The Riggsby

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$31 to $50
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James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schlow presents his take on a 1960s American supper club here at The Riggsby. The dining room is full of spirit, and the key ingredient in every dish is a good bit of nostalgia. Join us for an intimate, refined and playful experience - open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Make sure to save room for dessert with a menu designed by Pastry Chef Alex Levin. Our famous "Pot Brownie" Sundae is a must-have grand finale.

The beverage program features an international wine list while offering classic cocktails and updated riffs on nostalgic favorites. The professional service is traditional in style with a modern sensibility.
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Champagne Brunch

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: February 29, 2020

Ends: March 1, 2119

Availability: Sun 11:00AM-3:00PM
Sat 11:00AM-3:00PM

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Sun 11:00AM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 6:00PM 8:00PM - 10:00PM
Mon - Fri 11:00AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:00PM 5:00PM - 6:00PM 8:00PM - 10:00PM
Sat 11:00AM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 6:00PM 8:00PM - 10:00PM

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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.1
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4.3
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OT
New England
1 review
Dined 10 hours ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Bar was very slow and sent wrong drinks. Took a long time to correct mistake.

K
Tampa
49 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Lunch with a friend. I had the crispy chicken sandwich which was recommended by the waitress. She asked if I wanted to add avocado and egg. I agreed. It was an excellent choice and the fries were fantastic as well. Everything that we ordered was priced appropriately for the amount of food given.

OT
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The woman at the desk acted like a wicked witch! I had asked for a booth or banquette if available. She said none were available as my husband and I stared at three such seatings. I explained that I had asked for a booth or banquette, at which point she repeated exactly what I told her. She went away in a huff and finally seated us in one if the available booths.

Our server was fabulous. We had our 2-year old grandson with us who created quite a mess and caused my husband to spill my wine. She helped clean up everything and even gave me more wine. The food was great and except for the cold greeting by the hostess, we had a wonderful dinner.

T
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place and good food

OT
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Service was excellent. extremely loud for Sunday brunch,

Thanks for birthday dessert for my guest. Apple pie was excellent!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Food was overpriced not very good. Never had an eggs Benedict with the eggs over hard. Strange.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The potato purée came out cold. The lounge was louder than I was expecting.

PD
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The manager and staff were amazing...along withe the food! The featured dessert was outstanding. Deviled eggs is a must try. Very good old fashioned.

EN
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Came for Saturday brunch with a few friends. Ordered the Duck Confit Hash as recommended by our server. The dish was mostly potatoes and only a few very small pieces of duck. There were to be 2 poached eggs on top of the hash. One of the poached eggs was actually just a ball of egg whites made to look like it was a whole egg. The other poached egg was overdone and was very small. Once I realized the egg issue, we were already into the meal and I didn't want to detract from my friends...since it was more about getting together, anyway. But, was disappointed overall with the meal and sort of felt like maybe the kitchen thought I wouldn't notice it was just a ball of egg whites? Certainly not worth the price given the small amount of duck and really only one egg. If you are going here, maybe make a different choice of entree.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Grabbed a Saturday morning brunch at the Riggsby for our Valentine’s Day celebration. The food was delicious and well-seasoned. Prices were fair, though the champagne bottles were terribly overpriced, so we opted to purchase individual cocktails. The cocktails, especially the Paloma, were perfectly balanced. I would certainly return for a dinner or another brunch.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience2

It was an extremely underwhelming brunch experience in DC. Highly overpriced and the food was disappointing. The food was subpar and not the appropriate portion size for brunch. The burger I ordered was brought out well done and it was cold.

DJ
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The service was not so great, as had to ask for bread for the twin toddlers.
They started to set the table with new forks but the food still had not arrive.
Valentine's day menu was 200 for 2 people, would be fine if the food was anywhere decent which it wasn't.

Expected better level of service, shouldn't have to ask other waiters when the food was coming repeatly.

