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

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

A price-fixe menu @ $85 per person, plus gratuity and tax will be served

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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

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (114)
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Fit for Foodies (111)
Good for a Date (111)
Good for Anniversaries (94)
Spicy (76)
Authentic (71)
Good for Birthdays (64)
Business Meals (63)
Romantic (52)
Pre/post Theatre (48)
Great for Lunch (47)
Tasting Menu (46)
Worth the Drive (45)
Fun (44)
Neighborhood Gem (44)
Hot Spot (43)
Good for Groups (39)
Handcrafted Cocktails (38)
Healthy (30)
Sunday Lunch (25)
Vegan (25)
Notable Wine List (24)
Great for Outdoor Dining (24)
People Watching (23)
Bar Seating (21)
Cozy (20)
Quiet Conversation (20)
Casual (20)
Vibrant Bar Scene (15)
Gluten Free Options (14)
Comfort Food (14)
Tapas (11)
Great for Brunch (10)
Happy Hour (10)
Seasonal (9)
Local Ingredients (6)
Paleo Friendly (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Organic (5)
Quick Bite (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Great Beer (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

This is hands down one of the best places to grab a meal. You can't really go wrong ordering anything on the menu but I would highly recommend the palak Chaat, the spicy reshimi, and the tandoori,

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We loved the food, but the portions were too large. One of us had the snapper, which could easily have served two. We like to have different tastes, so dislike big portions that limit our ability to order several things. The ambiance is great and our server was fantastic.

Tags: Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Excellent food, despite some glitches with ordering the service was also very good.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 25, 2017

outstanding service and made for a wonderful special occasion!

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Best Indian food I’ve ever had.

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·Dined on October 25, 2017

Wonderful in every way. My favorite restaurant in Washington, DC. And my second favorite would be Rasika Penn Quarter

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Rasika is an old favorite. But it was very noisy and difficult to hear across the table.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 22, 2017

This Indian gem never disappoints. Wonderful, flavorful food, beautifully presented with attentive and friendly service, in a very pleasant room. The outdoor tables are also inviting on a lovely day. The crunchy spinach is one of the most delicious things you'll ever taste.

Tags: Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Server was very average

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Service needs work both reception and server forgot about us after confirming Rez three times and then leaving us to wait 30 minutes. The food was fantastic and made up for the poor service. The spinach, tikka Masala, the curry was exceptional.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Service and food was exceptional! The Palak Chaat is our go-to dish. The lamb chops were deliscious and they offer many different types of naan/paratha.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Spicy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Had another amazing experience at Rasika . Be sure and ask for Victor as he is the best at his craft ! Keep it up Rasika and can’t wait to go back

Tags: Notable Wine List, People Watching, Good for a Date, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Another fantastic meal. Spinach, cauliflower and mango shrimp appetizers, chicken curry, lamb and black cod entrees. We three were deliciously full but not stuffed. Can’t wait for next visit.

Tags: Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Two mix-ups with naan order. Suprising for Rasika. Didn’t want to raise a stink since I was treating a friend for a special occasion. Otherwise very good as usual.

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·Dined on October 19, 2017

My overall experience was good, it's wasn't a memorable as it was during my last visit. It was a Thursday night, the dining area was very busy - the food came out in stages - the lamb dish was not up to my expectations (over cooked) and the regular water they served tasted a bit off (lots of chlorine), our - over all the experience was good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Amazing dining experience. Crispy Spinach is a dish to talk about. red Snapper will bring me back every time. The menu is dynamic and the preparation and presentation are top notch. The atmosphere supports both casual and dressy occasions and you don't have to shout to talk to your dining partner. This is an outstanding dining experience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Fun, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 18, 2017

This is one of my favorite restaurants in DC ... the food is always amazing. But, the service this time was really poor. Our guess ... they were training someone. It might be better to d

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 18, 2017

As is the custom with this restaurant group, I experienced excellent food, as always. Exceptional service, as always. I frequently dine at Rasika, and this was my first time at the West End location. They have done wonderful things with the tighter space, and the food is superb.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vegan, Creative Cuisine, Healthy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Our server was not up to Rasika’s usual standards. Slow to get our drink order (we could see our server and two other employees socializing for ten minutes—it was 5:30 and very few tables occupied) and slow to ask about dessert, which meant no coffee/dessert pre-theater. Rasika can do better!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Rasika is a really lovely restaurant. Great food. Amazing service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Spicy
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 17, 2017

We go out a lot and this experience was incredible. We were on a time crunch and Ram managed to get us in and out within one hour! And we certainly didn’t skimp in ordering either. We had three courses, several cocktails and even had time for an espresso. Next time we go I want to order everything the same. The flavors were unbelievable. Must haves: palaak chat, tandoori lamb chops, dum ka lobster. Food, service, ambiance were all top notch. Can’t wait to visit again!

