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Rasika West End

4.7
3842 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.
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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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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.
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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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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

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.

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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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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

This was my first time here for dinner (I had brunch here before) and I wasn't disappointed. The waiter was very helpful with suggestions, all of the food was amazing (you must try the avocado banana chaat ), the cocktails were unique - all in all, a great pre-theater dinner.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Great meal—everything tasted fantastic and was instantly memorable. We particularly liked the ahi bhel puri and the duck breast. Drinks were as always amazing—don’t sleep on the cocktail list. You’ll get huge and unique flavors for a beer retry average price for DC. Service was attentive and polite and let us chat as long as we wanted. Wonderful meal.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

The food was exquisite and the service excellent. Our server made wonderful recommendations and couldn’t have been more accommodating. We had a fabulous brunch for Father’s Day and can’t wait to go back.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Excellent service. Great food. Couldn’t have been better

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Pre-Theater dinner was awesome. Great food and huge portions. Love the Spinach

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3.0Dined 7 days ago

I was SO looking forward to our dinner here and it just fell short. We both agreed that the crispy spinach and mango shrimp were our favorites but the other items we ordered left us wanting more.

Our waiter seemed indifferent and lacked suggestions. Cocktails were good. Overall 3/5... very disappointed for such a hot spot with great reviews.

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

There were only two issues, the noise level was extremely high and we were seated next to the corridor to the restrooms and when we asked to move we’re told that was the table we were allocated despite there being empty tables around us throughout the meal.

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

I had my family in town, then I invited them! It was great food, very nice ambiance, good service, friendly staff. Price for 3 meal course was also reasonable, high value! I recommend to my friends and I go there again for special occasions! f

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

This was my first time at Rasika and I was blown away! I loved everything about this restaurant. The atmosphere, the food, the service. Everything was 5 star and I would eat here again in a heartbeat.

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Awesome meal, charming wait staff delish meal we were seated on time

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Best Indian Food I’ve ever had! Can’t wait to come back!

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

When we found we’d be in DC on my wife’s birthday, she said we’d have to go to Rasika West to celebrate. She couldn’t have chosen a better place to go. Thanks, Rasika West.

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4.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Our meal was fantastic. The order was prepared fast and it was delicious. We particularly enjoyed the veg biryani and dessert.

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

First time at this Rasika and was very impressed with the food. All of our choices were good and sine excellent. Good: cauliflower peas and ginger - vegs were great but not enough ginger. Lamb Biryani - tender and flavorful but not exceptional. Excellent - crispy spinach - great flavors and amazing frying technique crisp but not oily - someone has a great hand with the fryer!. Halibut was perfectly cooked and a marvelous combination of spicy and smooth. Despite the excellent food we did not linger - driven out by the penetrating noise. The space is clearly designed to enhance any sound that patrons make - hard surfaces and high ceilings. And as the noise level rises so do our voices creating an unpleasant cacophony. We retreated without ordering dessert and coffee. I would return but am mindful that it will be a tasty but relatively brief visit.

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3.0Dined on June 10, 2018

My wife and I ate here a month ago and the server was excellent!!
Last night we returned and the server:
1) was the worst we have had in years of dining out.
2) couldn’t keep our order straight for anything
3) made us wait for over an hour to get our entrees.
4) had to be asked repeatedly to bring the simplest of items ordered, like naan !!!

We will be very hesitant to return again, which is a shame.

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Enjoyed the food -liked the Kulfi very much. The staff was very courteous.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

The food is absolutely wonderful! Very beautiful restaurant. The menu choices satisfy any kind of eaters and dairy and gluten free options are noted in the menu on the restaurant's website. Service was very slow the night we were there.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

We did the tasting menu. Our server was very knowledgeable about the food and wine. Everything was delicious, hot, and wonderfully seasoned. I'll join the chorus of people saying that the Palaak Chaat (crispy spinach) is fantastic! Overall a great dining experience.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Best restaurant in DC. Absolutely love this place

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

A lovely lunch starting with the wonderful palak chaat then moving on to a couple of vegetarian options for one diner and the tandoori chicken for another. All great choices plus excellent service.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Served by Bo - made a very good experience exceptional

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Rasika West End is one of my favorite restaurants in the city. The food is delicious and the service is impeccable. I'm never disappointed!

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

My favorite restaurant in DC. Nothing else compares. service is always impeccable, as is the food. I've never had a bad meal here. Creative Indian cooking at it's finest. Always surprising and delightful. The flash fried spinach is a must. If I could be buries in a bowl of that, I would do it. Drinks are good and creative as well. Rasika is simply a wonderful dining experience. Outstanding on every level.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Delicious Indian fusion! Palak chaat and the tuna mango crispy rice explodes of flavor in your mouth!

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

The food was unbelievably tasty. We love Indian food and eat it all the time. Rasika's dishes were a major step up from traditional fare. The multitude of wonderful spices that are common with the food type were re-arranged and re-packaged into entrees and appetizers that were unlike any Indian dish we had experienced previously. This restaurant is absolutely not to be missed for its food. I would highly recommend the food as being among the best that I have ever tasted.

