"It’s no surprise that Washington produces, attracts, and rewards smart women."

Our very own Chef Ris Lacoste, was honored among her powerful peers at this years Washingtonian "100 Most Powerful Women Gala."

By Shelley Musleh on November 20, 2015

Celebrate with us!

By Shelley Musleh on November 7, 2015



Our friends at Bao Bar are going to introduce
us all to delicious Taiwanese "Bao" at their
first Pop Up at RIS!
Bao Bar was the People's Choice Winner
at the Launch Pad contest in July.
Get your tickets here

By Shelley Musleh on October 30, 2015

Come into RIS this month between 11:30Am and 3:00PM Monday-Friday, and take advantage of our delicious 3 course lunch club menu. This month we are celebrating all things corn...yes...even dessert! This one is not to be missed!




 Lunch Club Series @ RIS


Red Pepper and Corn Soup

tortillas, sour cream and cilantro


Corn Dogs and Pickles

honey mustard sauce



ArepaZone Venezuelan Arepa

braised lamb, sweet potatoes and queso blanco


New England Summer Steam Pot

clams, mussels, corn, sausages, potatoes and onions

buttered clam broth and grilled bread



Indian Pudding

vanilla ice cream

Sweet Corn Ice Cream

lime blackberry sauce and cornmeal biscuit


By Shelley Musleh on September 13, 2015

Ris has just launched a sumptuous new "Rush Hour" menu, join us Monday - Friday 4:00pm - 7:00PM!


RIS Meatloaf and Provolone Sliders

lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise on house made potato rolls   7


Spreads and Breads

Chef’s selection

breads and pickles   7


Blue Cheese Potato Chips

house made potato chips with creamy blue cheese dressing,

chunks of Maytag blue cheese, scallions, tomatoes and malt salt   4 


Skillet Blistered Shishito Peppers, Cauliflower and Almonds

Sriracha dipping sauce   4


Italian Grinder

classic Italian cold cuts and provolone

 sweet peppers   7


Pickle Plate

deep fried pickles and olives, fresh pickled market vegetables,

fried cheese curds, tomato eggplant fondue and aioli   7


Arancini Bonbon Sampler

olive feta, goat cheese herb,

apricot pistachio and mushroom mozzarella   7


The Daily Board

daily selection of charcuterie and cheeses

house made condiments, breads, crackers and pickles   25 


Ask About Our Daily Specials and Cheese Selection

By Shelley Musleh on August 30, 2015

Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington's semi-annual Restaurant Week returns for the week of August 17th - August 23rd.  Our menu allows us to showcase Summer's best while offering a great value.  We hope you'll join us! Reservations are available for lunch Monday - Friday, 11:30am - 5pm, for dinner Monday - Saturday, 5pm - 11pm, for brunch on Sunday, 10:30am - 3pm or for dinner on Sunday, 5pm - 9pm.    Make your reservation HERE! for diner rewards and prizes!  


Peak of the Season

2015 Summer Restaurant Week Menu 

August 17, 2015 - August 23, 2015

Lunch: $22.00
Dinner: $35.00


Chilled Velvet Corn Soup

chili oil fireworks


Heirloom Tomato, Watermelon and Greek Feta

basil, balsamic and pine nuts


Ricotta Gnudi

eggplant fondue, pine nuts, Parmesan and pesto


Black Pepper Fennel Pappardelle

house made mozzerella, guanciale and basil

poached egg and blistered tomato sauce


Grilled Berkshire Pork Chop

roasted corn pudding, grilled peaches and red onion,

bacon-buttermilk sauce and blackberry catsup


Chesapeake Blue Catfish 

fried green tomatoes,

popcorn grits and rock shrimp scampi


Peaches and Cream Popsicle

whipped panna cotta and vanilla streusel


Blackberry Lime Miroir

lime cheesecake, blackberry glaze, graham cracker


By Shelley Musleh on July 19, 2015

Freedom Lunch

July 2015 







Ceviche de Corvina

lime, onions, chili and cilantro

new potatoes and fried plantains

Peru: Independence from Spain - July 15, 1821 



potato and onion pancakes

smoked salmon, dill sour cream,

horseradish and beets

Belarus: Independence from the Soviet Union - July 27, 1991


Belgian Moules Frites

Hellbender Belgian beer, garlic and herbs

fries with mustard mayonnaise

Belgium: Independence from the Dutch - July 21, 1831 


Skillet Fried Chicken

bacon braised collard greens, macaroni and cheese

 and watermelon

USA: Independence from Great Britain - July 4, 1776



traditional dulce de leche sandwich cookie with coconut

espresso ice cream

Argentina: Independence from Spain - July 19, 1916


Brazo de Gitanopassion fruit roulade with raspberry ice cream

Venezuela: Independence from Spain - July 5, 1811



Lunch Club Series @ RIS

By Shelley Musleh on July 7, 2015

It’s that time of year again! Our local Chapter of The American Institute of Wine& Food (AIWF) has scheduled its 10th Annual Crab Cake Competition for Sunday, June 28, 2014. We would love for you to join us and be an integral part of our year’s most popular event.  This year's battling chefs include returning (co) Champion Andrew Markert of Beuchert's Saloon, Spike Mendelssohn of Béarnaise  Danny Lee of Mandu, Chris Clime of PassionFish, Jeff Buben of Vidalia, Anthony Lombardo of The Hamilton, Joe Palma of Bourbon Steak, and Seng Luangrath of Thip Khao.  

