Rasika

4.8
8433 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Indian
Rasika is a modern Indian Cuisine restaurant showcasing Tawa (Griddle), Sigri (open Barbeque), Tandoori and regional dishes.
We have a temperature controlled wine cellar, offer small plates and a modern lounge.

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The Infatuation
8.5

One of the best options for both Indian and a fine dining experience in the city.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
What 8433 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was excellent , will go back next time I am in DC

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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rasika is the BEST!! From the moment you walk in the door, you feel you are in Vikram's welcomed table. Namaste, jt

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous service. Excellent menu recommendations. Perfect table to enjoy family dinner conversation. The staff specially recognized my husband’s birthday after I made a simple off-handed comment about it over the telephone. Perfect touch to a perfect evening.

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LC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting from California. Second time at Rasika. Loves it both times!!

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JT
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food. Excellent service.

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CB
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect quiet but not-at-all-stuffy ambiance for four friends to chat. We ordered a wide variety (oven, fish, meat, vegetarian) and shared among the four of us. The waiter was very helpful and eager to talk about the food, the restaurant and even some Indian cultural history regarding the various dishes. A wonderful experience!

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DR
Dallas
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were four people Nd all enjoyed our meal. Our waiter helped
Guide us with the specials. The fried spinach appetizer was
The best I have ever eaten . The fish was tasty and fresh . The atmosphere was pleasant . We sat on area with table cloths .
Service excellent.

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B
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was great. Chris was our server and he was outstanding. He recommended food items for us that we would’ve never selected but was very delicious. I will definitely return.

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FF
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we always have a great time at Rasika -- we often take folks who have not dined there before and their reactions are constantly positive - "best Indian food I've ever eaten" often said. Keep doing what you're doing. The food is delicious and the service unparalleled.

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CT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first visit was worth the wait, but I will not be waiting to go back. I started with the Mumbai Manhattan as it was a snowy evening. Delicious. From there, with our server's excellent guidance, we ordered a number of dishes to share, each with its own distinct and wonderful taste. It was a dinner with deep layers of flavor and delightful smells. Highly recommend at all levels.

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O
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 5

I've been to this restaurant so many times and I love this restaurant. But this was the first time that I didn't enjoy myself. The Palak Chat was oily and cold and didnt have the right balance of flavor. The tandoori salmon was also cold, the portion was much smaller than usual, it was not cooked over a warm fire, and it wasnt the normal Scottish salmon they normally serve. Lastly, they took my favorite dessert of the menu, the date toffee pudding, which is everyone's favorite. So, perhaps after 10 years of eating here, it is time to find a new favorite spot.

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DT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first to dine at Rasika. I thoroughly enjoyed the meal, service, and atmosphere. I will definitely return in another occasion.

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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always , Excellent food, service & atmosphere.

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H
Washington DC
72 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Is this Indian food or not? I don’t care. It is delicious, plus wonderful service and a pleasant atmosphere. No surprise that reservations are so hard to get

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VM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Rasika sets the standard for Palak Chat and their lentil dishes. This visit we tried a few new dishes and all were exquisite. We sat in a back room towards the Wooly Mammoth, which was lacking in ambiance but other than that and the extended wait for the table, the evening was great.

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BB
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional dining experience. Food was memorable, service was outstanding friendly but not intrusive. Variety of offerings was impressive and everything we tried was excellent. Terrific variety of flavors, and explanations were offered and straightforward. Highly recommended.

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LL
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Went to Rasika for restaurant week. What a great deal. The food was terrific and plentiful and the staff was helpful and attentive. The crispy spinach appetizer and the coconut caramel pudding dessert were the standouts.

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OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Tom Sietsema calls Rasika the best Indian restaurant in the country. While I haven't had his vast experience, I bet he's right. Rasika never fails. I love it.

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AB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was amazing! I had heard good things and this place did not disappoint. I can't wait to go back

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SR
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent value for Restaurant Werk. Several favorites included in the many choices on the menu

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DL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went during restaurant week. Great food. Great server. Very nice spot.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best dining experiences I’ve had in recent memory!

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C
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We were upsold for a lackluster lukewarm fish dish. Spinach was good. Chicken dish and cauliflower dish was overdone and it took forever for our food to arrive. So much that we had to rush to catch our 7pm show. Overall not worth the hype. We know it’s one of DC’s esteemed restaurants but...Also a lot of staff just standing around staring at the diners.

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s
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service, food and ambiance were impeccable. We had the cod and it had a hint of anise- delicious. The waiters suggestions were perfect. We sat in the front room to the right of the door- a table away from the window. The wait staff were very attentive j kind, but never rushed us.
I wish I could go every week!

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B
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service! Enjoyed the famous spinach appetizer. As always. Everyone enjoyed their meal..fish, duck and lamb! Sweet surprise for the birthday boy...a special evening for all!

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SK
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the food! I am from India so finding authentic Indian food is pretty hard to find. This place blew me away. It is a bit pricey but definitely worth it. It is a great place to take your spouse if you want a quiet place to eat.

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D
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone took great care of us. The food was amazing as always!

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JG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal food and experience! Customer service is top notch as well as ambience.

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G
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My favorite Indian restaurant in the DC area. Chicken Biryani and Mixed Grill are amazing, finished off with a nice Sauternes for dessert.

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TG
New England
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was excellent. We particularly like the lamb and vegan dishes. The waiter was very friendly and steered us to a very excellent meal.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great experience and good recommendations from our waiter

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K
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful! Well worth the expense. The staff made us feel special.

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RT
Oklahoma City
7 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the four course tasting menu with wine pairing. It was outstanding. The dessert was excellent. I recommend this restaurant highly

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MB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We don't like the table which address us to sit. Apart from that, we like it.

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AT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in DC imho, hands down. Had the weekday tasting menu and everything was spectacular.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Comparatively miserly food-portions with respect to cost , marginally sized table , toned-down spiciness, no kids menu. Otherwise the experience for a group size of 3 or 4 could have been a bit better.

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JC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My husband and I have been wanting to try this restaurant and we weren’t disappointed. Great location, ambiance and food. We’ll definitely go back.

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MB
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I tasted flavors I've never tasted before and the venue is beautiful. Worth all the praise.

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R
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We held a celebration for our niece, who was sworn-in for her second term in the US Senate. The accommodation for our party of 8 was superb, a quiet nook in the busy restaurant. Despite the party including vegans, vegetarians and carnivores, menu items were available to suit all tastes. Everyone particularly enjoyed the outstanding Palak Chaat!

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f
Washington DC
118 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rasika is simply the best Indian restaurant I have ever been to. And it has maintained this level of quality over years. I'll be back.

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