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Rasika included in Tom Sietsema’s 2019 Fall Dining Guide in The Washington Post


The D.C. Restaurant Hall of Fame – Washington Post, 2018

Outstanding Chef, Vikram Sunderam

Chef Vikram Sunderam was already crowned once by the James Beard Awards—for Best Chef Mid-Atlantic—and it’s no wonder why: the celebrated chef has turned Indian fine dining into a D.C. staple, where the vibrancy and depth of his homeland’s cuisine resonates in every dish, even one as simple as naan.

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OpenTable diners name Rasika one of the 100 best restaurants in the USA

More than 12 million OpenTable diners have named their top restaurants in the USA, and Rasika is one of them! Read More >>

Rasika Sets the Standard – Washington Post 2018 Fall Dining Guide

Take it from someone who knows: If there’s any joy in jury duty, it’s the chance to take a break at Rasika. You’ll never be bored by the menu, for the simple reason that Vikram Sunderam, the James Beard Award-winning chef, never stops adding to his rich repertoire. Consider a visit last month, when a server pointed out a half-dozen fresh reasons to be grateful for the modern Indian standard-bearer, some of them meatless, all of them marvelous. From the griddle came lightly breaded paneer, stuffed with minced cabbage and green beans and colorful with garnishes of julienned bell peppers and scallions. (A dollop of chile sauce with chopped garlic was just the right torch.) Down the hatch went a hot pot, too: soft-cooked eggplant, carrots and plantains swirled with coconut, cilantro and green chiles in a copper bowl, a dish associated with the state of Gujarat in western India and a delicious geography lesson. Not that the kitchen doesn’t excel at tradition, exhibited by creamy, tomatoey chicken tikka masala (look for the recipe on Page 177 of the cookbook “Rasika: Flavors of India”), and excellent breads, foremost the minted paratha. Rasika West End is younger and flashier. But the original restaurant, dressed with a chef’s counter facing a wall of spices and a red-tipped glass “curtain” separating handsome bar from sedate dining room, has my heart.

Top 25 Best Fine Dining Restaurants – United States

Trip Advisor 2015 & 2016 Travelers Choice

Rasika’s Vikram Sunderam was awarded the 2013 James Beard award for best chef in the Mid-Atlantic region.


“Four stars” (out of four)

Washington Post Fall Dining Guide 2009 onwards

Semi Finalist For The 2016 James Beard Awards -Outstanding Restaurant

Featured in the Top 101 Restaurants in America in The Daily Meal 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015.

Rasika has been named among the top 20 restaurants across America in Zagat’s 2014 America’s Top Restaurants Survey.

Finalist, Best Chef – Mid Atlantic

James Beard Foundation 2012, 2013 and 2014

Nominated for “Best Chef- Mid Atlantic” 2009-2014

James Beard Foundation Awards

Washingtonian 100 Very Best Restaurants list 2016 – No. 5

Washingtonian’s Top 20 Restaurants

Washingtonian Magazine, 2009 onwards

Named “New Restaurant of the Year”

Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington, 2007

Featured as one of Esquire Magazine’s “Best New Restaurants 2006”

Esquire Magazine, November 2006

The Ethnic standout: Rasika

Bon Appetit, Erin Hartigan, March 2014

Named as a Readers’ Favorite Restaurant

Washingtonian Magazine, 2011

Rasika named one of Eater’s 38 Essential Washington Restaurants

Eater DC, January 2014

“Best Indian Restaurant”

Washington City Papers Annual Readers poll, April 2014

“Top 50 Restaurants 2008 onwards”

Washington City Paper

Named “Upscale Casual” restaurant

Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington, 2009

“Three Stars” (out of four)

Washingtonian Magazine’s “100 Best Restaurants” 2009

“Three and a Half stars” (out of four), 2007, 2008

Fall Dining Guide By Tom Sietsema Washington Post Magazine

“Rasika is not just the best Indian Restaurant in America; it is also one of America’s best restaurants, period.”

John Mariani, Esquire Magazine, 2008

“Three and a Half Stars” (out of four)

2007 Fall Dining Guide by Tom Sietsema, Washington Post Magazine

“Three Stars” (out of four)

2006 Fall Dining Guide By Tom Sietsema, Washington Post Magazine

“One of the Hottest Restaurants in the world.”

Food & Wine Magazine, 2006

“Modern Indian cuisine served in a vibrant, modern setting; ambitious recipes, a recent meal was superb, even the paratha and raita, get the tandoori trout.”

25 Most Romantic Restaurants in DC Area in DCRefined

“Remember when mom used you beg you not to eat the whole bag of Bugles in one sitting? Too bad that’s IMPOSSIBLE. The palak chaat at Rasika is no different — especially because you get that same crispy fried crunch. But, instead of crappy corn whatever, you’re munching on lightly fried spinach leaves drizzled with sweet yogurt, tamarind, and date chutney. Expect to order it as an appetizer, a side to accompany your entrée, and again for dessert. Don’t worry, your waiter has seen it all.” in Thrillist

10 Restaurants Where You Can Try Something New in DC 

Top Five Indian Restaurants in DC

“Shakshuka gets an appropriately Indian twist at Rasika West End. The spinach egg masala incorporates ginger and green chilies into the tomato masala, which is tossed with spinach.” in Eater