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About Permanently Closed - 15 ria

This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - 15 ria, a contemporary American restaurant, showcases the bounty of the mid-Atlantic region. With "Fresh & Honest" as it's inspiration, 15 ria features fresh seafood, steaks, chops, braised comfort foods & generous side dishes. Fun, comfortable & accessible, 15 ria also offers outdoor seating in season. The Lounge with its intimate seating, great music, & classic contemporary cocktails is the place for after work drinks or a night with friends.

1515 Rhode Island Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20005
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 11:00am, Saturday - Sunday: 7:00am - 11:00am;

Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm;

Dinner: 5:30pm - 10:00pm Daily;

Sunday Brunch: 11:30am - 2:00pm

Cross Street:
Scott's Circle

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 742-0015

Website:
http://www.15ria.com/

Parking Details:
Offered through the hotel for $7.00 per vehicle.

Public Transit:
Dupont Circle

Executive Chef:
Alvaro Munoz

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

15 ria - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews

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3.2

Overall Rating

based on all time ratingsThis restaurant has not received enough recent ratings to display a current ratings snapshot
food

3.4

service

3.3

ambience

3.2

value

3.5

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Quiet

60% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Groups (134)
Special Occasion (125)
Romantic (122)
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Fit for Foodies (120)
Neighborhood Gem (118)
Great for Lunch (108)
Great for Outdoor Dining (84)
Great for Brunch (68)
Kid-friendly (41)
Vibrant Bar Scene (30)
Late-night Find (25)
Notable Wine List (22)
Hot Spot (9)
Scenic View (4)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2009

Overall it was good however it seemed overprices for the quality. We went for Valentines Day and there was a prefix menu. We were not seated in the main dining room but it looked very chic.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2009

the dining experience was the way I expected, food, service was awsome. I will recommend this restaurant 100%

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2009

Very quiet considering adjacent to hotel lobby. Butternut squash risotto was the winner dish of the evening.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 6, 2009

Great, contemporary food presented in a modern but still comfortable setting. Most definitely worth a visit esp. for the well thought out menu which offers interesting twists for foodies and familiar favorites for the less adventurous.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 31, 2009

The food was very good. Unfortunately the restaurant is too much a part of the hotel and has the aura of a fancified hotel dining area. Wait staff wearing the very typical hotel name badges didn't help. Good wines on the list, and the bar manager was first rate. Wait staff needs to engage. Overall a nice evening if unspectacular.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 23, 2009

Janis McClean is a gem and her food is outstanding. She was there until all the diners had finished. Great food and her hospitality was wonderful.Her use of local foods make you feel like, not only are you receiving a great meal, but that you are doing something for the larger world.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 20, 2009

pleasant meal - solid but not noteworthy - its the in-house restuarant at the Doubletree - if staying there and the weather is frightful you will be happy enough but its not in the top tier for foodies

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 19, 2009

It was the day before the inauguration, so I was willing to cut some slack, but the service was still well sub par. The waiter, while very nice, neither spoke nor understood english well. The restaurant was crowded but not full, so I am not sure why everything took soooooo long. The orders were not correct, not served timely, etc. Menu was ok, but a bit odd. Everything had the one ingredient that did not seem to match. The setting was pretty, the only thing that exceeded expectations, but that did not make up for a bad experience.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2009

Great food and service. It is underdiscovered and so not as active with patrons as it should be. Drawback is that it is in a hotel and not a stand alone restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 10, 2009

Wow....what a find! Couple excellent food served with panache and personal service and that sums up the dining experience at 15ria. Every dish we ordered was outstanding in flavor and presentation, and each was distinctive and anything but commonplace. And all for a moderate price!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 9, 2009

The food was good, but everything else just average. I certainly looked more impressive on the restaurant website. Limited bar options when I visited. No signature martinis as advertised.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 19, 2008

While we have long enjoyed dining at 15 Ria over the years, when we made our reservation this time, there was no mention that the hotel in which the restaurant is located was undergoing renovations (which included the restaurant); thus, rather than an enjoyable evening in the regular lush setting of the restaurant, temporary tables were set up in a makeshift "restaurant" while the renovation was underway. We certainly would have appreciated some notice about the renovation, because we really would not have bothered making a reservation for such "ambiance." Overall, a very disappointing return visit.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 19, 2008

The only thing good about this place was the food. The restaurant was under construction, so they moved a few tables into one of the hotel ballrooms and called that the restaurant. The services was terrible. After we ordered are drinks and food we never saw our waiter again until the food came out, anywhere from 30-40 minutes later. That meant no drink refills or bread basket seconds while we were waiting. Like I said, the food was good, but it wasn't worth the $20+ spent to sit in a hotel ballroom. For that amount of money, I'd like to at least be able to enjoy the ambiance of the restaurant.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 14, 2008

15 ria is one of DC's best kept dining secrets. It deserves, but doesn't get, the crowds that populate the better known eateries. 15 ria's food is always superb: the ingredients are first rate, always fresh and properly and pleasingly prepared. A sablefish entree, nestled in artichoke mashed potatoes and glazed with a lemon-caper cream sauce, easily rivaled recent meals at The Source, West End Bistro, Brasserie Beck and Central. On the down side, the dining room is currently under renovation (to be ready by late December), and the restaurant has taken up temporary quarters in a dreary hotel conference room. If reliable, top-tier food is more important than surroundings, 15 ria can be counted on to deliver.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 5, 2008

The main dining room is under renovation -- that should be mentioned on web page when making reservation. Of course, we would not go there during the renovationi period. Instead of using their conference room temporary dining room, we moved to the bar area and had a good meal.

