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

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

2018 New Year's Eve Celebration! Live Performance by Victoria Sukhareva and Artem Starchenko / DJ / Live Accordion Show/ Gifts / Russian Santa Claus etc. Start at 8PM. Two Package Options: Silver - All menu w/ Red Caviar $150 and Gold - All menu w/ Black Caviar $175 50% off for kids under 12 year

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Mari Vanna DC Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

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Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

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Fun (9)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Casual (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Romantic (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Comfort Food (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Great for Brunch (6)
Good for a Date (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Live Music (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
People Watching (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Business Meals (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vegan (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Healthy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Scenic View (1)
Seasonal (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 16, 2017

As our waiter noticed, I got my usual -- two orders of Siberian pelmeni and buckwheat. My girlfriend got a very-filling soup and some lamb-stuffed pastries. The infused vodkas were delicious, although we missed the spicy honey one.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Mari Vanna has a very unique and authentic decor, which is definitely a plus. The food tastes really good and the portions are pretty large too, but not too large. Just enough.
I would like to point out the service. It was outstanding!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Afternoon Tea, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 9, 2017

We used to go there at least twice a month and recommend it to our friends, which will likely never happen. In spite of decent food and ambiance the service is terrifying. It was always average, but our last server Valeria just ruined the whole night. We had to beg her for attention, the food order was messed up, drinks never refilled and her attitude was unacceptable. Terrible experience. If you want the rudest service go to Mari Vanna and ask for Valeria. We will never be back again.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 5, 2017

We went to Mari Vanna before a comedy show at the DC Improv. What a fantastic place. The ambiance is charming, the food is great, and the service was wonderful. The infused vodka's are amazing!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Romantic, Spicy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Always a great dining experience. Great staff and cleanliness.

Tags: Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 18, 2017

We celebrated a friend's 62nd birthday, and had a marvelous time! Only issue was we didn't realize the kitchen "closed" at 9:15, and we had an 8:30 reservation, so had to order quickly.
But the waitstaff and service were lovely, and the food very good -- perhaps a tad overpriced on some items. We certainly appreciated the truffle bonbons with the birthday candle in honor of our friend -- great finishing touch! She said it was one of the nicest birthdays she'd ever had, and we all want to go back ... but earlier in the evening!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quick Bite, Fun, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Great authentic food, friendly environment, very Russian ambiance and
reasonable prices (in comparison with NY russian restaurants). Thank you,
we have a great time.

Tags: Authentic, Happy Hour, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Very authentic Russian place - I am Russian, so I would know. Came with my sister before the performance in Kennedy Center - it's just about a mile away. The food was great, nice service too - come see for yourself :-)

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Great ambiance and food for those who appreciate Russian culture. It's expensive but worth it, it's a special occasion kind of place. The staff is nice and friendly

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Very good russian food. Reasonable price. Goid service.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 21, 2017

All of the food was outstanding and the fact that the waiters all speak Russian was nice as well.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Really enjoyable place. I've been a few times and it has been consistently enjoyable. My only gripe would be seated downstairs. I will try to get upstairs specifically to check out the decor. It has a very nice homey kind of feel to it. My girl has already asked me about going back and I have no doubt that we will.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 18, 2017

I like the atmosphere and the food. The staff is nice, friendly and providing good service.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Kid-friendly, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (Richmond)·Dined on June 15, 2017

Eclectric Russian decor. Several Russian specialties on the menu. I got the sausages and they were home made and spicy. Enjoyed the sampler appetizer. Service was average.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Tampa)·Dined on June 2, 2017

I grew up eating Russian food made by my great-grandmother, so I was excited to visit for Mari Vanni DC for the first time. I likely won't be returning despite the absolutely lovely decor and atmosphere. The reasons are two-fold: 1) The service was less than attentive. Our wine glasses and water glasses sat empty for quite a while. It wasn't until we finally flagged down a busboy and asked for our waiter that we were able to order another glass of wine. The water glasses were not filled until our check was delivered. Also, nobody came by to ask how our meals were after they were served. My dining companion's food was barely warm and he would have asked that it be warmed if someone had inquired. The table next to us was also having problems. Entrees and appetizers came out at the same time, and one entree never showed until long after the rest of the table had finished eating. When the manager was called over, she seemed less than apologetic. Moreover, we were about 10 minutes early for our reservation, so we sat at the bar for a glass of wine. I have no problem with this at all. However, when we were finally seated upstairs, we ended up by a large party. Not the best pot but whatever. What was interesting was the number of other open tables that had been open when we arrived and were never used the entire time we were there. Why not seat us away from the others? 2) The food was disappointing. In addition to being barely warm, my companion's beef-stuffed potato pancake entree was so over-garliced (the potato part) that he only ate half of the entree. He is always a clean your plate kind of guy who then helps me with my entree. My Mushroom Golubcy, on the other hand, was hot but the seasoning was weak. I would not order it again. Overall disappointing experience.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 28, 2017

The brunch is too expensive for what they offer. And the music is noisy and too loud.
Nice decoration though!

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 (Pinehurst)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Empty restaurant and long wait for average food

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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 21, 2017

We went at the end of graduation weekend and they were out of quite a few dishes, but what we did have was very tasty. The waiters, while very eager, were definitely new and quite inexperienced, and confused our orders several times. But did it with a smile, so they got props for that. I'd go back, but it wasn't a complete WOW experience. My friends had been twice before and had loved their prior experiences. I'll give them at least one or two more chances.

