We have expanded our family! 


Ris @ Union Market opened today, January 9th.  The market location features fan favorites from the RIS kitchen, such as stocks, soups and sauces. Grab a lamb shank or duck leg for dinner at home or satisfy your appetite while you shop with a RIS bowl, RIS salad or fresh baked hand pie. RIS at Union Market is open Tues - Fri from 11am - 7pm and Sat - Sun from 10am - 7pm with plenty of free parking.

Visit our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter for RIS Bowl updates and market specials.  

By Leah on January 9, 2014

January lunch club features hearty and health options to keep you warm this month. Our monthly lunch club is available Monday through Friday, 11:30am - 3:00pm.  At only $25 for three courses, it's a delicious deal.  


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By Leah on January 8, 2014

Monday, January 13th – Sunday, January 19th

3 Courses 

Lunch $20.14

Dinner $35.14


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By Leah on January 4, 2014

Our dining room is sold out but come grab a seat at the RIS bar and celebrate the New Year with Jim Maio and the Greater U Street Jazz Collective, as they perform vocal and instrumental jazz standards. 

Dinner seating will be available until 11pm. The band will play from 8pm until 12:30am. Chef Ris' special tasting menu will be available in addition to our à la carte menu.



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By Leah on December 29, 2013

Bring in the family and enjoy a special evening at RIS while anxiously awaiting the arrival of St. Nicholas.  Chef Ris has created a three-course menu perfect for the occasion, or select from our à la carte menu.


Amuse: Smoked Trout Panna Cotta

with citrus crème fraîche and smoked steelhead trout caviar, fennel crisps


Oyster and Champagne Stew

with celery, walnuts and ham


Honey Thyme Glazed Muscovy Duck 

with anna potatoes. buttered pears, foie gras and ginger white port sauce


Torrone Semifreddo Profiteroles

hazelnut nougat, valrhona chocolate, espresso kahlua sauce


Mignardises: Christmas Cookies


$65 / with wine pairings $100. Available for dinner only, 5pm to 9pm.




By Leah on December 17, 2013

Our annual gingerbread house decorating event is sold out on Saturday!  

An afternoon of candy, arts and grilled cheese sandwiches and all for a good cause... what's not to love.  Unfortunately, we are entirely committed for this Saturday's event.  We still have two more events as part of our annual craft series. Sign up now to guarantee your spot!  Email brooke@risdc.com to sign up for Valentine's Cookies and Cards on Saturday, February 8th or Easter Eggs on Saturday, April 19th. We supply all crafts necessary to create your masterpiece as well as tasty treats while you work.  Events are from 12pm to 2pm and free, with a $20 suggested donation to benefit DC Central Kitchen.  


By Leah on December 12, 2013

We were thrilled to host a celebration lunch for Oprah Winfrey and friends and family yesterday after she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House.  

By Leah on November 21, 2013

Don't miss our 3rd Annual 'Celebrate the Pumpkin' event to benefit DC Central Kitchen.  

Saturday, October 26th, 12pm - 2pm 

Free, $20 per person suggested donation to DC Central Kitchen 

Pumpkins have been kindly donated by Giant.  Pumpkin carving tools, stencils and paints will be available to create your masterpiece.  Our Chefs will prepare special treats perfect to accompany the occasion - Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Cupcakes, Pumpkin Ice Cream,

Apple Cider and Hot Chocolate!  

Email events@risdc.com or call 202.730.2500 to reserve your seat

(and your pumpkin)! 


By Leah on October 24, 2013

Food Day is a nationwide celebration and movement for healthy, affordable and sustainable food.  Food Day is next Thursday, October 24th, but you can start the conversation with us this Monday, October 21st for a panel discussion titled Chefs as Catalysts for Change: What's on Your Plate?  Sponsored by FoodPolicy.US, Chefs as Catalyst for Change is an effort to open a dialogue between chefs, vendors, farmers and restaurant professionals about what’s going on in the food system. DC chefs are unique in that they feed the most influential decision makers in the nation. They have the power to push the national food discussion in a meaningful direction. 

