Mari Vanna - LA
Mari Vanna - LA

Mari Vanna - LA

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://marivanna.ru/
  • Phone: 3236551977x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Friday:
    Lunch: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
    Tea Time: 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Dinner: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
    Late Night Menu: 11:00pm - 1:00am

    Tuesday:
    All You Can Eat Pelmeni & Vareniki: 6:00pm - 11:00pm

    Saturday:
    Brunch: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
    Dinner: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
    Late Night Menu: 11:00pm - 1:00am

    Sunday:
    Brunch: 10:00am - 4:00pm
    Dinner: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
    Late Night Menu: 9:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Russian, Creperie
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Mari Vanna - LA
Once upon a time in Moscow & St. Petersburg, a mythical woman named Mari Vanna welcomed diners into her home with open arms, feeding them traditional Russian fare on her finest china and linens. All were welcome and those who frequent were graced with a key of their own to return whenever they wish to this cozy retreat.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Mari Vanna - LA reviews from OpenTable diners
14 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (10)romantic (9)neighborhood gem (8)special occasion (7)great for lunch (7)fit for foodies (5)great for brunch (5)good for groups (2)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Beautiful place and location
    afisher423VIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Charming and beautiful restaurant. Went for Sunday brunch which got hectic around 1PM and was a bit too much for the small staff to handle. The food was OK but some dishes were a dissapointment. We will give it a try for dinner to see if food and service improves.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jazzy
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The only complaint - portion size is small for the amount of money they charge - I got pork shishkebab and it was only 4 small pieces (one bite) and one of them was fat (so only 3 pieces). Everything tasted good but definitely smaller portions that I've seen in other restaurants of comparable standing. Drinks were excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mari Vanna
    ebtdadVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    First, through Open Table, I tried to increase my reservation from four to six people. I was informed that I could not do so. In fact, at 11:00 AM, we were the first party to arrive. Thereafter, for more than an hour, nobody else came. So,except for us, at that time, the place was empty. I don't know if the restaurant was at fault, or Open Table. But, somebody needs to do a little more work. Food was good, but main course portions are so skimpy that they are certainly not worth what we paid for them.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great time had by all
    eateverything
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Since we hail from Poland, at least half of us do, we were excited to dine on regional cuisine. Though there are differences between Polish and Russian dishes there are more alike than not. We were pleasantly surprised with a waiter who was Polish, Mateusz, who was delightful. Felt like home. The food was authentic, well done and flavorful. The vodka infused shots were a perfect balance with the food. Smiles abound!! Fun surroundings, crazy Russian music and caviar. A new hangout for us!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Russian Home Cooking
    LoLo
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Love this place! Always good food and just a little bit different. Russian food sure is hardy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find!
    AnnieL1
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    My friend and I wanted to go someplace different and special to celebrate our birthdays. We both like Russian food and this place did not disappoint. The staff was friendly and attentive and the food was amazing!! The martinis are a highlight of the visit. We tasted the raspberry and the pear martinis. The sour cherry dessert was a great finish to the meal. We will go back and bring friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a hidden gem
    riomVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    this beautiful restaurant has a magical garden that makes you feel miles away from the busy city. I love the attention to detail wherever you look there is something charming to delight the eye .The service is excellent from the moment they bring you a platter of rustic brown bread with olive oil and crudités to munch on while you peruse the menu to the excellent expresso at the end of your meal.I have been back a couple of times and always taste new things because there are dishes here I haven't seen elsewhere and it is all tasty and delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meritt
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Terrible service and the food compared to the Marivanna in NYC is not that great!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely place, fantastic service
    otastyfish
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    First time at Mari Vanna, but it definitely won't be my last. Thanks for a lovely lunch!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for one time...
    PerfectionVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    The restaurant is awesome to try and experience, then move on. The food was good quality and the ambiance was pretty and whimsical, definitely an in your face, but beautiful Russian themed decor. The service was lacking severely, though the waitress was kind, they were all at times completely unavailable and naturally, cold. A Russian, chic, boutique-esque restaurant in the heart of West Hollywood, the irony wasn't lost upon us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 4 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.8
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 20 reviews are from the Mari Vanna - LA reviews archive.
  • Best Brunch
    Hak2441VIP
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Took mom for an early Mother's Day since she was in town. They had a Prefix Menu you can choose from for $29. Only 1 selection for Vegetarians/ Vegans for the main dish but the dessert bar clearly makes up for it. There are three-four appetizers to choose from and endless mimosas. Plus, for first- timers they give you your choice of vodka shots for free! Mom had a tomato-basil. Last time my husband and I had the apricot vodka. You can sit outside which is quite lovely, on their porch setting or inside the little White House. The music changes around, at times a bit Russian sounding, then 80's, then 50's (mom loved that). A nice 1 1/2 -2 hours spent.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Transported to another place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    We had a wonderful time in this charming place, as if you're in a dacha to the countryside of Russia, with it's decor and choices of vodka cocktails. The food was delicious -- such as refined versions of beef stroganoff and stuffed cabbage. The service was impeccable. A great spot for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, hot spot, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for a fun dinner out
