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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.
Washington, DC 20037
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 2:30pm
Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm,
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday - 5:00pm - 10:00pm
New Hampshire & M Street
$31 to $50
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We can cater events from 10 to 1000 guests.
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.
Three block walk from Foggy Bottom Metro station.
Six block walk from Dupont Circle Metro station.
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.
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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
Perhaps the best indian restaurant this side of the pond from London. The spinach app was fantastic and the lamb biriyani was best I ever had. Service was very efficient and helpful. My only complaint was that I couldn't get another reservation before we left town. Excellent !!
Have always love Rasika West End and Rasika ... this particular visit to West End was a bit off in terms of service and food. Inattentive wait staff which needed prompting to check on our table as well as retrieve after very long wait in between courses.... Also, while still truly delicious as expected two of our dishes were very, very salty. This said, I'd still go back and hope this was an unusual anomaly!
Went for my daughter's birthday and Rasika didn't disappoint. The service was attentive without being ever-present and our waiter made very good suggestions. All of the appetizers and entrees were really good. The fried kale is addictive and the shrimp appetizer was very good, although not life altering. Three of the four entrees were vegetarian and each was different from the others and very good. The only meet we had was the chicken tikka, which was also very good, and the sauce is perfect for dipping with left over bread once the meat is gone.
Been here several times. Ordered the Goan fish curry which was way too sour and ovewhelmed the taste. I have had this before, so I was disappointed. The restaurant has very poor cell phone data reception inside (at least with AT&T) and has no wifi. They need to offer wifi as most restaurants in DC do.
Great Indian food!!! It's located in a business area with a parking lot across street so not as scenic or as romantic as I thought it would be.
The bartenders ignored us for a little while. Not even really that busy. The other staff were trying hard to please which I like. Would recommend purely for the food if you are craving good Indian.
Rasika was absolutely amazing! The food was delicious and had very complex flavors. Each bite was amazing. The naan had a perfect texture. We loved the sorbet for dessert! Hands down the best Indian food I've ever had. Also, the decor was fabulous and the waitstaff were very friendly.
The staff at Riska never disappoints. We went to Rasika to celebrate our anniversary (our third year in a row). They treated us as if we were the only couple there, even though we went at the height of their busy time. The experience was romantic, and we felt very special.
The food is always incredible, whether dining in or carrying out.
We love Rasika and recommend the restaurant to all our friends.
I love Rasika on D st, tried this one for first time. Quite disappointed with the ambience and NOISE LEVEL! Didn't feel like a high end restaurant that you'd want to take someone. Pretty congested and ok for those looking only to eat some good india food. Also Menu was not as extensive as D st Rasika.
Not coming back!
We shared the banana avocado salad, the palak chat, the beetroot tiki, the truffle naan as appetizers, the Gujarati lasagne for an entree and the kulfi for dessert.
The offerings were innovative. The beetroot tiki was my favorite. The flavors were balanced, the presentation was pleasing, and all the items were tasty. The lasagne was unusual, tasty but nothing that I would crave. The kulfi was a fitting end to our lunch although could have been improved with a more generous serving of rabdi. The only disappointment was the lukewarm masala chai. Although the server graciously brought a fresh pot when we complained, even the replacement was just a little less lukewarm!
The server, Farook, was attentive, gracious, knowledgeable and one of the best servers I have known in an Indian restaurant
We have been to both Rasikas a few times but we were disappointed on this occassion. Service by the bus staff was crude, the waiter was fine. The naan was cold and tough-I've had much better at my small, local Indian restaurant. They are rated so highly, of course we expect perfection or close to it.
We went for brunch and a birthday celebration and were knocked out by the all-around excellence of our experience. The cocktails are not to be missed (especially the Sania). Then there are some of the most popular appetizers from the regular dinner menu. Follow those with a choice of regular or more brunch-y fare. We followed our server's recommendations and were never disappointed. Far from it; this is some of the best food in the area -- of any kind, and at any price. Even with multiple cocktails our brunch worked out to $50 per person, including tax but not including tip.
We told our waiter we had theater tickets and ordered from the pre-theater menu. He made sure our order came quickly but I think took it too far. For dessert, he didn't even ask if we wanted coffee or other drinks. He never asked if we wanted refills on our drinks during dinner. It felt rushed and impersonal.
I mean it when I say that this food was the best dinner I've had I think ever! We did the tasting with wine pairing (I am veg, and my girlfriend does meat) and we were both so happy. I made the reservation for her birthday and they even brought out the dessert with a little candle on it. It was very nice! Our server, Farouk, was great as well! We will DEFINITELY be going back.
I have been to Rasika West End three times in the past two years and it always impresses! The food is amazing and probably among the very best DC has to offer. Even if you are skeptical about trying Indian Cuisine, you can find things on the menu that aren't intimidating and are incredibly delicious!
This was the first time my service was a bit off. Our hottest and waiter didn't have the table ready for us and I had to ask twice before being seated and the table being set properly for our party of six (I made reservations two months prior).
Our waiter was very knowledgeable and made excellent recommendations for the meal and for drinks!
However, he was slow to come around and check on us, did not refill our waters without us asking, and the other staff did not seem to care to help (we were right near a computer terminal and there were always 2-3 waiters talking and looking around, none of which offered us water refills). Also, I informed the waiter that we wanted our check split in advance and it still took 20 minutes to get it right, collect our payments and get us out the door.
The food and drinks were fantastic as always! The chef here is a creative genius and has perfected all of the dishes on the menu. You must always order the Palak Chaat (crispy baby spinach app) and the Chicken Tikka Masala! They are delicious!
Overall 5 starts, with the note about service being off on this night.
Rasika West End is a fantastic restaurant with bold interpretations of Indian cuisine mainstays, and serves what I consider to be easily the best Indian food in D.C. It has an excellent atmosphere, is generally bustling on the weekends, and sports very nice decor. I can't recommend this place enough. This restaurant only loses points in terms of value (it's a fairly expensive restaurant) and service. While our waiter was nice, attentive, and very quick to bring us our food and drinks, there were definitely some examples of miscommunication between he and the runners and bar backs. Also, the bartenders make great signature cocktails, but they're not comfortable going off menu. I ordered a Last Word, which is equal parts gin, maraschino liqueur, green chartreuse, and lime juice--not a terribly difficult cocktail to make, and with ingredients that a well-stocked bar should have--and they couldn't do it. On the up side, the drinks I got instead was excellent and I still had a wonderful time.
Usually Rasika is fantastic but on this night only 3 of the 6 dishes were great. The fish and shrimp were incredible as always but we waited a very long time for the food to arrive, the naan was cold and the lobster was so overcooked it was like chewing on rubber. I should have sent it back. Don't think I will be going back anytime soon.
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