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 - 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.

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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.2

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (43)
Fit for Foodies (42)
Quiet Conversation (42)
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Special Occasion (35)
Business Meals (32)
Good for a Date (31)
Creative Cuisine (30)
Good for Anniversaries (27)
Comfort Food (26)
Great for Lunch (26)
Good for Birthdays (25)
Pre/post Theatre (24)
Good Vegetarian Options (21)
Cozy (19)
Romantic (17)
Good for Groups (17)
Local Ingredients (15)
Seasonal (15)
Authentic (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Healthy (12)
Sunday Lunch (12)
Great for Brunch (11)
Notable Wine List (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Tasting Menu (8)
Casual (7)
Organic (6)
Vegan (6)
Fun (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Music (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Scenic View (1)
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Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

This was by far one of the absolute best restaurants I have ever eaten at. The food was amazing. Service impeccable. Overall experience tremendous. Can’t say enough good things about everything.

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·Dined 5 days ago

Food was ok, service is sub-standard as waiters don't know how to serve. His can be recommended if you don't expect too much.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Casual
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·Dined 5 days ago

Bad Valentine’s dinner experience

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Food was delicious. Service was super slow. It was Valentines Day but wasn’t crazy busy. Waited over 20 minutes for dessert and then got the wrong one.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

We went tonight for Valentine’s Day. It was our first visit to Ris and we are definitely coming back. We had the Crown of Cauliflower and the Portuguese seafood stew and OF COURSE the butterscotch pudding. Everything was delicious! And because it was VD, the waiter also gave us a rose to take home with macaroons and truffles in individual bags. That was a nice touch! Justin was our waiter and I think he was the best waiter we have ever had - engaging and personable but not hovering. Overall, such a pleasant and satisfying experience!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

We love Ris, our go-to place to eat. Like
Going home where someone can cook and the atmosphere is warm and friendly, starting with the servers.
Frankly I have recently had some disappointments: oats in the meatloaf which makes it tasteless and soggy. Why do I have to have chocolate in my soup and peanuts in the broccoli? Can’t I have the formally terrific Ris regular heavenly REAL food? Why all this mixing with outbof Place ingredients which I wish would go back to California or wherever they came from?
Where is the Ris we came to love? Still work there?

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Afternoon Tea, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Menu was very limited. Liver and onions was the sam meat special as the date night special. I haven’t seen that on a menu in my life. There was no other beef selection. Service was great but everything took very long and the restaurant was empty. I wouldn’t return

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 9, 2018

I previously had an extremely bad experience at RIS that prompted a fairly terrible review from me . After a break of a year or two I started to slowly go back and try again and was pleased to discover a more consistent quality of food and service. I actually took some old college chums there the other night and everyone was extremely happy on all fronts . The lamb and seafood were standouts but it's RIS' expertise with the "pot pies" she cooks that has really won me over . I had chicken the other night and it was perfect for a cold windy winter night - the crust alone makes me want to go back again soon . Absolutely perfect . So I'm sorry I had to write a bad review a couple years back but I'm not too proud to give places a second chance and in the case of RIS I'm very happy I did .

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Bar Seating, Casual, Authentic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Fabulous, fresh food at a reasonable price ... so hard to find in this city! My chicken was amazing and my boyfriend loved his steak frites. Bonus little bag of homemade cookies were such a treat when we got home. Server was just right, and made sure we finished our meal on time to make our Kennedy Center show. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for someplace special without going broke.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Had high expectations and had wanted to go there for some time. But, the experience fizzled quickly. Service was very inconsistent and slow, bordering on rude. Had to call waitress three times.It was lunch so we didn't have a lot of time; we ordered cocktails from menu - took over 30 minutes to arrive. they arrived after appetizers. And then it was spilled on table. Food was good, some things very good, but service was a hindrance to enjoyment. We had to send french fries back because they were tepid. A positive point: it was quiet though the room seems past its prime. With all the other great spots in DC, I won't do this one again...

