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.
Average authentic food with great atmosphere and service
It was bad food and the singer was signing too loudly and I would never go again
Food was good. Not certain that we are fans of Russian food, but it was a pleasant evening. Tried various savory meat/pastry appetizers. Pastry was quite good. Fillings varied as to whether we liked them or not. Fun to try new things. Chicken Kiev was quite good. Kielbasa was too hearty for our tastes.
Really really expensive for what you get. But its the best Russian alternative in town, which is of course great.
This place is amazing! Their brunch is buffet style with bottomless mimosas. The staff is attentive and friendly. I highly recommend if you are looking for traditional Russian food or looking to change up your brunch game.
I had a wonderful experience at Mari Vanna DC. I was there with my mom and two children. We were seated right away. The ambiance was great and service was excellent. Our waiter could have not been more attentive and nice to my children. Food was very simple, but delicious, exactly as promised on the menu. The entire restaurant had a very home like feel. It was like having dinner at your Russian grandma's house. Portions were quite sizable. We ordered two appetizers and two main courses and could not finish it all. I really enjoyed this restaurant and will definitely come back.
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.
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!
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 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!
Always a great dining experience. Great staff and cleanliness.
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!
Great authentic food, friendly environment, very Russian ambiance and
reasonable prices (in comparison with NY russian restaurants). Thank you,
we have a great time.
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 :-)
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
Very good russian food. Reasonable price. Goid service.
All of the food was outstanding and the fact that the waiters all speak Russian was nice as well.
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 like the atmosphere and the food. The staff is nice, friendly and providing good service.
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.
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.
The brunch is too expensive for what they offer. And the music is noisy and too loud.
Nice decoration though!
Empty restaurant and long wait for average food
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ate there with a friend who just returned from Russia and said that the place was legit. Dumplings were particularly good.
Great place generous portions! Good vodka! Service a bit slow but manageable. A must for people who want to experience Russian Home cooking.
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.
Great food with a variety of choices. More
Vegetable selections than most restaurants. Quite good selection of wines. Terrific infused vodka.
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.
Great menu with lots of choicea!
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.
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.
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.