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.

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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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Overall Rating

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4.7

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (106)
Creative Cuisine (102)
Special Occasion (98)
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Good for a Date (96)
Good Vegetarian Options (91)
Authentic (86)
Good for Anniversaries (75)
Spicy (73)
Good for Birthdays (65)
Business Meals (50)
Hot Spot (49)
Pre/post Theatre (49)
Tasting Menu (46)
Worth the Drive (46)
Romantic (42)
Neighborhood Gem (39)
Great for Lunch (37)
Fun (36)
Good for Groups (28)
Handcrafted Cocktails (22)
Vegan (22)
Cozy (21)
People Watching (21)
Casual (20)
Healthy (20)
Notable Wine List (18)
Bar Seating (16)
Sunday Lunch (16)
Comfort Food (16)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Great for Brunch (15)
Tapas (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Late-night Find (8)
Happy Hour (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Seasonal (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Local Ingredients (3)
Organic (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great Beer (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
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 (Cancún)·Dined 16 hours ago

Delicioso y excelente servicio

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

Wonderful service and outstanding food. Can’t wait to return

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 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

A wonderful brunch experience and excellent service from Joseph! Looking forward to our next visit.

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 (Memphis)·Dined 3 days ago

As always perfect!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Amazing food! Fabulous wine and cocktails as well.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

They mixed up our entree. The manger came immediately to our table and we got an amazing “Butler-style” Service for the rest of the evening. Absolutely amazing, food was great and as expected!

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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Food was outstanding with exception to an inconsistent temperature on the lamb chops. The manager offered to replace it and took it and another dish off the bill to make up for it. Service was perfect. The space is beautiful and while the restaurant was packed to the gills, it still felt intimate.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Valentine's dinner felt like a production line. All rules. No gentleness or grace. Horrible service.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Excellent nouveau Indian food -- truly delicious, every bite was fantastic. Service at the table was terrific. Hostess could be a bit more polished for a high end place like this. Would definitely like to return (we went for Valentines, the menu was done very nicely, but want to come back for the signature spinach dish). Would have been nice if more vegetables were included with the non-vegetarian dishes we chose -- but really, flavors are just wonderful.

Tags: Spicy, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

Great! The spinach is excellent and the black cod is a must.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

It was an absolutely lovely dinner, the food is so dynamic. But it was surprisingly loud.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

This is one of my families favorite restaurants for a special occasion. It’s a treat for my family when visiting from out of town. The food is creative and tastes great. Good place to go when you’re willing to splurge.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Exceptional in every way!

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Rasika is an oasis. The food is inventive and delicious, the service attentive but not fawning, and it adds up a great place to celebrate a special event.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Our server, Joseph was gracious and authentic in wanting my bride and I to enjoy ourselves to a level that I would say he sought to exceed our expectations. The wine I selected from their extensive offerings was an exceptional pairing to the lamb chops, smoked lentils and gobi. The garlic nan and basmati were perfect and the date toffee pudding a desert I now crave. The wine was a 2013 merino mazurka Rioja listed wrongly as 2012. Everything expected in a great example from Spain

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Service was phenomenal from start to finish. We arrived a little early and were able to grab some seats at the bar after checking in. The bartender was vey friendly and attentive. The restaurant was hopping, even on a gloomy, rainy day. The waiter had great menu suggestions and the food was just delicious. We never felt rushed and enjoyed a relaxed evening full of amazing aromas and vibrant dishes. We're glad we finally got here (it's often hard to get a reservation unless you're planning ahead, far ahead sometimes) and are already thinking of the next special occasion to return with others.

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 (Miami)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Terrific food and service. Unique restaurant!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Simply incredible. Unforgettable experience. I will definitely be back for another occasion.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Love Rasika, and the food is always delicious. Our experience on Friday left a little to be desired, unfortunately. For the first time, it felt like perhaps the restaurant was short-staffed. We will, of course, be back, and just hope next time is a more positive experience!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Poor service

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 8, 2018

excellent food always, never disappointed, service is exceptional, all aspects of the restaurant are top notch

Tags: Fun, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Spicy, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Authentic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 8, 2018

More generic, corporate, and less delicious or special than it used to be. We brought out of town guests, whom we had told how good Rasika is -- but in fact, the food -- and the ridiculous and unexplained delay in getting it -- were very disappointing.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 7, 2018

The tasting menu was terrific. It had most of the best thing on the menu, ample portions, was a good value, and well spaced. Staff were very accommodating and attentive. Totally delightful.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Had another amazing meal at Rasika West End. Always consistent in terms of food and service. This time especially the staff went above and beyond to make us feel welcome on a special occasion. A must visit in DC.

