Named Restaurant of the Year in June 2014 by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington, Ripple offers a complete dining experience, with a focus on sustainable, organic and locally-sourced produce and products.
An award winning wine list features bottles starting at $30, and over 70 wines under $75 per bottle.
Above all, Ripple believes in hospitality and strives to make every experience comfortable and fun!
Washington, DC 20008
Contemporary European, American, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Monday-Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday-Thursday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 1:00am
between Macomb St and Ordway St.
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Take the red line to the Cleveland Park and exit on the east side
walk toward the National Zoo about 2 blocks.
We're right across from the Uptown Theatre
Private Party Facilities:
Ripple has three dining rooms available for private dining, events or receptions. The main dining room can accommodate 60 people for dinner. Our back dining room seats up to 30 people. We also have a room that can accommodate 10 people for dinner.
Private Party Contact:
firstname.lastname@example.org: (866) 757-0581
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Ripple has three dining rooms available for private dining, events or receptions. Our back dining room seats up to 30 people. The main dining room can accommodate 60 people for dinner. We also have a 10 seat private dining room. Please let us know if we can help you plan your next event.
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Ripple Ratings and Reviews
This was my second time at Ripple and first time since a new chef and GM in December. The evening was a bit bumpy. The back room isn't my favorite location to sit and I prefer the main dining room. They were out of the fish on the menu, out of mint for a mojito and didn't know if they had grey goose vodka at the bar. I wasn't thrilled they had changed so much and kept the name with no information about the change online. The charcuterie was gone (this was the reason I returned to dine there), the menu was different and I felt more expensive.
I will commend the waiter for him trying to recover the bumpy start. They gave us a couple starters for free on top of what we ordered, but I would have preferred to have the rest of our dining experience run smoothly and our food to be more timely. We had a 8pm reservation and were still eating at 10pm. The food was very good!!!
Wow, wow, wow, and wow! Four wows for the four courses of our, ahem, four-course tasting menu. The courses were innovative, and the blends of tastes and textures tantalized the tongue. When the possibilities for mixed drinks did not include Kahlua and Cream, the bartender created something special just for us.
The new chef is creating interesting, unique, unusual and incredibly tasty dishes. A very special dining experience. Tasting menu and wine pairings a great option for a special occasion when you want to splurge a bit but not break the bank. Service was impeccable - helpful, timely, friendly - best we've found anywhere in DC area.
Loved Ripple! The tasting menu was delicious, and the wine pairings were very thoughtful. The ribeye came with even better sides. Great service! We were in the back room and were not bothered by the supposed thumping or kitchen talk mentioned in another review.
Sorry but the food was not as good as expected- the beet dish was good, the rabbit was good, the pork and sauerkraut was not sat tasty as in Sietsma review. The desserts were okay - the usual "deconstructured" style and nothing unusual. Not a totally disappointing culinary experience but not good enough for us to return. This is the third restaurant Sietsma has raved about or really recommended (the other two were Ottoman Taverna and Convivial)that was disappointing , nothing to rave about, so am thinking he might get special treatment. The wait staff at Ripple talked about waiting on him , that he came twice, so he was not "undercover!"
The food was good, and the four-course offering was a good way to experience the chef's offerings. The service was attentive although the kitchen very slow in producing food. If you eat at Ripple, avoid the back room and insist on seating in the main dining room. The back room is very depressing (unless you like looking at a red wall) and you have the additional "benefit" of listening to kitchen staff yell at each other. And to top it off, there was a steady pounding. My wife asked me if we were sitting next to a bowling alley or basketball court. The seating in the back room greatly diminished the enjoyment of the food.
I've had dinner at at Ripple 5 times in the last 2 years. It has never disappointed... until this past weekend. I have no issues with the creativity of the menu... but for some reason this time nothing quite worked. We shared 3 starters and while presented nicely, nothing tasted good. We couldn't finish the beef crudo or the head cheese croquettes. And we ordered those because we ARE experimental eaters! We then ordered a few more dishes including the rabbit, the risotto and the cavatelli. These were all fine but nothing outstanding. And quite salty. The bread and wine were great and so was the service! I would give another chance only because we had such good experiences previously... but... was definitely different this time and disappointing... especially for a birthday dinner.
