RIS

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$31 to $50
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American
A neighborhood restaurant, serving seasonal American creations by chef Ris Lacoste.
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MH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My three friends and I love Ris. This is the second time we have gone together and we will definitely go again, probably during the next DC Restaurant Week. The ambience is great--quiet, attractive, calm, good service, and delicious food. We used the menu for the Jan., 2018 Restaurant Week and found plenty of dishes to suit all of our palates and my gluten free needs. My shortribs were outstanding. Everyone liked their dishes. The only thing I didn't like was the butterscotch pudding, but it was the only gluten free dessert so I tried it, even though i don't like butterscotch. It was so so.

We love this place and I hope that now that DC Restaurant Week has been extended for a second week due to the shutdown that a lot of people will go there this week.

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RS
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I liked it for brunch because the kale brussels sprout salad was excellent, and the Huevos Rancheros was also very good. The staff was nice, and I liked the mimosa.

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MA
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was outstanding - mussels, fisherman’s stew, butterscotch pudding - absolutely first rate ....Michelin level. Our waiter was also exceptionally skillful and knowledgeable. The hostess at the front desk, a warm and lovely person, was a paragon of helpfulness - finding us the perfect table for our needs. Altogether a 5 star evening.

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c
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

So my less-than-great experience began the night before, when my phone rang AT TEN P.M and it was someone from Ris asking if I still was planning to come for lunch the next day as per my OpenTable reservation. I had just arrived from the West Coast and was asleep. I asked the woman if she thought this was a good time to phone people, and she said quite huffily, well she had been very busy and this was her first free moment. I have tried to ponder whether I am being unreasonable but I don't think I am. I understand that no-shows are a problem for restaurants but there still was nothing to prevent me from just not going there the next day. Calling me at 10 PM was not going to guarantee my presence.
Secondly, I had asked for a quiet table in my notes on OpenTable, because this was an important working lunch for me and I wanted to be able to converse with my counterpart. Instead we were seated at a table right in the middle of the action. It was very loud and it was hard to talk.
I never go to Ris for the food, I go because for me, the location is very convenient. So I was not surprised that the food was as usual, vanilla average. I will say that the waitperson was very nice, leaving aside an initial moment when he noticed that our table had only one menu, looked about, saw another one lying ON THE FLOOR, picked it up and handed it to me. Super-appetizing. Upon noting my somewhat startled look, he did realize that this was not optimal and he brought me a different one. Just plan paper sheets, so no reason to be that thrifty with them...

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AF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 2

This was my first time at RIS and perhaps my last. I recognize that I went during lunchtime so a slightly longer wait was expected, but I didn't expect to sit down for a 12:30 pm reservation for 2 people and receive my first course at 2:05 pm. And it seemed like I would've waited longer if I hadn't asked our waiter where our food was. The service was awful which is unfortunate given that the food was quite delicious. I was really disappointed with my experience here.

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RB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Reviewing the restaurant week dinner menu ,I found the appetizer ( fried oysters and pancetta) and the desert (tiramisu) excellent.
The main course (chicken cutlet was dry and the breading not particularly good.

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WW
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ris is a comfortable and congenial environment where you both feel at home and at someplace a bit special. Ris excels at making comfort food that is prepared beautifully and with an elegant touch.

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MM
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I am mad for their whole red snapper fried with wonderful rice. We recently enjoy a restaurant week meal that started with oysters, red snapper and homemade ice cream. Wonderful food, great value and above average service.

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WW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

Was really disappointed in our experience at RIS. Despite having a reservation and many empty tables it took several minutes to be seated. Once we were brought to the table we immediately noticed the booth was being held together by duct tape!!! The booth which we were expected to sit on was busting apart and we had to sit on the filling!!! Truly unacceptable for an establishment that charges over $25 per main course. The service was incredibly slow. When I mentioned to the waiter that I really did not like the wine he told me I should get a second opinion from one of my friends dining with me. I found that to be an extremely rude response. 10 minutes after I ordered the duck tagliatelle the waiter returned to tell me they were out of pasta. This was at 7pm. Very confusing to be out of an ingredient so early in the evening and in my opinion unacceptable. All in all a terrible dining experience. The Brussels sprouts and the butterscotch pudding did delight, but not enough to make up for everything else. Luckily I enjoyed the conversation and company of the friends I dined with or the evening would've been a total loss.

