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Indian Restaurant, Lounge, and Bar$$$$
Penn Quarter, Washington
171 Tips and reviews
  • Indian food
  • palak chaat
  • crispy spinach
  • good for dates
  • chicken tikka
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  • MAQ
    MAQ4 days ago
    Best in town .. Must try while in DC
  • Lamar M.
    The flash fried spinach is simply wonderful.
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 17
    Chef Vikram Sunderam mans the kitchen at the Penn Quarter restaurant, where he takes a modern look at traditional Indian fare with favorites like the crispy palak chaat, flavorful curries and more. Read more
  • Michael G.
    Michael GoiteinJanuary 13
    The Four-Course Tasting Menu with wine pairings is great, but come hungry! Or prepare to leave with a doggie-bag...
  • Ron
    RonDecember 6, 2016
    Excellent Indian food in a nice setting with helpful staff. The palak chaat is as good as everyone says it is.
  • Jason J.
    Jason JenkinsNovember 23, 2016
    Pleasantly surprised... Ananas Gosht was amazing. Best Indian food ive had
  • Angel H.
    Angel Hernández IIINovember 2, 2016
    The black cod is amazing
  • Ian
    IanOctober 28, 2016
    Palak chat, chicken tikka, black cod, really anything.
  • Margie w.
    Margie webberOctober 25, 2016
    Everything is so good.
  • Bon Appetit Magazine
    Bon Appetit MagazineOctober 18, 2016
    Yes, the palak chaat really is that good. Good enough that the crispy spinach-yogurt-chutney combo not only meets the hype but actually exceeds it. Read more
  • Maricel G.
    Maricel GundayaoOctober 10, 2016
    Palaak chat, bindi okra, chicken masala
  • R D.
    R DuvelJune 26, 2016
    Curry, naan, and crispy spinach
  • Stuart
    StuartJune 21, 2016
    Crispy spinach
  • Leandro L.
    Leandro LageraJune 4, 2016
    You know this was consistently rated as the best resto in DC and for the life of me, I don't know why? It's good. Really good even but the best? Nope.
  • Michael D.
    Michael DiGiovannaMay 18, 2016
    Chicken tikka madala
  • Angie H.
    Angie HarmonMarch 28, 2016
    Chicken tikka masala is great. Green tikka masala isn't awesome. Really overwhelming coriander flavor. Dal makhani is always the best side.
  • Jasmine P.
    Jasmine PerryMarch 1, 2016
    Palak Chaat
  • Katelynn W.
    Katelynn WaclawskiFebruary 23, 2016
    Chicken Tikka and Naan is amazing! Best Indian in DC I'll be back!
  • Mary W.
    Mary W.February 18, 2016
    Palak chaat, chicken tikka masala, ragwa patties. Great service! And the Naan bread is what heaven tastes like
  • Emmanuel G.
    Emmanuel GalvanJanuary 23, 2016
    Kind of pricy but really good food and service. The place is very classy - ideal for a romantic date!
  • Elizabeth M.
    Elizabeth Mathew StevkoJanuary 12, 2016
    Amazing Indian food, very highly reccommend!!! Very delicately and beautifully prepared with balanced taste
  • Shanita M.
    Shanita MitchellJanuary 7, 2016
    Great food and great service.
  • Aaron W.
    Aaron WertliebDecember 31, 2015
    One of the best Indian restaurants I have eaten at ever!!!!!
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchDecember 8, 2015
    Voted Best Upscale Brunch of 2015 by Bitches Who Brunch! Read more
  • Abrar A.
    Abrar AlsuwainaNovember 30, 2015
    Their service is good, but I have tasted so much better Indian food than they have .. Wouldn't repeat it
  • Zac M.
    Zac McCormickOctober 27, 2015
    Some of the most amazing flavors I've ever had. The chef's tasting menu was a great choice. If you have 2 people, get both the vegetarian and non-vegetarian.
  • Robin S.
    Robin SpencerOctober 8, 2015
    The service is excellent and the lamb is awesome!
