RIS

4.5
3295 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
A neighborhood restaurant, serving seasonal American creations by chef Ris Lacoste.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Monday - Friday

Lunch: 11:30am - 3:00pm
Late Lunch 3:00pm -5:00pm

Dinner: 5:00pm - 9:30pm

"Rush Hour", our Happy Hour, is available from 4 to 7 pm.

Saturday

Dinner: 5:00pm - 9:30pm


Sunday

Brunch: 10:00am - 3:00pm

Late Lunch: 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Dinner: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Our pre-theatre "Marquee Menu" is available daily from 4 to 6:30pm.
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Phone number
(202) 730-2500
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Ris Lacoste
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Private party facilities
RIS has three beautiful spaces to host every event from business meetings to rehearsal dinners. We are also available for buyouts.
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Private party contact
Cherlyn Warren-Moore: (202) 730-2509
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Catering
RIS Catering offers corporate deliveries, dinner and drinks in your home, holiday parties, weddings and more!

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Neighborhood
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Cross street
23rd
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Parking details
Parking is available at the Ritz Carlton "selfpark" on 22nd and M. With validation guests will pay $10 for a maximum of 3 hours. We also validate for the PMI garage on 24th and M beneath the Westin. With validation, guest will pay $10 for the PMI garage.
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Public transit
From Foggy Bottom Metro (Orange and Blue Lines)

1. As you exit the Metro, turn left onto 23rd Street.
2. At the traffic circle, take the 5th exit and continue on 23rd Street.
3. Walk one block.
4. Turn right at L Street NW.

RIS will be across the street on the left.
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Special events & promotions
RIS offers three beautiful private dining spaces for every occasion from business dinners to wedding rehearsals. The State Room is our smallest and most intimate dining room, seating a maximum of 10 guests. The Federal Room seats up to 35 guests, and comfortably accommodates up to 45 for a standing cocktail reception. The Main Dining Room accommodates 40 guests, and when coupled with the adjacent State Room, seats to 50 diners. We also have other options for group dining, including two banquettes that seat up to 16 guests. For more casual receptions, the Cafe area next to our bar is a great location for a standing cocktail reception. Contact Heather Small at events@risdc.com to book your special event!
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 3295 People Are Saying
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SP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best restaurant I have been to in a long time. The food was divine and the service outstanding. The waiter and kitchen were so accommodating to my garlic and onion allergy — very much appreciated. Can’t wait to go back!

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PA
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Three waiters served us -- with little communication between them. Second waiter told us of specials -- then third waiter returned 15 minutes later to tell me that the trout special I ordered was really a salmon special. My wife ordered cabbage & kale dish that arrived with no cabbage. Service was very slow.

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r
Kansas City
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We've eaten here many times, and generally rate it quite highly. But on this occasion, the Sunday night menu was limited, and several offerings we not available. We went elsewhere.

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S
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We like Ris very much, have been a few times and admire it's special touches, like the extensive list of speciality gins and their home made tonics. Nobody else in DC is doing this far as I know. The server (Kamal) was attentive, personable and very good. Two of our group had the chicken Milanese with roast potatoes and it was delicious, the only problem with the dish concerned the potatoes. A few of them were undercooked - not acceptable for an entree costing $30.00 - surely it's essential to check doneness before sending out a dish? We told Kamal who relayed the info to the chef. That aside we had an excellent time at Ris and will be back.

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SR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can alway count on Ris for great food, creative drinks, reasonable wine and fresh atmosphere. My favorite place to bring friends visiting from out of town. Ravi always makes us feel special at the bar!

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f
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Waiter forgot part of order and was not familiar with menu. Some food items were excellent. But appetizer presentation was poor and not very good. Overall very disappointed.

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JH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Family reunion.

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PM
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was impeccable as was the dinner. We had a lot of questions and she took care of everything.

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SC
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

outstanding happily memorable meal --palate pleasing and truly heartwarming--cozy, perfect combination of lively while being peaceful--atmosphere stimulates conversation and every bite of food delicious as well as a feast to behold--creative without being fussy--welcoming, satisfying, habit forming--top notch.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love dining at Ris!

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KB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Prior to booking your reservation, check the Brunch menu directly with the restaurant. We were expecting steak and eggs per the website menu, and were disappointed when we arrived and realized steak and eggs were not part of the brunch menu. Our burger and shrimp and grits orders were very good! All of the food was very good, with the exception of our late arriving fried okra.

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b
Washington DC
222 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at RIS is simply delicious. I had the ceviche appetizer for my entree and my dining partner had the cauliflower dish. Everything was outstanding and the waiter was terrific.