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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 17, 2017

A can't miss restaurant in D.C. The food is outstanding.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Rasika never disappoints. Wonderful food and charming staff.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Extraordinary food and the best service imaginable. I can't think of a more wonderful place to dine in Washington, DC.

Tags: Spicy, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Absolutely incredible esp. the palak chaat and the panna cotta!

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, People Watching, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 15, 2017

My wife and I had the most spectacular meal at Rasika West End last night for our 12 year anniversary.

Our server, Bo (spelling?), was exceptional.

We let him order for us and he did. It let us down.

The spicy fish wrapped in banana leaves was exceptional. So was the lamb chop. No was nice enough to order just one for me so we could try it and not get full.

Also, I had a bit of a head cold and Bo ordered me a Rose tea. So perfect.

Lastly, they treated us to a date pudding cake with cardamom icecream and raspberry sauce.

Am absolutely perfect ending to our trip.

Also, the restaurant is located inside of 3 blocks from both the Fairmont and the Ritz, so it's terribly convenient if you like those hotels.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Very loud but everything else was great

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Great service. Great food. Menu is over priced, but now and days in DC, everything is!

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, Fun, Authentic, Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

I had a great time at Rasika. Our server was very knowledgeable and friendly. We enjoyed the food and recommend the Avocado and Banana Chaat to everyone. We will be back again.

Tags: Happy Hour, Authentic, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Gluten Free Options, Spicy, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Amazing restaurant with amazing service. Waiter took a photo of my wife and I willingly and was very personable. The food was beyond amazing! Will be visiting soon.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

I took my husband here for his birthday and it took 6 weeks to get a Friday night reservation and it did not disappoint. The service was fantastic -- we had the palak chaat -- fried spinach with yogurt sauce and that was definitely the featured hit. Amazing! Ordered a selection of naan breads and the sweet potato samosa with cranberry chutney. I could have eaten this all night. My husband got the lamb biryani and he loved it -- I got the red snapper with vermicelli and coconut sauce -- I ate every bite. Our server brought us fried donuts and cardamom ice cream to end the night. Even though it was a packed Friday night we waited 10 minutes for our table, and had three servers attending to our needs all night. I ended up not liking the cocktail I got and pushed it aside. The server came over, took it away, and made me the other drink I had been thinking about -- I hadn't told him to make me something new, but he did and it was appreciated. He treated me to the sparkling wine passion fruit cocktail and it was DIVINE. Will definitely come back. We also love Bindaas, but my husband said this place was his favorite!!

Tags: Spicy, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (Berlin)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Exceptional food in an uncomplicated setting

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 13, 2017

The service and food were wonderful. The staff was very helpful and polite.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 12, 2017

We went to Rasika for our anniversary. Had the tasting menu, which was wonderful. Service was considerate but not intrusive. Wonderful!

Tags: Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 12, 2017

The food is amazing! Even if you have never tried Indian cuisine you won't go wrong with whatever they suggest! As a gluten-free diner it's menu is mostly available for me to eat which is amazing!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Spicy, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Exquisite! Rasika never disappoints. It's a wonderful restaurant to feed all your senses.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Hot Spot, Cozy, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 11, 2017

We loved the Food. We lucked out on being seated in one of the booth - therefore it was better with the noise level in hte Restaurant.

Tags: Hot Spot
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·Dined on October 9, 2017

I was looking for authentic Indian cuisine in DC and found the ratings on Yelp very good. First of all, the waitress didn't look very happy. We started ordering and at 10 pm she said we cannot order anymore as the kitchen is closing. Our original reservation was for 9.45 pm but we got in early. What would have happened if we came in at 9.45 pm? No food, as the kitchen would close at 10?
We ordered Fish curry and it was just sauce and tamarind. No taste of authentic Indian (south or north) fish curry at all. Veg biriyani was so so. Fish cooked in banana leaf with masala was good. Shrimp masal was horrible. So sour and saucy. No taste of masala.

I guess this place is over-rated and most people who eat there knows what Indian cuisine is like. If you are looking for a high-end place for a drink, this is good, but not for authentic Indian food.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 9, 2017

This was our first time here for dinner although we've been may times for lunch. Favorite food was the Palak Chaat although we enjoyed everything we ordered. Least favorite was the Red Snapper entrée it wasn't as flavorable as the other dishes. Sat in a booth which was very nice providing some privacy and shielding us from some of the noise.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 8, 2017

My favorite Indian restaurant and go-to pre Kennedy Center restaurant. Excellent.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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