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A neighborhood restaurant, serving seasonal American creations by chef Ris Lacoste.
Washington, DC 20037
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.
Dinner: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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.
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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
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 email@example.com to book your special event!
RIS Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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