Everyone else must know of the renovation 'cause normally the bar is hopping but not Fri night when we where there for dinner.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 26, 2008

The menu is very exciting and so is the food. Everything we ate was creatively cooked and spiced. Lots of great tastes.Portions were just the right size. Wine list was also terrific --and prices were moderate. The restaurant is about to remodel, which should improve the ambiance. Definitely a find in Logan Circle area.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2008

Salads were excellent and perfectly dressed (not swimming in dressing). I was reminded why NY Strip steak is one of my least favorite cuts of beef... it was done properly, medium rare just as I ordered it, but it is not the tastiest or the most tender option for serving beef. Sides were delicious. I'd got there again but not order the beef.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 8, 2008

Astonishingly good food-unexpected. Staff was great.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 7, 2008

For the price the food was disappointing. Small portions, little flavor. Service was terrible / staff missing from hostess stand / not checking back to table, etc.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 2, 2008

We were surprised to find this spot almost empty @ noon on Sunday. It is an attractive restaurant. The omelets and hotcakes were excellent and competively priced.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 19, 2008

When I was looking for a great restaurant to take my friend, I didn't realize I had made a reservation at a hotel! This place is really in the Doubletree hotel...kind of a let down. We split a great salad that had pecans, gorgonzola, and tomatos. We ordered the eggs benedict and it came out barely warm with little flavor. The roast potatoes were old and cold. I didn't finish my meal. I wouldn't go back.

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 11, 2008

service was pretty bad. The bartender was flirting the whole time and used profanity way too much. Drinks were horrible. will never return

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 11, 2008

To be honest we were disappointed in 15Ria. I was expecting all the dishes to have more flavor particularly for the price. I would not recommend it to others and do not plan to return.

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vip
 (London)·Dined on October 3, 2008

OK place near Studio Theatre and other venues.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 20, 2008

Not so good. If your looking for over priced food that is just OK, you have arrived.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 12, 2008

Very pleasant meal, good service, good food, very nice atmosphere.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 16, 2008

This restaurant is inviting and cozy. From the minute you walk in, the decor gives you an intimate yet sophicated taste of ambiance. Come in and enjoy "the jewel of the city". The cuisine is remarkably good with a variety of american choices presented in a haute-american style. A very good value.

Deliciously Good!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 15, 2008

Food was great! Very romantic setting. Only 1 or 2 waiters on staff so we had to wait a little while for our second round of drinks, but all in all it was a great dining experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 15, 2008

The menu had some very nice items, and it was certainly convenient.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 14, 2008

15 Ria is the prefect romantic dinner where the atmosphere is posh and modern yet you can still arrive in casual attire and enjoy a wonderful dinner without a lot of distractions. The space is small and intimate perfect for small groups.

Tags: Late-night Find, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 13, 2008

Everything was outstanding except the server was not impressive. She definitely wasn't bad, but she wasn't outstanding like the food was.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 13, 2008

The location was not the greatest. The food was "ok". This is more of a place for a business lunch. I was not really impressed and somewhat disappointed.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 9, 2008

The atmosphere and the food were phenomenol. The seating was so comfortable that you never wanted to leave and with food so good that it melts in your mouth, you won't want to leave any time soon. The Eggplant Appetizer was absolutely delightful and delicious. All of the staff was professional and courtetous. They made you feel at home and they were not afraid to interact with those in the restaraunt on a more personal nature. A great place to eat any time of day. Highly recommend this restaraunt for a date night no matter what stage your relationship is in.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 6, 2008

Although the restaurant is listed as one of Washington Post's top 100, it was pretty bad. We ordered the calamari for our appetizer and it was actually very good. Unfortunatly, that was the only highlight of our meal. My wife order the iron skillet steak and it was overcooked, although she asked for it to be medium well. I order the "Blue plate special" which was jumbo shrimp stuffed with crab served with a mushroom risotto. There was barely any crab stuffed in the shrimp and the risotto was way overcooked. We will not be returning to this restaurant and would not recommend.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 24, 2008

Staff was very pleasant and helpful -- they greatly contributed to the dining experience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 17, 2008

Great meal! The service was wonderful and the New York steak was perfect!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 16, 2008

Didn't find the atmosphere particularly nice--felt very much like a hotel restaurant, which it is. A bit corporate in appearance. However, the food was quite good.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 15, 2008

This restaurant was located in the hotel in which I stayed for a week. The service was always prompt and the food was very good. If they could have served the pancakes twenty-four hours a day, it would have pleased me well. Everyone in the restaurant was very friendly and accommodated your every need.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 18, 2008

We were there at 5:30, and, as requested, out by 7:30 in time for the play at the Studio. We'd planned to eat outside but it started to rain; the staff was great about moving us indoors to a table we liked. Being that it was early, the restaurant was quiet enough for conversation. The food was good except for an inedibly-sweet dessert; the waiter took the cost of that item off the bill. Overall a good experience and we'll probably be back during next years play season.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 10, 2008

We were five for a business breakfast with foreign guests. I had no expectations. We were impressed by the unconventional choices, particularly a number of interesting healthy options. Everyone enjoyed the food. The restaurant was quiet and we could talk. Service was timely and unobtrusive. The only mishap was that one guest did not get what he ordered. Although the waiter offered to replace the plate with the correct order, the guest preferred not to wait. My previous choice for breakfast in this neighborhood was the Jefferson, or a bit further away, the Madison. I would come again and would recommend the restaurant to others.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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