Mari Vanna DC

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$31 to $50
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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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VV
Caribbean
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 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.

OT
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

P
Washington DC
17 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.

OT
Washington DC
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.

s
Tokyo
13 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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

OT
Washington DC
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.

NA
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

N
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

DC
Richmond
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.

TK
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place

DC
Washington DC
399 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.

VN
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The quality of the pickled plate has dropped. The presentation and taste are not the same. Also they do not serve potato pancakes anymore

C
Washington DC
683 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great. Excellent service. Beef stroganoff and borscht was fantastic. Fun place to be.

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steak is excellent

MO
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love that place, and go there each time I get the opportunity - usually it's pre-theater dinner. The food is great, service is great as well - what more do you need? There is also live music (the guy with accordion comes around 7 pm), and, in case you care, nice selection of homemade vodka. I don't drink vodka at all, but I make an exception for theirs horseradish one.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience5

The food was not fresh at all. We all felt sick afterwards. I like the interior decorations and the taste of the food but feeling sick is not fun.

F
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Homey food for those with Russian in their blood. All the favorites. You could be in St. Petersburg with the accordionist playing.

MS
Baltimore
35 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food js good and the place looks very nice

G
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Interesting cuisine.xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

K
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I try to go to Mari Vanna every time I visit DC. I have Slavic roots and I love their food - comforting, warm, delicious, reminds me of home and my family.

P
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was outstanding. Very attentive and they had a nice chocolate surprise for my daughter’s birthday. The pelmeni was perfect. As good as any in Moscow. The blinis were also very good and would recommend them. The stroganoff was good but a bit more fresh dill would make the dish excellent.
Good beer and wine list.
Next time I look forward to some of the Georgian offerings.

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

TLDR: Fast service, delicious food, great ambiance

We loved this restaurant! The decor is warm and homey, and an accordian player occasionally comes around and plays for the patrons. Our waitress was attentive and the service was quick. The food... oh my goodness the food. We ordered the Pirozhki (4 rolls) as an appetizer and I think I could have eaten 30. I got the beef stroganoff with mashed potatoes which made my eyes tear up with happiness with the first few bites. We'd absolutely come here again.

NW
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hostesses were fantastic. All spoke Russian and English . Food was just like if you were in Moscow. I'll go again.

C
Washington DC
683 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chicken Kiev was excellent. Beautiful decor.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fav place in DC. The atmosphere is great and the restaurant is beautifully decorated.

KC
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful authentic Russian food in a relaxed setting with Old World charm! Our second time here and we will be back!

AL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food. I used to lived in Eastern Europe so I was looking for some nostalgia and the food hit the spot.

OB
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to experience authentic Russian food. I brought my colleagues for business lunch, they enjoyed the food; many tried Russian for the first time. Highly recommend!

OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

I'd recommend it with one caveat. The high top tables and chairs are really uncomfortable. For a short person like me, getting on and off the chairs is not a good experience. I'd recommend it have more traditional tables and chairs. That's what would keep me from coming back.

IP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. A lot of traditional Russian meal. Live music is the best! Everything was good!

BS
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service Anastasiia was awesome and the food was authentic too cute old world cozy atmosphere

Y
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good authentic food. We tought it's all just a Russian restaurant but they have food from the area. Have special events. Weekends dancing is on 4th floor

DR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great variety of foods from the region and super staff

I
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is amazing- the food is so good, and they make their own flavored vodka. I love coming here.

c
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I want to like this place so much but after two tries... I may just give up. Food is good, but not great. Some is yummy but overall impression is just so -so. Pricing is a bit high for the quality. The environment is awesome, such great decor. The staff are all very nice. Authentic vibe but again, maybe its just that Russian food is boring, but the food doesn't sell the place. Oh well

ES
Savannah
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere to go along with wonderful food! We had three appetizers before dinner so our friend could try a little of everything-she loved it all as we do! My favorite is the eggplant rolls! Oh my! The warm root salad is divine also! As was all our mains! And of course, even though we could barely fit it in, we shared a piece of Honey Cake-so good! A must-go when in DC!

V
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The waitstaff was super kind but they messed up my father's order, then served us well-ahead of him. Then the sort of rushed to clear the table. That said the food was excellent.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quite simply, the tops.

N
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was delicious! Food is great, drinks are unique!

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