  • isuvaish
    isuvaishAugust 9, 2015
    Interesting flavors
  • Parth A.
    Parth AgarwalAugust 3, 2015
    Not very impressed with the place. The famous palak chat wasn't really what i expected. Too long wait for walk-ins so remember to book a table before hand.
  • TJ V.
    TJ VargheseJuly 3, 2015
    Chat spinach OMG
  • Pulkit G.
    Pulkit GuglaniJune 19, 2015
    Of course palak chat, that's must have here. Minced lamb with saffron gigner and Indian spices. I heard it was even clinton'n (ex president) favorite.
  • Michael C.
    Michael CoxJune 1, 2015
    Ok so I have been complaining about lack of good Indian in DC. This plays blows away all the competition. The black cod is a delicious secret, as is Jan - best server ever!
  • TripExpert
    TripExpertMay 21, 2015
    Chic, warm atmosphere and masterful dishes. "Rasika (‘flavors,’ in Sanskrit) is incredible, and likely the best Indian food in town." -Lonely Planet on TripExpert Read more
  • DenDo A.
    DenDo Al-OgaielApril 18, 2015
    Best Indian in DC !!
  • Lola Y.
    Lola YorkApril 7, 2015
    Delicious place! Truffle nan! Yumm! Lemon cashew rice and my lamb dish was amazing! A nice twist to the common Indian menu!! Love it! I live in NY and would love to go back!!
  • Washington Post
    Washington PostApril 1, 2015
    One order, shared with a dinner date, of the North Indian palak chat, never seems like enough. Greens are flashed fried and laced with yogurt, tamarind chutney, onion and black salt. Read more
  • Raixa O.
    Raixa OtianApril 1, 2015
    Snapper, lamb, appetizers
  • Jacobo G.
    Jacobo GómezMarch 19, 2015
    The food is just as good as most good Indian restaurants, the price is twice what you normally pay.
  • Sari G.
    Sari GordonMarch 1, 2015
    I've never had Indian food before and I never had the urge til now. Rasika is where it's at. Great ambiance, food and service. It's all about the crispy spinach and garlic naan. Amazing.
  • Emily H.
    Emily HummelFebruary 23, 2015
    still dreaming about the crispy spinach
  • Chris H.
    Chris HintonFebruary 22, 2015
    Book early, great food but it's always busy.
  • Carlos R.
    Carlos Rodriguez-DiazFebruary 17, 2015
    Great restaurant, best Indian food in the DC area. Try the anything. You won't be disappointed. Personal fav: Avocado banana chaat and Palak chaat.
  • Angelina Z.
    Angelina ZeppieriFebruary 15, 2015
    great Indian food in DC!
  • Eric C.
    Eric CFebruary 1, 2015
    This is Indian food elevated to a whole other level. Chicken Tikka Masala deliciously rich and flavor packed. Unlike any other restaurants version. P Chat: crispy spinach makes me want thirds!
  • Samantha R.
    Samantha RapozaJanuary 25, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The most amazing Indian restaurant I've ever been to. The food is delicious and the service is impeccable.
  • Dina R.
    Dina RughaniJanuary 21, 2015
    The crispy spinach chat is a must. Everything here was delicious
  • Parvathy N.
    Parvathy NairJanuary 12, 2015
    The Palak Chat like everyone says is heaven on your pallette. The entrée selection is limited but precisely made to perfection. We tried Chicken Tikka Masala and it was possibly the best we ever had.
  • pipitu
    pipituDecember 29, 2014
    Crispy spinach and lamb kathi roll as appetizers, black cod as entrée, toffee pudding as desert, laccha as bread. Great service and GORGEOUS food.
  • Bader A.
    Bader AlkadiDecember 14, 2014
    Very good indian food.. i liked the spanich starter but forgot the name:( somethink like chat palak or so
  • Ivan R.
    Ivan RodriguezDecember 2, 2014
    Best Indian food in the DC area, try the house dish.
  • Aziz A.
    Aziz AlaifanNovember 27, 2014
    Crispy Spinach. Thank me later.
