Cafe Riggs

4.5
94 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
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 94 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.3
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.1
Value
Noise · Moderate
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marthah
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delightful and delicious perfect place for after museum visit

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YunP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Riggs is always a winner!
Great atmosphere, great food and superb service!

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vipDiningindmv
Washington DC
178 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always wonderful food and service in a beautiful setting.

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GaryB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

The Cafe was serving a significantly more-limited menu when I dined than that which was displayed on OpenTable. While this was a moderate disappointment, everything else about my visit was lovely. The night was not as perfect as I had hoped due to the menu, but I still enjoyed my evening. I plan to return.

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FoodieNiah
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A birthday dinner for my husband. They gave us special seating and a nice dessert afterwards. Our waiter was great and the ambience was perfect!

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Marty
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Loved the atmosphere and delicious food. The high ceilings and hard surfaces elevated the noise level. Our server was friendly, but stretched too thin to give us his best service.

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vipAndrew
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Beautiful space, especially at the Holiday time. They made a great Old Fashion cocktail.

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sbc2556
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The building is breathtaking! Marble everywhere and classically designed. Just beautiful with a posh but relaxing and inviting ambiance. The service is great from the time you speak to the maître d to the servers! We were in a bit of a rush and it was kind of busy so my companion asked that we be served sooner. Not only was the server right over to take our order, but the maître d came over to offer us free mimosas for our very small wait!

Even their outdoor seating is posh, separated for each party and elegantly appointed!

I absolutely love this place! It's not inexpensive, but worth every penny. Think of them if you'd want a perfect date or anniversary dinner or just to indulge yourself.

I can't wait to return!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was good and attentive. Everyone helpful and friendly.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
9 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

Food was good and we liked the ambiance, but the pacing and service level was poor. Confusion among the waiters, drinks took a long time, entrees came before the appetizers, the bread came late and then we received a second portion by mistake, the appetizers came with one missing and then we waited a while to get our entrees after that. It almost became funny after a while. I hope they figure out their issues as it is a beautiful place with good potential.

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elbees24
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience5

We knew the food would be pricey but was hoping that it would actually be worth it.

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vipCraig
Washington DC
869 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent chef, Tommy, Najib, host team, runners, etc.

Food was tremendous as always. Particularly the smoked salmon—a new go to. Duck confit always the best.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience1

Went for bunch.

Waiter was clueless about the menu and food.

He seemed overwhelmed and not interested in taking our order.

My order was wrong - no attempt to replace or get another dish.

Beautiful location, Comically horrible service, B- food.

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vipPietroMc
Washington DC
89 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great service, overall an outstanding dining experience.

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PattiLT
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Had Brunch here on a Sunday. The restaurant is lovely. The food was excellent We couldn’t finish it all even though we wanted to. Service is good - only reason for 4 stars is that we had to wave someone down to get a coffee refill. Otherwise would’ve been 5 stars.

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vipmich
Washington DC
79 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Dining in a beautiful, chandeliered, turn of the century bank building is a great start!
Service is excellent so are the hamburger and squash custard and expresso martini.

Down stairs ,nears the rest rooms , is the biggest gumball machine on the planet with free tokens.
This is our 4th visit with many more to come.

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NOVApatron
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Elegant and comfortable design, ambiance and service. Service was excellent - attentive, responsive and consistent. We even got a second glass of wine on the house. Food also very good. Lemon and sesame broccoli salad was especially delicious, innovative and memorable. The steak frites was tasty, but the chewiness of the meat was very disappointing and resulted in reducing the overall rating to 4 instead of 5.

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vipDavidA
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very nice place - cool/upscale decor. Better music - like classic jazz - would elevate the experience. Surprised when they charged for an iced tea refill - that needs to change. But good food and service. There outdoor cabanas are the best I’ve seen.

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vipSuburbanmom
Baltimore
30 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Ate outside. Great outdoor area on the street. Lunch menu. Salad and omelette for us. Very good!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I really have fallen in love with Cafe Riggs. My first experience was in June for a friends birthday and I’ve since been back for brunch and dinner. Love the ambiance, the staff is welcoming and always has great recommendations. The food is impeccable I’ve tried the majority of the entrees and there’s not one I wouldn’t recommend.

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vipc3po
Birmingham
42 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful and flavorful food, amazing service in a gorgeous setting. We loved every minute and will definitely be back. The crab salad and halibut were special standouts, as well as the best Manhatten I've ever had.

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Eater
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience1

We waited almost an hour and a half for luke warm, overpriced food. Extremely disappointing.

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CydM
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was an amazing find before attending an event at the arena. The food was delicious, service impeccable, excellent recommendations for wine pairings. Thank you for a wonderful evening. We will definitely be back!

