The Riggsby

4.6
833 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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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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JN
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Other than an expensive wine list and cocktails, we love The Riggsby

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MW
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Honestly I was disappointed. The food was fine - nothing wrong and very tasty - but not inspiring and certainly not up to the price point. The wine list was similarly over-priced (even by DC standards) and underwhelming. More than one of the bottles listed on the menu turned out not to be available (e.g., 2014 listed, 2015 on-hand).

Service was polite but slow, inattentive, and a bit disorganized. The very cute idea of a bread basked where they serve you one at a time would have worked better if (a) it'd come around more, and (b) the bread wasn't cold and stale. Repeat: the bread was cold and stale, and served with still-frozen butter.

I don't recommend this place.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food!

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F
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Most decadent wedge salad I’ve ever had topped with a LOT of freshly fried bacon

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MC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's a hidden gem in the Carlyle Hotel, not far from Dupont Circle. The food was fantastic, the ambiance was low key and unpretentious, and the service was great! Our server worked with some dietary restrictions at our table and gave us options to work with. We would definitely go back!

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MS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the atmosphere. Had a booth in the corner. Our waiter was great, so professional, top notch service from entire staff. Everything was delicious. Steak, burgers, chicken, dessert. A terrific experience and would highly recommend. We live in Los Angeles but when we go to DC again we’ll go back!

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KD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christmas Eve dinner

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Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christmas Eve Dinner !

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OT
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top to bottom exquisite

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JL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Outstanding experience...just wish the server was a bit more attentive toward the end of the meal when we wanted to order coffee. BUT, my guest and I were having a serious conversation so she may not have been comfortable\e interrupting. A manager seemed to be checking in as well which was nice. Food was superb and ambience awesome! Thank you.

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OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Nice place. Service needs work.

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RH
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic gem in the DuPont Circle area. Creative food. Wonderful, accommodating staff

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service in a warm cool supper club atmosphere. Bacon wrapped trout was excellent. Wait staff incredibly attentive without being intrusive.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Service was poor - slow, wrong items brought and even different menus. The food was ok, but nothing special given the price and the amount of time we had to wait.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is quickly becoming one of my favorite restaurants in the city. The place is so beautiful. The staff (especially Gracie and Joe) are AMAZING! The food is to die for (i love the pork chop and the apple cranberry tart so much)! You will not regret it.

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DM
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The Riggsby has been on my list of places to try for some time now. I wanted to love it but that's not the way the cookie crumbled. I went with two girlfriends for dinner on a Saturday night. We were running late for our reservation because of heavier-than-expected traffic. They were very gracious about holding our reservation so that was nice. We were promptly seated when we arrived. The space was cosy but lively so we couldn't really overhear our neighbor's convos despite the close proximity. We ordered the deviled eggs to start and I thought they were yummy. For entrees, we ordered the chicken, duck and salmon. The chicken was underseasoned and the salmon and the accoutrements for the duck weren't stellar either. The creme brulee was pretty good. The brownie dish is ok if you're in the mood for chocolate but there was way too much ice cream. As for the service, one of my girlfriends got an older menu so she initially wanted to order something that was no longer available. The server also generally didn't seem especially knowledgeable about the menu and she was a little too absent.

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JG
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fantastic dinner and a super cool restaurant hidden in DC! #loveriggsby

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great meal... manager knows how to make an amazing manhattan.

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SJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I ordered the salmon...it was delicious. My husband ordered the beef wellington, which was a special addition to the menu. It was cooked perfectly, melted in mouth! Service was exceptional. Cant' wait to return.

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DC
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable. Upon request music volume was lowered and all was perfect then.

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GD
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We loved the setting, the food was good, not outstanding, the service was really good, and we were really able to catch up in a relatively quiet atmosphere. We'll go back!

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JS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was great! The food was very good, although the specials of Beef Wellington and Schnitzel ran out very early.

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OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Miss Olivia !!

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JM
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic food and service. Would recommend to anyone looking for quality food.

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V
New England
19 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The chocolate cake was fabulous.

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JZ
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

This was our second time at The Riggsby. Everything was perfect during our last visit. That’s why I chose this restaurant for a special night when our best DC friends could meet our best LA friends. Boy, was I wrong! The service was terrible. We were seated for over an hour before our waiter even took our food order. I wasn’t super hungry so I only ordered an entree only to be told by the waiter that I was expected to order a side or salad because it was a “multi-course dining experience”. . So I ordered the wedge salad. Which was delicious. However i could eat a bit. Our waiter would disappear for large chunks of time when we had no drinks. One of my dinner companions ordered ice on the side with her white wine (I know, I know) only to have the waiter visibly roll his eyes. Other patrons came, ordered, ate and left before we even had our food. Overall, I’d probably go back to The Riggsby but will request a different server.

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KS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fave thing on the menu are the deviled eggs and the chopped salad. Never disappoints!

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JB
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent fish dishes the night we visited. A pleasant and relaxed place, with an interesting take on American cuisine. The service was pleasant but a bit uncoordinated, as though a supervisor was off for the night. Still, I will return.

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d
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always love The Riggsby. Great food, a warm interesting room to dine in. Everyone is so nice there. I had there hamburger for the 1st time, one of the best around.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Not vegetarian friendly at all. All nice restaurants I've been to are prepared to serve a vegetarian entree, but this one fails - only offered to serve the pasta course without the meat. Ok service, ok meals and drinks for the price of $200 all in for two people. I think there are better options in DC.

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BH
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Riggsby was a great restaurant. Food was great - make sure to try the smoked trout. The bar was well stocked with a really superb bartender.

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s
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite spots for brunch in DC!

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MS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can't say enough good things about this spot! From the first greeting from our server to the closing "thank you" from the manager, it was a pitch-perfect experience. Highly-recommended for a date night or special occasion; the dining room nails the "supper club" ambiance.

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m
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Service needs improvement. Staff were rushed and feigning interest. Oysters were the worst I’ve ever had.

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S
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I read reviews of patrons before I chose to book my dinner at the Riggsby. The reviews which lauded the quality of the food and service were spot on.
The chicken dish was simply gorgeous. The service was excellent.
I would be glad to return when next I’m in Washington DC.

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JB
Naples
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants I have been to. The food was delicious and the service was great!

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OT
Washington DC
217 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Ive been to The Riggsby many times for dinner but this was the first for a business lunch. It is an absolutely perfect spot for business dining. You can actually hear your dining company ions! The lunch menu is excellent and the service is superb. Great choice.

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f
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family went here for my mom’s birthday and were so pleased with the courteous service, the high quality of the food and its presentation, and the cozy ambience. This is one of my favorite restaurants in the city. Everything we hd was truly delicious. I highly recommend the deviled eggs, goat cheese and jalapeño croquettes for appetizers and the beef Wellington and spaghetti specials. We had the chocolate cake for dessert - it won an award in the Washingtonian magazine for being the best in the city. I can see why. We love coming here and will be back!

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C
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

?The waiter was excellent - very helpful with useful suggestions for a vegetarian mea for one of us.
Food was great - as usual!l

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WG
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Sunday Brunch with my boyfriend and friends. Everything was delicious right down to their famous chocolate cake. I wanted another one to be honest. SO good. Will definitely recommend!

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