Mari Vanna DC
Mari Vanna DC

Mari Vanna DC

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.marivanna.ru/
  • Phone: 2027837777x
  • 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, Eastern European, Global, International
  • 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 2027837777x
  • 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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Mari Vanna DC reviews from OpenTable diners
98 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (46)fit for foodies (45)romantic (41)good for groups (37)neighborhood gem (28)great for lunch (28)hot spot (18)vibrant bar scene (18)late-night find (17)great for brunch (16)notable wine list (7)kid-friendly (7)scenic view (4)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • A not to miss experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    Mari Vanna is a delight. From the homey décor and custom servers dresses to the plates, glasses and delicious food. And don't forget the in house infused vodka in many flavors. The Mari Vanna experience is not pretentious or contrived it is genuine and it's like eating with family. We enjoyed a brunch buffet for mother's day and were not rushed, were well attended and they even had a balloon artist for the kids. This restaurant can be very cozy and you can feel comfortable on a date, just make sure you ask for a small table upstairs room towards the front of the restaurant. The food is pure Russian comfort food but is prepared exceptionally well. High end champagne & caviar are available if you want to splurge for a special occassion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mother's day brunch offered
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    Mother's day brunch offered a view into disfunctional management. Making people march up and down 2 flights of stairs (between 1 and 3 floors) with food, including borsch is a horrible idea. Actual food was tasty, but as the logistics overshadowed the culinary experience, I dont see myself recommending a brunch there.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Russian Giant
    skip
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    First visit to Mari Vanna. My spouse is Russian and very particular about her culture and the food. She loved it. So did I. Had plenty of her mom's cooking and this restaurant was a treat. All of the dishes ordered were excellent. The horseradish infused Vodka was as good as the one we had in Belarus. Staff was very friendly. Requested having the Executive Chef come to our table (Roman Green), and he did, and spent several minutes talking to us. Overall, would strongly recommend this restaurant
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, mediocre service
    aisi
    Dined on 5/10/2013
    The food was great. However, the service was so-so, especially considering the price point of the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cool experience, food was lacking
    Porfiriopicante
    Dined on 5/7/2013
    This place has a cool vibe and even a guy who rocks an accordion! Service was great with a pleasant waitress ready for our every ask. Drink selection was interesting and with some tasty drinks and others just not my taste. But the food was pricey and small portioned. Overall glad I went for the experience and vibe. But not sure I'm hurrying back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sunday Brunch
    icchy
    Dined on 5/5/2013
    Not the largest brunch buffet, but had a wide variety of breakfast and lunch foods, both savory and sweet. Food labelled and staff were very friendly in answering questions. Menus on table explained what different dishes were. Mimosa's are unlimited for ladies and were very good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I really wanted to like this
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 4/26/2013
    I really wanted to like this place -- as some of the food that we had was excellent and the atmosphere was a lot of fun. But they botched service, bringing out an entrée long after the rest of the table had finished, and another entrée (ground chicken) was undercooked. Loved the accordion player, but does not really need to be amplified, which made it impossible to carry on any conversation whatsoever while he was playing. We'll be back for the excellent appetizers, pierogi, and the rabbit stew, but I hope they make some changes in other areas.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic addition to the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/22/2013
    Fantastic addition to the neighborhood; great Russian food; impeccable service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love it!
    KatarynaVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    Great staff. Great food, great infused vodkas. Definitely coming back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • the food was amazing and the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/17/2013
    the food was amazing and the hostesses were very pleasent
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really a fun experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/16/2013
    Really a fun experience. Very warm and welcoming restaurant. Our server was terrific. The food was really good given that Russian food isn't exactly haute cuisine. What they do make though is great. The pierogis and dumplings are delish. We had the stroganoff and that was very tasty. The borscht soup was very nice as well. I was stuffed. Wines were reasonable. They have neat infused vodkas to choose from too which looked fun. It is a rather bustling place and the accordian player going around playing Russian folk songs was really fun.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We would have been better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    We would have been better off staying away from the main dishes. There are plenty of appetizers and smaller dishes to compensate and they looked appetitizing. We tried the soups and the desserts, which were good. Rabbit and chicken tabaka were ok. Next time I will be going for vareniki or pelmeni or blinchiki. They seemed to be popular and looked good. Service was helpful, if a bit on the quick side. Drinks were good, both non alcoholic and wine. The best part was that the food was pretty authentic. Not fancy, like you would get in Pushkin, but what one would make at home. And I believe that's exactly what they strive for.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food is always delicious.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/7/2013
    Food is always delicious. The salo plate is even better than before. Service is usually a nightmare, which is sad because you can see the chef and line cooks in the kitchen working really hard to make sure the food comes out at a relatively fast pace while consistently being delicious. Then, you see the servers who are poorly-trained, not knowledgeable about the menu, super forgetful, or just don't really care about giving quality service. Nevertheless, I love this restaurant and am glad that they are open for lunch and Sundays as well now.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The borsch and Kiev cake were
    Capsfan
    Dined on 4/4/2013
    The borsch and Kiev cake were delicious. The other items we ordered were "so-so." Lunch service lasts until afternoon tea, which lasts until dinner, making it easy to find a time to dine.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Came here for lunch and it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 4/2/2013
    Came here for lunch and it was fine. The lunch menu is very limited compared to the dinner menu. They have a $19 lunch special that includes a soup or salad and sandwich or entree. It seems only worth it if you order the entree. Got the sense that the restaurant needs to work out some kinks but I definitely would return for dinner.
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  • Excellent place. Very special.
    JuanjoVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2013
    Excellent place. Very special. The decoration, and the live music also helps to have a very enjoyable dinner. A place not to be missed in WDC.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had their tea for two.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/27/2013
    We had their tea for two. It was fantastic and a great price! I had been complaining for a while that we needed a good tea spot, and this filled the void.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Authentic Russian venue in
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 3/26/2013
    Authentic Russian venue in the heart of DC. You know it's real when everyone there is speaking Russian.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • DC needs more spots like this
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/26/2013
    Love! So excited about this new addition to the DC dining scene, great food and ambiance. I have been twice already and will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyed a good stroganov,
    sseatsVIP
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    Enjoyed a good stroganov, delicious salmon, unusual and yummy honey cake, and good vodka drinks. The bread/radish/green onion/salt was not to my taste, but seems very Russian. Especially nice server and friendly staff. Nice detail, like a piece of a fresh herb on many dishes, a spoon attached to the menu, the bill in a change purse. Folksy decor.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Russian Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 3/15/2013
    Good traditional Russian food. For an adventurous soul i would recommend to try their herring dishes. Both, Herring under a Fur coat and Cured herring are really good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved the food,its pricy tho!the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/14/2013
    Loved the food,its pricy tho!the interior is very nice and I would love to have dinner at Marivanna again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Okay food, HORRIBLE service
    MichaelDC
    Dined on 3/14/2013
    The food is not bad - pierogis carefully made, nice smoked fish, really delicious stroganoff, and a nice dessert called Kiev cake. The decor is nice, in an old fashioned your-Russian-grandmother's-house kind of way. The service was atrocious. Food was served out of order, and when we asked for the third time for more brown bread to eat with our smoked fish plate, the waiter YELLED at us: "Alright, I told you it's coming!" It took so long to get another bottle of Perrier, we finally asked the busboy to bring us regular water. To get service like this at the prices Mari Vanna charges is just offensive and disrespectful.
