Rasika West End

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4298 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.
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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Private party facilities
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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Private party contact
Atul Narain: (202) 466-2500
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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.
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

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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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KB
Washington DC
12 reviews
Reviewed on August 15, 2019
Overall 2food service ambience

We had my parents anniversary dinner here. Color me unimpressed. The food quality in no way compares to Rasika in Penn Quarter. My family was happy but they've never been to the one in Penn Quarter.

B
Washington DC
2 reviews
Reviewed on August 14, 2019
Overall 2food service ambience

Too much hype not enough substance. Worked too hard to be original that the foundational spices and flavors that Indian Food enthusiasts have come to love are lost. Crazy expensive, too, for the small portions. Very disappointing.

J
Washington DC
11 reviews
Reviewed on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food service ambience

Great food, great energy, great service when you can get it. I've dined there several times. On my last visit, our server was disengaged and answered questions perfunctorily. However, the food is always good and you really can't go wrong. I think the Bombay Club owns the Rasikas. The servers should emulate the impeccable servers (and hosts) at the Bombay Clu. In 20 years of eating at Bombay Club, even when I was wrong (had the day of reservation wrong), they have always gone over and beyond. Not so much for Rasika and Rasika West End.

OT
Washington DC
14 reviews
Reviewed on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food service ambience

Great food and service--not nearly as noisy as Rasika

2
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Reviewed on July 22, 2019
Overall 4food service ambience

Flavors good, but quite overpriced for pretty standard Indian food. The ambiance is ruined by the restaurant policy to nickel and dime you for every grain of rice or piece of bread. If you buy the chutney, it does not come with anything to eat it with, and you have to shell out another $5 for pappadums. For $3 you can get one small individual sized naan or one small cup of rice. Strangely, none of the vegetarian entrees that cost $14-18 come with rice; only the meat entrees come with a small rice. The mushrooms korma and Indian eggplant were tasty, but there were only a few pieces of vegetable swimming in a (very tasty) sauce. The Andhra chicken curry for $19 did come with a small rice to help with the tasty, very mildly spicy sauce, but the chicken breast was so overcooked and dry that it was hard to eat. On the plus side, each of the curry sauces were very flavorful (but they are too stingy with the rice to allow full enjoyment), and the palak chaat was fantastic. It was overall a pleasant meal if not a particularly good value. It is between a 3 and 4, and I went up because the greeter went out of his way to add a chair to the bar to seat us and the bartenders were very nice. I accidentally rated the other location, but am guessing the menu and policies are the same at both.

CK
3 reviews
Reviewed on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food service ambience

Most probably the best Indian meal I ever had outside of India. Absolutely gorgeous and the service was excellent too.
I accidentally reviewed the Rasika in Penn Quarter, but I was referring to the one in West End.

A
Washington DC
1 review
Reviewed on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food service ambience

The food and atmosphere are fabulous. i really enjoyed the dining experience.

OT
1 review
Reviewed on July 15, 2019
Overall 1food service ambience

This place is not for Indians. This is one of the worst food I ever had in my whole life and travel in 17 countries and 30+ states in USA. First time heard of eating Biryani (not even more than 4 ounce) with hot sauce to feel it spicy (though they never served hot sauce). Quantities of curries and Size of breads are too small (baby size) for the price you are paying. Nothing can be offered to my 3 year old son, shame to say they don't even have plain yogurt (what kind of Indian Restaurant is this). Highly recommend for Diabetic & BP Patients (Hospitals provide much better food than this to their patients) and people who want to put their money in garbage. The chef need to travel to India to get trained about Indian food or Indian taste (don't experiment on us just watching Youtube videos). I am on my way to Philadelphia and felt happy about 4.5 rating on google reviews, but totally buckwaas food and waste of time going there. The staff makes big hangaama, but useless.

BV
Washington DC
3 reviews
Reviewed on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food service ambience

Great tasting dishes! All of them! Try all the appetizers … infact just order all the appetizers and have Indian Tapas.

KT
New York Area
12 reviews
Reviewed on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food service ambience

Outstanding food, great ambience, just wonderful experience!!

g
Charleston
10 reviews
Reviewed on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food service ambience

Food is great, the ambience is not quite a good as Rasika Penn Quarter, but this is a great place for a nice lunch. Service is excellent.

