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 - Friday

Lunch: 11:30am - 3:00pm
Late Lunch 3:00pm -5:00pm

Dinner: 5:00pm - 9:30pm

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

Saturday

Dinner: 5:00pm - 9:30pm


Sunday

Brunch: 10:00am - 3:00pm

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

Dinner: 5:00pm - 9:30pm

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

4.5

Service

4.3

Ambience

4.3

Value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (41)
Special Occasions (37)
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Quiet Conversation (34)
Good for a Date (29)
Good for Anniversaries (25)
Business Meals (25)
Creative Cuisine (25)
Comfort Food (21)
Good Vegetarian Options (19)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Pre/post Theatre (17)
Lunch (17)
Seasonal (15)
Cosy (15)
Group Bookings (14)
Local Ingredients (13)
Authentic (12)
Romance (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Brunch (10)
Healthy (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Tasting Menu (6)
Fun (5)
Casual (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Organic (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Vegan (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
High Tea (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Outdoor Eating (2)
Child Friendly (1)
Hot Spot (1)
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Live Music (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
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 (New Orleans)·Dined 3 days ago

Service was slow paced, but we enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere. We had intended to go to a free concert, but the meal was so slow we missed it despite giving ourselves over 1 and 1/2 hours to eat. Not a big deal though as there are lots of concerts and the food was excellent.

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on 14 January 2018

Enticing - and delicious - Sunday brunch menu, with a wide range of selections from a prix fixe menu. Associated selected teas and coffees are available and well served - altho rather pricy.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 13 January 2018

We had a wonderful first visit to Ris. Our server Karim was excellent and suggested the pre-theatre menu to us, which was amazing food and good value. Everything we had was perfectly seasoned and tasted great. We enjoyed a gin and house-made flavoured tonic from the Gin Mill, which was a nice take on the standard G&T. The ambience was just right for us ... elegant but not at all stuffy.

Tags: Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on 12 January 2018

Each visit to Ris is more wonderful than the last. We live in NYC but make a point of stopping in whenever we're in the area. This visit Ravi's gin menu was incredible and varied, Kareem was the perfect server, caring for each of us attentively and making sure we got what we wanted. Ris is a delightful host and inventive chef. Her French Onion Soup is such a fave we went back for a second bowl the next day before we left town! The hamburger (on the lunch menu) is truly the best I've ever had, and lamb roast (Thursday night special) was wonderful.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 11 January 2018

Ris has very good food for lunch and dinner. It is a low key setting where it's easy to talk business or talk with friends. The food is a classic menu but with good variety. there is a good wine list and a nice area to sit at the bar.

Tags: Business Meals, Comfort Food, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 10 January 2018

The chicken Milanese was great , the plate was balanced with flavours. It was simply delicious. it was rich but not heavy. It was refined rustic food at its best. It was to bad the desserts missed the mark for my taste

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 6 January 2018

We liked Ris so much we went back again a few nights later. In fact, I liked the Portuguese fish stew so much I had it both nights. My husband would've had the scallops again, too, but that special been replaced by a beef filet. He loved them both. Our friends were equally as happy with their dishes, and the two sides we shared, cauliflower and brussels sprouts, were terrific. The ambiance (especially, but not only, if you have a booth) is perfect for an evening of conversation with good friends -- an elegant and quiet but not intimidating dining room, thoughtful but not obtrusive service. We'll definitely go back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 5 January 2018

An evening at Ris is pure pleasure. The ambiance is inviting and sophisticated without being stuffy. The menu provides a beautiful selection of vegetarian, fish and meet dishes with a great children's menu that includes dessert. In addition there is a nightly special to dine upon. the service is always exceptional with a balance of friendliness and attention to detail. I highly recommend His. It never disappoints.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Kid-friendly
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 4 January 2018

Lovely lunch!! Excellent service!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 2 January 2018

Timing of the food was off and we had to wait about 45 minutes when we were literally the first table being served. All other diners appeared to be getting served in a more timely fashion.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 1 January 2018

My husband and I had New Years Eve Dinner here, and the food was amazing. He had the Linguine and scallops. I had the Fishman’s Bowl. Both plates had explosives taste. The seafood was fresh, and the pasta fluffy and handmade.
Highly recommend for you and yours to have a very well priced dinner.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on 1 January 2018

We enjoyed a fabulous meal to celebrate NYE. I had the Crown of Cauliflower which is one of the best vegetarian dishes I’ve ever had. It was amazing and I can’t stop thinking about it. The ambiance was terrific and the service was outstanding. I highly recommend RIS and would definitely eat here the next time we’re in DC.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 31 December 2017

The chef at RIS is excellent. I love the cauliflower dish. It is fabulous! I'm so glad RIS allowed us to order off their regular menu on NY's Eve so I had the french onion soup and the cauliflower entree and my husband ordered the tasting menu. The tasting menu was really great. Unlike many other restaurants that give very small tastes when they offer a tasting menu, RIS gave my husband two appetizers and then 3 entrees - the first was a mushroom crusted cod that came with 2 good sized pieces of fish. Then came the duck with stuffed pasta and there were several pieces of duck, cooked just right. Then came the lamb, which my husband said was also cooked just right - medium rare (not overcooked). Our waiter was also great! Even though I didn't order the tasting menu, RIS gave me a taste of the foie gras torchon appetizer (that came with the tasting menu) and they gave me and my husband a sorbet champagne dessert (which I hadn't ordered so I'm assuming it was also part of my husband's tasting menu). My husband and I don't care for champagne so we tried the sorbet and left most of it in the cup. When our waiter saw that we hadn't really eaten any dessert, we explained that we didn't care for champagne and he was super apologetic (even though it wasn't his fault). He then brought us a yummy dessert that was like a cake made out of pistachio and lemon ice cream. Thank you, RIS, for a lovely evening.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 31 December 2017

This was a repeat visit and we found the same delicious food & good service. Atmosphere allows for conversation and the staff did not rush us.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 31 December 2017

My date and always enjoy Ris very much. They always have a tasting menu for New Years Eve ans it is very reasonably priced at $100. We always enjoy Ris very much.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Live Music, Tasting Menu, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 31 December 2017

excellent service, great food, pleasant personnel....will return....very nice overall experience...

