Russia House Restaurant - Herndon
Russia House Restaurant - Herndon

Russia House Restaurant - Herndon

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.russiahouserestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 7037878880
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am – 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:30pm – 10:00pm, Saturday: 5:30pm – 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Russian, Continental
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Catering For daytime & evening affairs
  • Private Party Facilities: Private Parties for 10-100 People
  • Private Party Contact: Homeyra Darugar 703-787-8880

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Elden Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Ample parking lot in front and side of the restaurant, also parking in the rear of the restaurant. Street parking is also available.
A word from Russia House Restaurant - Herndon
Set in historic Herndon, the Russia House Restaurant offers Russian hospitality and culinary excellence in all its details. The restaurant opened in July of 1992 by the friendly owners Ali and Homeyra Darugar, and together they created an atmosphere of aristocratic dining with classic cuisine, with the warm feeling that you are dining at your aristocratic grandmother’s table. Mrs. Darugar moved from Russia with her grandparents to Switzerland, where she learned to cook in her grandmother’s kitchen. She brought her great culinary talents here to the United States and created the exquisite menu and served as the head chef in the first few years the restaurant was opened. The restaurant features Russian, Continental and Georgian cuisine with a French flair.
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Russia House Restaurant - Herndon reviews from OpenTable diners
33 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelQuiet
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (22)fit for foodies (21)neighborhood gem (21)romantic (15)great for lunch (4)notable wine list (4)great for brunch (1)good for groups (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Please put the salt shaker down
    CatCar
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The cocktails were expensive, but ok. Appetizers were the best part of the meal. We had the snails and pate. I was amazed that they only served a single dinner roll per person. It was quite good & would have been great with the snails, but they brought one & never returned with another. For the entrees, we had the duck breast with tart cherries & the trout. The duck was horribly over cooked. Worst was the fish which was so over salted I could not eat it. It was very disappointing. Aside from that it was our anniversary & we stated that in the reservation. The owner/server did absolutely nothing to acknowledge it. I don't think I've ever been to a "nice" restaurant on a special occassion when it was ignored. We won't be back.
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  • Always a pleasure
    t8teVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    What's not to love...the food is always spectacular and looks amazing. The service is attentive - professional but warm. The drinks are well-made and tasty. The owners are the best. I love their new location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very good family owned restaurant
    SmithVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We have been coming here for years. They have moved to new building across the street. The room is bright and airy with a nice feel. Service was top notch. Food was excellent always.
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  • Amazing food and so friendly!
    Herndon4dining
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We've had the pleasure of dining at The Russia House many, many times over the passed 21 years. They've recently moved across the street and the new space is wonderful! The food is delicious and beautifully presented. The service is excellent. Ali and Homera, the owners, make you feel very welcomed. This is one of our very favorite restaurants!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delightful lunch
    tastyVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Celebrated a birthday lunch with a pal. Bacon wrapped scallops, shrimp flambe, beef stroganoff just lovely. Russia house is a great option when you want to get away from the lunch fray of RTC. Sit back and smell the roses.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wine Dinner 1st rate
    tastyVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We attended a Washington State wine dinner last week. It was very very good. Chef prepared an excellent menu that perfectly matched the wine, course by course. The service is alway professional and timely. Price was right and included tax and gratuity. The new location is light and bright. Check out this old Town Herndon classic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Husbands birthday
    Magnz
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We had a wonderful meal last week at Russia House. The service was absolutely wonderful. My husband ordered the bacon wrapped scallops as his appetizer. They were amazing he said. After our entrees we declined dessert, but as it was my husbands birthday we were given a profiterole each drizzled with a little chocolate sauce. My husband had a candle in his. A very nice touch by our server, who I think was the owner. Such a lovely man. Overall we had a lovely meal and would highly recommend to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dml081514
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This isthird year an first time at this site. Excellent drinks and food. Never leaves us wanting more!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • More than just Russian
    tastyVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I hosted my book club dinner for 7 at the NEW Russia House location. It was wonderful. Chef Homeyra created a menu that matched the theme of the book, German and French. I gave her a few perameters the week before and that was it. German Sausages with sauerkraut, tasty house salad, Salmon in a Champagne sauce, Chicken Cordon Bleu, with little cheese cake parfaits to finish. Ali and Homeyra ar attentive with the service. I will return with Spouse to enjoy our favorites seared scallops, Shrimp and filet flambé. Who doesn't like a little flare?
