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RIS - 16 Reviews - 2275 L St NW, Washington, DC - Online Reservations Reviews - Phone (202) 730-2500


2275 L St NW (at 23rd Street NW)
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 730-2500
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RIS - Washington, DC


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overall it's a good dine experience. nice for a date Pros: delicious food, kind service, beer and wine selection, ambience Cons: expansive, limited selection


I expected more out of the food at Ris considering the reputation of its founding chef. The service was extremely attentive and polite. Service was better than the food.

More walnuts please 12/10/2010

As for the restaurant, it was wonderful in many respects. The building outside was very modern and minimalist, yet classy with a simple sign. Since the evening was rather cold, I ordered hot chocolate as a way to heat the food. It certainly hit the spot. The chocolate was a darker variety, warmed with steamed, hot milk, perfect for sipping on a cold, winter evening. It came with 2 minty, square marshmallows. When you dunk the marshmallows, it just melts in your cup, swirling the perfect amount of sweet mint flavor My main meal was the Autumn Woods Pasta, one of the best dishes in this restaurant. Over all, I would say that the food here is really tasty. I can’t wait to come back and drink some more hot chocolate. more

great dine experience 10/7/2010

overall it's a good dine experience. nice for a date Pros: delicious food, kind service, beer and wine selection, ambience Cons: expansive, limited selection more

Good Service, OK Food 7/28/2010

I expected more out of the food at Ris considering the reputation of its founding chef. The service was extremely attentive and polite. Service was better than the food. more

Excellent Service, Excellent Food, Excellent Value 7/26/2010

Had brunch there on Sunday -- Excellent all the way around. Great food quality, with great recipes, and equally important -- the kind of service from wait staff that you expect from the Four Seasons. Will definitely be back soon. more

Lovely dinner with friends 6/12/2010

I have been meaning to try Ris and finally took friends last night. Had the orchetta with rock shrimp - fantastic. Our table was also delighted with the cowboy steak, scallop appetizer, snap peas and a delicious carrot cake roll. We will definitely come back again. more

Lunch with the girls! 5/19/2010

I went to Ris for lunch with some friends after visiting the Georgia O'Keefe exhibit at the Phillips. Ris was fabulous! Parking was convenient, but pricey. The food was wonderful -- especially the scallop margarita. I had the tuna sandwich which was also really good. I sent two other friends there a few weeks later and they had a similar experience. I will definitely make the trip again if only for the scallop margarita! more

Lovely experience 3/29/2010

I went to Ris for the first time last night for my birthday dinner and had a lovely experience. The atmosphere and decor are cozy and comfortable while still being chic. The service was friendly, attentive, and efficient, and the food was wonderful. Monday nights are meatloaf nights, and don't hesitate to get the special -- it was a perfect example of comfort food at its best. The mushroom pappardelle was also quite good, though needed a touch more salt. The mussels were plump and juicy in a delicious tomato, chorizo, garlic broth. Finally, the daily special dessert, a white chocolate mousse trifle with berries, was lovely. For the quality of the experience, the prices are quite reasonable. Looking forward to returning! more

