About i Ricchi
A restaurant specializing in the preparation of "Cucina Rustica" - Tuscan country-style cooking.
Italian, Modern Tuscan, Mediterranean
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 1:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
19th & Jefferson Pl.
$31 to $50
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We cater small - medium sized events.
Free Valet Parking is available at Dinner.
Dupont Circle South
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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i Ricchi provides private rooms and special menus for parties of 12 or more.
i Ricchi Ratings and Reviews
i Ricchi is a fantastic Italian restaura ...
i Ricchi is a fantastic Italian restaurant. Really classy with an engaged owner on the scene. I can't wait to go back.
One of many visits to I ricchi. Experie ...
One of many visits to I ricchi. Experience was outstanding from my reminder call by Anastasia to our welcome by Anastasia, our hostess to our service by Dorina who was not only a great waitperson but a charming woman as well. We will be back
I can't say enough about i ricci. The f ...
I can't say enough about i ricci. The food, the staff, the ambiance, all superior to 95% of the restaurants in DC. I've been here numerous times, and it continues to impress me. Whatever the occasion, I am always more than satisfied with my dining experience. Not only is the food extraordinary, but I will say they have the best bread basket in town! Ms. Ricci is certainly at the top of her game.
Always great food, service and friendly ...
Always great food, service and friendly - we like to go for lunch.
Well I wanted to try this restaurant sin ...
Well I wanted to try this restaurant since we came in dc. I used to work in dupont so I heard about this one. Finally with a groupon deal, I tried it with my wife. The scallop, meatballs and the mozzarella salad was really refreshing and fantastic start. But after that it didn't meet the expectations. Branzino was really tasty but it was super simple. No artistic touch or any love for it from the kitchen. For 36 dollar you would expect a top notch entree which you want to remember. The next one was rib eye for my wife, it wasn't one of the best meat we have tried. The taste was bland and no flavor in it. It was just a cooked meat, nothing else. Desert was super good, can't remember what we got. Service wise it was nice too.
NOT worth the price. Food was so-so, ser ...
NOT worth the price. Food was so-so, service was mediocre. Extremely overpriced for the experience.
Everyone knows your name and treats you ...
Everyone knows your name and treats you like royalty in this restaurant. Woman-owned and it takes a woman's touch to make such a special place.
Mediocre Italian food at above average p ...
Mediocre Italian food at above average prices for DC. We are returning customers because we had been here for a group event once before that was well organized. We felt very rushed by our waiter: for example, once we said we didn't want dessert he didn't bother to ask if we wanted coffee or an after dinner drink, rather he just brought our check!!
Specialty of the house was prepared inco ...
Specialty of the house was prepared incorrectly...TWICE. Left with no dinner.
Excellent service, I like ice tea with l ...
Excellent service, I like ice tea with lots of ice. The waitress gave me my own decanter, checked, refilled and made sure I had everything I needed. Our food came out quickly and again several checks to make sure we were happy. The food is delicious, not heavy Southern Italian but light, fresh and truly full of flavor. We ate outside and enjoyed being screened in with beautiful greenery. 5 stars *****. Great dining experience
Very Nice--but not great. One host was d ...
Very Nice--but not great. One host was definitively unfriendly. Rest of staff and service was great. Food was very good, but again not awesome. Given the DC market for excellent dining; this is a safe bet, but not unique or noteworthy.
Apparently resting on its laurels. Staff ...
Apparently resting on its laurels. Staff were pleasant, but this is a mass production kind of place, not as "special" as I thought it might be. Have heard for years that it is high-end Italian, but we were a bit underwhelmed - liked the food mostly, but not inspired. Small matter, but the caprese salad was 99.5% tomato and mozzarella, but almost no basil, which is key; not a big deal, but kind of obvious. Wine by the glass very limited and not great. Might try it again some day, but not eager to go back right now.
Pushy waiter and okay food. Nothing really great. We booked a reservation on Open Table for 6:15 because the 6:30 we wanted wasn't available. The restaurant was empty! When we left at 7:30 or so, it was still 80% empty. It felt like a chain, trying to be a upscale restaurant. I would say, don't bother.
The food was superb, the service impeccable.
One of Washington's top restaurants. A bit pricey, but worth it. Our waiter (Said) was helpful, friendly, and knowledgeable. We brought out of town guests there and it was a resounding success.
