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Russia House
Russia House

Russia House Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.russiahouselounge.com
  • Phone: (202) 234-9433
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner:
    Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental, Russian, Eastern European
  • Executive Chef: Andrew LaPorta
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Wednesday Night-- Piano/Bass Duo
    Thursday Night--- Electric Violin

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Florida
  • Public Transit: Dupont Metro
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Directly across Connecticut Ave., behind Rite Aid Pharmacy off Florida Avenue.
A word from Russia House
Nestled on the corner of Connecticut and Florida Avenues, this inspired Russian restaurant and lounge is evocatively reminiscent of the era of the Tsars. The Russian-European elegance of the Russia House offers a uniquely warm and comfortable meeting place for anyone appreciative of its friendly and intimate coziness. It is the perfect meeting place for the true Washington socialite. The Russian-infused intercontinental cuisine pleases the most refined palate with such nouveau-traditional entrees as the Beef Stroganoff and the Chicken Kiev. Further true to tradition, the Russia House features an impressive selection of caviars and one of the largest vodka collections in Washington, D.C.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Russian cuisine is refined in the same way as French. Russia House not only offers outstanding food and gracious service, it provides an experience. Highly recommended, either for an elegant dining experience, or drnks and small plates in the lounge."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "An amazing dining experience! The food was impeccable, more than we could finish. We had an amuse bushe and the waitress gave us free shots for my friends birthday. I'm definitely going back :)"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "The service was really excellent and welcoming. The food was good but considering how expensive it was, the food could have been better. We visited for restaurant week with limited choices of starters and entrees. We had the salmon, beef stroganoff and chicken Kiev. The beef was a bit chewy, the chicken was decent, and the salmon was good. The desserts were just ok."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "The menu provided a good representation of dishes from Russia. We enjoyed all tastes, from borscht, to a mushroom and potato collotte, to blini. The beef stroganoff and salmon pastry were very tasty and the brulee and mousse chocolate cake were both a nice finish to the meal. The service was pleasant and helpful, but the one problem was a sense of being rushed from the dining room -- in this instance service was a bit too quick!"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Went here for restaurant week. The service was amazing! She was very attentive, and very sweet as well. We ordered the mushroom cocotte for an appetizer, which was phenomenal. Also had a raw oyster, which is not my thing but was cool to try. I had the beef stroganoff, which was wonderfully tender meat and very flavorful. The Chicken Kiev seemed a little oily, but it was tasty. The whipped mashed potatoes were very nice. For dessert, chocolate cake and creme brulee! The cake was very good, but VERY chocolaty. The creme brulee was tasty, but didn't quite have the crusty scorched sugar crust on top that you really want to see with creme brulee. That did not stop us from eating it all. Martinis also good. Would definitely come back."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Great food, great service, great vodka. We loved this authentic Russian dining experience with its attentive service and dark, quiet atmosphere. We'll be coming back for restaurant week!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "I loved the Russian menu; the choices seemed exclusively Russian, and it gave the patron a one-of-a-kind experience. The borscht was good, and the service and ambience were also fine. I would recommend it; an enjoyable intercultural experience."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Overall, we had an excellent dining experience. We probably won't get the caviar again."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "The dining room was too small for 5 tables. At the beginning it was fine when we were there by ourselves, but as soon as other parties came, one could hear every other table's conversations. The vodka sampler was very good to experiment but the food was average. Our curiosity was satisfied, we don't plan to go back there anytime soon."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We went for Father's Day because my dad loves vodka and their vodka list is impressive. Our waitress, Mila, was fantastic. She helped us pick 6 vodkas to taste and was very knowledgeable about them. She also helped us picked some blinis and appetizers to snack on while we were tasting. We all had a great time and have already made time to come back. As a "Kettle One & Soda" girl, my eyes have been opened and I will continue to make my way through the list!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I have been here before; once for dinner and again for drinks. We came to celebrate my Dad's birthday and the entire family enjoyed the food and the vodka! Our waitress was very friendly and accommodating. I would definitely suggest this place to family and friends."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We have enjoyed several special occasion dinners at Russia House, and the restaurant never disappoints. Excellent service, delicious and unusual food, a delightful ambience, and a vodka menu that is unparalleled in the DC area. Plan your next special dinner for Russia House!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Love taking family and friends here from out of town. Food, alcohol and atmosphere is excellent. Highly recommend. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Our third time dining at Russia House. Cocktails were very good and dinner was excellent. It is quite a good deal for Happy Hour."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "The food was good and the server was attentive. They have some great vodka choices!"
