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About Mari Vanna DC
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.
Washington, DC 20036
Russian, Global, International, Eastern European
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday 11:00am - 10:00pm
Wednesday 11:00am - 2:00am ( 9pm -2:00am Karaoke)
Thursday 11:00am - 10:00pm
Friday 11:00am - 2:00am ( 10pm - 2:00am Lounge)
Saturday 12:00pm - 2:00am ( 10pm - 2:00 am Lounge)
Sunday 12:00pm- 10:00pm
Rhode Island Ave NW and Desales Street NW
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
Mari Vanna DC can be reached via the Farragut North or the Dupont Circle Red Line Metro Stops.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, High Tea, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
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Mari Vanna DC Ratings and Reviews
Mari Vanna has one of the most elegant interiors of any restaurant we've tried. This was even more true with holiday decorations in place. This made up a bit for some of the issues we had.
We had a selection of appetizers and entrees- all were good. My entree (Chicken Kiev) was especially good.
Prices are high (Chicken Kiev is $24 and Borsch is $12, for example) but not out of sight. My infused vodka was $8, and glasses of wine $9. I think this is not out of line with other good DC restaurants.
SERVICE: Bad to Terrible
We were a party of 4. We ordered several appetizers, which were brought and eaten- very good. I also ordered a bowl of borsch soup. The entrees for two of our party were brought at the same time as my soup, so they finished their meal while I ate soup and our 4th member watched. When I finished the soup, my entree and that of our other member were delivered. The first two people then watched as we ate the remainder of our meal. The waiter made no apology or even comment. Wait staff was pleasant but it was hard to get their attention, and they had to be reminded multiple times to fulfill requests like sweetener, straws, extra napkins, etc.
The restaurant interior is wonderful, and food is both good and unusual- there aren't many good Russian restaurants here. However, the hassle and expense of driving downtown, fighting the traffic, putting up with mediocre service and paying for both parking and an expensive meal make it hardly worth the effort. I really wanted to like it, but I doubt if we go back.
We've dined in several restaurants in several countries for many occasions. This was one of the greatest culinary experiences we've had. From the decor, the staff, food, ambiance... and the little extra touches, this is a place we will come back to over and over.
Several years ago, my family stumbled into Mari Vanna on Christmas Eve-- we were confused by a Russian restaurant, and the place was hosting a caviar and vodka special (and we were a family, not partaking in either). We ended up on the third floor, with the 1970's Russian cartoons and the Russian-version-of-ABBA music, and chintz couches, and accordian serenades-- and we were entranced! We returned ON PURPOSE to the main dining room for my daughter's birthday, and the AMAZING entrees included a mushroom baklava and lamb shanks, and roast duckling-- every bite was wonderful. Desserts, wonderful. Horseradish vodka, medicinal and wonderful. Thank you for making our visit ON CHRISTMAS EVE so wonderful.
Wonderful lunch at Mari Vanna. The roasted beets with prunes and caramelized goat cheese salad is absolutely delicious -- an imaginative take and what's become a menu staple. The eggplant rolls are also to die for. A great spot to go with vegetarians -- no one will feel like they're settling.
Amazing place. Never have Russian food experience before but it was remarkable by being coworkers for bday dinner. One slight hiccup was the first server said we could order happy hour menu when we were seated upstairs, then other servers came back and forth that we couldn’t. We couldn’t care less since it was a special occasion so it was a bit embarrassing and we just wanna eat.
This was a great choice for brunch! I had a friend staying in town who had spent a significant amount of time in Russia and she loved it. The food and decor were authentic. The atmosphere was laid back and the service was great. We never felt pressured or rushed. Highly recommend a visit!
Overall it's pretty good, nice and beautiful staff, a cool guy with an accordion is really impressing and creating real some Russian atmosphere. But the place is a little too expensive and the most important thing is when I asked for a piece of Russian black bread, I've got (and probably was charged for) a big plate of both white and black bread that is something not even close to the real Russian bread. The latter needs to be fixed, guys if you claim yourselves to be a Russian restaurant.
What an adorable surprise! The decor is fantastic - full of home Russian touches. We enjoyed amazing Russian vodka, both plain and infused with honey and oats. We had an assortment of vegetarian/pescatarian foods including smoked fish, turnovers and borsht. All delicious! Our waitress was lovely and attentive. Only two small complaints: the accordion player is annoying when he gets close to the table, and no one greeted us when we walked in the door. Otherwise, a terrific experience.
Dined late on a Pelmini Tuesday. I got my usual orders of Siberian dumplings (one boiled, one sautéed) and a side of buckwheat. She couldn't find a soup that appealed, so got the lamb-stuffed pastry and took home a order of chicken wings. She later reported that that the wings were very tasty and a bigger order than she expected.
Service was very friendly and attentive. Despite it being closing time, we were not rushed.
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