Cafe Riggs

4.8
51 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary European
Inspired by the grand brasseries of Europe, Café Riggs offers historic grace married with contemporary cuisine. Serving an all-day menu from the bar, dining room and café, patrons are welcomed into the airy setting to enjoy a casual drink or celebratory meal against the backdrop of the space’s ornate ceiling and original Corinthian columns.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 51 people are saying
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4.8
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4.8
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vipCraig
Washington DC
801 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always! The new crab appetizer is outstanding!

Najid is phenomenal!

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CL007
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great!!!

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vipVMarie
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food were just delightful. The waitstaff was very knowledgeable about pairings. I cannot wait to return!

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vipMicheleh
Washington DC
62 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a find. Gorgeous interior. Can’t wait for rooftop to open

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful dining room with excellent service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was outstanding, by far the best service I’ve had anywhere during Covid. The food was great, especially loved their hash browns. Can’t wait to go back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Celebrating our daughters engagement for brunch. Staff was great and food was delicious

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vipRBArlington
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eric is an amazing server. Food was delicious.

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vipMicheleh
Washington DC
62 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful spot, great food, great service. Total find

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vipOpenTable Diner
Portland
15 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Let’s very restaurant with wonderful service. Their pricing is a bit too high.

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vipCraig
Washington DC
802 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Michael and Ben are an outstanding team. The chef does phenomenal work as well as all of the staff.

Tremendous evening as always.

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vipCotnawa
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Café Riggs Upstairs allows diners the luxury of a private, safe dining experience in the privacy of a reconfigured guest room (with the bed removed). The wait staff was knowledgeable and personable, with just the right amount of attention to keep the dining experience flowing at a leisurely pace. We especially liked the convenience of texting to summon the wait staff for whatever we needed. The room was immaculate, with plenty of disposable hand towels, and a private restroom to boot. What a novel concept!

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vipCOB1
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is good and service is great. I liked that they inquired about allergies.

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vipCraig
Washington DC
802 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the hostess to Jhavany to Ben to the food server and chef’s team to the guys at the front door—outstanding work by all of you.

What a great team of professionals you all are.

I look forward to seeing you soon.

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vipMilano
Washington DC
311 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Second experience here and always happy with food
Service is still a challenge and needs improvement.

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vipCraig
Washington DC
802 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My thanks to Michael, Tina, the amazing Chef and food runner for an excellent dining experience.

The oysters are always amazing and the duck confit transports you to a different level no matter what your day had been up until then.

Simply outstanding!

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food123
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had an amazing time! Ashley was fantastic! food and service was great.

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vipRicardo
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We had the most unusual experience. Apparently the dining room was closed on Christmas Eve, yet somehow we were able to make a reservation through Open Table. They honored the reservation but setting up a table in a room where the bed had been removed. It was a private dining experience that was truly extraordinary. The table was beautiful and the ambiance was spectacular. There was some confusion, however. Prior to arriving we were told that the full menu was available but when we arrived we were told that only the prix fixe was available that evening. I would highly recommend this place just to see the incredible renovation that was done on this historic Riggs Bank building. I do plan to return when the dining room opens.

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vipDiningindmv
Washington DC
154 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire experience — staff, food, beverages, atmosphere — is excellent and relaxing. We always look forward to dining at Cafe Riggs!

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vipCraig
Washington DC
802 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is impeccable! Oysters are always fantastic and one of the best burgers in town.

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vipMilano
Washington DC
311 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great ambiance and decor -
Roasted chicken was awesome
Some of the sides came out cold
But overall great experience at new resto in DC

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vipLanaY
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall3food1service5ambience4

Waitress was best in DC. Food really needs work.

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vipThienO
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

One particular table is placed right next to a noisy HVAC. Other than that, the ambience is outstanding, and the decor, appropriate for a fine dining experience.

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vipAndy
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Tasty but expensive

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vipDiningindmv
Washington DC
154 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Riggs is a wonderful place. The Cafe Riggs team from arrival through departure are so welcoming and gracious. Overall service is excellent and the food always perfectly prepared. We are fortunate to live in the neighborhood near Cafe Riggs, so we can dine often. If visiting DC, don’t miss it. If a DC resident, also don’t miss this wonderful restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance for a birthday brunch with family! Service was phenomenal and the food was delicious. Will be going back- I Highly recommend!