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "We got the beef short ribs stuffed peppers, pierogis (both appetizer and entree), and duck and mushroom blini. The food was cooked well and very flavorful. We also tried the mango martini and Moscow mule, which were both delicious. The service was a little lacking, we wanted to order dessert, but out waitress disappeared for 45 minutes and we had to flag her down to get the check. She never reappeared to pick up the check, but luckily we had enough cash to cash out and leave a tip. As we passed our waitress up the stairs on the way out, she never acknowledged us."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "We started out at the upstairs bar which was lively and pleasant and offered an incredible selection of vodkas from around the world. The four of us were then seated downstairs in a little private room right out of the Belle Epoque period. The room was lovely and quiet and we could enjoy lively conversation. Our server was a lovely Serbian lady who was very attentive and very knowledgeable about the food. The food was outstanding and better than I remember any of the meals I had just a few years ago in St. Petersburg. We passed around our dishes so everyone could enjoy all the wonderful and different flavors. I would recommend Russia House to everyone, particularly for a special occasion where a more expensive meal is appropriate."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "The food is hearty and authentic. The vodka selection is amazing and the servers are exceptional. The only downside is trying to find parking on a Friday evening. I look forward to going back to sample some different dishes and vodka. I'll take a taxi. It is not overly priced but not inexpensive either. However they happily participate in Groupon. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Had reservations, but it still took nearly an hour to be seated. Normally that would be a very bad thing- but they took care of us at the bar with complimentary drinks until our table was ready. Once seated, the service was fantastic and the food..... Very much well worth the extra wait in the bar for the table. Chicken croquettes, fantastic. Rack of Lamb, perfection with that bread pudding. The desert of crème brulee, different but also very very good. The experience was fantastic and we will definitely return."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Great list of vodkas! the elk and cherry sausage was outstanding. the breads were terrific. a fun evening."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Great ambience and service. Food left a lot to be desired."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "The food and drinks were fantastic. Everything recommended was spot on. Staff was very friendly and helpful."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We had a wonderful time. The food was delicious. Our waitress was polite, friendly and very helpfull. "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "After talking about going to Russia House for awhile, my friend and I finally went. The food was excellent, the service was great, and the drinks were delicious! Too often you go to restaurants that are too expensive for what you get and the service is so-so. Russia House delivers on all fronts and I would definitely go here again."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The service wasn't friendly or service-oriented. Food was good, not great, and pricey. I liked the atmosphere and feel of the place. Probably won't go back unless just to the bar."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The food is worth every bit of its steep price tag when you go to Russia House. The Pelmini appitizer is divine. We have been here twice now and both entrees I ordered, beef stroganof and their duck, were both wonderfully done. The wine and beer are all selected to be among the best that eastern Europe has to offer and can provide some different flavors and experiences to that which you can get here. If you are in the mood for something stronger, there is a MASSIVE list of Vodkas available from around the world. The martinis are expensive, but very well made. Expect to come out lighter in the wallet but full of the experience and great food."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "My friend and I had an evening reservation for Russia house -- we ended up being seated around 9:45. Upstairs the mood is very loud and vibrant, but we were seated in a smaller room downstairs. The decor was pleasing, and though a bit noisy, was not too loud to hold a conversation and soon quieted down considerably. I had a glass of wine and my friend had a hot tea which were both to our liking. We shared the short rib stuffed peppers and the Colorado pierogies, both of which were delicious, though I think I preferred the stuffed peppers -- the hollandaise was great. I had the Zapechionaya Baranina -- roasted lamb with savory bread pudding and Swiss chard -- excellent. Can't speak to my friend's meal, but the creme brulee -- amazing"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Another great dinner at the Russia House. We were there for the second time, this time for a (Russia-related) special occasion. The food is very good to great, service perfect, ambiance very nice. We receveid a nice surprise for dessert, given our special occasion."