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Mari Vanna DC

4.4
4.4
887 Reviews
$31 to $50
Eastern European

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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Menu

Appetizers

  • Cured Herring$10.00

    Fillet of Herring, Boiled Potatoes & Rye Toasts

    • Meat Board$12.00

      Veal Tongue, Moscow Salami, Smoked Pork Shoulder and Hunter Sticks, Horseradish, Mustard & Cornichons

      • Eggplant Rolls$10.00

        Stuffed w/ Swiss Cheese, Walnuts, Garlic & Cilantro

        • Pirozhok – Baby Pie Stuffed

          w/ Beef, Cabbage, Potato, or Spinach

          • ea$4.00
        • Russian Crepes Stuffed$8.00

          w/ Mushrooms or Beef

          • Samsa

            Uzbek Staple, Puff Pastry Stuffed w/ Lamb & Herbs

            • ea$5.00
          • Vinaigrette Salad$8.00

            Classic Russian Beet and Vegetables Salad

            • Olivier Salad$10.00

              Potatoes, Carrots, Veal Bologna, Pickles, English Peas, Boiled Eggs, Homemade Mayo

              • Garden Salad$10.00

                Fresh Vegetables Dressed w/ Sunflower Oil

                • Caprese Salad$10.00

                  Heirloom Tomatoes, Baby Mozzarella, Basil, Balsamic Olive Oil

                  • Warm Vegetables Salad$10.00

                    Oven Roasted Vegetables, Balsamic Dressing, Goat Cheese

                    Soups

                    • Borsch$9.00

                      Traditional Slavic Beef, Beets and Vegetables Soup

                      • Solyanka$9.00

                        Smoked Meats, Pickles, Olives, Onions, Tomatoes

                        Main Course

                        • Beef Stroganoff$22.00

                          Tender Beef, Caramelized Onion, Pickles & Creamy Demiglace, Served w/ Buckwheat or Potato Purée

                          • Chicken Tabaka$18.00

                            Oven Roasted Brick Cornish Hen, Roasted Baby Potato and Adjika Sauce

                            • Chicken Kotleti$16.00

                              Three Cutlets, Potato Purée, Cornichons

                              • Golubcy$16.00

                                Cabbage Leaves Stuffed w/ Ground Beef and Rice, Roasted Bell Pepper Sauce and Sour Cream

                                • Cod$18.00

                                  Oven Baked, Topped w/ Cheese and Tomato, Potato Puree and Cornichons

                                  • Herb Salmon Steak$20.00

                                    Pan-Roasted, Sautéed Asparagus and Lemon-Tomato Sauce

                                    Dumplings

                                    • Siberian Pelmeni$15.00

                                      Stuffed w/ Beef and Pork

                                      • Potato Vareniki$15.00

                                        Topped w/ Mushrooms & Sautéed Onions

                                        For menu edits, please contact SinglePlatform at (866) 237-4564.

                                        What 887 people are saying

                                        Overall ratings and reviews

                                        4.4
                                        4.4 based on all time ratings
                                        • 4.4Food
                                        • 4.2Service
                                        • 4.6Ambience
                                        • 4.1Value

                                        NoiseModerate

                                        92% of people would recommend it to a friend

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                                        1. KA

                                          KristinA

                                          Washington DC

                                          1 review

                                          vip
                                          3.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on March 10, 2020

                                          overall3food4service4ambience5

                                          The music volume over lunch is WAY to high and conversations are difficult. If it was moderate and more in the background , the whole would be perfect.

                                        2. C

                                          Craig

                                          Washington DC

                                          820 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          820 reviews

                                          Dined on March 8, 2020

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Absolutely wonderful. Service was outstanding as usual. Food was great. The borscht alone could be an entree. Full of flavor. The chicken Kiev was perfect as always. Great venue and decor.

