The Riggsby

4.6
792 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Continental
The Riggsby is a restaurant that is American in spirit with the influence, techniques and flavors of the Old World. It's intimate, nostalgic and refined yet playful. 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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Continental, American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Mon–Fri 7:00 am–10:30 am
Sat, Sun 8:00 am–10:30 am
Brunch
Sun 10:30 am–3:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Sat 11:30 am–3:00 pm
SUPPER
Daily 5:00 pm–10:30 pm
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Phone number
(202) 787-1500
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Philippe Reininger
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Riggs Rd
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Parking details
Valet parking with the Carlyle Hotel is $15, but is reduced to $12 with validation from The Riggsby.
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Public transit
The Riggsby is located near the Dupont Circle Station on the Red Line. Guests should exit out of the Q Street exit and head one block east to New Hampshire Ave. Head north (left) on New Hampshire for 2 blocks and they will arrive at the Carlyle Hotel (east side of the street)
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

The Riggsby is a classic. It’s intimate, nostalgic, a little lost in time, cozy, kind of refined, yet definitely playful. The Riggsby is part of the neighborhood. It’s the “go to” place, where the bartender treats you like you’ve been coming in for years, even if it’s your first time stopping by.

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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 792 People Are Saying
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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Our server who began with the table was bad. The bar was backed up which was no fault of his, but he was dismissive and rude when asked what the issue was with drinks after 15 minutes. Meanwhile the restaurant was empty but the bartender had a full bar of diners- ie he wasn’t paying attention/didn’t care about the drink orders from the restaurant. The server also disappeared for 10 minutes.

I will give a lot of credit to the manager. He came in and took over the table and he was fantastic. I come here often and the server and his reaction would have made me not come back, but the manager really did a great job and should be commended.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood gem

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L
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was good and the atmosphere was kind of cool, but there was nothing super noteworthy. The bar looks cool - seems like if I came back, it would be to have a drink at the bar.

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SK
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great find. Visiting the Georgetown area for a few days. Best service we’ve had in a restaurant in a very long time. We had multiple folks stop at our table to make sure everything was ok. The entire staff pitched in. It was great to see. Would definitely go back.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Clearly no Captain at the helm. I dined here previously and had a delightful meal, but then again the owner/chef was in the kitchen. Times have unfortunately changed as the kitchen appeared to be staffed by short order cooks. The salmon entre was so salty that it was inedible, lamb chops were served on a pool of greenish goo and tasted like old muton. My wife’s duck serving was so small that even with her petite frame left her hungry. A side order of zucchini was also served on the green goo. At $100 a head without a bottle of wine - what a joke.

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T
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with impressive seafood selection , friendly professional wait staff always 2 steps ahead. A neighborhood gem with a cozy environment that makes you want to come back for more. Arguably the best happy hour in Dupont or Logan. With no store front signage Riggsby has a clubby atmosphere that adds to the overall charm of this restaurant.

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UB
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a gem! Our first visit to The Riggsby was Labor Day weekend. The food -- incredible! The wine list -- exquisite! Cocktails -- perfect! And I found why they have the best chocolate cake in the District. Especially the service -- Robert was great. Strong recommendations, attentive. I cannot say enough about this place.

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A
New England
43 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite spots in DC, never disappoints. Cool mid-century atmosphere. Great food!

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, delicious food, cool Art Deco setting. We’ll be back!

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D
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place. The service was excellent. The staff is very warm and friendly. I loved the food and they even gave me a free dessert for my birthday!

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SM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The food was very average and the service was not good. There was a lot of staff around but no one seemed to have a defined role or assigned tables.

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SH
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice ambiance and staff. On time reservation.
Very good gazpacho. Food delivered on time.
Rest of meal was fine, no complaints but nothing special. Nice presentation

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KH
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to the Riggsby for the first time during Restaurant Week. The food was delicious! It is great for brunch with half price bottles of champagne. The spaghetti dish was absolutely delicious with so much flavor. Definitely going back!

