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Rasika West End

Rasika West End

Indian Restaurant$$$$
West End, Washington
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  • David D.
    David DerrickAugust 20, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Modern take on Indian cuisine and the best Indian food in the area. Reservations are a must and it is not a cheap restaurant! Start with the crispy spinach dish as an appetizer...you won't regret it
  • Jason M.
    Jason MarlowJune 10, 2014
    Best Indian food in the US. Out of all the amazing standouts we had, the spinach and lentil dishes were truly memorable. Our waiter Victor made it an experience we would love to repeat soon.
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousJanuary 13, 2015
    One of the toughest reservations in town is a table at one of the best Indian restaurants in the country. They also like to incorporate other ingredients like asparagus and duck into their dishes. Read more
  • Ali M.
    Ali MandsaurwalaJuly 2, 2013
    The best Indian restaurant in the entire United States! And trust me I have been to quite a few across the States...this is hands down the best. Everything on the menu is sublime!
  • Harper W.
    Harper WentzApril 24, 2015
    I loved the palak chaat (crispy spinach) it's just the right amount of spicy and crunchy. I also love the chicken tikka masala, it's perfectly spicy and the sauce is creamy and flavorful
  • DC Dining Adventures
    DC Dining AdventuresJanuary 29, 2015
    Come here to have a first class dining experience with superb service and exquisitely prepared dishes like Palak Chaat, Green Peas Samosa, Tandoori Lamb Chops and Hyderabadi Lamb Biryani.
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 4, 2014
    On a recent visit, I feasted on a Keralan-style fish curry—utterly delicious. Be sure to order the naan. It’s made to order so it comes to the table piping hot. Read more
  • Lamia A.
    Lamia ASeptember 5, 2014
    Crispy baby spinach salad Beyond delicious what I call Indian to die for 9ra7ah! food,service,decorations in general incredible👌 plus if there's a room for dessert their date toffee cake is a must😴
  • Eric C.
    Eric CAugust 8, 2014
    Indian food at its absolute best. Even common dishes like chicken tikka masala are elevated to new heights! Great cocktails too!
  • Joseph A.
    Joseph AkbrudAugust 26, 2013
    The crispy spinach is fantastic. Note that many, if not most of the entrees don't come with rice or bread. I recommend the bread bowl, it comes with both roti and naan.
  • Pam R.
    Pam R.October 9, 2013
    Upscale Indian that's amazing. Get the cauliflower if you like spicy. Fish dishes are great too - cod or grouper are best. And the chicken tikka masala is perfect.
  • Anna J.
    Anna JohnMay 5, 2015
    The coconut/caramel/jaggery pancakes were pretty, but so underwhelming. The AYCD Bloody Mary with fresh green Kandari/chilis, was delish...and if you can't decide, you can switch btwn Bloodys/Mimosas.
  • deenuhfoowad
    deenuhfoowadNovember 23, 2014
    the cod was good but I don't recommend it since there are many more authentic Indian options here that are so goooooood. the curries and korma! amaziiiing. best Indian food in DC!
  • Jon W.
    Jon WhitmoreMay 11, 2014
    Best Indian in DC. Dishes you love with slightly more complex palates and the palak chat really is something that must be tried here. Verdict: the hype is real.
  • Mansour M.
    Mansour MadiApril 11, 2015
    Good food and service, crowded which gives assurance that food is fresh. Food portion is small. Good wine and atmosphere. They have the best dry spinach starter.
  • Evan C.
    Evan ChenAugust 3, 2016
    One of the best Indian restaurant in DC! Everything is good here to be honest, but I must say Palak chaat (crispy spinach) is a must!
  • Hoff
    HoffAugust 27, 2013
    Start with the Bronzino and crispy spinach and follow with the lamb with tomatoes, onions and apricots and the black cod. Life changing!
  • Brian G.
    Brian GluckmanMay 26, 2012
    You MUST have the crispy fried spinach appetizer. It'll change the way you view leafy greens.
  • Lewis W.
    Lewis WilkinsSeptember 8, 2015
    Palak chaat is among the best foods I have ever had. The rest of their veg tasting menu is very good. Very good service.
  • Matt B.
    Matt BernsteinMay 23, 2015
    The palak chaat (crispy spinach) is the best. The chicken tikka masala is outstanding. You really can't go wrong here.
  • Manik K.
