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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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2011

We went to RIS for restaurant week and were very impressed with their selections. Some restaurants offer a minimal taste of their selections, which generally doesn't compel me to want to come back. RIS had lots of offerings. And everything was delicious. Also, try to get there early to enjoy one of their cocktails at the bar. I had a Dark 'N' Stormy, which was made with fresh-made ginger beer. Delicious.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2011

As good as a restaurant could possibly be. Flawless in every way

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 21, 2011

having grown up being served rockfish for breakfast even,l am a bit of a picky diner when it comes to rockfish....
ris serves up a version that even my grandmother would love....
the best of the best...what a treat!!!!!
the rest of the meal was just as great;
ris..my new dc favorite!!!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2011

Absolutely delightful experience. Will be going back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2011

Eating at Ris was a lovely experience. The staff was friendly and informative, the ambiance cozy yet elegant, but the best part was the amazing food. The portions were just right, the variety of tastes were heavenly and its presentation wonderful. This restaurant has definitely become our favorite in DC.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2011

Dined on the Restaurant Week menu - loved the choices and the food. Will definitely return!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2011

Excellent service. Friendly waiter. Delicious food and drink. Loved the French onion soup and the pasta. Would definitely go back there for more lunch and dinner.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2011

We went for Restaurant Week, and despite the place being packed, we got seated right away, and the service was flawless. My wife and had trouble choosing because everything on the Restaurant Week menu sounded delicious. We finally negotiated to make sure we each got something different for each course. Every one of the six dishes to arrive at our table was superb. Nice selection of wines by the glass for lunch. We'll definitely be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2011

Of the four places I tried during restaurant week this was by far the best. I will definitely go back for the regular menu!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 21, 2011

We lunched at Ris during the recent Restaurant Week. My New England clam chowder (the soup of the day) was superb--not the usual gummy mess that so many restaurants serve these days. It was expertly seasoned and really provided a suitable setting for the fresh clams and potatoes that were the focus of the dish. The pasta with butternut squash was elegant and not heavy. The key lime cheesecake with raspberry coulis which I had for desert was wonderful and refreshing. I will certainly return. A great find thanks to Restaurant Week!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2011

We are in DC for a short time from Sydney, Australia and wanted to try some of DC's best restaurants during Restaurant Week. RIS was a great choice as the food was excellent, especially the rockfish, salmon and yummy blue cheese salad. The location is right near us so we weren't completely frozen by the time we arrived. It was a busy night but the service was great and we were very satisfied with the experience.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2011

Restaurant Week choices were minimal and the food was not memorable. Disappointing. Blue Duck Tavern (close-by) the day before was vastly superior.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2011

RIS continues to deliver a quality dining experience. This particular visit was for a client's business dinner. I had recommended RIS and my clients and I were delighted with the food and ambience. Keep up the good work!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2011

Went to RIS for our first night out during DC restaurant week. Ambiance was great. Wine and food was ridiculously good. Opting for the restaurant week menu I had the Gnudi appetizer, roasted Rockfish entree and flourless chocolate cake for dessert. My date stuck to the regular menu and had the French onion soup, flank steak and the chocolate macaroon sundae. Without dissecting the entire meal I'll just say that every bite was delicious.
Our service started out absolutely amazing and some of the best we've had in the city. As our server was sat with a few other tables it became obvious that we were not a focus any longer. We poured our own wine and the hostess came to clear our appetizer dishes and check on us. Overall a good night though.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2011

Went for Restaurant Week lunch... food was a little too salty, but otherwise, very good.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2011

Pleasant staff despite it being restaurant week, and very good food. We were abandoned after dessert (no check for 15 minutes??) but considering the large crowd, we were not terribly surprised.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2011

Fantastic! Delicious food, great atmosphere and attentive service. You can't go wrong with Ris! Definitely in my top 5 restaurants list.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 19, 2011

Food and service were both amazing. The mussels and gnudi appetizers were fantastic, as was the rockfish entree.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 19, 2011

I thought it was rather loud despite a nice attempt to soften the hard surfaces. In fact, RIS does a better job than most of these newer restaurants by softening the restaurant with some cloths, drapes, acoustic tiles etc. While I was happy with the food, I thought the wine list was very pricey. A few lower cost options would make it much more user friendly.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 19, 2011

Bar drinks were kind of expensive, but service and food were fabulous. My husband says it's his new favorite restaurant!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 19, 2011

