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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: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Late Night, Reservations

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    Very good
  • 26
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  • 4
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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
Thursday night

Table outside, waitress sold us on the rack of lamb very tasty. Good attentive service. Lots of choice for desert.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 16, 2015
Michael G
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Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
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271 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Table outside, waitress sold us on the rack of lamb very tasty. Good attentive service. Lots of choice for desert.

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Richmond, Virginia
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328 restaurant reviews
400 helpful votes 400 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

This was our first time trying this restaurant and I have to say both me and my husband were very impressed. Most people were smartly dressed ,some had jackets, some didn't needless to say it was a very relaxing atmosphere. We ordered a cheese board for an appetizer and my husband ordered a spinach salad also.Both were extremely good For... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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30 reviews 30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Terrible Martini at 13,5$, food just ok, service very bad. Bartender that completely ignores you, waitress that you don't see so you get your mains before you have an opportunity to order some wine and when you go to the rest room at the end of your meal you get back to a table that is set anew from the... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Recently celebrated our friend's birthday at The Ris where we ordered rib eye steak, rack of lamb and halibut. We enjoyed them all and they're just the right amount of food for each of us. Their beet salad with grapefruit was delicious and full of flavors. I had mint chocolate chip ice cream for dessert which is just average. I'd... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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19 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

I love the location of the place. The food menu varies very periodically so you can get a try of a few different items here and there. Service and drinks are on point!

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Luxembourg
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132 reviews 132 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

I've been here before, and eaten well but wasn't happy with service. This time, with friends, again extremely good food - I worked right through the tasting menu - and the service was knowledgeable and extremely attentive, in fact a little too much so for my European taste. A few more minutes between some of the courses would have worked... More 

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Alexandria VA
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227 reviews 227 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

I've been to RIS several times, but before on a weeknight. Being something of a geezer, I prefer the noise level and relative relaxation at most places during the week. RIS is no exception. But is was a Friday night during the cherry blossoms so I'll give them a break. But it was fairly loud and if you weren't ready... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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38 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

and despite their getting a snail service award, which didn't sound promising, i think the service is better, as "Corbie" was on her game. i think the vegetables and burger combo, if not a combo, worked well together. A woman at the next table found the Easte sunday brunch menu to be a lot for her to fathom, but i... More 

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Alexandria, VA
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370 restaurant reviews
312 helpful votes 312 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Our annual trek for my daughter's birthday did not disappoint. The food was exceptional, the service excellent and the ambience just right. We ordered tuna sashimi and scallops Margarita to start the meal, both creative in taste and appropriate for setting the stage for generous entrees. The Gemelli pasta was deliciously filling and the wild halibut (atop mashed potatoes and... More 

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5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

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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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: Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Bar scene, Doing business, Romantic
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?