Russia House Restaurant - Herndon

4.7
879 Reviews
$30 and under
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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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always a wonderful experience to enjoy a family-owned restaurant, and even more so a local one offering a unique cuisine. The food at Russia House was authentic and delicious, and the service was attentive and friendly as well. A Herndon gem!

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vipredsun33
Washington DC
98 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

A nice meal.
Folks who took care of us did a nice job.

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PatiB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Very attentive and kind service. The food was good (not amazing as the price would suggest). Suspect the pandemic was hard on this business. The menu seemed a little limited and the local seemed a little tired. The owning couple make this a very pleasant experience but otherwise overpriced.

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vipCecilB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. Owners are terrific hosts

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TomK
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is consistently superb here. The dining experience is quiet, relaxing, and personable. One of our absolute favorite restaurants!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and proprietors

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my Mother’s 86th birthday. The Russia House hold’s a special place in our hearts, as it was one of my late father’s and mother’s favorite place. The owner’s were so kind and soliciting to our family. The food was absolutely fantastic! We enjoyed the Filet of Mignon, the Beef Ravioli, the Duck with sour cherries, and the Shrimp skewers. All of it was fabulous! The warm baked rolls and pâté began our meal on a superb note, accompanied by the a very nice bottle of red wine. I love a restaurant that has Bernaise Sauce!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just exceptional in all ways! We enjoyed it so much!

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vipJeff
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haven't been there in a while and it was excellent. Service was classic without being overbearing. Food was great. Very reasonable corkage.

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vipNovagourmet
Washington DC
68 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The prices have gone up considerably and it is not mentioned on website. The menu is limited due to Covid. The grilled shrimp dish is overly salted. My daughters shrimp was very salty. The stuffed cabbage was sweet and sour which I was told after ordering. I didn’t mind sweet and sour but it was so pungently sour. My mouth tasted like vinegar after I finished. The price for two stuffed cabbage was ridiculous. The service was very slow. This is the only restaurant I’ve been to since Covid that has used the pandemic for inadequate service and food quality.

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LarryK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. One of the best restaurant that me and my wife have been to in a while. Highly recommend.

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vipScott
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining at Russia House is like being a guest in the gracious home of Ali and Homerya Darugar who own and operate the restaurant. Every detail from the Russian antiques to the to the art on the walls, to the chandeliers, to the crisp table clothes reminds one of a grander time.

The food is simply wonderful. Everything we have tried there has been good, but we love the beef stroganoff so much that we rarely stray. Homerya is a skilled bartender and Ali is always their to recommend the perfect wine.

Stop whatever you are doing and make a reservation at this gem in charming, historic downtown Herndon. Perhaps try one of their famous wine dinners as an introduction, but do not miss the regular menu!

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vipChristineC
Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food- osetra caviar, onion soup, house martini, chocolate martini, chocolate moose, stroganoff and more. Service was excellent!!

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BrookeT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful French Onion soup as a starter followed by perfectly cooked scallops. My husband looked like a cave man devouring his lamb chops.

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vipt8te
Washington DC
233 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated a birthday, and it was a wonderful time! The food was amazing as always (have the lamb chops if they are the special when you visit). The service is top notch, and if you don't feel like family when you arrive, you will when you leave.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A favorite of the whole family.

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vipRichard
Richmond
26 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

This is the first time we have been to the Russia House restaurant since they moved from their fancier place across the street. We were a bit disappointed in the down market venue and very disappointed that there was no convenient wheelchair access. The food, however, was still very good although they didn't have the rather special Caesar salad that they used to prepare at your table.

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Xopxe
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place overall but noticeably undermanned, likely due to COVID-19, resulting in slow service. Food and spirits on the pricey side for the type of restaurant.

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TaraW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food and service!
They have the best Beef Stroganoff and Chicken Kiev!!
The owners are an absolute delight.

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vipHappyOne
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Russia House is a wonderful restaurant with great cocktails an the best filet ever. It will melt in your mouth. I highly recommend this restaurant for date night, a party or a get together with friends.

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Rick
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Filet in DC. Ali and Homeyra are the best. Go there and enjoy.

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AlexM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious and amazing staff. This really gave me a great experience on Russian cuisine since I am in my second year of studying Russian language. Cocktails were amazing but doesn't beat the delicious and warm borscht.

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LarryS
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy The Russian House. It is our go to place for all special occasions.

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vipKarenH
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening and felt very safe with all Covid protections in place. Everyone LOVED their meals and service was impeccable! Would definitely go back!

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StevenM
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great high quality restaurant with very good food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and the service was wonderful. I loved the decor, very traditional Russian. We will go again!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service. Everyone was very attentive. We had the duck breast and Russian dumplings. Both made your mouth sing with delight. Beautiful setting. Highly recommend going there. One will not be disappointed. We have been there many many times and they are able to maintain a very high standard in providing an amazing experience.

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DiamondGirl
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It seems like I've only gone here for special occasions, birthdays, NYEve, retirements, but that is not to say that it isn't great for any time dining. The ambiance is welcoming, the service excellent, and the food is never disappointing! I will say that their borscht seems more like a stew, which is different from any other version I've had. I cannot imagine anyone ever sending food back because the steaks are prepared perfect every time, no matter your preference. It's a plus-plus-plus experience all around!

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Kim1
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service - we have gone there twice for special occasions and enjoyed each time.

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vipBenjaminW
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and the food was excellent!

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Steve
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful. We started with salad and flavored vodka. My companion had rack of lamb which was perfectly cooked and I had Beef Stroganov which was delicious

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kitshef
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our absolute favorites. They never disappoint.

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foodie56
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always lovely. Rare gem in Herndon.

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Plantyfinn
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice menu, and friendly staff. I would return again happily.

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vipt8te
Washington DC
233 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Russia House's return to the restaurant scene is both welcome and pleasant. Operating on a slightly reduced (disposable, paper) menu, you'll still find many favorites and some new additions. Socially distant tables, masks (for staff at all times, for customers when not eating/drinking) and other safety precautions are in place. If you are going out to eat, stop by the Russia House and enjoy some old favorites - or discover new ones!

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MarHar
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely experience...service was attentive...food was excellent.

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BrianM
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food - but not cheap (about $30 per entree) - still it is worth it for special occasions but can't afford to dine their every night (wish I was wealthy enough to). The owners are very nice and attentive. I will go back for another time out in a couple months, maybe to impress my parents.

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vipLinda
Washington DC
71 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent. Fewer selections due to current circumstances. Plenty of social distancing. I would recommend it.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is consistently outstanding. Great food and service.

FAQs

Russia House Restaurant - Herndon offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 787-8880.

Russia House Restaurant - Herndon is rated 4.7 stars by 879 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.