Rasika

4.8
8228 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

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 8228 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.6
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4.4
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I felt the entree did not make expectations based on recommendations. The signature salad as very good however the black cod entree was disappointing.

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DD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was really salty! When you add too much salt, savories turn into inedible dishes! Service was ok. I think our server was in a hurry to be done with us. Wont be visiting here again unless things change for the good.

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

Quality and service has taken a hit. We ordered four dishes and a couple of them weren't up to the mark. Goat biriyani missed the mark. And the goat meat was not tender. Mango mocktail was watered down. I hope they improve soon.

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t
Charleston
76 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My daughter and I had a delicious dinner at Rasika last night. She loved it so much that she suggested we go to India for vacation this year.

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s
Minneapolis
23 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food were outstanding! Our only complaint was that the two of us were seated at a tiny table that couldn’t accommodate our plates and glasses without constant shuffling and being careful not to knock something on the flour.

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CB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Way overhyped, over salted, Americanized Indian food. Go elsewhere.

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r
Houston
77 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose Rasika to celebrate our 10 year anniversary of being legally married gay men. It was a very special evening and we highly recommend the food. The service was impeccable!

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Houston
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Pretty average Indian food.

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F
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our first visit. Food lived up
To our expectations. We ll be back!

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MT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down, the best salmon I have ever tasted! You definitely need to make reservations. Great food, service and atmosphere.

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T
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We shared a number of small plates and split the mixed grill entree among four of us. Great way to sample several tasty dishes. Lots of vegetables for those of us pretending to eat healthy. Highly recommend Rasika for elegantly prepared Indian food.

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RJ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

It just doesn’t disappoint. Ever. Knowledgeable servers, polite and attentive without overdoing it, and the food is reliably outstanding. If only I could get into the place more often

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TR
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great and attentive service and the best Indian in town.

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family date night

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SG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rasika is a culinary wonder, each dish a perfect reimagining of classic Indian fare.

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AJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Palak Chaat. Chicken Tikka Masala. So good. Overall ambiance great as well.

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RD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time dining here after hearing about it from many people, and it lived up to the reviews. Delicious food, great service. Everything was perfectly spiced and cooked.

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AB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not the typical Indian food, but upscale and modernized. Great selections, great desserts.

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DW
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always, great dinner at Rasika. Very friendly and fun waiter, good cocktails and of course the always stunning food! Rasika is and remains in our eyes on of the best Indian restaurants in the US! 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food excellent service would definitely come back again

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BI
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My father advised against eating at Rasika as not as traditional as expected being if Indian heritage. I found our meal very good but Not the best Indian restaurant I have eaten. Some dishes needed more spice and flavor. For non-Indians a very good start but needs improvement for those of Asian background. I disagree with my father and would go back and recommend dining at Rasika.

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h
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am a bit spoiled by this place being so close to work, but took my in-laws here, and they were raving about it as the best Indian food they've ever had (coming from Canada, that says alot too!) That was definitely my reaction the first time I went, and the reason I continue to go regularly. Thanks for another fantastic meal!

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BT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took colleagues from London. Risky, I know, with the quality of curry in the UK. They loved it and are still raving about it. Rasika is the best Indian restaurant in the United States.

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New England
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING!! Totally exceeded my expectations. The food and service were absolutely fantastic. Will definitely be visiting again soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible service. Some of the best food let alone Indian food I’ve ever had in my life. Definitely get the crispy spinach!

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Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for lunch. Had been to the other Rasika location but like the ambiance of this location. We started with drinks. The Old Fashioned, made with Breckinridge bourbon, was divine. We ordered an eggplant appetizer that was perfectly spiced with jalapeño. We agreed that next time, we're having it as our entree. The crispy spinach was once again a wonder - light, flavorful, and crisp. Our entrees were chicken masala entrees (green and red) - They were very good - but those appetizers had us bewitched. Our server was excellent with suggestions and recommendations. Will definitely return.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food in a great atmosphere. The dal makhani was absolutely amazing. And you have to try the palak Chaat was a must have.

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BD
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food here was absolutely fantastic! Everything came out hot, and very flavorful. It it's pretty pricy, and the wine list leaves some to be desired, but if you're looking for great Indian places, this is one you should definitely stop at.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Best fish- black cod- ever.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When you order multiple items, one rates them from best to ok. You cannot do that here. Everything is outstanding by itself.

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M
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Recently visited DC from NYC. A friend of mine and I had a really spectacular meal. My friend is vegetarian so we ordered 5 small veggie dishes and appetizers. Each dish was uniquely delicious. A truly visionary and creative chef is in the kitchen! Five stars all the way!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was incredible. Took a friend here for her birthday. We weren’t sure what to get because we wanted to try everything, so we went with the six-course meal. Highly recommend this place.

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SS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Indian food I have ever had!! Chicken Tandoori and Chicken Masala were on point!! The pistachio saffron dessert was amazing!!

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EM
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve heard so many great things about Rasika and we’re thrilled to get a gift card to go for our anniversary. Everything we ordered was amazing! The service is out of this world too. We got a few recommendations from friends but also asked our server for advice. We started with the fried spinach- you must get it! We ordered salmon, chicken and duck for our mains. It’s hard to say which we liked best. Everything was cooked to perfection and the spices were just right. We’ll definitely be back!

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Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive staff, excellent cuisine, many menu options for my vegetarian friend. Louder than I expected for a weekday lunch crowd, but it did not have a negative impact on our dining experience. Can’t wait to come back and try different dishes!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I felt this hotel is over rated and over priced...I have had food in other restaurants which is more better than food in here and at less price....

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c
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the grand course (four courses) menu, and everything was delicious. The first course was a crispy spinach dish with other veggies and yogurt which was textual and taste contrast and delicious. I believe it is one of the more popular appetizers at the restaurant. They gave up a complimentary viggie 2nd course. Then we have a scallop course. Based on the menu I thought we had to choose from one of four offerings, but they gave up small dishes of each of the four -- chicken, lamb, lentils, and veggie. The same with the dessert -- three small desserts that taste good on their own, or in combination. To have so many freshly prepared dishes brought out to your table one after another is a special evening.

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1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Outstanding Indian cuisine. Authentic Indian food which was prepared with great care. Original recipes. Delivered with speed.

Lighting can be improved. It was difficult to read the menu properly because of the dim light.

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Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great attentive service. Delicious variety of food. Our group of 4 females (after a hard day of work) came here, ordered off the Theater Menu ($37pp), and enjoyed sharing our food family style. Our entrees came with two bowls of rice and a variety of bread to share. Overall very good atmosphere, very good service. I would recommend it.

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1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious!!!! I am North Indian and have very high expectations for tasty Indian cuisine. Having heard a lot about Rasika, I was afraid the place would not live up to its reputation. I was surprised when it surpassed my expectations.

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