A big disappointment...we waited over 15 minutes to get anyone to pay attention to us. And although it was a Friday night the restaurant was not busy. Once we got heir attention service was ok. Unfortunately the food was also disappointing ... My friend ordered the scallops which came in a basket with fries...not what we expected at a "nice" restaurant. I had the chicken pot pie which was justb ok and the French fries were excellent. We would not go back there.
Another wonderful meal at Ris. Great flavors, service and ambience.
Basic problems with this establishment.
-cocktails prepared incorrectly
-food served 90 mins after ordered
-water not refilled
RIS was a BIG disappointment!
Sun. brunch was fabulous & our waiter superb. I highly recommend Ris for meals anytime of day.
Best waiter we have ever had at any restaurant anywhere! He made our special celebration even more special! So great for kids too!
Everything was excellent. Drinks, food, ambience, and service. Will definitely recommend it to friends.
Great food in a excellent area of DC, near Georgetown. Food was outstanding quality and good value for the price.
When you want great food, a relaxed but elegant setting, superb service, and a conversation where you can actually hear your companions, even at a table for six, go to Ris. Our group was supremely well taken care of and thus could fully enjoy each other's company. Ris has become our go-to downtown location.
We had such a great time! They have a “gin-ologist” who came over and helped us pick out drinks. Then, before we left, he returned with a house-made butterscotch-cello (think limoncello, but butterscotch!) The personalized touch to the service really made us feel special.
It had been a while since I'd been to RIS. It's still the same great place. Wonderful ambience. Great for romantic dinner or for business dinner or dinner with friends. Great service, friendly team of people and the bartender is awesome!
The woman at the host desk greeted me so graciously and seated me immediately even though I was very early and my friend had not arrived. She also assisted our server at one point. The other staff members were equally good. The lunch menu is wonderful, and the staff accommodated our request to share two different entrees, a delicious salad and the divine chicken pot pie. The salad was split in the kitchen, and we were given extra plates to share the pot pie. It's an attractive dining room where you can really have a conversation.
Great food (catch of the day, lemon-parmesan chicken) from prix fixe pre-theater menu. Great service with just the right amount of attention--not obtrusive or annoying. Waiter was careful that we finish in time to reach theater before curtain. Great experience. Will repeat again soon.
Great atmosphere, delicious food and outstanding service.
Loved the food and the atmosphere!
We had a delightful lunch after a Kennedy Center morning concert. The special of the day, scallops in a light batter, was delicious, as was the trout. And the cookies that came with the "box lunch" menu were wonderful. This was a very pleasant surprise!
Really good lunch
RIS has never disappointed! Food is always excellent. Brussel sprouts are absolutely delicious.
Wonderful beef carpaccio, ample enough to be a main dish.
The food was great. I ordered the daily special, quiche and a salad and it was done perfectly. My colleagues enjoyed their steak frites and grilled salmon.The price was very reasonable. We sat in a booth and that turned out to be not that comfortable. The cushions were too soft and I sunk into them too much. I would not recommend a booth there to anyone, like me , that has occasional back pain.
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.
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.
Bad Valentine’s dinner experience
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.
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!!
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?
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
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 .
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
Food was great. Waiter was missing most of the meal. Very disappointing and not the experience we’ve had in the past.
Exquisite food and preparation. Gracious service and very convenient.
A wonderful restaurant with great food and service
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.
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.
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.
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
Great food but poor service, which detracted from the overall experience
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.