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly Recommend
    rrp126
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Four of us enjoyed a very pleasant Saturday evening dinner at Russia House. The restaurant has just moved into new quarters and is still in the process of putting the finishing touches on the decor. The host/owner Ali Darugar made us all feel very welcome. The food was excellent, especially the Duck with Sour Cherries and the Filet Mignon with two sauces. We tried three different wines by the glass and all were first rate. Service was efficient without being obtrusive. All in all a delightful experience which we intend to repeat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently delicious food & drink
    rUyummyVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We have been coming here for years, and every single time we walk out the door, we are raving about the food! And we are complete foodies. It's nice to know that we can always get a reliably tasty meal (with the friendliest and warm service) every single time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really good food!
    pickyeaters
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Beef stroganoff, Siberian dumplings, Filet Minong, scallop dishes were had at our table. All uniquely prepared and delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Family friendly
    mdl57
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We very much enjoyed our dinner. What I noticed was the interaction the staff had with the patrons. Service was formal but comfortable. We were relaxed and enjoyed a very well presented meal. Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. This was our first visit and we will be back
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Leisurely Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We tried three entrees (stroganoff, dumplings, and a pasta with scallops) and two desserts (cream puffs and apply strudel) - all of them delicious. The service was gracious and accommodating, and the décor is welcoming, with some interesting art and Russian collectibles. As others have noted, the pace can be slow. This makes it a great choice to catch up with friends and enjoy a relaxed dinner.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our favorite
    Bleever
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We have been dining at the Russia House for 22 years. It is our favorite place. The owners are very hospitable and the food is delicious! Their new location is lovely!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great new location!
    JTravel
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Having visited the RH for special occasions over the past 15 years, the new location (across the street from the old) is a wonderful step up! Bright, light, ambience now matches the quality of the service and selections. Congratulations to the owners!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • friendly
    100RussianVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    The food was served in a timely manner and presentation was excellent. Host and servers were friendly but not intrusive. The new location and decor lends itself to a lighter and more pleasant dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great new location on PINE
    tastyVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Now located just across the street Russia House is bright and light with loads of windows and a fresh feel. The service is personal and the menu items are classic making this a romantic option for couples. Shrimp with Brandy Sauce is delicious. My scallop entree with sliced mushrooms was inventive and tasty. Husband ordered filet flambé with extra scallop potatoes. Very good.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very friendly and comfortable
    Alex
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We really enjoyed this restaurant. The food was great and the portions are large. The staff are very inviting and extremely courteous. We were hoping for less than DC prices but the prices were high. The food, ambiance, and experience were worth the price though, which isn't always the case in DC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service and Food!
    JLRGVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    We really enjoy Russia House. They are extremely friendly. The food is excellent. Martinis with Russian vodka are dangerously good. A nice, quiet neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great experience
    Wantagreattime
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Food and serve was fabulous! One of our favorite places. New location was a surprise was but was a pleasant change. Great wine list!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Russian cuisine in Virginia
    dgdfgVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Wonderful ethnic cooking. The borsch is excellent! Caviar adds a special touch to the meal. Also, a nice selection of vodkas.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 11 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 447 reviews are from the Russia House Restaurant - Herndon reviews archive.
  • Really Good
    MikeC
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Only one small minor issue regarding the freshness of the walnuts. Everything else was outstanding. We WILL be coming back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A favorite
    DSmithVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We have been to Russia House several times and always find it enjoyable. The new location was a bit of a surprise but it will be very nice. The food is great and the service is very friendly. We will be back many more times.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • People were nice and the food
    djustin11VIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    People were nice and the food was good, but the ambience needs updating, and the wine list is limited with many options out of stock. Also, the prices were quite high for the quality of the food.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AWESOME
    Babs
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Fabulous food, fabulous service, fabulous vodka! Would highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great meal!
    AFSEcats
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Had filet mignon - very tender. Great Vegetables on the side - not the ususal. Great martinins too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Was away too long!
