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Mon, 5/21
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9:00 PM
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Rasika West End

4.7
3785 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.
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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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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

We have been coming here every since this restaurant opened and prefer the ambiance at this location , but the other location downtown is great as well. This restaurant never disappoints. Everything is great and have never had a dish that was sub-par. The only advice we would give is to try new items on the menu. There is a reason why this restaurant is always ranked as one of the best in DC and in the U.S. year after year. Another tip would be to do a tasting menu for a lunch appointment on a weekend. You get better availability, the same great meal as dinner, and a quieter restaurant (but still very robust crowd so you don't feel that you are the only ones in the restaurant).

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Best Indian food I have had. Service and food was great. Noise level moderate but not disruptive. Great find

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2.0Dined 4 days ago

The food was mediocre, which was surprising for a restaurant of this caliber. We also froze under the vents, despite the staff assuring us they would turn down the AC. The service was very quick though.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Great local restaurant if you want really good Indian cuisine. One dish was too spicy for a member of my party and they did not hesitate to accommodate her (greatly appreciated by all). Finally, as an added treat, we were there to celebrate a friend's birthday and they gave her a special dessert at the end of our meal. Thank you for everything!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Food always delicious here!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Rasika West End lived up to the hype! We did the tasting menu and it was amazing!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

The food as usual was absolutely fantastic. I took an old family friend and they were really impressed

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

This is one of our favorite restaurants when visiting DC.
The service and food are exceptional!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

This was a birthday celebration and a fine one. We had a relatively quiet spot (plenty of room for the two of us at a table for four), impeccable service from several staffers, and excellent choices for dinner. Mine was an impeccable chicken dish with a lovely, piquant sauce. All around, exquisite (and a bargain too).

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Always a treasure! We order four or five of the appetizers and dine tapas style. Of course we order entrees too but to take home for later. The lamb chops and duck are even better the next day. I wish the cocktails and martinis were served colder though. A nearly room temp martini isn't on par with the rest of the amazing dining experience.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

It was our first time. Everything was fresh and delicious! It was a great choice for Mother’s Day celebration. My daughters and I absolutely enjoyed it.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

May be the best Indian food we have ever had! Chatting with a neighboring patron we all agreed. The tasting menu looks awesome but we opted for a la carte. All food was superlative. Drinks are also carefully curated and accompany the food well.

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

$50 for prix fixe for Mother's day-without a welcome drink or cocktail-food was good but over priced.Seated in a corner away from the main dining area.Totally secluded.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We took my mom for mother's day and it did not disappoint. The service is terrific, the food is exceptional as is the vibe. My mom is 89 yrs. old and she loved it. It was a fixed menu but it had lots of choices. Love Rasika and Rasika West End. Best Indian food in town.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

This is my new favorite restaurant! The food is excellent and the staff is so wonderful.
Rasika West is a real gem!

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

I am never disappointed and always impressed with how great the food, service and experience is at Raskia West End. My only challenge is getting a reservation in the short term!!

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

We did the tasting menu. Everything was delicious!

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

This restaurant is always wonderful. We always take out of town guests and they all love it.

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4.0Dined on May 11, 2018

The food was very good. Our waitress was excellent but the overall service from the kitchen was slow. Additionally, the price is high compared to the portion size.

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4.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Very accommodating from reception to table. Will definitely be returning with clients.

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4.0Dined on May 9, 2018

We enjoyed a meal with friends. Service was great. We appreciate they accommodate our group and their request on timing and food.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

A wonderful choice for my wife's Birthday.
We elected to share the Tasting Menu which allowed us to enjoy a sample of different appetizers, entrees and desserts. Our favorites were the crispy spinach appetizer and honey-ginger scallop; chicken tikki marsala; and the ice cream with cardamom. As small eaters, the servings were sufficient for us. Our server, Halana, was knowledgeable and personable. Wished we lived in DC - would be regulars for sure.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

We had a fantastic dining experience at Rasika. We had been anxious to try it after much effusive praise from friends, and it certainly surpassed our already high expectations. We arrived early and had a couple cocktails at the bar while we waited for a table. My wife and I both got the Sania, which was delicious. Like if bourbon could give you a warm hug on a chilly day. We were then seated and ordered a couple appetizers, the palak chat and the scallops. The palak chat was unbelievably good. My wife doesn't care for spinach that much, but the crispiness of the spinach with the creamy yogurt and the sauce was a perfect combination. The scallops were very good as well. For entrees, we ordered the roast duck and the lamb korma. Both were amazing, full of flavor, and had the perfect level of spice. We also had a couple glasses of wine. Our waitress recommended the tempranillo, which paired nicely with the spice of the entrees. I had marked on our reservation that it was my wife's birthday, and our waitress surprised us with a free dessert after dinner, cardamom ice cream with some sort of small donuts. She even sang happy birthday to my wife, which was sweet. Overall, it was a fantastic dinner and we can't wait for another trip to DC to come back to Rasika.

