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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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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
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Bar scene
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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    Very good
  • 26
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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
Most recent review
Excellent

This place is dependably superb. Fantastic dishes and excellent wine list. Very knowledgeable staff. Spacious and comfortable too. One of the rare places where you will be able to have a conversation.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
Crescent2015
via mobile
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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262 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

This place is dependably superb. Fantastic dishes and excellent wine list. Very knowledgeable staff. Spacious and comfortable too. One of the rare places where you will be able to have a conversation.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

I hadn't been in DC a while but had to visit for a work trip. A (generous!) old friend took my brother and me here, and it was lovely. The feel bordered on highly formal (with a lot of older patrons and knowledgeable servers, well versed on both the food and wine), but it wasn't pretentious or stuffy. The three... More 

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Brookfield, Connecticut
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

I went here for a business dinner and was treated to a delicious dinner. A fresh, crisp Caesar salad was the perfect way to start my meal. My friends had the Brussel salad and others had the green salad and each one was fresh and plentiful. My entree of braised beef shorty ribs was tender and perfectly seasoned. I asked... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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110 reviews 110 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

I've gone full cycle here - I live around the corner, so I've been here many times. At first I didn't much like it - then I warmed to it - now I've given up on them. They used to have a three course seasonal business lunch that was quite nice. They've gotten rid of that - not sure why.... More 

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East Windsor, New Jersey
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74 reviews 74 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

I had the tomato soup and grilled cheese of the day. Tomato soup does not sound exciting but this one was superb, a drizzle of olive oil and a delicious molten cheese floating in the middle. And the grilled cheese sandwich was cheese and a baked fish. Delicious, and huge. I went in hungry and could not finish the sandwich.... More 

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Woodbridge, Virginia
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156 reviews 156 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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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177 reviews 177 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 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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121 reviews 121 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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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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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