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Mari Vanna DC, Washington, DC

Mari Vanna DC

4.4
4.4
879 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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Eastern European, Global, International, Russian

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Tue, Thu 11:30 am–10:30 pm Wed, Fri 11:30 am–11:00 pm Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 3:00 pm–6:00 pm Karaoke Wed 10:00 pm–2:00 am Lounge Fri, Sat 10:00 pm–2:00 am

  • Phone number

    (202) 783-7777

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Roman Krylov

  • 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: (202) 783-7777

  • Neighborhood

    Dupont Circle

  • Cross street

    Rhode Island Ave NW and Desales Street NW

  • Parking details

    Mari Vanna DC can be reached via the Farragut North or the Dupont Circle Red Line Metro Stops.

  • 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.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Cafe, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

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What 879 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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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

    895 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    895 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

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    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

    vip
    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

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    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

    90 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    90 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

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very Good Food and Service!
  13. E

    Emily

    Caribbean

    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

    PeterG

    New York Area

    59 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    59 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

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 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

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 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

    895 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    895 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

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious. Nice staff. Pretty place.
  19. F

    Fabs

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 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

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 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

    Toronto

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Very tiny portions. People looked hungry on the way out.
  24. HB

    HBPL

    Baltimore

    106 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    106 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

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 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

    895 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    895 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

    vip
    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

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 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

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 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

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 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. EW

    ErikW

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 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

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 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

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful place
  40. DC

    DCDiner

    Washington DC

    422 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    422 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.

FAQs

Mari Vanna DC offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 783-7777.

Mari Vanna DC is rated 4.4 stars by 879 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Rhode Island Ave NW and Desales Street NW

  • Neighborhood

    Dupont Circle

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Tue, Thu 11:30 am–10:30 pm Wed, Fri 11:30 am–11:00 pm Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 3:00 pm–6:00 pm Karaoke Wed 10:00 pm–2:00 am Lounge Fri, Sat 10:00 pm–2:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Eastern European, Global, International, Russian

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Mari Vanna DC can be reached via the Farragut North or the Dupont Circle Red Line Metro Stops.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Roman Krylov

  • 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.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Cafe, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

  • Phone number

    (202) 783-7777

  • 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: (202) 783-7777

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