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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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Great food, though I missed solyanka. Noisy, service erratic but trying hard--probably problems in the kitchen."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Took my wife, who lived in Moscow for a while, for a birthday surprise. It was a full immersion experience--not just the food, but music and many Russian speakers, which greatly enhanced the experience."
    Dined on 11/24/2013
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Incredible food, very good service, we are definitely going to be back!"
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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 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
  • "Mari Vanna is not for food but for fun--a more precious commodity . The ambiance is it. And the service is excellent"
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Do not bother spending this much on beets and potatoes unless you are craving Russian food and cannot get it anywhere else. The infused vodka is great, but not worth suffering through the below average food."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Great spot for authentic Russian food and ambience, amazing staff and very lively bar/lounge scene upstairs on weekend nights. Great unlimited brunch buffet on Sunday for a bargain price and drink specials all the time. One of the best places in Dupont."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "This place is simply adorable. I have never been to Russia but it had a very French character to it. Food was very good and plentiful and our server was lovely and efficient. Even she was dressed in a sweet printed dress that went with the décor. My only gripe was a large table next to us celebrating a birthday. They had two children that were allowed to run wild and noisy, almost knocking down the waitress with a tray. No one seemed to mind but us. "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "surprised my boyfriend with dinner at Mari Vanna! such a fun festive restaurant..lively, energetic, and the cuisine is authentic! the hostess Alina was perfect, warm, welcoming, and excited to receive us!and our waitress Anastasia was professional, friendly, hospitable, and accomdating! We had Artum the accordian player perform a happy birthday melody for my boyfriend as a surprise and it was fantastic!!!!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Выбрали Мари Ванну для неформального ужина с бизнес-партнерами. Отличный сервис, веселая непринужденная атмосфера, русская экзотика и вкусная кухня! Вечер удался! Спасибо коллективу Мари Ванны! P.s. Есть постное меню, что нонсенс для Америки! :)"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Superb ambiance. The decor and The menu captured Russian character. The occasional accordion interludes were fun although a bit disruptive. The quality of food gets a B, as Russian food can be so much tastier. The service is slow and disorganized. The wait was obnoxiously long. If u are with a group of friends, this should not be a problem, but the place is not good for a first date, unless you don't mind awkward silences while waiting for your meal to arrive."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "I went to Mari Vanna for a birthday lunch for a friend. The decor is unique and adorable. Our server was very helpful and attentive (he is from Moldavia, I believe). Such a fun menu of cocktails -- and the blinis as a shared appetizer were fabulous. The beet salad was the best I ever had and I loved my trout entree and the delicious Russian black bread. Six of us split a Napoleon for dessert -- even my one bite of dessert was heavenly with delicious strong Russian coffee. They did a nice job of celebrating the birthday with a special complimentary cocktail for the b-day girl, plus a candle in the dessert and a Russian birthday song with tamborines."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "We went to brunch again at Mari Vanna DC. The food was good, as usual. And this time, the service was better. Our server was very nice and attentive. We appreciated the smile on his face. A positive attitude is crucial to a positive experience overall. Let's hope we get good service again next time! P.S. This was my first Sunday brunch there - on Sundays, you don't have access to the regular menu - there's an open buffet."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "I was expecting it to be like couple other 'Russian' restaurants in the area but everything from the atmosphere to the vodka and dishes exceeded my expectations. I felt like I was back home in Russia. Great job! Already planning my return!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014