The Riggsby

4.5
874 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$31 to $50
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Continental
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.
avatar copy

Private Dining

Book your next event with us

View details

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.
What 874 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.4
service
4.5
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
j
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent from cocktails to appetizers to entrees. So comfortable

Report
Helpful
KM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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!

Report
Helpful
MP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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.

Report
Helpful
M
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 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.

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
ES
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

Report
Helpful
CS
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on February 15, 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.

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
R
Washington DC
30 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.

Report
Helpful
MB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Horrible food and service

Report
Helpful
PR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Somewhat formal and upscale without feeling stodgy. Really terrific duck dish! Great service.

Report
Helpful
TH
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was great but service was kinda slow and it took them 10 min to seat us even with a reservation.

Report
Helpful
MG
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service was amazing.

Report
Helpful
OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great establishment. My go-to for any small events.

Report
Helpful
OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my birthday and they served my whole party champagne to celebrate. We didn’t notify the restaurant, the waiter overheard our conversation and presented a lovely surprise. It was a wonderful experience. So thoughtful and gracious.

Report
Helpful
DF
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was fresh and taste , service was very friendly felt relaxed my husband and I enjoyed good time and good food lunch there would come back again.

Report
Helpful
NE
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Rude from the blonde hostess down to Christop, the server. Food cold and needed seasoning. Literally 6 tables were occupied. Overpriced for the value of it all. Will not be back.

Had the deviled eggs (3 for $11) not worth it. Tiniest bit of chicken skin on it.

Morning after Sandwich with breakfast potatoes, cold.

Duck Hash, no caramelized onions, they were just sautéed, huge chunks of peppers, raw. Toasted wheat bread, cold.

No chance for dessert because he cleared our plates and dropped off the check. Rude.

Report
Helpful
NP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was attentive without being over-bearing, and extremely welcoming and pleasant throughout (despite our arriving late for a reservation and getting started close to closing time). The food was extremely delicious, fresh, creatively juxtaposed and well-seasoned -- including the free bread. The two mixed drinks we ordered weren't impressive, but everything else was great enough that The Riggsby has new lifelong fans. I can't stop thinking about the shrimp cocktail. I look forward to visiting again and again.

Report
Helpful
YR
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 3ambience 5

Awesome , always a good time there.. food was good but the cut and cook of the steak could of been better

Report
Helpful
CS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful dining experience with exceptional food

Report
Helpful
SC
Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The service was great. Food was hit or miss. The lobster bisque was great and so was the filet. One person in our group ordered the pork loin and it was awful. The pork loin medallions were more like pork chips, so thin and dry. This is not an exaggeration. Other than that bad meal, everything else was good.

Report
Helpful
DF
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant Week food value was fantastic but $4 for a cup of decaf coffee? It's a quibble, yes, but that really ends the night on a sour note.

Report
Helpful
JH
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

We went during Restaurant Week on Tom Sietsema’s recommendation and overall it was good. We had the lobster bisque which was great and my chocolate tort was also but the pork main dish was really overcooked and tasteless. The meat was like shoe leather. Our waitress offered to let us speak to the manager but we declined.

Report
Helpful
JR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for Power Breakfast. Great setting and very friendly staff.

Report
Helpful
LM
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the nicest restaurants we have been to in DC. The food and atmosphere were fabulous and we felt transported to a bygone era. Cozy for a cold einter’s night. The roasted chicken was just amazing.

Report
Helpful
MT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 5

I was very disappointed in the Riggsby this time around. It was MLK holiday, but the restaurant was not packed and there just seemed to be one waiter, a food runner and a manager handling the full restaurant. The lunch was interminable as service was much too slow. I then had to send my food order back when the brioche on which the egg salad tartine was served was stale and hard. The manager was profusely apologetic and swapped it out for a softer, brioche-like hamburger bun but overall the dish was disappointing. I also didn't care for the taste of the egg salad sandwich (though I love the deviled eggs - it was supposed to be the same filling) so I wouldn't order it again. I've never had a bad meal here, whether brunch or dinner, so this last experience was particularly disappointing. I won't be going back anytime soon with the hopes they upgrade their service and kitchen staff to deliver on the reputation they had developed. It's one of my favorite dining rooms in DC - it would be a shame to lose it.

