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

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Quiet

93% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (38)
Quiet Conversation (33)
Special Occasion (30)
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Business Meals (29)
Neighborhood Gem (27)
Good for a Date (27)
Creative Cuisine (25)
Good for Birthdays (23)
Good Vegetarian Options (21)
Local Ingredients (20)
Great for Lunch (20)
Pre/post Theatre (18)
Cozy (17)
Comfort Food (17)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
Healthy (16)
Good for Groups (14)
Authentic (12)
Great for Brunch (12)
Seasonal (12)
Romantic (11)
Bar Seating (10)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Casual (9)
Notable Wine List (8)
Fun (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Quick Bite (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Organic (4)
People Watching (4)
Vegan (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Hot Spot (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

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 6 days ago

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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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

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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 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

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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·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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·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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Ris was a last-minute dinner choice, but came highly recommended. My guest and I chose vegetarian options for both our appetizer and entrees. The food was creative and delicious. The scallop salad margarita appetizer was one of the best things I've ever tasted! We didn't have dessert, but the cappuccino was lovely. The expresso, however, a trifle disappointing, but that's a quibble. Overall, I'm happy to add Ris to my 'top flight restaurants' list.

Tags: Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options, Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Solid restaurant in quality and service. Excellent bar tender and martinis. Good food overall and pleasant experience.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Ris has proven to be a fine addition to the Foggy Bottom neighborhood. The cuisine is innovative, changing, and always high quality. The wait staff is excellent. When I have needed a venue for a business meal, I have relied on it and my guests are consistently impressed. The Chef is also a generous contributor to ongoing, worthwhile neighborhood endeavors.

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Ris was disappointing. Food was not well plated- more dumped on the plate. Chicken was burnt and waiter didn't respond well to this being pointed out. The manager did handle it well. Overall it was OK but it promised more.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Had a wonderful time as always; I recommend RIS to anyone looking in that area for a solid and yummy brunch experience with excellent service.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Romantic, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 15, 2017

I cant understand how this place is still in business. It is terrible. The food is ok, portions for the cost is absurd and the service is awful

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The entree was more than sufficient to eat. Had I known how large the salad was I would not have ordered it. Lamb chops were excellent for Saturday night Date Night Special.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 4, 2017

We were looking for a good recommendation for a restaurant within walking distance of our hotel. RIS was on every list we received and now that we had a chance to experience RIS we know why. Excellent!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 2, 2017

I had one of the best meals I've had in a long time at RIS. The scallop margarita appetizer was amazing, with balanced delicious flavors that made me slow down to savor every bite. I followed that with the Pepita crusted salmon, which was equally spectacular. The combination of flavors and textures was exquisite, and here too I found myself slowing down to savor (and rave!) over every bite. I don't live in DC, but next time I get there I will definitely put RIS on my must-do list.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 1, 2017

We went to RIS for a birthday brunch. We have had brunch here a couple of times and always enjoyed the experience. However RIS has gone downhill in both the caliber of the food and the service. Their brunch menu has fewer options and our order was finally taken about 30 minutes in because of the slow bar service. Every course was served with about thirty minutes on average in between and we had to asked for the service of desserts. It pretty much ruined the experience. We sat down at 1 pm and finally got out of there at 3pm And this was with hardly anyone in the restaurant!

We will not be back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Shrimp and grits were delicious and so was the bread basket of sweets.. the gazpacho was so refreshing! Great brunch!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 22, 2017

I love RIS and have been going there for years. Lately it seems like the menu choices have been shrinking and the prices have been growing - by a lot. Our server Karim was wonderful, shout out to him. Good wine choices. I think I prefer the RIS of 3-5 years ago to the RIS of now. (I know it's her signature dish but $45 for rack of lamb seemed over the top.)

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 21, 2017

The cut of meat was too fatty and fibrous. Really disappointing for a $28 lunch entree.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 19, 2017

As always, RIS provided us with delicious food. I've sung the praises of the chef/s there for years and have spent some very special occasions there. This visit, however, was beyond disappointing in terms of service. I haven't had such an apathetic attitude from a hostess and server in quite a long time, especially at such a highly regarded restaurant. It took 18-20 minutes for our server to even acknowledge our presence at our table. She did not take our drink order until those 20 minutes had passed, let alone make us feel welcome. She simply announced when she finally came by that "she was ready now". Really? I would have hoped that even after such a delay, she would have at least apologized and doubled her efforts, but she was apathetic at best to us most of the evening. It is not good business practice at a higher end restaurant to just go through the motions as a server, because you know that in the end your tab will be high (we were a table of 4) and you will undoubtedly receive 20% gratuity regardless. At a place like RIS, when the food is so stellar, it is very disappointing that we'd receive anything but top notch service as well. It left such a bad impression that I don't know if I will return any time soon, even though I think the food is fantastic. Patrons like to feel like they matter, not that they are just warm bodies at a table.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Ris remains one of my favorite restaurants in Washington. Food is invariably imaginative and delicious, service friendly and solicitous. Has maiintained if not increase standards over the four years or so I have been dining there. Dennis Blair

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 18, 2017

I've eaten at Ris many times. It has never disappointed. Great variety. Cauliflower main dish was awesome. Nice variety in fish and meat as well. Solid all around!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Something has gone wrong at Ris. We have been regulars there for 8-9 years but the service was poor, food bland, no bread offered, and totally a downer on a recent Sunday evening. New chef? Saving money? I don't know but we won't be back soon.....

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