Worth the wait 3/20/2010

Ris Lacoste's place lives up to her mission By Tom Sietsema Sunday, March 21, 2010 Things I never thought I'd see in my lifetime: an African American president, gay marriage and a new restaurant from Ris Lacoste. The last is an exaggeration, but not by much. During her 10-year run at 1789 in Georgetown, Lacoste became one of Washington's most prominent chefs and developed a large and loyal following. When she left the American classic at the end of 2005, it was to open a place of her own, she announced. And then, nothing. Oh, the chef would pop up at charity events or as a consultant now and then, and we'd get occasional progress reports, but it wasn't until December that she finally opened her eponymous restaurant under the same roof as the Residences at the Ritz-Carlton in the West End. Four years is a long time to keep people waiting for dinner. Expectations for, and from, Ris are sky-high. One spoon into a bowl of chowder -- thick with carrots, potatoes and two kinds of clams -- I'm pleased to see Lacoste, 54, back in the game. Not only does the roux-thickened appetizer summon the good old days at Kinkead's, the seafood stalwart where she cooked before 1789, but it sums up the chef's early mission statement for her new act. From the start, she told me several years ago, she wanted a "neighborhood joint" and a menu at once "rustic, elegant and mid-priced." Supporting her in the goal are chef de cuisine Ed Kwitowski, 42, the former executive sous-chef at Bistro Bis on the Hill, and pastry chef Chris Kujala, 45, previously with Potenza downtown. Another blast from the past at Ris is the seafood "margarita," a fire-and-ice signature from her menu at 1789. As before, the parfait fits in lime-marinated scallops, chilies, avocado and what tastes like a tequila snowball. You won't need a microscope to see what you're eating; Ris serves its food with a generous hand. Just about everywhere else, crudo is considered a light launch. Here, the plate of fish -- pastrami-cured salmon, glazed yellowtail and citrusy tuna -- is catch enough for two to share. On the subject of surf, the grilled octopus salad is very busy but also very tasty. Feta cheese, diced celery, cured lemon and tiny croutons all contribute to the cause. If something here sports a cover, order it. The rewards are rich, thanks to lard in the crusts. I'm talking potpies, filled with chicken or even fruit. Sweetly spiced pears, apples and raisins beneath a thin disk of pastry are an enormous pleasure enhanced by a scoop of rum raisin ice cream that melts from the heat. The light raft of meringue that more than garnishes Ris's wicked cheesecake, circled with blood orange sauce, is a sweet treat all its own. Who needs Mom (or a shrink) for comfort when they've got in front of them a grilled pork chop bursting with juices, or a butterscotch pudding tasting deeply of toffee? The thickly cut meat includes some winning sides: tangy collard greens and muffinlike cornbread pudding veined with apple bits. The silky dessert, served in a martini glass, is decorated with whipped cream and delicate chocolate tuiles that shatter in your mouth. (Like several items on the menu, that pudding has been tweaked since its grainy debut.) One of the liberating things about serving a modern American menu is the carte blanche it extends the chef; contemporary "American" cooking can be just about anything. Sure enough, Ris has almost as many accents in its repertoire as Meryl Streep. The Middle East is (well) represented by a lamb shank set off with pomegranate seeds and creamy labneh, while Italy is channeled with terrific gnudi: dumplings coaxed from ricotta, ringed with a tangy tomato sauce and crunchy with bits of sauteed prosciutto. There's a steak on the menu, but it's not anything like Morton's or the Prime Rib's. This cut, tender skirt steak, leans Latin with a fried egg on its surface, rice and fries on its side and stinging-hot peppers in its inky-black beer sauce. On a recent Tuesday, a waiter joyfully announced, "We're in France tonight!" He was referring to the evening's Gallic specials, including a souffle-tall cauliflower quiche flanked by a nest of biting greens and (mais oui!) a bouquet of golden french fries. Other nights of the week celebrate meatloaf (Monday), Italy (Wednesday) and rack of lamb (Thursday). It's challenging to do so much so well, and the truth is, Ris can underwhelm on occasion. Mushroom pappardelle is a bit of a wallflower among the entrees, and tangy lemon pot de creme comes with desert-dry madeleines. Whatever direction you follow, the food is delivered by people who have taken Lacoste's mantra to heart. They're a smart and neighborly bunch. Whether it's on the phone, at the door or pouring wine, the staff appears to enjoy taking care of you. Customers tend to either like or dis the interior, which opens with a bar, continues with a sea of closely set tables and goes off into different directions with small private dining rooms (the most attractive tables). "It looks like a Marriott," a friend weighs in as we're led to a seat in the far regions. Let's just say the palette is subdued, and aside from a tapestry here and a gossip item there (Kathy Griffin, Larry King and Dee Dee Myers have all been in), the food is what catches the eye. Lacoste, it turns out, wasn't just being a tease all this time. Ris stopped short of forever to open, but it showed up with an armful of treats when it did. * * * Insider Info: Ris rhymes with "this" and is an abbreviation of the top toque's name, Doris. more

