Rasika West End

4.7
4272 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary Indian
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Rasika, which is derived from Sanskrit meaning "flavors,” is the award-winning modern Indian restaurant owned by Ashok Bajaj. Leading the kitchen is Group Executive Chef Vikram Sunderam, winner of Best Chef Mid-Atlantic from the James Beard Foundation. Rasika showcases authentic Indian fare prepared on the Tawa (griddle), Sigri (open barbeque), as well as Tandoori and regional dishes. The restaurant is also noted for its international wine list, innovative cocktails and intimate, plush dining room. Rasika West End can accommodate up to 140 guests seated in the main dining room. For private dining, Rasika West End offers three exclusive spaces: The Library, which can seat 40-50 guests, the Garden Room which can accommodate 12-13 guests for dining and the private Chef’s Table Room available for 12-13 guests. A stunning 24-seat lounge is also available for casual dining along with an outdoor patio that can seat 40 guests during the spring and summer months.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary Indian
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Hours of operation
Lunch:
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 2:30pm
Dinner:
Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm,
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday - 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(202) 466-2500
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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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Private party facilities
We offer three private dining room options. The Library Room seats up to 40-50 guests for a sit down dinner and Stand up reception for 50 guests. Window view Garden room seats up to 12-13 guests. Glass enclosed Private Dining Room in the Kitchen seats up to 12-13 guests.
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Private party contact
Atul Narain: (202) 466-2500
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Catering
We can cater events from 10 to 1000 guests.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
New Hampshire & M Street
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Parking details
We offer valet parking at Dinner service at eight dollars per car. Our valet station is situated at the corner of New Hampshire Avenue and M Street.
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Public transit
Three block walk from Foggy Bottom Metro station.
Six block walk from Dupont Circle Metro station.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Like it’s Penn Quarter counterpart, Rasika West End serves some of the best upscale Indian food in the city.

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M
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food & service consistently good in 3 years of eating here

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MP
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing fresh spices make every dish here a joy to eat!

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JL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a wonderful lunch. The decor was beautiful and the food was absolutely delicious. The service was attentive and professional and the presentation and plating of each dish was beautiful. Rasika is consistently excellent every time we go there. A memorable and fantastic dining experience!

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OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

While their food remains excellent, their customer service has declined recently. It took them three tries to present us with the correct bill, and they may no apologies for their mistakes. Additionally, the servers were intrusive into our personal space, at several points places their hands on the back of my chair and leaning in from behind me, which was creepy and uncomfortable.

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Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service is attentive and fast, ambiance is great, and the food mostly delicious. It is very noisy however. and difficult to have a good conversation. Nevertheless I recommend this restaurant for most occasions.

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OT
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great. Tag team wait staff never left us hanging. Good recommendations

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DK
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service, and consistency over multiple visits.

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p
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as usual

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MH
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were visiting DC from NYC to see clients. Our clients picked the restaurant and it was outstanding! Great food, great service, great recommendations. Really nice window seat with lots of natural light at lunch time was nice too!

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SE
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The black cod is what keeps me coming back. It’s probably the best fish I’ve ever had. The service is always first rate. The restaurant has a great vibe, not as formal as The original Rasika

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Miami
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Each time I’m in DC on business I have to include Rasika in my dining experiences. Wonderful Indian cuisine in a cost environment.

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e
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This Indian food restaurant is the best I have ever been to. Absolutely delicious!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for my mom’s birthday and the food was amazing. Everything had it’s own flavor and nothing was similar(a lot of Indian Restaurants end up using the same spice for every dish). Our waitress was really nice, got my mom a little free desert too. We tired the sea bass, cauliflower bezule, Palak chat, mango shrimp for appetizer and chicken tikka masala, fish tandoor, and chicken Biryani for the main course. Everything was equally tasty, the food portion is very small but it’s filling. Will be back here soon!

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DK
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, very attentive staff, great atmosphere!

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DC
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Black cod was amazing

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MM
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice Indian restaurant. A bit pricy, but the food is excellent.
Since I found the food a bit heavy, I recommend lunch visits to this restauarant for more senior people.

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w
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as usual. Have the deep- fried spinach. Pre- theater menu is good deal. Some dishes are very highly spicy.

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AH
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I took my friend to Rasika West for her birthday--food and service were both pleasant and enjoyable.
Strongly recommend this restaurant--the fifth time I've been there, and it Never disappoints!!

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DB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as always

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BC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Came in for a Sunday birthday brunch that coincided with Restaurant Week. My friend and I were completely blown away by everything we ordered. Appetizers, entrees, desserts, drinks -- all of it was just WOW. Get the crispy spinach. It's everything they say it is.

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RM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service. One of my favorites . Planning to go back soon

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for restaurant week brunch.

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CK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So delicious and fun! The service was great as well. Will definitely be back.

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our absolute favorite restaurant. Always a wonderful experience. Can’t wait to go back!

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SL
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing. The tandoori lamb chops are outrageous. Love the Fish Chili Garlic appetizer also, so flavorful. The staff, including Victor and Atul are just top of the line and so welcoming and friendly.

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NK
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent service and food. A great restaurant that is consistent in all areas.

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MW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our table of 4 got the tasting menu and wine pairing. Fantastic experience; everyone at our table raved about the taste of the food; service was excellent. The tasting menu is reasonably priced for all the food served.

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JE
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved everything about Rasika. The ambiance was very pleasant --attractive and moderately quiet as well. Our Waitress recommended the crispy spinach appetizer and it was out of this world. Tikka Masala also delicious and we had a bread basket of different types of Naan. Would definitely recommend

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NK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The appetizers were great! Best Naan and mint chutney, best fish on banana leaf, but the entree chickens (tikka and chicken cashew coconut) were undercooked. Chicken tikka pieces were subpar.

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SK
Washington DC
79 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Restaurant Week lunch menu had excellent choices. For the appetizers, besides the Palak chaat, the scallops with the moilee sauce had scallops cooked just right. The cod with it’s sauce in the entrees was delicious. You can never go wrong with any dish at both the Rasika restaurants.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rasika did not disappoint. A friend and I lunched at the West End location during Restaurant Week. The food was phenomenal. We each tried a new dessert, and would have again. The sea bass appetizer was absolutely delicious. Overall, it was great value for a stupendous meal.

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IH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As good and creative as its reputation. Even if Indian food is not your cup of tea, you will enjoy your meal here. Creative and delicious.

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MF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a perfect lunch. Service was excellent and the food Devine.

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MB
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was so shocked I got a reservation at the last minute on restaurant week and as usual Rasika did not disappoint! Thank you so much...

Ms. Brown

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FL
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Rose and date ice-cream is amazing and so unique! The palak chaat was not the typical ones you find it any restaurant! Must try!

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J
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was nicely presented. The dishes and sauces I tested were a little bit in the salty side but delicious. The scallops were magnificent. Tested two “spicy” sauces that were not spiced at all but were salty. The service was impeccable and cordial. I will recommend this restaurant to my friends and will go back hoping to taste more dishes, expecting to be less salty.

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JN
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

As good as its reputation

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went for restaurant week for lunch and it was absolutely delightful. I still have a smile thinking about the Fried Spinach appetizer. I will definitely be back. Also, you have a great bartender!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food is great. It was restaurant week, so much busier than usual, and it’s usually busy. As a result, service wasn’t as attentive as usual, felt a bit like they were rushing to get as many people fed as possible. Nonetheless, the food was as delicious as ever. Definitely worth eating there. And if you haven’t tried it, restaurant week is a good time to go, esp with a group as you can try a variety of their wonderful options.

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BH
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

No accommodations for children, no high chairs not child friendly

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