About Rasika West End

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.

1190 New Hampshire Avenue, NW.
Washington, DC 20037
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary Indian

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

Cross Street:
New Hampshire & M Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 466-2500

Website:
http://www.rasikarestaurant.com/westend

Catering:
We can cater events from 10 to 1000 guests.

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.

Public Transit:
Three block walk from Foggy Bottom Metro station.
Six block walk from Dupont Circle Metro station.

Executive Chef:
Vikram Sunderam

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

Special Events & Promotions:
Special pre-fix menu options for Valentine's Day dinner, Mother's day brunch and New Year's eve. We have a turkey special available on Thanksgiving.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

A special Four Course Dinner Menu created By Chef Vikram Sunderam will be offered at $85.00 per person. This is the only menu on offer that evening. We will have the regular lunch menu available from 11.30 AM - 2.15 PM.
A cancellation fee of $25.00 per person is applicable within a 72 hours period.

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Private Dining

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.

Rasika West End Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (116)
Good for a Date (106)
Special Occasion (105)
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Fit for Foodies (104)
Good Vegetarian Options (96)
Authentic (81)
Good for Anniversaries (80)
Spicy (65)
Good for Birthdays (61)
Business Meals (59)
Worth the Drive (57)
Pre/post Theatre (51)
Hot Spot (51)
Tasting Menu (51)
Fun (42)
Romantic (42)
Great for Lunch (40)
Neighborhood Gem (37)
Good for Groups (30)
Handcrafted Cocktails (29)
Cozy (22)
People Watching (21)
Notable Wine List (20)
Vegan (20)
Casual (19)
Sunday Lunch (18)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Healthy (17)
Bar Seating (16)
Great for Brunch (15)
Comfort Food (12)
Tapas (12)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Happy Hour (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Seasonal (8)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Late-night Find (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Organic (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great Beer (1)
Scenic View (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Apps and desserts are "great". Main course is "very good". Main issue with main course is slightly too salty, and sometimes a touch too much cardamon. Apps are in danger of slipping to "very good" because of recent increase in sugar levels (e.g. palak chat flash-fried spinach does not need to be super sweet). Increases in salt/sugar might be Rasika trying to cater more to typical American hamburgerhotdogpizza palette.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined 3 days ago

Food was ok but there’s comparatively little choice for drinks. And HORRIBLE service! Their waiters and waitresses are unfriendly to say the least. Our waitress never introduced her name and seemed angry all the time. On our way out after the meal, none of the waiters or waitresses at least said thank you or have a good day, nor did the front desk staff. A very disappointing experience. At this price level you can get much better service and food elsewhere.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

The host was able to seat us even though our reservation was for the following week (my mistake). We were grateful for the help but then wondered why it takes 3-4 weeks to get a Saturday night reservation.

amazing food in a wonderful atmosphere.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, People Watching
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Have been waiting for months to go here. We arrived early for our reservation and they seated us right away. The service was impeccable! He was there when you needed him but not trying to chat you up. Food was excellent. Everyone said we should try the fried spinach which really was great. We were never rushed to leave once we were done. Can;t wait to go back.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Spicy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

The experience started off badly with a visit to a bathroom that was atrocious! The toilet roll holder was not screwed in tightly so the rolls were all over the floor and there was no way to secure them. Used towels were on the floor surrounding the garbage can. As for the food, I'm sorry to say that Rasika is resting on its laurels. My daughter's stomach was uneasy the next day and I had indigestion from all the grease. We will not be back, unfortunately.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Wonderful night! Thank you!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Admittedly it was a busy Friday night in DC. But in spite of our open table reservation we had to wait 55’ to get a table. Hosts staff were cordial yet overwhelmed. They were apologetic and offered us a couple of appetizers while we waited at the bar. The appretizers were good. The food was overall good. The place was freezing inside - as we were right underneath very strong a/c vents. The wine list is limited. I will give it another try but my expectations were high and were not met.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

It was a great experience

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 (Denver)·Dined 4 days ago

Everything we got was delicious! Definitely recommend the crispy spinach, and cauliflower bezulle.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

We had an extraordinary dinner with outstanding service.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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·Dined 5 days ago

The food was amazing, but what really made the meal was the amazing staff. Definitely make a reservation or you are in for a serious wait.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Authentic, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Absolutely the best Indian food I have ever had. Service is exceptional. It's a popular spot-- so reservations for peak lunch times or dinner at least a week in advance are often necessary.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

Always wanted to try Rasika as I had heard great comments about it. Definitely was delighted by the food, service and ambiance.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Probably the best Indian food in town.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Absolutely excellent! The service and food was outstanding. Our friend had never tried authentic Indian food before and we knew we had to take her here. Rasika did not disappoint. We can't wait to return.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on January 14, 2018

I had high hopes but we were disappointed in the quality of the food.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Wonderful meal, thoughtful, attentive service, and we can't wait to return on our next visit to D.C.