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vipCraig
Washington DC
869 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Marvelous in every way. Crab cocktail is still the best in town. Excellent omelette entree with delicious arugula salad accompanying it. Najid is the best!

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vipDeeCee
Chicago
57 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience5

Service was awful. There were only 3 tables of people for breakfast—our table was first seated. Food was delicious; beautiful space. Server seemed annoyed by all requests—butter and jam for the toast (you want butter, jam? You want both?!?! And later—no jam except grape jelly); no sugar (you want sugar for your coffee?!?! There’s no sugar…ok, maybe 1 or 2 packets—I will have to look for them…you’ll have to wait); another cup of decaf (you want another cup?!?! Decaf?!?!). We gave up waiting for her to take our payment after having the cards in plain sight on the table for 15-20 minutes, and went to the hostess stand (unmanned), when she finally came up to us to ask if we wanted to pay/leave. I know times are tough and supply chains are a mess but this was a poor service experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing service, great brunch and coffee! Definitely recommends!

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Johnk
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3Food1Service3Ambience5

Good ambiance, drinks a bit too sweet, fish was cooked in a soupy versus crispy buttery way. Manager was nice enough to comp our meal.

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vipAmyH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service!

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vipCraig
Washington DC
869 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Andrea and the team were terrific as always. Great crab appetizer and omelette.

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vipPietroMc
Washington DC
89 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just perfect. Great food, great service, great atmosphere. A favorite.

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vipSdine
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Food was good, but music was very loud for a restaurant. I felt I was in a disco club back home in Europe.

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vipShan
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience5

First impressions: hostess was very welcoming and kind, dining room was absolutely gorgeous, the music and lighting created a lively, yet classy ambience.

Our server, Tommy, was nice and knowledgeable, but disappointingly the service was slow. It wasn’t a crowed night but at the time we were seated, most tables on the dining room side were occupied and the bar was only about a fourth full, but I only recall seeing one other server tending to tables. Perhaps the kitchen was overwhelmed?

Loved our drinks! Mostly. The French 75 was more tart than I remember. The last place I ordered a French 75 was at The Smith during brunch and I loved it there. But the tequila cocktail (can’t remember the name but it’s the only one on the menu) and the espresso martini were delicious.

Our food was good. We really wanted to try the Steak Frites and the Duck Confit but after seeing unappetizing guest photos of the Steak Frites and the fact that we could find a single photo of their Duck Confit on the entire internet, we decided against it. Of the four items we ordered, the mussels were the best - in fact, I’d argue that they’re the best I ever had. The broth was garlicky and flavorful, so much so that I found myself sipping the broth from the shell once the mussels were gone. Guess I should’ve asked for a baguette or crostini? 🙃 We also ordered oysters, grilled octopus, and tagliatelle. They were all good but none of which we were impressed by - maybe we’re harsh critics.

After reading reviews and looking at photos, my girlfriend I both agreed that we’d come back for brunch! The menu was much more appealing than it was for dinner.

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JS8787
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great vibe. Friendly service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience5

The food and service were average. It was nothing special. But the ambiance was great!

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vipCraig
Washington DC
869 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Terrific in every way. Outstanding effort led by Victoria and her team.

Najid is a gem. The chef is great, you can’t go wrong with their oysters and the duck confit. Bread is also very good.

Kudos to all the runners, Cafe Riggs had a well oiled team!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Victoria was incredible. The entire experience.

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vipelena9360
Denver
23 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience5

We visited on the fourth of July for dinner. Our reservation was at 7:30p. The place was pretty empty. However, we had to give a 100.00 guarantee that we would show up. We got a lovely table outside. The service was good but on the slow side. The menu is limited; most have a very French influence. We order cucumber caviar dip. It was perfect. We also had steak friet The flavor was great, but the meat was tough. The wine list was extensive. Anyone could find a delicious choice. Dessert Saint Honore was unbelievably good. At 8:30p, they started packing up around us to close. I understood the kitchen closed at 9 p.m., and they were ready to leave, but it made me uncomfortable so much, so I didn't even finish my last glass of wine. The prices were ok, but $33 for a tough cut of meat was annoying. We will try again but for brunch, not dinner.

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vipKarlaL
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great food, drinks and ambiance! Also the decor is fabulous!

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vipCraig
Washington DC
869 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent as always. Terrific service, food was great.

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vipCraig
Washington DC
869 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great hostess, Victor was very good.

Oysters are always excellent and had the omelette for the first time. Omelette was very good, the accompanying salad was less so. The hot peppers were too much for me.

All in all however, extremely pleasant evening at Cafe Riggs.

FAQs

Cafe Riggs offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 788-2800.

Cafe Riggs is rated 4.5 stars by 94 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 reservations at the moment.