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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.

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