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The Riggsby, Washington, DC

The Riggsby

4.2
4.2
1113 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schlow presents his take on a 1960s American supper club here at The Riggsby. The dining room is full of spirit, and the key ingredient in every dish is a good bit of nostalgia. Join us for an intimate, refined and playful experience - open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Make sure to save room for dessert with a menu designed by Pastry Chef Alex Levin. Our famous "Pot Brownie" Sundae is a must-have grand finale.

The beverage program features an international wine list while offering classic cocktails and updated riffs on nostalgic favorites. The professional service is traditional in style with a modern sensibility.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, French, Modern European

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon–Fri 7:00 am–10:30 am Sat, Sun 8:00 am–10:30 am Brunch Sun 10:30 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Sat 11:30 am–3:00 pm SUPPER Daily 5:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 787-1500

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Michael Schlow

  • Private party facilities

    The Riggsby is a classic. It’s intimate, nostalgic, a little lost in time, cozy, kind of refined, yet definitely playful. The Riggsby is part of the neighborhood. It’s the “go to” place, where the bartender treats you like you’ve been coming in for years, even if it’s your first time stopping by.

  • Private party contact

    The Events Team: (202) 459-3607

  • Neighborhood

    Dupont Circle

  • Cross street

    Heart of Dupont Circle Neighborhood - New Hampshire & 17th

  • Parking details

    Valet parking with the Carlyle Hotel is $15, but is reduced to $12 with validation from The Riggsby.

  • Public transit

    The Riggsby is located near the Dupont Circle Station on the Red Line. Guests should exit out of the Q Street exit and head one block east to New Hampshire Ave. Head north (left) on New Hampshire for 2 blocks and they will arrive at the Carlyle Hotel (east side of the street)

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,113 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience!! Food was good. Waitress was very knowledgeable about the menu. She kept a check on us. We will definitely go again. Good job The Riggsby
  2. GD

    GlobalDiner

    Washington DC

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We really enjoyed a family dinner, with an interesting menu, including vegetarian options, in a traditional (booths, wood panelled) setting. The menu is just the right length - it doesn’t require an extra hour- and the wine list, while limited, was fine too. To top it off, the bartender makes an excellent dry Manhattan!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time dining here. I brought my husband to celebrate his birthday. We enjoyed our meals. Our waitress was very nice and attentive. The manager stopped by to check on us. The service staff occassionally came to our table to fill up our water. The environment was very nice and cozy. Thank you!
  4. D

    Dave

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    The food was fine, I got the pork chop that would have not been good on it's own except for the addition of the sausage/pepper/onion broth that is poured over it and left to soak in. My wife got the a pasta dish with mushrooms which came out lukewarm and really lacked in taste.
  5. T

    Tiffany

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was incredible- very attentive, thoughtful, and the food was delicious. The chinaware was beautiful. I look forward to coming here again very soon.
  6. CB

    CB00

    Washington DC

    124 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    124 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall3food2service4ambience1
    Two of our party ordered hamburgers - which were excellent as always (as were the fries). The "box" with four choices of juices goes wonderfully with the nice cava on offer. Very nice idea. However the eggs benedict was a big disappointment. First of all it arrived cold (after a long-ish wait), the spinach which was obviously put on the English muffin way in advance was soggy and fell apart and the Hollandaise sauce was tasteless. It's a very loud dining room when it's full - if you like that sort of thing. Wait staff was nice and efficient once you got their attention (it was packed). We requested a quiet table (by the bar) and were seated in the middle of the dining room next to the kitchen.
  7. A

    Anon

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    We had 8pm reservations, and didn't get seated until 9:20pm. Then, our server never came over. 15 minutes later, we flagged down another server, who did his best to juggle our table along with his section. They brought out food we didn't order and the food we did order was mediocre at best.
  8. R

    Riggsby02292020

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We enjoyed very basic fare that was well-prepared and delicious. My dining partner and I split a classic shrimp cocktail and an order of deviled eggs for an appetizer - very good. Salads were fresh, perfectly dressed, and an appropriate size. My partner had the scallops that were perfectly cooked and I enjoyed the roast chicken. All courses were very good.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place with awesome food. Everyone was friendly and had a smile on their faces.
  10. TT

    TimT

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our "go to" restaurant. The food, service and attention to detail, keep us coming back. We love this place and very happy to see the Riggsby doing so well. Keep up the great work!
  11. CM