Report
Helpful
C
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love the ambiance and decor. Went for Restaurant Week lunch and the food was great.

Report
Helpful
I
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

I visited for restaurant week. It was ok. The food and service were mediocre.

Report
Helpful
OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Went for restaurant week. Water glass was never empty and the dishes I tried off the restaurant week menu were well cooked and presented. Everyone in my party really enjoyed the ambiance as well.

Report
Helpful
B
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Every thing was just ok. Orders came out wrong more than once. Had cocktails at the bar before our reservation. That didnt go well. Bartender got order wrong even though request was placed twice (he kept asking as if we hadn't place the order. Then he got it wrong just the same.) In dining room food was ok, but not fabulous. Two orders came out wrong here, too. Service was uneven. Most people were quite nice, but not hugely attentive. It was restaurant week. Maybe they were burned out?

Report
Helpful
BJ
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were fortunate to pick The Riggsby for a birthday celebration dinner that coincided with DC Restaurant Week. We loved the restaurant, the mix of patrons, excellent service and superb food. We stayed with the RW menu, which offered ample choice in each category. My lobster bisque appetizer was perfect, with a light flavorful silky broth and small bits of lobster. For entrees, I had the skate while my husband had the salmon. Loved the skate! My first experience with it, and I am now a fan of this light, slightly salty but delicate seafood. The salmon was good, but not memorable. We both thoroughly enjoyed the vegetable dishes, and I was super impressed with the cauliflower. Desserts were gone as well. Sam, our waiter and advisor was very knowledgeable about the dishes, preparation and pairings, and was attentive to us throughout the meal. The Riggsby also has great cocktails!

Report
Helpful
JF
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Perfect cozy restaurant for a nice dinner. A little off the beaten path in a hotel, this restaurant had excellent service and food to match.

Report
Helpful
JG
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Charming place with lots to look at and good food. Our server was very nice and capable. She had too many tables and so we waited around a lot. But the food is pretty darn good. So, there's that. I'd go back... lotsa good stuff on the menu I'd like to try. I had the deviled eggs: B+ and the burger: B. The pot brownie was super decadent and huge: A. It was pretty loud (spirited) on Sunday for brunch, but it's fun.

Report
Helpful
l
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really enjoyed the Riggsby. The staff was exceptionally well trained and very nice. It can get noisy. The hamburger is excellent and the eggs Benedict is delicious. Would definitely recommend to others.

Report
Helpful
a
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

My husband and I had a reservation for brunch and only a few tables were occupied at the time we arrived. However, the service was extremely slow. It was Restaurant Week, so I wanted to take advantage of the special, but the options were very limited. I did enjoy the chopped salad very much- with the tasty homemade Thousand Island dressing. My husband opted for the Eggs Benedict, which was not an option on the 3 course special. It was described as having prosciutto on it, but it was a very bland and boiled looking ham. He couldn't eat it. Overall, this experience was a big disappointment.

Report
Helpful
CC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for birthday brunch. Atmosphere is fun, space has great details. Selected from the Restaurant Week menu, the food was wonderful, flavorful and plenty to split between 2. Service was attentive. Would be excited to return and recommend.

Report
Helpful
r
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the food great...best french toast ever and the service was exceptional. from the manager to the server.

Report
Helpful
OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Food was pretty average and service wasn’t good.

Report
Helpful
C
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fun, busy, loud, great ambiance,white tablecloths, very attractive and elegant but not stuffy. Good food and excellent service. Located within a small hotel in a mostly residential/embassy area. It has a “different feel” that we liked. We very much enjoyed our late (9pm) dinner and will definitely go back.

Report
Helpful
G
Louisville
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Solid food, nothing spectacular. Good find for restaurant week. Cool vibe. Food was not out of this world by any means, but nothing bad.

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
22

Tweets by The Riggsby