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Food was fabulous. Great kale salad and trout. Service was uneven. Our waiter was very good but those delivering food and taking care of clean up and new utensils not so much.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

With dining options near and in the Kennedy Center spotty at best, we gave RIS a try and were better for it. A short walk from Foggy Bottom Metro, RIS starts off with an extensive gin collection and associated mixed drinks that tempted us to give it a try even though I hadn't drank gin in over 20 years. The soup (tomato) and salad (Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad) appetizers were excellent. The main courses were Chicken Milanese (very good) and Portuguese Seafood Stew (excellent...with a rich savory broth). I only wished for a third slice of bread to better soak up the extra broth. For dessert a shared chocolate-filled cream puff was the perfect finish to the meal. The first course was a little slow to arrive, but we arrived shortly after opening and we still made it back to the Kennedy Center with time to spare. Overall a good time.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 2, 2018

This is the third lunch I have had at RIS and they never disappoint. The lunch was wonderful, we were able to make substitutions, without any problems, that accommodated our diets. The Tomato Soup was awesome. Our waiter was attentive and repectful, but not bothersome. The establishment is very bright and inviting.

Tags: Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Vegan, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Food was great. Waiter was missing most of the meal. Very disappointing and not the experience we’ve had in the past.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Exquisite food and preparation. Gracious service and very convenient.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Organic, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on January 28, 2018

A wonderful restaurant with great food and service

Tags: Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Disabled Access, Romantic, Fun
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Ris is always our "go-to" restaurant for any special occasion. We like it so much we can even invent a special occasion. The food is spectacularly good, very creative.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Just two couples getting together. Staff was very friendly and helpful. It was Resturant Week, but you would be never know it. Menus was great. Best chicken dish I have had in a very long time. The waiter was excellent and the availability of parking at the Ritz was a positive.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Must have been really busy with restaurant week but our service was so slow and we sat for about 30 minutes before we were even given a menu or water.

Tags: Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The food was delicious and good size portions ...but the wait to receive a before dinner drink was very long as well as the wait to order dinner. Perhaps the restaurant was short-staffed or either service is just not very attentive

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Great food but poor service, which detracted from the overall experience

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 25, 2018

I used to get stuck at the light next to this RIS an say I was going to eat there. They were featured on WETA check please and when a friend called we decided to eat there. We were not disappointed, even though we were interested n the date cake that wasn't on the menu that day. My starter salad was wonderful and my entree was fresh and imaginative while still being simple as well as delicious. Rice, perfectly grilled shrimp, cucumbers, red pepper was a great combination. My companion had the Nicoise with trout that she fully enjoyed. Choosing between a glass of wine or dessert was a nice choice as I am not always a sweet eater. I do plan to come back soon.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Healthy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Restaurant Week 2018. I was pretty much fully ignored by my waiter, Khalid, the entire time I was there. It was a full 10 minutes before he even approached my table/greeted me. Food runners delivered each course and I had to flag someone down twice for water. As a single diner, I would have much preferred to have been seated at the bar where it seems I'd certainly be attended to and not have spent an hour and 20 minutes for a simple lunch.
As for the food, it was fantastic! Thai brussels sprouts may be misnamed, as there was no Thai flavor or spice involved. It was basically sprouts with bacon. But they were roasted well and tasted good! The cauliflower crown was an excellent entree -- pine nuts, pomegranate seeds, mint and yogurt, along with the spice blend made it an excellent exercise in flavor. The cream puff had the texture -- and taste! -- of cardboard. It was a total let down after that excellent entree.
As I was seated near the hostess stand -- and had virtually no interaction with my waiter or any other service folks, I observed the hostess, Danielle, in action. She was professional, attentive and pleasant to EVERYONE! Khalid needs lessons from her! He also needs a supply of breath mints.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Colleagues went for restaurant week. Food was great, as usual - innovative and delicious. However, the service was very lacking this time. We got there 12:15. 1:45, still no main course. No explanation to the end. No one coming by to apologize and explain. We were so frustrated anyway. I love the food, and would try again, but definitely not sure about the service.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 22, 2018

I went here during restaurant week and it was completely booked. The server, Kareem, was very friendly and knowledgeable. The food was fantastic. I will definitely return to RIS.

Tags: People Watching, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Two of my friends joined me for lunch during Restaurant Week. For the appetizer I enjoyed a large bowl of delicious mussels in a herb-infused tomato broth with only a slice of heavily toasted garlic bread on the side; I would have liked either more bread or a spoon to be able to soak up the broth. For the main course starring their fish of the day, trout, I dined on a large filet cooked to perfection accompanied by poached baby potatoes and some veggies, with an aoili sauce available for additional flavor. For dessert, the apple pie ice cream included pieces of cooked apples combined with luscious ice cream for a memorable conclusion to the meal.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Healthy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Ris is always delicious - great menu and wonderful warm atmosphere. Service is usually smooth, I've been there many times -- something was going wrong on the floor the other night, but I will return.

