Tickets still available for June.  

We've teamed up with our talented restaurant friends in the neighborhood to offer diners a unique experience... four courses with a beverage pairing in four different restuarants.  The opportunity is available just for 12 diners every Wednesday.  While we have sold out for April and May, June tickets have just been released and there are a few seats still available.  The June experience will start with hors d'oeuvres at West End Bistro, an appetizer at Blue Duck Tavern, an entrée at Marcel's and dessert at RIS.  Each dish will showcase the Chef's talent and the beverage director at each location has selected the perfect pairing to match.  At only $100 per person (excluding gratuity and tax), it's a wonderful value as well. 

Grab your seat before it's too late! 

By Leah on May 8, 2014

Our neighbors at West End Cinema are showing a sneak preview screening of the movie "Chef" this Tuesday, May 6th at 7pm.  The film will be followed by a simulcast national Q & A with Jon Favreau.  Tickets can be purchased here, and as good neighbors they are offering a $3 discount when you enter the promo code RIS!  


CHEF stars Jon Favreau (Swingers, Iron Man) as Chef Carl, who quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner (Dustin Hoffman), and is left to figure out what's next. Finding himself in Miami, he teams up with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara), his friend (John Leguizamo) and his son to launch a food truck. Taking to the road, Chef Carl goes back to his roots to reignite his passion for cooking -- and zest for life and love. Starring Jon Favreau, Dustin Hoffman, John Leguizamo, Sofia Vergara, Oliver Platt, Bobby Cannavale, Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson. CHEF was the opening night film at this year's SXSW Film Festival!


Stop by RIS before the show! Our pre-theater "Marquee Menu" is only $35 for 3-courses, or enjoy small plates at the bar - our Rush Hour specials are only $4-$6.30 and available from 4pm to 6:30pm. 



By Leah on May 4, 2014

We still have a few tables available for tomorrow! Join us for brunch from 10am to 3pm, late lunch from 3pm to 5pm and dinner from 5pm to 9pm.  A special four course menu will be available beginning at noon in addition to our à la carte menus.  Our pastry chef is putting the final touches on the Easter cookies and our staff are busy dying eggs and filling the house with Spring flowers.  Our famous carrot cake roulade and hot cross buns will also be on the menu.



Carrot Ginger Soup

Spring ambrosia



Spinach, Arugula and Strawberry Salad

strawberry balsamic dressing, goat cheese and toasted almonds



Roasted Lamb Shoulder

asparagus, lemon mint sauce, creamy feta potato gratin

and roasted cippolini onions



Easter Egg Flan

in a sweetened nest with chocolate cream and coconut sorbet



Available 12pm - 9pm on Easter Sunday, April 20th.


By Leah on April 19, 2014

Thank you for your support in Washington City Paper's "Best of DC" 2014 Readers' Poll. We feel so loved!  We received runner-up in 5 categories!  They are: Best Restaurant, Best Chef, Best Private Dining Space, Best Contemporary American Restaurant and Best Downtown Lunch




By Leah on April 16, 2014

If given the choice, Chef Ris always prefers to go directly to farmers markets or specialty markets to shop tangibly.  The purpose is not only to obtain the best quality ingredients that are locally sourced, but also to continue building upon decades of relationships she has developed with local farmers and vendors.   Acquiring our rotating selection of delicious cheeses is no different.  Twice a month, Chef Ris drives to Arrowine in Arlington, Virginia to select cheese with Arrowine cheesemonger, Perry Soulos.  As Chef Ris has seen how much Perry knows and loves his craft, it was no surprise to find out Perry has recently been named the nation's best cheesemonger after winning first place at the 2014 Cheesemonger Invitational held in San Francisco in January.  The testing rounds included lengthy multiple choice tests, a blind taste test, cutting, pairing with foods, wrapping, selling and sign making.  Perry competed against 50 of the best cheesemongers in the country. Congratulations, Perry, we're so happy for your win!  The cheese menu at Ris offers four selections, rotating daily.  

