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.

1141 Connecticut Avenue
Washington, DC 20036
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Russian, Global, International, Eastern European

Hours of Operation:
Monday closed
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

Cross Street:
Rhode Island Ave NW and Desales Street NW

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 783-7777

Website:
http://www.marivannadc.com/

Entertainment:
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.

Parking Details:
Mari Vanna DC can be reached via the Farragut North or the Dupont Circle Red Line Metro Stops.

Additional:
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

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4.6

Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.7

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (21)
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Neighborhood Gem (10)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Casual (8)
Fun (8)
Good for a Date (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Romantic (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Live Music (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
People Watching (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vegan (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Business Meals (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Usually excellent; not the best food prep this time.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

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.
FOOD: Good
We had a selection of appetizers and entrees- all were good. My entree (Chicken Kiev) was especially good.
PRICE: High
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.
BOTTOM LINE:
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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 12, 2018

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.

Tags: Authentic, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Very nice Russian restaurant with authentic food to enjoy!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Creative Russian food, great vodka list, quiet, great decor, convenient to Metro. Delightful!

Tags: Authentic, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Fun
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Very well designed Russian style restaurant. Amazing food and service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Very good experience!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Disabled Access, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 25, 2017

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.

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on December 23, 2017

Amazing spot! A cozy Russian restaurant with creative dishes. Definitely try their Plemini! If you know Russian, there is no problem. However, some servers need to bump up their English :)
Go and try it, you will be delighted.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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·Dined on December 22, 2017

Really superb Russian food, best such restaurant I’ve ever visited.

Tags: Cozy, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 22, 2017

fine russian cuisine and a perfect stroganoff beef.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Excellent food and drinks. Beautiful restaurant. Will definitely dine at Mari Vanna again. Great service.

Tags: Live Music, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Romantic, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Food is amazing. I try to order something different each time I go. The service is impeccable. Love this place!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Mari Vanna never fails to deliver - interesting and very good food, great service with friendly staff, and very comfortable and fun atmosphere. Highly recommend!!

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Vegan, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Fun, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 8, 2017

I love this place. It is very special to me. I took my daughter to celebrate her college acceptance. Thursday night's are caviar buffet nights.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

I love this place. It has a ton of character and ambience. Wonderful and very authentic food. The best of the region.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great place for a cold night meal...very cozy....comfort food that is authentically Russian. Well worth the trip and experience. Excellent happy hour with naturally flavored vodka. It can get very loud however with a live accordion player.

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Very good food in a funky place with a very friendly wait staff.

Tags: Comfort Food, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Casual, Fun, Cozy, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 26, 2017

This place is amazing. If you want good Russian food, go here

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Everything was great! The service, while friendly, was a little slow.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Fun
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

This is my new favorite brunch spot. It’s a buffet with a bottomless mimosa or Bloody Mary option. The food is delicious and the waiters are excellent. This place is a hidden gem!

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Afternoon Tea, Scenic View
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

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!

Tags: Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The best beet salad in the world is served here. And the Blinis (mushroom) are out of the world. Stay away from the potato pancakes filled with either meat or mushrooms. Too heavy! Wonderful Russian waiters who are eager to please.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Bar Seating
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Superb Russian cuisine in a delightful setting. Great vodka cocktail selection.

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Love this delicious unusual food, charming decor and attentive service

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Best Russian food in DC, hands down. Authentic atmosphere, plus all of the staff are native speakers. If you want Russian food, and you're within 3 hours of DC, look no further.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Chicken Kiev was completely dried out.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Love this place. We started coming right after our daughter came home after a semester in Moscow. The food, service, and atmosphere are fantastic.

Tags: Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Mari Vanna is a fun place with great food and staff. I went with a vegetarian and maybe we had a little potato overload but it was delicious and infused Vodka is vegetarian so it everything was fine!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Birthday dinner

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

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.

Thank you!

Tags: Cozy, Healthy, Authentic, Tasting Menu
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Fantastic experience with great service! Will definitely visit again on a special occasion!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 12, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 11, 2017

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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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Out if kielbasa at the beginning of the dinner hour but the chicken Kiev was an acceptable substitute. Sautéed spinach was good.

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