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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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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4.2
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4.2
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4.4
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LL
Washington DC
342 reviews
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! The Riggsby has delivered on its incredible reputation. Thanks, Josh, Adam and Thomas! Food and service were over the top! Will be back soon as will my guest!

P
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Dinner was lovely and the service was excellent, though our server seemed a bit stretched. But overall we had a wonderful dining experience and the kitchen was quite accommodating with our dietary restrictions.

DD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Riggsby is a hidden gem! I've been here several times, for lunch and dinner, and it has never disappointed. One of my favorite restaurants in a city full of great places to eat.

c
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The wait was long for just ordering the entrees. Waiter didn’t tell us about the special. I heard him telling the couple next to us.

KS
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was a pleasure to have dinner here. The service and the food were excellent, as well as the ambiance. It felt special for our Thanksgiving Dinner.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Thanksgiving

ST
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food2service5ambience4

I think the drinks were way too expensive and the food was just ok.

DC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had seen the reviews but had my doubts. I was very wrong because this is indeed a wonderful place. We went for their special Thanksgiving menu. This place has a wonderful Art Deco decor and is smaller and more intimate than most DC restaurants. When you walk in, there is a great bar and sitting area that is perfect for happy hour. However, food and service are the stars.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

A great spot for brunch! Have always loved the Rigsby for happy hour now I know it’s a good place for a last minute brunch.

j
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great restaurant. Must see, old style Washington DC environment

o
Washington DC
326 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The Riggsby proved to be a good choice for a weekday lunch with a former colleague. As a fairly large hotel dining room located in a residential portion of town (albeit a five-minute walk from the northern edge of the central business district), it tends not to be very busy at lunch time on weekdays, As a result, we were unhurried and the atmosphere was conducive to conversation. Food was fine, as well; my burger was first-rate, which is what one would hope for given the pricing (not inexpensive). Service was also good; although the server made a mistake with my colleague's order, it was quickly rectified and he received a complementary bite to eat while awaiting his correct order.

PB
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Waiters suggested the pork loin - which wasn’t a loin, per se, and it just wasn’t done right... I sent the first one back as it was overcooked, the second wasn’t much different.
Overdone pork roast with sloshy juices didn’t work.

GS
Washington DC
135 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The Riggsby is a top shelf restaurant in Washington DC! The food, service, staff, location, mixed drinks and menu selections are A+. They make the best Grey Goose martini to order in town. She had the oysters and trout wrapped in bacon. I had the lettuce wedge and risotto which was served with a pureed butter nut squash. The food was prepared to perfection and served at the correct temperature. Our waiter was attentive but not over-bearing. The wine list will suit even the most discreet taste and they have excellent wines by the glass or split. Service, superb and as we were leaving the doorman made it a point to flag us down a nearby cab. No our first visit and certainly will not be our last.

CM
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The Riggsby has a good vibe. Waiter knowledgeable and friendly but not overly so. Mix of ages which is a good indicator.

LL
Washington DC
343 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience5

I don't know what to say. I've been coming to this restaurant REGULARLY for at least 3 1/2 years. Tonight was horrible. As a regular, the restaurant usually has a wine selected and Nena or Joe (no longer there) or Karim (now there) typically are my servers. Didn't happen. A decent flow of service never happened. We waited too long for everything, except entrees (hot fish on cold vegetables). They heated the veggies, put the old fish back on top, with the plates delivered by the manager who said the dish was "designed" to be hot fish on room temperature "or less" vegetables, but they "fixed it" for us. Really? Fire the chef then. Good grief. I am supposed to bring a client here in two weeks, but feel as if the restaurant that has been my go-to, is no longer just that. So disappointed.

CA
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great! The ambiance very enlivening. Will go back soon and often with friends. Great value!

BM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was superb
It made our evening

ME
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was delicious, literally amazing. The service was great. Perfect for an expensive date night.

f
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Riggsby for a business lunch. The restaurant was not crowded, we were seated promptly (we had reservations), and we were served in a timely manner. I will return!

w
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Fun, and posh ambiance, and food is always good. Though this time the wedge salad lettuce was a little on the wilted side and I don't know why they can't provide a full wedge. Regardless, fun menu items, albeit a little overpriced. Usually able to get a reservation when in a bind on the weekend.

LC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

I am not sure how to rate this restaurant to be honest. While everything I saw leaving the kitchen was beautiful and looked tasty. And the food we received was definitely fine, while not being anything special or memorable, on the level I would come back and try some of the other menu items EXCEPT the service was so exceptionally bad I will not return. Our waitress when she came to the table at all, not once but three times dropped items on me from behind, which I can deal with since none was liquid. But she did not apologize once for it. We ordered a bottle of champagne for mimosas and after she slammed the bottle into the table, again with no apology just left it there. From what I can tell we were the only ones not offered a ice bucket to keep it in. Not once but twice did another person in my party get up to refill our tables coffee with the carafes they had sitting out at a station and then another time to refill our water. The manager did bring our food out and I could not tell if this was because our bad service or just because. Either way for a bill of $170.00 for four people, I would say go somewhere that provides just even decent service.

