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RIS Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://risdc.com
  • Phone: (202) 730-2500
  • 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 (202) 730-2508
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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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Diner Reviews
  • "just ok. service slow and lacked attention. waited 10 mins to order a drink after being seated and place was not crowded."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Two of us went there for lunch and we both had the tomato soup and grilled cheese. Loved it!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Kudos to RIS' management and staff for achieving a level of service and execution I often associate with New York City or San Francisco rather than the still maturing DC restaurant scene. I appreciate the non-intrusiveness of the wait staff in approaching my table when I am holding a business conversation, and especially the very elegant and professional hostess and the genuinely warm and friendly bartender. RIS seems to get these aspects right and recognizes the nature of its clientele and treats it with a higher level of sophistication. I wish other restaurants would get this. I don't usually judge restaurants based on their lunch menus but I commend RIS for putting thought and execution to all the dishes we ordered."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Varied menu. Well-prepared food.. How many restaurants have butterscotch pudding these days!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Been here for lunch twice and it's always great. Terrific for business lunch. Have to come back for dinner."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Personally, I prefer the somewhat more detached style of French waiters. The efforts to be warm and ingratiating are lost on me. But the food here is just spectacular, and the decor is, too. This is my go-to restaurant for a special, in-town treat."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Nothing about RIS stands out. Is this a new restaurant concept? An independent restaurant that studiously mimics the blandness and colorlessness of the most generic hotel restaurant you can imagine?"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "The food was really good. They have a bread basket you can get with homemade preserves that is really good. THE BEST MIMOSA ever.......they had a Pear Vanilla mimosa which was so good, forget the regular mimosa! Service was EXCELLENT too. We were seated right away."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "I have loved Ris since the moment I set foot in this establishment a year ago and it has remained consistent. I love to go for brunch as they have the best fresh baked breads ever! Specifically, the biscuits are melt in your mouth delish! Additionally, I always have to see the dessert menu before ordering my meal because depending on what they have to go with their homemade ice cream, it's work trying. The food is always hot and flavorful. They don't have a huge selection of items on the menu, but it's enough to accommodate everyone and all quality food. I say it's a must for brunch."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Our most recent dinner at Ris was superb. The food was all extremely well prepared, particularly the grilled octopus salad. The service was cordial, friendly, and very efficient. The pistachio Pimm's Cup was an unusual and very tasty cocktail. Portuguese seafood stew was a fine combination of various types of seafood in a sauce that was spicy but not overwhelming thickened just a bit, not too much, with chickpeas. Ambiance is good with an attractive and comfortable dining room but no view. The place is not dressy--few men wore ties, many were very casually dressed even on a Saturday."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "RIS is our go-to restaurant with delicious food, gracious and efficient service, and an atmospher which allows us to converse with each other and our guests."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We've been here 3 times total, one of which was our post-wedding brunch with our closest friends and relatives. With all the choices in the DC area, it should mean something that we'd go back a few times. Menu doesn't overwhelm with choices, but every ingredient is picked with care and the dishes are great. Admittedly, we were there to kill two birds with one stone: get a guaranteed good meal with family and buy Great Falls Earl Grey tea leaves - this is one of the few places left to buy a wonderful Earl Grey tea blend after the closure of the coffee/chocolatier shop in Georgetown!"
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "RIS is consistently a great dining experience! The wait staff is knowledgeable and attentive. The food is always delicious and beautifully presented. The desserts are amazing! Whether you are dressed casually or celebrating in style, RIS always makes you feel welcome."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "this is a perfect place for a dinner where you really want to talk to people. Delicious food and excellent service. And no music playing so you can really talk! Great find."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We tried Ris and the food did not disappoint. A decent drink selection (including for the beer drinkers in the party). Many of us selected from the pre-marquee menu and were pleasantly surprised. The skirt steak was melt in your mouth and soup of the day--carrot ginger--was excellent with a little surprise of pineapple bits. Despite stating we had to make a show at the Kennedy Center, service was slow (and our waitress disappeared for quite a period) so we rushed through the end of our meal, grabbing a cab and making it to KC with only 2 mins to spare. Nice ambience, it felt like a real "grown up" event, great food."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Early lunch allowed us to partake in the regular Lunch plan for that day and it was outstanding. After eating here 4 or 5 times in the past year, we have been impressed, not only with the selection but also the consistency of high quality."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Great food and wonderful service. I have never been disappointed with the food or service ."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "I have always had wonderful experiences at RIS -- the food and service have been fantastic until my last visit. Now I'm not sure we will go back. The shrimp appetizer was subpar, along with the skirt steak and the halibut. As always, the gnudi and scallop margarita were delicious. The service was still great... I will also plug the meatballs @ the RIS booth @Union Market. They are truly a comfort food."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Great location in DC area. Appetizer was absolutely unique and wonderful, as was entree and dessert. Fairly priced as well."