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  • The place itself is impressive
    blablabla
    Dined on 3/13/2013
    The place itself is impressive and reflects the county's character. Unfortunately, I was a little disappointed with food. It was...too Americanized, I guess. I was so excited to learn that the restaurant is actually Russian owned and operated, yet the food turned to be not quite like I remember it from home. The kvas was too sweet and too watery, the soup was not " navaristyi", pirojki were so-so(seriously, if I buy frozen white-bread dough and make my own filling, my pirojki turns out better then those at the restaurant). I guess, it is nice experience for non-Russians or those, who never lived in Russia and ate real stuff, but for me and for two of my American friends who lived I'm Russia for a few years, it was a disappointment.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great addition to DC resto scene
    AnniversaryCelebratorVIP
    Dined on 3/6/2013
    A fantastic addition to the Dupont restaurant and bar scene. A unique homey, yet stylish atmosphere in which to enjoy a variety of infused vodkas and traditional Russian dishes. The service was on point with an attentive but not over-bearing waitor. I'll be going back and taking more friends.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I am russian,so if you are
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/5/2013
    I am russian,so if you are russian too,you can bring your friends here for a little taste of Russia,they'll be amazed. Place is similar to old style St. Petersburg restaurants post WWII Soviet style. Food doesn't have wide variety but is overall good. Talk to your waiter, listen to recomendations. It's a bit pricy comparing to a similar place in NY or LA. Definitly worth going at least once in a while.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mari Vanna is definitely a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/1/2013
    Mari Vanna is definitely a winner! Such a pleasure to have a Russian restaurant of this caliber in the area. The appetizers and pirozhki are a must, the borshch is simply the best I can remember since childhood, and better. Pricy but if you stick to standard Russian favorites and go easy on the alcohol, it shouldn't be too too bad. Beautiful place and truly authentic!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Finally! DC has a good Russian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001
    Dined on 2/27/2013
    Finally! DC has a good Russian rest! try the borscht!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • MUST get rid of accordian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/27/2013
    MUST get rid of accordian player, at leas for guest dining before 9 or 10 p.m. particularly on weekdays. Loud, annoying, and he was BLASTED on loudspeaker right next to table. They did turn off speaker at request of entire room, but then he came upstairs. Could not recommend to business diners until they change that, despite great food and good service. restaurant is a bit too loud even without accordian man. At least he only played 10-15 minutes in 1 and 1/2 hour span.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fairly tasy food. If rated
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/26/2013
    Fairly tasy food. If rated only on desserts I would say excellent. The atmosphere is very fun and there are a lot of soviet/ Russian knick- knacks everywhere. It is a great place to go, but rather expensive. Count on a minimum of $40 per person, not including a tip.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Its great to have a Russian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    Its great to have a Russian restaurant here. The food is authentic and good. The ambiance is great and the staff very friendly. Sit down restaurant is very good for a date night (the guy at the next table used it to propose), and my office had a great happy hour at the bar.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Something different
    WendySVIP
    Dined on 2/21/2013
    Fun evening complete with Russian accordian music.Food is excellent, especially the appetizers: yeasty blinis with salmon roe and sour cream( they promise in future to have traditional caviar), and delicate mixed stuffed pieroghies.Beef stoganoff is made with real tenderloin and accompanied by kasha. The thick, rich mushroom soup is another winner.Start with one of their many flavored vodkas.My favorite is cherry- like a wickedly potent cherry pie. But watch out, as they are deceptively strong. The grandma's living room decor is cute. The lively and noisy downstairs has group tables for the younger set; balcony is somewhat quieter with traditional tables but sofas and chairs are a bit uncomfortable.Third floor has late night dancing.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyed our meal
    JAWNPSVIP
    Dined on 2/19/2013
    I am not familiar with Russian food, but I really enjoyed my chicken dish and salad - very tasty. It's very lively and can be a little too loud so that it can be difficult to hear your friends who are sitting across the table from you. Lots of vodka options and we really enjoyed our drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place for night out.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    Great place for night out. Interesting menu. A little bit pricy though. Great drinks!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of the best!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    In comparison, one of the best Russian restaurants I've been to, this and Russian Samovar in NY are now my favorites. So glad it is here in DC. I wonder if Russia House will feel the heat.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The staff set this apart from
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    The staff set this apart from other restaurants, they were enthusiastic and personable. The vodka was the best I have ever tasted, but at $9, I only had a shot. The cocktails were so expensive I did not even want to try one. The meal was very good, but I don't think the prices were justified. Overall it was a fun atmosphere, but way too expensive.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mediocre food, and great service.
    DiseaseDoc
    Dined on 2/12/2013
    I have dined at many Russian restaurants and Mari Vanna's food was mediocre. At the price point, we were very disappointed at the portion size and quality of the food. However, the complimentary bread was great. If you go here, order a vodka martini, eat the bread, then leave.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were seated right away
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/11/2013
    We were seated right away and the whole night the servers were very attentive. Our drink and food orders were taken promptly and the servers took away used plates quickly. The decor was beautiful and the ambiance was very pleasant. The food is on the pricey side, but definitely tastes authentic and is very good quality. The only thing I noted that was not very authentic is the portion size - Russian meals at home with the family are much more family style and not tapas. The bilinis for desert were a perfect finish to our meal. My favorite part of the experience was when a server noticed my purse was on the floor and asked if I wanted a stool for it - what a gem.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very fun atmosphere and delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 2/8/2013
    Very fun atmosphere and delicious and authentic Russian food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The accordian player was too
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 2/7/2013
    The accordian player was too loud and distracting for conversation.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic