Rasika

4.8
8288 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Indian
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Hours of operation
Lunch:
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm,

Dinner:
Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm,
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(202) 637-1222
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Vikram Sunderam
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
On D Street Between 6th and 7th Streets.
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Parking details
Valet Parking with validation at Dinner only.
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Public transit
Two Block Walk From the China Town/Gallery Place Metro and One Block Walk From the Archives/Navy Memorial Metro.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

A special Four course menu designed by Chef Vikram Sunderam will be offered. The menu is priced at $85/person, plus gratuity and tax.There is a wine pairing option which will be available We charge a $25/person fee for any cancellation within 3 days of the 31st.
Valet parking is $8/car.

Monday, December 31, 2018

What Insiders Are Saying

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 8288 People Are Saying
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Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated in front window which was quieter and let us catch up with an old friend without yelling. Perfect!! We have eaten her quite a few time. Food is always great.

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San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a nice dinner for my birthday. Thank you.

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NA
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Decent nothing special. Taste the same as oinsian food at a place not as fancy. Aka akbar in baltimore is just as good if not better. The hype didn’t live up to it.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I used to live in DC a few years ago and ate at Rasika frequently - I remember the quality being much better before. The palak chaat was still good, but everything else came out lukewarm/almost cold and extremely salty... Our waiter was very nice and the service was good, but it didn't make up for the lack of quality in food

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Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food.

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

One of DC’s best - food, service, experience. Never disappoints.

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AS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Generally I sit in Christopher’s section. He has a fantastic memory and really knows the menu. I find this especially important because I have several food allergies and need to be careful with what I order. If you tell him what you like he offers you spot on suggestions with absolute confidence. I’ve been with a small group and on date nights and both are great options!

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SR
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, wonderful food and service. Grab a reservation if you can.
We loved the crab appetizer which was new to us.

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HL
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good food and service. Not rushed despite having an early dinner reservation. Most enjoyable.

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CH
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

With its excellent food and friendly, helpful service, I highly recommend Rasika for Indian food - the tandoor salmon and meats are remarkably tender - it's the best we've ever had!

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TK
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It never lets me down... I brought three new friends and they said the same the first I ate here "This is the best Indian food I have ever had".

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

Rasika is my favorite restaurant in DC. The food is stellar, and the servers always give wonderful recommendations. This visit was no exception.

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S
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fantastic; love this place! The food is consistently good, the service is always attentive without being intrusive, and the place looks nice.

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RA
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

For an indian restaurant, the veg food and Jain food options are very limited. The lack of ability to customize dishes per dietary restrictions was rather disappointing given the price point. The service and ambience are good. I have certainly had better Indian food. The presentation of the dishes was exceptional. The taste was ok. Overrated. Been there. Done that. Not again.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience .... food was great (as always) ... excellent recommendations ....
desert on the house for my birthday 😍

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AA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was great and informed on all of the dishes, helping me find the right drink and suggesting appetizers and main dishes that paired well.

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Atlanta
24 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a place that has been on my “must list” for four years. As soon a I find out that I am going to DC, I book a table. The food is fantastic, the service is first class, and I am never disappointed.

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LF
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

raskia was a great experience! I had asked for specific seating and we got the perfect spot. Food was delicious.

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LM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner and a very knowledgeable server, Sarah.

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Washington DC
204 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I just love this place. You cannot bear it for fine Indian food.

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Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant and outstanding service. Very careful with allergies and gluten free options

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K
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Blackcod was cooked perfectly!

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s
Washington DC
102 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Indian Food in Penn Quarter. The fried spinach appetizer is outstanding. We also enjoyed the goat and tandoori chicken.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best spot in DC

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LC
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rasika is one of our favorite restaurants for entertaining guests. The Indian fusion menu is very tasty and
not overly exotic and thus always pleases. The recommendations by the servers are always spot on. We are
delighted to be able to make reservations in advance, unlike at some other popular restaurants.

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Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Happy Diwali!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 1

I asked for a red rose to my wife . Guess what? They were not able to provide a red rose for us .

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the most amazing dining experience, from start to finish. The atmosphere was warm and welcoming, the service exceptional, and the food outstanding. Thank you!

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JC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was wonderfully fresh, flavorful and not nearly as oily as many other Indian restaurants.

I took some friends for a meal, one of whom had never had Indian food before, and he loved it.
We ordered the Cauliflower Bezule and another friend was still talking the next day about how he'd like to have more of it.

And the desserts were wonderful. The Gulab Jamun, Carrot Halwa and Kulfi were sublime: extremely tasty without being overly sweet.

If you like Indian food, you owe it to yourself to visit Rasika.
If you don't like Indian food, visit Rasika and you'll learn to like Indian food.

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New England
21 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can't keep track of how many times I have been to Rasika, but I can say that each and every time it has been fabulous! Service, food and ambiance -- all spectacular.

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d
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Need a special or nicer place for lunch, this is it. Of course the crispy spinach is not to be missed and I haven't found an entree that I haven't loved!

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MG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rasika is an excellent "upscale" restaurant that is fine dining without being too expensive. The Palak Chaat is absolutely amazing and so is everything else. Definitely a great spot for a fancier bite to eat for a date or special occasion.

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M
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall a fantastic experience!!

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t
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is amazing, the service was good, only the waiter told us there would be a “break” between appetizers and entrees, where we were just sitting there waiting for more food. Shortly after it arrived, we all felt full-so maybe the break helped us realize how much food we had already eaten or our stomach was able to signal “no more food” resulting in no dessert or anything after.

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PR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Believe the hype! Outstanding food and service. Yum!

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GW
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the best Indian food I’ve EVER had, and I lived in London for 2 1/2 years. Truly excellent in every way. Many thanks!

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p
Washington DC
120 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

seated 20 min late. they offered a nice glass of champagne while we waited. food took a very long time. food tasting needs some variety added. same old dishes each time we come in. love the food but spice it up.

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MN
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was delicious as usual and the service was attentive. We especially liked the Bhurani Gosht lamb dish and the Chicken Tikka Masala.

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k
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Indian food I’ve had ! Food was delicious and service was also great ! We had the crispy spinach , halibut curry, and lamb curry. All was phenomenal . There was a good amount of food for the price as well. The naan was also delicious . Drinks were also good I had a sparkling rose. I would come back and recommend this restaurant to anyone .

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