The Riggsby

4.5
905 reviews
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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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Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

We are pleased to offer a special, chef-crafted Easter Sunday menu which can be viewed at www.theriggsby.com for $45, which includes pastries and other surprises. Happy Easter!

Sunday, April 21, 2019

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.8

Attached to the Carlyle Hotel in DuPont, The Riggsby does everything “classic” extremely well.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Awesome brunch!

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ED
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I love this restaurant, and I would go there again, but things were off this time. The appetizer arrived with the entrees, and we were charged for a full bottle of wine, when we had ordered a half bottle. This was rectified, however. Still a great place to dine.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I give The Riggsby an A+...the chef prepares elegant yet satisfying food with extreme care. The staff, including our waiter, Karim and manager, Adam take the time to make sure your meal is a happy experience at every level. I highly recommend the apps we had: the lightly smoked trout had a delicate, fresh flavor and the jalapeno goat cheese cromesquis, although lightly breaded and fried weren't heavy and had just subtle hints of bacon and jam. Do not skip the homemade potato chips! The dip is to die for! We had room for the mains, even with a slice of the freshest bread imaginable! My housemade pasta with lobster was loaded with moist chunks of lobster. My husband's Wellington special was perfectly cooked, tender and subtly flavored so as not to detract from the beef. Believe it or not, we managed to eat two homemade desserts! The strawberry shortcake, prepared right at our table, featured a light warmed and buttery cake. The pot brownie sundae, filled with bits of crisp candy and molten sauce is a chocolate lover's dream come true! Make it a point to hit this place when in D.C.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Just great.

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EC
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Pricey, average American food - not worth visiting.

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l
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience was great. The service,friendliness and hospitality was phenomenal. It was just lovely. We will definitely be visiting this restaurant again.

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OT
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

You would never know you’re in a hotel at The Riggsby! Our food was pretty good but the service was a tad slow considering it wasn’t that busy when we got there. Overall, excellent neighborhood gem!

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DS
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After a rocky previous visit to Riggsby, one of our favorite DC restaurants, we were rewarded with a great evening. The Riggsby wait staff and management redeemed themselves nobly.

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GS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

I've been to the Riggsby before and had a wonderful time. However, this last time the kitchen messed up our food. I was also poured a wine that had turned and tasted horrible. My wife's lamb shank and my duck was like warm. It was a real disappointment.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Brunch menu is a little complicated - “champagne breakfast” just meant we bought a bottle of champagne and had to purchase additional juices separately. Received orange juice that was off and waitress treated us as though we were being overly fussy when we asked to return the juice. Overall, decent food but might be a little overrated.

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RS
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Very good dinner, attentive service, club like atmosphere.

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CH
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a spur of the moment lunch decision, but we enjoyed the Riggsby weekday lunch very much (we had been there for dinner previously. Our waitress was well-informed about the menu and wine selections. I enjoyed an entrée while my wife had soup and an appetizer; both were prepared perfectly and tasted great! We plan to return for weekend brunch and possibly a weekday breakfast as well. Both those menus looked attractive.

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DC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I ordered the Lobster pasta special, which was delicious, a good portion but pricey and a bit too cold for my taste. I think the my plate may have been sitting out a bit while the other plates for our party were prepared. Overall, the service was great and it has a cool, retro ambiance. Would go again for sure.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Food was good, service was beyond terrible. Likely to not return or recommend.

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b
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fantastic spot--stylish, wonderful food, interesting menu, cool bar, incredible service. We will definitely be back to try everything on the menu we missed because it was so hard to choose!

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p
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A sophisticated throwback to the 1950s, as it may have looked to people of some means. Oysters, iceberg lettuce wedge with blue cheese. Much of the menu is more modern and European inspired, but the core is American in style. The place was bustling, unusual for a hotel restaurant in a neighborhood with many choices. Our evening was on the pricey side, but maybe we just made the tempting choices.

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C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

We’d not been impressed the two times we had been for brunch, but a friend said we should give dinner a chance here. Our waiter was wonderful. The ambiance was good. The food was not that great, but the portions were decent. For the amount of money the entrees are, the food should taste better. Three of us (with one drink each), one appetizer to share, and one entree each, paid over $180. We live around the corner and would rather pay much less than that for the dozens of restaurants that are in the same neighborhood.

