Ripple
Ripple

Ripple

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://rippledc.com/
  • Phone: (202) 244-7995
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner Hours:
    Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
    Monday-Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

    Bar Hours:
    Sunday-Thursday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
    Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Wine Bar, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Marjorie Meek-Bradley
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Special Events: Ripple has three dining rooms available for private dining, events or receptions. Our back dining room seats up to 40 people. The main dining room can accommodate 60 people for dinner. We also have a 10 seat private dining room. Please let us know if we can help you plan your next event.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: between Macomb St and Ordway St.
  • Public Transit: Take the red line to the Cleveland Park and exit on the east side
    walk toward the National Zoo about 2 blocks.
    We're right across from the Uptown Theatre
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Ripple
In a comfortable setting, just across the street from the historic Uptown Theater in Cleveland Park, Ripple offers a complete dining experience, with a focus on sustainability, organic and locally-acquired produce, and a good time. We are proud to support local farmers and co-ops in our mission to bring only the best products to the table.
Our award winning wine list features 50 wines by the glass and bottles starting at $25, with over 70 wines under $50. In addition, we have extensive beer and cocktail menus, to complete any meal.
Above all, we believe in hospitality and hope that everyone who dines with us will feel comfortable and enjoy their time with us. We truly are a place to eat, drink, and gather.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Ripple reviews from OpenTable diners
200 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (153)neighborhood gem (137)notable wine list (101)special occasion (68)hot spot (37)romantic (36)good for groups (25)vibrant bar scene (23)great for brunch (17)late-night find (10)great for lunch (3)kid-friendly (3)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Ripple did not disappoint.
    KkkkVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Ripple did not disappoint our large group of 7. Menu was creative and diverse. Highlights included parsnip soup (with olive tapenade and apricot!), scallop appetizer, duck and the corn bread. (We only disagree with other reviewers about the pecan snack.) Service was attentive and professional including wine recommendation. The restaurant's relatively small size gives it intimacy without feeling crowded. We look forward to another visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Experience
    KarenVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    My husband and I have been working our way through Tom Sietsema's list of top restaurants, and last night we tried Ripple. What a wonderful experience. The service was first rate, and the food was absolutely delicious! Loved the scallops, gnocchi with duck ragu, brussel sprouts, mushrooms, and butterscotch pudding. We will definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and excellent service!
    SandyVIP
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Warm, cozy neighborhood gem. Duck,steak and lamb entrees all outstanding. Service impeccable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was very good!
    RMJDCVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    We had duck and scallops from the early bird menu, which also appear on the regular dinner menu. Both were noteworthy! But the overall best part of the restaurant experience was the service. Devon, our waitstaff, was excellent. Even though the food was terrific, she made the experience worthwhile; she was attentive, smart and aware. I'll go back to Ripple anyday and when I do I hope I can have Devon as our waitstaff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular food and service
    obrotherwhereeatthou
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    I had dinner here with an old friend and was pleasantly surprised that not only was my new york stripped cooked perfectly to order, everything else about the menu was creative and tasty. Not every restaurant could pull off a delicious sun choke gratin or even a beautifully curated (if a little sparsely curated) cheese plate. And order the olives to start. They are great quality and they give you about a trillion. After we finished and I left the restaurant, the server even dashed out onto the street to give me the leftovers I'd forgotten to take with me. That was truly special. I highly recommend this restaurant to any foodie looking for a great meal and in the mood to support great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • family special occasion favorite
    bookwormwmb
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    this is our families favorite special occasion restaurant. the menu is updated seasonally and uses some unusual ingredients but never to excess. we love the cheese and meet plate assortments. my husband's rib eye steak brought tears to his eyes it was so good. my kids love the fresh baked chocolate chip cookies for dessert and thankfully skim milk is now avail to accompany. portions are not super sized which we appreciate. i would like to see a dessert option that has fruit in it. the cheesecake with pears was sold out . good energy, great service, we are big fans of ripple. PS bring back the bacon pecans!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth a try
    Love2eat
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Service was great, nice location - close to metro. Food was so-so, my boyfriend had a steak which was excellent. I had the pork, it was tasty but over 50% of it was fat. I should have said something at the time. For dessert we got the chocolate chip cookies, they are made to order but they were lacking something, not sweet at all. I was disappointed. I was glad I tried this place out but probably won't be back.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • What a treasure!
