The Riggsby

4.4
936 reviews
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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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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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Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

We've eaten here over a dozen times, and have always sat on the perimeter of the room where the sound is comfortable. This visit we were seated in the center of the room and communication was impossible. Our waiter was very personable, but never available.

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Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I have been twice now and the experience has been the same both times. Excellent service, and some dishes that have been outstanding (particularly appetizers and desserts), but the mains have been just OK. I wasn't unhappy with my main course either time, but I wasn't thrilled either. In one case, I felt the lamb chop wasn't particularly flavorful. In the other, I got a fish dish and while the fish was very nice, the accompaniments seemed to be reaching for something creative and memorable, but not quite getting there. It's a very nice atmosphere, and the service was excellent.

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K
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Very agreeable ambiance and quite good food, but service was just okay and prices are excessive. I had duck breast at $42. It was good, but I’ve had better at $15 less. Consensus of our group of four was that one visit was enough.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Breakfast at The Rigsby was very enjoyable. The service was excellent, the restaurant wasn't too loud, and the food was good. The French toast is tasty. The coffee is excellent, which is hard to find. I will definitely come back for breakfast or brunch.

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ED
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

We ate at the Riggsby on a slow Monday morning. We were surprised that we had to ask twice for many basic things (an extra plate, an English muffin rather than toast, more coffee, etc.), and we had to send back a plate of French toast that was clearly burnt. The food wasn't bad, but it wasn't anything special either. Plus, half of our party ended up with upset stomachs after our meal. Not a disastrous brunch, but not one I'll be repeating.

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SC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always a great dining experience:-) Great food, service, atmosphere .

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and service was exceptional.

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NW
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Service was terrible, orders were incorrect, and everything is overpriced.

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NS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Service was slow and we were seated 20 mins after our reservation despite the restaurant not being crowded. Other 2-person tables arrived after us and were seated before us.

Food was ok, nothing amazing.

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Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Restaurant was way over priced for food that wasn't too interesting. Very noisy.. couldn't have a conversation.

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JB
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was friendly, and the food was delicious.

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TO
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

One of our neighborhood favorites. Duck, schlow burger, beef carpaccio all fantastic.

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service from both the bartenders and wait staff was superb, the food was delicious and the ambiance was wonderful. Definitely the best place I visited while in DC.

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PB
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

A bit pricey, however very nice ambiance, service and food was good.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best food and best service in the anywhere. Love everything about this restaurant.

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AM
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was good, but the service really was subpar both at the bar and in the dining room.

Could not get the bar tender's attention after the first drink was served and for dinner. Ordered an appetizer, had it delivered by someone other than our server, ate it, had the plates cleared and still had not seen our waitress to 1) receive our drink order 2) place our dinner order. When it came to the meal the food was again, good, but the waitress was MIA. There was a table of 4 that sat after our table of 2 and somehow they managed to get service in a timely fashion as they received their bill before us. Every time we tried to catch the eye of our server she somehow just looked right through us or went the other way. Super frustrating and confusing as we didn't have complicate or special orders. Just seemed a bit spacey and did run into her in restroom on her cell phone... perhaps distracted with personal stuff and not attentive to her work?

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SM
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here for our anniversary- SO glad we did! The service was impeccable, our server wished us happy anniversary multiple times and brought us complimentary champagne, and Every. Single. Course. Was delicious! Our server’s recommendations were spot on, from drinks to courses, the service was consistent and impeccable, and we never felt rushed. My husband LOVED the pasta with ramp pesto, my pan-seared duck was a perfectly cooked medium and deeply flavorful, and my husband, who is EXTREMELY picky about steak, was extremely happy with his New York strip, which is a big deal. The recommended signature drinks were delightful, as were the pre-dinner snacks. At the end of the meal our server surprised us with a complimentary dessert- he had picked the strawberry shortcake, which was his favorite, and once again it did not disappoint. For the quality of the food and the service the Riggbsy is extremely well priced- we’ve absolutely gone to more expensive places and had disappointing food and service (Mirabelle in dc and Le Cirque in Vegas both come to mind). I can’t recommend the Riggbsy enough!

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Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, food was great and the ambiance was calm and intimate. There was also a large party here at the same time and everything ran smoothly.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love love Joe and Adam!

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E
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Slow service, loud environment, poor cuisine. Avoid. So many better choices in dc.

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a delicious, relatively quiet brunch. It can be hard to get a last minute brunch reservation in a city that takes brunch so seriously, but luckily the Riggsby tends to have space around noon on Saturdays. The food is delicious and the ambiance is relaxed.

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great. Pancakes were delicious.

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Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are now regulars at the Riggsby. Not only is the menu stellar, but the service is truly top-notch. It's a step beyond what's expected. Cannot recommend this place highly enough.

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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was good, but the service was lacking. Took a while to order first drinks and we had to flag someone down when we needed more water. The food was good just wish the service matched the food

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WM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing decor - so beautiful inside
In a boutique hotel
Service rates a 10+
Food - a Michelin Chef is in the back which made everything you put in your mouth, just melt
And even if you don't save room - order the Chocolate Cake, rated #1 in DC
Incredible wine and drink menu
I cannot say enough about this restaurant - It will now be my preference for all special occasions and business dining meetings
This is truly "special"

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MS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There were 4 of us on Easter Sunday eve, celebrating a birthday. Our server (and I'm so sorry I forgot his name but I believe begins with an M) and the manager - along with the backup server were absolutely stupdendous!!! They were attentive, fun, on point, and because of the birthday celebration went above and beyond to please us. It was a great eve. Food was fabo. Thank you Riggsby!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The Maryland style crab cakes eggs Benedict on the brunch menu was underwhelming. We were surprised to see it come out from the kitchen as a deep fried crab cake. In addition, since it was Easter Sunday, the brunch menu was condensed to a handful of their items paired with an appetizer for $45 per person. At first it seemed like a good deal but after tasting the eggs Benedict, we thought otherwise. I would like to return for the dinner menu, as those options seem to have better reviews. I will say that the cocktails were made exceptionally well.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable drinks, food and service. This place is spot on. And it has such a cool, Art Deco vibe. A hidden gem! Thank you katarina (hostess) and Adam (manager) for making it such a special evening. Xo

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AM
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

great atmosphere, good service, music was a bit loud so hard to have a conversation, but they kindly turned it down for us, so all good.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Awesome brunch!

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IC
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Did not feel rushed at all which i find uncommon in dc restaurants. Lovely staff and diverse brunch menu

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ED
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
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 on April 13, 2019
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 on April 11, 2019
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
17 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
15 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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