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Has anyone eaten here yet? It's in the Ritz Carlton in Foggy Bottom. I had a late lunch there last week. They serve food all day long so it was nice to find a place open when I got off from work around 3p.m. I hadn't had time to eat lunch since I was very busy at work.

The service was delightful and friendly. At least three people greeted me and came over to ask me how the food was. The waiter recognized me from another restaurant where he had previously worked at.
I had their Asian based soy glazed salmon with soy broth with rice and pickled beets. Really yummy and unique.
I also had the butterscotch pudding which was also delicious.
I highly recommend it.

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  1. Wait a minute... So Ris is in the same hotel as Ripert's Bistro? I didn't know they had two restaurant locations in there. Ripert took the old Cobalt space. What was where Ris is now?

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    1. re: Pappy

      They're opposite ends of the hotel - WestEnd Bistro is at 22nd and M, Ris is at 23rd and L.

      Not sure what was there before.

      1. re: DanielK

        Ris is not in the hotel. Ris is on the corner of 23rd + L, which is the condo building.

        1. re: MSommelier

          You're right, of course - I always think of that whole block as the hotel, but the back corner is the condo building.

    2. Ris' menu is now online: http://www.risdc.com/index.php/site/m...

      The sardines, gnodi, and skirt steak looks awesome...has anyone tried these dishes?

      1. Went to Ris this weekend w/ my husband and in-laws and had a fantastic time. The service was amazing (they were very, very gracious about my in-laws showing up about 20 minutes late), and the food was great. We splurged (everyone had drinks, apps, entrees, desserts, coffee) so I think the total was about $280ish, but pretty reasonable for all the extras we consumed.

        Like the OP, I had the salmon and the butterscotch pudding. Both were amazing (I convinced my husband to order the pudding based on recs here, otherwise we never would've ordered it, it was incredible). The salmon was perfectly cooked as requested (medium rare). Everyone else raved about their food as well, including the lamb, potpie, and the special, which was the filet that night.

        Great place, nice addition to that area.

        1. I have been to RIS several times and have loved it (especially as an old 1789 fan of her work). I have had some of the nightly specials, and been very impressed. On the regular menu, I recommend the cider glazed pork chop. The Gnudi appetizer is also amazing.

            1. re: spinachandchocolate

              last April.

              service was a little unfocused but I'd write that off as they were just re-opened. Thursday lamb chops were damn dead on. and about the best charcuterie plate ever, the bread rivals Central's. (OK I was going overboard on the red meat) nice room and not insanely loud like so many places.

              1. re: spinachandchocolate

                I went for restaurant week in August and had a great experience. We had the meatloaf and the lamb and both were great. Appreciated the discounted wine options during RW also. But the most memorable part for me was sitting at the bar waiting for our table - the cocktails were *superb* and the bartenders were very chatty and willing to break down the elements of the drinks and provide sample tastes of anything unfamiliar for the sake of educating our palates. I would definitely go back again, with a small group of friends or on a date.

                1. re: spinachandchocolate

                  I took my fiance for his birthday a few months ago and really enjoyed it. Service was a little slow but they were completely full. The food was great, as were the cocktails. We also had the charcuterie and it was wonderful.

                  1. re: reiflame

                    I ate there about 2 months ago. I live in Baltimore, we don't really have too many of these types of restaurants. For the price, I was not overly impressed. The mussels were good, but the portion was small for the price. The bronzino was prepared well, but I wasn't blown away. $12 glass of wine was crazy. The dessert was good, but overall it seems like the type of restaurant that I would go to with my grandparents. I haven't lived in DC in 10 years but I remember much hipper and tastier restaurants

                    1. re: daynasch

                      $12 for a glass of wine is pretty average around here now. Not sure what the prices are like in Baltimore but unfortunately alcohol is pricey down this way. Cocktails run in the same range; it's rare to find a mixed drink under $10.

                      I don't think I would've called any of the portions small - I was so stuffed after we left.

                      I think RIS suffers from a little bit of an identity crisis. Lacoste as said that she wanted to make the place a neighborhood bistro, but her reputation is such that people expect serious fine dining. The menu sometimes can't decide what it wants to be as well.

                2. Don't miss their Dark and Stormy cocktail! It's the best one I've ever had.

                  1. We ended up going to Ris and I have mixed feelings about the place. I thought my food was good but a little pricey for what you get. The scallop margarita was delicious but could have used a few more scallops. The octopus I was let down. There were three tiny pieces of octopus and I thought the octopus would be the main show for this. It was cooked deliciously, though. We did not find them slow at all, but I found the hostesses to be incredibly rude, all three of them. It was not busy when we came in and was surprised how rude they were. Their steak was cooked really well but could have used a veggie on the side.

                    I'm also a little confused about this place and what it's trying to be. Each day of the week has a new theme, which makes it more neighborhoody, I guess?

                    1. We had a great meal at Ris last night. Very much enjoyed a Spinach Salad with Grilled Octopus ($12). Nicely dressed with a not-too-sour lemoney dressing and excellent, not-chalky feta. Continued with Roasted Monkfish over Risotto ($30?). Delicious, buttery rice and a nicely browned hunk of moist fish. I couldn't have been happier. My dining companions seemed very pleased with their duck and venison.

                      Service was perfect. And I have to say...when we left nearing 9pm, the place was hopping. Every table taken, a few people waiting at the hostess stand, and a full, cramped bar. Either because of, or due to, their location out on the westend, they're doing a great business. I read some gripes here about prices, and I can't imagine how anyone could say they are out of line. This is a top 25 DC dining establishment, linen table cloth, good crystal, professional service, high quality ingredients, etc. I'd rather drop my hundred bucks here than Ripert's place next-door which has never impressed me.

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                      1. re: Pappy

                        We had a great meal there last Friday. First time there. I did not find the prices out of line with Big City prices at all.

                        We absolutely loved our server, but some might have found her too comfortable/casual.

                        The grilled sardines were so wonderful and fresh. I had the venison, which was cooked perfectly - sauce was fantastic as well. We all swooned over one of the cheeses (the goat maybe?) on the cheese platter, but they were all good. The cocktails were also good, along with a fairly priced (imo) Petite Syrah.