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RIS

4.5
3231 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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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 3231 People Are Saying
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4.4
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Excellent service!! Will make this a regular stop

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Absolutely wonderful. Every dish we tried from Brussels Sprouts, Scallop Martini to Tiramisu and Flourless Chocolate cake desserts were fabulous!!! The staff is amazing and helpful. Do not miss this first class experience!

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3.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Restaurant was quite empty and service was very slow. Food was tasty, although I was stunned that a $12 salad jumped to $27 with the addition of 4 shrimp. On the edge of outrageous.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

This was a marvelous dinner. Fabulous service, wide-ranging wine selection, fresh ingredients, beautifully prepared and presented. They fed us so well, we didn't have room for dessert - yet they presented us with a bundle of delicious cookies on the way out. I would absolutely go back - many other menu items I want to try.

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3.0Dined on June 7, 2018

The service at our business lunch was surprisingly sub-par for Ris. Our entrees came before our starter salads and one in our party never got his entree until the two of us were almost finished with our entrees. There was barely a gesture of "oh, sorry about that." Our waiter never checked back with us and I had to mention to the server that our salads hadn't come out. By that time, we said forget it. We've been diners at Ris for years - I think she would be appalled at the lackadaisical service we experienced on at Thursday 12:30PM lunch.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

It was a delicious meal and a wonderful ambiance. Reminded us that it had been too long since our last visited

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

This was the first time in ages that I enjoyed EVERY aspect of the experience. The mocktail, appetizer (roasted artichoke) , entrée (crown of cauliflower) and dessert (butterscotch pudding) were all excellent. The waiter was the perfect combination of personable and attentive without hovering and interrupting. I will come back again soon!!

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Excellent food and exemplary service. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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1.0Dined on May 29, 2018

Such a disappointment. Do not really understand all the positive reviews. Ordered the pasta and did not enjoy the blend of flavors. Mint and pesto do not seem to go together which is probably why I have not seen it on any menu before. They charge $17 for a top shelf martini which is absurd. Nice ambience but the food does not measure up and many other good options in the area so why bother.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Great food, great service would highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Lovely venue for a weekend brunch. Great food, attentive waitstaff and popsicle mimosas! Walk, take the bus or hail a ride though - this is tough neighborhood to park in!

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

We arrived at 5 pm to open the place because of a theater engagement, but 4 couples followed quickly after us--maybe for the same reason. The restaurant is located 2 blocks north of the Foggy Bottom Metro, where you can catch the Kennedy Center shuttle, so it's convenient for an early dining.

We shared the Sweetbreads appetizer--3 large pieces--which were some of the best I've ever eaten. Nicely breaded and cooked just right. We also shared the Rack of Lamb, with 2 large chops, that was excellent and done exactly as I wanted it--rare. To balance that, we had the large cauliflower head, roasted and lightly spiced--yum. Dessert was a strawberry Crostata and a single scoop of really good Coffee ice cream--I'm a coffee ice cream aficionada.


The wines are focused pretty much on boutique wines, so don't expect to recognize too many of them. They're listed in 3 columns from least expensive ($39) to mos ($170, I think). We wound up choosing the least expensive by accident--Pares Balta, a red blend--and were pleasantly surprised by the spicy, crisp flavor. It's also served just slightly chilled, which is the way red wine is supposed to be served--I liked that a lot, my husband didn't--and the flavors kept changing as it warmed. Really nice.

Our waiter, Greg, was very good, and spent time with us going over the menu, the wine, and a pending DC resolution on minimum wage for waiters--most waiters at fine restaurants are against it because it would reduce their income from tips.

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3.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Very overpriced, food quality was inconsistent and just OK at best. One can do better…

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Ris is a neighborhood go-to for meeting up with friends, hosting a business luncheon or dinner, or a dependably innovative and fine meal. The chef is clever, nice and accessible. What is there not to like?!

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

RIS is consistently a top-notch quality experience. We started with the ceviche appetizer which always pleases. I ordered the cauliflower entree and my friend ordered the Tuna salad with some special adjustments to the dish. The kitchen was accommodating and everything was delicious. The waiter also was pleasant and helpful.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Such a wonderful dinner on Saturday that we felt compelled to return on Sunday for another early dinner ! Everything was fantastic, from the sweetbreads to the sweet staff.
We love Ris AND her fantastic restaurant!!!

