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2275 L Street NW, Washington DC, DC (Foggy Bottom - GWU - West End)
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Ranked #38 of 2,568 restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: International
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Foggy Bottom - GWU - West End
Cross street: 23rd
Transit: 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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89% Recommend
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San Diego, California
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84 reviews 84 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

We chose Ris as our last meal in DC for our vacation. The menu was full of creative and seasonal specials, so the decisions were tough. The Caesar salad was large and made fresh with tasty ingredients. The rillettes of rabbit came in small crock full of chunky meat in the style of a coarse pate and accompanied by pickled... More

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Mexico City
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

We went with a friend, and remembered we'd been once before years earlier. The quality of the food is really high. I had a seasonal Portuguese seafood stew that was beautifully prepared and delicious. My wife had fish with a nut sauce that she said was memorable. Service was really fine. Suitable for a very special occasion.

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96 reviews 96 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

Ate dinner with a friend. Table reserved but not ready, front desk distracted and service thereafter stayed scrappy. Food (artichoke soup and fish stew) and wine were both very good and, for Washington and quality, reasonable priced.

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Atlanta, Georgia
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

My wife and I went to RIS while we were in Washington DC to celebrate her birthday. I initially chose RIS due to it's good ratings and that it was within walking distance of our hotel. We had an early evening reservation and were seated promptly. Our waitress was prompt and very attentive to our needs. While we were not... More

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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Business lunch with 5 others. I had the simply grilled fish of the day which was mahi served with orange pistachio basmati rice sprinkled with pomegranate arils, wilted spinach and roasted sweet potatoes. It was perfectly seasoned and simply delicious.

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Silver Spring, Maryland, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

We had dinner there recently to celebrate our anniversary. The menu consists of appetizers, entrees, and small plates as well as a few special items for the day. There is also a fixed-prix tasting menu. My husband and I each had two appetizers and then split one dessert. The appetizers were plenty of food to satisfy us. I had a... More

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Rome, Italy
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42 reviews 42 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Went for a Business dinner and reception cocktail, great food, especially the entrees and appetizers ; good choice variety of wines, overall great experience good value for$.. Worth revisiting

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Burlington, Vermont
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

I was initially a little put off by what appeared as a cavernous dining venue. Decided to give it a try as the menu looked interesting on line. We were not disappointed! We ate at the bar, our favorite spot in almost all restaurants. The menu offered everything from a tasting menu with 7 courses to a nightly special, at... More

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Strasbourg, France
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

I went for Sunday brunch. They have an $18 bottomless mimosa. The original mimosa was great but the pear mimosa was better!! I also ordered a belgian waffle that was delicious. The service wasn't great but it was pretty good. However, after paying our bill (but we still sat there talking) no member of the staff came back to refill... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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53 reviews 53 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

Nothing wowed me there beside the location & the fine service. Food is very good but you pay there for the area & the ambience. The happy hour also is on the expensive side. Nice place. I would visit again if I had to otherwise, it is overpriced especially when it comes to wine.

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