Rasika West End

4.7
4053 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary Indian
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.
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Private dining
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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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.
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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.
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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

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.

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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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Houston
22 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

This was my second time visiting a Rasika location in DC, and I returned due to the first experience being so phenomenal. However, I must say that I haven’t been that disappointed in a server in a very long time. I visited with two friends and we ordered many food items to share, a bottle of sparkling wine (served warm when it should’ve been chilled) and even an additional glass of wine each. Our server rushed us through our meal every chance he could, seemed annoyed with us even though we were not demanding, and actually stared at our table at the end of the night and occasionally sent other servers and staff over to try and clear our plates multiple times before we were ready. I’ll grant that we were seated an hour before closing, but do not offer reservations for this time if you expect people to complete their meals within that exact hour. I glanced over to another couple finishing their meal after the restaurant had closed, and their server was kindly taking photos of them and smiling warmly at them while our’s was glaring at us from a short distance away. I will not return to Rasika West again based on this poor and infuriating service. I haven’t felt that rushed and unappreciated as a customer in a very long time, despite our large bill (I still left a 20% tip, though I do regret having awarded my awful server) and general enthusiasm for the meal. Rasika, you really disappointed me.

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C
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely exceptional food and service. Our waiter had excellent suggestions.

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SC
Denver
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An outstanding culinary experience! Pricey, but well worth it

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GB
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Came there to meet up with old friends. We also needed to kill 90 minutes. We had drinks, a main course and dessert. All the food was excellent and no one pressured us to leave early. The service was prompt and friendly. We enjoyed ourselves and would come back.

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

Staff was extremely attentive and friendly despite one of our party arriving a bit late. Couldn’t have asked for better service.

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

Out of town guests

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

Great food, good service overall. Loud atmosphere at lunch time

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AS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

Based on its reputation, we were excited to go to Rasika West End for our anniversary. I had been to the restaurant years ago with clients, but this was my wife's first trip. When we made our reservation, I indicated it was our anniversary, and when we were seated, we were presented with complementary glasses of champagne, which was very nice. Our waiter was wonderful and helpful. But the food was just not what we hoped for. The sweet potato samosa was virtually tasteless. My wife told the waiter she is pescatarian, and so her tasting menu main dish was an assortment that featured fish, which would have been lovely, except for the fact that everything was way too salty. Similarly, my salmon was much too salty. It was bizarre. This is the not the first time we have had such an experience at a fine D.C. restaurant, so maybe we are bit too sensitive. But I don't see why you would bury (presumably) good fish in such a huge amount of salt. We should have said something, but that's not the way we roll. The high point of the meal was dessert, which was absolutely fantastic. But on the whole, the experience was a disappointment, and I can't help wondering if this is just another wildly overrated DC restaurant.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Great food. Excellent service. Too loud.

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j
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Rasika never dissapoints
Always a great experience
And it’s not my accident. Very professional

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DM
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the food was an amazing combination of flavors expertly executed. Great service.

My ONLY criticism is that there is a men’s restroom but no designated women’s restroom. There are two multi-sex individual restrooms but none designated expressly for women. So while 3 other women and I waited in line for a chance at one of the two individual restrooms I counted 4 men who walked past us into the men’s room and one of the occupied individual restrooms was occupied by a man.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beth was amazing!! Knowledgeable and extremely kind!! I can’t wait to be back!!

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S
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We celebrated our 1st wedding anniversary at Rasika WE. Food is just as great as at the original. Service was good, but we’d have appreciated our server letting us know that the dishes we were ordering are spicy since we’d already mentioned this as an issue. Otherwise, an excellent dining experience.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday, and it was fantastic.

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

Good food, great experience!

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Jacksonville
6 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent!!

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N
Chicago
54 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Mediocre flavoress food. Minimal wine list. Sacrificed one dinner in DC for this place due to rave reviews. The only tasty dish was black garlic fish appetizer. The lamb in the curry was dried out that it tasted like beef and curry had little flavor. The crispy spinach everyone is raving about - is just deep fried spinach that lost all nutrition value with some yogurt dressing. The food is NOT remotely spicy nor it has indian flavors. Service is just fine. You can get much better and more creative Indian dishes in simple Indian neighborhood place in Chicago or New York, it is possble that there are none in DC, not sure.

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BA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellence service! Excellent meal. Always a wonderful experience!

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New England
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasting menu was an excellent choice. The wines paired beautifully! Every dish was amazing and full of complex flavors.

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MB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So. Much. DELICIOUS food. Great for vegetarians (me!) and omnivores. We gave our server our order - and then he told us what we should get. :-) I love when a server knows the menu so well to offer the best suggestions. This was our first visit and we'll definitely be back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, atmosphere and service!

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h
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We arrived on time for our 6:30 reservation. We each had an appetizer, an entree, and sides. The food was good, but we have dined at both Rasika and Rasika West End many times over the years and the dishes yesterday just were not of the stellar quality we had come to expect. However, we were dining with a good, out-of-town friend whom we hadn’t seen in months; he was very pleased with his meal; and we we’re having a good time. At 7:50 we had finished our meal and paid, but we were still enjoying our conversation. The management asked that we leave so they could seat new customers. I am aware of restaurants that warn one ahead of time that a seating is only for two hours. Rasika posts no such warning and we hadn’t even been seated for 90 minutes.
They were simply rude. DC is rich in excellent restaurants; no need to patronize an establishment that thinks customers are livestock, to be moved on once full.