The only downside of the night was the combined result of the restaurant's poor acoustical design and a large party near our table. A hoarse voice laden roar made conversation impossible at our table without each of us raising our voices to holler at the person two feet away. Since every person conversing at every table in the restaurant was also yelling in order to be heard by their neighbor, there was a cacophony that must deafen the restaurant's employees. (Seriously, I'm worried about injuries to their eardrums.) I recently read a NY Times review of an electric powered Porsche. The car's spokesperson claimed to the reviewer that "silence is the new power," because the car's motor makes almost no noise. I do wish that restaurant designers would discover and exploit the simple luxury of a quiet environment. If this restaurant had been silent enough for patrons to enjoy a conversation with the people at their own table without raising their voices, it truly would have been a dining experience without parallel. The food was exquisite and the service top notch, but the restaurant will never meet it full luxurious potential until its owners find a way to dampen the noise.

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

The food was Phenomenal and the service was Exceptional. Our Server Prady knows what to recommend from Palak Chaat to Coconut Jaggery PannaCotta. Rasika and Prady were both great.

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Food was great as always. After an unusual delay with our wine the manager visited to make sure everything was fine and offered more wine. You cannot go wrong with anything on the menu. The ahi tuna appetizer is my new favorite. The tasting menu is also a great way to try many dishes.

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

We're never disappointed by our meals at Rasika West End. The food and service are always good and we didn't feel rushed despite the restaurant's popularity. This visit was for our anniversary and the restaurant gave us a complimentary dessert, which was a nice touch. My only complaint is the noise level, which was pretty high but did not preclude conversation.

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4.0Dined on June 4, 2018

We ordered the tasting menu. The food was wonderful, except the meat and fish in the main course were overcooked. The servers were very attentive. The noise level was very high, to the point it becams tiring to try to talk. I will return.

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

The food is above awesome and fresh and healthy. Amazing food you don’t have to live Indian food to live Rasika. Service is excellent and they never drop food off at the table without explaining every dish. The tasing menu is highly recommended on your first visit as it gives you the opportunity to have he best of he Restaurant.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Group meeting

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3.0Dined on June 3, 2018

This was our 3rd visit to Rasika West End. We had hoped to go to Rasika at Penn Quarter. Missed seeing our familiar GM Atul Narain who is always gracious. That said, this visit was a bit disappointing as our server had no smile or personality. Not befitting an establishment like RWE. Food was okay nothing special.

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3.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Sorry I'd rather have real Indian food. This place didn't live up to other Rasika that we tried a few years ago. The other rasika we went 2x during our long weekend, totally different experience wow. The food here all came out Luke warm and lacked much flavor. I was expecting more of a kick and more flavors of Indian spices. We ordered samosa, gobi, red snapper, tikka French toast, onion naan which I regret mistaking it for onion kulcha. All underwhelming. The naan was some of the worst I have tasted. I'd rather go back to the Bay Area and eat Indian in east bay and South Bay. Naan should always be served hot and fresh which determines the quality of an Indian restaurant. Gobi lacked so much spice and flavor and even salt. Saffron pulao I also mistakingly expected to see different spices mixed in there too maybe even topped with crisp shallots like a biriyani but without the meat and veggies. Literally saffron rice and salt for $5. Overpriced Americanized flavorless food. I wish they didn't sell out and keep things authentic in taste. Service is good but a million servers kind of just wandering around and looking around yet food took so long to come out. Dessert was just ok-rasmalai and kulfi. I'd rather have the real authentic versions. The kulfi wasn't dense or creamy enough, more slushy soft and too sweet. I prefer pistachio or cardamom flavors. The mango rasmalai was really just this mango mousse whipped cream covering rasmalai with this overly sweet not at all tart mango sauce. With tip we paid $100 for this meal, total rip off. At least make the sauce taste more like real concentrated mangos. I thought the chef was from England by way of Mumbai.... Come to the Bay Area for real good Indian food in hole in the walls instead of fancy modern upscale place with bland warm food. Sorry to disappoint and go against most reviews here

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4.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Very good food and service for birthday brunch. Loved it!

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Food was amazing with great flavor and prices are reasonable.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Rasika is my favorite DC restaurant. The crispy spinach is supurb as are all the dishes on the menu.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Rasika never disappoints. Hands down my favorite spot in the city. Obviously the Palak Chat is a must-order every time. I got the lamb chops and they were solid, however, I think there are better options such as the Dum Ka Lobster and Tandoori Chicken which are two of my favorite things on the menu. The spicy reshmi kebab is great as well!

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3.0Dined on June 1, 2018

The ambiance was very enjoyable and the food was decent - especially the Merlot. However, even though it was timely, the service was not up to standard. I had to ask have my plate changed three times because I was served a dirty plate, and I was not given a separate plate even though I specified I would be sharing dessert.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

We had an incredible lunch thanks to the guidance from Mr Prabhash. He was the most helpful in suggesting the mango shrimp and other dishes . He paced the meal perfectly. It’s easy to see why this place gets all its high praise it gets ! Thanks Rasika and Prabash for the experience :)

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Great food and even better customer service. Atul the manager took great care of us and sent over a birthday dessert on the house. The food was out of this world. It was our third time here and we can't wait to go back. Thanks to the whole staff.

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