    CharlotteM

    Birmingham

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The Riggsby has a good breakfast, I wouldn’t consider it a brunch destination however. Most of the other diners looked like hotel guests. The food was good, and the menu was basic but covered the essentials.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Bar was very slow and sent wrong drinks. Took a long time to correct mistake.
  13. K

    Krchampion

    Tampa

    55 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Lunch with a friend. I had the crispy chicken sandwich which was recommended by the waitress. She asked if I wanted to add avocado and egg. I agreed. It was an excellent choice and the fries were fantastic as well. Everything that we ordered was priced appropriately for the amount of food given.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    44 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The woman at the desk acted like a wicked witch! I had asked for a booth or banquette if available. She said none were available as my husband and I stared at three such seatings. I explained that I had asked for a booth or banquette, at which point she repeated exactly what I told her. She went away in a huff and finally seated us in one if the available booths. Our server was fabulous. We had our 2-year old grandson with us who created quite a mess and caused my husband to spill my wine. She helped clean up everything and even gave me more wine. The food was great and except for the cold greeting by the hostess, we had a wonderful dinner.
  15. T

    Tarso

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great place and good food
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    51 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience2
    Service was excellent. extremely loud for Sunday brunch, Thanks for birthday dessert for my guest. Apple pie was excellent!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Food was overpriced not very good. Never had an eggs Benedict with the eggs over hard. Strange.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    The potato purée came out cold. The lounge was louder than I was expecting.
  19. PD

    PaulD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The manager and staff were amazing...along withe the food! The featured dessert was outstanding. Deviled eggs is a must try. Very good old fashioned.
  20. EN

    EatNout

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Came for Saturday brunch with a few friends. Ordered the Duck Confit Hash as recommended by our server. The dish was mostly potatoes and only a few very small pieces of duck. There were to be 2 poached eggs on top of the hash. One of the poached eggs was actually just a ball of egg whites made to look like it was a whole egg. The other poached egg was overdone and was very small. Once I realized the egg issue, we were already into the meal and I didn't want to detract from my friends...since it was more about getting together, anyway. But, was disappointed overall with the meal and sort of felt like maybe the kitchen thought I wouldn't notice it was just a ball of egg whites? Certainly not worth the price given the small amount of duck and really only one egg. If you are going here, maybe make a different choice of entree.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Grabbed a Saturday morning brunch at the Riggsby for our Valentine’s Day celebration. The food was delicious and well-seasoned. Prices were fair, though the champagne bottles were terribly overpriced, so we opted to purchase individual cocktails. The cocktails, especially the Paloma, were perfectly balanced. I would certainly return for a dinner or another brunch.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    It was an extremely underwhelming brunch experience in DC. Highly overpriced and the food was disappointing. The food was subpar and not the appropriate portion size for brunch. The burger I ordered was brought out well done and it was cold.
  23. DJ

    DJBUBBY

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    The service was not so great, as had to ask for bread for the twin toddlers. They started to set the table with new forks but the food still had not arrive. Valentine's day menu was 200 for 2 people, would be fine if the food was anywhere decent which it wasn't. Expected better level of service, shouldn't have to ask other waiters when the food was coming repeatly.
  24. PM

    PaigeM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall2food3service2ambience5
    This is usually my favorite restaurant, but our Valentine’s Day experience was far below standard. We were told we could order from the normal menu before hand, but when we arrived were told that we could only order from the pre-fixe. The service was slow and infrequent. The full pre-fixe menu wasn’t even available. The entree was poorly prepared. We were served the wrong dish multiple times. It was very disappointing to have this level of service from what is usually an excellent restaurant.
  25. k

    kylem

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall4food2service5ambience4
    Great service but they seemed overwhelmed on Valentines and were cutting corners on the food as the night went on and the kitchen fell further and further behind.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    The food was great however be warned. They put an up charge right under tax on your bill called “labor of love”. Seemed sketchy and other people around us were confused as well. If labor costs are rising, they should just increase the cost of food, not insert a random up charge on the receipt. Very sketchy and confusing.
  27. CH

    CliveH

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    Okay, you have to accept that it was Valentine’s Day and you were on a bit of a production line. However paying $125 each for a Three course meal where the main course of “Dover Soul” should frankly have been thrown back in to give it a chance to grow to a decent size, was extortionate .There was more meat on my sons goldfish .Why the chef thought the accompaniments of Brussels & cauliflower were all that was required , or even required at all I’m not sure .Yes the soup tasted ok , but why the nuts ,which apart from putting my fillings in great danger ,did nothing to enhance the dish . Ok as I say it was Valentines .....but a choice of two sweets ....they can easily be prepared beforehand & stuck in the fridge !I certainly won’t be going back in a hurry.
  28. m

    maxx

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food drinks and atmosphere
  29. DZ