    RedCab98
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    My wife and I were regulars at Russia House until our son came along and quiet, elegant dining left our radar. This past weekend we found ourselves childless for a night and rewarded ourselves with Ali's rich menu. Forgot how good the food is. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent experience
    AlanVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Four of had a wonderful experience at Russia House in Herndon on Saturday evening, march 1. The owners, who took care of us, could not have been nicer, the food and drink were awesome, and we will be back! The duck was excellent, the noodles with caviar were excellent, the beef was excellent, well, you get the picture!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Food and Service
    rixbury
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    There are few places in Northern VA that I would recommend for a date night with a romantic environment. They cater to exactly that and likely business meeting dinners as the wine selection is not only thorough, it covers all pallets. I would recommend only this and the Ice House Cafe as the ones to go to in Herndon for business or a date night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a good meal
    Queen68
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    My husband and I have been going her since 2001. We go about once or twice a year. We have never had anything less than excellence. He usually gets the beef stroganov and I get the filet mignon. It is pricey. 30.95 for each dish but his is made with filet. It is well worth the money.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was delicious, but ...
    Kitty
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    The food was very good, but we had to wait about 10 minutes to get water, and even then I had to ask. My husband ordered borscht but never received it. I ordered beef stroganoff and it didn't have any noodles with it. I asked the waitress where the noodles were and she told me I had to ask for them when I ordered. My husband ordered stuffed cabbage and was served some sort of casserole with noodles. We waited so long for dinner that he ate it and didn't say anything to the server. Again, the food was prepared well and tasted great. It just seems that they need more than 2 servers and a busboy to attend to a full restaurant (it was Valentine's week-end after all!).
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty and Quiet
    Tony
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Had a great experience for Valentine's day. The atmosphere was great and the food superb. They are severely under-staffed but that also gave us plenty of time without being interrupted. Still there was a lot of delay for taking our order and bringing us wine. Still overall a great place. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place in Herndon
    ThatGuyBill
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My wife and I went to Russia House for Valentine’s Day dinner. It was a good experience. The food was great and the staff was very friendly. While our overall experience was great, I do feel like the food was very overpriced for what you received. While I will recommend the experience, I don’t know if I would go again due to the price.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing Valentines Day
    JudyVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We've enjoyed going to Russia House but I have to agree with the previous raters---severely understaffed that night and prices were significantly increased without any forewarnng. Usually a restaurant will tell you that they have a special Valentines Day menu and then you can assume as much. But we've been many times before and waited way too long to be seated (20 minutes) without anyone as much as apologizing, and then went into shock over the prices. Perhaps a dessert on the house might have softened the blow?
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  • If they're going to double
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    If they're going to double their price ($35 to $65 a plate) for Valentine's Day, the food needs to reflect that. My date and I had to wait nearly thirty minutes to be seated, although the restaurant was not very busy. Borscht soup tasted like minestrone, and French music was playing the whole time on the overhead speakers. Also, most things on the menu were distinctly American and French cuisine. This wasn't the best choice for someone looking to get some authentic Russian food. I definitely felt ripped off, we paid nearly $200 for a meal with small servings l that we could have gotten for $50 and for double the quality elsewhere. I'll be sticking to the best Russian restaurant in the DC area, Rus Uz in Arlington from on.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • For a Very Special Occasion
    GR8Dinning
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Each entrée is made to order just like chef Ramsay's kitchen. Personal service/attention by owner. A true gourmet Russian cuisine and award winning restaurant. $$$$$
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Happy Valentine special
    drross
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Excellent food, unique appetizers, pleasant atmosphere. We have come here for Valentine's day every few years and always enjoy the food. My wife's trout was exceptional.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Excellent service! Great range of food selections, some better than others. Duck is superb, beef pelini was too salty for my taste. Looking forward to returning and further exploring the menu. Plan on a leisurely dinner pace as minimally staffed by owners but personal service worth the wait.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Favorite Place to Dine
    Donald
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    My wife and I have been dining here for over 20 years. It is our favorite restaurant. The food is excellent and the service is outstanding. Manager and staff do their best to meet your every need, and do so in a very friendly manner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.