PM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience5

This is usually my favorite restaurant, but our Valentine’s Day experience was far below standard. We were told we could order from the normal menu before hand, but when we arrived were told that we could only order from the pre-fixe. The service was slow and infrequent. The full pre-fixe menu wasn’t even available. The entree was poorly prepared. We were served the wrong dish multiple times. It was very disappointing to have this level of service from what is usually an excellent restaurant.

k
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience4

Great service but they seemed overwhelmed on Valentines and were cutting corners on the food as the night went on and the kitchen fell further and further behind.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience4

The food was great however be warned. They put an up charge right under tax on your bill called “labor of love”. Seemed sketchy and other people around us were confused as well. If labor costs are rising, they should just increase the cost of food, not insert a random up charge on the receipt. Very sketchy and confusing.

CH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Okay, you have to accept that it was Valentine’s Day and you were on a bit of a production line. However paying $125 each for a Three course meal where the main course of “Dover Soul” should frankly have been thrown back in to give it a chance to grow to a decent size, was extortionate .There was more meat on my sons goldfish .Why the chef thought the accompaniments of Brussels & cauliflower were all that was required , or even required at all I’m not sure .Yes the soup tasted ok , but why the nuts ,which apart from putting my fillings in great danger ,did nothing to enhance the dish . Ok as I say it was Valentines .....but a choice of two sweets ....they can easily be prepared beforehand & stuck in the fridge !I certainly won’t be going back in a hurry.

m
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food drinks and atmosphere

DZ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved our bar tender and waiter.

CM
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My recent experience at the Riggsby doesn't match the periodic recent negative reviews. Two old friends and I ate in one of the comfortable booths, where it was easy to hear and get caught up with one another. The service was excellent--attentive without being fawning. We had rather straightforward food--chopped salads, mussels, burgers--so I can't speak about the depth of the menu, but we all enjoyed our dinners.

B
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Nice ambience, but food was average. Overcooked chicken for one entree and a hamburger that tasted like nothing for the other. French Onion soup was good.

DT
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic dinner with the best sticky toffee pudding I have ever eaten.

LS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Environment is loud, however the pace/service is slow. The food was good. Overall I would recommend checking it out, just know you will be sitting around a while waiting for your waiter throughout your meal...so if you're in no hurry, then great!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience4

The setting and staff were wonderful but the food was fine at best and extremely disappointing in a couple of dishes.

KG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

This was my second time to the Riggsby and I was pretty disappointed since I brought friends and told them how good it was the first time I went (when it first opened). The pork we ordered was overcooked and dry. My friend's lamb shank was dry as well.

I recommend ordering the minute the wait staff comes to your table -- unfortunately we didn't because we were busy catching up with our friends -- and it was hard to get a hold of them afterwards.
Our reservations were for 7:30pm and we finally got served dinner at 9:00pm. One of the dishes we ordered -- the beef carpaccio -- just never arrived. We didn't follow up because we didn't want to wait any longer.

They didn't have a bottle of valpolicella we ordered so we asked the waiter to pick something similar. It turns out the only similarity to the the wine we ordered was that it was Italian (chianti) and the same price. Albeit, I tasted it but didn't know what was originally ordered because of the noise so didn't know how different the wine we got was until too late.

Overall a big disappointment. I would not recommend.

c
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our large family went here to celebrate a retirement. We were thrilled that we were in our own little room not bothering anybody else and being able to talk easily. The service was excellent and the food was delicious. We definitely recommend!

VG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Overall it's an overrated restaurant. I was with a group of six and my meal didn't come out with the rest of the group. It look me 20 minutes to finally flag down the waiter to ask about my meal. It was finally delivered without an apology or any sort of explanation as to the delay. I ordered the duck confit and mine came out with no hollandaise. There was roughly 2 bites worth of duck and the rest was just potatoes, onion, and peppers all for $21. Never coming back here again.

S
Baltimore
43 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

pre theater dinner, good cocktails and dinner. service was strong

j
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was cold when it arrived they brought out sides nearly 10 minutes before the entree’s

HG
Jacksonville
13 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Slow service.

