Russia House Restaurant - Herndon

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750 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.
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was amazing and the service was exemplary. What a great place to celebrate my birthday.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, my wife and I loved everything we had.
We will return soon

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a
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a group of 4 dinning at Russia House last Saturday night. Because of so many restaurants in the Herndon/Reston area we sometimes forget about Russia House but every time we do go back we always wonder why we don't dine there more often. It is the only place in the area where you can drink fused (flavored) ice cold vodka and it is VERY tasty. They start you with warm bread straight from the oven and the entrees are served piping hot. Three in the group ordered Russian food and I had the rack of lamb. All was outstanding. We ended the evening with a variety of desserts and Russia House Coffee. A memorable evening. AND, the owners are so gracious they make you feel like you are their most important guests. We highly recommend lunch/dinner at Russia House.

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t
Washington DC
221 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can't say enough wonderful things about Russia House. The owners greet you as you arrive, as if arriving in their home. It is warm, friendly - yet professional - but just the right amount of intimacy. The food and service are amazing, and you must try it to confirm. While this review was for a different reservation (which was the perfect evening), I'd like to mention what an amazing time we had on New Year's Eve. The restaurant was quickly filled, but the staff managed the tables like clockwork. It seemed every table was always full, yet people continued to arrive. They had the perfect balance of turning over tables and service never showed any sign of stress. This is a place not to be missed...and revisited.

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TJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, yummy food and the service was great!

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TK
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Russia House in Herndon is a gem. Food is always expertly prepared and served, ambiance is quiet and restrained, generally with recorded classical Russian-themed music at a reasonable level. Occasionally, there is an acoustic guitar. White table linens, candles, and never, ever rushed. Always a pleasure to dine here.

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Overall just average. Dinner rolls were the highlight which is never a good thing. Nothing bad either but expected more given the price point.

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A
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely beautiful evening. Russia House is quietly elegant, with wonderful service and food. Appears to be family run and it shows. We went after a Saturday matinee and it was the perfect ending, well worth the 60 mile drive back home.

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B
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go because of the authentic Russian food with a French twist. Service is very personal and attentive. It is our special place for a quiet evening especially after a particularly busy and hectic time period.

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LF
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful Christmas Eve at the Russia House! Service was excellent and the appetizers, salad, soup, and entrees were amazing! Loved the ambiance and the attentiveness of the host and hostess! We found a new wine to share and within the quiet setting had the opportunity for a lovely conversation with the men in my life on a very special night! We would highly recommend this restaurant for any occasion! And a beautiful evening was had by all!

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HE
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a Christmas Eve dinner that was excellent and festive. Flavored vodkas and mixed drinks are fun. Food was very good and service was attentive . . but not too attentive. It was quiet enough to easily carry on a conversation.

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VH
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great filet mignon! Russia House is a neighborhood treasure.

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R
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice local place run by the owners. It's rather wide open, so when you walk in, everyone looks at you which is not so comfortable and the bar is not carved out, so it, too, is a fish bowl. I got there early and had a drink while I waited for my friend which felt odd. I'd suggest going straight to your table rather than planning time at the bar. Other than that, the people were very nice, the vodka was delicious and the food equally so. They had a guitar player who was exceptional. It's perfect for a higher end meal without the need to travel into Alexandria or DC. I would definitely go back & suggest others try it.

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B
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

My wife and I came to this restaurant, hoping for a great anniversary experience. For some reason, it seemed that the staff was overwhelmed for a short time during this visit. Everything else was excellent about this restaurant. The menu selection was excellent. The entrees that we ordered was excellent. I expect that we will eat here again. Four stars, (cannot give 4.5 stars) due to a having bit higher expectations.

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PG
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Found this resturant quaint the food excellent and service impeccable. A very good find.

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DS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food. Wonderful service. We’ll be back!!

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TD
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere, friendly owners.

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d
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
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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BC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first time to this restaurant and we will definitely be returning. The entire evening was great; the service, drinks, food, and desserts all top notch. Our server was very helpful with suggestions and attentive without being overbearing. Our food came out piping hot and was delightful. This is a great place for a quiet dinner. The restaurant is not that big so it feels very intimate.

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d
Washington DC
11 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
8 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
8 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
28 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
10 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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