WHen we arrived at The Riggsby‘s entrance, we felt like we were transported back in time or landed on the set of Mad Men — it’s set like a funky home late 1950s or 1960s. Lots of items draw your eyes to look or stare at like the old display cases, various old Time magazine covers during that era and the gorgeous, huge crystal chandelier set in the center of the dining room along with the skylight.
We started our meals in a dainty fashion with two different toasts — avocado toast with shrimp and crab meat ($12) and spicy shrimp canapes ($12). Both toasts were very good. Crisp bread with a good amount and ratios of the toppings, letting the flavors of each seafood shine yet it’s interesting and refreshing to the palate.
We wanted something seafood related since we are in Washington, D.C. and had their super fresh, Wellfleet oystres that were wonderful mild, sweet flavor with a high brininess and a crisp, clean finish.
For our main courses, we had the classic Maryland lump crab cake benedict ($16), steak frites ($22), and the special of the day – lobster roll ($20). The crab cake was nicely done; large flakes of sweet crab meat without much filler and the poached eggs were pleasanty runny. The steak frites were perfectly done having the steak cooked to blue and it was very tender and well seasoned. The lobster roll was very delicious and thankfully not overdone with mayonaise and we liked the mix of mustard to add a little kick of spice.
We’ve lingered over our cups of coffee taking in the bustling brunch scene and the cool antiques hanging on the walls. The front of the house staff was very professional yet friendly. They even lent me their iPhone charger while dining there.
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The Riggsby at Carlyle Hotel Dupont Circle
1731 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009
Phone: (202) 787-1500