Rice

4.5
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243 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Thai

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Rice offers both traditional and contemporary Thai cuisine.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Thai
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 2:30pm, Friday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 10:30pm
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Phone number
(202) 234-2400
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
lekki
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Q ST and Cocoran st
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Public transit
Metro: U St station and Dupont Circle
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.5based on all time ratings
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4.2
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4.1
ambience
4.2
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l
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Great food and service. Love the calm vibe, beautiful decor. Loved everything I ordered, would eat at again.

DL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

They added lettuce to some the diskes to make it seem like you were getting more. For example, the brussel sprout salad use to come with more Brussel sprouts but now they have added lettuce on the bottom.

T
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best Thai Restuarant in the area. I've been going to Rice for many years and fall back in love with it each visit. I would highly suggest everyone try it, great food and staff.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

They charge extra for rice!!!!!

SC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great little Thai restaurant! We really wanted to dissect a Panang curry because we kept hitting a wall trying to make it ourselves, so we wanted to eat somewhere that had a decent one, this place had good reviews so we thought we'd try it out! Curry was delicious. We also had the drunken noodles, which was appropriately spicy (moreso than the curry), it was quite yummy as well! Overall a very good choice, we would return!

e
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

service was a bit slow, food was OK, standard Thai but limited menu. I was hoping for more...

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Soft, quiet atmosphere. Excellent Thai food. Attentive service

L
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

Seems that this restaurant went downhill... service and food was very average, the toilets were just disgusting, and the restaurant was almost empty on Friday night. We almost had to beg them for water - they did not pay much attention to glasses being empty... they gave us the final bill without even asking if we wanted tea/coffee or deserts... we were surprised and then it appeared all deserts were sold out and they had none on the menu... it would have been nice to explain that upfront instead of just handing out the bill and leave the customer wondering... would not recommend this place. There are much better Thai restaurants nearby.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It was simple but nice and yummy

NY
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Good drinks, good service, and incredibly tasteless food.

TF
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Absolutely superb meal had on our last night in DC. This was some of the best Thai food any of us have ever had. From the Pad Thai to my favourite the Spicy Duck dish, it was all excellent.

NS
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dishes with creative flavors. Note that only some of them are marked as ‘spicy’ but I would say the spiciness is higher than other Thai restaurants. But, delicious. Their cucumber green tea martini is amazing.

MC
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

This was my second time dinning at Rice. My first experience the food was amazing. This time the food was terrible. I ordered the snapper which we waited way too long for. When it came out it was over cooked so badly I would have needed a knife to cute it. But unfortunately they don’t have knives on the dinner table. Our server came to our table once to get our order and ignored us when we tried to get his attention any time after that. With all the restaurants in the area I would stay far away from this establishment. If I wanted to be treated like crap and not thanked for my business I could have went to McDonald’s.

E
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Highly underrated and under appreciated gem.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice place and tasty food, but so noisy that you can't even converse with the people at your table. This place needs some acoustic tiles that absorb sound.

d
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was great. Really liked the Crispy Brussel Sprout Salad, Pad Thai, and Chicken Panang Curry.

a
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was awesome- every dish had a flavor that seemed authentic. We love Thai food and have had at many places. This restaurant came out at close to the top.

BD
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I went with two friends for a casual Saturday afternoon lunch and for my part, was not disappointed. My one friend and I both got lunch Bento boxes, which I highly recommend because the food was delicious and the portions were more than worth it. Our other friend ordered the lemongrass chicken entree, which was unfortunately smaller and slightly more expensive. I would guess that many of the entree/dinner portions are like that, though this was my first time there so I haven't been for dinner yet. But I would still try it for dinner, and again I was really very happy with the Bento boxes! Would definitely go back again!

l
Washington DC
136 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed sitting outside watching the 14 th st world go by. Loved the Brussels sprouts salad/ appetizer. Papaya pad Thai was fantastic. Service good. Happy hour wine and beer

DC
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Went there on a Sunday night and it was quiet and very pleasant. The food was solid and the Pad Thai made with green papaya instead of rice noodles was a refreshing change and light meal, if a tad salty. Really enjoyed the shared app platter as well. Some interesting dishes on the menu; good everyday place to enjoy some Thai in a zen-like atmosphere.

h
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Sadly, the size of the portion of food has been reduced. I would rather they raise prices as opposed to shrinking serving size.

CC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I brought my mother here for Mother's Day because she loves Thai food and as a Thai food aficionado, she absolutely LOVED this place. The service was EXCELLENT and the food was even better. Collectively, my party ordered the fried rice (crab and steak), mushroom, coconut, and chicken soup, and the drunken noodles. The rice was AMAZING. The drunken noodles were also great but beware if you have a low tolerance for spicy food.

Overall, this place gets a 10/10. I will go again.

MS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a lovely evening at Rice. Relaxed, great service and delicious food.

k
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoy Rice and have eaten here Then any other restaurant in DC. Excellent food and good value

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Not original Thai

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This food is ridiculously good. The best coconut rice I've ever eaten. Perfect margarita. It has earned it's rating.

MD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Service was slow. Dinner came before drinks.

K
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The fusion-Asian cuisine at Rice is very good, great preparation of vegetables and absolutely love the red sticky rice. The seasoning is always a little TOO hot (chili peppers); I'd asked for less seasoning this time, but that's not what I got. Nevertheless, good value for money on 14th St. My one complaint is the noise level-- exposed concrete and high ceilings, and you have to speak very loudly to be heard.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This was a intimate birthday dinner for my date and I.

SO
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

A mainstay on 14th Street. Haven’t been there in years which was a mistake. The food is amazing. Service was a bit slow as I think they were understaffed. I’ll be back.

DR
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Unbelievably fast service. We were in and out for dinner in 35 min! Excellent food!

d
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Both food and service was excellent. Big portions. Lots of delicious flavor. Very welcoming and friendly staff.

l
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Lots of Thai restaurants on 14th street and Rice is one of the better ones. Its menu is pretty much your basic Thai with some not so traditional dishes for the offering too. In too many of the area Thai restaurants a lot of the chefs are experimenting with variations on the Thai theme and do not offer many of the traditional Thai standouts. Rice has it all with very good food and excellent service along with reasonable prices. We will be back.

F
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rice has risen Phoenix-like and now continues to offer the best Thai food & service in the city. It has adjusted to a very competitive dining environment in Logan/Dupont/Shaw. Quieter now, with sound baffling added. This is a low-fanfare high-quality spot.

SR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 1

I love Rice but was really disappointed how closely my party was seated to another party. The row of tables for two are spaced less that a foot away from each other so it is impossible to block other out when you are trying to talk with the person across the table from you. I absolutely loved the food but think in the future I would rather do take out than dine-in.

F
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Manager was rude to other customers, which set a bad tone for our experience.

OT
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best green curry on the planet!

TG
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We like eating at Rice because we're vegetarians. Rice is not a vegetarian restaurant, per se, but it has a number of vegetarian and vegan options. We've enjoyed everything we have ordered at the restaurant.

j
Baltimore
46 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

had the spicy duck and appetizer platter. The margarita was good , appetizer platter ok a big perfunctory, but the spicy duck was shoe leather and not sure duck.

it was very spicy with a hot pepper and soggy snow shoe peas. As 14th street has so many good restaurants, I would pass by unless it was just a bad dish.

SI
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

best Thai food in the city! Consistently delicious every time!