there at 8:30 sat night and felt rushed. still a good quality italian spot but need to be careful
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  • I enjoyed a wonderful meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/2/2008
    I enjoyed a wonderful meal with superb service. Many thanks
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food was good not great.
    Radha
    Dined on 4/28/2008
    The food was good not great. Pricey for what you get. I expected more from the Zagat rating it was given.
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  • Welcoming for an older crowd
    zachary86VIP
    Dined on 4/26/2008
    Welcoming for an older crowd and more sophisticated diners. The food was delicious,the service was unbelievable, however the ambiance is a little too formal. I was thoroughly pleased with my overall experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Absolutely the BEST prime
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/26/2008
    Absolutely the BEST prime rib in the city which you can only get on the weekends. We go there just for the prime rib which is so tender you can cut it a butter knife. It is slow cooked overnight and amazing. I never even liked prime rib until I tried it at I Ricchi.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • We very much enjoyed our dinner.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 4/26/2008
    We very much enjoyed our dinner. The service was outstanding and the food was some of the best Italian food we have had outside of Italy. We would certainly go again, next time we will be sure to have more time to enjoy our visit.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was great! Our waiter
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 4/25/2008
    Food was great! Our waiter seemed to know exactly what we wanted and anticipated every need. It was noisy but that seemed due to a wedding party in an adjacent room. I will go back often.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful, attentive service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/23/2008
    Wonderful, attentive service and excellent italian wine list. Expensive but not outrageously so.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pastas excellent, special
    Seajay
    Dined on 4/16/2008
    Pastas excellent, special bruschetta not quite as good, pork chop a little overcooked (asked for medium) but very flavorful. Would and already have recommended to friends. Thank you for the birthday menu with my name. My husband thought there might be a little something with a candle in it. Nice having valet parking. We've both lived and worked in DC area for years -- husband is working there for 2 1/2 months this time so perhaps we'll see you again before long. Thanks. C. J. Berwick, Proprietor - The Fish House and Fish House Encore Restaurants, Key Largo, FL (www.fishhouse.com)
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I was disappointed in my experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/16/2008
    I was disappointed in my experience at i ricchi. The waiter had a fight with a busboy at our table that ended in some dishes being broken. Although the two tried to muffle their argument it was very unprofessional. The waiter pushed extra food (why would a waiter recommend tomatoes and mozzarella in April in DC? The tomatoes were, as you would guess, pretty bad). The homemade pasta which I had heard from other reviewers was so good was not so good this night. The pasta (in a sage butter sauce) we shared was under cooked in places so that there were hard bits in the dough. For this amount of money I expected better.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We got a fine, but not particularly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/12/2008
    We got a fine, but not particularly extraordinary meal at an extraordinary price. The food was well prepared, tasty and filling. But there was nothing memorable about it. But there was no "wow." Service was professional but a little too attentive. The waiter frequently interrupted us and strongly pushed the specials (after insinuating that other items we were considering were not very good, an odd thing to hear in any restaurant). And he and the others seemed to be rushing us to make decisions and get through our meal. Finally, when we booked through Open Table, we noted it was our anniversary, but iRicchi apparently didn't get the message. In summary, we expected more for the money and from a restaurant of this reputation.
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  • The food is real authentic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/9/2008
    The food is real authentic stuff. Try the Penne Straciacatte or their risotto of the day, followed by a nice center cut fileto zingara or lamb with plumb sauce. However, it's the service that'll blow you away. With higher end restaurants, it's the service that really make people keep coming back, and its absolutely the case with i Ricchi. Service is very friendly, prompt, and always there to help, whether its selecting a wine that compliments your meal, hailing a cab for you, or suggesting activities or things to do while in the DC area, the service goes above and beyond anything you're used to from a normal restaurant. A+ food and A+ service = a place I would go back to time and time again!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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  • The sea bass was incredible.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/1/2008
    The sea bass was incredible. The only surprise on the downside was the pasta -- undercooked and lacking flavor in comparison to the salad, mushroom dish and the sea bass. All in all a very enjoyable meal.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The restaurant's policy which
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 3/31/2008
    The restaurant's policy which threatens a $50 per person charge if an Open Table reservation is canceled may limit my future visits. The food, wine and service were superb, but the noise was overwhelming, requiring we yell across the table to be heard. When we arrived, the maitre 'd refused to seat us because we thought one member of our party was not yet there (in fact, she was in the bar), but there was no provision for sitting, so we had to stand in the entrance way... very odd of a restaurant of the caliber, especially considering there were many empty tables at that time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I was not as impressed as
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/29/2008
    I was not as impressed as I was built up to be before going.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food and service were
    genes
    Dined on 3/28/2008
    The food and service were impeccable. One of the best Italian mealas since we were in Florence.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was a Friday lunch in downtown
    KenA
    Dined on 3/28/2008
    It was a Friday lunch in downtown DC. Service was a bit slow despite what appeared to be an ample wait staff and a rather uncomplicated menu choices (steak salad and standard luncheon salmon plate). I have had far better tables when I booked on my own however. Could be that my guest at lunch was rather casual even for a Friday and they placed us at a lousy table.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The restaurant is very popular
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/22/2008
    The restaurant is very popular and on a busy Sat. night was loud. Tables are close together so it is difficult to maneuver among them. Service was slow but they were very busy. We did not order the appropriate entree both choosing steak and rib of beef which were very good but it would have been better to order one of their regional specialities. We have eaten at I Ricchi before but not for several years. We will go there again.
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    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very poor service. Management
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 10/22/2007
    Very poor service. Management would not assist with food problems. Fraud commited with credit card used for purchase of meal. Be very careful here. Will not ever go back!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Don't eat here unless you
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/31/2007
    Don't eat here unless you stick with what you want and do not let waiter convince you to go for Chef's selection or to choose wine for you. It's like a bait & switch electronics store. They switched our waiter with a more polished waiter who ran up our bill at will. Took daughter here when we dropped her off for college at friend's suggestion. We are from NYC area and are not unsophisticated, but the bill was outrageous. Kept pouring wine before our glasses were empty. Ordered different half bottle for us when we did not want another full bottle; half bottle was more than a full bottle of our original wine. Bill was $832; husband said no way to him. He came back and bill miraculously was changed to $455 & was in line with what we expected.
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  • I was disappointed with the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 1/13/2007
    I was disappointed with the service during restaurant week.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My wife and I went there for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/11/2007
    My wife and I went there for resturant week and were treated horribly. I would never eat there again
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  • Visited during DC Restaurant
    emc3e17
    Dined on 1/10/2007
    Visited during DC Restaurant Week. Food was not as good as I had heard, and service was very slow. Willing to try again but not during Restaurant Week.
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  • I did not enjoy my experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 12/9/2006
    I did not enjoy my experience at i Ricchi as much as I thought I would. I had heard such great things about this restaurant that I was expecting to be blown away, and it was just okay. It's also on the pricey side.
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  • Excellent food, service, and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/22/2006
    Excellent food, service, and wine list at reasonable prices.
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    good for groups, notable wine list
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  • The food was very good and
    ElizaB
    Dined on 10/1/2005
    The food was very good and plentiful portions, but how it is advertized as "the best Italian" outside of Italy, not quite. The prices were high and we knew they would be, but we didn't expect to be rushed through our meal. The reservation had been made 3-4 weeks proir so they knew it was for a special occasion, our daughter-in-law's birthday. There was nothing done that was special.
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  • ran out of item on menu during
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2005
    ran out of item on menu during dinner and gave us a more expensive meal for the same price as the one we wanted first
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