Our server was terrific. her descriptions and recommendations were spot on. we all had the tasting menu which allowed us to sample a dish from each of the four categories (cold app/hot app/entree/dessert). my favorite dish was a hot appetizer called Hen egg (scrumptious). our server recommended a wonderful bottle of wine & cocktails were great.
Outstanding in every way!
Came here with my honey on date night just to try a new place, without any expectations - and had the best meal we've had in forever. Everything was balanced, new and familiar, complex and simple - hard to describe. Just delicious. We did the tasting menu - beets and sourdough, capatelli and duck, lamb and sturgeon (OMG) + dessert. And QUIET - have been looking for a place to have an actual conversation without shouting over the din for ages. OMG. Can't wait to come back.
I read an early quick review that praised the new chef and decided to head there for the first time in a long time. The review was accurate -- he has an incredible ability to mix and match flavor combinations successfully. The food is not cheap, but is worth it.
Ripple has the friendly feeling of a neighborhood restaurant but the food is excellent and innovative. Flavors that pop in your mouth and make you urge your companions to "try this one!"
Our waiter also had great knowledge of the individual wines and generally took great care of us while leaving us to ourselves to talk over the food and drink.
Really a first class experience.
Why do serving staff insist on explaining a perfectly clear menu after you tell them you have no questions and understand the menu? I managed to look as bored as possible but she had to continue her clearly memorized script. And then the waitress referred to me as : Dear. Yuck. When I asked for sugar with my espresso she forgot that and wandered around doing other chores. We were finally able to flag her down. The food under the new chef was really good so we will be back
Took our twenty-something daughter there for dinner. The food was sophisticated, but not intimidating. The wait staff was excellent--not in your face all the time, but knowledgable and helpful. The dishes were a different and interesting take on fresh ingredients. The "old" folks and the daughter thought it was excellent. Oh, also--great cocktails and a nice wine list. Definitely plan on going again.
We enjoyed a wonderful meal with a lovely wine recommended by the young sommelier. We had one vegetarian in our party who was very pleased with a plate composed for him by the chef. The one error in serving a port was corrected immediately and generously. My companions had fun composing a cheese plate and enjoyed it very much. Servers are very knowledgeable and helpful. Overall, it was a great meal and I was pleased to take my NYC friends and a nephew from LA, who all know something about food, to a fine, but relaxed, restaurant each said they would be very pleased to return to.
Great food, polite service, but very slooooow. We wanted to make a full night of it, so we were fine with the speed, but the four course tasting menu took three hours to serve. The first two courses each came an hour apart and then 30 minutes between the main and the dessert.
I have been to Ripple many times and always left happy but this time it was a big disappointment. The Chef has changed and so has the food. It is not as good as it used to be.
The dishes we tried were just too busy with far too many flavors. Nothing like the subtle and delicious taste that we were used to with the previous Chef.
We tried four different dishes and none of them was of our liking. The mix of fish and coffee or rabbit with cinnamon pecans, pesto and raisins just didn´t work for us. The service was also over crowded. There were too many people running around us what made the whole experience a bit overwhelming. If I am paying $$$ for my meal, I expect to have something better than this.
The resataurant is convenient if you are seeing a movie across the street. There is a tasting menu or you can just order off the menu. The menu is difficult to figure out -- not user friendly or fun to decode -- just annoying, especially if you are hungry. Food pretty good but overpriced and small portions. Felt a little shocked by the check and I done out quite a bit.
First time eating there. Apparently has a new chef since December 2016. Meal and service (thank you Kristin) were incredible. My wife and I each had their 4 course tasting menu but were able to choose the small plates we each desired. Would go back in a minute!
My group has brunched a Ripple many times and we knew the chef was new, but we were extremely disappointed by the new brunch menu. It was very limited, more expensive for the quantity, and some old (and delicious) favorites we're missing, most notably the Codester and the Hash. I heard several other tables of regulars sharing similar disappointment. Also, the service was not as good as usual. Hope they can turn this around. For now, I miss the old Ripple.
New chef equals new menu. Fine but this is a very heavy meat menu. 1 Entree is seafood, scallops, and no main vegetarian dish. This restaurant used to have a nice variety but no more. And the prices went up. Food was ok but certainly not great for the price. Also, menu descriptions are not clear on how the dish is presented or how large. We had to ask what some items were and then when the dish arrived there were things on the plate that weren't on the menu description. Another table was confused on some of their items as well.
