About RIS

A neighborhood restaurant, serving seasonal American creations by chef Ris Lacoste.

2275 L Street NW
Washington, DC 20037
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday

Lunch: 11:30am - 5:00pm

Dinner: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

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

Saturday

Dinner: 5:00pm - 10:00pm


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.

Cross Street:
23rd

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 730-2500

Website:
http://risdc.com/

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

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.

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.

Executive Chef:
Ris Lacoste

Private Party Facilities:
RIS has three beautiful spaces to host every event from business meetings to rehearsal dinners. We are also available for buyouts.

Private Party Contact:
Heather Small: (202) 730-2509

Additional:
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

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!

RIS Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (37)
Quiet Conversation (36)
Special Occasion (35)
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Good for a Date (31)
Neighborhood Gem (31)
Business Meals (30)
Creative Cuisine (27)
Good for Birthdays (25)
Good for Anniversaries (23)
Great for Lunch (21)
Good Vegetarian Options (20)
Local Ingredients (18)
Comfort Food (18)
Good for Groups (16)
Pre/post Theatre (16)
Cozy (16)
Healthy (14)
Authentic (13)
Seasonal (13)
Great for Brunch (12)
Romantic (12)
Bar Seating (10)
Casual (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Quick Bite (6)
Fun (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Vegan (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Organic (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
People Watching (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Scenic View (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (Miami)·Dined 2 days ago

Love the brussel sprouts.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 6, 2017

The food lived up to its' rave reviews on WETA's Check Please

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 6, 2017

I had the kale brussels sprouts salad with grilled shrimp. It was delicious, but at $26, it was pricey.

Tags: Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 6, 2017

The place is really nice & food was good. I can not say the same about the server - he said he was new, and I'm not sure if they should keep him longer...

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Always a pleasure to dine at Ris. The food is at once creative and comforting, and service hospitable, and excellently professional! Thank you a lovely night out with friends!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

I apologize for not remember the man's name, but our server was fantastic. He was personable, gave sage advise on the menu, and has impeccable instincts and/or observation skills as he was never intrusive or entirely absent.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 29, 2017

High quality. Great salad choices for lunch. Service spotty though. Would still recommend.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Our cauliflower meals were cold- all 3 of them. My two drinks were a very short pour for the price

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 27, 2017

It was a quiet Sunday night. We decided to sit at a hightop in the bar, and the friendly bartender served us We ordered the chicken pot pie and the chicken Milanese. Both were superb. So were the ice cream and chocolate bourbon pecan pie. I can’t remember the last time I had such a satisfying meal.
Hope to return next time I’m in DC.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 26, 2017

I've been here twice in the last few months. Each time everyone in our party was very impressed with the food. Great ingredients perfectly prepared. Creative without being fussy or complicated. Meets melt in your mouth, fish tender, don't miss the scallop martini appetizer or lamb meatballs !

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The food was excellent and the new menu items were wonderful, the wine was great and the honey bush tea was magnificent.

Tags: Cozy, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Entrees included grilled trout ans seafood stew. Both were delicious.
Appetizers of salad/champagne dressing and pumpkin soup were also excellent.
Dessert of butterscotch pudding was very nice.
Service was spot-on, not rushed, and very accomodating.
We enjoyed the food, ambience, and service.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Great time and meal with family before seeing THE NUTCRACKER at the Kennedy Center! Our server, Justin, was top notch!

Tags: Casual, Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Cozy, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Scallop martini is one of the best restaurant dishes I've had in DC and I've ordered it three times in the last six months at Ris. Service this last time was totally on top of their game.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Lunch there was excellent. Hanger steak and frites and cod special were very good. The restaurant was relatively quiet, making conversation easy. That's particularly rare these days.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Great seasonal menu - was delighted to see (and order) the curried caulifower entree for the vegetarian gourmet at our table as well as the whole fried snapper and 2 grilled salmons for the others. We shared our sides and salads to ensure everyone got a taste of all that appealed to us. Fantastic menu - delicate balance among vegetable choices and sauces. Each was distinctive and perfectly seasoned. Great wine menu too! His is a "gem" on the West Side. Perfect place for our friends' dinner after the Millennium Stage event at Kennedy Center. We will be back soon!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Vegan, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Wonderful leisurely paced meal with esthetically pleasing comfort food.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The food and the service for brunch on Sunday was very good. However, the ambiance of the place is a little off for a brunch place. One side of the wall is red/organge reminding me of Thai resturants or even like a diner place, while the other side is white/ sunshine which gives a modern look but the inside red wall interior kind of kills it and didn’t make the balance. Then the music was like... radio pop100. I’m leaving interior recommendation for this place because I see so much potential in bringing young brunch eaters to this place if the ambience was just better (the food and the service was amazing though!).

Tags: Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Had a lovely post-theatre (matinee) dinner at Ris. The waiter and bar staff were fantastic: responsive and accommodating. Nice autumn seasonal food selection.

Tags: Seasonal, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

A wonderful, linen table cloth restaurant with a comfortable, quiet ambiance and impeccable service. The food was very good as well and nicely presented.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Ris is an excellent restaurant with great food and wines and lovely Honey Bush tea :)

Tags: Healthy, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Quick Bite, Romantic, Business Meals, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Organic, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Vegan, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Excellent cocktails by Ravi. The sweet potato guacamole was delicious. Oysters were fresh and Brine-y and very crispy fish. And perfectly marinated and cooked lamb.

