About RIS

A neighborhood restaurant, serving seasonal American creations by chef Ris Lacoste.

2275 L Street NW
Washington, DC 20037
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Dining style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Contemporary American

Hours of operation:
Monday - Thursday

Lunch: 11:30am - 5:00pm

Dinner: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

"Rush Hour", our Happy Hour, is available from 4 to 7 pm.

Saturday

Dinner: 5:00pm - 10:00pm


Sunday

Brunch: 10:00am - 3:00pm

Late Lunch: 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Dinner: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Our pre-theatre "Marquee Menu" is available daily from 4 to 6:30pm.

Cross street:
23rd

Dress code:
Business Casual

Price range:
$31 to $50

Payment options:
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone number:
(202) 730-2500

Website:
http://risdc.com/

Catering:
RIS Catering offers corporate deliveries, dinner and drinks in your home, holiday parties, weddings and more!

For more details contact Erin Socia-Hernandez at 202-730-2507 or at erin@risdc.com

Parking Details:
Parking is available at the Ritz Carlton "selfpark" on 22nd and M. With validation guests will pay $10 for a maximum of 3 hours. We also validate for the PMI garage on 24th and M beneath the Westin. With validation, guest will pay $10 for the PMI garage.

Public Transport:
From Foggy Bottom Metro (Orange and Blue Lines)

1. As you exit the Metro, turn left onto 23rd Street.
2. At the traffic circle, take the 5th exit and continue on 23rd Street.
3. Walk one block.
4. Turn right at L Street NW.

RIS will be across the street on the left.

Executive Chef:
Ris Lacoste

Private Party Facilities:
RIS has three beautiful spaces to host every event from business meetings to rehearsal dinners. We are also available for buyouts.

Private Party Contact:
Heather Small: (202) 730-2509

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
RIS offers three beautiful private dining spaces for every occasion from business dinners to wedding rehearsals. The State Room is our smallest and most intimate dining room, seating a maximum of 10 guests. The Federal Room seats up to 35 guests, and comfortably accommodates up to 45 for a standing cocktail reception. The Main Dining Room accommodates 40 guests, and when coupled with the adjacent State Room, seats to 50 diners. We also have other options for group dining, including two banquettes that seat up to 16 guests. For more casual receptions, the Cafe area next to our bar is a great location for a standing cocktail reception. Contact Heather Small at events@risdc.com to book your special event!

RIS Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.4

Service

4.3

Ambience

4.3

Value

4.1

Noise

Quiet

94% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (33)
Neighbourhood Gem (29)
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Quiet Conversation (26)
Special Occasions (25)
Creative Cuisine (24)
Good for a Date (23)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Local Ingredients (18)
Good Vegetarian Options (15)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Lunch (13)
Healthy (12)
Bar Seating (12)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Brunch (11)
Cosy (11)
Group Bookings (11)
Comfort Food (10)
Romance (10)
Authentic (9)
Casual (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Outdoor Eating (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Seasonal (8)
Fun (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Happy Hour (6)
Disabled Access (5)
People Watching (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Organic (3)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Quick Bite (2)
High Tea (1)
Child Friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Hot Spot (1)
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·Dined on 15 October 2017

Ris was disappointing. Food was not well plated- more dumped on the plate. Chicken was burnt and waiter didn't respond well to this being pointed out. The manager did handle it well. Overall it was OK but it promised more.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 15 October 2017

Had a wonderful time as always; I recommend RIS to anyone looking in that area for a solid and yummy brunch experience with excellent service.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Romantic, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 15 October 2017

I cant understand how this place is still in business. It is terrible. The food is ok, portions for the cost is absurd and the service is awful

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on 7 October 2017

The entree was more than sufficient to eat. Had I known how large the salad was I would not have ordered it. Lamb chops were excellent for Saturday night Date Night Special.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on 4 October 2017

We were looking for a good recommendation for a restaurant within walking distance of our hotel. RIS was on every list we received and now that we had a chance to experience RIS we know why. Excellent!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on 2 October 2017

I had one of the best meals I've had in a long time at RIS. The scallop margarita appetizer was amazing, with balanced delicious flavors that made me slow down to savor every bite. I followed that with the Pepita crusted salmon, which was equally spectacular. The combination of flavors and textures was exquisite, and here too I found myself slowing down to savor (and rave!) over every bite. I don't live in DC, but next time I get there I will definitely put RIS on my must-do list.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 1 October 2017

We went to RIS for a birthday brunch. We have had brunch here a couple of times and always enjoyed the experience. However RIS has gone downhill in both the caliber of the food and the service. Their brunch menu has fewer options and our order was finally taken about 30 minutes in because of the slow bar service. Every course was served with about thirty minutes on average in between and we had to asked for the service of desserts. It pretty much ruined the experience. We sat down at 1 pm and finally got out of there at 3pm And this was with hardly anyone in the restaurant!