                                        3. N

                                          Noname

                                          1 review

                                          1.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on March 6, 2020

                                          overall1food3service1ambience4

                                          Vibes were good. However the servers seemed to discriminate. We were the only Asian people there. I ordered a happy hour beer and it wouldn’t come out for 20 min while other people were being served so we asked two other waiters and finally got it. Up til then I was like this is fine. But I ordered a second happy hour beer and it was not coming out so I called the bartender and asked. He rolled his eyes and were like I already have you one. So I told him we ordered a second one. And he makes a rudest face and jump slides the beer over. Then he goes over to the white girl sitting next to me and leans in with a smile and was so generous and nice. It was very rude and disrespectful.

                                        4. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          1 review

                                          2.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on March 5, 2020

                                          overall2food4service2ambience4

                                          They didn’t have my reservation, so no table when we arrived. They brought the food out piecemeal rather than at once so we couldn’t eat together (at the same time) or else food would get cold.

                                        5. JJ

                                          JulioJ

                                          Washington DC

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on February 23, 2020

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          What a lovely place! The food was great! I went for a classic, Beef Stroganoff, and it hit the spot. I would definitely recommend Mari Vanna to friends.

                                        6. FS

                                          FoodSnobs

                                          Washington DC

                                          25 reviews

                                          4.0

                                          25 reviews

                                          Dined on February 21, 2020

                                          overall4food4service4ambience4

                                          Met two friends here for lunch and each of our dishes was delicious. Service was also attentive and we had a lot of privacy for conversation in the upstairs area. Cute place. Love that we have a Russian cuisine option in this neighborhood.

                                        7. E

                                          Excellent

                                          Washington DC

                                          5 reviews

                                          vip
                                          4.0

                                          5 reviews

                                          Dined on February 16, 2020

                                          overall4food5service3ambience5

                                          Amazing food but slow and unattentive service.

                                        8. G

                                          Greggo

                                          Washington DC

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on February 15, 2020

                                          overall5food5service3ambience5

                                          Excellent Russian food, I love this place. Only minor issue is I wish the restaurant was quieter.

                                        9. SS

                                          SophieS

                                          Washington DC

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on February 14, 2020

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Wonderful place for a date! If you like an experience to get you out of your world for a while this place will take you away.

                                        10. DT

                                          DanTheDiningMan

                                          Washington DC

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on February 9, 2020

                                          overall5food4service4ambience5

                                          Service was friendly and attentive and the food was fantastic, especially the dumplings. Portion size was just right. The house infused vodkas are delicious and I wish I could have tried them all. But the decor and ambiance was my favorite part of the dining experience. It’s very quirky and cozy, and even though it was busy when we went, the noise levels were not amplified as they are in many restaurants. Menu prices were about what I would expect for a restaurant of its size, location and quality. Our bill was actually a little lower than I expected it would be going in. It is a great find and I look forward to eating there again soon.

                                        11. P

                                          Patty

                                          Chicago

                                          88 reviews

                                          vip
                                          4.0

                                          88 reviews

                                          Dined on February 8, 2020

                                          overall4food4service5ambience5

                                          Our server was very good and was able to answer all of our questions. She brought a dessert w a candle for my daughter’s birthday

                                        12. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Washington DC

                                          8 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          8 reviews

                                          Dined on February 4, 2020

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Very Good Food and Service!

                                        13. EB

                                          EmilyB

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on February 1, 2020

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          My husband and I ate here for our 10th anniversary. The restaurant was absolutely BEAUTIFUL! The cocktails were delicious, as was the food. The waitresses were very pleasant. We were seated at a 2-person table beside a window at the front of the restaurant. It was a very romantic setting. We will definitely be back! I recommend the beef stroganoff and the honey cake for dessert.

                                        14. PG

                                          PeterGladis

                                          New York Area

                                          53 reviews

                                          vip
                                          3.0

                                          53 reviews

                                          Dined on January 31, 2020

                                          overall3food3service5ambience5

                                          Fun restaurant with a hard to find cusine. But... seems like another Restaurant whose success has filled it. The famous Golubkis were wrapped in WAY overcooked, tasteless cabbage, and the filling was "blah" with little flavor. The very unique and special offering of Khinkali was, infortunately poorly executed as well: the dumpling was more than al dente- it was chewy, and the lamb filling again was bland. And force restaurant famous for its high-end vodkas, my Russian Standard martini was poorly made with WAY too much vermouth and grocery-store type of small green-brown olives that were not worth eating. Ashame, as good Russian cuisine is so very hard to find.

                                        15. TB

                                          TonyB

                                          Tampa

                                          5 reviews

                                          vip
                                          4.0

                                          5 reviews

                                          Dined on January 26, 2020

                                          overall4food5service4ambience5

                                          We’ve enjoyed Mari Vanna on 3 occasions now. I love the decor and the atmosphere. It does get a little noisy, but it is a lively place. The food is very good. I enjoy bringing friends from out of town.

                                        16. JF

                                          JFL5008

                                          Raleigh

                                          12 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          12 reviews

                                          Dined on January 22, 2020

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          My new favorite D.C. restaurant. Excellent, authentic Eastern European cuisine. Service and overall experience could not have been better. For me, a big part of my travel is about the food. This is a place & experience you should not miss.

                                        17. C

                                          Craig

                                          Washington DC

                                          820 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          820 reviews

                                          Dined on January 2, 2020

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Once again, everything was great. Alexi did a great job. Borscht was perfect as well as the chicken Kiev. Highly recommended.

                                        18. PO

                                          PatriciaO

                                          Baltimore

                                          3 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          3 reviews

                                          Dined on January 1, 2020

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Delicious. Nice staff. Pretty place.

                                        19. F

                                          Fabs

                                          Philadelphia

                                          10 reviews

                                          vip
                                          4.0

                                          10 reviews

                                          Dined on December 31, 2019

                                          overall4food4service4ambience5

                                          The food was well prepared. We had the potato Russian dumplings which were good in flavor with a light sauce. We also order the chicken Kiev and the stroganoff. Both were well prepared. We thought however, that this place is over priced for the type of food they served us. Good, simple but a bit too expensive. The service was good and the dessert (we had Medovik or honey Russian cake) were very good as well. Good ambiance. We liked it.

                                        20. V

                                          Violet123

                                          Washington DC

                                          9 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          9 reviews

                                          Dined on December 29, 2019

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Was unbelievable

                                        21. a

                                          ajopp

                                          Washington DC

                                          2 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          2 reviews

                                          Dined on December 29, 2019

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Thank you girls had an amazing time

                                        22. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Washington DC

                                          21 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          21 reviews

                                          Dined on December 26, 2019

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          It was an amazing experience. Wine, cheese board, eggplant rolls were perfect! I'll definitely come back when I'm around. Decorations also very nice. It was more than a restaurant. I mostly felt like I'm in a museum. Even plates were came from 50's.

                                        23. ML

                                          MaratL

                                          Miami

                                          28 reviews

                                          vip
                                          4.0

                                          28 reviews

                                          Dined on December 26, 2019

                                          overall4food4service4ambience5

                                          Very tiny portions. People looked hungry on the way out.

                                        24. HB

                                          HBPL

                                          Baltimore

                                          101 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          101 reviews

                                          Dined on December 25, 2019

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          We went back to our roots and dined at Mari Vanna. The service was incredibly nice, and they worked exceptionally well as a team. The borscht and blinis were worth the visit.

                                        25. A

                                          Arlington

                                          Washington DC

                                          44 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          44 reviews

                                          Dined on December 24, 2019

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Beautiful restaurant, very tasty & well-prepared & nicely presented food. The antithesis of sterile DC steakhouse restaurants.

                                        26. C

                                          Craig

                                          Washington DC

                                          820 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          820 reviews

                                          Dined on December 15, 2019

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          As delightful and delicious as ever. Yulia (?) on my spelling and Andrei were terrific guides for evening. The borscht could have easily been the meal. Hearty and full of flavor. The Andrei recommended chicken Kiev was outstanding. Kudos to the great chefs.

                                        27. A

                                          Allison

                                          Washington DC

                                          2 reviews

                                          3.0

                                          2 reviews

                                          Dined on December 8, 2019

                                          overall3food4service4ambience4

                                          Mari Vanna has a great buffet-style brunch with a lot of food options. The dumplings are amazing and the desserts are tasty too. They are very attentive with the mimosa refills!

                                        28. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          New York Area

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on December 8, 2019

                                          overall5food4service5ambience5

                                          It was my Birthday. I like this place

                                        29. VV

                                          VikaV

                                          Caribbean

                                          4 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          4 reviews

                                          Dined on December 1, 2019

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          I love this restaurant! It's really a gem and very much reminds me of Russia. Authentic food, beautiful atmosphere, great service. I go as often as possible and recommend to anyone who is in DC.

                                        30. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Cincinnati

                                          3 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          3 reviews

                                          Dined on November 24, 2019

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Absolutely loved it!! Very authentic with awesome decor and atmosphere. Food was incredible.

                                        31. P

                                          P7070

                                          Washington DC

                                          24 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          24 reviews

                                          Dined on November 17, 2019

                                          overall5food4service5ambience5

                                          The ambiance and decor at Mari Vanna is wonderful and so unique! You feel like you are truly in a family owned European cafe. The food was very good, service was prompt and our server who had recently arrived from the Ukraine, was adorable. We will definitely go again.

                                        32. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Washington DC

                                          14 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          14 reviews

                                          Dined on November 17, 2019

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Mari Vanna is a feast for the stomach and senses! The entire place is gorgeous and the brunch was superb. As a note: Nearly all the seating downstairs is high top seating so if you have mobility issues please keep that in mind.

                                        33. s

                                          sonomalewis

                                          Tokyo

                                          13 reviews

                                          vip
                                          4.0

                                          13 reviews

                                          Dined on November 13, 2019

                                          overall4food5service4ambience5

                                          Excellent food. Waited awhile for someone to take the order.

                                        34. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Washington DC

                                          3 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          3 reviews

                                          Dined on November 9, 2019

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          The food and people are wonderful here. Haven’t been to another Russian restaurant in DC again after finding this one.

                                        35. NA

                                          NehaA

                                          New England

                                          3 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          3 reviews

                                          Dined on October 30, 2019

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Great food and service -- they were very accommodating with a stroller

                                        36. N

                                          Nicole

                                          Washington DC

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on October 27, 2019

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Very cute on the inside, great service and yummy food!

                                        37. DC

                                          DC1974

                                          Richmond

                                          2 reviews

                                          4.0

                                          2 reviews

                                          Dined on October 26, 2019

                                          overall4food4service5ambience4

                                          Great staff! Not crazy about the front corner window seat we had. Very tight seating and we had to listen to every incoming customer but a good view of the street. I American) enjoyed the lamb shashlik. Wife (Russian) thought Shuba wasn’t very fresh. Attentive staff, cold beer, good cheese board. We left very full and satisfied. Overall good experience. We would return.

                                        38. TK

                                          TonyK

                                          Cincinnati

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on October 26, 2019

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          I really like this place. I have been here twice now and the atmosphere is lively and the food is great.

                                        39. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Washington DC

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on October 19, 2019

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Wonderful place

                                        40. DC

                                          DCDiner

                                          Washington DC

                                          410 reviews

                                          vip
                                          2.0

                                          410 reviews

                                          Dined on October 17, 2019

                                          overall2food2service3ambience3

                                          We met our guest who was already seated on the 3rd level since there was a special event on the 2nd. When hostess greeted us, she simply showed us the stairs without escorting us up. First level is really just a bar from what we could tell. Some high tops for seating, but definitely a rowdy, bar atmosphere not conducive to dining (or certainly not conversation). Specialty cocktails are $22, so we opted for a shot of infused vodka (very good) for $7 each. Wine prices, on the other hand, were quite reasonable. The dumpling appetizer we wanted took over 20 minutes to prepare, so we opted for a different one (which was quite tasty). Meals were ordinary and served at room temperature. I am guessing that was because they had to be delivered to the 3rd floor...Cherry dumplings for desert were delicious.

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