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RIS

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Foggy Bottom - GWU - West End
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2275 L Street NW, Washington DC, DC (23rd)
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.
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10:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Terrific food with service to match

Three of us tried a variety of dishes and enjoyed them immensely. The appetizers were very tasty (excellent salads) and the catfish I had was very imaginative with fried green tomatoes and shrimp. The server was a delight, and the wines excellent with plenty of by-the-glass-selections available. We... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
gillraynut
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Bethesda, Maryland
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
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Bethesda, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Three of us tried a variety of dishes and enjoyed them immensely. The appetizers were very tasty (excellent salads) and the catfish I had was very imaginative with fried green tomatoes and shrimp. The server was a delight, and the wines excellent with plenty of by-the-glass-selections available. We also had a bottle of red zin which was good value. One... More 

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Our reservations were for 5:15, but due to traffic congestion, we arrived 30 minutes late. The concierge seated us promptly and the service was excellent. Both my wife and I had seafood--I had the fish of the day, a grilled shark filet and my wife had the scallops. Both meals were very good. We had tickets to a show at... More 

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washington, D.C.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I recently ate dinner at Ris with a friend. We found both the food and the service to be excellent. I will add that it was a weeknight and fairly early (6:30 reservation), so perhaps that accounts for the good service. We both had fish for the main course - swordfish and branzino - both served with interesting accompaniments, and... More 

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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

We were there May 23rd for dinner. Ris was recommended by the concierge at the Fairmont. You will be delighted with the service and the food and don't forget to order the Bulleit Bourbon Manhattan. Memorable.

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Mequon, WI
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

RIS is a nice but large space with a very eclectic menu and as a result some things are clearly better than other with nothing overwhelmingly good or bad. The sashimi was fresh but no real flavor, while the mussels were good but not anything to write home about (or write about) and the ravioli app and pasta were ok.... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We live close to Ris and it is both a neighborhood gem and a destination restaurant. Pre Kennedy center meals are also recommended. The menu changes regularly and I have always found more than a handful of items I want to try. The service is excellent.

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Tampa. Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

I took a group of international visitors to the Ris for an American dinner. The ambiance is very pleasant for an early dinner experience. The menu was interesting with novel entrees. The crab cakes were the favorites of the evening but the Branzino disappointed. Drink prices and wines were on the high priced end of the scale. We were seated... More 

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McLean, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Food did not meet expectations. Crabcake was mushy and the chicken greasy. Service and ambiance were nice - but I was hungry! Skip and go somewhere else.

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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

the food was exceptional, imaginative [Jumbo crab cake; catfish with fried green tomato, grits; amazing large salads; excellent wine list]; friendly service albeit could use additional reception person; nice decor although a little

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Moorestown, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Menu not large but excellent and creative preparation of American dishes (steaks, seafood, chicken) and Specials in a sidewalk setting on a quieter corner of an otherwise bustling section of DC. Service is good, too.

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Additional Information about RIS

Address: 2275 L Street NW, Washington DC, DC
Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Foggy Bottom - GWU - West End
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
Cuisine: International

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2275 L Street NW, Washington DC, DC
    (23rd)
  • 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
  • Neighborhood: Foggy Bottom - GWU - West End

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
  • Price Range: $ $ $ $
  • Cuisine: International

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Bar scene, Romantic, Special occasions, Doing business
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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