REVIEW: Café Riggs Restaurant in Washington DC

The Riggs Hotel located in Penn Quarter Washington DC has recently reopened for service. The hotel’s restaurant, Café Riggs, sits comfortably inside the lobby and showcases the historic 1891 bank architecture with comfortable and intimate seating arrangements now perfectly reorganized for social distancing. There is a rooftop that is worth checking out and a downstairs bar featuring exquisite cocktails by Mr. Lyan (still closed as of October 6, 2020). However, dinner in Cafe Riggs downstairs next to the glass-enclosed flower case is a unique experience for dining in Washington DC.

Dinner Menu

The raw bar menu features assorted oysters, caviar with cucumber crème fraîche, and smoked trout roe (which I personally recommend), as well as a shrimp cocktail.

The market vegetables very by the day and was pleasantly content with roasted cauliflower.

Beef tartare, grilled octopus, mussels, and tomato with avocado are great appetizers. If you would like to splurge, there is a caviar grilled cheese offered at $98. Arugula, kale, broccoli salads are plated with the perfect amount of vinaigrette or dressing.

Dinner entrées include Halibut with kohlrabi, Arctic Char with couscous, Campanelle with a mushroom ragu and pecorino, Steak Frites (perfect!), a Riggs Burger, and a Chicken Salad Sandwich. There is a whole roasted chicken available sourced from a local farm. Berries and cream (a simple joy), or that Tarte Au Chocolat makes wonderful after-dinner desserts.

The cocktail list is curated by Mr. Lyan, a renowned mixologist from London. Aperitifs, digestifs, classics like the French 75, and spiritless cocktails like the Peach Fizz are deliciously refreshing. 15 wines by the glass are also offered.

Final Thoughts

There is pride in service which can be deeply appreciated, especially during this time. Thoughtful and precautious movements by employees (you’ll see in the video above) provide a polished touch to the dining experience.


Café Riggs is a luxurious and modern restaurant that serves throughout the day. The barista counter is open every day at 7:00 am, and dinner service begins every day at 5:30 pm. On Saturday and Sunday, they offer a special weekend brunch menu beginning at 10:00 am.


Café Riggs. Located in: Riggs Hotel Washington DC Address: 900 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004. Phone: (202) 788-2800

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