Tags: Cozy
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Service was slow paced, but we enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere. We had intended to go to a free concert, but the meal was so slow we missed it despite giving ourselves over 1 and 1/2 hours to eat. Not a big deal though as there are lots of concerts and the food was excellent.

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Enticing - and delicious - Sunday brunch menu, with a wide range of selections from a prix fixe menu. Associated selected teas and coffees are available and well served - altho rather pricy.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We had a wonderful first visit to Ris. Our server Karim was excellent and suggested the pre-theatre menu to us, which was amazing food and good value. Everything we had was perfectly seasoned and tasted great. We enjoyed a gin and house-made flavoured tonic from the Gin Mill, which was a nice take on the standard G&T. The ambience was just right for us ... elegant but not at all stuffy.

Tags: Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Each visit to Ris is more wonderful than the last. We live in NYC but make a point of stopping in whenever we're in the area. This visit Ravi's gin menu was incredible and varied, Kareem was the perfect server, caring for each of us attentively and making sure we got what we wanted. Ris is a delightful host and inventive chef. Her French Onion Soup is such a fave we went back for a second bowl the next day before we left town! The hamburger (on the lunch menu) is truly the best I've ever had, and lamb roast (Thursday night special) was wonderful.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Ris has very good food for lunch and dinner. It is a low key setting where it's easy to talk business or talk with friends. The food is a classic menu but with good variety. there is a good wine list and a nice area to sit at the bar.

Tags: Business Meals, Comfort Food, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 9, 2018

The chicken Milanese was great , the plate was balanced with flavours. It was simply delicious. it was rich but not heavy. It was refined rustic food at its best. It was to bad the desserts missed the mark for my taste

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We liked Ris so much we went back again a few nights later. In fact, I liked the Portuguese fish stew so much I had it both nights. My husband would've had the scallops again, too, but that special been replaced by a beef filet. He loved them both. Our friends were equally as happy with their dishes, and the two sides we shared, cauliflower and brussels sprouts, were terrific. The ambiance (especially, but not only, if you have a booth) is perfect for an evening of conversation with good friends -- an elegant and quiet but not intimidating dining room, thoughtful but not obtrusive service. We'll definitely go back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 5, 2018

An evening at Ris is pure pleasure. The ambiance is inviting and sophisticated without being stuffy. The menu provides a beautiful selection of vegetarian, fish and meet dishes with a great children's menu that includes dessert. In addition there is a nightly special to dine upon. the service is always exceptional with a balance of friendliness and attention to detail. I highly recommend His. It never disappoints.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Kid-friendly
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Lovely lunch!! Excellent service!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Timing of the food was off and we had to wait about 45 minutes when we were literally the first table being served. All other diners appeared to be getting served in a more timely fashion.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

My husband and I had New Years Eve Dinner here, and the food was amazing. He had the Linguine and scallops. I had the Fishman’s Bowl. Both plates had explosives taste. The seafood was fresh, and the pasta fluffy and handmade.
Highly recommend for you and yours to have a very well priced dinner.

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vip
 (New Mexico)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We enjoyed a fabulous meal to celebrate NYE. I had the Crown of Cauliflower which is one of the best vegetarian dishes I’ve ever had. It was amazing and I can’t stop thinking about it. The ambiance was terrific and the service was outstanding. I highly recommend RIS and would definitely eat here the next time we’re in DC.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The chef at RIS is excellent. I love the cauliflower dish. It is fabulous! I'm so glad RIS allowed us to order off their regular menu on NY's Eve so I had the french onion soup and the cauliflower entree and my husband ordered the tasting menu. The tasting menu was really great. Unlike many other restaurants that give very small tastes when they offer a tasting menu, RIS gave my husband two appetizers and then 3 entrees - the first was a mushroom crusted cod that came with 2 good sized pieces of fish. Then came the duck with stuffed pasta and there were several pieces of duck, cooked just right. Then came the lamb, which my husband said was also cooked just right - medium rare (not overcooked). Our waiter was also great! Even though I didn't order the tasting menu, RIS gave me a taste of the foie gras torchon appetizer (that came with the tasting menu) and they gave me and my husband a sorbet champagne dessert (which I hadn't ordered so I'm assuming it was also part of my husband's tasting menu). My husband and I don't care for champagne so we tried the sorbet and left most of it in the cup. When our waiter saw that we hadn't really eaten any dessert, we explained that we didn't care for champagne and he was super apologetic (even though it wasn't his fault). He then brought us a yummy dessert that was like a cake made out of pistachio and lemon ice cream. Thank you, RIS, for a lovely evening.

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