Food was excellent. Portions were healthy but not too large. Service was prompt and friendly. Kept things moving without hovering

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 19, 2011

Excellent food and service. Definitely worth a visit.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 19, 2011

Another perfect evening at RIS. This is my "go-to" restaurant becuase I know that the food, service and ambiance will always be excellent.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 19, 2011

Honestly, I was a server for many years, and had one of the best DC dining experiences I've ever had in a while. The salmon was out of this world, the dessert was perfect, and the service didn't skip a beat; Robbie, my server, made sure everything was perfectly preset, the table was clean at all times, his recommendations were honest and spot on, and his friendly demeanor made me want to take care of him when it came time for the tip. Every Ris server should train with this guy-
Nevertheless, a great dinintg experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 19, 2011

We were seated in a back room, which didn't make for a great first impression. It was a late lunch and there appeared to be other open tables elsewhere so I don't know why were shuffled off the hinterlands...but the food was very good. The gnudi were delicious and the mussels were scrumptious. My companions said the sorbet was also delicious. I would definitely go back again.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 19, 2011

I went to RIS for Restaurant week lunch with colleagues. We also came here last yr for restaurant wk. Both times, excellent foods and top-notch service.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 19, 2011

Very friendly staff; lovely ambience; good but not great food

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 19, 2011

Ris was a wonderful find for a DC restaurant week lunch. It was a co-workers birthday meal and everyone loved what they ate. They were flexible when an ice storm necessitated us to reschedule and the service was fabulous. I can't wait to go back for dinner to sample the wine menu and try their variety of soups.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 18, 2011

wasn't impressed with the dinner menu

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 18, 2011

Terrific new restaurant from a gifted chef. Great addition to DC's food scene and worth making a trip.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 18, 2011

The rockfish was really too oily! Some of the flavors were lost in the oil. The gnudi appetizer and the key lime cheesecake were the highlights.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 18, 2011

Lovely interior decor

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 18, 2011

We went here during Restaurant Week and were overwhelmed by the excellent food and service. Outstanding on all fronts

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 17, 2011

this is our third dinner at Ris. The food is first-rate, and the menu offers novel preentations, so that it is hard to choose. This is an outstanding eatery with mid-level prices. Chic ambience. Sophisticated staff; very welcoming.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 17, 2011

RIS for Restaurant Week, & half of us ordered off the regular menu. Service was ok, but not great - but the food was very good. Our favorite of the night was the lamb shank - a huge portion & at $24, the bargain of the regular menu. The grilled octopus salad was tender, the venison medallions were quite good, though upstaged by the braised red cabbage which was smokey and complex and complemented the venison and greens perfectly. The Pan Roasted Rockfish was a hit, but I found the plate too busy. The Autumn Woods Pasta did not quite live up to expectations. Both the Gnudi & the Endive, Walnut and Smokey Blue Cheese Salad were both good choices for starters. The flour-less chocolate cake was more souffle like than expected and delicious.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 17, 2011

We were very impressed. It was Restaurant Week, yet the pace of service was good and you could have a normal mconversation even though the place was quite full. The food was excellent. Portions were very good, no reduced portions for Restaurant Week. A good selection for each course was available on the special menu.
We really enjoyed the experience.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 17, 2011

Wow, what a treat! Chef Ris has created a delightful dining experience. Who knew simple comfort food could be so elegant? The meatloaf was perfectly seasoned and cooked with tasty of greens and mashed potatoes. The mussel starter was in one of the most fragrant broths I have ever had. There was a rockfish that we found bland but desserts, while predictable were delicious and plated with presentation in mind. The atmosphere was classy, but hip and cool and the fresh flowers a nice added touch. We will be back...and soon!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 17, 2011

Enjoyed a delightful late lunch on MLK holiday, ordered off the RW menu -- food, service, and ambiance were perfect. Excellent split pea soup, wonderful desserts. Nice restaurant that I will definitely return to.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 17, 2011

Tried RIS for lunch during restaurant week. The menu selections were great from the appetizers to the desserts. Our party tried several different cocktails which we all enjoyed. The gnudi for an appetizer was excellent. The service was very attentive and friendly and the atmosphere was great. Would love to go back for dinner.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 17, 2011

Food was excellent but the service can be a bit slow. Awesome bread and portion size is good.

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