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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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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