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 14, 2018

It was a wonderful night the staff was incredible and the food was delicious.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 12, 2018

What a great restaurant! Having been to the Penn Quarter Rasika quite a few times we decided to try the West End sibling. It easily met our expectations. Our server was skillful and knowledgeable, drinks came quickly, my lactose intolerance was dealt with perfectly, and of course the food was beautiful and delicious! I loved the decor as well; it's more modern and colorful than the PQ location.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Spicy, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 11, 2018

This is high quality authentic Indian cuisine seamlessly blended with bits of wonderful creativity. The service was attentive and friendly without being obtrusive. Women in our party had a quibble with the restroom situation. They were directed to a spot with two unisex restrooms and a dedicated men's room; but no restroom dedicated to women.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 10, 2018

The restaurant has a great location right in the middle of the busy West End. It is a great location for a business lunch or dinner especially if you are staying at one of the many hotels nearby like the Ritz-Carlton, Marriott or Westin.
The food was very authentic and had great flavor. The servers did a good job explaining the items. The mango shrimp was amazing! My only constructive feedback is about the servers. They could have been more attentive and less "section" focused.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 9, 2018

service was very obtrusive and not very good. it was unforunate.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 9, 2018

this is my second time and the food is authentic and fabulous.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 7, 2018

The best Indian- or Indian-inspired food in the country. Unusual, exceptionally good. Wonderful service, great atmosphere, exceptional food, and quiet enough to hear your table-mates.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Sorry prevous review was in error. Rasika West end was spectacular and well worth a visit!!!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Authentic, Fun, Hot Spot, Tasting Menu
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 5, 2018

This is the best Indian food in Washington. They can make the level spice you desire. The service is always spot on. It’s decor is perfect and easy for conversation at a normal voice. Order the Cod and lambshops

Tags: Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Vegan, Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on January 5, 2018

Rasika never disappoints. I always order palak chat and dahl dungaree--anything else is bonus. There was a slight delay in service but overall another wonderful experience at Rasika

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays
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 (Central Texas)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Overall basic Indian food and not overly impressed. Had to wait on water refills several times. Wine list is limited. We ordered a dessert and 2 extra came out that we did not order. We assumed that it was complimentary until the bill came and we were charged for them. Beware!

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·Dined on January 5, 2018

This is by easily a step above all other Indian restaurants. You’ll be able to taste the difference and it will be hard to go back to other Indian restaurants after your meal.

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·Dined on January 4, 2018

Wish I got to DC more often to dine here. I have never been disappointed, it is always a great time.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 3, 2018

The cuisine is imaginative and delicious and the service is very professional. For lovers of Indian food such as myself, Rasika is in a league of its own in the DC area. The difficulty of getting a reservation speaks for itself.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Fun
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 3, 2018

The food is Indian, but unlike anything you will find in most Indian cuisine restaurants. The service is far and away the best I've experienced in many years-possibly ever. Yes, you have to book far ahead. Yes, it is worth it.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Three words. Excellent, excellent, excellent. (or was that one word?)

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Excellent food with suprising twists on Indian favorites. Very good service. Relaxed-trendy vibe.
Just go. You'll love it

Tags: Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Tapas, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Everything about Rasika West End was superb. The Indian food is the best I've had anywhere -- even in India. It is innovative and very flavorful. The fried spinach appetizer, the signature dish,- was sublime. The Goan fish curry, made with grouper, was perfect. The service too was great. Only minor negative was that it took about 10 minutes until the valet arrived to park my car.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on January 2, 2018

Always outstanding- I’m always skeptical of fancy Indian restaurants but this one is worth every bit of the hype. Major plus the patio is dog friendly! Love going here before a show. Save room for dessert if you can, but it is difficult given the amazing dinner menu.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 2, 2018

I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more dishes. The spinach salad was amazing! The table was split on the Tempura Chicken – one person thought it was great, but another felt that the tastes didn't quite mesh. Everyone loved the Chicken Masala. Service was well-timed and friendly, wines were affordable."

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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vip
 (London)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Food was subpar, very salty and creamy (consistency of the chicken kebab and in the curry was bizarre. The service was perfectly fine but the food remained very disappointing.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Fantastic flavors, Sunday brunch menu

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Contemporary Indian Food in urban setting. Good wine list and nice selection of craft cocktails.

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