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TA
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ris is uniformly excellent and I always know my friends or associates will enjoy their meal. The service is also excellent. Two of us had the grilled Salmon Niçoise with perfectly cooked green beans, tomatoes,
olives, anchovy, pan crisped potatoes, beet pickled egg & caper aioli. Superb and the salmon was perfectly grilled and delicious. Another in my party had Chicken Milanese with lemon-parmesan crust, prosciutto and arugula salad, garlic roasted potatoes, aioli. He thought it was the best chicken milanese he had ever had and he's a foodie from NYC. It was not at all noisy and the ambiance is gracious. Don't miss the cocktails or the butterscotch pudding with a cocoa crisp & whipped cream. ~ TADS

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B
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and ambiance! We were there with a party of nine. Every dish was incredible from the starters to the main course to the desserts. On top of that I love gin and had a gin martini perfectly served with a gin recommended by the bartender based on my taste. I can’t say enough good things. We are from California and were in DC moving our son to college. Very close to GWU. Will be back!!

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a
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Does not disappoint. I didn't know, but ordered and enjoyed a pre-theatre menu. Waitstaff was very accommodating in getting us out quickly. Very lovely dinner!

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P
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Very disappointing. Food was not remarkable whatsoever and for the prices charged, we should have experienced some level of 'wow factor'... not worth the money is the clearest descriptor I can put forward for this restaurant. Menu is very lacking in true originality. Its not difficult to find small regional chains that do just as good if not better prep and charge half the price.
Venue itself was classy and dignified, service was acceptable. I wont be a repeat diner...too many other good places to enjoy to give this a second chance.

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HH
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 4

Service was great but food was not what was expected. Chicken Milanese breading was burnt and chicken had a lot of muscle/tendon which made it gross to eat. The sauce was too thick

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m
Baltimore
29 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was very good, and the food was excellent: well prepared and delicious. Our group had steak, fish and vegetarian dishes, all were wonderful. The handcrafted cocktail was wonderful. Would absolutely come back.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great dinner at RIS. Wonderful food, friendly and attentive service. We were given nice out of the way booth that allowed for easy conversation. An extra thanks to the host staff after retrieving my forgotten umbrella while I waited for my Uber.

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SO
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service although the food was just ok. I was expecting a nice presentation.

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S
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The server was great and very funny and courteous! Even though it was the restaurant week and we wanted the chef to be creative to assemble an entree that would be vegetarian with no garlic and truffles and use whatever they have for other meat dishes. It turned out to be great! We were very pleased with the meal. Will go back again!

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JW
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

During restaurant week (August) very slow service from the kitchen

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k
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

return visit for RW-loved the food-salmon tartare, chicken salad sandwich and dessert. Unfortunately the butterscotch dessert was very late in arriving. I had to leave my table, request check and dessert to go. Very busy place when I left, kitchen should have had more staffing.

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WE
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood asset. Service is personable. Food changes seasonably. There are menu options for vegans, vegetarian and omnivores. Superior butterscotch pudding.

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S
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The food in general is not bad. Our waiter was also pretty nice and attentive. When this other waiter asked if we were done with the main course, my friend asked to pack up the side dish he didn't finish but quite liked so wanted to take home and we got some very judgmental (in an amusing way) response from the waiter, as if he wasn't suppose to care about the side potatoes and vegetables at all. Interesting end of the dinner.

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SP
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dined here as part of Restaurant Week and a friend's recommendation and I was not disappointed. From the moment we arrived we were greeted by the Manager and immediately seated at a quiet little table with a view of DC. We were early and the restaurant was quiet as it was before the normal dining hour; however, while we were there we noted the arrival of others for their reservations and several groups. Noise level was vibrant but you could hear the conversation of your party.

The food was simply amazing to include grilled artichokes, chicken milanese, and in lieu of dessert I opted for a wonderful glass of their Sauvignon Blanc. Would I choose to dine here again...absolutely and will recommend it to friends and family as a great little spot that is off the beaten path.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was our first time at the restaurant for restaurant week and we were very pleased with our dining experience. The portions were big and the food was delicious. Overall, it was a great value and very enjoyable dinner.

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AL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my second visit to Ris and I have to say that my second visit completely rehabilitated the impression from my first dining experience at Ris. It has been well over a year since my first visit but I will definitely be returning to Ris more frequently now.
With respect to my most recent visit, my impressions improved from the start when it seemed that the host greeted me like a V.I.P. (warm welcome, pleasant smile, and verified that my reservation was for a business meeting and confirmed that my table was satisfactory). I was there to celebrate my guest’s recent sale (real estate) and the reservation was part celebration/part business.
We later learned that the host was actually the maître d’ (Stephen). This became more evident when we asked his food recommendations and he explained the dishes to a fine detail of a chef or as if he were the chef that had prepared the menu. This was a pleasant change from what I am accustomed when the wait staff merely repeats menu ingredients quickly.
Unbeknownst to us, we dined during restaurant week and so we ordered off the restaurant week menu. What we appreciated was that Ris offered a wine menu (about 5 options for reds) to match the price point for the food menu. This made ordering the second bottle of wine a no brainer since we were Ubering home.
The main meals (chicken milanese and the hanger steak) were fine but you definitely need to save room for dessert. We tried the butterscotch pudding and the flourless chocholate torte and I'm one hundred percent sure I will visit just for the dessert..perhaps during a happy hour. Perhaps a future menu item could be a pudding/flourless chocolate torte? Just a suggestion.
My dinner guest commented that she would be bringing clients to Ris in light of the excellent service and since the ambiance was moderately loud for a restaurant and conducive to business meetings.
Overall, I will definitely be recommending Ris.