D
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and food, fun atmosphere. We had a reservation for 8 with four people, were seated right away, attentive service (including the manager stopping by) - it was a little bit noisy, but so were we . Great place for a birthday dinner or fun night out with great food.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful spot, incredible service, and delicious food!

a
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Made a reservation at the Riggsby after seeing it pop up on a few "must-try brunch in DC" lists, and was honestly disappointed. The service and atmosphere were both fine, but the coffee was overbrewed and my French toast was so wet that it was basically batter. I couldn't stomach it and barely made it through a few bites. The only thing I really enjoyed was whatever yogurt they used in the parfait, and the restaurant week prices ($22 per person for three courses). That said, I would not recommend this place and I would not go back for breakfast. I might try it for another meal when they open up down the street from my apartment.

HS
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to Restaurant Week but got there early. They have a happy hour seven days a week and this was a Saturday. Bartender was great making crafted drinks at reasonable prices until 7 pm. Also short snack menu that was reasonable and great.
Dinner was terrific and a great value. Wine list was also very good.

BK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The food was tasty enough, but none of it was warm when served. The service was slow, so we just ate what we got.

MP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The place was great. It is inside the hotel. The offer valet parking. Food and drink outstanding.

KL
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The restaurant was cute and welcoming and exactly what I expected. The food was great, we were able to try the restaurant week menu for brunch. The deviled eggs were AWESOME, crab cake benedict was delicious, they were out of peach bellinis so went for a standard mimosa which was a bummer. What wasn't great was the service. I was there with a girlfriend so luckily we had plenty to talk about while our server ran around the restaurant with minimal interaction with us. The server was apologetic about how busy and overwhelmed she was, but I thought she could have handled the situation more professionally... maybe a smile on her face would have helped. In the end she took off a latte for the inconvenience, I appreciate the gesture but that was less than $5 off our bill. I would go back again, but I would make sure not to be in a hurry in case I experience the same issue with service.

e
Washington DC
83 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Our server was pretty terrible. Inattentive. and had trouble communicating effectively with us. She mixed up drinks orders more than once.

EK
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience3

This was my second time going to the Riggsby during a DC restaurant week and I’m sad to say this second time was extremely disappointing. Don’t get me wrong, the food was great! But the service was some of the worst I’ve had. Our reservation was at 11, and we were seated promptly only to not have a single waiter come over to take our order until 11:32. Our waitress gave a half-hearted excuse explaining she didn’t know we were her table. When she took our order, she kept getting everything wrong (we’d say ‘croquettes’ , she’d repeat back ‘yogurt’) and we had to correct her numerous times. The food was brought over fairly promptly by other servers, but we never received our drinks. Our waitress never came back to check on us, but decided to wait on hand and foot at her newest table right behind us. We kept trying to get her attention, she’d look at us, and then quickly turned away. When she finally came by to give us out check, she commented “I took off the drinks cause I see you never got them. But I can make some for you now and it would be free of charge?” And we told her no, that we just wanted to pay and leave. When twenty minutes later our cards were still not back at our table, another waitress comes over with the drinks we had said no to. We asked this waitress to politely send them back and to have our cards back so we could leave. Our waitress finally comes back to our table With our cards and added with a rude attitude that she was “trying to make things right” for us by sending over the drinks. It was rude that she wasn’t listening to what we asked for throughout the entire time, not checking on us once (nor did the manager...), and then once again refuses to accept our decline of the drinks. I don’t think my friends and I will be going back for some time. I understand it was Restaurant Week, but it was the very end of the extended weekend and the place was not nearly as busy as I’ve seen it before. Every other table had an attentive waiter, but ours not.

MK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The Rigsby has become our go to place to eat when we are downtown and looking for a solid meal in a good atmosphere. Service is always great and the meal never disappoints.

s
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

The bartending staff was rude. Service was very slow, food was OK. Took 30 minutes for a cocktail to arrive--our waitress took it off the bill but still poor service.

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