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

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (113)
Fit for Foodies (112)
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Good Vegetarian Options (106)
Good for a Date (103)
Good for Anniversaries (91)
Spicy (74)
Authentic (70)
Good for Birthdays (62)
Business Meals (59)
Romantic (51)
Pre/post Theatre (49)
Hot Spot (46)
Tasting Menu (45)
Neighborhood Gem (44)
Great for Lunch (44)
Worth the Drive (43)
Fun (42)
Handcrafted Cocktails (38)
Good for Groups (35)
Healthy (29)
Great for Outdoor Dining (25)
Notable Wine List (24)
Vegan (22)
Sunday Lunch (21)
Bar Seating (20)
People Watching (19)
Casual (18)
Cozy (18)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Vibrant Bar Scene (14)
Gluten Free Options (14)
Comfort Food (11)
Happy Hour (9)
Tapas (9)
Great for Brunch (8)
Late-night Find (7)
Seasonal (7)
Local Ingredients (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Quick Bite (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Great Beer (2)
Organic (2)
Scenic View (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Le meilleur indien de la ville meme si le bruit est assez élevée. On y va pour la nourriture, un peu moins le vin et le dessert.

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 (Portland)·Dined 2 days ago

Recommended by a waiter at another restaurant when we were visiting Washington. The food was fantastic. Will definitely go back when in town again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Rasika is wonderful. I would have given it 5 stars, but I used to live in London which has the best Indian food outside of India. Unfortunately, it's made me very picky about the quality of the Indian food I eat. Most people would probably rate Rasika higher.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Vegan, Good for Groups
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 (Miami)·Dined 5 days ago

Rasika's appetizers did not disappoint. Paalak Chaat was great . Service was excellent as well.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (New Orleans)·Dined 6 days ago

One of our regular “go to” places in our hometown.

Tags: Business Meals, Fun, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Spicy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Delicious as always!! One of my favorites in DC

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·Dined 6 days ago

So amazing! I went this past weekend for my anniversary and it was the best meal of my life. Highly recommend!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive
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·Dined 6 days ago

Probably the best Indian food I have ever had (and it's my favorite cuisine). Brilliant innovations on traditional flavors. Atmosphere and service excellent too. Reserve now.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Spicy, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

We had a lovely evening at rasika, ordered the lamb biryani and it was fantastic flavors with a couple appetizers .

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 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

Our server Helina ( Gelila) made our dining experience enjoyable. Her charisma, charm and knowledge of the food was exceptional. The food was fantastic. My friend and I shared the crispy spinach appetizer and had the chicken tikaa masala and the spicy lamb Xacuti and garlic nan for entree. Everything was so delicious and plentiful. We were too full for dessert but because it was my birthday they brought us an amazing sorbet with a candle on the house. Thank you so much for making my birthday so memorable. We will definitely go back to try other dishes very soon!!!

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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Fantastic food, excellent service. We did have to wait a little bit after our reservation time, but it was worth it.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Healthy
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

I make a point of always trying to get to Rasika when I’m in DC. It is impossible to go wrong at either of their locations. It’s the best Indian Restaurant I’ve ever been to, and I’ve never walked away anything but thrilled. The Palak Chaat remains a must-order appetizer. The service is always impeccable.

The only challenge is getting a reservation, so either plan way in advance or be prepared to eat a little earlier or later than usual. The West End location also has a larger bar/happy hour area so that’s a nice option if you’re alone or in a small group.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Excellent food and experience. Idiosyncratic service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Perfect night for a friend’s birthday celebration!

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

I loved it! The food was DIVINE!!! The servers were great! I LOVED the crispy spinach appetizer!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 5, 2017

