Rasika

4.8
8324 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 8324 People Are Saying
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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved everything about Rasika. The food was amazing and I don’t think I will ever be able to eat cheap Indian food again.

The restaurant is absolutely beautiful and energetic. It was loud, but we had an awesome table in the corner and it felt like we were in our own little world.

I absolutely recommend

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

Service was fantastic however food was just okay. Was a bit disappointed having read all of the hype. We are experienced in the Indian space and missed some of the tradional flavor and my korma was bland. Really felt like we paid for service and atmosphere.

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Boise
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I took a spur of the moment trip to Washington DC and wanted to experience a nice restaurant. I ran across the reviews for the restaurant and immediately booked a reservation. The food was amazing, as was the service.

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

Service excellent as well as food but it was very noise, hard to here each other.

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

This place never fails to please!

Flavors are so well balanced and delicious. It is fancy and swanky and fabulous. Too expensive to eat there all the time but it's one of my favorites!

They even served me a birthday desert with candle gratis!

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

Amazing in every regard

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent... Very innovative dishes, a modern twist to the the indian favorites. Our server Sarah, was incredible, she made on-point suggestions and made our anniversary celebration even more special. Will definitely return.

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KW
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was awesome. They were super busy, so weren't able to seat us for at least 30 minutes after our reservation time. They handled it well, however, giving us a round of champagne and an appetizer on the house.

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Washington DC
148 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always a great meal, starting with the spinach and sole appetizers. Chicken tikka, duck vindaloo, halibut and salmon were all great. Thanks.

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Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, phenomenal food and impeccable service. The Palaak Chaat remains our favorite appetizer and we had flavorful lamb and chicken dishes for the mains. Wonderful gluten free dessert with sticks of something pistachio flavored and saffron flavored that I can’t remember the name of!

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

This restaurant should not be classified as Indian. The dishes we ordered looked like Indian food but were either tasteless or if chicken , a combination of chicken bouillon and salt .

I am Sri Lankan and have eaten my share of curries all over the USA and world . This was awful . Do not eat here and waste your money .

It should have been a sign when there was not a single Asian/Indian person in the restaurant!

Take heed or be sorely disappointed.

Yours sincerely

The well travelled Sri Lankan Doctor

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KB
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

6 of us arrived on a Thursday evening with a reservation for dinner. This was our first time here and our waiter was so helpful, as we had no experience with Indian food. The food and service were amazing. I would definitely recommend this restaurant!

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MM
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service!!! Food was amazing!! Gregory was best waiter!! And head manager was so attentive & provided exceptional service...loved it!!

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KB
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is our work go to place when we want to celebrate someone's birthday or just have a nice lunch for whatever reason. We go to the Penn Quarter one. I had a dinner party for my parents at the one near Georgetown. The food and service were not nearly as good as the one in Penn Quarter.

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TG
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience. Food was great. Palak (Spinach) Chaat is a must try!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The food was mostly very good; the chicken and lobster, the plantains. The kale fritters weren't my jam. Pam was our waitress, she was upbeat and cool despite how crazy busy they were. This place was hopping! We went for a two person, low-key dinner and it was, all told pretty good. About what you expect for a fancy downtown restaurant on a weekday. It hit the marks, the only place it excelled was the staff.

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WW
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in DC. Always outstanding food. I bring all guests to dine at Rasika!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. The tasting menu was phenomenal; the first dish was fantastic and only surpassed by each of the seven following courses.

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CF
Baltimore
28 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Everyone in our party enjoyed our selections of shared dishes. Our waiter was very helpful, this being our first visit, by providing excellent recommendations. They also provided a comp dessert for our birthday girl. The crispy spinach and the red snapper were especially enjoyed.

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Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited for my sons birthday. It was a wonderful experience.

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

We had an amazing luncheon at Rasika today to celebrate our 24th wedding anniversary. The staff was attentive, knowledgeable and welcoming. The food was like eating happiness.

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RF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our family has a tradition of celebrating the day after Thanksgiving at Rasika, and we were exceptionally pleased this year. We had a fabulous quiet table for 6 and the service was outstanding! Love Rasika, the best Indian cuisine in DC or for that matter, anywhere I have been.

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New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Rasika is an upmarket Indian restaurant with top-notch food and service. I enjoyed a fillet of sole appetizer cooked in Indian spices. My lamb main dish was spicy and flavorful . The cardamon ice cream was a nice way to end a delicious meal. This restaurant is worth a splurge.

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CA
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We have been to several indian cuisine but nothing beats the one from Garmisch. Quality of service were outstanding, it was crowded on a weekday lunch, and we book this reservation a month ago. Our food was good but not great. Overall we still recommend this place to our friends.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING service, FANTASTIC food!

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Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Indian restaurant in DC and possibly the country. Very creative menu and service is superb.

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

We have celebrated at Rasika downtown for over a decade, and they never fail to impress! They deliver the perfect blend of spices and complexity that is unmatched in the USA. Hats off for improving your game with age!

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Good Appetizers but the curries in the main course were a bit spicy. The whole garam masala was too overpowering...

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time. Everyone enjoyed the food, ambiance and the service

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Washington DC
66 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rasika is an outstanding restaurant with wonderful food. My daughter visiting from Denver insisted that we come here to eat. We came for lunch and it met all of our wishes. We will be back, even without her. Keep on doing what you do so well.

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Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the most incredible meals I have ever experienced. The cuisine, service, and atmosphere were outstanding. The staff are highly professional and the flavors and textures of every dish were phenomenal. Special recognition to the sommelier for the exquisite wine pairings.

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MQ
Chicago
116 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and great ambiance. I do highly recommend that you make reservations as we dined on a Monday to a packed house.
They have an extensive menu and if you are vegan or vegetarian, you are in for a real treat. My party dined on mainly vegan and vegetarian options and we were all pleased...
The garlic naan with herbs, roti and the goat cheese kulcha were our choices of bread. My favorite was the goat cheese.
Avocado banana chaat was interesting; so much so, we ordered a second dish. The palat chaat was really good!
The black cod melted in my mouth, the gobhi mattar and raingan mirch ka salan were also very tasty.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I enjoyed my meal at Rasika, but few dishes stood out. With the exception of the palak chaat and duck vindaloo, which are unique and outstanding, I have had better versions and larger portions of most dishes at other Indian restaurants for significantly less. For me, Rasika isn't worth the premium.

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Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
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 on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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NA
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
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 on November 18, 2018
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 on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food.

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DS
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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AS
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
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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