Outside on the piazza
We had a delightful lunch on the updated piazza. It was sunny and there was a cool breeze. We started with the outstanding calamari and a delicious beet salad. The calamari was the best in the city and the beets and farro salad was just right for a summer day. I had a crisp Prosecco which was the perfect accompaniment for the appetizers. The Risotto of the day was mushroom and pea shoots and was perfectly cooked. The Pasta Bolognese was flavorful. We are never disappointed at I Ricchi.
Fabulous italian food
We thoroughly enjoyed the t5wo meals we had there, although we missed Kenya our server from the first time, who was really great. The mixed grill was delicious. The noise level on a week night was better than on the weekend. Chairs which tend to be uncomfortable are easily overlooked given the quality of the food. I highly recommend the beet salad as well.
I had an excellent mussels starter, very good trout entree and a nice semifredo for dessert. The server was attentive, and the atmosphere was elegantly casual with a mix of couples and families. My only problem was their rather off-putting system of "welcoming" customers. I was greeted at the door by a friendly man who escorted me to a position behind the hostess, who kept her back to me for some minutes until she was ready to direct a waiter to take me to my table. This seemed to be the way they treated all arrivals while I was there.
Unauthentic food, take it or leave it management
First impressions good - efficient maître d', comfortable setting - but these were soon dissipated somewhat by a pushy waiter who seemed bent on telling us what we wanted to eat and drink - usually the more expensive items - even though we told him that we had been in Italy the previous week. Water off a duck's back. Like other diners at an aspirational high-end restaurant I imagine, I am not impressed by a waiter telling me which notables from the local embassies, the World Bank and others frequently dined at the restaurant. I ordered polipo panzanella with cucumber, croutons, and tomato for antipasti and cavatelli neri for prima; my wife ordered the branzino. So, after some tasty bread and oil, our pushy waiter returning frequently to chat and overfill our wine glasses, worryingly the panzanella arrived at lightning speed. Uh, uh. Warmed up rather than cooked from fresh. What is it the I Ricchi chef says in the restaurant blurb: "During my time in Tuscany I was inspired by the role of food in Italian culture. Food is a lifestyle in Tuscany; people know where their food comes from and how to prepare it. They seek comfort and quality in their food." No self-respecting Tuscan chef would serve warmed up food with bread/croutons as carb filler and octopus in short supply. When I questioned the paucity of octopus with the manager, he didn't want to know, let alone rectify the problem. "I'll tell the chef". Ultimately, he reported that Americans apparently like lots of bread/croutons in their Italian dishes instead of seafood. What drivel! Next came my wife's branzino, which was beautifully cooked, and my cavatello neri, which although tasty was also short on seafood and long on pasta. Again, repeated visits from our pushy waiter. What was the rush? Ultimately, my wife ordered a very good tiramisu and I finished the nice (albeit greatly overpriced) Super Tuscan, and then left with my wallet $170 lighter. Hardly "a real food experience", as the restaurant blurb boasts.
Food was delicious, service great. Chai ...
Food was delicious, service great. Chairs uncomfortable However and noise level high.
My husband and I are Italian and only spend our money here. The food is excellent. Just like eating in Italy.
I thought it was too expensive for a lunch downtown. I had the chicken and it was too spicy. Would not return.
I Ricchi was great as usual, but 45 min ...
I Ricchi was great as usual, but 45 min between first and second course was unacceptable. I hope this was an anomaly and not what the kitchen has become!
Our food and service was DELICIOUS and o ...
Our food and service was DELICIOUS and our waitstaff was EXCELLENT! Would go back 10/10 times.
All our appetizers were mouth-watering, ...
All our appetizers were mouth-watering, from my crispy fried calamare to the mussels to the melt-in-your-mouth scallops. I'm not a big scallop eater, but I'm definitely ordering them next time. They saw to it that my husband, who had had his gall bladder removed just a week earlier, got his fish as requested, cooked without any fats or sauces, and it was delicious. My veal chop was also very tasty and cooked to order. For dessert, they again accommodated my husband by providing luscious berries void of any sauces. As for me, I so love their semi-freddo, a half frozen concoction of layers of strawberries, whipped cream, and crispy meringue, that I always order it, and my friend, a huge strawberry lover, completely agreed. We've introduced i Ricchi to at least 6 friends since we discovered it, and all have been as sold on the place as we are. Our waitress was a little too effusive, but she did see to it that my husband's food was prepared as needed.
Seated late, poor service, only average food.