    Manik KhannaJanuary 26, 2013
    Got to say - probably the best Indian food I've had in the states! Amazing! Highly recommend the truffle oil naan.
  • Iván C.
    Iván ChAugust 19, 2012
    Fried spinach and the curry halibut was amazing. If you want to start with a nice cocktail try the Rasika, delicious.
  • Lauren F.
    Lauren FitzgeraldAugust 13, 2014
    The best Indian food I've had. The Adhar Chicken Curry was excellent with the perfect amount of spice!
  • Rachel
    RachelJune 29, 2012
    Eating outside was great. Food was filling and reasonably priced. If you don't get the palak chaat there is something wrong with you.
  • Brian C.
    Brian ChaseOctober 22, 2014
    I was really impressed with the Tandori Chicken. And, of course, the crispy spinach is as great as others have said.
  • Jorge Z.
    Jorge ZepedaNovember 27, 2014
    It is a major sin if you don't ask for the crispy spinach as an entree. The decoration is great!!!
  • Abdulaziz H.
    Abdulaziz HDOctober 10, 2014
    Crunchy spinach & kebab as a starter biryani with butter chicken & masala for the main course
  • Slavens a.
    Slavens and AssociatesOctober 20, 2013
    Heaven, just heaven. Always thought Toronto had the best Indian food but this kicks the crap out of anything I've had anywhere!!!!
  • John D.
    John DuncanOctober 23, 2015
    It is all great. It's an investment so just let the waiter guide you and sit back and enjoy.
  • Jeanette R.
    Jeanette RomanSeptember 10, 2014
    Crispy spinach, lamb chops, and chicken tikka masala are all excellent dishes that are must try's.
  • Chris H.
    Chris HeineDecember 28, 2012
    This is a VERY GOOD Indian upscale restaurant. Get the palak chaat appetizer...superbness.
  • Anton Z.
    Anton ZolotovAugust 19, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Chicken Tikka Masala, Garlic Naan, Lamb Chops, Cucumber Raita are the best.
  • John B.
    John BakerNovember 19, 2014
    The palak paneer and the crispy spinach. Do not go and not try the crispy spinach!!
  • Alicia G.
    Alicia GutierrezMarch 23, 2016
    Simple delicious! You don't wanna miss it. Vegetarian options are great
  • Lynn P.
    Lynn PinaJune 20, 2012
    The palak chaat is amazing! Also the Chhaya cocktail is great.
  • Michelle B.
    Michelle BlackstonJanuary 24, 2014
    Great service and outstanding food. The best Indian in all of DC.
  • Hilary T.
    Hilary TomenyJuly 11, 2012
    Palak chaat. Just do it. Also the Rasika cocktail and date pudding.
  • Vinay D.
    Vinay DandekarAugust 6, 2014
    The palak chaat is fried spinach in disguise, a definite gem!
  • Regis A.
    Regis ALEXANDREJuly 19, 2014
    Try chicken 65 appetizer with a king Fisher beer what else !!!
  • Mike L.
    Mike LitherlandMay 17, 2012
    Nice spot, but gets a bit crazy during happy hour. Friendly bartenders and servers.
  • Shashi B.
    Shashi BellamkondaMay 25, 2012
    Love any restaurant where the owner gets you warmly even if you are a stranger
  • William D.
    William DonahoeMarch 8, 2014
    Get the palak chaat, tikka masala, and lamb curry.
  • Adrian C.
    Adrian CheongDecember 31, 2016
    Excellent modern Indian cuisine. Highly recommended
  • Ravi B.
    Ravi BatraJuly 26, 2015
    Palak chaat (spinach crisp) is amazing!
  • Teresa M.
    Teresa McCartyApril 26, 2013
    Try the smoked lentils!! The veggie biryani!!
  • Stef W.
    Stef WoodsJune 18, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Palak Chaat to-go beats a salad bar any day...plus no reservations required!
  • Riddhima H.
    Riddhima HindujaOctober 23, 2015
    You'll hear it from everyone - get the palak chaat!
  • Alexa F.
    Alexa FlintonDecember 20, 2012
    Sit at the bar with Dante! He's the best bar tender in the area!
  • Josh F.
    Josh FinnieMay 1, 2012
    Delicious food. Bar around 6pm is a little hectic.
  • Cassie P.
    Cassie PApril 12, 2016
    To be honest, there wasn't a thing I didn't like. Believe in the hype! and get the palak chaat!
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