  • Ryan K.
    Ryan K.November 22, 2014
    Tasting menu makes sense for newbies or a special occasion. But can't really go wrong here.
  • Manasi K.
    Manasi KNovember 16, 2014
    Bad attitude!
  • Mai-Tai
    Mai-TaiOctober 30, 2014
    Must try Ginger limenade & crispy spinach appetizer. Great presentation on tasteful chicken biryani.
  • Dana A.
    Dana AllenOctober 9, 2014
    Food is excellent, service is amazing. Ambience is lively, one of my new favs in DC.
  • Paresh M.
    Paresh MSeptember 4, 2014
    Queen Victoria and the Maharaja is a great cocktail to start dinner
  • Mark M.
    Mark MHAugust 23, 2014
    Garlic naan, cocktails, the spicy lamb curry and chx tikka masala
  • Destiny L.
    Destiny LeshayAugust 16, 2014
    Crispy spinach, is the best🙌
  • Sri V.
    Sri VAugust 13, 2014
  • Prerna L.
    Prerna LalAugust 10, 2014
    Make reservations a month in advance
  • Cesar P.
    Cesar PazinattoAugust 9, 2014
    Everything is fantastic!
  • Sean
    SeanAugust 7, 2014
    The four course tasting menu was awesome.
  • J K.
    J KAugust 6, 2014
    Crispy Spinach.
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 5, 2014
    Spike Mendelsohn, chef of Good Stuff Eatery; We, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Cauliflower bezule. Read more
  • David S.
    David SmetanaJuly 19, 2014
    Some of the best Indian food I've eaten!
  • Pamela V.
    Pamela ValoreJune 17, 2014
    never liked Indian food, but this place has become one of my fav DC places after just one visit. cod & chicken tikka rocked my world. hands down "can't live workout dish": palak chaat! just do it.
  • Brian A.
    Brian AznarMay 31, 2014
    Palak chaat is the way to go. Cocktails are generally delicious. Make a reservation.
  • Udiksha S.
    Udiksha SainiMay 26, 2014
    Worst veg food ever
  • Varun S.
    Varun ShettyMay 15, 2014
    Wouldn't normally think about dessert at an Indian place. But finish your excellent meal with the date toffee cake, gulab jamun, and kulfi.
  • Varun S.
    Varun ShettyMay 15, 2014
    Wow. Everything here is delicious. Standouts include the palak chaat (it's a spinach dish), raghda patties (potato), and lamb curry. Odd but delicious: goat cheese kulcha.
  • Karim B.
    Karim BacchusApril 29, 2014
    The lamb. OMG, THE LAMB 🙌
  • Chris B.
    Chris BellApril 27, 2014
    For the perfect meal for 2; order a chaat to start, 3 vegetable side dishes, rice and a roti. The dal is highly recommended.
    Upvoted Feb 6
  • Shauna E.
    Shauna EdsonApril 18, 2014
    Get the crispy spinach!! And follow whatever your server recommends.
  • Katurah T.
    Katurah ToppsApril 5, 2014
    The sea bass is crap! And te scallops are amazing there is also sole sort of parsley salad I think pahna but it's their signature app- AMAZING!
  • Fareez A.
    Fareez AhmedJanuary 18, 2014
    Palak chaat and black cod are anaaaazinggggg.
  • Rodrigo G.
    Rodrigo GonzalezNovember 25, 2013
    Raan-e-Rasika is very very good
  • Pam R.
    Pam R.November 20, 2013
    You can't order wrong here. I've tried almost everything on the menu and never been disappointed.
  • Leora K.
    Leora Kaplan 💕November 18, 2013
    order as much truffle naan as you can get your hands on.
  • Thomas R.
    Thomas ReintjesOctober 21, 2013
    If you can't decide for one of the vegetarian dishes, they prepare two half portions for you.
  • Washington Post
    Washington PostOctober 16, 2013
    Rasika in Penn Quarter could easily rest on its considerable laurels, but instead improves on what it does by every year adding fresh reasons to drop in.
