Russia House Restaurant - Herndon

4.8
733 reviews
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$30 and under
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Russian
Set in historic Herndon, the Russia House Restaurant offers Russian hospitality and culinary excellence in all its details. The restaurant opened in July of 1992 by the friendly owners Ali and Homeyra Darugar, and together they created an atmosphere of aristocratic dining with classic cuisine, with the warm feeling that you are dining at your aristocratic grandmother’s table. Mrs. Darugar moved from Russia with her grandparents to Switzerland, where she learned to cook in her grandmother’s kitchen. She brought her great culinary talents here to the United States and created the exquisite menu and served as the head chef in the first few years the restaurant was opened. The restaurant features Russian, Continental and Georgian cuisine with a French flair.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Russian, French
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am – 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:30pm – 10:00pm, Saturday: 5:30pm – 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(703) 787-8880
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Private party facilities
Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, “Russia House Restaurant - Herndon” can accommodate all your special event needs; from 10-100 People.
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Private party contact
Private Event Coordinator: (888) 982-3675
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Catering
Catering For daytime & evening affairs
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Elden Street
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Parking details
Ample parking lot in front and side of the restaurant, also parking in the rear of the restaurant. Street parking is also available.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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TD
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere, friendly owners.

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d
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, sauces very tasty adding nice touch to the ingredients.

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CM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went on a whim, and very much enjoyed the choice. Great food, interesting change of pace, and excellent service.

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d
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

beef stroganoff was actually filet, one of the best meals I ever had and I have travelled extensively. very friendly and cool place

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RW
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an established food icon in Northern Virginia, and with their chef of over 25 years as a member of the restaurant "family" the food has been consistently outstanding. Authentic Russian cuisine is nowhere to be found in the DC Metro area with this type of ambiance and customer service - The owners themselves serve you, and create the cocktails behind the bar. Our family heartily recommends this dining experience. Additionally, they offer bespoke wine and food pairing dining experiences monthly, with the wine experts from the wineries joining in and explaining the nuances of each wine. These are discrete invitation only events, that require you to get on their list. With this small a venue, the interaction with the wine enthusiasts is superb.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family and I were traveling in the area. It was PERFECT!! Wonderful ethnic dining. Highly highly recommend. My dad and I slip the stroganoff and the filet. Both were out of this world. Mind blown!

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KR
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have a wonderful time at the Russia House. Delicious food, warm ambiance and friendly owners.

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GW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal and the attention to detail was superb.

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MK
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very good, prepared exactly as requested and very tasty. Service was quick and friendly. We have eaten here many times and have never been disappointed. Highly recommend this restaurant!

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SK
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Russian cuisine and flavors with a very attentive staff! We enjoy celebrating special occasions here.

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CD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, wine and service! If you are near Herndon you need to eat here.

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DG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was wonderful and the ambiance was excellent.

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BB
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was empty but the food was very good. I would go again.

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MM
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service
Not the usual food you get seemingly everywhere you go

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s
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had never been to this lovely little part of Herndon before. Now i will be going back! Everything was wonderful, especially the RH Martini and the borscht! loved it.

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VH
Omaha
6 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely perfect!

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LD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The beef stroganoff was delicious, the borscht a little thin for my liking, with barely a dollop of sour cream. My mixed drink was a bit watered down with too much ice. The owners were very attentive, I will return for the stroganoff.

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DC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Celebrated a birthday with another good meal at Russia house.

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OT
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Decent & Delicious! We are satisfied & enjoyed!
Pirozhki, Scallops Russia House, Borscht Russian Style, Georgian Salad, Beef Stroganov/Beef Stroganoff, Kotlety Po-Kiev-ski/Chicken Kiev

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C
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s been a while since I seen live music with dinner. The food was great, the staff friendly and engaging. They were very attentive and gave good recommendations.

The only draw back was I had not gone there sooner.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very personal service at this restaurant. The setting is very elegant and the meals are truly prepared to order with care and skill.

