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“Good Food! Pretentious atmosphere” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Rasika West End

Rasika West End
1190 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington DC, DC
202-466-2500
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Ranked #16 of 2,700 Restaurants in Washington DC
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Indian
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: New Hampshire & M Street
Ashburn, VA
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Good Food! Pretentious atmosphere”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

Very good Indian food! We ordered 9 appetizers between me and my wife, rather than ordering entrees. That way, we got a good sampler of the various flavors available. From the Honey Ginger Scallops to Nimboo Sword Fish to the Avocado Banana Chaat to to the Palak Chaat (crispy spinach) and others. All were all well prepared and presented. The service was cordial, however, I felt insulted by the table we were given. We had a late lunch on a weekday and when we arrived the restaurant was relatively empty. The MaitreD asked us if we had reservations which we didn't, and upon what appeared a visual examination of us, he assigned us the worst possible table. I had taken the day off and was we were dressed very casual, but that is no excuse to be treated as second class citizens. We asked our waitress to give us another table, as so many were empty, and she did. I was prepared to leave the place if she hadn't. The MaitreD was snobby at best. I guess he prefers the K Street business account customers. My wife and I spent well over $100 for lunch, as I had taken the day off to celebrate my birthday. I love Rasika, but you pay a premium for the reputation and favorable reviews. There has to be equal or better Indian food closer to home, and I am researching alternatives for next time I am in the mood for it.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Top Contributor
94 reviews 94 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Didn't live up to its reputation”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

I'd heard so many excellent things about Rasika but ultimately I wasn't impressed. While the presentation and originality of the dishes was right on, I just didn't enjoy the tastes all that much. The dishes were all very heavy despite some of them being inspired by southern Indian cuisine. This restaurant isn't terrible but wasn't incredible either. The service was very good and the atmosphere was also pleasant.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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67 reviews 67 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Best Indian Restaurant in DC”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

Rasika is still the champ! And not only the best food in DC, but this place can rival anywhere in the world for best Indian food.
Every dish is spectacular, with an exceptional blending of spices, quality ingredients, and presentation. I prefer to go for several small dishes, with an entree or two for a small group if us. We had the palak (spinach) chaat, apparently a staple at Rasika. Wow! The minced chicken kabobs were outstanding, the tandoori salmon was perfectly cooked (ok, not as bold as other menu items), and the vegetable korma was so good we ordered a second. If you like it spicy, as I do, try the lamb shank, but keep the naan, rice, or Kingfisher handy because it is hot! Yes!!
Atmosphere is trendy, and you'll likely want a reservation. Service is friendly and attentive without being intrusive. I like it that way.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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VA
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205 reviews 205 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 62 cities Reviews in 62 cities
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
“Food Worthy”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

The major plus for Rasika is the wonderful food. We had a Rasika cocktail and tried several dishes. All were delicious. The cod entree was very nice. Desserts were also tasty and filling. The atmosphere is a bit busy and loud. It seems like a popular place even on a week night.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“yum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

the food was superb. The many flavors blended wonderfully. We had a Nebbiola wine that was light and went well with the food; and the cardamon ice cream is a must

Visited November 2012
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