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Mari Vanna DC
Mari Vanna DC

Mari Vanna DC Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.marivanna.ru
  • Phone: (202) 783-7777
  • Hours of Operation: Mondays- closed
    Tuesday, Wednesday,Thursday, Sunday: 11:30 am - 12:00 am
    Friday, Saturday: 11:30 am - 2:00 am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Russian, Global, International, Eastern European
  • Executive Chef: Azamat Zhanizakov
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, High Tea, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch
  • Private Party Facilities: Occupying the third floor, Mari Vanna"s Parlor is an ideal space in which to host your next private dining event. Inviting, intricate, and intimate, the Parlor is complete with it's own bar, private access and seating for all your invitees.
  • Private Party Contact: Tatiana Mis (202) 783-7777
  • Entertainment: To enhance our guest experience there will be live entertainment as well as DJ driven ambiance throughout the week. Weekends and events hosted by Special Guests will be announced via our VIP mailing list.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Rhode Island Ave NW and Desales Street NW
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Mari Vanna DC can be reached via the Farragut North or the Dupont Circle Red Line Metro Stops.
A word from Mari Vanna DC
Nestled in the Heart of the Dupont Circle District of Washington, D.C., Mari Vanna Restaurant offers homestyle Russian delicacies admits a unique fine dining atmosphere.

Swathed in a luxurious decor reminiscent of Victorian Era opulence, Mari Vanna marries Russian nobility with folk art and the simplicity of Soviet Union austerity.

From traditional Borscht and blinis to inimitable caviar and champagne, Mari Vanna offers Russian cooking fit for those who pursue delectable cuisine and impeccable service.
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Diner Reviews
  • "We really wanted to like this place--the decor is fun, the live accordion music is energetic and the wait staff seems very Russian. But we spent $225 for three people and the food was not good. The beet salad was bland, the infused raspberry vodka tasted like cough syrup, the chicken was dry and the peas (served in multiple dishes) were canned. A few exceptions: the sea bass in parchment was excellent and the pear-infused vodka was good. Go for a drink--happy hour 5-7!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "This restaurant made a big splash when it first opened but in a little over 1 1/2 years they have increased the price of brunch significantly...and there was no pelmeni in the buffet rotation (although it was listed on the menu as an add on which we were told was not available) The Pelmeni is awesome and why we chose to dine here. And my 3 year old nibbles off our plates yet they still charge $15 for her seat at the table. They used to have complimentary ice cream for the kids. The price is about double the last time I was there with my family so it was a lot less crowded which meant no waiting in line was nice. We love the food and ambience so we'll be back...just less frequently at $200 for 3 adults and 2 kids."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "The wine list is very good as are some of the house drinks. My wife started with a bowl of the Mushroom Rassolnik which she said was very good, while I started with Caviar, which was excellent. Then again if you're a Russian restaurant that messes up caviar, Putin should have you thrown in a Siberian prison. We followed that up with the Duck, Golubzi for my wife, and Chicken Kiev for our 8yr old daughter. The problem is that traditional Russian food is fairly bland, so, though the Duck was cooked just right, there isn't much else added to bring out the flavor of the duck. Of the dishes, our daughter probably had the best tasting dish. It may not be as traditional but The Russia House a few blocks north is the better Russian Restaurant."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Have walked past Mari Vanna for months and my wife and I decided to go there for our anniversary dinner. Our dinner happened to fall on International Caviar Day. Delicious caviar was discounted and delightful. In addition to Russian items on the menu there was a special menu of item from Ukraine. We noticed they have a tea service in the afternoon. We will be back to sample other items on the menu."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Having never eaten Russian before, my server was wonderful as she guided me through my choices! It's decor is beautiful as is the plating!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "In addition to great food and service, the restaurant was promoting a run to support the Ukrainian people facing foreign aggression. I saw a lot of people of visiting, so the charity collected will be given to Ukrainians in need."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "After booking on opentable.com, I called and asked for the window table for two. I'm really glad I did - it was much more intimate and quieter than the rest of the floor. The staff was most accommodating and very pleasant. The food was delicious! We shared the eggplant roll as a starter and split a bottle of wonderful Georgian wine. My husband's beef stroganoff was tender and well seasoned and my sea bass cooked in parchment paper was fantastic. I will certainly be back!