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J
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant. The food is delicious, the service is great, and the environment is very pleasant. Going back for our second meal there this week!

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m
Pittsburgh
19 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service

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AG
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was AMAZING, the service was GREAT and Ris came out to meet us. It was our first time and we will return! You have to try the butterscotch pudding - she takes a great thing and makes it AMAZING!

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T
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Portion sizes are very large, which can be a good or bad thing depending on what you are into. For me it isn't a particularly good thing. The food itself is quite tasty, the dishes well composed and straightforward. Service is very good, attentive and professional. Space is very attractive.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding - today was no exception!

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T
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Relaxed Sunday brunch with friends. Samuel was a wonderful server!

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MR
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A place that never disappoints, with a menu for every occasion. Most recently I was there for a pre-theater dinner- ask for the Marquee Menu. Excellent choices of flavorful food. I had the Chicken Milanese which was delicious and served with a generous helping of potatoes and salad. RIS herself is always there to keep an eye on things. I can't wait to go back for restaurant week.

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D
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The food was both good and just fair. The mushroom soup was a standout and the salmon tartare was good. The lunch entree salad with grilled shrimp was overpriced at $25, there were only 4 shrimp, the rest of the salad was just mixed greens and some shredded cheese. The worst part of lunch was the amount of time it took to get lunch. Almost an hour to be served our meal and the restaurant was 3/4 empty.

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A
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We arrived punctually for our early New Year's Eve reservation, but the record had us as no-shows-- something that led to inappropriate phone messages and emails from Ris and from Open Table. Correcting this has been a nuisance. On arrival, we objected to being seated in Siberia-- the windowless second room and were seated in a better spot. My first course-- a soup-- was tasty, but extremely over-salted. Overall, the dishes were tasty and beautifully presented. Ris has been a longtime favorite, including for New Year's Eve dinners. It's a pleasant and attractive place with good menu options, good service, and a reasonable sound level. The reservation mix-up was unfortunate.

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GP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was fantastic. We had the tasting menu and everything was really delicious.

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d
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

all courses were interesting and delicious....all service was professionally conducted....all help made you feel warm and friendly.....couldn't be happier with the experience...

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JJ
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Went to RIS prior to a show at the Kennedy Center. Its a five minute walk to Foggy Bottom where you can pick up the KC shuttle. We'd recommend for a pre-theater meal though it is on the pricey side. The menu is somewhat limited, but we were there on New Year's Eve and they had a tasting menu from which you could also order a la carte. The tasting menu, at 7 courses, would have been way too much food, but one of the dishes, the pasta with duck confit and mushrooms, was pretty tasty with a rich sauce. They should have this as part of their regular menu (HINT HINT). Very few other meat options. They did have a licorice flavored short ribs dish but that sounded horrendous to us so we also got salmon which was a solid choice. We also liked the "sugar toads" which are not a dessert but rather a small breaded fish served with a romesco sauce as an appetizer. Service was attentive and friendly. Unfortunately the music they were playing in the background was discordant at times and a bit loud - maybe just due to New Years? Overall it turned out to be an enjoyable meal.

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F
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our most favorite pre Kennedy show dining spot. Have frequented there for dinner multiple times before attending the theater, never disappoints, creative menu, fresh foods, and awesome service.

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JH
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 2

WE, AND CLEARLY OTHER DINERS, WERE DISAPPOINTED WITH THE SERVICE, SOME OF THE FOOD, AND THE EXORBITANT PRICE FOR THE EVENING, CONSIDERING THE SITUATION. WE WERE TRULY DISAPPOINTED, AFTER EXCELLENT MARKETING AND ONLINE/GMAIL PRESENTED A MUCH DIFFERENT EXPECTATION.
IT SEEMED TO US THAT THE PROMISE IN THE MARKETING DID NOT FULFILL THE REALITY, iT WAS A SHAME.

