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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vipKristinA
Washington DC
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.

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vipCraig
Washington DC
710 reviews
Dined on March 7, 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.

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Noname
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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JulioJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 22, 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.

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vipFoodSnobs
Washington DC
22 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.

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vipExcellent
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Amazing food but slow and unattentive service.

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Greggo
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

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

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SophieS
Washington DC
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.

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DanTheDiningMan
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 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.

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vipPatty
Chicago
85 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

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very Good Food and Service!

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EmilyB
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.

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vipPeterGladis
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on January 30, 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.

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vipTonyB
Tampa
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.

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JFL5008
Raleigh
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.

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vipCraig
Washington DC
710 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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PatriciaO
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious. Nice staff. Pretty place.

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vipFabs
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on December 30, 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.

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vipViolet123
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was unbelievable

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ajopp
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you girls had an amazing time

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on December 25, 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.

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vipMaratL
Miami
22 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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

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vipHBPL
Baltimore
97 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.

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vipArlington
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipCraig
Washington DC
710 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.

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Allison
Washington DC
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!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was my Birthday. I like this place

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VikaV
Caribbean
4 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipP7070
Washington DC
20 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.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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vipsonomalewis
Tokyo
13 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
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.

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

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

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Nicole
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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DC1974
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.

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TonyK
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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place

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

Mari Vanna DC is rated 4.6 stars by 887 OpenTable diners.

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