RIS

4.2
3367 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, 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
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Washington DC
3 reviews
Reviewed on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food service ambience

a great atmosphere and food and service as well. highly reccommended

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DW
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ris is outstanding on every level -- delightful food, excellent service. I highly recommend it.

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MH
Washington DC
88 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Ris to celebrate our birthdays because we wanted a place where we could be sure we would have a delicious meal and a great experience. Our menus had a "Happy Birthday!" banner across the top! What a nice touch! We had the kale and brussels spouts salad and roasted spaghetti squash for appetizers, trout and crown of cauliflower for entrees, butterscotch pudding and tiramisu for dessert. Each dish was delicious and presented beautifully. Ris has a unique way of combining distinct flavors. Another thing that makes Ris so great is that there are several options for vegetarians like me. Our service was pleasant and excellent, as was the ambiance . I highly recommend Ris for a comfortable, delicious experience where you're treated like royalty. Ris is not located in a busy area; it's worth making the trip.

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MB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

It’s not what it used to be. Ris used to be really quite good. This is the second time in the last 6 months that we tried it. It was pretty good, but not what it used to be, which was quite good.

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RI
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

I had been to RIS on several occasions. Always had an outstanding time. Well.....not this past Sunday.... I was meeting friends to celebrate their recent marriage and purchased a gift certificate for them. The manager was terrible.... it seemed that I was bothering her... she didn’t even mention that I needed to fill out the certificate. Unbelievable. NOT impressed. Will NOT be going back. The only descent and helpful person there was the person greeting us at the door. Not sure if there was only one waiter for the whole restaurant but he was not very helpful. Kept forgetting our requests. Had to ask for the same things quite a few times. RIS used to be a 10 now it’s a 2. Food was very salty and a bit stale. TOO bad...

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Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed brunch seated at a nice, small booth. Food and service were excellent. The presentation of dishes was beautiful. My salad could have some from a summer garden. My huevos rancheros and my friend's eggs benedict were beautiful. Nothing was over-salted. The baked breakfast treats were tasty and served with excellent jam and butter.

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C
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Last minute, some friends and I decided to go out and discovered that it was Restaurant Week. The Restaurant Week menu here was a great value and the $5 upcharges for certain items was totally reasonable. I imagine that our dining experience was a bit different than normal, as they were filming a reality tv show next to our table. We enjoyed the hilarious conversation, but I don't think that the single woman at another table did (she just kept looking over disapprovingly - lol). While the front of the restaurant was busy, the back of the restaurant was pretty empty because of the filming crew setup. I imagine that our server was less attentive than normal because of all that was going on, but it also took a very long time to get all of our dishes. Nonetheless, it was all delicious and I plan to return in the future.

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SF
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding white tablecloth restaurant, but not formal! Food was excellent in both preparation and presentation. Staff was attentive. Can't wait to go back!!!

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MH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
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 on January 20, 2019
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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Dallas
27 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to RIS for Sunday brunch. It was restaurant week, so my expectations for a great meal were a little low. Most restaurants give smaller portions, lower quality items, etc for their restaurant week menu. This was definitely not the case here. Sam was our waiter. He was excellent. The food was fresh, beautifully presented and large portions. If I'm ever in the DC area again, I won't miss out on another meal here.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The hostess was fantastic, so friendly and joked with us like she’d known us for awhile. Our waiter was patient and made great suggestions. The restaurant week deal was such a great deal. Food was delicious and I still think about that tiramisu. Looking for to coming back to try brunch.

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MA
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
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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w
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Made first visit to RIS during DC Restaurant Week. The food was delicious and Gregory, our server, was professional and attentive but not intrusive. The beef short ribs with roasted brussels sprouts, beets, etc were the perfect comfort food on a snowy night. Both the tiramisu and butterscotch pudding offered for dessert were fabulous. We were very pleased to see Nero d'Avola offered by the glass; one seldom finds it on a wine menu, much less by the glass. Restaurant Week offers a great opportunity to see what high-end restaurants have to offer. We definitely want to return to RIS. RIS does not offer valet parking but does validate parking for a reduced price at the Ritz Carlton self-parking garage around the corner and another parking garage nearby.

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d
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

thrilled with our restaurant week lunch experience. sizable portions, delicious meal, lovely presentation and flavors. would highly recommend.

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c
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
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 on January 17, 2019
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 on January 16, 2019
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
38 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
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
33 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
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 15, 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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OT
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Nowhere near as good as it used to be. Not much variety on the menu now, which features things such as way overpriced chicken pot pie. No longer fine dining or creative cuisine. The restaurant was almost empty.

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m
Pittsburgh
20 reviews
Dined on January 9, 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
55 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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B
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ris is a favorite for business entertaining as well as hanging out with friends. The food is excellent, lots of options which are fresh and tasty. I also love their version of a Moscow mule, using house made ginger beer. Butterscotch pudding is to die for.

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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
13 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
12 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
5 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
17 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
13 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 24, 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
6 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
16 reviews
Dined on December 23, 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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