AV
Washington DC
22 reviews
Reviewed on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food service ambience

The food and staff at this location are outstanding! It was my first time dining at this restaurant and this hit all the marks. I am a huge foodie so I love trying new places and weird food combinations, but Rasika keeps it simple and it is wonderful. The food and decor are elevated and upscale, and the staff were very knowledgeable about each dish which was super helpful (not being a huge risk taker when it comes to Indian food). I would definitely come back!

S
Washington DC
3 reviews
Reviewed on June 20, 2019
Overall 4food service ambience

Not your stereotypical Indian food, although familiar flavors.

P
Miami
88 reviews
Reviewed on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food service ambience

This is a very special place for lunch. Can't wait to try it for dinner as well. Specialty dishes served elegantly in a relaxed atmosphere. Very suitable for people watching, the large round room is open to the corner location. Food is superb, fresh, and flavorful.

B
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all around. From the staff, to the food, and the drinks. It was an enjoyable evening and I appreciated the waiter’s recommendations.

KF
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was one of the most delicious meals I have ever had. I would gladly recommend to anyone and can't wait to go back!

T
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and service, as always!

JD
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, good drinks, impeccable service. Need I say more?

S
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love going to Rasika for lunch with a group. It's great to have a chance to share more of their wonderful dishes and I love that I can actually hear everyone at the table. We were a group of six and could easily carry on a conversation without straining to hear or needing to shout. So elegant and civilized!

SM
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, very friendly and courteous staff. One of the nicest Indian restaurants in USA.

YE
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I keep coming back. Never disappoints. I just love the mango shrimp, the palak chaat. The lamb curry. Everything is just perfect. Continue to Keep the excellent standards, please.

SM
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Rasika West Wnd did not stand up to the standard of Rasika Penn Quarter. The food was ok and the noise level on its peak. It looked mismanaged and the servers didn’t serve us water when required.

M
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food & service consistently good in 3 years of eating here

MP
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing fresh spices make every dish here a joy to eat!

JL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a wonderful lunch. The decor was beautiful and the food was absolutely delicious. The service was attentive and professional and the presentation and plating of each dish was beautiful. Rasika is consistently excellent every time we go there. A memorable and fantastic dining experience!

OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

While their food remains excellent, their customer service has declined recently. It took them three tries to present us with the correct bill, and they may no apologies for their mistakes. Additionally, the servers were intrusive into our personal space, at several points places their hands on the back of my chair and leaning in from behind me, which was creepy and uncomfortable.

P
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service is attentive and fast, ambiance is great, and the food mostly delicious. It is very noisy however. and difficult to have a good conversation. Nevertheless I recommend this restaurant for most occasions.

OT
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great. Tag team wait staff never left us hanging. Good recommendations

DK
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service, and consistency over multiple visits.

p
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as usual

MH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were visiting DC from NYC to see clients. Our clients picked the restaurant and it was outstanding! Great food, great service, great recommendations. Really nice window seat with lots of natural light at lunch time was nice too!

SE
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The black cod is what keeps me coming back. It’s probably the best fish I’ve ever had. The service is always first rate. The restaurant has a great vibe, not as formal as The original Rasika

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Each time I’m in DC on business I have to include Rasika in my dining experiences. Wonderful Indian cuisine in a cost environment.

e
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This Indian food restaurant is the best I have ever been to. Absolutely delicious!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for my mom’s birthday and the food was amazing. Everything had it’s own flavor and nothing was similar(a lot of Indian Restaurants end up using the same spice for every dish). Our waitress was really nice, got my mom a little free desert too. We tired the sea bass, cauliflower bezule, Palak chat, mango shrimp for appetizer and chicken tikka masala, fish tandoor, and chicken Biryani for the main course. Everything was equally tasty, the food portion is very small but it’s filling. Will be back here soon!

DK
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, very attentive staff, great atmosphere!

DC
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Black cod was amazing

MM
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice Indian restaurant. A bit pricy, but the food is excellent.
Since I found the food a bit heavy, I recommend lunch visits to this restauarant for more senior people.

w
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as usual. Have the deep- fried spinach. Pre- theater menu is good deal. Some dishes are very highly spicy.

AH
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I took my friend to Rasika West for her birthday--food and service were both pleasant and enjoyable.
Strongly recommend this restaurant--the fifth time I've been there, and it Never disappoints!!

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