Cafe Riggs
Responded on October 12, 2020

Thank You, We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your birthday brunch with us, look forward to having you visit us again soon!

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vipTeri
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can be perfect for dinner with friends, a date, or a business meal. Pretty restaurant worthy of stylish attire and a champagne toast! The roast chicken is so yummy!

Cafe Riggs
Responded on October 12, 2020

Thank You, We are happy to hear you enjoyed your visit with us & the Whole Roasted Chicken, look forward to having you visit us again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and service was great. Ambiance was a little off only because it was dead quiet and it felt awkward

Cafe Riggs
Responded on October 12, 2020

Thank You, We are happy to hear you enjoyed your visit with us, the food & service. We can't wait to have our guests comfortable in dining out again & look forward to having you visit us back again soon!

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vipMaryS
Hong Kong
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service. Dealt beautifully with my high maintenance guests.

Cafe Riggs
Responded on October 12, 2020

Thank You MaryS, We are happy to hear you enjoyed your visit with us & the team taking great care off your guests, look forward to having you visit us again soon!

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vipJamie
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Restaurant is so beautiful and was great for our anniversary dinner. Staff was very nice and helpful! I would highly recommend this place!

Cafe Riggs
Responded on October 12, 2020

Thank You JamesW, We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your anniversary dinner with us, look forward to having you come back & visit us again!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mom’s birthday!! It was perfect and social distance!!

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Samantha
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

We ate outside, and it was pretty loud because it is right next to the street. The food was okay, but you can get better from other restaurants in the city. I really wanted it to be great, but it just fell short.

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Drew
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Riggs has a similar Le Dip vibe. Their burger is JUST as good and you need to check it out. Service is phenomenal and friendly. Cocktails were delicious. There aren't any people there, so you have the place all to yourself (that how it felt 9/2/2020)

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TimonF
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service food and drinks

Cafe Riggs
Responded on October 12, 2020

Thank You TimonF, We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your anniversary dinner with us, look forward to having you come back & visit us again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding all around! Food and service are excellent. I can't believe I haven't written an review yet in this restaurant since my husband and I have been at least 20 times since they opened. Okay the food! Salads...the kale salad has avocado and crispy chickpeas is my favorite. Halibut is my go to dish but the Steak Frites is awesome. The burger....yes!! Delish! Oh and I cannot cover about dessert. The chocolate dessert (darn I cannot remember the name) is a perfect ending.

Now the service. Impeccable! Javani is our favorite server...ask for him! But really everyone is outstanding. The restaurant is casual chic. You can go dressed fairly casual so don't worry. Please try this restaurant. It is outstanding. You won't be disappointed.

Cafe Riggs
Responded on October 12, 2020

Hello, Thanks for visiting us several times since our opening and then re-opening. We are excited to hear that you have enjoyed your visits & its positive feedback like this which makes us want to be even better in the future than we were in the past. We have worked hard to curate the right kinds of menu offerings and selected an amazing team that truly enjoys taking care off our guests. We can not wait to have you come back & create many more happy memories with us! Thank You again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, food and ambience were fantastic!

Cafe Riggs
Responded on October 12, 2020

Thank You, We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your visit with us, look forward to having you come back & visit us again!

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vipJenn
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it!!! Beautiful space, great service and delicious food. Will return!

Cafe Riggs
Responded on October 12, 2020

Thank You Jenn, We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your visit with us, look forward to having you come back & visit us again soon!

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food123
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Saturday night was the first time I have been back to eating out since mid February and I chose to return to The Riggs Cafe! It was a perfect decision as this time as as fantastic as my first. I love They are consistent level of service, quality of food, and newly introduced safety measures. This has easily become my favorite restaurant in Washington DC.

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vipjgk99
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the Arctic Char, Steak Frites and a salad. All were absolutely amazing, and the people were just great. The restaurant was immaculately clean and we will definitely go back. There is outdoor seating but we sat inside and could not have been happier. This is one of our new favorites in DC.

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DavidM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There is nothing to say other than GREAT CHOICE, EXCELLENT FOOD and SERVICE! A new must go and favorite restaurant. Now I Have to try the hotel side of it. 5 Stars for Cafe Riggs.

FAQs

Cafe Riggs offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 788-2800.

Cafe Riggs is rated 4.8 stars by 51 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.