The service, however, was horrible. Reservation at 6:45 for 4, left at 9:15 for 5 small plates, one entree and one dessert. All the apps came out at once and then we were left alone until just about everything was gone. No check on how things were going. We had to ask on the status of our entree and the waitress said she didn't think we had agreed on ordering that so she didn't put it in. Not sure why since it was on the list of things we ordered and so we now had to wait for that. Then she asked if we wanted another round of wine, we said yes but she only brought one person wine. We had to get another server to get the other glasses. Finally got the check and another 10 or 15 minutes went by so one of us got up walked over to her and handed it to her so we could pay and get the hell out of there. It was really an unbelievable meal. My wife and I have eaten here a few times over the past couple of years and this was hugely disappointing. Have absolutely no desire to return.
Great food and a nice place for a fancy dinner without too much pretense (just the right amount). But the $$ is NOT ACCURATE. Just be prepared, this is squarely a $$$ restaurant. It's worth it, I just don't want you to be surprised like my and my wife were.
We went to Ripple on a whim on a quiet weekday night in early January. We hadn't been there in over a year. There is a new chef, and he is off to a very promising start. Very inventive, flavorful dishes, with an interesting approach of using a single ingredient in many ways (such as tuna tartare with five different types of lime preparation). Our server was terrific and very helpful. The wine, mixed drinks and beer options remain eclectic and interesting. We will come back again, and it won't take a year.
Excited for the new chef. tasting menu was quite an experience. It read beautifully and the flavors, plating were right on. Dessert was a week note. Staff was definitely attentive, but seemed a bit new to the menu and the revised experience. I'm sure that will all come together over time. Wine pairing was well done.
Absolutely amazing! My husband and I were in town for the holidays and this place was recommended by a friend. The food was great, we didn't feel hungry or over full when we left, we weren't rushed and our server even helped us pair wines by the glass to our food/course. Next time we're in DC, we'll come back here for sure.
After reading all of the reviews and it being listed as a top 100 restaurant we were looking forward to this experience as our holiday dinner. I suppose they were having an off night but overall we did not enjoy our experience. It took almost an hour to receive three appetizers - two cold and one hot. And the hot appetizer came out cold! They did remove the item from our bill but the waitress had hyped it up as one of their best dishes. It had good flavor but needed to be hot. We would have rather they brought out a hot one for us to eat. The main courses - fish, scallops and steak were just ok. Overall a complete disappointment, especially for the price point and reputation. We will not be back and do not recommend.
I was actually very disappointed that their rotating menu does not have many options for vegetarians. I went, very excited to try the crab cakes benedoct, only to find it wasn't on the menu, and had been replaced with a vegetarian Bennie that was very sparse. No way was it supports substantial! Then I find out they don't carry avocado. Really?!?! That was incredibly disappointing!! Everything else in the menu seemed bland, or was using meat to replace actual flavor. Truly not what I was expecting. Our waiter was also visibly displeased by our questions about the menu, and obviously was not well versed I'm vegetarian fare. He was also not very pleasant. I hope he was just having a bad dau, because he really didn't seem happy to be there and I almost felt like I was intruding. I guess I'm glad it wasn't over priced, and drinks were on special.
My wife and I enjoyed our 38th wedding anniversary here. The food was very good. The service was first rate. She is lactose intolerant. I had let them know at the time of our reservation. When we arrived, there was a special menu for her, with each item reviewed by the chef as okay or not for her, sometimes with notes about how the dish could be modified for her. Really nice. My only negative would be the noise level, which made it difficult to speak at a normal level and be heard.
Food was not worth the costs. My partner's New York strip was two small end pieces with a bland polenta. The potato gnocchi was good but again, you have to order the entree portion which is still quite small and not worth the cost. The only good things were the service, the bread, and the charcuterie.
The appetizers and entrees were unusual, tasty, and beautifully presented. The sheep cheese plate at meal's end, suggested by our waiter, wonderful. It was an exceptional meal ... but a little wee bit expensive. Nonetheless, my wife and I will make a point of returning to Ripple on our next visit to DC. Truly memorable.
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