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The food and atmosphere at RIS were terrific... The only issue was multiple fire trucks, police sirens , and tons of traffic while we dined outdoors."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Wanted a place to take a special friend. Needed good food, drinks and where we could talk. Our Number 1 place NEVER lets us down! RIS has all of that and MORE!"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Sat at bar table, friendly service until happy-hour crowd power in. Great kimchi-fish taco. Loved the asparagus-mushroom side dish."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "I have been to RIS on several occasions. This restaurant is a great place to eat. Always consistent and their menu this Spring is outstanding. It was delicious. The only thing is the wine I had chosen was not in stock. That's one pet peeve of mine. Make sure the bar is always full. I can understand if I was there on a Tuesday since they had just served for the weekend but we were there on Thursday and the wine should have been available. Anyway enough said. I am certainly not bashing this restaurant. I have been to many amazing restaurants across the world and this ranks as one of the best in my book. I will be back soon. Bon appétit !!!!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "My wife and I are foodies. We were prepared to like our meal, but were actually blown away with each of the dishes. The menu is lovely. Desserts in particular were outstanding and beautifully presented. Thanks!"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Ris Lacoste was the mainstay at 1789 and she has only upped her game at her own place. Beautiful venue, with private dining rooms for parties; not noisy-why do several new hotspots think that it's chic for diners to shout at one another? Most important, the menu is creative but not eccentric, and the preparation and presentation is spot on. We've been several times, once with friends from France who are quick to "dis" less than the best, and we will keep coming back. If you have not, make a reservation. Soon!"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "I have now eaten at Ris 4 times and have not been disappointed. The food was great. The service was great as well. I am not a fan of tables for 2 pushed close to one another, but the good news is that the people on either side were great. I was there for a special occasion and would have preferred a bit more privacy. I will go back."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "We love eating at the bar at Ris, and in the summer, sitting outside with a few friends is fabulous. The staff are always friendly and welcoming, and the food is great. One special things is that while you can have elegant meals (I love the mussels which are very nicely done) but there is always comfort food available. What a good balance that is. Something for everyone."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "We celebrated our son's friend 21st birthday with wonderful food, but the best was our server. Diverse group and several food restrictions and allergies. Very good time!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Exceptionally quiet which is necessary for us. But it was early evening so noise might have picked up later."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Possibly the nicest, most thoughtful staff we've encountered. Will be back just for this reason. We were short on time as we were attending a concert at the K-Ctr, yet were still able to relax and enjoy a pretty good meal. Rack of lamb was the special and was perfectly prepared. Crusted halibut was average, but good. Made the concert in plenty of time."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Dropped in after seeing "Smokey Joe's Cafe" at Arena Stage. Used an Open Table check to defray the cost of the meal. My girlfriedn liked her aspagus salad and lamb shanks entree. My shrimp tempura appetizer was delicious and the skirt steak cooked well as ordered. The high point of the meal for my companion was the take-home serving of cookies. Service was friendly and attentive."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Wonderful lunch experience sitting on patio. Main course took a long time after appetizers were served and cleared. "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Go with the gnudi- as an entree- amazing- the menu changes frequently- farm to table. Bring back the short ribs! "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Wonderful meal, as usual. Our first time for brunch. Great takes on corned beef hash and huevos rancheros. There were many more things on the menu that I wanted to try. Interesting mix of small plates and entrees."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I've enjoyed RIS restaurant for years. On a recent occasion, a friend complained about his lamb chops being salty. a fellow diner tasted the gentleman's spinach and did find it to be salty. They surmised that the kitchen, in salting the spinach may have salted the lamb. Individual complained to waiter. It seems that waiter and another staff member misunderstood. The lamb was taken back to kitchen, but was returned somewhat overdone. Friend assumed that waiter mightn't have understood that the problem was saltiness. I have loved the butterscotch dessert at lunch for years. At dinner recently, the butterscotch was toped with a delicious dark chocolate . Unfortunately, the chocolate OVERPOWERS the butterscotch."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We had Sunday brunch at RIS. It was just delicious and perfect. We have also had dinner there and loved that as well. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We have now eaten at RIS 6 or 7 times and taken family and friends there after raving about the food and have never been disappointed. It so nice to have a good eating and attractive place meet expectations when out of town company come to DC. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "The Portuguese seafood stew is the only reason you need to visit Ris. I'm a great home cook and generally eat better at home than at many restaurants. The Portuguese seafood stew at Ris is way beyond what I could, or would, make at home. In fact, it was better than any seafood stew I've had at any restaurant before. There were so many interesting things on Ris's menu that I'm looking forward to returning many times."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "I'd heard about the brunch at RIS years ago and finally got there. Food was delicious and the service was wonderful. They honored my request to be seated near the window as well. I expect to go back."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The RIS dining experience on Mother's Day was excellent! They provided an very interesting menu. The food and the service were excellent! They even offered potted plants to us Moms! A nice touch! They mad a special day even more special! "
    Dined on 5/11/2014