    DaphneZ

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Loved our bar tender and waiter.
  30. CM

    CarolynM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    My recent experience at the Riggsby doesn't match the periodic recent negative reviews. Two old friends and I ate in one of the comfortable booths, where it was easy to hear and get caught up with one another. The service was excellent--attentive without being fawning. We had rather straightforward food--chopped salads, mussels, burgers--so I can't speak about the depth of the menu, but we all enjoyed our dinners.
  31. B

    Boater

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2020

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Nice ambience, but food was average. Overcooked chicken for one entree and a hamburger that tasted like nothing for the other. French Onion soup was good.
  32. DT

    DonaldT

    Denver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fantastic dinner with the best sticky toffee pudding I have ever eaten.
  33. LS

    LeslieS

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    Environment is loud, however the pace/service is slow. The food was good. Overall I would recommend checking it out, just know you will be sitting around a while waiting for your waiter throughout your meal...so if you're in no hurry, then great!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall2food2service5ambience4
    The setting and staff were wonderful but the food was fine at best and extremely disappointing in a couple of dishes.
  35. KG

    KathyG

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    This was my second time to the Riggsby and I was pretty disappointed since I brought friends and told them how good it was the first time I went (when it first opened). The pork we ordered was overcooked and dry. My friend's lamb shank was dry as well. I recommend ordering the minute the wait staff comes to your table -- unfortunately we didn't because we were busy catching up with our friends -- and it was hard to get a hold of them afterwards. Our reservations were for 7:30pm and we finally got served dinner at 9:00pm. One of the dishes we ordered -- the beef carpaccio -- just never arrived. We didn't follow up because we didn't want to wait any longer. They didn't have a bottle of valpolicella we ordered so we asked the waiter to pick something similar. It turns out the only similarity to the the wine we ordered was that it was Italian (chianti) and the same price. Albeit, I tasted it but didn't know what was originally ordered because of the noise so didn't know how different the wine we got was until too late. Overall a big disappointment. I would not recommend.
  36. c

    clairen

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our large family went here to celebrate a retirement. We were thrilled that we were in our own little room not bothering anybody else and being able to talk easily. The service was excellent and the food was delicious. We definitely recommend!
  37. VG

    VictoriaG

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall3food2service2ambience2
    Overall it's an overrated restaurant. I was with a group of six and my meal didn't come out with the rest of the group. It look me 20 minutes to finally flag down the waiter to ask about my meal. It was finally delivered without an apology or any sort of explanation as to the delay. I ordered the duck confit and mine came out with no hollandaise. There was roughly 2 bites worth of duck and the rest was just potatoes, onion, and peppers all for $21. Never coming back here again.
  38. S

    Stach

    Baltimore

    49 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    pre theater dinner, good cocktails and dinner. service was strong
  39. j

    johns

    Columbus

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Food was cold when it arrived they brought out sides nearly 10 minutes before the entree’s
  40. HG

    HerbertG

    Jacksonville

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Slow service.

FAQs

The Riggsby offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 787-1500.

The Riggsby is rated 4.2 stars by 1113 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Heart of Dupont Circle Neighborhood - New Hampshire & 17th

  • Neighborhood

    Dupont Circle

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon–Fri 7:00 am–10:30 am Sat, Sun 8:00 am–10:30 am Brunch Sun 10:30 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Sat 11:30 am–3:00 pm SUPPER Daily 5:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, French, Modern European

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet parking with the Carlyle Hotel is $15, but is reduced to $12 with validation from The Riggsby.

  • Public transit

    The Riggsby is located near the Dupont Circle Station on the Red Line. Guests should exit out of the Q Street exit and head one block east to New Hampshire Ave. Head north (left) on New Hampshire for 2 blocks and they will arrive at the Carlyle Hotel (east side of the street)

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Michael Schlow

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (202) 787-1500

  • Private party facilities

    The Riggsby is a classic. It’s intimate, nostalgic, a little lost in time, cozy, kind of refined, yet definitely playful. The Riggsby is part of the neighborhood. It’s the “go to” place, where the bartender treats you like you’ve been coming in for years, even if it’s your first time stopping by.

  • Private party contact

    The Events Team: (202) 459-3607

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