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3.0Dined on May 7, 2018

We were seated in the back of the restaurant under air conditioning vents. We asked repeatedly through the evening to have it turned down to no avail. We ended up playing musical chairs trying to keep warm. Very very uncomfortable.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

As always, the food was creative and delicious. We loved the Black Cod and Salmon dishes. Service was excellent.

It is a little noisy, but we could still have a conversation.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

You can go to this restaurant for any occasion. Everything food item we got was out of this world delish. I went twice when this restaurant first opened and it’s still just as unbelievable all these years later.

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2.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Food quality was just ok. Food was very expensive relative to the quality. Ambience of the place didn't feel too upscale. Service was just ok. Temperature of place was too cold. Overall, was not too satisfied given how expensive the place was. This was not to the level of the other Rasika or even Bombay Club.

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2.0Dined on May 6, 2018

This was my first time dining here - my husband and I are big fans of the original Rasika so we were looking forward to trying West End. Unfortunately it was an extremely underwhelming dining experience.

We started with the tawa baingan (star of the night - absolutely delish) and the chicken kathi roll. The roll was HUGE. It was a lunch sized portion, not an app sized portion. That isn’t necessarily a problem but it’s easy to over eat and then not be able to eat your main course. The roll was also over spiced. It was hot but that wasn’t the problem. There was just way too much seasoning. The same thing happened with the vegetable biriyani. Holy cardamom. Someone in that kitchen loves those little pods. Neither of those dishes were pleasant to eat. We also tried the baingan saraf which was delish. For dessert i ordered the chocolate samosa and mint chocolate ice cream. Total disappointment. The “samosa” was puff pastry filled with chocolate ala a toaster strudel. What a let down.

We won’t be back to West End. We will stick to the original from now on.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

I've been to Rasika West several times before and its always a great total experience - wonderful food, great service, nice atmosphere, and a good value. Last Saturday night, we brought friends from NY and as sometimes happens, our table was not ready at our reservation time. When the wait extended to about 25 minutes, not only did we get many apologies, but they offered and bought us a round of drinks.

When we finally sat down (maybe a total 30 minute wait), dinner and the service was impeccable as always. I expected great service and food, but they went over board, compensating our wait with free desert and appetizers. Totally unexpected, but highly appreciated. We were impressed and our friends from NY were really impressed with the total experience.

Thanks again. We will be back!

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Rasika, both in the original location and in the West End, are often referred to as the best Indian in DC. I agree.

We went there for a birthday dinner, which I think all enjoyed. The starters of chicken tikka, pakoras, were excellent. Flavorful, properly seasoned, and well executed.

We shared ~5 mains, including the lamb chops, chicken tikka masala, dal makhani, bangan bharta, bhindi masala, and some rice and naans. All of was as expected, flavorful and enjoyable. My only issue is the level of ghee and other fats used to bring that flavor, causing me to refer to the dal as death dal.

Overall, an enjoyable, shared Indian meal experience with family.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

My husband and I both ordered the tasting menu which provided a wonderful introduction to Rasika's menu. The food was incredibly delicious and elegantly presented. Our waiter was very experienced and helpful. We will definitely be adding Rasika to our date night dining options.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

We usually do not eat at popular restaurants. We stepped out of our comfort zone since it was our anniversary night.

The staff made our night feel special. We ordered the Tasting Menu and experienced many of the choices offered by the restaurant. The food was fabulous. Every dish was exciting and wonderful.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Awesome food. Great atmosphere. Would highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Rasika West End lives up to the popularity and enthusiastic reviews it receives. We had the tasting menu and accompanying fleet of wine. We also opted for the black cod add-on. All was delicious, and what we couldn't eat was all separately boxed by the staff. Our waiter was very attentive and even brought a kulfi dessert when I asked if it was included on the dessert sampler, which it wasn't. I especially liked the art work and design in the indoor dining space. Standouts included the black cod, seared scallop, spinach chair, and the lentils. The muscat that was paired with the scallop was particularly good.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Worthy of the hype. Service was excellent. Food was a delicious, a modern and interesting twist on Indian food. Can totally see why its such a tough table.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Fabulous & delicious!

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

First time there, birthday celebration for the 4 of us, everything was just wonderful

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4.0Dined on May 1, 2018

Excellent tasting menu.. worth ⭐️Michelin

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

All I knew when I got to Rasika was that I had to order the crispy spinach. After that, I had no idea how to approach the menu. The waiter was helpful and kind of took over that process but he WAY overestimated how much my friend and I would be able to eat. We had a lot of food leftover and since were staying at a hotel we couldn't take it to go. Anyhow - aside from my recommendation to keep an eye on how much food your waiter talks you into ordering... the experience was wonderful. We had the black cod and one of the lamb dishes. The black cod was incredible. If you get a chance to eat at either Rasika location, don't miss it!

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

First time to this location, as I've only been to Penn Quarter location before. This Rasika lives up to the high-expectations. For the time of walking in, to the time of leaving, the staff was a delight and the food was amazingly good! I could go on, and I'm sure others have, but this was a real winner.

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