Tags: Cozy, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 31 December 2017

Everything was delicious, but the mushroom-crusted cod was outstanding, with the accompanying mushroom bread pudding a little slice of heaven. The Gin cocktail focus was fun - including extra special attention from the gin-enthusiast barman. Our go-to choice for a pre-Kennedy Center meal.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 31 December 2017

Service was less than stellar. Twice we were brought mussels that we didn't order. My daughter was given Brussels sprouts with bacon even after we ask if it was possible to have them without and confirmed that they were vegetarian when delivered to the table. Even though there were only about twenty people in the restaurant, we had to request a refill for our bottomless mimosa. Overall the food was quite good but didn't make up for the lousy service. We likely won't be going back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 28 December 2017

Service was attentive and friendly. Food was excellent

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on 27 December 2017

We were in D.C. for four nights and spent one evening dining at RIS. My Branzino was tender, my partner's rack of lamb was perfectly cooked rare to medium rare, the scallop Margarita appetizer was absolutely delicious, and the quiet atmosphere was a rare find. Our wait staff was also attentive and excellent.

I'm sorry we are leaving tomorrow or we'd have one more dinner at RIS!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 24 December 2017

Consistently reliable for high quality in all areas.

Wonderful food. Accomodating. Not too noisy for a restaurant of its quality these days. Pleasant ambiance and comfortable. Good all-around staff, e.g. reception, service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 24 December 2017

The best place for Christmas Eve's Feast of Seven Fishes! And food is consistently great any time of year.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 24 December 2017

Wonderful meal on Christmas Eve! Feast of 7 fishes was fantastic. And the a capella singers were a nice touch. Entire family really enjoyed it.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on 23 December 2017

Very nice meal and environment. I would have liked to had the waiter check back a bit more often, he was very good and engaging though.

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 20 December 2017

A very nice dinner: good food, pleasant helpful staff, nice ambiance. A lovely pre-KenCen dinner. Within walking distance to the Theater is a big plus. A few of the entrees [skirt steak and trout] were a little bit salty for our taste, but did not diminish our enjoyment. The cocktail menu is innovative -- we enjoyed our Vesper and Manhattan [perhaps not innovative, but well-made].

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 16 December 2017

Meal dragged on for two hours to serve only one round of drinks, appetizers and entrees. Waiter apologized for the delays, but no explanation or remedy. Restaurant was hardly full. Had to skip dessert in order to make a Kennedy Center show; waiter was surprised, but I don't know why.

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·Dined on 15 December 2017

We had the worst service I have ever experienced in a restaurant. It was difficult to get the waiter's attention, and after ordering we had not food after 45 minutes. When the food came, it was not properly heated or cooked. We were told there was a large party and the kitchen was backed up. We left at 3:00 after a 1:00 reservation.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 14 December 2017

Will definitely go back. Decor is very nice. Food and service are excellent.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Business Meals
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 14 December 2017

We often chose RIS with colleagues to have a lunch and business discussions.
Friendly staff, wonderful service and tasty food! Will be back soon.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Miami)·Dined on 13 December 2017

Love the brussel sprouts.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 6 December 2017

The food lived up to its' rave reviews on WETA's Check Please

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 6 December 2017

I had the kale brussels sprouts salad with grilled shrimp. It was delicious, but at $26, it was pricey.

Tags: Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on 6 December 2017

The place is really nice & food was good. I can not say the same about the server - he said he was new, and I'm not sure if they should keep him longer...

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 (New York Area)·Dined on 30 November 2017

Always a pleasure to dine at Ris. The food is at once creative and comforting, and service hospitable, and excellently professional! Thank you a lovely night out with friends!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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·Dined on 30 November 2017

I apologize for not remember the man's name, but our server was fantastic. He was personable, gave sage advise on the menu, and has impeccable instincts and/or observation skills as he was never intrusive or entirely absent.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 29 November 2017

High quality. Great salad choices for lunch. Service spotty though. Would still recommend.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on 28 November 2017

Our cauliflower meals were cold- all 3 of them. My two drinks were a very short pour for the price

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 (New York Area)·Dined on 27 November 2017

It was a quiet Sunday night. We decided to sit at a hightop in the bar, and the friendly bartender served us We ordered the chicken pot pie and the chicken Milanese. Both were superb. So were the ice cream and chocolate bourbon pecan pie. I can’t remember the last time I had such a satisfying meal.
Hope to return next time I’m in DC.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 26 November 2017

I've been here twice in the last few months. Each time everyone in our party was very impressed with the food. Great ingredients perfectly prepared. Creative without being fussy or complicated. Meets melt in your mouth, fish tender, don't miss the scallop martini appetizer or lamb meatballs !

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 26 November 2017

The food was excellent and the new menu items were wonderful, the wine was great and the honey bush tea was magnificent.

Tags: Cozy, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View
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