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PRICE RANGE
US$31 - US$50
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Indian
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Downtown / Chinatown
0.8 km from Smithsonian Institution Building
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With easy access to the Metro, this is a good-looking, loud and lively spot that lures all types of diners. Everyone is here for their kitsch-free Indi...
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The MICHELIN Plate: Good cooking
Comfortable restaurant
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We thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of our visit to this restaurant. The service was outstanding. We started with cocktails and an appetizer. The crispy spinach was delicious. The Chicken Tikka Masala was the best we had ever had. We arrived right upon opening, without a...reservation. we were given a table in the bar. When we left 1 1/2 hours later the waiting area was packed. They were fully booked. I would make a reservation.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I went to Rasika Indian Restaurant on Sunday 28th Nov, 2021 with my mother as I heard there is a famous Michelin chef handling the kitchen. But I was genuinely disappointed with what was being served in the name of Indian food, both in terms...taste and quantity with respect to the price of each dish. The rice accompanied with each major Entrée was one fifth the quantity given in takeout’s in standard Indian restaurants like Handi( in Virginia) and Minerva/Kaveri/even Chinese joints. The fancy tiny karahi in which rice was served is actually a Tadka karahi, its so small and thick. The Gold Standard to judge the quality of an Indian joint is the Indian chai, made with flavors of ginger (adrakwali chai). The Tea served to us for $4/cup was watery, when it could have been made with more milk, making it tastier. Also, when the waiter took away the left over tea in the flask I doubted that this is the limit as in Baltimore, in another Indian restaurant the flask is left with the guest in case someone wants to drink a bit more. The samosa’s we ordered with the tea were tiny, the sort you get 3 for $2 in India Bazar. Here, each baby samosa costs $4. Though it is one of the rare food in this restaurant made with good taste!!! Next comes the Grill stuff like the Mixed Grill of Salmon/Chicken/Kabab. For $24, one piece of each is like robbing you. Just compare with Handi Restaurant Grill stuff(even at the height of Covid) and both price wise and taste wise Rasika Grill is way behind. What’s more it should be accompanied with salad made with onion slices, green pepper, tomato, lemon, chat masala. Only green chutney (tiny bowl) was served in Rasika with the Grill meat. What’s more, the quantity should be such that at least 1 person should be feeling full after eating one dish of $24. But sadly, no dish in this restaurant no matter what its price (even the $32 Lobster dish) can satisfy a hungry child. The final straw was when we ordered Duck Vindaloo, hoping to finally eat some lip smacking good Indian food. All the cook did was put pickled sour onions, into a solution of Tamarind and put in tiny cubes of potato and duck into it. The final taste was a strange sour dish with no taste of its individual ingredients. I at last gave up trying to give the cook few points for good cooking. A fitting reaction to the impossible rates in the menu as against the pitiful quantities served per dish was the quick exit of the All Indian group of students(most likely, 10-12 in number) who just by a look at the menu and a glance at our table rightly came to the conclusion that its better to quit before they make an expensive mistake. God Help anyone who judge Indian food by Rasika standards. Please come to Gaithersburg and have the food in Gems of Indian Restaurants like the Kaveri/Minerva/ India Palace and tons of others. After spending around $130/- (including uber charges), I came to the conclusion that it is better to buy good food from Gaithersburg rather than chase the mirage of a good restaurant in D.C.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent food, atmosphere and service. Everything we ordered here was great, but the crispy spinach appetizer and the lentil side dish were favorites. 11 out of 10

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Superb Indian food in a fine dining setting. Menus for specific food allergies were available and used (peanut, treenut, shellfish). Food allergies were handled with care and professionalism. The Palak chaat appetizer (crispy spinach) was excellent, as were many of the chicken dishes. This restaurant...is a must visit when in D.C.More

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Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Three weeks in the US this time and Rasika was by far the best restaurant that we visited. Every thing was totally delicious, beautifully served by a very attentive staff. We sat outside in beautiful weather and enjoyed every minute.

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Palak Chaat dish (Crispy baby spinach, yogurt tamarind, date) that this restaurant is famous for is enough to make it one of the best restaurants in Washington DC.

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The staff is professional and kindly. The restaurant itself is crowded and noisy. Even so, the food makes it worthwhile. Even the Nan selection was surprising and delicious. Not to be missed is the apple desert with Cardamom ice cream.

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Many people recommended this restaurant to me and it lived up to the hype. As a solo diner, they offered me a seat at the chef's counter, and I could see what was going on in the kitchen. The service was outstanding and the food...was excellent.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were so excited to come to this restaurant after reading the reviews, however, the menu did not appear to have as much variety as other restaurants of this caliber. I had the duck vindaloo, and yes, it was almost too spicy to really taste...all the intricate spices. However, the badamii drink was outrageously superb! Maria, our waitress, was amazing...More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 31 October 2021 via mobile

Made reservation for family of 4! We booked DC tour at night and it was short walk to pickup. Kids loved everything and waiter gave very excellent service. Felt I was back on a Disney cruise when he cut up chicken for my son!! Get...the spinach as it is excellent! Can’t wait to go back!More

Date of visit: October 2021
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The dress is business, business casual, and chic casual. I wouldn't show up in sneakers or a cocktail dress but you could get away with either.
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Yes, Rasika offers takeaway services.

Rasika is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5