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.
Mari Vanna is a kitschy, but fun Russian restaurant and bar in Dupont.
Awesome authentic Russian food in very folklore Russian interior.
They brought me an amazing birthday dessert (RUSSIAN HONEY CAKE WOWOWOWOW) and had a live accordion player sing to me! The dumplings and stuffed rolls are amazing too.
The food was outstanding (authentically Russian). The service was friendly and attentive.
My husband and I went to Mari Vanna to celebrate his birthday. We didn't realize that Sundays they have a wonderful brunch buffet for $29 that includes bottomless mimosas/bloody marys. The buffet was extremely delicious. We knew the food had to be authentically Russian, because nearly every other patron was speaking Russian, and the staff were all Russian, too. The food is incredible: everything we tasted was memorable! One important note: We were very disappointed that the coffee is NOT included in the brunch. It's $5/cup, and refills are not free. No one told us this, so we ended up with an additional $20 on our bill that we did not anticipate at all. It was especially frustrating because I do not drink, so I didn't have a single mimosa or bloody mary (which are included in the brunch); you'd think that they'd at least include my coffees then, since I didn't have any alcoholic beverage. So, the coffee thing left a bad taste in our mouths and made us with they had at least been forthcoming about it. But overall, we were very impressed by the quality of the food, and we haven't eaten that much in a long time! We would definitely come back, and recommend it to our friends, but next time we'll be sure to stop at Starbucks first because $5 per tiny cup of coffee with your brunch just isn't worth it.
Great food, but overpriced.
I found the cooking very ordinary. We had Chicken Kiev and Solyanka, and some of the ingredients like the peas with the first and many of the elements of the second did not seem at all fresh. It was moderately busy (Wed. night) but servers took a long time.
I loved the place. Food was very good and reasonably priced. I ordered the chicken Kiev and Russian signature dessert which was delicious. Russian beer and vodka was also good. Accordion player added a nice touch.
Server was not particularly friendly and meal was overpriced.
The food and the quality of service were excellent, and so was the atmosphere. This was our first time dining at Mari Vanna and we were very pleased.
Wonderful place! Food was great. Lamb was beyond my expectation!
Classic Russian and East European dishes served in a convivial atmosphere
The food was amazing. The atmosphere was welcoming and warm. The service was phenomenal. I would definitely recommend it to try this restaurant. Their food is unique in taste and presentation.
Great birthday dinner, complete with an accordion performance!
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.
Usually excellent; not the best food prep this time.
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.
Beautiful ambiance and delicious desserts
For people who may be hesitant to try Ukranian/Russian food, give it a try. Well priced options and you can go traditional or more modern entrees. Everything tasted great.
Very nice Russian restaurant with authentic food to enjoy!
Creative Russian food, great vodka list, quiet, great decor, convenient to Metro. Delightful!
The staff was very inviting and made the experience even more enjoyable. The food was amazing! I would recommend Mari Vanna as a place to eat in DC.
Very well designed Russian style restaurant. Amazing food and service.
Very good experience!
Authentic Russian food. Having been to Russia, I can positively say that. Good selection of vodkas, stews, blinis, soups, meat and fish plates, and so forth. Friendly capable bilingual staff.
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.