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Rasika West End

4.6
4.6
4178 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary Indian
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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Additional information

  • 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

  • Phone number

    (202) 466-2500

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Vikram Sunderam

  • Catering

    We can cater events from 10 to 1000 guests.

  • 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.

  • Private party contact

    Atul Narain: (202) 466-2500

  • Neighborhood

    West End

  • Cross street

    New Hampshire & M Street

  • 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. <br />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, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 4,178 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.6
4.6 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. K

    Kathy

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Reviewed on January 2, 2020

    overall5foodserviceambience
    Love this place. Great staff and great food. Get the fried spinach it is to die for!
  2. JT

    JeanneT

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Reviewed on December 15, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience
    See my review for the one in Penn Quarter and up it.
  3. PS

    PaulS

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Reviewed on December 10, 2019

    overall4foodserviceambience
    Very good. Elegant room. Been for lunch a few times, never dinner. But have never missed enjoying it immensely.
  4. RT

    RossT

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Reviewed on December 2, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience
    Wonderful food and service. I make a point of dining here every time I'm in DC.
  5. B

    Bloomingtontraveller

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Reviewed on November 23, 2019

    overall4foodserviceambience
    Not quite up to the original, but in a terrific location. Still well worth the visit, but perhaps in a smaller party than I had the last time.
  6. AG

    AmyG

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Reviewed on October 19, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience
    Great food! Plenty of vegan options. Excellent service.
  7. BB

    BeachBilly

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Reviewed on October 18, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience
    My favorite Washington restaurant. Has maintained its consistent high quality and creativity for years. Unique!
  8. r

    ranger1972

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 reviews

    Reviewed on October 13, 2019

    overall3foodserviceambience
    While the food was fine, neither my husband nor I found it to be the same quality as the other Rasika. And we were disappointed because we had taken a client for lunch that day and bragged about how it was one of the top in the city. But I must say we were let down.
  9. CL

    CandLonthetown

    Washington DC

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Reviewed on October 7, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience
    There's nothing better than another Rasika! Wonderful brunch!
  10. GW

    GaryW

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Reviewed on September 26, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience
    My wife and I dine here every Thanksgiving, and the experience is amazing, top to bottom. Staff is friendly and knowledgeable and competent. And food and drink are excellent, bar none. Ambiance is so much more open and relaxed than the Penn Quarter Rasika as well.
  11. DJ

    DrJim

    Washington DC

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Reviewed on September 16, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience
    I always eat at Rasika West End when I am in DC, every other week. Their food is amazing, and their service is impeccable. I just wish they hadn't left Open Table. It is a little more difficult to make a reservation now.
  12. C

    Comet

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Reviewed on September 15, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience
    Food was great. I appreciate the ambience of this location. I'd definitely recommend.
  13. w

    winelover

    Washington DC

    42 reviews

    5.0

    42 reviews

    Reviewed on September 12, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience
    Enjoyed the pre-theatre menu which offered several options for each course. Very good value. Superb service.
  14. JD

    JoshD

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Reviewed on September 9, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience
    A great alternative to their other location -- more comfortable and easier to reserve a table for the same food!
  15. KB

    KateB

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    12 reviews

    Reviewed on August 15, 2019

    overall2foodserviceambience
    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.
  16. B

    Bliss

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Reviewed on August 14, 2019

    overall2foodserviceambience
    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.
  17. J

    Jules

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Reviewed on August 14, 2019

    overall4foodserviceambience
    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.
  18. N

    None

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Reviewed on July 23, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience
    Great food and service--not nearly as noisy as Rasika
  19. 2

    2chow

    Pittsburgh

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Reviewed on July 22, 2019

    overall4foodserviceambience
    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.
  20. CK

    CarstenK

    Unspecified

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Reviewed on July 21, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience
    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.
  21. A

    Anne

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Reviewed on July 18, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience
    The food and atmosphere are fabulous. i really enjoyed the dining experience.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Reviewed on July 15, 2019

    overall1foodserviceambience
    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.
  23. BV

    BootaV

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Reviewed on July 12, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience
    Great tasting dishes! All of them! Try all the appetizers … infact just order all the appetizers and have Indian Tapas.
  24. KT

    KayTee

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Reviewed on July 6, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience
    Outstanding food, great ambience, just wonderful experience!!
  25. g

    gourmette

    Charleston

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Reviewed on July 3, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience
    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.
  26. A

    Adriana

    New York Area

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Reviewed on June 21, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience
    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!
  27. S

    Soweto

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Reviewed on June 20, 2019

    overall4foodserviceambience
    Not your stereotypical Indian food, although familiar flavors.
  28. P

    Pinotphile

    Miami

    102 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    102 reviews

    Reviewed on May 9, 2019

    overall4foodserviceambience
    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.
  29. B

    Becky88

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent all around. From the staff, to the food, and the drinks. It was an enjoyable evening and I appreciated the waiter’s recommendations.
  30. KF

    KelseyF

    Washington DC

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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!
  31. T

    Travelingfoodie

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food and service, as always!
  32. JD

    JillD

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, good drinks, impeccable service. Need I say more?
  33. S

    Sharon

    Minneapolis

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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!
  34. SM

    SamM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, very friendly and courteous staff. One of the nicest Indian restaurants in USA.
  35. Y

    Yemma

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  36. SM

    SwatiM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2019

    overall2food2service3ambience1
    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.
  37. M

    Manny

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Food & service consistently good in 3 years of eating here
  38. MP

    MattyP

    Washington DC

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing fresh spices make every dish here a joy to eat!
  39. JL

    JenniferL

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2019

    overall3food5service3ambience3
    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.

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Rasika West End offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 466-2500.

Rasika West End is rated 4.6 stars by 4178 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    New Hampshire & M Street

  • Neighborhood

    West End

  • 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

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Indian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • 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.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Vikram Sunderam

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (202) 466-2500

  • Catering

    We can cater events from 10 to 1000 guests.

  • 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.

  • Private party contact

    Atul Narain: (202) 466-2500

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