RIS

4.5
3263 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Neighborhood Gem
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A neighborhood restaurant, serving seasonal American creations by chef Ris Lacoste.
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Delivery or takeout
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 - 9:30pm

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
Heather Small: (202) 730-2509
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Catering
RIS Catering offers corporate deliveries, dinner and drinks in your home, holiday parties, weddings and more!

For more details contact Erin Socia-Hernandez at 202-730-2507 or at erin@risdc.com
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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 3263 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

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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5.0Dined 5 days ago

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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5.0Dined 5 days ago

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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4.0Dined on August 5, 2018

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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4.0Dined on August 5, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Food and service outstanding! Went before the theatre, so had the marquee menu and it was fantastic. Always have a great meal here!

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

Really creative menu and deliciously prepared food. Fantastic service. Will definitely return

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3.0Dined on July 24, 2018

We went prior to a show. Our res was at 5:30 and we arrived early. We were placed in a corner in a tiny booth in an empty restaurant. The booth was physically uncomfortable. It took 5+ minutes for the maitre d' to "find" another table for us. The restaurant literally had one other diner at that time. We explained that we were leaving early for a 7:30 show and said we'd be out quickly, and yet we couldn't figure out why it was so hard to find another table for us. The waiter explained that two large groups were coming (for the back room) and yet it was still difficult to find us a table. This seemed unusually difficult given the time. Unfortunately, this colored our point of view a bit. The food was delicious. Too bad the empty dining room was so confounding.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Once again Above and Beyond service!!!! This place is incredible. The servers are out of this world. The food is too good to be true. The flavors are incredible. The taste is phenomenal. We brought our family for a birthday party and they loved it so much they are having the next birthday there. That says a lot. Incredible chefs, incredible people. They put love into every bite. We are customers for life.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

It was my wife's birthday and they went out of their way to make it special including personally printed menus. Menu selections were unique. Food well-presented.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Everything was outstanding, including the tequila cocktail.. We had the 3 course pre-theater menu. Portions were generous, the food was extremely fresh, and the execution was creative and very flavorful. I will definitely go back and have recommended it to multiple friends already. Thanks for really fun evening!

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

Three great "amigas". We went to celebrate my friend's birthday. The food was delicious, the attention to detail and the service was superb. Stephane provided the right service and stopped at the table only when needed to be attentive enough, but not overwhelming. The fish of the day was delicious been grilled to perfection. The butterscotch pudding was the right amount and tasty...

...but of course dessert was served to the B-day girl (lemon & olive oil cake with a little candle and very discreetly, we sang "Las mañanitas" to my friend as she have requested it. The nicest thing was to see Chef Ris honoring our table by coming to see us.. We had a fantastic girls night out

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

Excellent restaurant in all respects. The food and atmosphere are outstanding

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

Sublime onion and cauliflower quiche!

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1.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Ordered drinks and salad no cheese and entre. Only received one drink and salad came with cheese. Did not get another salad for 15mins. Not busy at all. Soda took a long time as well. Entree did not come out for an hour after the apps. Service was basically non existent. The chicken did not have any flavor to it. Very disappointing.

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Everything was delicious. Nice menu. Nice calmambuance

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5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

Kareem is absolutely the greatest waiter, and the food is always excellent.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

My friends and I decided to check this place out and we fell in love. The place is absolutely beautiful. The staff was friendly and kind. The food! Oh My Gosh the food was incredible. Every bite better than the last. I can not believe the flavor of the shrimp and grits. My spouse had the same. One of the best restaurants I’ve been to dc in awhile. Going back again for a birthday.

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4.0Dined on July 5, 2018

The meal was superb. The side dishes were truly not your "run of the mill" choices. The fish was totally de-boned and cooked to perfection. The bread needs to be requested, and our first plate of bread was quite ho-hum. The second plate of bread was baked deliciously. The waiter paid attention to the special occasion, although I had made certain that it was not to be celebrated in any noticeable fashion. Beer selection is abysmal, although the one I was served was satisfactory. Most definitely will look forward to returning.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

I love Ris. Some of the signature food was great but eggs are eggs

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Excellent food and service and the price was very reasonable. The food was fresh with seasonal Veges and the deserts were not overly sweet. The wine selection was excellent.

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Service was slow but otherwise excellent as always.

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4.0Dined on June 27, 2018

I dined at Ris a couple of nights ago and had a wonderful time. Throughout the evening I was taken care of by a young gentleman, Stephane. He displayed a genuine passion for fine dining and gave me excellent recommendations for each of my courses. With regards to the food, I was very pleased with both openers that I had ordered: a hearty tomato soup amuse-bouche, and a refreshing scallop margarita. However, my main course, the chicken milanese, was not so elegant. The chicken itself appeared to have been carelessly plopped onto a massive bed of roasted potatoes and garnished with 1/3 of a lemon. In addition to the chicken and the potatoes, there was a colossal arugala salad, and a small scoop of what tasted like bruschetta. Although the elements of the dish tasted fine, the portions were quite overwhelming. By the end of the evening Stephane brought me a lovely pot of english breakfast tea and a delicious flourless chocolate torte. From the warm ambience, to the professional staff, I would highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Amazing meal and Karim our waiter was absolutely fantastic!

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

We've always had a great meal here. I think they are an underrated gem. Very close to the Kennedy Center for pre-fixe dining.

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Excellent dining establishment with great service delivery.

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

Great Foggy Bottom location for business lunch or dinner or a special occasion. Interesting options and clever twists on staples. Good wine options and small plates as well. Lamb and cauliflower dishes were favorites.

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

We celebrated our 30th anniversary there. The food was wonderful, the service was beyond great and we all had an amazing time.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

The setting was elegant and refined; the ambiance was wonderful; the food was absolutely scrumptious and beautifully presented; and service was gracious, accommodating, and professional. We were well-taken-care-of, welcomed warmly, and treated excellently, and we thoroughly enjoyed our experience. We thought it was an excellent value, and we can't wait to make a return visit.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Excellent service!! Will make this a regular stop

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Absolutely wonderful. Every dish we tried from Brussels Sprouts, Scallop Martini to Tiramisu and Flourless Chocolate cake desserts were fabulous!!! The staff is amazing and helpful. Do not miss this first class experience!

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3.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Restaurant was quite empty and service was very slow. Food was tasty, although I was stunned that a $12 salad jumped to $27 with the addition of 4 shrimp. On the edge of outrageous.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

This was a marvelous dinner. Fabulous service, wide-ranging wine selection, fresh ingredients, beautifully prepared and presented. They fed us so well, we didn't have room for dessert - yet they presented us with a bundle of delicious cookies on the way out. I would absolutely go back - many other menu items I want to try.

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3.0Dined on June 7, 2018

The service at our business lunch was surprisingly sub-par for Ris. Our entrees came before our starter salads and one in our party never got his entree until the two of us were almost finished with our entrees. There was barely a gesture of "oh, sorry about that." Our waiter never checked back with us and I had to mention to the server that our salads hadn't come out. By that time, we said forget it. We've been diners at Ris for years - I think she would be appalled at the lackadaisical service we experienced on at Thursday 12:30PM lunch.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

It was a delicious meal and a wonderful ambiance. Reminded us that it had been too long since our last visited

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

This was the first time in ages that I enjoyed EVERY aspect of the experience. The mocktail, appetizer (roasted artichoke) , entrée (crown of cauliflower) and dessert (butterscotch pudding) were all excellent. The waiter was the perfect combination of personable and attentive without hovering and interrupting. I will come back again soon!!

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Excellent food and exemplary service. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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