    Kathy
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    I have a friend who has been raving about Ripple for a while. I finally had a chance to go on Friday night (4 of us) and it was outstanding. Every item we had was thoughtful and yummy. It is on my radar for sure and I will have to bring my family next.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Great service.Outstanding wine list.The food is very tasty,portion a little small,but overall fine food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • innovative, fresh, delicious
    Sheri
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Locally-sourced ingredients with a gourmet twist. Superior service with a wait staff that is uber-proficient without being condescending.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not as good as I remembered
    SusanR
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Brought a friend who is new to town and had eaten at Ripple twice before and enjoyed it. This time, I was disappointed. My friend liked her meal a lot, but my fish (dorade) was fishy and a bit overcooked. The veggies accompanying it were overcooked as well. We had an appetizer that was overdressed (an endive salad) and the cheese plate was good but not remarkable or that unusual. The homemade flatbreads are wonderful as was our wine selection. Overall, I wouldn't go out of my way to go again but would if i was in the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ripple Makes No Waves
    EpicureVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    After the positive reviews this restaurant in Cleveland Park has received, we were under-whelmed. On the plus side, the pate de campagne was excellent and the gnocci was very good, although not the best in town. Disappointing was the cheese course, which was presented cold and with very limited condiments, the dorade was a mere sliver at $28, and the green salad was pedestrian. At these prices, while not expensive, Ripple has some maturing to do to make waves against the competition.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • PRIREKY4
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Superb steaks, the flan is not to be believed. Ask for Carlos Mario for your server!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous for friends and business
    Medinah
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    I took a client to dinner on Halloween night.. and despite that Washington DC goes "crazy" on Halloween, everything was perfect. The ambience, the staff, the wine, the food were wonderful. Rachel and her team were such a delight. She had them prepare a wonderful cheese appetizer to our liking, suggested fabulous wines and the dinner and dessert were simple yet the flavors were complex. I love the farm to table and sustainable aspects of the restaurant. The menu is not large but it has something for everyone... The restaurant is perfect for dates, meeting friends and having dates. It's a gem.. I'll be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Limited menu with a bang
    audiodoc
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    I was a bit hesitant about dining here as the menu is very limited and I tend to eat very little meat. However, between the appetizers and the entree menu I had no difficulty. In fact the choices were excellent with intense flavors that were not masked by sauces and gravies. One caveat, make sure to save room for dessert, the pistachio cheesecake and butterscotch pot de creme were to die for!! The menu changes often which will entice me to keep coming back. In addition to the food the service was exemplary. Our waitress was friendly, helpful and attentive without being smothering. We were able to done at a leisurely pace and never felt rushed. Recommend this restaurant with 2 thumbs up
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Creative but Fussy
    SeaFoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    We had the good fortune of finding this restaurant during our recent trip to DC. We thought it was an organic farm to table restaurant but really it was just a fun foodie restaurant with some interesting flavors and highly imaginative recipes. Most of the dishes were over-done, not in cooking but in the flavors and number of ingredients. I like my food a little fresher and cleaner, with a bit less "extras". No need to sprinkle ground peanuts over a salad that has plenty of fresh good flavors. Also, this is not a restaurant for the vegetarian crowd--lots of meats. All said, a fun menu and nice cheese listings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • 10:15 dinner not top notch
    KathleneVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    In fairness, it was 10:15 on a Friday night. But since Ripple took a reservation for that time (didn't just accommodate us when we walked in cold), my feeling is dinner should have been on par with what we'd have enjoyed at 8. We've eaten at Ripple a few times and this was the first time we withheld all five stars :)
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  • Diana
    StayPositive
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    The cocktail list is on point. The cocktails we had were tasty, creative and refreshing. Our lamb tartare was also enjoyable but when it came to entrees, it was never the star that we enjoyed the most - or even at all. Ordered the tilefish and the duck and the fish was overdone and the duck required a steak knife. The accompaniments were much more enjoyable as there was some sort of seasonal squash with the duck and cauliflower was our favorite part of the tilefish dish. The fish was overdone and more chicken-like. Overall, not my favorite dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Truly Delicious
    JafthelionVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    A really wonderful visit to Ripple. Excellent service, delicious food, wonderful drinks. Will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    cindys
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    The food at Ripple is fresh, creative and simply extremely delicious. Both times I have eaten here I have found the wait staff to be far nicer than anywhere else. They are friendly, helpful, upbeat, and make point of being there for YOU. This is definitely a plus in my book. We had a great evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Expensive and Simply Ok
    AFrench5000
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The food was good was little there was of it. The service was lovely. Their Signature $14 cocktails where abysmal.
