Ris Lacoste, who earned her stellar reputation as former executive chef of Georgetown’s classic 1789, struck out on her own with this comfortable West End restaurant. (Pronunciation hint: Ris is short for Doris.) Neighbors, power players and the chef’s devotees fill the 200-some seats, spread over a bar, café, patio and segmented dining areas with plush banquettes. The American menu taps into international influences, with dishes like monkfish osso bucco, braised lamb shank with chickpeas and yogurt, and sesame crusted salmon with red curry broth. Regular daily specials include meatloaf on Mondays.
2275 L Street, NW
|Cross street:||at 23rd Street|
|Opening hours:||11.30am–11pm Mon–Fri; 5–11pm Sat; 10am–3pm (brunch), 3–9pm Sun|
|Transport:||Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro|
|Price:||Main courses $22–$36|