Tags: Comfort Food, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 9, 2017

I've been to Ris at least five times and I've always thought the food was good and the service was fine, but not stellar. That was the case this time as well. Rack of lamb was a lot of food--2 meaty double chops, a large "cake" of potatoes, a small portion of spinach. Food was fine. This time the service was more lackadaisical than in the past. Took a while for a waitperson to come, took about 10 minutes to get a cocktail. Wine with dinner took about 15 minutes and came out after the entree was delivered. Also, Ris no longer has valet parking so you will likely end up parking in one of the hotel parking structures nearby. Parking was $26 on top of the restaurant bill, which is higher than you'd expect. Feels more expensive than it's worth.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 9, 2017

I dined here with my mother on her birthday and we throughly enjoyed EVERYTHING! From Oysters to charcuterie, exquisite lamb to butterscotch pudding! It was all delicious and great service. Just a perfect and memorable meal.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

My host mentioned that this restaurant was where chefs dine. My father was a chef in Pittsburgh and I haven't eaten a chicken pot pie since his passing 10 years ago so I wouldn't be disspaointed. I was brave enough to order and I was so pleased. Dad would have approved - made me smile with wonderful memories. Thank you!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 8, 2017

the food was really excellent -- fresh, imaginative, and delicious. many restaurants nowadays include one or maybe two decent vegetable-based entrées -- but RIS has quite a number of excellent choices for people who aren't all that into meat (and of course, plenty of meat-based dishes, as well -- never fear, carnivores). i really appreciated the variety of options, and the presentation and taste of everything was superb. the service wasn't the most attentive i've ever experienced, but in their defence, it was a miserable evening and half our party cancelled at the last minute, so perhaps they had a reason to be a bit distant. (still, everyone was friendly and never appeared the least bit put off by the late change to our table number, so props to them for that.) i hope to return very soon to try more of their menu.

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Afternoon Tea, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Vegan, Paleo Friendly, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Good for Groups, Organic, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 6, 2017

My group needed to be left alone to talk, and the servers really seemed to get it. They timed their interventions in a very thoughtful, nonintrusive way. That's a real gift at a restaurant.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Excellent Sunday brunch. Great food and
top-notch service!

Tags: Organic, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Lovely restaurant...it has all the right combination of things -- urban space, not overly large dining room, booths. Food is delicious and nicely plated, very attentive, friendly service. A nice mix of generations dining there. Would def like to return for dinner, from the look of the menu. Four or five entrees is a mark for me of a smaller restaurant that will do what it does very well.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2017

All in all, I was pleased with our experience at Ris. I felt the food was above average, and the prix fixe brunch menu was a good value. The ambiance was nice, as this place was quiet and not bustling, which we appreciated because we could actually talk. I did notice that some of the walls of the restaurant were quite grubby, which is not what you would expect of a restaurant of this quality in this location. I would suggest they touch up with paint!

Tags: Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Loved the salmon and the lentils! great cocktails and Pinot noir.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 3, 2017

As always, great food and lovely service. Had the trout nicoise which was delicious, as was the butterscotch pudding. (and I don't even like pudding!) A great neighborhood gem oft overlooked these days due to newer, flashier places with higher prices, poorer food and service. Love Ris!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Quality of my entree was not up to usual Ris high standard. Green beans were badly undercooked, almost raw. The fish (trout) had little taste and was served with crispy fish skin—a current fad but not appealing.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2017

One of the best food spots in DC, which is severely lacking in creativity and real quality menus. Service is terrible but menu is great. Definitely not given enough credit due to the crap location

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 1, 2017

We are currently on a diet that limits our intake of simple carbs and dairy, but we found plenty to eat on the menu that fit the restrictions. And it was terrific. The gin menu was definitely off-diet but we went there anyway.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Terrific food and setting. Excellent place to hear yourself and friends talk! GO!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 29, 2017

I have been to RIS several times and on this occasion, I had invited my friend for Sunday brunch in honor of her birthday. Everything could not have been nicer -- from the moment we sat down until our departure. I can't wait to go back to RIS again!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 27, 2017

This was a most disappointing meal in almost every respect. We have supped at Ris on several occasions; I hope this was an anomaly. Our waiter was inept. He disappeared for long stretches. We waited interminably between courses. Our entrees were delivered to the wrong table, leading to still further delays. The high point of the meal was the side salad we had as an appetizer. Based on an email trumpeting Julia Child's cassoulet, I ordered same. It was pitiful-- a plate of white beans with some sliced sausage and a huge slab of very fatty pork belly. I've made Julia Child's cassoulet and it does even call for pork belly! Missing were any of the casserole crust and as well as any indication of the pork, lamb or duck specified in the recipe. While my wife ate her entree, I reordered and waited. We both had the Portugese seafood stew which had plentiful fresh seafood, but was otherwise unremarkable. Desserts were also disappointing. I had an apple tart with lemon cardoman ice cream. The dough was heavy and the apple was cut into tiny squares similar to mince meat. The ice cream was too sweet and the lemon overpowered the cardoman. After dinner we were "treated" to homemade limoncello. Remarkably, when the bill was presented there was no adjustment for the false advertising and poor service. Ris needs to put someone in charge who can better control the staff and up its game in the kitchen.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Always pleasant staff and excellent food at Ris. Comfortable place for dinner and conversation.

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 26, 2017

I often go to Ris because I find their food great and creative. I have allergies to garlic and onions and they always manage to accommodate me. The food was great even this time, the service was not as good as usual. My preferred waiter was not working that day and the one we had did not meet expectations.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Healthy
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