Unbelievably bad service 3/17/2010

I wish that I could write a review of the food at Ris because I hear it's good but I never got served. My husband and I were very reluctantly sat at a table but a annoyed looking hostess and we then waited for 15 minutes for a server to approach us. When no one did, we left. The restaurant was nearly empty so this cannot be blamed on business, which as a waitress myself, I understand. But there is no excuse for not greeting a table within 15 minutes and I do not plan to return to Ris again. more

Solid Work in Progress 3/17/2010

Ris was aiming for a great neighborhood restaurant and she's getting close -- I've been going every couple of weeks since it opened and I would say it just gets better and tighter, both food and service. (There's no argument that the service was random early on but that's really not true now.) Ris seems to continue to tweak her set dishes and the wine list (which has some nice surprises on it at by-and-large decent prices). The nightly themed dishes on the nights I've been there have been uniformly good (lamb night, French night, etc). I love the appetizers - the carpaccio and the seafood margarita being my favorites. The chicken pot pic has great chunks of chicken and a terrific crust, the lamb shank falls off the bone. Try it all! more

Delicious 1/19/2010

The space was nice - not glorious, but pleasant. The wine list was a bit short, and bit expensive. The service was wonderful - attentive without being overbearing, polite, efficient. The food was outstanding. I want to return, over and over, until I have eaten everything on the menu. more

Unbelievably bad customer relationship 1/17/2010

I am a partner at a law firm nearby Ris, and tried to schedule a function there -- dinner for 20 people. After emailing the date and details to their function planner and spending hours of scarce time getting 20 lawyers to agree on a date and time, and meeting in person with her, after several "status check calls" with no response I was told today that "someone else who had called previously had booked the room" and therefore it is not available. Amazingly, I was never told that there was a question as to availability -- rather I was told that the room was available and reserved for us. Again this is how they treat a neighboring business trying to book 20 professionals one block away, who could be their best customers? more

Great Food and Addition to the Neighborhood 1/13/2010

What a refreshing addition to the neighborhood. No only is the food terrific and some of the best in the city, but the location is perfect complement for the growing residential component of the West End! more


My wife and I have actually dined at Ris twice once for lunch and dinner as well.Both meals were spectacular.Our food selections included the Sole Meunier chicken pot pie, Scallops the Braised shank and of course the Sundae. I thought the entire staff was extremely friendly but most importantly it was a relatively inexpensive every day place that you really didn't have to get all dressed up if you didn't want to but some people were and no one felt uncomfortable. We spent some time at the bar and could easily have dinner there.We gave the food an A+ mostly because it was familiar tasted great. It was a very easy menu to choose from.We colud go there 2-3 times a week very easily. more

Just What we and the West End Needed! 12/29/2009

It was a cold night in early December and my wife and I wanted to try out a new spot. We had heard that Ris was open, and was told that her food was all about Seasonal American Cuisine. Curious to what this meant, we wanted to taste the flavors of December and, WOW- Ris was able to deliver. From the Nantucket Bay Scallop Margarita to the Braised Lamb Shank, to the Coffee Almond Fudge Ripple Sundae with Toasted Marshmallows- the food was familiar yet inventive, comfortable and we felt wrapped in the happy and savory flavors of winter. The place was incredibly warm, appointed with beautiful furnishings and the service was very friendly and attentive. We have tried many places in DC, and Ris will be our new regular favorite. more

Beautiful Digs and Delicious Food 12/29/2009

On December 14th, 5 friends and I celebrated one of our birthdays at the just opened ris. Reservationist was most helpful in getting our group of 6 in on rather short notice. We were seated in the smaller side rooms, Sietsma says its the "State Room", I say it was cool; we were able to have a semi-private celebration! The waiter was excellent; quite expert in suggesting wines to go with the variety of dishes ordered. Several tried the scallop margarita, and same as me, raved about it. Everyone I know raves about the Lamb Shank. It was Monday, so I had the "special" meatloaf...NOT your mothers was delish, really hit the spot after a workday. Not room to say more, except I will be back! more
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  • Hours:

    Mon-Fri 11:30am-11pm Sat 10am-11pm Sun 10am-9:30pm
  • Neighborhoods:

    Northwest Washington, Northwest, West End