Cafe Riggs

4.7
67 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary European

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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 67 people are saying
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vipAmyH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!

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vipCraig
Washington DC
845 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Andrea and the team were terrific as always. Great crab appetizer and omelette.

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vipPietroMc
Washington DC
83 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just perfect. Great food, great service, great atmosphere. A favorite.

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vipSdine
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good, but music was very loud for a restaurant. I felt I was in a disco club back home in Europe.

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Shan
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

First impressions: hostess was very welcoming and kind, dining room was absolutely gorgeous, the music and lighting created a lively, yet classy ambience.

Our server, Tommy, was nice and knowledgeable, but disappointingly the service was slow. It wasn’t a crowed night but at the time we were seated, most tables on the dining room side were occupied and the bar was only about a fourth full, but I only recall seeing one other server tending to tables. Perhaps the kitchen was overwhelmed?

Loved our drinks! Mostly. The French 75 was more tart than I remember. The last place I ordered a French 75 was at The Smith during brunch and I loved it there. But the tequila cocktail (can’t remember the name but it’s the only one on the menu) and the espresso martini were delicious.

Our food was good. We really wanted to try the Steak Frites and the Duck Confit but after seeing unappetizing guest photos of the Steak Frites and the fact that we could find a single photo of their Duck Confit on the entire internet, we decided against it. Of the four items we ordered, the mussels were the best - in fact, I’d argue that they’re the best I ever had. The broth was garlicky and flavorful, so much so that I found myself sipping the broth from the shell once the mussels were gone. Guess I should’ve asked for a baguette or crostini? 🙃 We also ordered oysters, grilled octopus, and tagliatelle. They were all good but none of which we were impressed by - maybe we’re harsh critics.

After reading reviews and looking at photos, my girlfriend I both agreed that we’d come back for brunch! The menu was much more appealing than it was for dinner.

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JasonS
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vibe. Friendly service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

The food and service were average. It was nothing special. But the ambiance was great!

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vipCraig
Washington DC
845 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific in every way. Outstanding effort led by Victoria and her team.

Najid is a gem. The chef is great, you can’t go wrong with their oysters and the duck confit. Bread is also very good.

Kudos to all the runners, Cafe Riggs had a well oiled team!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Victoria was incredible. The entire experience.

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elena9360
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

We visited on the fourth of July for dinner. Our reservation was at 7:30p. The place was pretty empty. However, we had to give a 100.00 guarantee that we would show up. We got a lovely table outside. The service was good but on the slow side. The menu is limited; most have a very French influence. We order cucumber caviar dip. It was perfect. We also had steak friet The flavor was great, but the meat was tough. The wine list was extensive. Anyone could find a delicious choice. Dessert Saint Honore was unbelievably good. At 8:30p, they started packing up around us to close. I understood the kitchen closed at 9 p.m., and they were ready to leave, but it made me uncomfortable so much, so I didn't even finish my last glass of wine. The prices were ok, but $33 for a tough cut of meat was annoying. We will try again but for brunch, not dinner.

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KarlaL
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, drinks and ambiance! Also the decor is fabulous!

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vipCraig
Washington DC
845 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. Terrific service, food was great.

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vipCraig
Washington DC
845 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great hostess, Victor was very good.

Oysters are always excellent and had the omelette for the first time. Omelette was very good, the accompanying salad was less so. The hot peppers were too much for me.

All in all however, extremely pleasant evening at Cafe Riggs.

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Judy
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a nice surprise to find Cafe Riggs! We sat outside in a semi-private booth that allowed for privacy; it was quiet enough we could hear each other. The food was delicious and serving sizes were ample. A brief mention of my friend's birthday that we were celebrating led to an amazing dessert-- a banana bread pudding that was swimming in a healthy amount of warm bourbon (I think). I'll be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They’ve created a beautiful outdoor setup and were incredibly welcoming and attentive. The roast chicken was a treat.

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vipCraig
Washington DC
845 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always! The new crab appetizer is outstanding!

Najid is phenomenal!

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CL007
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food wasn’t all that great but the service was good!

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vipVMarie
Washington DC
24 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
77 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
15 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
5 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eric is an amazing server. Food was delicious.

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

Beautiful spot, great food, great service. Total find

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vipOpenTable Diner
Portland
18 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
845 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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Cotnawa
Washington DC
4 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
18 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
845 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
324 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
845 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
166 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
845 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
324 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
7 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

FAQs

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

Cafe Riggs is rated 4.7 stars by 67 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.