MF
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The service was outstanding. The food was good but not amazing. We enjoyed the first course better than the entrees. Still a nice experience though.

KG
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience4

So disappointed with the food. Tasteless omelette, cold Benedict, and overcooked poached eggs in a $21 hash.

*Update: manager sent personal follow up emails to learn more about the meal and how to improve. Hope to return soon for a meal. Thanks for reaching out, Josh.

B
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant- excellent food and service. Beef carpaccio was delicious, as was the pork chop and the creme brûlée. Highly recommend!

LD
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We stopped by for lunch on Sunday. Food was ok, but overpriced. The service was slow and inattentive. This is our second and last time eating at Riggsby. With so many interesting, excellent places around, no need to spend our money on just something barely average.

DC
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and chicken Caesar salad for lunch. They seated in us in a quieter area as requested which was perfect. Nice ambience.

J
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

They did not have all the wine advertised on the menu. And service a bit slow.

OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It was overall good, but they sat our party at a table in the bar area and the bartender was a little overwhelmed tryin to serve us and all the other customers.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Fantastic service and delicious food!!

JN
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Service from the beginning was erratic but they rallied to compensate us for the slow start. Still, too many missteps for a dinner that costs $150 per person. Food was good except for cioppino that was more sauce than broth and way too salty. Shame because the seafood in it was really good.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service...as usual

J
Philadelphia
396 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Very fine chicken preparation. Excellent strip steak. Terrific service.

S
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Used to be so good! Not so great Saturday evening. Drink was watered down (left to sit too long). Chopped salads had none of the promised thousand island dressing...pasta special was bland and noodles over cooked; cheese course was a mess (and sever made up the names). Took a look over at the kitchen and the chef was yawning in the pass through. Not a good sign. C’mon Riggsby you have so much going for you - but you need to try!!!

AC
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

This was a huge disappointment. We booked dinner based on online reviews and the fact that it was close to our hotel. The service was incredibly poor from start to finish. The hostess barely greeted us and had trouble finding our opentable reservation. This was at 6:30pm on a Friday night and the restaurant had just two tables seated. We were a few minutes early and she asked if we wanted to be seated. It was an odd question. What else would we do? Stand at the entrance? We ordered drinks that never came. Nor did our appetizer. After 15 minutes, a food runner appeared with our entrees and remained silent when we told her our drinks and appetizers were missing, slinking away backwards to set our food to cool on a counter within view. Our waiter appeared and casually informed us the bar was out of one of the drink ingredients. So, just one of us finally received a drink. This caused the runner to carry back our now lukewarm meals. We decided to decline when the waiter asked if we wanted still wanted our appetizer. The worst part: the food was terrible! A below average hamburger with stale French fries and and a pasta steeped in a tasteless tomato and corn water. Even copious heaps of grated cheese didn’t help. We couldn’t wait to leave. There was never an apology. It was very strange. One last negative tidbit—there were dead bugs visible in the drum light pendants overhead. Yuck.

LT
Washington DC
106 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

This is a nice, ordinary hotel restaurant. Neither good nor bad. As such, it was a disappointment. I was expecting an exceptional restaurant that just happened to be in a hotel. This was not it. There was nothing objectionable about it, but I see no reason to come back. The food was good, capably prepared, but not exceptional.

V
London
33 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hidden gem! Not sure why we never heard of this place but it is seriously good. Every dish was wonderful service was great. The waiter was knowledgeable and helpful. Lovely, old school ambiance.

JS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A+ for ambiance. This was a great choice for my out of town friends. Service was attentive and pleasant. Prices are reasonable for the portion! Home sliced potatoes come with almost every dish.
The only issue (which was fine we ordered regular drinks) I though went the menu stated $15 for their mimosa box that included champagne. 1/2 off meaning regular was $30...
To our surprise it was 1/2 the bottle ranging $55 & up plus $15 for juice. Not unreasonable, but definitely out of my budget.
Normal mimosa is $8 and decently priced for a DC brunch!

I’ll be back! Thanks The Riggsby for amazing time.

LA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I went with a group of people for dinner on Saturday night for my birthday. My in-laws brought in a cake for me and were not notified that there was a $15 cutting fee per person. Additionally, before consulting us, they preemptively cut the cake, and did not bring out to me first. The manager noted that he would waive the cutting fee, as though it was a courtesy on his part.

Additionally, my mom specifically asked our waiter ahead of time if her food would be served as a hot dish and he assured her that it would be. 20 minutes later it was served to her cold.

The waiter seemed a bit disorganized as well.

PY
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cute décor, delicious food and cocktails. Service outstanding, our waitress split an order of soup my friend and I were sharing without even asking us! So thoughtful.

s
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Professional, elegant excellent quality and attention to detail. Friendly And pleasant!

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