Tags: Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Service straight out of the Soviet Union. Dishes dumped onto the table, multiple courses all at once, to the wrong people, Chicken Kiev was undercooked, had to ask for wine, tea long after they'd been ordered, and beg to have dirty dishes taken away. Big disappointment for a birthday dinner.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Good Russian food and drinks and everyone who worked there was friendly, but you just didn't see them that often. A pickup in service would be warranted.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Authentic, People Watching, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre
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 (London)·Dined on May 19, 2017

This is a really good restaurant. The owners have taken severalbsteps to recreate an authentic Russian dacha feel. The food is very good, but not outstanding.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 18, 2017

Restaurant was quite impressive visually, and the service was outstanding. The menu was a little pricey, but the atmosphere and opportunity to try some authentic Russian cuisine was worth it.

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 18, 2017

Ate there with a friend who just returned from Russia and said that the place was legit. Dumplings were particularly good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 17, 2017

Great place generous portions! Good vodka! Service a bit slow but manageable. A must for people who want to experience Russian Home cooking.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on May 9, 2017

The crust of the apparently frozen samsa was warm but the minced meat inside was still almost frozen. When I asked for Ajaruli Hacapuri and Shashlik , which were on the internet menü, the waiter gave me a look as if he did not know what they were. Chicken Kievski was fried in an oil definitely used several times. In fact, the whole place was smelling of old frying fat. The cracked wheat rice near the streganoff was soaked with burnt cooking fat. Very disappointin experience at an unfair price.

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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Sasha was indifferent and distracted as a server, forgetting items we ordered , not once asking how our food was., and disappearing for 10 minutes at a time when the restaurant was only 30% full.
This was the worst experience we have had at Mari Vanna D.C.
Appetizer portions are yet even smaller than in the past. My Chicken Kiev was very good, a good value, as well. But it was apparently the exception for our group of 4.
We look forward to a better visit next time.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 3, 2017

Great food with a variety of choices. More
Vegetable selections than most restaurants. Quite good selection of wines. Terrific infused vodka.

Tags: People Watching, Fun, Business Meals, Healthy, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 2, 2017

Love it! The food was perfect - fresh and very authentic Very interesting decoration that makes you feel like you stopped by at your friend's house. We had a birthday celebration, and the staff was very accommodating to our last minute request for something special for our BD girl. Everybody in our group was quite happy with the choice of the restaurant.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Fun, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Late-night Find, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies
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 (Toronto)·Dined on May 2, 2017

I was looking forward to dining in an authentic Russian restaurant and was disappointed for several reasons. The music was not great, lacking in well-known Russian songs. The décor was mixed with some Russian items along with others of unknown origin. The potato vareniki were excellent but the beef stroganoff was over-salted. Although is was "happy hour" I was advised the reduced prices didn't apply because I was seated on the second floor!
The service was great but I don't plan on returning for another meal.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 29, 2017

This used to be one of our favorite restaurants (partly because the ambiance is cool), but we were a little disappointed on our recent visit. The Russian dumplings were too mushy and lacking in depth of flavor. Dessert was also disappointing, my wife and I shared the honey cake and it was a little dry (baked at least a day earlier). With dessert being $10 we expect it to be fresh. I had the salmon salad, as they smoke the salmon in house. The smoked salmon was very good and definitely the highlight of our lunch. That is well priced at $13 but many menu items are overpriced.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 26, 2017

Great menu with lots of choicea!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 25, 2017

With amazing;y authentic Russian food, Mari Vanna is just so different from every other place in DC. Well worth the trip and price for something truly unique and wonderful. They could have used an extra server on the floor during our lunch; but otherwise, everything was great.

Tags: Comfort Food, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Absolutely wonderful! The food was so authentic, I thought I was back in St. Petersburg. Next time I'm in D.C. I will definitely be coming back.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, People Watching
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Terrible service, in fact one of the worst in DC. Our server Dinara was extremely rude and curt. We were rushed through the whole dinner, and the check was brought in as soon as we barely finished our dinner. No deserts or additional drinks were offered. Provided feedback to the manager, who doesn't seem to care much either. Overall, one of the worst dinner experiences. Not coming back. Ever.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 21, 2017

I love this place is beautiful. The decoration everything!!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour
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 (Savannah)·Dined on April 13, 2017

Always happy to come to this gem when I'm in DC. This time I picked Mari Vanna for my birthday dinner and the guys didn't disappoint me. Love the food, ambiance and the guy with accordion is absolutely fantastic. Thank you! Will definitely be back again!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Live Music, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 12, 2017

Delicious Russian Food. Very good Salo Plate. Good soups. The servers are nice; however, a little disorganized. Overall, a good Russian food and Russian atmosphere experience.

Tags: Casual, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for Groups, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 11, 2017

Go for their happy hour! Totally worth it!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 8, 2017

We were pleasantly surprised by the fun atmosphere and the excellent food. We ordered a cheese plate to share, and the assortment was delicious. The chicken Kiev was perfect. My colleague who ordered the beef stroganoff did not leave a bite--she really enjoyed it. The potato pancakes were thicker than some, and were full of flavor. The accordian player strolled around, which added requisite charm. We had a lovely time. Waitstaff was attentive and friendly.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 7, 2017

We had very friendly and knowledgeable wait staff. The food is authentic Russian and really well done. EAch dish was delicious.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Fun
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