  • Adelaja O.
    Adelaja ObajimiSeptember 19, 2013
    I wasn't impressed. At all. The lamb could have been regular beef, and it was kinda soggy, which means it wasn't fresh.
  • LoriPA
    LoriPASeptember 18, 2013
    If you don't have a reservation, arrive before 6pm & try to sit at the chef's table or, failing that, the lounge. The pre-theatre dinner has many of the favorites, including palak chaat & is a steal.
  • Rohan D.
    Rohan DesaiSeptember 5, 2013
    The Palak chaat is super not miss out on this one...!!!
  • Graceface
    GracefaceSeptember 4, 2013
    Must order : palak chat, black cod, & chicken tikka!
  • Sean G.
    Sean G.August 24, 2013
    Amazing Indian food! Def try the crispy spinach #to.die.for
  • Ashish A.
    Ashish AryaAugust 18, 2013
    Wow. Great restaurant and great service. The crispy spinach is flaky and melts in your mouth (I don't even like spinach). Entrees: lamb chops are tender, black cod melts and chicken tikka masala yum.
  • Stephen G.
    Stephen GibsonAugust 1, 2013
    Amazing. Best Indian food of my life (so far). Friendly staff too.
  • Brett W.
    Brett WallaceAugust 1, 2013
    The Palak Chaat is a must have. Servers do a great job of explaining anything and everything.
  • Lin
    LinJuly 23, 2013
    The Palak Chat and Date and Toffee Cake are super yummy.
  • Frank R.
    Frank RimalovskiJuly 21, 2013
    Must get the Palak Chaat and save room for the Date & Toffee pudding!
  • Mikhail B.
    Mikhail BJuly 20, 2013
    The food is average and slightly overpriced. The naan is quite good but I think you can find a better eating experience elsewhere.
  • Vinayak
    VinayakJuly 13, 2013
    Best Indian food in DC! Palaak chaat, Shrimp Uttapam and Chicken Green masala are must tries. Any dish here is outstanding
  • Mark B.
    Mark BuensalidoMay 30, 2013
    Everyone says spinach. Do it.
  • Leo M.
    Leo MikinbergMay 26, 2013
    The Date Toffee desert is the perfect way to cap off a meal. Not too sweet.
  • Leo M.
    Leo MikinbergMay 25, 2013
    All of the tips have it right. The crispy spinach is phenomenal. Note: be ready for a little spicy kick!
  • Krishna V.
    Krishna VallabhaneniMay 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Coconut Jaggery Panna Cotta. Nuff said.
  • Oonline
    OonlineMay 3, 2013
    How about the goat cheese naan? Mos def!!!
  • Cindy C.
    Cindy ChunApril 1, 2013
    If you like Indian cuisine and happen to be in the DC area, COME HERE. The palak chaat (fried spinach) dish is heavenly and the rest of the food is delish!
  • Washington Post
    Washington PostMarch 14, 2013
    Rasika's sev batata puri is the real deal. The crispy little rounds of bread are topped with potato, sour raw mango and crunchy threads of fried chickpea batter. Read more
  • Patrick F.
    Patrick FrankMarch 11, 2013
    Sev batata puri is one of the Post's #40Eats for 2013.
  • Queen S.
    Queen SNovember 17, 2016
    سلطة السبانخ جداااااا لذيذه😋 والاكل كله لذيذ😍
  • 陆 嘉.
    陆 嘉辉September 10, 2016
    不错哦 美国很好 I love U.S
  • Rapiszal R.
    Rapiszal RusliMarch 1, 2016
    palak ke palat ni lain macam je
  • Rapiszal R.
    Rapiszal RusliMarch 1, 2016
    roti canai takde kat sini siot je la
  • Maha A.
    Maha Al-TamimiNovember 18, 2015
    هندي لزيييييييز - رحت مرتين كل مره ألز من اللي ئبليها 💘 جربت الدال والباميا الناشفه والبرياني بس طلبته بخضار وطبعاً النان الألز ع الاطلاق👍
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