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m
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Small family-run restaurant with Russian theme. All food was fresh and wine was excellent. They have excellent wait staff. Our server was the owner - extremely accommodating. We had beef stroganoff and duck as the entrees. I enjoyed my duck entree - the best around! We started with bacon wrapped scallops and they were incredible. Perfect date night spot. We will be eager to return soon!!

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P
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and the staff are amazing....Love this place !!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It’s not on the menu anymore, but they will still make table side steak tartare. It’s the best in northern VA. I’ve been going there for 20+ years and love it. My kids love it too. The people that run the restaurant are very nice. They use recipes and decorations from their family in Russia. The live music on Saturday evenings is really nice as well.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and friendly service. We will be back.

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B
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took a house guest to this restaurant for our first visit. The setting was lovely with formal place settings and a low noise level to allow conversation. The wait staff was very knowledge about the menu and made many suggestions based on our likes. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. We especially enjoyed the scallops and beef stroganoff. The crime caramel was superb and the pistachio cheesecake unique. We are glad it is near us and shall definitely return.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderful experience with impeccable service.

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R
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner with a touch of class! You can't go wrong. Alex and Homira treat all their customers like family.

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OT
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 5

It was a very nice atmosphere. The owner and his wife made us feel special. Great decor. Very quite. Very pretty. The food was not to our taste. We got an allergy reaction to something. Loved the experience but would not go back.

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P
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love, love this place. Excellent food and excellent service. Everyone treats you like family.

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AK
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first visit. Both Ali and his wife who are the owners by the way were very hospitable. Stopped by every table often to make sure everyone was properly taken care of. By husband had roasted rack of lamb and I borscht and smoked Salman. All the dishes were delicious.
Definitely will go back more often.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, amazing food!! Everything was tasty and fresh.

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YI
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely old world feel
Fabulous food
Impeccable attention and service
We’ll be back!

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R
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A touch of class sums up the dinning experience at Russia House. The sauces for all dishes are delicious!

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N
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Visited on Mother's Day to be highly disappointed. Service was extra slow which we didn't mind except that some of the orders were initially misplaced and we had to remind what we ordered. The foot itself, however, was just not very good, both objectively and relatively to the many great Russian dishes I am used to. Borscht was overcooked; dumplings ("pelmeni") had too much of dough and were just average; stuffed cabbage ("golubtsi") were cloyingly sweet with some extreme acidity, I couldn't finish half of the dish. Overall, very poor value given $40+ per entree that day.

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D
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Poor service, very salty stroganoff. Considering the cost of the meal, I would have expected good service and tasty food delivered without endless waiting. We did not even order dessert or coffee because of the lack of prompt service. Even though we ordered a bottle of wine, no one returned to refill glasses at any point. Will not return.

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r
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

wonderful dinner experience -- shall return for lunch and dinner again soon

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GF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was extremely good. The meal was awesome. I had the stroganoff over noodles and my wife had the salmon with potato. If you think about stroganoff for $30, it better be good for that price; especially since it is a relatively simple dish. It was that good, and then some.

This is the third or forth time we've been to the restaurant, but our first visit in about 2-years. I forgot how much we always enjoy eating here. Overall, the evening was almost perfect for date night. It's a small family run place, so not sophisticated in the way most places in Reston are. Mom+Pop take care of the tables with just a helper or two. If you are demanding about snappy service or are in a hurry, this might not be the place for you. If you like yummy food and appreciate the quality of a smaller place, I don't think it will disappoint. I liked every part of it.

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CS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious Russian recipes with French influences in a lovely dining room accented with art, flowers and white-table cloths. Great for date nights, business dinners, special events or family occasions where fine food and conversation are the goal.

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t
Washington DC
221 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whether a simple chicken and rice dish or a dramatic table-side Caesar salad, Russia House never fails to impress. The flavors are always evident and on-point, rich but not overly so. The service is impeccable with the owners operating both the front and back of the house. See their website, too, for their wine dinners - amazing experiences for a great price.

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