We will not be back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on 24 September 2017

Shrimp and grits were delicious and so was the bread basket of sweets.. the gazpacho was so refreshing! Great brunch!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 22 September 2017

I love RIS and have been going there for years. Lately it seems like the menu choices have been shrinking and the prices have been growing - by a lot. Our server Karim was wonderful, shout out to him. Good wine choices. I think I prefer the RIS of 3-5 years ago to the RIS of now. (I know it's her signature dish but $45 for rack of lamb seemed over the top.)

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 21 September 2017

The cut of meat was too fatty and fibrous. Really disappointing for a $28 lunch entree.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 19 September 2017

As always, RIS provided us with delicious food. I've sung the praises of the chef/s there for years and have spent some very special occasions there. This visit, however, was beyond disappointing in terms of service. I haven't had such an apathetic attitude from a hostess and server in quite a long time, especially at such a highly regarded restaurant. It took 18-20 minutes for our server to even acknowledge our presence at our table. She did not take our drink order until those 20 minutes had passed, let alone make us feel welcome. She simply announced when she finally came by that "she was ready now". Really? I would have hoped that even after such a delay, she would have at least apologized and doubled her efforts, but she was apathetic at best to us most of the evening. It is not good business practice at a higher end restaurant to just go through the motions as a server, because you know that in the end your tab will be high (we were a table of 4) and you will undoubtedly receive 20% gratuity regardless. At a place like RIS, when the food is so stellar, it is very disappointing that we'd receive anything but top notch service as well. It left such a bad impression that I don't know if I will return any time soon, even though I think the food is fantastic. Patrons like to feel like they matter, not that they are just warm bodies at a table.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 19 September 2017

Ris remains one of my favorite restaurants in Washington. Food is invariably imaginative and delicious, service friendly and solicitous. Has maiintained if not increase standards over the four years or so I have been dining there. Dennis Blair

Tags: Business Meals
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 18 September 2017

I've eaten at Ris many times. It has never disappointed. Great variety. Cauliflower main dish was awesome. Nice variety in fish and meat as well. Solid all around!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 17 September 2017

Something has gone wrong at Ris. We have been regulars there for 8-9 years but the service was poor, food bland, no bread offered, and totally a downer on a recent Sunday evening. New chef? Saving money? I don't know but we won't be back soon.....

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on 17 September 2017

Not really worth the $$$ for brunch. Service was friendly. Food decent but not "wow." For a $90 brunch I want "wow" accompanied by toe tapping and a hum of happiness.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on 15 September 2017

Second time there and as good as the first. Food was spectacular, wine was phenomenal, and service above average. We will return!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Houston)·Dined on 14 September 2017

While on a business trip outing with friends, we took advantage of the great weather by sitting outside on the patio. The oysters were fabulous....so good that we wanted a second round but learned they had run out. Two of us ordered the spaghetti and meatballs, which was Wednesday's special.....it tasted just like my Italian grandmother's cooking. Would definitely go back!

Tags: Late-night Find, Authentic, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 13 September 2017

Always a pleasure. Good food, good value, great place to dine with friends.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, People Watching, Disabled Access, Paleo Friendly
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 12 September 2017

We go to Ris often as it always has a creative menu and it is darn good. I volunteer at the airport and frequently recommend Ris for people staying nearby. It has never let me down.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Disabled Access, Business Meals
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on 11 September 2017

Excellent meal and excellent service. Our server was wonderful but I don't remember his name. He was a bartender who was just serving for the evening to help but was charming! Loved it!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 11 September 2017

This is a favorite of ours. We went to celebrate my husband's birthday and ended up having meatloaf, the daily special, which one would not think of as a special meal. It was, however, delicious and we enjoyed every bite. A tribute to a restaurant who can make meatloaf a great meal!

