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Food is the gateway to culture. A connection to our roots. An opportunity to nourish our bodies, explore new worlds, and engage with the smiling faces across the table. At RASA, we celebrate this connection by sharing authentic flavors and mindfully sourced meals from our childhoods with our communities right here in the DMV. Our dishes are handcrafted in small batches with love, and we have been fortunate to partner with our talented friends, family, and farmers along the way. So grab a seat, get cozy, and dig in! We couldn’t be more excited to share our world with you.


We Got You —

let our chefs work their magic


Tikka Chance On Me

chicken tikka | tomato garlic sauce | basmati rice | sautéed spinach | pickled radish | kachumber salad | toasted cumin yogurt | pickled onions | mint cilantro chutney


Om My Goodness

green jackfruit | coconut ginger sauce | super grains | roasted brussels | tamarind ginger chutney | masala beets | cucumber cubes | microgreens (V)


Aloo Need Is Love

sweet potato tikka | coconut ginger sauce | lemon turmeric rice | charred eggplant | pickled radish | tamarind ginger chutney | masala beets | cucumbers | mango coconut yogurt | roasted lentils (V)


Home Cooking

turmeric ginger shrimp | tamarind chili sauce | south indian rice noodles | tossed green beans | mango salsa | tamarind coconut powder | tamarind ginger chutney | mango coconut yogurt


Open Sesame

lamb kebab | peanut sesame sauce | basmati rice | charred eggplant | cucumber cubes | pickled onions | mint cilantro chutney | microgreens | mango coconut yogurt


Veggie Thali

build your base | pick a vegetarian main | choose a sauce | add three veggie sides | top it off


You Got This —



1. Build Your Base

choose one


2. Pick A Main

choose one


3. Get Saucy

choose one


4. Add Some Veggies

choose one


5. Top It Off





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It might be fast and casual, but a lot of effort goes into this food. Almost everything is made from scratch, including garam masala, whose ingredients go through a spice grinder the business partners picked up in India.

The slow-cooked, tongue-numbing meat at Rasa is dynamite, a beneficiary of a marinade sparked with curry leaves, tellicherry peppercorns and green chilies, then garam masala in follow-up seasoning.
— Tom Sietsema, The Washington Post
When you sample the separate components of a dish at RASA, you’re hit with the intense flavors of Indian herbs and spices. The peanut sesame sauce is savory, the tamarind ginger chutney is fiery, and the dehydrated bitter melon slices used to add crunch are this year’s kale chips. Together they form a bowl as boisterous as the soundtrack to any Bollywood movie.
— Laura Hayes, Washington City Paper
It’s easily the most flavorful fast casual option in D.C.
— Brightest Young Things


1247 First Street SE
Washington, DC 20003



11 am – 9 pm



(202) 804-5678