RIS

4.3
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3381 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.
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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4.3based on all time ratings
4.3
food
4.2
service
4.1
ambience
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LS
Washington DC
20 reviews
Reviewed on January 9, 2020
Overall4foodserviceambience

Always friendly service and excellent food. A plus is the moderate noise level. l

a
Washington DC
9 reviews
Reviewed on December 27, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

Loved it! Everything was lovely! Went for my birthday, and I was completely happy with the evening.

B
San Francisco
1 review
Reviewed on November 11, 2019
Overall2foodserviceambience

I had been by the restaurant on many occasions and when an organization came into town and were staying at a nearby hotel, I chose RIS as place for dinner. Given the number of good restaurants in DC, I simply cannot recommend RIS as a regular option. Service was good, ambiance OK, but the food was disappointing.

L
Washington DC
8 reviews
Reviewed on November 7, 2019
Overall4foodserviceambience

The food is always incredible even with menu changes over the years.

BB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Reviewed on November 1, 2019
Overall4foodserviceambience

Kind of a disjointed menu, but the food was very good once you figured out what to order. Service friendly, but slow. Place was empty, which is always a red flag, and made it lack ambience, but would go back for the food.

WC
Washington DC
1 review
Reviewed on October 10, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

Great food and service. Finding parking may be a little challenging.

M
Washington DC
4 reviews
Reviewed on October 3, 2019
Overall3foodserviceambience

just had dessert - good wine, good dessert, hard to see at night.

AH
Washington DC
7 reviews
Reviewed on September 16, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

Excellent all around!! Good food and service. Good food and service.

w
Washington DC
37 reviews
Reviewed on September 12, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

Beautiful, soothing décor. Superb service. Restaurant Week menu offered excellent value.

D
Washington DC
2 reviews
Reviewed on August 30, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

The food there is wonderful, creative and delicious. Service is great and very nice ambiance!

DC
Washington DC
39 reviews
Reviewed on August 29, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

I adore Ris. It's more of a neighborhood gem than a destination restaurant but the cooking is always top notch. The gin bar is fabulous if you are in to martinis and gin drinks. And Chef Ris is always on hand. It's a place that always makes you feel at home and happy.

DC
Washington DC
72 reviews
Reviewed on August 18, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

We know the chef/owner and eat here regularly. The menu has changed over the years, but her signature dishes of the scallop margarita (starter) and lamb (main - once per week) are always amazing. Butterscotch pudding is my favorite dessert. Ris makes pies and sides for the holidays you can order and take home to eat there.

g
Charleston
10 reviews
Reviewed on July 3, 2019
Overall2foodserviceambience

Maybe it was just a bad day, but service was poor - we waited a long time to be seated despite a reservation and empty tables. The food was just ok.

MB
Washington DC
1 review
Reviewed on June 16, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

Love, love, love Ris - cozy settings, fantastic food and always on point service!

v
Washington DC
4 reviews
Reviewed on February 6, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

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

OT
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Washington DC
92 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

MB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

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.

RI
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

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...

A
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

C
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

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.

OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MH
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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.

RS
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

i
Dallas
27 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

MA
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

w
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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.

d
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

c
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience2

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...

AF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall1food5service1ambience2

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.

RB
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

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.

WW
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

MM
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

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.

WW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience1

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.

J
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

OT
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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.

m
Pittsburgh
24 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service

AG
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

T
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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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