By Shelley Musleh on June 14, 2015


Arepa Zone
Bao Bros Bar
Half Smoke

Finalists will present at the grande finale
at Union Market, Dock5 on July 12. This event is open to the public, don't miss the opportunity to judge for yourself!
"Launch Pad at Union Market is a unique opportunity to help someone in our industry launch their dream; to share the fun and excitement with the community; and to instill the competitive spirit which only benefits all."
-Ris Lacoste, Chef/Owner, RIS.

By Shelley Musleh on June 12, 2015

Ari Heavner and Ben Larks of Idle Cellars will be with us starting at 7 pm to pour their stunning wines from Sonoma County as we serve a 5 course seasonal dinner, created by Chef Ris Lacoste. Price will be $150 plus tax and gratuity. Reserve a seat today by clicking RIGHT HERE!

By Shelley Musleh on April 13, 2015

Spring is almost here! Celebrate your health, St. Patrick and the promise of green spaces with our March Lunch Club! The 3 course menu is available Monday - Friday 11:30am - 3:00pm and is only $28


March 2015 Lunch Club 


Spinach Beet and Grapefruit Salad

candied hazelnuts and dates

manchego cheese and port vinaigrette


New Mexican Green Chile and Chicken Posole 

with tortillas, sour cream, cilantro and radish


Kale and Mushroom Fusilli 

spaghetti squash, toasted hazelnuts, spinach

and herbed goat cheese


Pistachio Crusted Lamb Loin

garlic roasted potatoes and glazed carrots

and tarragon mint sauce


Chocolate Guinness Cake

with Bailey's Irish Cream


Minted Couscous

With fresh fruit and coconut sorbet




By Shelley Musleh on March 7, 2015

Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington's semi-annual Restaurant Week returns for the week of January 19th -January 25th . We are showcasing some of our classics and winter favorites while offering a great value. We hope you'll join us! Reservations are available for lunch Monday - Friday, 11:30am - 5pm, for dinner Monday -Thursday, 5pm - 10pm, Friday and Saturday, 5pm - 11pm, for brunch on Sunday, 10:30am - 3pm or for dinner on Sunday, 5pm - 9pm. Make your reservation online or call 202.730.2500


2015 Winter Restaurant Week
First Course

Salted and Smoked
smoked cod with orange aioli;
salt cod brandade crostini with black olive tapenade;
salt cod croquette with smoked tomato vinaigrette

Kale and Brussels Sprouts Salad
goat cheese, pecans, pickled onions
and roasted sweet potato, cranberries,
sherry maple vinaigrette and mustard cream

Scallop Margarita
lime marinated scallops with chiles,
orange, avocado and tequila ice

Berkshire Pork Cheeks Milanese
served on Parmesan saffron risotto
with tomato caper vinaigrette,
broccoli rabe and gremolata sauce

Roasted Red Beet Fettuccine
braised short ribs, pickled collard greens,
celery root and roasted beets,
poached egg, fresh ricotta and beef broth
(vegetarian option also available)

Seared Sea Scallops
on fried green kohlrabi with white hominy grits,
shrimp scampi, tarragon cream and spinach

Chocolate Pudding
passion fruit orange sorbet and caramel crisp

Pistachio Financier
raspberries and coconut cream
$20.15~Lunch    /    $35.15~Dinner     

Tax, gratuity and beverages not included
No sharing or substitutions please

By Shelley Musleh on January 16, 2015

Bring in 2015 with style... and with the RIS Family, of course! Chef Ris has created an extravagant 6-course tasting menu to celebrate the occasion, which will be available in addition to our full à la carte menu. Click below for the full tasting menu. Wine pairings will be offered for the perfect match.



$130 with wine pairings

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By Shelley Musleh on December 18, 2014

Join us for Christmas Eve Dinner. Chef Ris has created two great options for the occasion... a 3-course pre-fixe menu and a very special "Feast of the Seven Fishes." Both will be available in addition to our full à la carte menu. Click below for the full menus.  

Make your reservation online or call 202.730.2500.

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By Leah on December 17, 2014

December Lunch Club menu features lighter and brighter fare to celebrate the holidays.  


Monday - Friday, 11:30am - 3pm 
3 Courses, $28


American Red Snapper Sashimi

persimmon, pumpkin seed, ginger and mushroom ponzu sauce


Turkey Consommé

with maple pork sausage and sage croutons


Soy Lacquered Salmon

sesame sushi rice, pickled eggs, gingered beets and shiitake mushrooms


Crispy Duck Leg Confit

pecan wild rice and kale with cranberry Cognac sauce


Warm Double Chocolate Bread Pudding

peppermint cream and peppermint bark


Maple Walnut Ice Cream

maple syrup and Chantilly cream


By Leah on December 11, 2014
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