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.
We recently came back this week (our second time - first time was fabulous!) and was a bit disappointed, not in the food as it is always the best!
The service was not up to par as the first visit and the restaurant was not busy at all.
Most Organizations are on a time constraint to 1-hour lunch along with employees and it took over 1 1/2 hour for the lunch we had this week with continual asking for service assistance, and there were only 5 tables of guests dining. Most only (2) per table. We want to continue coming, as your food is fabulous, fresh, mouthwatering, that makes you feel at home and want to come back again and again for more. Consistency above all is core to any business. Just a patron, who cares about good food, service, and overall satisfaction when dining.
I love this place, especially on Saturday nights, the music and the dj are awesome! Great food and very polite and attentive personnel. My favorite place to eat and party in DC.
Always a good meal at Mari Vanna. Decor is like elegant country farmhouse, delicious authentic Russian dishes, wonderful infused vodkas, and a strolling accordion player for atmosphere. Entree prices are roughly $18-$30, apps $10-$15. Make sure to try the pilmeni!
We went to Mari Vanna for Valentine's Day, and our experience could not have been better. We ordered the duck and the salmon for our entrees and both were delicious, and at a pretty good price for such an authentic restaurant. I also would recommend the beers (especially Baltica #4) and the desserts (we ordered Bird's Milk and the traditional honey cake).
Even though I reserved many weeks ahead, we were given the worst table way on the fourth floor. I asked for a change, to no avail. So many better choices for Valentine’s Day, we will never come back.
Will definitely be coming back soon. DC could use more Eastern European places, especially ones with this level of atmosphere and quality.
The excellent food was only surpassed by the great atmosphere and service!
I’ve been to Mari Vanna in Moscow and in London and both restaurants are great. I booked a table in DC when I had some friends come to town this weekend and was excited for them to try it. The hostess guided us to the third floor where it was pitch back except for strobe lights and there were three private parties of 10+ people. It would have been like eating in some sad night club. I asked if we could instead have one of the six other open tables available in the restaurant on the first and second floors but the Manager insisted that each of those tables had individually been booked out (even though the hostess seemed to think that a few were available so she went to “check”. When I complained to the Manager that the table they offered us was unacceptable, she said it was because I didn’t specifically request that the table was on the first or second floor when I made the booking (though of course when I made the booking no one asked which floor I would like to be on?). Never going back. Terrible experience.
The food was excellent! However, the value was not. When I left the restaurant, I was still hungry. Tiny portions and a big price tag is not acceptable for a place like this.
Intimate setting with tables very close together. Inviting and cozy, but not private if that's what you want. Service was excellent as was the food. We recommend trying their authentic dishes rather than picking one their newer additions since that is the reason to go is to try traditional Russian dishes.
Thanks for staying open longer for us! We appreciate it.
Needs little training on stuff though
The restaurant is only 1/4 block from the Mayflower Hotel and, therefore, very convenient to hotel guests. Food was very authentic and wine list provided regional Russian and adjacent eastern European options. Service was excellent, attentive and provided good insight into what was available. My wife and I would recommend this wholeheartedly for eastern European cuisine.
I love the charming decor. I've come here a number of times for lunch and tea as I work in the area and always enjoy the experience. The last time I ordered Cod from the lunch special and I wasn't that impressed but apart from that, all the food that I've tried, I've liked (caviar, eggplant rolls, beet salad). Their afternoon tea (3-5 pm) with the dessert platter is super awesome and I highly recommend!
We had the $25 fixed price lunch menu. I had the vineagrette salad with beets, etc. and the chicken stroganoff. Dark Russian bread as well. Delicious, fresh, authentic. We sat at a table in the window nooks by the door, but I was impressed that I never felt a draft. Overall, the ambience is cozy but elegant, with interesting decor details throughout. Noise level was comfortable. I never felt like I had to shout or ask my colleague to repeat something.
We choose to celebrate my 60th birthday at Mari Vann because I have been to Mari Vann before in New York and London, which were both excellent. So when I saw there was a location in Washington DC, I wanted to go there to celebrate my 60th birthday. However, I was very disappointed and embarrassed at a Russian because the quality of food was awful. The vodka was warm and they did not have wild Russian mushrooms, a basic stable for true Russian cuisine. The ambiance and service was okay, but I was embarrassed because this was not Russian cuisine I wanted to show off to my American husband, ruining my birthday. I will never go there again.