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633 D St NW (at 7th St NW)
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 637-1222
Indian, Bar, Lounge
$ $ $
Mon–Fri: 11:30 AM–2:30 PM Sat: 5:00 PM–11:00 PM

With its luminous contemporary-style interior, enhanced by vivid Indian art, and a varied menu that offers many familiar Indian flavors while avoiding cliché, Rasika is one of the most appealing restaurants in our nation's capital (well, technically two of its most appealing restaurants when you include the West End location). In addition to the expected tandoor oven, utilized for such dishes as chicken tikka, murgh mussalam, lamb chops, and salmon with Kashmiri chilies, the kitchen makes fantastic use of a traditional tawa, or griddle, to produce delights like pepper crab with onion, garlic, and ginger; sea bass with coconut, mint, and cilantro; and eggplant accompanied by spiced potato, olive oil, and peanut sauce. Breads include mint paratha, onion and sage, truffle naan, chile and olive oil naan, and goat cheese kulcha; the sigri (barbecue) menu boasts the likes of fresh mango shrimp with cashews, ginger, and chutney and paneer shashlik — marinated cottage cheese with onions and peppers.

— Arthur Bovino, 101 Best Restaurants, April 1, 2015

Foursquare Tips

  • Palak Chaat: crispy spinach
  • Best Indian food in DC, Chef Vikram is amazing as well as owner Ashok Bajaj. Sexiest restaurant also. -Tamesha Warren, Top Chef
  • Rasika is not just one of the most popular Indian restaurants in DC it's also, quite plainly, one of the most popular restaurants in DC, period. [Eater 38 Member]
  • You have to try the Palak Chaat. Crispy spinach / sweet yoghurt / tamarind / date chutney.
  • Bill Clinton and Maureen Dowd are frequent patrons of the best Indian restaurant in the city. The mango shrimp or duck treated to a luscious sauce of cashew paste, saffron, and mace is your best bet.
  • There is a reason why Washingtonians talk so highly of the palak chaat flash-fried spinach the standout appetizer at this much-beloved Indian restaurant. Try it. You'll thank us.
  • Easily the areas best Indian restaurant and unlike any other in the crowded field. What to get: Ragda patties, potato cakes with tamarind-date-and-mint chutney; avocado and banana with date chutney.
  • 4 stars in Tom Sietsema's Fall Dining Guide 2011. Tom recommends the baked cabbage dumplings. http://wapo.st/qBcG1C
  • Get the spinach. Trust me. It's actually that good.
  • The palak chaat - crispy spinach - is highly recommended by nearly everyone who's ordered it. Ever tried truffled naan? Now's the time.
  • Crispy spinach, and the shrimp curry. DO IT.
  • Chic, warm atmosphere and masterful dishes. "Rasika (flavors, in Sanskrit) is incredible, and likely the best Indian food in town." -Lonely Planet on TripExpert
  • Wouldn't normally think about dessert at an Indian place. But finish your excellent meal with the date toffee cake, gulab jamun, and kulfi.
  • 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.
  • Must get the Palak Chaat and save room for the Date & Toffee pudding!
  • The sleek dcor, the glamorous crowd, the inventive disheswe love it all. Also, this is a great place for vegetarians, given the range of veggie stews, chutneys, and dumplings on the menu.
  • 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.
  • Hip space, the very best Indian food in DC. The Palak Chaat is a must, but really can't go wrong with any dish. Plan ahead, reservations are difficult to get. Or show up with your fingers crossed.
  • About as good as it gets in DC for Indian
  • crispy spinach & naan... mmm.