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The food is always delicious. Infused vodkas are a must."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Noisy to distraction, great sounding menu, food didn't match it: pirochky pastry was like donuts, "blini" were just crepes, soups "OK", accordionist overpoweringly loud, way too expensive for the food quality and overall experience - a huge disappointment."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Having spent a brief time in Russia, I was delighted to find a restaurant in DC with authentic and delicious Russian food. I have tried most of what is on the menu and the food has been consistently wonderful. The decor is charming and the staff is friendly and competent. It is also quite a versatile place, suitable for everything from a business lunch to a romantic date. From what I hear, it is also a good late night spot as well as a fun place for Russian style afternoon tea. I have taken many professional colleagues, friends, and family members to Mari Vanna and every one has loved it."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Thank you very much! We had very nice experience! Food was good and it was like food in Russia!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Speaking of service:we went on Saturday and it was pretty packed!I mean,if we hadn't made a reservation,we would have had to wait for a quite a while.Yet,that waitress (Olena) was total awesome sauce!She had drinks refilled before they went empty, put our orders in right away and brought them out in a timely manner. She was polite, sociable, didn't bother us too much or not enough.She had to have been busy with the amount of diners and such, but not once did we see her fumble. Now about the food.Even my picky eater ate every bite. EV-ER-Y bite.I ordered the Chilean sea bass.The portions were a fitting size.Enough to fill you up, but not so much that you feel guilty for how much food gets tossed away. Awesome place!Definitely coming back!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Love this place! Such a cute little place that reminds me kind of what your grandmother's place would look like. Comfy couch and the waiters and waitresses are very helpful!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Mari Vanna has terrific food and wonderful ambiance. The stylish way the restaurant is decorated and the Russian staff make you feel like you are in Russia."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The Sunday brunch buffet was excellent – great selection of dishes, tasting like the best, Russian-style homemade food! Very authentic and will definitely please your taste!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "This was the best Russian food I've ever had. I especially enjoyed the vodka (that's what I mean by "wine list"). It's very expensive, but worth it."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "A group of 6 of us enjoyed a Saturday lunch for a birthday event. The service was wonderful - very attentive without interfering. We ordered several appetizers and soups: delicious Herring Under a Fur Coat, Olivier Salad (very good but filling), Soleniya (pickled veggies - tasty without being too tart),chicken soup (with good dill accent), and mushroom rassolnik (only negative - too salty).For entrees- Siberian Polmeni -(beef-pork delicate dumplings - very tasty) , Chicken Kotletki -yummy!, and Golubzi (stuffed cabbage with ground chicken - tasty but not your Polish Golumpki!). For dessert we had several items all of which were good but the outstanding dessert was the Honey Cake!!! Go and try this place you will not be disappointed!!!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "My friend really enjoyed her dish but she was too full to finish it. So she asked for a small take out box. But since there wasn't much left, the waitress told my friend to "just finish it." Beautiful restaurant, good but very heavy food, and service is very slow & odd."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Great food, though I missed solyanka. Noisy, service erratic but trying hard--probably problems in the kitchen."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Excellent and attentive service ,The food just okay , but the ambiance was amazing just like an antique doll house , perfect for girls night out , brunch with your mom on special Occasion ."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Food is OK, some dishes are OK but nothing spectacular. Compared to other options in and around the neighborhood, I would skip this place unless you really love Russian food, or a Russian!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Nice food but too expensive!!!!! 60$ and we had only one glass of wine and one appetizer!! Sorry guys but i wont be coming there regularly. "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "This time I tried the pelmeni and they were great. So was the Olivier salad and the dessert, a really nice Napolean, Russian version. I didn't see the change purses, the cute ones, to turn in the final check. All the staff there are courteous but I missed the usual group of Ukrainian servers who I liked especially well. "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Got a great table on the second floor balcony in which we could see the front door and the whole first floor. Definitely some language barriers in the service. The food was fine. I was glad I tried it and would encourage others to do so but probably wouldn't return."