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

First class operation...Ravi is a fabulous, knowledgeable waiter...

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DC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

The dishes were very nice, innovative, tasty and well presented. In particular, the crudo and skate were excellent and several at the table commented favorably on the cauliflower crown and the cream of mushroom soup. Unfortunately the service was extremely slow. I believe we sat for 45 minutes after ordering before first courses were served and then there was at least a 30 minute wait for the main courses to be served. The waiter stopped by during these waits to say things would be out "soon," but he proved to be overly optimistic and did not ask if we wanted additional drinks. Unfortunately the ability of the kitchen is severely undermined by the inability to serve in a timely manner.

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AH
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Return visit. Restaurant was quiet this particular evening so was quiet; we could have a conversation; service was efficient. Food was quite good.

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OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Great staff - terrible food

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S
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ris Lacoste continues the strong impression she created when at "1789". The atmosphere here is 180-degrees different, but the same regarding impeccable service, a creative/tasty menu and drinks ranging from classic to avant-garde. I will return when possible!

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F
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

Seated at an out of the way table and promptly forgotten about. Service was non existent and it took a good 45 minutes before our food came out. This was was after waiting 20 minutes before anyone felt like taking our order. Entree prices at lunch $$. So many other places to eat, can’t imagine coming back here.

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GB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

It was crowded but it took a terribly long time especially for someone, Dr. Brem, who eats there a lot. And, when we asked various people about it... all they would say is "it's on its way." I had to get up and speak to the manager.

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B
Washington DC
135 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The service and brunch at Ris was the exceptional dining experience I come to expect from Ris. I have never had a bad experience at Ris. The kale and Brussel sprout salad provided crunch, sweetness, saltiness and powerful flavors in each bite...a must have!
My only issue was the condition of the rest room. We were one of the first customers at Ris for Sunday brunch. The bathrooms looked as through they were not cleaned for several days. A concern for me as I wonder what the cleaning schedule for the kitchen must be.......

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WC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We've been to Ris several times, usually to have dinner with friends before walking over to the Kennedy Center (where we park in advance). Food is excellent, with creative combination of flavors. The vegetarian options are not afterthoughts. It is not far from Metro. We have not tried it at 7-8 on weekends, but mid-week the sound level is moderate and holding conversations is easy as long as an ambulance isn't trying to make it to GW Hospital.

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RJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Ground salt - not pepper - was put on salads. When one guest complained that the salad was too salty, the salad was replaced, but there was no apology. We asked to take home the remaining portion of chicken pot pie. We were not asked whether or not we also wanted the remaining salad and the chicken pot pie was put on top on the salad. How can the chicken pot pie be reheated? No consideration. No training.

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b
Washington DC
227 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

RIS never ceases to be an outstanding option for a terrific dinner. This time, I enjoyed the Ceviche as my entree -- a perfect light meal after a long day. Great service, great ambiance and outstanding quality!

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BT
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a great find! I’m glad we had reservations, although we came right when it opened for dinner. The grilled artichoke for appetizer was sublime. Both entres were tasty, generously proportioned, and nicely presented. Wait staff was marvelous. Everyone raves about the butterscotch pudding, so we had it, but I found it a little on the thick side for a pudding. Tasty though.

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JW
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great as was the service! It was a quiet lovely evening to celebrate a birthday.

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J
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

RIS is an excellent restaurant with great food, great wines, great honey bush tea and great service.

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JY
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent dinner and service in a friendly and quietatmosphere

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RM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Cheery bright delicious imaginative pleasant healthy efficient comfortable attractive thoughtful

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N
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Ris is a safe choice. Convenient, food selections limited but offers something for everyone. Everyone likes it. Service is not the best but functional.

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