This was our second visit to Rasika West End--we've been to Rasika in Penn Quarter numerous times--and this was outstanding! The place buzzing on Saturday night, as expected. The ambiance was great (dim lighting) and seating very comfortable (unusual for non-booth seating). Service was very good: energetic (had to be with our table), knowledgeable and attentive. The food? Fantastic! We shared numerous dishes. At Rasika, it doesn't really matter what we order, specifically, since everything is wonderful. Of note though is the crispy spinach appetizer, a must. We had dishes from the tandoori oven, other curry dishes--lamb, chicken, eggplant, other veggie dishes and a couple kinds of breads. Delicious. Also as expected though, dessert wasn't anything special. Go here for a) the marvelous, authentic, contemporary Indian cuisine, and b) the energetic, fun atmosphere. It's a real treat and we're so fortunate to have both of these Rasika outposts in DC.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The best and most creative Indian food around. LOVE this place.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Excellent Food. Excellent service. Went before a show at the Kennedy center and was not disappointed.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Unparalleled excellent food -- creative, delicious, fresh, and beautifully prepared. The restaurant is lovely and good for conversation. Atypically, on this particular visit, the service was poor. We ordered the palak chaat as an appetizer; it came quickly, and within 5 minutes so did the main courses -- even before our drinks arrived. The raita showed up 10 minutes later. So we had a crammed dinner, and no one came to check on anything or asked how things were. I would still go back anytime, because of my numerous excellent experiences at this marvelous restaurant, but something was seriously wrong with the service this time around.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 2, 2017

Dinner and service was fantastic. Especially loved the lentil side dish. Highly recommend!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Great food! The palak chaat is a must.

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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 1, 2017

After changing our reservation to 3 from 2 at the last minute we waited an extra 15 minutes for our table. After getting our water, a waiter came with two plates of beautiful appetizers. We told him we hadn’t even ordered and it was a mistake but it was a gift from the management for waiting! Such a wonderful surprise. Best Indian food I have ever had as well!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Rasika West End was a delight for all the senses. The restaurant vibe is chic and cool, without overdoing it. Of course the cocktails and food are the stars of the show. Every option our table sampled was amazing. And our waitress was very helpful at explaining the dishes and made some brilliant recommendations. We went over lunch and it was chill with minimal noise level - would be great for a business lunch spot. I can't wait to return!

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Vegan, Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Exceptional as always. We have never had a bad meal. The lamb chop was amazing. The service is always impeccable

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

We were sat in the back corner next to a table with 4 loud kids under the age of 5. Under no circumstances is it ok to sit a group in the back corner next to that table. I regularly set up business meetings and other dinners at Rasika but this experience made me not want to return. The hosts made it seem like it was our problem not wanting to sit back there, when in reality it was not acceptable for any party and the table should have been left empty, espically at the price point of Rasika.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Excellent flavors, sauces and pairings -- the tasting menu was really fun and our waiter was perfection. It's a little expensive but well worth it. Great for a pre-theater feast before a Kennedy Center outing.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Spicy, Business Meals
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Rasika *was not* what we expected. The food was ‘edible’ but the service was awful, not from our waiter, but from everyone else especially the manager, an oriental lady. Originally from Florida, we are not used to this type treatment. It started when we received a $100 gift certificate for Rasika with one of the highest recommendations we have ever heard. Our reservation was for 2:15 on Sunday, Oct./29th. Wr arrived at 2:17 and the first thing we did was to present the Hostess with the gift certificate, (as stated thereon). First, she could not find our reservation. When she did, it was already 2:22 PM. It was then that she told us that we should place our food arder as quickly, because the kitchen was closing at 2:30. Who would schedule a reservation for 2:15, when the kitchen closes at 2:30? We found this odd but went on to sit down. We ordered drinks and immediately ordered the food. Meanwhile, in the adjacent table, there was a family that had a child about a year old. The child was crying which caused for the oriental lady, (the manager), to come to their table and say: “I think it’s time for the child to take a walk”. And that’s what the father did, took the child for a walk under the rain. Our food came quickly, (it was edible but nothing to write home about). We had not finished our food yet when the oriental lady & the Hostess came to our table and said to us: “Your bill came up to ninety nine dollars and cents. What would you like to do with the rest?” We were perplexed! We asked for a copy of the bill but did not get it. We were not given the opportunity to order coffee or desert... At that point everyone became visibly upset and hostile si my wife and I decided to leave. Right about then, our expectations went to the floor about Rasika West. It was not a pleasant experience, and NO. I WOULD NOT recommend Rasika West End restaurant to anyone that is looking for a pleasant dining experience.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Wonderful gem of a restaurant . It was my wife’s birthday and she loved everything about the restaurant. The food was divine, the staff was extremely helpful and courteous and service was impeccable.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

It’s always good., you can count on it! You can never go wrong with a Rasika West End as the dishes are very creative.

Tags: Special Occasion, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Spicy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Vegan, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Fun, Romantic, Cozy
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Excellent as always. Food is always perfectly executed.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Disappointed by service. Bad day?

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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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vip
 (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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