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

What 998 People Are Saying
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DC
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

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

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Fantastic service and delicious food!!

JN
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service...as usual

J
Philadelphia
390 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

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

S
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

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
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

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
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for our anniversary date, and our waiter Kareem was absolutely amazing from start until we literally where on our way out the door. His conversation and professionalism while still being able to have fun doing his job was outstanding. The restaurant manager was very professional & the ambience/cleanliness of everything was top notch. The food was AMAZING. Best New York strip I’ve ever had. The desserts are 10/10. Will definitely be going back!

K
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

Used to be our favorite go to place. Service was horrible, food was extremely delayed. Waiter never acknowledged the delay and the manager blamed poor service and food on a wedding happening in the hotel. One of the signature dishes their chicken came out dry and the bartender spilled a drink all over the back of my shirt.

LL
Washington DC
336 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Karim was an amazing server. Food was exceptional as always. Will be back soon.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Staff suggestions were helpful. Food was delicious. Will be back.

MB
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Took very long to order. Server wasn’t very attentive, think he had too many tables. My order also wasn’t done correctly.

S
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Burgers where really good!

JC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything we ate was excellent. The most minor of nits would be the tarragon flavor of the aioli that came with the perfectly cooked calamari was a bit overpowering and the bananarama pudding was a bit too crunchy and could've used more booze to balance its sweetness.

A bit pricey, but since we were both completely satisfied and it was a wonderful evening, the cost was ultimately worth it.

The service was very attentive and friendly. We definitely had to speak with a raised voice.

Highly recommended!

IS
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic, but the service was better.

MF
Washington DC
65 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

My husband and I have eaten here a number of times. The deviled eggs were great, but the rest of the meal was mixed. I had salmon, which was excellent. My husband had the pork chop. He's had it before and loved it. This time it was overcooked. They offered to remake it, but then we would've had a very lopsided meal, so he said no. This is not the first time we've had a problem with a dish, but decided to give them another try. For the prices they charge for main courses, they really should do better.

UB
Pittsburgh
10 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We found this gem just off Dupont Circle last year. We had to go back. It is pricey -- any diner should know that in advance. But the food, drink -- and most especially, the service -- are peerless. Highly recommend for that special night of dining.

MW
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was immaculately prepared, and interesting without being showy. Nice ambiance.

LU
London
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great brunch food, superlative attention, somewhat pricey.

OT
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great love this place

MT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Even though the dinning room isn't that large, the noise level is. My friend and I had to talk loud in order to hear ourselves.

The brunch meal we had was good--nothing overly special or pretentious. The blueberry cobbler was delicious with just enough sweetness not to overpower the ice cream.

One complaint I did have is the $5 charge for a cup of coffee. Not even Starbucks charges that much for plain decaf.

AS
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Unfortunately, our experience wasn't as good as we expected.
Coffee and mimosas were awful, no discussion about that. Service was slow, but they apologized for that, so at least they acknowledge it, and although the food didn't taste bad (well there was lots of cream and bacon!) the avocado toast had hardly any avocado on it.
So, all in all, poor. I would not recommend it.

SO
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We picked this restaurant for the ambiance. It's nice to have a quiet place to eat amidst all the boisterous, trendy eateries that overpopulate DC. The mussels were very good, my husband had the steak and it was excellent and cooked perfectly. I had fish and it was also excellent and cooked perfectly. Our server maintained the perfect level of professionalism and attentiveness.

M
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food...It was delicious. I asked the server about my 3 choices and she said those are her top picks so I confirmed those with confidence. I chose the Lightly Smoked Trout which was served in two pieces and tasted great. It balanced well with the pickled and non pickled beets. Next came the Pan Seared Branzino. The fennel and potato definitely added to the dish and all together made for a broth that I wanted to scoop out with a spoon. And the fish was great with it-though I didn't think the whole grape tomatoes added much. Last was the Panna Cotta. Let me tell you I really appreciated that the berries were macerated-I don't like a great dessert where the berries have just been thrown on. I ate every bite of every dish and the only downside is that it was 'just enough'. I wasn't full, just satisfied.

AS
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A little noisier than I would have liked but the food was incredible, drinks devine and the service was beyond my expectations. 13/10 would recommend.

J
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The Riggsby is a throw back to the old supper clubs, with retro décor and a relaxed vibe. We were there during restaurant week and ordered off the restaurant week menu. The food was good to excellent with my wife's salad better than the smoked trout with beats for appetizers. The branzino my wife ordered was very well prepared, as was the pappardelle, the latter being a bit bland. The deserts are worth ordering. Service was attentive throughout without rushing us. The only draw back was our belated discovery that we were seated under one of the air conditioning vents, which made us a little cooler than comfortable and also cooled off the food rapidly. Overall, a very positive experience.

RC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Dynamite restaurant - great service, absolutely beautiful decor and very good food. Going there during Restaurant Week is probably too hectic of a time to go - the two other times I've been there were better. But this is a wonderful spot - guaranteed solid & elegant restaurant experience.

MA
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Went for Restaurant week. We had the trout appetizer, Roast Beef Sandwich with au jus, Cobb salad, shakshuka and Panna Cotta dessert. Food was delicious. Really like that you could switch a course for the signature drink , a delicious chocolate margarita. Wait staff was great but the time it took to get courses was long. Will go again.

AJ
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took a staff member for a treat and was worried food might not hold up during Restaurant week but having the RW menu (Loved the gazpacho!) and the regular menu was ideal.

Service outstanding - bar tender very graciously brought a more familiar martini (lemon drop) to substitute for the Nick and Nora ordered by my guest.

The true test of an excellent experience - my guest organized a brunch at the Riggsby the following weekend and reported back that the deviled eggs and lamb hash were devine!

D
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice setting and delicious food! Come here when you're willing to bust your wallet a bit and you'll have a great time with cocktails and food.

PS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sam the server was great. Food terrific. Surprisingly quiet - made it the perfect place for a work conversation.
Wine by the glass is way too expensive.

s
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We thoroughly enjoyed the meal. Our server Kareem was wonderful.

DC
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ordered 3 different dishes for lunch, and all were excellent. Wonderful food, ambiance, and service. Recommended!

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