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“Not Stellar” 4 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 #17 of 2,710 Restaurants in Washington DC
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Indian
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: New Hampshire & M Street
McLean, Virginia
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Not Stellar”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

Given all the accolades, not as stellar as expected. We did the pre-theater menu before going to the Kennedy Center. We had Achari Tikka and Malai Seekh Kebab appetizers, and Chicken Tikka Masala and Railway Lamb Curry as main courses. All were very good, but nothing outstanding. The best thing was an unexpectedly nice Chardonnay, Emphasis.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Roseville CA
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Excellent restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

Best Indian food I've ever had and best service experienced at any restaurant. I'm not generally a fan of Indian food, but booked a table at this restaurant because my sister had said it was the best food she had experienced in DC. It does not disappoint.

Visited May 2014
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Saint Simons Island, Georgia
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85 reviews 85 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 46 cities Reviews in 46 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“Wonderful evening of imaginative food!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

Last May I was in town and ate at the original Rasika. This year my wife was with me on the trip and we made a reservation at the west End location. A beautifully designed restaurant. Please be warned that both of these restaurants are so loved and busy that you should make a reservation about two weeks in advance. We enjoy grazing and advised our waiter that we wanted to sample dishes via appetizers and small dishes. The waiter was pleased that we asked for his counsel and became very helpful. We started with Cauliflower Bezule, roasted cauliflower seasoned in a way I have never experienced. I think my wife and I fought over the last few florets. We then ordered the Sea Bass Peri-Peri, a wonderful grilled fish and Mint Paratha, similiar to Naan, but with mint swirled into the dough, excellent! We followed with the Mango shrimp and Palak Chaat which is crispy spinach and like the cauliflower is not to be missed. We don't usually order dessert, but we did this time and were very pleased. We had the rice pudding which was good, but the Rose-Mango Kulfi was incredible! Our service was excellent and the restaurant and bar were extraordinarily busy. Don't miss this place!

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Boston, Massachusetts
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37 reviews 37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Love LOVE LOVE - My favorite in the US”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

I'm a foodie and a discerning foodie at that. My family and I were recently on a trip to DC and just stumbled upon this restaurant because it was near our hotel. We could not have made a better choice. It was a beautiful day to sit outside for a late lunch and our lunch was outstanding. We had the crispy spinach appetizer, chicken masala, butter chicken, and a few other items. I have to say it's the best Indian I've had in the US. We have family in DC, so no doubt we will make this our mainstay lunch. While it may not be what some are used to, it will exceed expectations on all fronts. Enjoy!

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Zurich, Switzerland
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Great Indian Grill, unexpectedly good wine list”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

Lived down the block of this place, so ate there often. Love the palak chat (sort of deep fried spinach). The wine list is special for an Indian restaurant with some great Shiraz, that go well with the food

Visited June 2013
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