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 offers a wide variety of traditional Russian food options. Judging by the number of ethnic Russians dining there, they must think the preparations are authentic. Our appetizer was a sampler of 4 different pirozhki (you can choose which fillings you prefer) and these were quite good. My wife's beef stroganoff was very good; my chicken otbivnaya (with walnut cream sauce) was good although the large portion of chicken itself was slightly overcooked. Cherry blinis and buttermilk ice cream desserts were both excellent. Two floors are decorated with Russian inspired memorabilia & there are lots of infused vodka options to select from. It's worth a shot (so to speak).
We were very disappointed by this restaurant, especially after seeing the good reviews it has gotten and given our love of Eastern European food. The service was incredibly terrible - our tiny water glasses went empty most all of our visit. We even had trouble getting our bill - our waitress would make eye contact and then run the other direction for seemingly no reason. The food here was also pretty bad. While the dumplings were good and reasonably priceds, the Chicken Kiev and Chicken Kotletki were both horribly salty and expensive. Additionally, the Kotletki seemed somewhat undercooked and both of us felt a bit unwell later that night after eating. This place just shouldn't be in business. Bad food, horrible service, and high prices. Go somewhere else.
Lovely restaurant, and the food was very good. My only concern was that the website said that the restaurant opened at 11:30, and we arrived a bit early for a 12:00 reservation. It was close to 100 degrees, and they would not let us inside. They made us stand outside in the heat, even though they clearly saw us standing at the door, and knocking. When they finally opened the door to tell us that they weren't opening until noon, I mentioned that the website said 11:30 - they responded that they needed to change their summer hours and started to shut the door in our faces. No apologies. My colleague asked if we might at least be allowed to stand inside due to the extreme heat, and they demurred and allowed us inside. Not a great first impression for the three of us...
nice Russian Restaurant with a dance floor bar on the third floor.
Food is great and taste pretty authentic. The decor is adorable... I will keep coming back with friends.
While it food is a little expensive at near 30.00 a plate for most entrees and a couple 20.00 ones, the food was delicious, but the best part is the flavor infused vodkas and the selection, it's a must try!
Overpriced bland cuisine that in no way resembles traditional Russian cuisine
Mari Vanna is a small restaurant located on lower Connecticut Avenue below M St NW and, as such, is close to the Farragut North and Dupont Circle Metro stations. It is cozy, romantic, and very Russian. There is a remarkable menu of special flavored vodkas and Russian/Ukrainian/Georgian wines. The entrees are excellent, the service is enthusiastic, and the quality of food and ingredients is excellent. I strongly recommend this restaurant.
I didn't expect to love Russian food This much, everything here was exceptional
We've been there before and the restaurant never fails to impress. The servers are great and the food is better. We've tried many items on the menu, which changes occasionally, and every dish has been prepared spectacularly. On our latest visit, their superb rack of lamb was not on the menu, so we had the Chicken Kiev and a rib-eye steak. Each was excellent. The vegetarian items on the menu suited the member of our party who eats that stuff.
The hot appetizers all are great, and we ate too many of them. No room for dessert. We've had every type of pirozhki except the chicken and can recommend them all, although we'd save the sweet one for dessert. The khachapuri is authentic (Siberia? Georgia?) and made just right.
Great spot in the city for a nostalgic Russian experience. My wife who is from Kazakhstan loved the decor and attention to detail. Service and the traditional food was amazing!
This was my second time at Mari Vanna Washington DC. I absolutely love this place.
I just moved to the area and feel like this will be one of my favorite spots in DC.
Everything was excellent. Our server Kateryna made sure we had everything we needed, the food was fresh and delicious! They offer unlimited mimosas and bloody mary for Sunday brunch. Also they have like 10 different kinds of infused vodka, I didn't get to try, but did see that the neighbor tables were enjoying it very much . I will definitely be back for brunch and for dinner.
Mari Vanna truly took me and my colleague into another world. We enjoyed trying unique dishes, and our waiter, Sasha was very helpful in recommendations and answering questions. We especially appreciated his suggestions for infused vodkas to go with the appetizer. If you order blinis for dessert get the sea berry homemade preserves. I will definitely return with friends to try more Russian dishes.
We went to an event at National Geographic and this restaurant was only
a walk of a few minutes from there.
We enjoyed the absence of noise and the overall decor of the place. being originally from Russia myself, I can tell that food is fairly authentic - but its tastiness varies. For examle, I have been to this restaurant before and remember eating a tastier borscht... I like Georgian dishes on the menu - we ordered hinkali and stuffed eggplant. The restaurant seems to be a little pricey for the quality of food it provides. Each of us spent 45usd on a moderate lunch which did not even include any drinks other than mineral water.
Simply splendid from beginning to end! The ambiance was wonderful! the upstairs seating overlooking the ground level. was very nice . The food was DELICIOUS... my friends and I were blissful with each bite! My absolute FAVORITE was the dessert -- the ONEGIN!!!! OMG just wonderful! A memorable evening!
The ambiance and the food makes you feel like you have left the US.
This is one of those places that after the first time you visit you say, "I must come back"!! Everything about this restaurant is wonderful. The staff is fantastic and the portions are plentiful. Please do not leave until you try the black currant infused vodka.
My friend of over 50 years and I had a wonderful time. She taught Russian and is of Russian heritage so was a great help in ordering and choosing the meal. It was delightful.
Gathered with friends for Pelmini Tuesday. Had the family Pelmini and vareniki. Both were very good. Dill cucumber vodka was also a hit! Good service and interesting comfortable atmosphere.
