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Foggy Bottom - GWU - West End
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2275 L St NW, Washington DC, DC 20037-1414 (23rd)
+1 202-730-2500
11:30 - 22:00
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Sun 10:00 - 21:00
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 22:00
Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Evanston, Illinois
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357 reviews
220 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A local restaurant that prides itself of instilling farm-to-table dining experience. The place is small enough that we can actually carry a conversation. The food and service were good. Our server was equally friendly. We enjoyed our dinner outing.

Thank Anne S
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Ris is a nice little neighborhood restaurant. The place is well managed is that's evident by the stable staff roster--not a lot of staff turnover seen here. The menu is sufficiently varied and the quality of the food is consistently good. Another great feature is that it is never completely full, so it's usually possible to just walk in and... More 

1 Thank THD0628
Hyattsville, Maryland
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

As a local, RIS is my go-to place for consistently fabulous food in a lovely atmosphere. Whether you dine at the bar (don't miss the wedge salad!) or experience a lovely evening at a table or enjoy brunch on the weekend, you will not be disappointed. RIS's signature Scallop Margarita starter is unique and delicious. The menu typically highlights the... More 

Thank ChefMonicat
Washington, DC
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444 reviews
263 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had brunch with an old friend here during restaurant week and we had a lot on which to catch up. Fortunately, RIS fit the bill, and more. The tables are nicely spaced and the ceiling appears to have noise cancelling panels, which is not that common in DC. Prices during restaurant week are terrific and afford the opportunity to... More 

Thank Decoamie
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86 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went on a weeknight and the restaurant was not very busy. So there really isn't any good excuse for why the service was so inattentive. I had to ask three times for a piece of lemon for my water, my dessert came 20 minutes after the coffee/other desserts and when it came time to pay the bill our waitress... More 

Thank Dneuburger
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59 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I went there last night for Restaurant Week. A lovely kale salad with cranberries, goat cheese, and sweet vinegar to set off the bitterness of the greens. And outstanding short rib dish with a touch of kimchi. The beef was done to perfection, most impressive. The dessert was a very good chocolate hazelnut torte with chai flavoring.... More 

Thank Jon F
Okatie, South Carolina
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went to the restaurant after the Women's March on Washington. My friend and I had a really good time there. The food was excellent. I thought the restaurant was very appealing. We sat in the bar area away from the regular dining area. The dinner we had was well prepared. The menu was quire varied, so there were many selections... More 

Thank Katherine_T2073654
Management response:

Hi! Thank you for your review. I am happy you enjoyed you time at RIS during the Women's March on Washington. More 

London, Canada
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120 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

A group who were in DC for a board meeting had dinner at RIS. As a vegetarian I found the options very limited. The main course offering was a large piece of cauliflower served on spaghetti squash. The squash was very tasty and the dinner was nicely plated but it was overwhelmed by the volume of cauliflower. The kale salad... More 

Thank Janice D
Morristown, New Jersey
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

Our hotel concierge recommended Ris for an early New Year's Eve dinner. Upon arriving we were seated next to a table with a toddler playing with the balloons hanging from the ceiling. Upon request, the manager graciously moved us to another table. Once seated, it was a long wait for someone to come by for our cocktail order. Our server... More 

Thank Beth P
Management response:

Good afternoon. I am so very sorry your experience at RIS was not what you expected, what we intended or what your concierge intended, especially on a celebratory evening. . My apologies go out to Mark as well. We please so very many guests and I would love to have the opportunity for you to experience what most people do... More 

Reston, Virginia
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199 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

We went to RIS before an event at the Kennedy Center and our experience was mixed. The food was wonderful but the service was horrible. We were promptly seated and then waited over 10 minutes before my wife went up to the maître d' and tried to ask him for help with our service. Unfortunately, he was on the phone... More 

2 Thank Kenneth J

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
American, International, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Television, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2275 L St NW, Washington DC, DC 20037-1414
  • Public Transportation: 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.
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Foggy Bottom - GWU - West End
  • Neighbourhood: Foggy Bottom - GWU - West End
  • Phone Number: +1 202-730-2500

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?