Russia House Restaurant - Herndon

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796 reviews
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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.
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TR
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A favorite of ours for a long time, the menu combines Russian and French cuisines. I have never had a bad thing to say about the food or service.
Good wine list and desserts

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Washington DC
163 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Owners are extremely warm and gracious hosts.
We thoroughly enjoyed our meals and look forward to returning soon.
It is definitely worthwhile to explore the vodkas that are on offer, as well!

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SP
Washington DC
86 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We decided to try this restaurant after I picked up my husband at Dulles. We ordered the Ceasar salad prepared tables. It was so refreshing to have a real Caesar instead of the bottled dressing that most restaurants use. We had chicken Kiev and beef Stroganoff. We really enjoyed both and shared them. The vegetables were cooked well also. The chicken came with rice and grilled vegetables. The beef came with noodles, red cabbage and broccoli. Portions were ample and service was outstanding. Everyone treated us so kindly. We felt welcomed. We wish we lived closer.

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JP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was flavorful, however the value for the price was very low. We paid almost $80 for fettuccine with Gorgonzola (was labeled as bleu cheese but was not available that night) and a sprinkle of walnut and a duck breast with 3 cherries with an few sides (red cabbage, 3 carrots, 2 pieces of broccoli, and 4 scalloped potatoes). We also ordered an appetizer that we split that was two very small bread pockets stuffed with spiced ground beef. That was it....water to drink. I’m not a big eater so I always split my meals and take half home. When I opened my leftover chicken pasta the next day, the to-go box had soaked into the meal on the bottom and I had to cut it apart, losing half of my leftovers, since their boxes were unwaxed paper. For a restaurant open as long as they have been, seems like they’d know better than that, or they are just cutting corners to save profit. Final issue, made reservations through open table for points. Informed the host upon arrival, even though the dining room was empty save for one table. Got an email the next morning that the restaurant canceled my reservation. Seemed shady to me.

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Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a birthday lunch. The Zakuski platter was delicious , the vodka appropriately chilled in nice shot glasses Za Vas !

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AE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, and service was excellent. Everyone was friendly, and made us feel very welcome. I would highly recommend going for a wonderful meal. We will definitely be going back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Try the beef stroganoff or the pork chop, just unreal and bold flavors. Also the butterscotch vodka for dessert. Expect about 60 per person, the dinner plates are not large enough to share. The food is just so very well done and authentic worth every penny.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is consistently good and the proprietors are always friendly and gracious. Great experience.

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j
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious authentic Russian dishes. The vodka drinks were a particular standout. The service was great.

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J
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

music was wonderfull, loved the Borscht, atmosphere is charming, employeesall very pleasant.

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JL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience for a spectacular anniversary dinner with my wife. Everything we ordered was top notch, truly memorable quality. The atmosphere is beautiful with lovely art pieces and special nesting dolls. The service was outstanding, the ladies were attentive and food came out at a perfect pace. We have found by far our favorite restaurant in Herndon and we will be back.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!

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JI
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was really very good. However the wine choice was not good and they ran out of the wine we chose twice (yes 2 different ones). The people are lovely though and I would certainly go again.

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RI
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Prices charged for soup were higher than prices online. It took at least 45 minutes for entrees to be served. Had to ask for water refills.

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AB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything I have tried is very good. One can confidently invite guests. I go to this restaurant frequently and every time my guests are very pleased and want to return themselves.

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SW
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and atmosphere, just what we were looking for.

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H
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service here is outstanding! If you are looking for fine dining, this is the place. I've been here twice with my husband and both times were fantastic. Amazing, friendly service and a quiet atmosphere. Very romantic setting! I tried the dry seared sea scallops, which I highly recommend! The second time I tried the wild salmon and it did not disappoint. I would also recommend trying the caviar appetizer. I can't wait to go back and try more dishes!

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TS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and attentive service. Overall a very enjoyable experience. Easy to get to and free parking nearby

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OT
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We hadn't been to Russia House in far too long. This time we shared the experience with an old friend, her first time there. And we shared all of our entrees with each other. What fun. And what good food, wine, and service. Our friend very much enjoyed Russia House, as did we. Can't wait to return.

