Excellent service!! Will make this a regular stop
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!
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.
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.
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.
It was a delicious meal and a wonderful ambiance. Reminded us that it had been too long since our last visited
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!!
Excellent food and exemplary service. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
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.
Great food, great service would highly recommend.
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!
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.
Very overpriced, food quality was inconsistent and just OK at best. One can do better…
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?!
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.
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!!!
Ris is a delightful presence in her restaurant, and the food and service are always outstanding. Try the roasted artichokes!
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!
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.
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.
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!)
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.
Good had no taste and was overpriced. It seems to have gone down hill over the past few years.
Great early dinner with family -- food (including dessert) was perfect!
Generally poor service. Way over-priced burger.
Stupidly expensive for two salads and a bottle of water outside at lunchtime.
Relatives from west coast
Great food and service: Highly recommended-
Good meal. Spaghetti squash side was outstanding. Chicken Milanese nothing special. Butterscotch pudding was great. Very attentive service without being overbearing.
Food was well prepared and well served. The dining room was quiet and we could hear ourselves speaking.
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!
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.
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.
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)
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.