    Bertie
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    My group of 4 enjoyed all the food and drinks we ordered, the service was friendly and helpful. The food was surprisingly authentic and homemade Russian, while the presentation was very modern. When we arrived at 7 there were several families enjoying dinner with young children and during our dinner the diners switched over to a very young, hip crowd. I would definitely go back again with anyone who is willing to try some new types of foods.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service!
    gwgwVIP
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    It was our first time visiting and we were not disappointed. The food was tasty and the service was wonderful. Prices were a bit more expensive for some items so this may be a place to save for a special occasion. The atmosphere was wonderful…you felt like you were eating someone's home making it very comfortable. All the staff did a great job of making you feel at home too.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good Food/Poor Service
    Rambow
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    It's a tough review to write because the employees were incredibly friendly but our waitress was so inept it drastically affected our evening. Food didn't show up. No dessert was offered. We had to ask for our bill three times. Was it busy? Not at all. Only one other table in our room was occupied. The food was good and I'd like to think I'd go back but I just don't it's worth the aggravation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant is excellent in
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    Restaurant is excellent in every respect - great food, service and beautiful décor. This was our second time at this restaurant and we plan to come many more times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Food & Atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    The food here was great. I'd suggest getting the Beef Stroganoff which is made with filet mignon. Yum! The Honey Layer Cake was to die for. There is an accordion player that walks around this feminine, yet homey setting... and you're lucky enough you might get to hear all the staff sing happy birthday in Russian. Love it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • restaurant with GREAT ambience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    restaurant with GREAT ambience and potential. however, overall, food is a bit too salty. Also, waitress has attitude in explaining the 'most popular' and 'most recommended' dishes. Stated, 'u have to tell me ur preferences, otherwise i can stay here and talk about the menu ALL day', while her hand was placed on her waist as she talking impatiently with us.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Welcome Mari Vanna
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    What a delightful late lunch my husband & I had at this very charming place which also offers unique afternoon tea. And Sasha our hostess was most charming and helpful in describing every item on the menu as well as making excellent suggestions. We're ready to come back for dinner next time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They try to sit you so close
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    They try to sit you so close to existent occupied tables even they have plenty empty tables do us difficult to enjoy the place so we requested to move to a quiet section and they comment was you must leave by ,,, 10 pm ? Food was serve so quickly , I guess was just ready to put it in the microwave and serve so you can leave quickly ? No good
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Best Russian Food in America!
    HappyDinerVIP
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    My wife who was born and raised in St. Petersburg Russia and I first discovered Mari Vanna in NYC last year. We were thrilled by the exceptional attention to detail producing delicious and authentic Russian cuisine! The atmosphere is adorable, warm and inviting and the staff is very professional. When were ecstatic when Mari Vanna open its 3rd restaurant in LA and in their first 5 months of business we have already visited 5 times including a special outing I made (4 hours roundtrip) just to pick up my wife's favorite dishes. The food is extraordinary and this location is as good as NY! Recommendations include soleniya, salo (for real Russians), borsch, pelmini, duck leg, golobski, honey cake and more! All the dishes are excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beyond charming and delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 11/25/2013
    We now have been to Mari Vanna twice and were blown away by the ambience, service and food. The decor is just so beautiful that it makes you so happy to just be there. The food is different, reasonably priced and delicious. Our waitress Sasha, made our night with her sweet personality and attentiveness. We can't wait to go back
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic gourmet Russian
    great2dine
    Dined on 10/24/2013
    Second visit and will be back soon. Was at their St Petersburg Tsar restaurant and this is just as outstanding, that's why we went in the first place...hoping for the same experience and they do. Amazing vodka's, amazing service (Valerie this time) and a great place for 2 birthday celebrations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Real Gem
    Grubby
    Dined on 10/6/2013
    We spent a pleasant Sunday evening at Mari Vanna outdoors on the patio. This restaurant is a great find with really authentic Russian food. The desserts are to die for and the Vodka Martinis are amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just a mid week dinner with
    dvfe
    Dined on 10/2/2013
    Just a mid week dinner with friends and It was just perfect . Service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The place
    UkrainianInLAVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2013
    One of my favorite Russian places in LA I used to live in NYC and was dinning in Mari Vanna there So very excited they r open another restaurant in LA Great food impeccable service, you won't be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small portions and overpriced...but
    SmallVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2013
    Small portions and overpriced...but the food was good.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a opleasant surprise!
    CulasaVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2013
    Delicious food, beautiful restaurant, plus welcoming and efficient servers! Complimentary vodka tastes too! :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Interesting and different
    J2Comment
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    I love this place! So different that many other new fusion restaurants. It is a lively and friendly place with excellent food and fantastic atmosphere. Blinis are highly recommended. Definitely going back there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Service and Food
    kooklaVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2013
    My husband and I really enjoyed dining here. The food was very fresh and delicious; the service was top notch as well.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.