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Every penny was worth the expensive dining experience. Servers/waiters/waitresses and hosts are friendly, patient, and helpful. I came to celebrate my mother's birthday with my husband and her husband and we were beyond impressed with the whole ambience. Oh and the accordionist is wonderful!!!!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Beautiful restaurant. love the decor and ambiance. Delicious food and drinks.Most important awesome service."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Lived in Russia for three months, and mari vanna is the most authentic I've had since coming back to America! Waiters and waitresses all speak Russian, interesting old world meets trendy ambience, and AMAZING pelmeni and blini!!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Having spend time in Russia, much of the food here is exactly what you would eat in that country. It is not American style Russian cuisine. Overall the food is very good, and the service is efficient and friendly. Portion size of many dishes is small and not a particularly good value. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Authentic Russian cuisine made with fresh ingredients. Simply a treat from the bread to the infused vodkas to the entrees, and of course, the desert. Chicken Kiev and pelmeni were outstanding. The birds milk cake was a delight. Decorated in a light, white and floral decor reminiscent of Russian country shabby chic, it creates a romantic vibe, yet also a cosy comfortable place for families with kids."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Went for brunch on Mother's Day. The brunch food isn't anything special. Skip everything and go straight for the blinis. They're so good. I've been for dinner and would say it's a much better value then. Overall though, the restaurant is beautiful, the accordion player was lovely, and brunch is reasonably priced as far as bottomless brunches in DC go."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We went to this place to have caviar and champagne, and Mari delivers!! The Bilinis were awesome that came with the caviar. We did split the Beef Stragonoaf which was surprising full of flavor. We will be back!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Mari Vanna has a wide selection of food. I ordered the mushroom varenikis and they were great. Cocktails are phenomenal. I'm not very familiar with Russian food, but it seemed authentic and the staff was Russian."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The food was great, the service was great but you had to wait for a long time before being served. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "I gave this place outstanding marks before, and back it up again this time. At no point was the food, service, ambiance anything other than A+. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Incredible food, very good service, we are definitely going to be back!"
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "The atmosphere here was great and different from most other places in the DC. Everything from plates to the menu screamed Eastern European and the accordion player was just the finishing touch. I highly recommend the Russian Dumplings and checking out the Vodka tasting. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We dined at Mari Vanna with another couple. We all agreed that the fthe appetizer salads and blinis and eggplant were outstanding. Everyone at the table went wild over the dark bread on the bread plate. The cabbage rolls and borsht we had as main courses were a bit of a disappointment, as they were very bland. The borsht could have used a lot more vegetables and meat. The service was outstanding. Our server turned the way too loud music down when we asked, and we were able to have a wonderful conversation without shouting. She also wrote separate checks for each couple upon request. She brought a second bread plate comprising only the dark bread. The ambiance is charming--looks like Grandma's house in the Russian countryside. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "My first Russian restaurant experience in Virginia. I love it, and it was great. The tv was playing a show I used to watch when I was younger in Russia and the food was very good! will return again. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "My girlfriend thought her chicken entree could have used some garlic, but otherwise we were pleased with our food. We shared the meat platter appetizers and I got the Siberian dumplings and a side of buckwheat, as had become my habit here. We had eight different flavors of vodka (four each) and no room for dessert. We will return."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "If you have friends who can appreciate "Herring under a fur coat," then this is the right place for you. We had appetizers (the herring dish, pelmeni, mushroom blini) and dessert (vareniki) with the happy hour $4 shots of infused vodka. Our waitress hovered when we first got there, but once the place got busy, it was hard to get her attention. We were more interested in spending time together, so the multiple requests to select an entree were a little much, until they realized we were sticking to small dishes. I love coming here. Decor is eye candy."
    Dined on 4/28/2014