We went on a Friday evening with a reservation, lots of tables were available but they nevertheless kept us waiting for about 30 minutes. At one point I honestly thought they wanted us to leave. Service thereafter was slow, for example, I had to remind the waitress (who seemed frightened, BTW) to bring my wine which still hadn't arrived by the time the appetizers did. The food itself wasn't great. I agree with the previous reviews that note that this might work for the lunchtime work crowd or tourists who don't know good food, but it didn't work for us. We won't go back.
A home run! The best food I have had in ...
A home run! The best food I have had in DC in ten years. The calamari was light and fresh and the salmon was cooked to perfection. Don't miss this restaurant. The warm greeting at the door starts your experience and the food is five stars. I did not feel rushed. The waiter was helpful. The bread was fresh!
What a superb restaurant. The service w ...
What a superb restaurant. The service was great but the food was heavenly. The only drawback was the noise level. Not a place for a quiet conversation or a romantic get away, unless you consider the romance you will have with the cuisine.
Another delightful lunch at i Ricchi. We ...
Another delightful lunch at i Ricchi. We've been coming here for some years now and never had anything other than a superb experience. It just clicks on every level: excellent menu, authentically Italian to the core, beautifully presented and prepared... I don't think there is a restaurant in the city that does fish as well... and served by charming and engaging staff from the maitre d's to the waiters, waitresses and the busboys. The wine list is exceptional in choice and value. And best of all, this is an adult restaurant... not yet another 20 something Happy Hour venue (although theirs is one of the best in the city) with deafening din and racket.. it's delightfully quiet and old school elegant. Our only complaint: the "rustic" and not too comfortable chairs. i Ricchi... rocks!
Our waitress was incredible and so was t ...
Our waitress was incredible and so was the Guatemalan man that helped her in her section. What amazing service!!
Thank you to I Ricchi for a wonderful di ...
Thank you to I Ricchi for a wonderful dining experience!! Delicious food, outstanding service, and made us feel like we were right back in Italy!! Looking forward to returning and would recommend to all!!
Best Italian in Washington , D.C. The ...
Best Italian in Washington , D.C. The service was second to none. I and my party of four went to I Ricchi for dinner. Each course exceeded our expectations. We all had a favorite Italian in D.C., however, each of us now is an I Ricchi fan.
I Ricchi has great food, but know that i ...
I Ricchi has great food, but know that if you're a woman, you'll be treated as if you're invisible until men arrive. I hosted a client lunch at I Ricchi and couldn't get so much as a glass of water - even after asking for service. The waiter who turned out to be handling my table must have walked by 10 times. Then my male clients arrived. He was immediately at my table. I would have said something (beyond my initial - do I have a waiter? Which produced no response and no attention) had I not been hosting clients. Horrible experience.
Thoroughly enjoyable dining! I've been ...
Thoroughly enjoyable dining! I've been to this restaurant many times and it never fails to disappoint. Our service was fantastic, the wine list is solid, and the food is very good. I look forward to my next visit.
Booked restaurant for friends birthday dinner. We were both excited about going to I Ricchi. They called to confirm reservation and said would provide special for birthday. We came early to have a drink at the bar. Bartender very busy and uninterested in serving us. We were told our table was ready, paid the bar bill and got up only to be told to sit back down by the host. We again waited now well past our reservation time. Person who sat us said they had 2 parties with more folks then expected and waiter could not accommodate more tables. Saw 3 empty tables when we sat down. Our waiter was visibly unhappy we were seated in his area. He came over asked for our appetizer before we had looked at menus and seemed angry we were not ready. We didn't have a chance to ask any questions throughout the evening as he walked away so quickly. Food was good but felt rushed. Asked for butter three times before getting any. At the end of our entrée the waiter came over with the check and said are you done and left the check on the table before we could answer but yes we had enough of his rudeness. He never asked if we wanted desert or coffee. No birthday special, nothing special at all. Seems that they had overbooked the restaurant and parties brought more folks than expected. This is not my fault nor should I suffer for it. Had to apologize to friend for such a disappointing evening. As we left they were sawing tables in half with an electric saw while folks were still eating. Very poorly managed restaurant.
i Ricci continues to impress. Not only ...
i Ricci continues to impress. Not only is the food delicious, the menu diverse and the specials enticing and interesting, but the staff is the best DC has to offer. Never have I been to a restaurant where the servers know the nuance of each dish and will willingly ask the Chef to vary from it to accommodate a guest. The preparation and presentation is exquisite and the flavors, a treat to the senses. I will continue to patronize I Ricci, as there are few restaurants in DC that can hold a candle to it.
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