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The Russia House has an excellent bar, with an impressive vodka selection, but it's nice for a romantic date too."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "This is my favorite restaurant in DC, hands down. While I'm not much into the bar scene anymore, and the downstairs is a bit cramped, it's worth it. My wife and I thoroughly enjoy this place. The service here is the most attentive of any of the DuPont Circle restaurants. The rabbit and dumplings, with the radish sauce were a huge surprise, excellent, and the cocotte is still probably my favorite thing on the menu."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We had the beef stroganoff and all the classics. While the stroganoff was a bit chewy for my taste, everything else was excellent. Our waitress was very helpful and quick. We will be returning sometime soon."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Husband and I went there Saturday night for date night. The service was great. Our waiter was very attentive and had great knowledge of the menu. We ordered martinis, they were very delicious, but was rather weak. The the price, I guess I was expecting something with more of a kick. We ordered a few appetizers. The salmon and caviar as well as the meat platter was excellent. I wasn't too crazy about the Sevruga black caviar. I think the sour cream is too strong for that particular caviar. For dinner, my husband ordered the rabbit and I ordered the duck breast. I didn't try the rabbit, but my husband said it was excellent. And I thought the duck breast was pretty decent, but I have definitely had better."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The food was very good, but the service was slow. It took at least 30 minutes since the time we ordered to get our food. Then when we were done eating, the server took our plates and did not come back to the table for about 20 minutes. We had a groupon, I'm not sure it would have been worth it without the groupon. We are looking forward to coming back and trying out their happy hour deals (1/2 price appetizers, and $7 martinis) - their appetizers looked really good, although we didn't trying any this visit (we only got entrees)."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We made a meal of caviar, vodka and small plates - pretty much ordered all of the appetizers on the menu between the four of us. Totally fun, totally great. Would do it again any time. Nice service, nice atmosphere."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The food was good "authentic" Russian. The staff was Russian so the experience was authentic as well. It was not spacious but the atmosphere made it cozy. Would go again and take advantage of the bar upstairs because everyone looked like they were having a blast."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Having read uneven reviews, I was not sure what to expect. I surprised my wife with this Restaurant on Valentine's as she was born and raised in Moscow. From the moment we entered until the moment we left, the people were absolutely awesome. The food was perfect and the serving sizes for a tasting menu were huge. We will become regulars as we both loved the place and we highly recommend Russia House!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We made reservations for Valentine's Day. The food was great, service was even better. Cocktails were very good as well. Not a place for frequent visits, as it is not cheap. But great for special occasions. Even better for date night. Definitely going back, but taking a cab so we can have a round or two of the vodka sampler:)"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Food was extremely disappointing. Dry chicken, frozen oysters, flavorless fish. The service was good but it seems like between the first course & main course they completely forgot about us. The redeeming component of the meal was the caviar and honestly that comes out of a jar so takes no talent."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I went here expecting the food to be very typical Eastern European (fresh and flavorful), especially because of the price point. However, it did not meet my expectations at all. I ordered a rabbit stew with duck confeit. The rabbit turned out to be in the form of a sausage, and the duck confit looked like a prepacked sliced wrap for h'orsdeouvres. On a positive note our waitress was very nice, and the ambience was nice as well."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Outstanding waitress. Food was excellent. Great experience."
    Dined on 2/3/2014