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RIS

4.4
3195 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Perfect For:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Neighborhood Gem
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 - 9:30pm

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
Heather Small: (202) 730-2509
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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
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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.
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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!
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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
What 3195 People Are Saying
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4.1
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined 3 days ago

This is the second time I have lunched at Ris in the past couple of weeks. I thought the abysmal service the first time was a fluke, as normally the restaurant has good, quality food and good service. But the second time we waited an hour to get our lunches (one a soup and sandwich and the other a salad - not time intensive orders); and when they came they were the wrong things. One diner has very severe (could be lethal) allergies and the meal came with things she could not eat even though she had gone through that with the wait staff first. To get our bill, I had to wander around the bar and into the kitchen to even find a staff person to ask for it after having waited for a good half hour for it. This was a business lunch and the service and food were absolutely awful. They have lost a fairly regular customer.

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2.0Dined 7 days ago

So many better alternatives. Food unspectacular. Long wait between appetizer and main course. Wasn’t even busy.
Think the place may be in a long slow decline. Many better alternatives in the area.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

One of the highlights of any trip to DC is the opportunity to dine at RIS. Highest quality ingredients become a memorable experience in the hands of a thoughtful and imaginative chef. Never disappointed.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Ris continues to excel. we have visited several times over the last few years and it never fails to disappoint. Staff are attentive and knowledgeable and food is outstanding.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

We had a lunch for friends and it was wonderful. The food was good, as usual, and the service was excellent. It was a great occasion, made better by Ris.

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4.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Our meals were fantastic. The whole snapper was presented well. I had the scallop ceviche, and the ramen. Both were delicious. The kitchen had run out of cookies when i went to order dessert, so that was somewhat disappointing. Aside from that, we had a great meal. It was moderately quiet, and private enough for our meetings as well.

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3.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Food was outstanding and would return for quality of food, but service and length of time to be served was not on par with a restaurant of this caliber.

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2.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Hello. Our waiter was extremely nervous and we told the staff that it was our 1 year anniversary and nothing was done to help us celebrate. We went here for out 6 month anniversary and it was great. This time, it was not good at all. Our waiter was condescending and not polite to his co-workers. We had trouble ordering and he went away too quickly so we had trouble ordering. I will not be going back her because of this experience. We could have had an amazing experience elsewhere.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Ris is one of our favorite DC restaurants, especially because it’s possible to have a romantic dinner and carry on a conversation in a relaxed atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Absolutely excellent! Had Easter brunch here. Mimosas with Popsicles were great! Everything we ordered was outstanding. Highly recommend.

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1.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Over 2 hours for brunch! Request for a table by the window made on open table wasn’t honored even though there were many window tables available. Half the food was cold when it finally arrived, the other half came later. Bagels for salmon bagels arrived first, followed by salmon 10 minutes later. Medium burger was well done. Orders were mixed. Bread came 35 minutes after we sat down. Restaurant was only about half full. Management appeared non existent. Won’t go back.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

As always, RIS delights in all ways. Scallop martini still a huge hit with me and the Portuguese fish soup delighted my wife. Service was excellent without being intrusive. We'll be back again and again.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

I've been going to RIS probably at least once a month for many years. We love it. The menu has changed over the years, as you'd expect, and I miss some of the old items, but it continues to be good. I love the bartenders - they will work hard to make whatever you like. Save room for dessert!

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Love this place. The food never disappoints. Fresh, tasty and seasonal menu. Clearly a lot of thought, creativity and effort goes into ensuring a great dining experience. Two thumbs up!

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Excellent food. Good location and ambience.
Bar lunch is also excellent value.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Excellent selection of gin and cocktails with gin. Service was attentive. Server was able to answer all questions. Food was good, we both had the chicken milanese. Meyer Lemon cake was definitely worth trying.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Had a wonderful meal at Ris. The location is outstanding, right off Washington Circle by the Ritz in Foggy Bottom. We started at the bar—they have the best and most creative gin menu in all of DC. My martini was great, and my wife liked the Happy Hour red, which was a bargain at $5. We had Kennedy Center tickets so we ate at 6:00. Our waiter actually asked if we were going to the theater when he greeted us, which was a nice touch. He ensured we were done at 7:30.

The food was so good. We started with the mussels, and the owner let us do a half entree of her beer battered scallops. Both were perfect, well seasoned, flavorful and fresh. My wife had the Portuguese stew and I had the Steak Frites. The stew is a MUST order...full of seafood, depth of flavor, and so aromatic. We both dug to the bottom and savored every morsel from the bowl. My steak was cooked just right, and the quality of the meat was excellent. The frites had that nice crunch and bit of salt that had me digging in for more. It had a lovely sauce underneath that perfectly complimented the steak, and the veg was just right (sautéed spinach and tomatoes).

Even though we were stuffed we grabbed a quick coffee, and two of their desserts, a chocolate cake with raspberry, and a cake with vanilla ice cream. We really thought these were great finishers and we left extremely happy.

Atmosphere is welcoming, lighting is nice, great vibe and feel staff is amazing and the training was evident. The price was very reasonable and we left happy and look forward to going back soon.

Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Very nice atmosphere. Great service and good menu choices. Pricy for everyday but great for a special occasion.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

A very enjoyable evening. The four of us explored the gin menu (50 choices!) and took advantage of the variety available on the menu—one vegetarian dish, Portuguese seafood stew, a chicken dish, and corned beef and cabbage. Excellent desserts also—I can’t remember the last time I had butterscotch pudding. We were able to converse easily, which is rare these days.

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1.0Dined on March 16, 2018

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.

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2.0Dined on March 15, 2018

We love the DC restaurant scene - usually. This week, though, suffered through a terrible meal and bad service at RIS. Met a group for drinks and appetizers an hour before my actual reservation (7 pm). Restaurant was empty (6 pm).
Asked if we could have a booth for privacy. Staff said no, reserved. Gave us a table in middle. No one sat at empty booths between 6-7 pm. Waitress not very friendly or helpful. Very average charcuterie board, meats seemed like supermarket fare. Despite saying several times this group would be leaving at 7, and my friend is coming at 7 for dinner, waitress did not bring bill timely and took another 20 minutes for someone to clear off the table and re-set. Then, the waitress didn’t turn up and acted annoyed to serve us. As this was my birthday dinner for my friend, I felt terrible the night was starting out this way. Suffice it to say, things went down hill from there. We explained we wanted fish for dinner. The waitress recommended the special - but neglected to mention it was fried, and came with a full head and tail. Not exactly the “fish” we were looking for. The cauliflower dish was decent but really struggling to find a single redeeming quality to this place. Even the lighting (bright as day light cafeteria style) and ambience were bad. I owe my friend a birthday do over. Do not recommend RIS.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Another wonderful meal at Ris. Great flavors, service and ambience.

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1.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Basic problems with this establishment.
-cocktails prepared incorrectly
-food served 90 mins after ordered
-water not refilled
RIS was a BIG disappointment!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Sun. brunch was fabulous & our waiter superb. I highly recommend Ris for meals anytime of day.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Best waiter we have ever had at any restaurant anywhere! He made our special celebration even more special! So great for kids too!

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Everything was excellent. Drinks, food, ambience, and service. Will definitely recommend it to friends.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Great food in a excellent area of DC, near Georgetown. Food was outstanding quality and good value for the price.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Great atmosphere, delicious food and outstanding service.

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Loved the food and the atmosphere!

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

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!

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4.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Really good lunch

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

RIS has never disappointed! Food is always excellent. Brussel sprouts are absolutely delicious.
Wonderful beef carpaccio, ample enough to be a main dish.

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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