Cafe Riggs

4.8
38 reviews
$31 to $50
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
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 38 People Are Saying
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vipCraig
Washington DC
777 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the hostess to Jhavany to Ben to the food server and chef’s team to the guys at the front door—outstanding work by all of you.

What a great team of professionals you all are.

I look forward to seeing you soon.

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vipMilano
Washington DC
303 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Second experience here and always happy with food
Service is still a challenge and needs improvement.

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vipCraig
Washington DC
777 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My thanks to Michael, Tina, the amazing Chef and food runner for an excellent dining experience.

The oysters are always amazing and the duck confit transports you to a different level no matter what your day had been up until then.

Simply outstanding!

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food123
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had an amazing time! Ashley was fantastic! food and service was great.

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vipRicardo
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We had the most unusual experience. Apparently the dining room was closed on Christmas Eve, yet somehow we were able to make a reservation through Open Table. They honored the reservation but setting up a table in a room where the bed had been removed. It was a private dining experience that was truly extraordinary. The table was beautiful and the ambiance was spectacular. There was some confusion, however. Prior to arriving we were told that the full menu was available but when we arrived we were told that only the prix fixe was available that evening. I would highly recommend this place just to see the incredible renovation that was done on this historic Riggs Bank building. I do plan to return when the dining room opens.

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vipDiningindmv
Washington DC
152 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire experience — staff, food, beverages, atmosphere — is excellent and relaxing. We always look forward to dining at Cafe Riggs!

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vipCraig
Washington DC
777 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is impeccable! Oysters are always fantastic and one of the best burgers in town.

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vipMilano
Washington DC
303 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great ambiance and decor -
Roasted chicken was awesome
Some of the sides came out cold
But overall great experience at new resto in DC

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vipLanaY
London
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2020
Overall3food1service5ambience4

Waitress was best in DC. Food really needs work.

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vipThienO
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

One particular table is placed right next to a noisy HVAC. Other than that, the ambience is outstanding, and the decor, appropriate for a fine dining experience.

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vipAndy
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Tasty but expensive

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vipDiningindmv
Washington DC
151 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Riggs is a wonderful place. The Cafe Riggs team from arrival through departure are so welcoming and gracious. Overall service is excellent and the food always perfectly prepared. We are fortunate to live in the neighborhood near Cafe Riggs, so we can dine often. If visiting DC, don’t miss it. If a DC resident, also don’t miss this wonderful restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance for a birthday brunch with family! Service was phenomenal and the food was delicious. Will be going back- I Highly recommend!

Cafe Riggs
Responded on 12 October 2020

Thank You, We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your birthday brunch with us, look forward to having you visit us again soon!

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vipTeri
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can be perfect for dinner with friends, a date, or a business meal. Pretty restaurant worthy of stylish attire and a champagne toast! The roast chicken is so yummy!

Cafe Riggs
Responded on 12 October 2020

Thank You, We are happy to hear you enjoyed your visit with us & the Whole Roasted Chicken, look forward to having you visit us again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and service was great. Ambiance was a little off only because it was dead quiet and it felt awkward

Cafe Riggs
Responded on 12 October 2020

Thank You, We are happy to hear you enjoyed your visit with us, the food & service. We can't wait to have our guests comfortable in dining out again & look forward to having you visit us back again soon!

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vipMaryS
Hong Kong
5 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service. Dealt beautifully with my high maintenance guests.

Cafe Riggs
Responded on 12 October 2020

Thank You MaryS, We are happy to hear you enjoyed your visit with us & the team taking great care off your guests, look forward to having you visit us again soon!

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Jamie
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Restaurant is so beautiful and was great for our anniversary dinner. Staff was very nice and helpful! I would highly recommend this place!

Cafe Riggs
Responded on 12 October 2020

Thank You JamesW, We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your anniversary dinner with us, look forward to having you come back & visit us again!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mom’s birthday!! It was perfect and social distance!!

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Samantha
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

We ate outside, and it was pretty loud because it is right next to the street. The food was okay, but you can get better from other restaurants in the city. I really wanted it to be great, but it just fell short.

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Drew
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Riggs has a similar Le Dip vibe. Their burger is JUST as good and you need to check it out. Service is phenomenal and friendly. Cocktails were delicious. There aren't any people there, so you have the place all to yourself (that how it felt 9/2/2020)

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TimonF
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service food and drinks

Cafe Riggs
Responded on 12 October 2020

Thank You TimonF, We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your anniversary dinner with us, look forward to having you come back & visit us again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding all around! Food and service are excellent. I can't believe I haven't written an review yet in this restaurant since my husband and I have been at least 20 times since they opened. Okay the food! Salads...the kale salad has avocado and crispy chickpeas is my favorite. Halibut is my go to dish but the Steak Frites is awesome. The burger....yes!! Delish! Oh and I cannot cover about dessert. The chocolate dessert (darn I cannot remember the name) is a perfect ending.

Now the service. Impeccable! Javani is our favorite server...ask for him! But really everyone is outstanding. The restaurant is casual chic. You can go dressed fairly casual so don't worry. Please try this restaurant. It is outstanding. You won't be disappointed.

Cafe Riggs
Responded on 12 October 2020

Hello, Thanks for visiting us several times since our opening and then re-opening. We are excited to hear that you have enjoyed your visits & its positive feedback like this which makes us want to be even better in the future than we were in the past. We have worked hard to curate the right kinds of menu offerings and selected an amazing team that truly enjoys taking care off our guests. We can not wait to have you come back & create many more happy memories with us! Thank You again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, food and ambience were fantastic!

Cafe Riggs
Responded on 12 October 2020

Thank You, We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your visit with us, look forward to having you come back & visit us again!

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vipJenn
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it!!! Beautiful space, great service and delicious food. Will return!

Cafe Riggs
Responded on 12 October 2020

Thank You Jenn, We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your visit with us, look forward to having you come back & visit us again soon!

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food123
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Saturday night was the first time I have been back to eating out since mid February and I chose to return to The Riggs Cafe! It was a perfect decision as this time as as fantastic as my first. I love They are consistent level of service, quality of food, and newly introduced safety measures. This has easily become my favorite restaurant in Washington DC.

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vipjgk99
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the Arctic Char, Steak Frites and a salad. All were absolutely amazing, and the people were just great. The restaurant was immaculately clean and we will definitely go back. There is outdoor seating but we sat inside and could not have been happier. This is one of our new favorites in DC.

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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
37 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meat and vegetable options.

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vipfoodfan
Washington DC
24 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
40 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
24 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.

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AmirHasani
Washington DC
2 reviews
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
5 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 does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar. Cafe Riggs also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 788-2800.

Cafe Riggs is rated 4.8 stars by 38 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.