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AZ
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends and I had Restaurant Week brunch at The Riggsby and highly enjoyed it. We all tried different things from the tasting menu and everything was great, especially the desserts! Service was very friendly - we never felt rushed, and they were accommodating to my friend with a dairy allergy.

I passed by The Riggsby in the past because I felt iffy about going to a hotel restaurant when there are so many new exciting places in the city, but it has a great ambiance and feels like a small, tastefully decorated tavern. Will definitely be back.

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AS
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff were caring and attentive when visiting for brunch with my partner to celebrate our anniversary, and even included a complimentary glass of sparkling wine. Food was excellent!

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OT
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service at table and food! Hostess needs some work, but everything else great!

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SC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food - try the salmon:-), great service, love the atmosphere

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B
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We ate there during restaurant week with thier special menu. We both had the salmon which was wonderful.

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MS
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Con: even after an Opentable reservation, we were told there was a “glitch” and had to wait approximately 20 minutes to get a table.

Pro: they gave us a complimentary cocktail.

The food was very good and the atmosphere was lovely.

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JF
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We hadn’t dined here in several months, but we had a superb meal. The roast chicken is excellent, as always, but the real star was the duck confit, which is a new addition to the menu.

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m
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A bit pricey but worth it. Great food and service. Halibut is great as well as the salmon. Salads are big, they can be an entry by themselves. Roasted chicken is a must to try. Chocolate cake for dessert is the best.

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W
New England
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Good was amazing and service was top notch! Great find!!

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T
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Many waiters at many times.. distracting and no continuity of service. My Branzino was not as juicy as I had hoped. Maybe because it was a Monday night.

Even the Caesar salad was not up to par for a restaurant as fancy as The Rigsby. My partner had the roasted chicken and he liked it very much.

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SF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Riggsby is a great place. The staff is friendly, attentive and professsional. The brunch food is great! I highly recommend the spaghetti. And they regularly update their cocktail menu.

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L
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful experience, as always. Introduced yet another friend to The Riggsby and it did not disappoint!!

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SL
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

CONSISTENTLY EXCELLENT FOOD , WAITERS, NEVER DISAPPOINT

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C
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, welcoming service and excellent food. One of the best places in DC to have a fine dinner with conversation.

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D
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Came for the lauded pancakes which were mediocre at best...luke warm with a strangely sandy texture. The rest of the food was lackluster. Another DC disappointment where the hype equals an underwhelming and overpriced event. On another note, I have had the cocktails here before and strongly recommend all the items on the classic cocktail menu.

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WL
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

Went for Sunday brunch. Food was good, the service better.

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T
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best food in Dupont, Logan or Adams Morgan today. A hidden Gem located at the Carlyle Hotel. Lively scene at bar, attentive service and creative cuisine offering great variety.
Strongly recommend.

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OT
Key West
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice intimate atmosphere with a unique and diverse menu ...a family reunion of sorts before seeing Hamilton at Kennedy center... and it was perfect for us

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J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious, drinks were great and service was superb!

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EG
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The surroundings at the Riggsby is delightful. The wait staff was informative and attentive to our needs. The food creative and thoughtfully prepared. Oh, and leave room for dessert, they are fabulous!

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D
Washington DC
64 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The verdict’s still out. The appetizer, smoked trout accompanied by beets and a horseradish sauce was great. The mussels just okay! A trip around the corner to Lauriol Plaza just may enlighten the chef on how to prepare well seasoned and memorable mussels (ijs). I will give the Riggsby another chance because of presentation alone!! Good job on presentation Chef!!

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M
Pittsburgh
88 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my niece and her beau to dinner and we had the halibut, the salmon and the pork chop. Everything was very delicious!

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great. Good good and reasonably priced.

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L
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a terrific breakfast. Can't wait to go back. The server was so nice too!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals we have had in a long time!! We will most definitely be going back!! Ps- Get the shrimp cocktail...amazing!!

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P
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoy dinning here every time I stay at the hotel in DC. The food is very good and reliable. Excellent service and good bar.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was mediocre. Service was ok.

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