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Welcome to RIS, a beloved, upscale seasonal American neighborhood restaurant created by Chef/Owner Ris Lacoste.  

Nestled in the heart of Washington DC's West End, we are neighbors to the Kennedy Center, Dupont Circle, Georgetown and the K Street business district.

Chef Ris' farmers market fresh menus change often to showcase year round local offerings.  Her inventive, creative style reflects the seafood of her New England roots, the classics of her Paris training, the freshness of her market obsession and the tradition and familiarity of her love for classic American Diner fare. Our menus have something for everyone. Our curated cocktails and hand selected wine list by John Herbert and our gracious and welcoming staff complete the perfect dining experience.

We have beautiful private event space and love celebrating special occasions.  In addition to full service dining, we offer daily take out and free local delivery.   

We look forward to taking great care of you soon.  Come in and get to know us!

Testimonials

"I forgot how good RIS is..." - anon

“My daughter just moved into an apartment right next to the restaurant. She had dinner there with her roommate the other day. She said it was delicious! You have a new repeat customer in the neighborhood.” - Suzanne C.

”We were beyond thrilled with you guys. Thank you and your staff for such wonderful service and delicious coffee. ” -  M.K.

“Thank you Joseph. The food was great, and the service was amazing! We felt very taken care of and appreciate you all so much.” - SS

“I wanted to send a note of thanks for all you did to make our induction ceremony and breakfast a success. I've received so many compliments from our alumni, staff, and the Dean about the quality service, incredibly delicious food and picture-perfect space. From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU for your responsiveness, generosity, and thoughtful service. I look forward to working with you for future events.” – R.E.

“Dinner was excellent and your staff took very good care of us. We all tried something different so we got a great taste of the menu. I still can’t get the flavors from the scallop appetizer out of my head.” – M.P.

“The food you provided for our party was very well received with comments like ‘Let's make her our  regular caterer.’  - D.W

“It was amazing! We loved the venue and the menu was a hit with all the guest as there was something for everyone. Joseph and his team provided excellent service. We will definitely keep you in mind for future events and dinner when we return to the area.” – A.C.

“Just want to let you know you guys hit another home run yesterday!!!!  Everyone was extremely pleased and happy with the event. I know it ran a bit later then planned but I appreciate your patience. Thank you again for your help.” – A.B.

“I had the Brussels sprouts when I was in for lunch last week and I told the waiter you could put that delicious Thai/peanut/bacon sauce on shoe leather and I'd eat it!  Soooo good.” – Anonymous

“We were beyond thrilled with you guys. Thank you and your staff (especially Joe!) for such wonderful service and delicious food. My sister had a wonderful time at the shower and we received several comments on what a lovely day it was. Well done!” - M.K.

“Just want to let you know you guys hit another home run yesterday!!!!  Everyone was extremely pleased and happy with the event. I know it ran a bit later then planned but I appreciate your patience. Thank you again for your help.” – A.B.

“Dinner was excellent and your staff took very good care of us. We all tried something different so we got a great taste of the menu. I still can’t get the flavors from the scallop appetizer out of my head.” - M.P. 

It was a great night. When the wedding bus passed Ris they burst into applause!  You have many new fans. Judy and I will plan a visit with Donna. I can’t thank you enough.” -C.C. 

“These are the best mussels I have ever had in my life!” – Anonymous

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