Went for family brunch. Usually not a fan of buffet's, but this one passed muster. Good and interesting variety. Food was warm, freshly prepared. Loved the desserts. Am definitely planning on trying for other meals.
We found this hidden gem nearby the Mayflower and couldn't be happier. Everything was wonderful. The menu is simple, good Russian food. Don't miss the opportunity to try it out.
Loved the food and the vibes. It's usually very hard to find a Russian restaurant of good quality (if any quality at all) and this one definitely blew my family and I away. We came back twice in the span of 3 days!
The food seemed very authentic and the decor made you feel like you are at home in a Russian Babooshka's kitchen! Lots of attention to detail on everything. We loved the Vodka tasting too and the roaming accordion player was a nice tough! I love good Borscht and it can be hard to find an authentic recipe. They had Baltika 5-9 beers available, though the staff had a hard time describing which is which.
The service seems to leave something to be desired though. I am fine with a much slower pace, but they were slow to clear used dishes and glassware from the table, forgot to put in a wine order, and at times were hard to get a hold of. Heard this is typical here. Its a bit on the pricey side as well since its mostly a la carte. I'm okay with that, and D.C. is an expensive town, but you deserve a better wait staff at that price point.
We went for my brothers 21st birthday and I secretly asked two waiters to sing happy birthday or bring out something and nothing happened. They also spilt a drink on our table and my brother. It was not very good service the waiters only came to the table when they absolutely had to.(we had to get up and get our own drinks a few times.) but the ambiance was amazing! I'd go back just for the ambiance!
We love this place. The decor is very eclectic warm and welcoming. The infused vodka is a must when dining. My Chicken Kiev was the best I've ever had. The prices are reasonable for DC. We felt like we were in Europe - the food was Russian and the servers were too.
For anyone who loves Russian or Eastern European cuisine, Mari Vanna's is simply the best. Such an amazing assortment of regional favorites. I personally enjoy the Sunday brunch. For $40, you get unlimited mimosas or Bloody Mary's and a fabulous buffet assortment of typical Russian dishes. Be sure to try the borscht..it's incredible!
Excellent food. Bit pricey. Bit loud but the vibe works in a quirky, Russian sort of way.
This was a very delightful experience - the cuisine, the setting, the service - we were very glad to have found an opportunity to visit Mari Vanna and will be sure to put it on our short list of restaurants for return visits. From the appetizers to dessert, we were in heaven - well done!
I brought my mother here for a mother's day dinner Saturday night and the experience did not disappoint. I felt that this place had an authentic Russian vibe, from the interior to the staff, the music and of course the food. Highlights were the borscht, Siberian pelmeni, Georgian wine and Ararat brandy. Planning to return for the afternoon tea service!
Our party of 3 greatly enjoyed our time at Mari Vanna. My 2 companions had both studied abroad in Russia before and said the food was very authentic. We loved the khachapuri, a scrumptious cheese-filled bread from Georgia. For dinner, we enjoyed delicious borsch, pelmeni (meat dumplings served with sour cream), and Chicken Kiev, and a refreshing cranberry beverage called morse. We also imbibed on flavored vodkas that were infused at the restaurant and for dessert enjoyed a delectable honey cake and a chocolate dish that translates "potatoes" in Russian. The ambience was pleasing to the eyes and very welcoming, with comfortable and homey furnishings and chandeliers made from empty wine bottles. Service was unobtrusive, giving us ample time for uninterrupted conversation.
The food is authentic Russian and is delicious. The service is excellent and all staff pleasant. Great ambience also.
The cocktails here are amazing. The food and craft cocktails were unique and authentic. I enjoyed the vibrant flavors used to season the beef stroganoff and the Russian dumplings. This is definitely worth checking out if you are seeking a unique and delicious dining experience!
It was a horrible experience. The lamb shank was ready in 12 minutes???? How is it possible? Either it was someone else's food or they made it before we even arrived. Mash potatoes were tasteless , horrible. I am Russian and I did not appreciate the way the food was made. You guys need to change the cook and train your waiters to be more attentive. We waited for 30 minutes before we called for help. No one stopped by our table to ask how was our food and if we need a check. It's America not Russia !!!!! Learn customer service please.
We received 20 percent discount, however it's does not change the experience.
I will definitely recommend Mari Vanna as a place for best Russian food in DC area. Everything tastes amazing and definitely how Russian food should taste like.
Had a meal her with a small group of friends in the evening. We were seated at a bar size table with stools which was comfortable enough but would prefer being lower down. Extensive menu and we all had an appetizer and entree. Overall the food was good quality and the portion sizes were huge. If I went again I would question ordering an appetizer. I enjoyed the stroganoff and my wife enjoyed the lamb shank. People also raved about the handmade Russian dumplings.
I go to MariVanna for a lot of my special celebrations and take friends there as well. This time I was celebrating my b-day and it wasn't as great as the previous visits. The service was rather slow. The music was really low so couldn't hear much of it. Also, they've included the automatic tip of 20% on our bill with 5 people (their menu states 6+ people for automatic tip). I usually tip over 20% anyway, but I didn't like that they did that and didn't follow their own rules.
Delicious food, excellent service for lunch, fantastic dessert cakes like nothing I've ever tasted
Love Mari Vanna, it it just like Grandmas food and the atmosphere is so warm and inviting. Favorite place to eat in Washington DC.
Loud but good.
Service is ok but it's worth going if you like Russian food