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MR
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best restaurant in Northern Virginia in terms of food quality, service, and price. There are a few restaurants as good in terms of food, but are much more expensive. None are better in terms of service. This is a "must dine"destination for foodies and those seeking a special dinner on a special occasion.

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CD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you want a first-class dining experience The Russia House in Herndon, VA is the place. The owners are masters of their craft and make everyone feel at home. Try the Ceasar Salad, Bacon-wrapped Scallops and Beef Stroganov, yum! In addition, get on their email list for the monthly wine pairing dinners, double yum! Cheers!

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JA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful location and decor. Very attentive staff. Food was tasty and presumably authentic. A bit overpriced, but that was anticipated. Overall, a very good experience I would recommend to friends and family.

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S
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Consistently very good. Owners are special people who exude warmth and friendliness making everyone feel at home/welcome.
Hot tools welcome you and an array of interesting and tasty dishes await.
We enjoy returning.

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C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is always our choice for a special occasion

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KY
Washington DC
63 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Recently three business friends and I had lunch at Russia House; apparently lunch is a very quiet time as we had the entire restaurant to ourselves, which was very nice. I believe our server was also the owner, or at least a partner and shared many interesting things with us. Everything was very nice - with the exception of the food. Two of us ordered specialties of the house and they were...underwhelming. The appetizer was delicious but very small for the price. My Chicken Kiev was just okay, a little dry. All the food was good, just not great and certainly not worth the cost. I will go again to give it a second chance. Maybe they bring their A game for dinner.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our lunch group of eleven people ate at this restaurant and every one of us enjoyed our meal. The staff could not have been nicer. I highly suggest trying this place and look forward to my return trip!

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T
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, good variety of appetizers, entrees and martinis.

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R
Pittsburgh
26 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful space, wonderful service and really good food. Appetizer sampler and the beef stroganoff were excellent. Good value too.

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DV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I looked for a unique restaurant in a suburban area for a client dinner and found the Russia House. It was GREAT! the food, the vodka, the service where all exceptional

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were excellent. Server very attentive and water glass was never empty. A little dim in restaurant for my taste, but loved it overall.

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m
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food and nice surroundings even though restaurant was full due to Valentine’s Day. Service was good and there was a good selection of wines to pair with the assortment of entrees on the menu.

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c
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was excellent as always, we've been there before. The service was courteous but slow. There are not enough servers for the customer volume.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Our reservation was at 8 pm but we were seated at 8:35. The food was good.

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t
Washington DC
227 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great place for Valentine's Day! Unlike other restaurants that stuff their dining rooms with extra tables, too many reservations, and reduce their menu to a few choices, Russia House stepped up to the plate by scheduling their reservations correctly (never saw anyone wait more than a few minutes for their table). The menu was a great sampling from their regular menu with choices for everyone, plus a few things that aren't on the regular menu. The food was wonderful (best lamb chops I've ever had) and service was spot on. Russia House knows how to do Valentine's Day right.

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DC
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff are wonderful - perfectly paired with the cuisine. Very enjoyable evening

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CS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We truly enjoyed our evening at Russia House. The food was delicious and interesting. The owners were a delight, spending time to explain the different dishes to us and the differences in American versus Russian versions. My son was leaving for Russia the next day so the owner gave him plenty of food ordering tips. The stroganov was outstanding and is made with filet mignon. It was quiet although the restaurant was full. Had a very nice evening.

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R
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food, great atmosphere...a local favorite.

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LL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants...always go there for special occasions such as Birthdays and Anniversaries. Food is ALWAYS outstanding and love the owners.

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P
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Strogonov and borst were superb and the Caesar salad prepared table side was very tasty. This was my second visit to this restaurant and they are batting 1000.

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WG
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A real diamond in the rough. Husband-wife team ensures attentive and responsive service. Authentic Russian cuisine, including classics (Beef Stroganoff, etc) and unexpected delicacies, and also plenty of zakuska (appetizers), Caesar salad tossed tableside, etc, etc. Good wine list. Low-volume classical music on sound system (not everyone likes that, but we do!) We have been there several times and plan to return again. See you there!

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