Chefs as Catalysts for Change: What's on Your Plate?

Food Day, Teaism | A Tea House and Food Policy.US

Monday, October 21, 2013

3:30 PM to 6:00 PM

US Navy Memorial

701 Pennsylvania Ave NW

Washington, DC 20004



By Leah on October 18, 2013

October Lunch Club is a tribute to Fall harvest and Halloween! 


Available weedays at RIS between 11:30am and 3pm.  3 courses for only $25.  

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By Leah on October 3, 2013

The September Lunch Club will feature street food in honor of going Back to Work.

The 3-course, $25 menu is available

Monday – Friday, 11:30am – 3:00pm.


20% of the total revenue from the Back to Work menu will be donated to Suited For Change’s new program, Suited for Start-Up, an exciting new business incubator for low income female entrepreneurs.




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By Leah on September 4, 2013

In honor of our staff, we will be closed on Monday, September 3rd. We will be closing at 10pm through September 7th. Join us for regular Sunday hours on Sunday, September 1st (10am - 9pm).  


It's not the end of the summer quite yet though... we look forward to heirloom tomatoes through September 21st and great patio weather ahead!  


By Leah on August 30, 2013

Once again, Chef Ris has created a menu showcasing our fabulous local farmers. With a focus on locally grown produce, our Restaurant Week menu gives a true taste of what RIS has to offer every day of the year. Join us for Restaurant Week and see for yourself what the RIS buzz is all about. Our staff awaits you!


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By Leah on August 16, 2013

Sean Sasser with Best Buddy Cassie Albert at RIS preparing for Best Buddies Virginia
Sean Sasser with Best Buddy Cassie Albert at RIS preparing for Best Buddies Virginia "Life is Sweet"

Photo taken by Samantha Civitate, Best Buddies Virginia Lead Program Manager, on April 13, 2013


To all of our dear friends,

We would like to let you know that our pastry chef, Sean Sasser, passed away on August 7, 2013 after a very brief but brutal battle with Mesothelioma. He was 44 years young. We all feel that Sean was brought to us for a reason and we are sad and angry that he was taken so early. I am sure, however, that we will uncover what we don't yet understand and ultimately be strengthened by it.

Sean was an amazing technician of his craft, a joy to watch, and an even greater joy was had in tasting the treats he created. I asked him once where he learned such precision in his technique and he simply said, "I have had great teachers." Thank you to Sean's teachers. Thank you to Sean.

Sean Sasser is known to many in this world as a hero. He is a hero to us, too, here at RIS, our quiet sweet hero. Our love and friendship go to Sean’s husband, Michael, and their families.

Ris Lacoste and the staff of RIS


...one of the best pastry chefs I've known, filled with kindness and knowledge. Perfection, details and love were what you could see and taste in every dessert he made. Sean will be missed.

Melania Castegnaro, Assistant Pastry Chef, RIS


Words cannot express the gratitude I feel when I think of Sean. He was an artist, passionate and true to the culinary arts. I thank God for placing him in my life. I will never forget his wonderful smile.

Sarah Biglan, Chef, RIS

By Leah on August 11, 2013

Photo by Laura Padgett
Photo by Laura Padgett

Thank you, Gayle, for loving our Beet Salad!

"I have a meat-and-potatoes mind... trapped in a high-cholesterol body, so when favorite daughter Kirby and I went for brunch at Ris restaurant in Washington, DC, I skipped the burger and decided to go green. With dates, Manchego cheese, hazelnuts, and a port vinaigrette, their beet and spinach salad definitely passed the "taste this now!" test. If you're up for a challenge, check out the recipe at oprah.com/omagextras or on O's iPad app."

- "The World According to Gayle," Gayle King, editor-at-large

O Magazine August 2013


Our Spinach and Beet Salad is a colorful garden palette of fresh baby spinach and frisée lettuce with both raw and roasted red, chioga and yellow baby beets. Sweet dates and candied hazelnuts are balanced by grapefruit segments and Manchego cheese. Sunflower and flax seeds add a healthy crunch.


Currently available on all of our menus!



By Leah on August 2, 2013
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