Service is always good here and it is a very pleasant place to have a dinner or lunch. A very nice place to have in your neighborhood.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 11 September 2017

Excellent meal, as always. Business lunch with guests from Germany.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 31 August 2017

Ris has continually proved good food in a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere. We enjoy the dining room and the outdoor patio. A good selection of small plates and interesting entrees. Friendly and knowledgeable servers are also a plus. We have filled Ris from Nantucket to every place she has worked. Having her own place has only built strength upon strength. We recently took advantage of allowing dogs on the patio every Thursday. It was great fun.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Quick Bite, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 20 August 2017

We've heard and read about RIS for a long time and have attended presentations by Ris Lacoste. We finally dined at RIS and concluded that all the favorable hype is true and well deserved. Our initial impression was the quiet, gracious efficiency of the staff, and the comfortable and stylish restaurant design and open space among the tables. We appreciated that the Restaurant Week menu was standard and not scaled back, and there was an accompanying wine promotion. Our waiter David was attentive, informative, and helpful without hovering. All menu choices were unique and interesting. The mussels appetizer was tasty, as was the salmon selection my wife enjoyed. For old times sake, I chose the traditional Sunday feature: fried chicken, mac and cheese, and collard greens comfort food - all excellent. Overall, RIS integrates a great menu and food, superb service, and excellent restaurant design. We strongly recommend.

Tags: Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on 20 August 2017

Truly appreciate the limited background noise as a few diners have hearing challenges. For one of the couples it was their first dining experience at Ris and restaurant week was the perfect time--they both loved it!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 20 August 2017

The restaurant week brunch was outstanding. We'll be coming back!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 19 August 2017

The food was excellent. The service impeccable. Overall, my favorite experience this restaurant week.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 19 August 2017

I recently dined at RIS for restaurant week and have been there many times. The food is creative and consistently excellent. On this last occassion we received menus with personalized Happy Birthday greetings on the menu along with a complimentary dessert with a candle. At all times the service is excellent. Favorite appetizers include Fried Green Tomatoes, Mussels, Am. Red Snapper Crudo & Tomato Tart.Great entrees are the Roasted Rack of Lamb, any fish especially the Crispy Fried Whole Snapper. I love the Butterscotch Pudding and the Bittersweet Chocolate Semifreddo with candied hazelnuts and blackberry coulis. Ris often visits your table and she's lovely.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Afternoon Tea, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 19 August 2017

Great as always, mussels (opener) were the best I have had in a long time anywhere. Restaurant Week menu was excellent, many choices to chose from. Consistently gets better year after year. Our favorite restaurant in DC.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 18 August 2017

Dining at Ris is always a pleasure.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 17 August 2017

The food was amazing!!!! Every dish was exceptional and I would definitely recommend this place to others. However, the service was incredibly slow from beginning to end. Prepare for a delicious but lengthy evening.

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·Dined on 17 August 2017

My friend and I were seated in the women's ghetto section, noisy and no tablecloth. We asked to be moved and we were accommodated. Waited a fairly long time for a menu. Only good thing is they had the full menu for restaurant week. My food was decent not more but my friends was basically not good. We had to ask for bread. Never could figure out who was our waiter as there were 3-4 different people we hailed when we needed something. Not a good experience.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 15 August 2017

Food was excellent. One of the best meals I have eaten at Ris and I have eaten there many times. Definitely one to try in the West End.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on 15 August 2017

I have always loved the food there and this most recent visit for lunch was everything I would hope for. Excellent service, excellent food, beautiful venue, what more can you ask for? Both of us ordered a three-course lunch with wine and everything, including the wine, was delicious. Chef Ris herself was at the door on the way out and we had a brief but very pleasant conversation. I told her that I would be letting people know how much we enjoyed our experience and I am!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Fun, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Seasonal, People Watching, Healthy, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on 15 August 2017

Enjoyed the D.C. Restaurant week.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 15 August 2017

Went to Ris with friends from work for Restaurant Week. The food was delicious, as always, but service was a bit off. It took forever for our desserts to come, while we watched the rest of the restaurant empty. There was no explanation. So, I have no idea what the problem was.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 15 August 2017

The food was very good and portions were very generous. The service was slow even though the restaurant did not seem to be very full. The server never acknowledged or apologized for the slow service. . Other than that, it was a good experience.

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 14 August 2017

Outstanding! Food was interesting and delicious!
It was a great "D.C. Restaurant Week" pick.
We'll be back.

Tags: Cozy, Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 14 August 2017

Our server was very knowledgeable about both the menu and wine selections. The first course was excellent, the entree was good not great. I will definitely go back!

Tags: Business Meals, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 13 August 2017

Love the Huevos Rancheros on Sunday brunch. And, ohhhh, the scallop margarita at other meals.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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