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RIS

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Foggy Bottom - GWU - West End
International
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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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11:30 am - 11:00 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: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Bar scene
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 142
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    Very good
  • 25
    Average
  • 4
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  • 4
    Terrible
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
Most recent review
Very nice upscale restaurant

Business dinner for four. (If you are really going to do business, ask for a "quiet table"... it can get noisy during peak hours. We had one in the corner near the back and it was fine.) Staff kept in touch with us, wine was adequate. There is a bar as you come in on the right in while you... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 16, 2015
R K
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Woodbridge, Virginia
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Woodbridge, Virginia
Top Contributor
152 reviews 152 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Business dinner for four. (If you are really going to do business, ask for a "quiet table"... it can get noisy during peak hours. We had one in the corner near the back and it was fine.) Staff kept in touch with us, wine was adequate. There is a bar as you come in on the right in while you... More 

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Ris did a great job making a bday brunch special with a yummy plate of desserts and a candle. Nice touch and consistently yummy food.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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167 reviews 167 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

We dined here with friends recently and as I note in my headline while its nice and I would definitely return I also felt there were some issues it needs to address. We had a nice table in the corner but had we been in the middle of the dining room we would have been subjected to the combined noise... More 

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Chicago
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107 reviews 107 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Went here for a recent business dinner. Four of us enjoyed very attentive service, and a wide selection of entre offerings. Two of us had the special fish of the day -- fresh trout. It was amazing, served with sautéed spinach and sweet potato wedges. One of my colleagues had the salmon and another enjoyed yet another fresh fish option.... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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43 reviews 43 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

We had a gathering of 8 people and had some fabulous venison. One of the best I have ever had. The place has real charm and good quality. Not cheap.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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52 reviews 52 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

So i decided to visit with hopes to get a great fish dish since I have heard many great things about RIS. When we sat, the table of 4 next to us all ordered burgers -they looked so good. So, my taste for fish was overcome by burger and fries. The burger was well worth it.

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Pennsylvania
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85 reviews 85 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

We chose this restaurant based its high TA ranking for DC restaurants, and the food and dining experience, while good, were not on a par with similarly ranked restaurants in other major cities. The Portuguese seafood stew, at $34 dollars, was well seasoned, but contained a few mussels and clams, a small piece of fish and only one shrimp. It... More 

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pneb
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

We went here at the recommendation of our hotel concierge. While the ambience is very pleasant here, the food was disappointing. Our group of four ordered the ribeye, branzino, and short rib dish. The rib eye was very tough, the short rib dish flavorless, and the branzino just ok. With one bottle of wine and no dessert, the tab was... More 

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Washington, DC
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138 reviews 138 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

We went with another couple on a Saturday night at 7 and asked to be seated in the quiet back room. As a result, we were the only ones in the room through our appetizers and the room never got too loud to hear one another. This was a great decision as we could hear loud and raucous laughter from... More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

This was the second New Year's Eve we have spent at RIS. We really enjoy going there. The food is wonderful and while they acknowledge the fact that it is NYE it doesn't take away from their standard menu and well prepared food. We also like it for non-holiday dininig.

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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
  • Cuisine: International

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?