By Leah on April 15, 2014

The Elizabeth Dole Fellows dined at RIS Wednesday evening while in DC to raise awareness for Military Caregivers.  The Elizabeth Dole Foundation announced this week the formation of the National Coalition for Military Caregivers. The purpose of the Coalition is to gain support for America's hidden heros - the thousands of family members and friends who provide emotional and physical support each day to our nation's military and veterans.  To read more, visit the Elizabeth Dole Foundation website.  

By Leah on April 12, 2014

For the month of April, we were determined to escape the long winter and bring on the warm weather cuisine. The result brings menu selections you may find on sun baked terrains during spring break, such as ceviche and key lime pie.  And then there's the wild side representing our efforts to serve locally sourced and sustainable foods as best we can.  The "RIS Gone Wild" half of the menu showcases buffalo style sugar toads, a local blow fish found in the Chesapeake Bay, and Wild Rockfish, those gorgeous huge rocks that Winter/Spring here in the Chesapeake, Spring/Summer in the Hamptons and Summer/Fall in Nantucket where they are known by their alias, Striped Bass.
The three-course menu, listed below, includes two options for each course and is only $25.  Available Monday - Friday, 11:30am to 3pm.  The RIS "lunch club" offers RIS stamps for each lunch entrée you enjoy with us during a calendar month. The seventh lunch is on us and redeemable anytime! 


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By Leah on April 11, 2014

Celebrating International Womens Day 2014
Celebrating International Womens Day 2014

Our March lunch club menu features recipes inspired by women that have inspired us.  The 3-course menu is only $25 and is available weekdays, 11:30am - 3pm.  

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By Leah on March 8, 2014

Chef Ris will be joining other REAL Certified Chefs for an elegant evening in the nation’s capital to celebrate leaders in the promotion of healthful and sustainable foods.

Thursday, March 13, 2014, 6:30pm
The Whittemore House
Washington, D.C.

The REAL Food Innovator Awards will be presented for the following categories:

Nutrition Awareness/Disease Prevention


Child Nutrition

Food Access

Food Production

Food Marketing

Government Official

Nonprofit Advocacy


Proceeds benefit the United States Healthful Food Council and the James Beard Foundation. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

By Leah on February 27, 2014

Show your love for RIS in Washington City Paper's Annual "Best of D.C." Readers' Poll... Best Chef, Best Burger, Best Restaurant, Best Place for the Obamas' Next Date Night, Best Neighborhood Brunch, Best Happy Hour,  Best Best Place to Eat at the Bar, Best Private Dining Space... so many apply! 


By Leah on February 19, 2014

See you tonight! 

Oyster Shooter, Chef's Famous Rack of Lamb and Lobster Bisque are all on the menu tonight in addition to our full à la carte menu.  

By Leah on February 14, 2014

We are closed today, Thursday, February 13th due to the inclement weather.  We have our roses ready for tomorrow night though. While we are almost fully committed for Valentine's Day, please give us a call as we may have cancellations.  We also have a few reservations available for Saturday, February 15th.  

By Leah on February 13, 2014

Chef Ris has created a romantic 3-course menu for the weekend.  The Valentine's menu will be available on Friday and Saturday in addition to our à la carte menu.  We are almost sold out for Friday evening, but we have a few reservations available on Saturday, February 15th.  



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By Leah on February 11, 2014

Our February lunch club is a nod to heart health month, Valentine's Day and the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.  

Our 3-course lunch menu for only $25 is available Monday - Friday, 11:30am to 3pm.  

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By Leah on February 6, 2014

Our 3-course Lunch Club Menu is only $25 and our 3-course Marquee Menu is only $35.  


The RIS Lunch Club menu changes each month and is available Monday through Friday, 11:30am to 3pm.  For dinner deals, our Marquee Menu is available before (5pm to 6:30pm daily) and after (10pm to 11pm, Monday - Saturday) the show. 

There's always a reason to RIS. 

By Leah on January 21, 2014
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