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SK
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had been on my list for some time and for good reason. The food/ambiance/service all first rate. Had Schnitzel and Chateaubriand on the menu that night -- who does that stuff anymore. Excellent. One sour note for me. There was a young man in the house that night in a wife beater tank top. Realize things are different these days but really!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent excellent! Everyone from the bartenders to wait staff were fantastic and friendly and fun! Food was awesome! Paula was the best we appreciate all she did for us!

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FF
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaraunt and even better staff. The restaurant didn't seem vwry kid friendly at first bur definitely catered to my needs of having a 9 month old as well. All around great experience.

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DM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great dinner with clients. We enjoyed it. Thanks!

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DL
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I love the vibe but frankly the food wasn't as hot as it should have been and our waiter disappeared at one point. Not the best visit I've had there.

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CS
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We celebarated a family dinner together. The staff was wonderful to us - the food was great. We were with our mothers who are hard of hearing and they did great. We full enjoyed ourselves.

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S
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always

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CK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service, but I thought it was a little too expensive. We paid $18 for a glass of wine- I felt that was way too high.

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WV
Key West
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We absolutely love the Riggsby. We frequent the weekend brunch here. The mimosa box and half priced bubbles are a sure way to ensure that you enjoy your meal. The food is good. The breakfast burrito is huge but a great go to for food. The staff are always friendly and attentive. The restaurant decor is awesome. Whether it's just two or a group this place is a great brunch location.

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r
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely loved The Riggsby! We started at the bar and Nolan was great at suggesting cocktails and creating one's that suited our tastes. Sammy was amazing at explaining the dishes we asked about and because of his detail and passion for the food we took many of his suggestions. The Lamb Shank was a suggestion he made and I am happy to say that I am glad I ordered it! So succulent and seasoned perfectly... the meat literally fell off the bone! The other entrees ordered were the Veal Schnitzel special, the chicken and the pasta & clams. Portions were large so goodie bags went home with us. I would highly recommend The Riggsby and will definitely return!

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R
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and ambiance. Definitely worth a try!

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AD
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Gorgeous decor and speakeasy vibe. Went for brunch and omelet was “ok” . Have gone and ordered from dinner menu and had more tasty options. Great drinks/cocktails. They make a great gin martini.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Steak and eggs were over-cooked. Should’ve be medium but I got a medium-well. Good ambiance though

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j
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent from cocktails to appetizers to entrees. So comfortable

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KM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Seems like it'd be better for drinks. Food was a little greasy for my taste and nothing spectacular, but definitely a good place and will probably go back!

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MP
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great spot for brunch! Plenty of options to choose from, and they even offer daily specials. The ambiance is great -- very open inside. The noise level never gets too much even though the tables are kind of close together.

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M
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

It was overpriced for the quality of the meal. There are far better restaurants nearby charging half the price.

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S
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Our family of four dined the day after Valentines Day for our family celebration. Although parking was tricky on a Friday night, we enjoyed the key hole entry and the hostesses greeted us kindly. We had a wonderful round table in the corner with a great view of the room. The restaurants is beautifully decorated. We ordered rounds of wine and martinis which were delicious but we did send back one glass of wine for lipstick on the glass. We started with the deviled eggs, chips and croquettes which we thought were delicious. Our entrees took a bit of time to come out but we thought the food was specially prepared and tasty. For dessert, we ordered the cookies, chocolate cake and brownie in a pot. The brownie and cookies were our favorites. Overall, we loved our experience and look forward to coming back.

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ES
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice ppl and good food. Overall good setting and nice vibe

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CS
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the perfect place for Valentine’s dinner. In the past we had gone to Nora’s but now that she has closed The Riggsby will be our new go to.

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AF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

This was our first time dining at the Riggsby. At first, our waiter was friendly and attentive. He became a little less engaged when I asked about modifying the chopped salad (which they botched) and my husband didn’t like his first glass of wine. After our initial drink and dinner order, our waiter disappeared-literally. Our food was delivered and he never checked in to find out if we needed another drink or to ask us how everything was. When we finally tracked him down to get the check, my husband expressed his disappointment in the service and told the waiter we probably would not be back. The waiter had no response.

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R
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Food was poor. I had been here before and it was good and the restaurant was busy. Today it was empty and food was terrible.

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MB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Horrible food and service

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