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HB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Well you don’t expect a lot from restaurant week and I’m glad I didn’t. The only two options on the menu for 35$ was two courses and a glass of house wine or three courses of which the only main course option sans 3-5$ add on charge was a cauliflower dish. As two comparisons, we ate at both La Piquette and The Occidental. La Piquette had a full menu with only one add on charge for foie gras. The Occidental had a varied menu with perhaps two items with add on charges but gave each of us a glass of champagne and coffee afterwards for no additional charge. To be fair all three places had side dishes as an additional charge. All that being said RIS was not a place I would return to.

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AL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

RIS is the best restaurant in DC—creative carefully prepared food with great flavor, served beautifully and in a gracious, welcoming, lovely atmosphere.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Just had an unfortunate experience during restaurant week. Miscommunication between myself and waitress.

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MF
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The iRISistible summer delights by Chef Lacoste totally and fantastic service by Kareem won me and my dining companion over. Being restaurant week happened to make it an even more terrific value!

The primary attraction for us was the Scallop Margarita, which we enjoyed 16 years ago when Chef Lacoste was at the helm of 1789 Restaurant. It was every bit as good as we remembered it. However, the Miso Salmon Tartare and Hoisin-Glazed Jumbo Shrimp stole the show as the tartare's outstanding spectrum of flavors, aromas, and textures made for a truly standout dish, while the shrimp was a true delight in range of flavors, colors, and refreshing layers (shrimp over salad over rice). The other entree, Lemon+Parmesan-crusted Chicken Milanese, was deliciously abundant and yet another example of superb execution and stellar composition.

For dessert, the Flourless Chocolate Torte--super recommendation by Kareem--was wonderfully straightforward with dense and deep chocolate paired with refreshing berries (fruit, compote, coulis), mint, and whipped cream, and the Peach Cobbler (special request for the bright Passion Fruit Sorbet instead of plain Vanilla Ice Cream) was warm and comforting (the lovely biscuit topping was the highlight).

From start (Kareem thoughtfully brought us hot water for our lemon tea in an attractive earthenware pot) to finish was a lunch of masterful cuisine and welcoming, helpful, and professional service!

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I booked an early brunch and when arrived there was practice no one else so it was nice and quiet. The servers were out of the way nice, they made very good recommendations and the food was great.

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T
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 4

The restaurant was gracious with the delayed arrival of our other guest. Two of us ordered the fried scallops featured every Friday. I was disappointed with the portion size (four scallops) for the price ($25) compared to the feature fish of the day for the same price which was far more generous. I will definitely return but will skip the daily specials.

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T
Pittsburgh
65 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dining and food choices were amazing! Our server for the evening Kareem ,was beyond excellent with service , information regarding the menu and just an all around great guy!

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PQ
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Went for a late brunch. Great food, but service was a little slow. I think the waiter held off on firing our entrees, and when we mentioned that we needed to leave in 20 minutes for a show, the entrees arrived at minute 18. Probably a communication issue on both sides, but 50 minutes between apps and entrees is long by anyone's standards.

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s
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We have been here now three or four times for brunch on Sunday, before our Sunday Kennedy Center matinees. This restaurant is about a 15 minute walk from the Kennedy Center, so it is very convenient.
The atmosphere is lovely, the waitstaff attentive, and the food very good.
For brunch, we were served a lovely bread basket full of muffins and other sweet rolls. They were delicious. They also have bottomless mimosas in different flavors. There is a two-course brunch menu, with salad, yogurt, fruit and granola parfait, a cinnamon roll and other choices. For the main course, I have had the heuvos rancheros and shrimp and grits; the hamburger is good, too.
This is a perfect spot to go before the Kennedy Center.

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KS
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We wanted to have a nice dinner on our last day during our Washington visit.
The restaurant was outstanding, very very warm-hearted and friendly welcome through a wonderful waitress! She was adorable and her recommended dishes the best we ever had. Just for the scallops margarita I would come back! Love this place, everything is fresh and had a great taste! Delicious dessert! Perfect wine!

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AB
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Kareem makes your visit authentic. He has such an engaging personality and takes the time to exceed your needs and to share what the restaurant is known for and specials. I’ve been going to Ris for years. Never disappoints

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CC
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Pre-Hamilton dinner was excellent. The server was attentive and helped us get to the show on time, but didn’t make anything feel rushed. Delicious! Thank you

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