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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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Redding, Connecticut, USA
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490 reviews
380 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Upon arrival, the hosts are professional, but not very warm. The room is rather cold. It could certainly benifit from some artwork, some white tablecloths, some nice music, some lower lights, and some nice aromas. It was not crowded on a Tuesday at 7:30, when every other resturant I looked at seemed filled. It was not overly noisy, which I... More 

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Alexandria, VA
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1,602 reviews
832 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 515 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

A wise choice for our family Easter brunch again this year, RIS is a standout among restaurants in Washington. The 2-course brunch menu was terrific with a number of appetizers that set the stage for a host of traditional and creative entrees. We chose a strawberry salad and a bowl of carrot soup to start the meal followed by two... More 

Thank jeffl499
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30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not quite French haute cuisine, not quite French country, with a little Mediterranean note. Thoughtful menu, with some lovely, different choices, something to appeal to anyone. Thoroughly enjoyed everything we had.

Thank Moe N
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47 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

RIS is elegant without being stuffy. The food is excellent American/ bistro style food. This was my second time visiting RIS while i am in town on business. They did not disappoint. Last night we had the meat and potatoes chef's choice. It may have been one of the best cooked beef tenderloins ever. I also recommend the Thai fried... More 

Thank rezzie2
Great Falls, Virginia
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lamb chop was the best we have ever had. And for dessert, the butterscotch pudding is absolutely amazing. A must have.

Thank DBoedicker
Westford, United States
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food was good, the service was very good. The place was big, but only had one other customer when I arrived. However the Hostess asked if we had reservations, LOL! I looked around and said no, but I assumed she could find a seat for us:)

Thank vonettah2017
New York City, New York
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56 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We ate here for a family birthday celebration. The food was amazing and beautifully prepared. The service was attentive but not intrusive and we never felt rushed. It was a bit on the higher priced side, but everything we tasted was delicious. The salads had some of the freshest ingredients for a salad that I've ever had, the lamb was... More 

Thank C S
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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52 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a neighborhood restaurant for me when I can't get in to or don't feel like Rasika West End, Blue Duck Tavern and Cafe Deluxe. Ris is easy. The food is varied and very good. It's the same food at the bar and it's a friendly nice bar. There are also tables in the bar area. You see people... More 

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risdc2017, Public Relations Manager at RIS, responded to this review

Thank you for review! We love to host people in our neighborhood. Please join us again soon! More 

Arlington, Virginia
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482 reviews
254 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 236 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017

RIS is a farm-to-table type of restaurant, with "cut of the day" and similar features for its various meat and fish dishes. The setting, though, is more fine dining than weathered wood tables that seem more typical for farm-to-table fare. There's not a large menu here, but there's a lot of variety, with lots of daily specials and fish, chicken,... More 

Thank Brendan S
risdc2017, Public Relations Manager at RIS, responded to this review

Hi, Thank you for the great review! We hope to see you back again soon! More 

Santa Fe, New Mexico
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95 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

We used to like Sat/Sun brunches at RIS. We noticed the dining hall was dated and in need of renovation, but service was usually good and so was the food. We didn't visit for a while and just went back a couple of weekends ago. What a disappointment. The room is still in desperate need of renovation but in addition... More 

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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, Vegetarian Friendly
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
Business meetings, Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
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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