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Cafe Riggs

4.5
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12 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary European
Inspired by the grand brasseries of Europe, Café Riggs offers historic grace married with contemporary cuisine. Serving an all-day menu from the bar, dining room and café, patrons are welcomed into the airy setting to enjoy a casual drink or celebratory meal against the backdrop of the space’s ornate ceiling and original Corinthian columns.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
What 12 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.5
service
4.7
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DavidM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There is nothing to say other than GREAT CHOICE, EXCELLENT FOOD and SERVICE! A new must go and favorite restaurant. Now I Have to try the hotel side of it. 5 Stars for Cafe Riggs.

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CourtneyW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dinners I've ever had. Truly exceptional.

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vipChristieL
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meat and vegetable options.

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vipfoodfan
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had a lovely dinner at Cafe Riggs. Its a very attractive venue, with nice menu options. We booked an early dinner (post matinee at the Shakespeare Theater), and were glad that we had a reservation. Even though it was early (5:30) it filled up quickly. The service was exceptional -- very friendly, and attentive --both from our waiter and his assistant, who made sure that our water glasses were always filled and that plates were cleared at the appropriate time, etc. The food was delicious and nicely presented. My only critique would be that the prices are a bit steep -- not someplace you would want to go for everyday casual dinning. But for a special occasion, or when you you want a treat, it is great.

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woman
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was very good, though pricey. Service and ambience were great.

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vipBeenAroundtheBlock
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Was very disappointed. I was there on Wednesday, Feb 19th for lunch and had the grilled octopus which I thought was fabulous. It is one of my favorite foods and the one by which i judge restaurants. The dish I had Wednesday for lunch was perfect. It was extremely tender and the sauce was perfection. The portion size was perfect, as there were two very nice size pieces. On Saturday I elected to have a salad and the octopus as my entree'. I was beyond disappointed when the portion size was about a third of what it had been on Wednesday. One very small thin piece of octopus and that was it. Same wonderful flavor and texture, but not remotely acceptable as even an appetizer portion. If the "all day menu" means same price and smaller portions for dinner then I would not be returning to the restaurant.

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vipwayneb
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service2ambience5

We were disappointed with the service and delay on drinks. For a Saturday night it seemed to have enough servers but not enough urgency.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Cafe Riggs is a great place for all occasions.

A peaceful coffee and breakfast before work (very easy because of their central downtown location), Brunch with friends, date night or drinks after a long day.

Cafe Riggs is able to provide the perfect setting for whatever you are looking for.

AH
AmirHasani
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

People working at this café were very hospitable and helpful. The architecture and ambience of this place is amazing and very lovely. The food was OK and could improve a little. I tried the steak which was a bit cold and chewy, but the fries that came with it tasted good and were fried perfectly. My fiancé had the Arctic Char which was tasty and just fine. My suggestion is to have higher standards for staff attire to match the amazing architecture and masterful design of the cafe. Overall I was satisfied with my experience and will go back for sure.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great new restaurant with so much character in the ambiance. The food and service were fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were amazing!! Will definitely be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Talk about an overpriced meal! My husband got the steak tartare to start, which had an odd (maybe old?) aftertaste. He then followed with the steak frites, which was a good steak. Not a steak worth $50+. I got the pasta with mushroom ragu and it was tasty. I don’t think it was freshly made pasta, which would make it worth the higher price tag.

Gorgeous restoration of the building and we were so excited for a new place to open in our neighborhood, but we will not be going back.

FAQs

Cafe Riggs offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 638-1800.

Cafe Riggs is rated 4.5 stars by 12 OpenTable diners.

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