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Beirut/Lebanon
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

I went there alone for lunch since i’m in Washington on a business trip for the week. Food was actually fantastic, no comment there. My issue was with the service, three times
1- as i walked kn at my reservation time exactly (2:15) all the hosts and hostesses of the restaurant were at the reception table talking to each and starring at me, the host table being on the left side of the entrance wasn’t clearly visible to me at first but then when i did take notice, they all kept starring at me and continuing their chat, if you’re going to position yourself as somehow gourmet, act up!
2- i’m 33 and i was asked for my ID as i ordered wine, which is fine, but don’t ask me like i look like an 18 year old, even an 18 year old won’t be that confident to enter such a restaurant and order wine.
3- at 2:35 i order an extra pair of nan bread, the waitress, this time very respectfully, informs me that the kitchen closed 5 min ago, i’m asking for bread woman! Not a new dish!

Ambience, atmosphere, value is all ok, and the food is great.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We got the vegie taster menu—really delicious. Each item was different and wonderfully-spiced and presented,

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C
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Repurposed a reservation after a friend had to cancel her trip to DC - instead invited a colleague to celebrate her new job. She hadn’t dined there before, so it was a treat to share my favorites with her: palak chaat, chutneys and naan, and the toffee pudding cake. Wonderful service as always! Back soon!

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BL
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was really amazing. I had been several years ago on my last trip to DC, and dreamed about going back. I was not disappointed. Everything we had was terrific. Be sure to try the spinach appetizer - wonderful.

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S
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

The dishes were tasty. The cauliflower bezule needs a dipping sauce to complete it.
The noise level was way too difficult.
The service was not friendly.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

The food was excellent. Service was disappointing. Wait staff were curt and indifferent to the point I felt embarrassed to have suggested the restaurant to my guest.

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M
Phoenix
25 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

I prefer the original location as the west end has an issue with identification. Does it want to be fine dining? Looks like it. Tons of service staff but they speak to one another instead of the guests and do not do a good job of recommending products. A bread basket at 9 bucks does not come with any chutney or yogurt. Tandoori chicken does not come with rice. Incomplete at best. But the flavors are very good.

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T
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our best dining experience in years!

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LE
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

I had heard so much about Rasika West End and finally planned far enough ahead to make a reservation for my birthday dinner with my family. It was every bit as awesome as everyone says! Delicious food, with a creative twist on so many conventional Indian recipes, as well as great dishes unique to Rasika. Go, definitely!

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C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Rasika had been on my must try list for years and overall did not disappoint. The table was fantastic, the tasting menu had some gems and the server was generous in her time and recommendations. I will admit that after I ordered a cocktail which I really did not care for and was much much too heavy on the lemon juice, I sent it back and went with a different recommendation. I was disappointed that it showed up on our bill, although of course I did order it. Given the breadth of what we ordered throughout the evening and the fact that I didn’t drink it, I felt a spot of this caliber should have removed it from the bill.

Other than that, I’d say we left full and happy we tried this mainstay of the city. The Malai Palak was a winner for me, hands down as were the cremini mushrooms.

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ML
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had never been to Rasika before but we booked it for our 26th Anniversary. When we arrived they asked if we did not mind waiting a few minutes because they wanted to give us a special table for our anniversary. Everyone at the restaurant made a point to wish us a Happy Anniversary. They even gave us complimentary drinks while we waited. Our wait was less than 5 minutes. The table was very nice and near the window, it was structured in such a way that it helped block out the noise and we could easily hear each other talk. The food was delicious and the waitress could not have been more attentive and helpful. She made suggestions from the menu and each one was perfect. At the end of the evening she brought us a special dessert from the kitchen. The evening was wonderful and everyone that night made a special effort to make our anniversary memorable - a perfect night!

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New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Rasika remains one of the top restaurants of any kind in the DC area, let alone absolutely the best for Indian/South Asian specialties. Black cod and fried spinach signature dishes cannot be missed, and everything else too!! Wine pairings on the tasting menu are genius. Five stars!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious!

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DC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

The white chairs BADLY need SCRUBBED. I got to the table before my friends and I noticed the chairs at other tables and it was disgusting. Do not let them seat you by the server station, as you will get jostled and bothered by server chatter during your meal. The service was arrogant and inattentive. The food was not as good as many other Indian places in town. Everything tasted the same. Much too expensive for what it is.

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o
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

outstanding appetizers. more than enough for dinner

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

Rasika/Rasika West End is my favorite restaurant in DC -- it is always the first place that I try to get reservations for when I have friends visiting from other areas. We branched out and tried new things on this visit, and we were not disappointed. The eggplant appetizer was amazing, as were each of our entrees. Service has always been top notch for us at each visit.

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DC
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A little pricey, but you get what you pay for! Great food and service makes for an enjoyable dining experience.

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JK
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the pre-theater menu, which is a great deal. The food was spectacular and plentiful, the service warm but not overly present, and the price was fantastic. When I have more money to spend, I'll do the real tasting menu, but for now this was a great option. They also seated us early when we arrived right as they opened, which was very nice

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