Rasika

4.8
8273 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Indian
Rasika is a modern Indian Cuisine restaurant showcasing Tawa (Griddle), Sigri (open Barbeque), Tandoori and regional dishes.
We have a temperature controlled wine cellar, offer small plates and a modern lounge.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Indian
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Hours of operation
Lunch:
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm,

Dinner:
Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm,
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(202) 637-1222
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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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Neighborhood
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Cross street
On D Street Between 6th and 7th Streets.
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Parking details
Valet Parking with validation at Dinner only.
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Public transit
Two Block Walk From the China Town/Gallery Place Metro and One Block Walk From the Archives/Navy Memorial Metro.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

A special Four course menu designed by Chef Vikram Sunderam will be offered. The menu is priced at $85/person, plus gratuity and tax.There is a wine pairing option which will be available We charge a $25/person fee for any cancellation within 3 days of the 31st.
Valet parking is $8/car.

Monday, December 31, 2018

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.5

One of the best options for both Indian and a fine dining experience in the city.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
What 8273 People Are Saying
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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience .... food was great (as always) ... excellent recommendations ....
desert on the house for my birthday 😍

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AA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was great and informed on all of the dishes, helping me find the right drink and suggesting appetizers and main dishes that paired well.

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LF
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

raskia was a great experience! I had asked for specific seating and we got the perfect spot. Food was delicious.

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LM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner and a very knowledgeable server, Sarah.

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S
Washington DC
202 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I just love this place. You cannot bear it for fine Indian food.

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F
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant and outstanding service. Very careful with allergies and gluten free options

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K
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Blackcod was cooked perfectly!

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s
Washington DC
100 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Indian Food in Penn Quarter. The fried spinach appetizer is outstanding. We also enjoyed the goat and tandoori chicken.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best spot in DC

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LC
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rasika is one of our favorite restaurants for entertaining guests. The Indian fusion menu is very tasty and
not overly exotic and thus always pleases. The recommendations by the servers are always spot on. We are
delighted to be able to make reservations in advance, unlike at some other popular restaurants.

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OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Happy Diwali!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place!

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

I asked for a red rose to my wife . Guess what? They were not able to provide a red rose for us .

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the most amazing dining experience, from start to finish. The atmosphere was warm and welcoming, the service exceptional, and the food outstanding. Thank you!

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JC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was wonderfully fresh, flavorful and not nearly as oily as many other Indian restaurants.

I took some friends for a meal, one of whom had never had Indian food before, and he loved it.
We ordered the Cauliflower Bezule and another friend was still talking the next day about how he'd like to have more of it.

And the desserts were wonderful. The Gulab Jamun, Carrot Halwa and Kulfi were sublime: extremely tasty without being overly sweet.

If you like Indian food, you owe it to yourself to visit Rasika.
If you don't like Indian food, visit Rasika and you'll learn to like Indian food.

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New England
21 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can't keep track of how many times I have been to Rasika, but I can say that each and every time it has been fabulous! Service, food and ambiance -- all spectacular.

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d
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Need a special or nicer place for lunch, this is it. Of course the crispy spinach is not to be missed and I haven't found an entree that I haven't loved!

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MG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rasika is an excellent "upscale" restaurant that is fine dining without being too expensive. The Palak Chaat is absolutely amazing and so is everything else. Definitely a great spot for a fancier bite to eat for a date or special occasion.

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M
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall a fantastic experience!!

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t
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is amazing, the service was good, only the waiter told us there would be a “break” between appetizers and entrees, where we were just sitting there waiting for more food. Shortly after it arrived, we all felt full-so maybe the break helped us realize how much food we had already eaten or our stomach was able to signal “no more food” resulting in no dessert or anything after.

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PR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Believe the hype! Outstanding food and service. Yum!

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GW
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the best Indian food I’ve EVER had, and I lived in London for 2 1/2 years. Truly excellent in every way. Many thanks!

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p
Washington DC
120 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

seated 20 min late. they offered a nice glass of champagne while we waited. food took a very long time. food tasting needs some variety added. same old dishes each time we come in. love the food but spice it up.

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MN
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was delicious as usual and the service was attentive. We especially liked the Bhurani Gosht lamb dish and the Chicken Tikka Masala.

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k
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Indian food I’ve had ! Food was delicious and service was also great ! We had the crispy spinach , halibut curry, and lamb curry. All was phenomenal . There was a good amount of food for the price as well. The naan was also delicious . Drinks were also good I had a sparkling rose. I would come back and recommend this restaurant to anyone .

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Meal and service were top notch

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AL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I love, love this restaurant. Romantic, food is excellent

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N
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tried to get a table on many occasions to no avail. Finally, I was able to make a reservation. Was worth the wait. Rasika's dishes are unmistakably Indian but with an interesting interpretation, resulting in palatable dishes, with a surprising range of flavors in each bite.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food

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FB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

TL;DR: White person's idea of 'great Indian food'.

Tried 5 different items from the menu and still struggling to understand what justifies Rasika's reputation in this city! One saving grace was the salmon in the mixed grill and the crab pepper masala - neither typically 'Indian' if I may add - the rest infused with mediocrity. Prices are alright, but the place is overhyped.

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P
Sacramento
46 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was on spot. Attentive, providing good insight into the menu. The food was delicious. We would highly recommend this restaurant.

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OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Inventive menu perfectly prepared. Lovely service. A favorite spot.

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C
Jacksonville
18 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great meal and the best salmon in my life. The waitress was outstanding, the atmosphere was very nice. We would definitely return on our next trip.

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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, service and ambiance. The meal was delicious; everything from the baby spinach to the sorbets.

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KB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time hosting a business dinner at Rasika ... wonderful experience! The food and service were top-notch as usual. Highly, highly recommend.

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W
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating our wedding anniversary. The server was very good. His recommended dishes were excellent. You made our special day more extremely special. Thank you.

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KS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not expensive! $100 for 3 glasses of wine, an app, two entrees, and a side!

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M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect for my visiting parents 53rd wedding anniversary. Food was delicious and unique and the valet parking was very helpful in that part of town.

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FR
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Read much about this place in the Post and we like occasional Indian. Turned out to be a bit of a disappointment after all the hype. The spinach bhaat appetizer was the highlight. Lamb dish was very average and wife's duck vindaloo was indistinguishable in the over powering tomato base.

Service, though polite, was not particularly timely or attentive.

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MM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time at this location and will definitely be returning. Both service and food were excellent.

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