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  • MarshaVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    It took awhile to get our food but it was very good. My mother who is hard of hearing had trouble because it was fairly loud in the restaurant. Some people in our group thought the menu was not big enough. I enjoyed my meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Anniversary Dinner
    blueboybob
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    It was great food. Just the right amount. A little pricey, but you get what you pay for. I will definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Memorable dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Very good service and food. Steak entree excellent; vegetarian option good (sauces and rice cake great; fried tofu just fine). Would like lighter dessert options although the cheesecake was very good! Back dining room quiet So conversation easy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tootooVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    they declined to give us reward points . food was overrated and over priced. the menu was too short and did not have enough variety
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  • Pretty delicious
    OverTheMoon
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    I went here with my boyfriend & a group of our friends. We started the meal off with a bottle of wine, which was really good. Then we had a cheese plate to share. All of the cheeses were delicious (though the servings might have been a little small) & the menu descriptions were helpful. For a main course I had the crispy dorade, which was amazing. I loved the whole dish. My boyfriend got the duck. He thought the duck was good, but that the sides (broccoli rabe & squash) were mediocre. For the cost of the duck the sides should have been equally delicious. We all split some desserts, the butterscotch pot de creme (worth getting!) and the pistachio cheesecake (good). I would definitely recommend trying this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Trying too hard
    Nannotes
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Here's a newer restaurant that wants to make a name for itself but it serves food that is only OK but is beautifully presented. I had a pork dish which tasted like lower priced grocery store pork chops. The accompanying vegetable dishes were very pretty but all together the did not constitute a full serving of vegetables. The plate had a drizzle of squash purée, a single, overdone baby green onion or leek, and a few pieces of potato. Pathetic wine list is unusual. I bet the grilled cheese happy hour is where this place would shine
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The best!
    DietsRNoFunVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Creative, interesting and just plain consistently delicious food. Great staff, friendly, knowledgeable and fun. Best wine list in the city, delivered by a staff who knows their wine inside and out. Our favorite place in the city!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great find
    SydneyVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    What a treat to find such a great spot in walking distance of our hotel. Extensive wine list and inventive menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great place, except...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I went to Ripple last week and the food is great. The only complaint I have is that I ordered the berkshire pork and it was cooked in a pan that had been used to fry fish, which created a pork/long john silvers hybrid that tasted awful. this is the only thing I've ever sent back in a restaurant, and the waitress was a good sport about it, replacing it with something else, which they then charged me for, without any explanation or apology, It's not about the money, it's the lack of interest in the quality and consistency of service. I've never run a restaurant, but I've gone to hundreds of them, and it seems to me that if someone is paying $200+ to eat at your place, you wouldn't charge them for your mistakes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sunday Brunch Delighted
    Lindsey
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    My boyfriend and I went to Ripple for Sunday brunch and the food was delicious. Ripple has an awesome deal where for $30 you can get a pastry, a brunch entree, and bottomless champagne drinks! Ripple had delicious food and the 3 flavors of bubbly drinks for the bottomless deal included orange, apple, and grapefruit. It was delightful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely Spot
    joshjenks
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Randomly found this spot through a Buzzfeed list but was pleasantly surprised to find that this restaurant had a great brunch without being overrun with masses of people. Great food, lovely staff. Great brunch special for a pastry, entree & bottomless mimosas for only $28.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NAnderson
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Just a quick note that the food was delicious (particular standouts were the bacon roasted pecans and the stuffed bone marrow) and the service was welcoming and attentive without being overbearing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great wine list
    megabites
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This restaurant has great service and great wine. The wine list is extensive, and multiple servers were more than happy to guide us in our selection of various glasses. I went with a friend on a Saturday night; we intended to have a long meal, ordering things little by little. We started with a selection of cheeses, which was delicious (some interesting varieties!). We then ordered two small plates to try the food. Food was fine; nothing overly exciting or tasty. Dessert was okay as well. In the end, I walked away satisfied from the wine and cheese but the food seemed pricey for what we got (though I will admit we did not get full entrees). I will come again for the wine, but not the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific Meal
    DCVisitor
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The menu in the restaurant is short but has a good array of meat and seafood (maybe not enough for vegetarians). The plates are extremely attractive and the good is delicious. The desserts are really good and definitely not something you make at home. A good array of reasonably priced wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ripple
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Great evening enjoyed by all 8 of us. Richard, our server, was awesome!!! Thank you Richard!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Innovative food, fun to eat
    NClPkEater
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Crunchy little ginger slices, savory panna cotta, crispy fish, smooth sunchoke soup: it's an adventure to eat here. Quiet at 6, buzzing at 8, it has bigger and smaller plates so you don't come away stuffed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious and delightful
    MadtownDairymaid
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This was my first time to Ripple. We were seated in a small room with a large window view of the street and lots of natural light (at least until dusk). It was easy to have conversation because there wasn't any blaring music and there were only two other tables in the room. The cocktail menu is playful, and includes several that aren't overly sweet. The food was delectably fresh and tasty. Even things like lobster and mild fishes, which so often turn out to be bland and deadened, were flavorful and cooked to just the right level. This is not an inexpensive restaurant, but I found it worth the price. Service was attentive but not obtrusive.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Argie
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Great food, great wine selection. We went on the late side (9.30pm) and one of the entrees was out of stock so better to go earlier. The wine we picked was also out of stock but they gave us a great recommendation and charged the same price as the one that was out of stock. The service was very nice and savvy. The food was delicious and very good timing between dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ripple
    EnvelmanVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Excellent evening , had the Dorado, it was to die for. This is my third time at Ripple. Go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.