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Ris is a delightful presence in her restaurant, and the food and service are always outstanding. Try the roasted artichokes!

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

I arrived later than the rest of my party, who had already ordered. I quickly asked the wait person for her suggestion and the trout was perfect! Exceeded my expectations a second time when I requested additional sauce. Fabulous meal!

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4.0Dined on May 16, 2018

I was attending a conference at a hotel around the corner and I hosted that lunch for four including me. I know the restaurant very well as I have been in and out of Washington DC over the past 10 years and I started as a regular since it opened.

Once more I was not disappointed. Three of us had the grilled trout and we all appreciated the generous portion, the fish cooked to perfection, the sauteed potatoes and vegetable. Our fourth colleague also liked her salad. Food was appealing, warm and tasty.

RIS was the perfect choice for te occasion. If anything, the noise level was high. They do have closed rooms for a certain number of guests. I will explore that option next time around. I am certain there will be more of these gastronomic occasions.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

I am always amazed at the way Ris makes “standard” dishes taste so Magnificent. Everything is amazingly cooked a presented. Wonderful service. I feel luck to have this Chef nearby.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We’ve enjoyed dinners here before and now pleased to add brunch to our reasons to visit. Thoughtful adaptations of standards all prepared to perfection. (Loved the asparagus and citrus salad: bright and rich at the same time!)

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Was disappointed they ran out of two items on the menu before we ordered and it was only 6:30 then. Will try it again to see if that is a regular problem.

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2.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Good had no taste and was overpriced. It seems to have gone down hill over the past few years.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Great early dinner with family -- food (including dessert) was perfect!

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2.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Generally poor service. Way over-priced burger.

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4.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Stupidly expensive for two salads and a bottle of water outside at lunchtime.

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Relatives from west coast

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Great food and service: Highly recommended-

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3.0Dined on May 1, 2018

Good meal. Spaghetti squash side was outstanding. Chicken Milanese nothing special. Butterscotch pudding was great. Very attentive service without being overbearing.

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Food was well prepared and well served. The dining room was quiet and we could hear ourselves speaking.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

We were celebrating our 27th wedding anniversary and did let them know because We we’re headed to the opera afterwards and wanted my husband to have a great steak experience.

When we got there we were seated right away and when got to the table a special printed version of the menu that stated “Happy 27th Wedding Anniversary!”. Then we re presented with complimentary Prosecco. The service was amazing with special attention to details of our evening.

Once we asked for the check my husband wondered what was taking so long. Out comes the waiter with a special plate written in chocolate with a single candle “Happy 27th Anniversary with special desserts to smooth over the chocolate. And if that wasn’t enough, to top it all off, a small bag of cookies and crackers to have after the opera.

What a wonderful celebration and start to our evening. Thank you Ris! The food was excellent but your staff and the incredible details made Our experience memorable!

You’re everything and more. Thank you!

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3.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Disappointing. Based on the prices, interior design, menu descriptions, etc., RIS aspires to provide a fine dining experience, but the competition is fierce in this class of restaurant. RIS was mediocre at best.

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3.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Ris is pleasantly quiet; you can actually have a real conversation over lunch, and it’s nicely appointed. The food is also good, but the service could be improved. The host was particularly inattentive, suggesting we wait for the rest of our party, only for us to discover he had already seated them.

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3.0Dined on April 25, 2018

I ate the spaghetti and meatballs, which was good. The menu is somewhat limited, and there wasn’t much I was interested in ordering, which I recalled was my experience when I last visited several years ago (although I want to support the restaurant)

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Our dinner for four was great, start to finish. Warmly but not gushingly greeted. Drink at the bar: ‘tender was classic good: attentive, understated. Our waiter was outstanding: informative, with restrained flourish. The food was excellent. The decor: warm and intimate. Nice touches to recognize our birthday celebration. Low noise level. RIS is a gem!

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2.0Dined on April 19, 2018

I have not been to RIS in a while so I thought I would give it another try. Sadly, the food is mediocre and not worth the price.

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2.0Dined on April 17, 2018

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 on April 13, 2018

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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