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Always delicious. Be sure to plan ahead to get reservations

Tags: Hot Spot, Healthy, Vegan, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 6, 2018

It’s our go to place. Superior service and attention to detail. The food is wonderfully done. It’s a breath of fresh air in a city that focuses on table turn more than anything else. We will be back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 6, 2018

We did the tasting menu. It was awesome!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Innovative dishes, exceptional flavors, and worth every cent! For someone who has grown up eating different Indian cuisines, I was initially hesitant to try a slightly upscale Indian restaurant. However, I was quickly comforted by one of the best meals I have had in DC. I will definitely be going back (and bringing some friends too!)

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Authentic, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Spicy, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Delicious! Crispy spinach salad fabulous. Shared one main dish and two half veggie dishes and still had left over to bring home!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 4, 2018

As always great, authentic Indian cuisine and excellent, knowledgeable wait staff.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Spicy, Healthy, Authentic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Food was average, esp the brunch options. Nothing all that special. Our waiter was nice but not informed and seemed to lack knowledge of the menu items. Most of the waitstaff did not speak English. Restrooms are too few for women. Only 2 unisex options and a large bathroom for men, but not for women... at least the waitstaff were not able to guide me to a female only restroom. Very strange experience for a restaurant with such a high reputation. Would not recommend or come again for lunch

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 4, 2018

When in town, I never fail to eat one meal at this chic Indian restaurant with fabulous food and outstanding service. The palak chaat, (crispy spinach) is a must. Wonderful curries, delicious naan, and the sweet potato samosas never disappoint. Truly an exceptional dining experience.

Tags: Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We were lucky at get a table before 9 pm on Saturday night and we experienced why this restaurant is so popular. The food selection and quality was excellent. Our waiter not only served us but gave us interesting tidbits about preparation and ingredients for dishes we were considering and eating. All and all we had an excellent dinner experience.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Very cool atmosphere. Food and drink were excellent from the tasting menu with pairings to the veggy fare - eggplant and Dal. Dessert was delicious. All four of us loved our food. Creative presentation and restaurant atmosphere added to the great cuisine.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, People Watching
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 2, 2018

We love returning to Washington and going to Rasika. Everything about this restaurant is exceptional. This time our party of four opted for the tasting menu with wine pairing and a few add-ons: the black cod and an additional palak chaat. No matter how many restaurants try to recreate this dish, Rasika owns it’s their kitchen magic with the spinach always wins. The food, the wine, the service are all exceptional.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 1, 2018

As usual, our experience and our meal were both outstanding!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Rasika West has both excellent cuisine and impressive service. The Indian dishes are among the best prepared in the area (rivaled by its sister restaurants Rasika and Bombay Club) but it’s ambiance is different from the other two—more modern, lively. Unfortunately that means its noise level is rather high. As for the food: truly delicious. We had the tasting menu which started with three appetizers including the phenomenal palak chaat—flash fried spinach. One of the best dishes anywhere! Our tasting menu came with a couple of our favorites besides the palak including murgh tiki masala. The smokey dal was very tasty. The lamb curry was just ok. Extra was a black cod that was phenomenally sweet and moist. While everything was great to amazing although Rasika is very expensive. So, enjoy but be prepared to lay for it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 31, 2018

What can I say? I have written a number of reviews of this ultimate taste-sensation, fabulous, amazing restaurant! My favorite place to dine every month in DC... LOVE Rasika!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Vegan, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on January 30, 2018

I am never disappointed with Rasika! There are enough fantastic options on the menu to satisfy every return diner. The spinach is always a favorite; same goes for the cauliflower. Garlic naan is a must-get and the red snapper is fantastic. Great service and great vibes- can’t say enough good things!

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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 29, 2018

What a disappointment. The food was bad (really bad... undercooked Naan, boring curries... the famous palak salad was good). We had to shout to hear each other.

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