Russia House Restaurant - Herndon

4.9
874 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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BrookeT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The owner team was great, they served us directly, made us comfortable and cozy as we celebrated a birthday for my mom.

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vipBerhL
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A delight from start to finish! Excellent decor, serve ware, ambiance. Charming hosts who treat you like royalty from your entrance to your exit. Delicious food cooked to
perfection. My husband and I love the Russia House Restaurant and we will continue to come as often as we can. Bravo!!

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vipMarkR
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience!

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ExploreMore
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience4

We had an enjoyable peaceful experience. The restaurant was a comfortable temperature. The decor was unique because of its Russian theme. The menu was different from what was online, apparently due to shortage created by COVID. I believe they were somewhat short staffed, assuming due to COVID. We had a difficult time getting the waitstaffs attention when we needed something, but they were apologetic. Overall we had a very enjoyable evening.

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GregorW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time here. Great food! Great service! We'll be back.

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TomC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience from walking in until leaving.

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paulab
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole evening was wonderful. Russia House has always been a favorite of ours, service is always excellent and my rack of lamb was perfect. Just a special romantic evening.

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JudyK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Russia House has the best beef stroganoff and pelmeni! It also has an excellent wine list. The owners are warm and inviting and truly care about making your dining experience special.

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vipRob1
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dine here several times a year and always come away delighted. The food is properly prepared as ordered, the service is gracious (if sometimes slow due to the widespread staffing shortages we see everywhere), and the ambiance is welcoming. My wife is a BIG fan of the beef stroganoff and I agree it's the best I've eaten anywhere. This time I ordered the duck breast and it, too, was delicious (and a very generous portion...not always the norm in other establishments). Wine list is short but adequate and cocktails, especially the vodka selections, are interesting and tasty. We will continue to support this local icon and encourage others to try it.

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Mick
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & service. Russia House is our go to place for all special occasions.

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vipKarenH
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always! Chicken Kiev was fantastic and can’t wait to try one of their special monthly wine paring dinners!

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wegimental
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the Beef Stroganov - absolutely perfect. Everything was just right! There was careful observation of social distancing. Music in the background was just at the correct level for enjoyment. Service was prompt and unobtrusive. Just a perfect evening out in spite of COVID!

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BillH
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding experience all around. Food was awesome. Service was outstanding!!

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viprUyummy
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This place is a true gem! Food is amazing and truly tastes authentic and home-cooked and with clean ingredients. The service is impeccable and super friendly. I can’t say enough positive things about the value vs the experience. I’m a serious foodie, and even after hitting all of the Michelin-starred restaurants in the general region (some even to give them a second chance), I keep coming back here over and over again. If you haven’t been, you’re missing out!

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icberg
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great place to celebrate an Anniversary ! The food was excellent and the ambience very cosy ! The day before going there, we asked during the reservation process for a Chateaubriand steak for 2 (not on the menu) to celebrate our Anniversary. They were able to accommodate us and the Chateaubriand was so good !!! The service was very attentive and the price was fine for a great evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

House-made vodkas extremely smooth and flavorful! Worth the visit just to try them.

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CarrieG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We hadn't been to Russia House in many years so decided to go for our 15th wedding anniversary. It was mid week and there were only a few other diners. The ambiance was as romantic as ever and service was impeccable. The food was so delicious! We shared the snails and a bowl of borscht - so yummy on that cold rainy evening! I got the salmon and my husband got the filet mignon. Both of us couldn't stop smiling, it was so yummy! At the end of our meal, they were so sweet to acknowledge our anniversary, giving us free glasses of champagne! We will definitely be making an effort to go there more often!

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viprUyummy
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haven’t been here in ages and totally regret it. This place is fantastic and one of the best quality restaurants in NoVa. We will definitely be back again… and again and again! The duck with sour cherries is heavenly. And the beef stroganoff is so authentic. If you haven’t tried this place, you’re missing out!

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KevinW
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A truly unique dining experience, from the moment you walk in until the moment you leave. The food was fantastic and the flavor infused vodkas are indeed one of a kind.

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vipSuzy
Washington DC
68 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

As always we can count on Russia House for a wonderful meal with lovely service and pleasant ambiance. It's our go-to place recognizing that we drive out to Herndon from downtown Washington DC...... that should tell you something about our love for the food and the owners.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing and the service is attentive. The perfect blend of fine dining and quiet neighborhood spot!

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BillH
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to bring clients.

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mich
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent, friendly service. Very good food slightly spoiled by being over salted.

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mrbubbly
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The owners, Ali and Homerya Darugar, are ever-present hosts with exceptional hospitality skills that make their patrons feel like family. The ambiance is inviting, warm and cozy. The important part, the food, is very creative and amazing. French-influenced Russian cuisine is culinary art. Everything on the menu is the highest quality and cooked and seasoned to perfection. With so many interesting choices, it’s difficult to choose so asking Ali to recommend one is always a good suggestion. You can’t go wrong with whatever you choose. Last but not least, their prices are very reasonable considering the quality and quantity of the food, the service, ambiance, and overall experience. I can’t give them higher praise and strongly recommend that you give the Russia House in Herndon a try if you haven’t been there. You will be glad that you did.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Three of us dining. Every dish was excellent, nicely presented and Served hot. Host and hostess were friendly and attentive. All around great evening that everyone thoroughly enjoyed. Looking forward to the next opportunity to further explore the menu.

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FredR
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Russia House has been in Herndon for some years now, and has continued to be excellent. The Russian specialities are delicious, the service excellent.

My only very mild criticism would be that the menu has contracted a bit during the age of covid. But I can understand that this could happen because of fewer customers.

Anyway, it's a great place for a night out.

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SandraW
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This Russia House is such a special place. The food especially is so unique and good.

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vipNancyL
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small little restaurant in the town of Herndon. Food was delicious. If you like vodka, this is the place! Can't wait to return!!

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vipRestaurantBird
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We have been returning to Russia House for over 20 years for special occasions. We drive from Alexandria so cannot visit as often as we'd like. The owners, Ali and Homeyra, are like family. Everyone is greeted cordially and treated as if you are the only guest. We are fans of the flavored vodkas and always start with one. The menu has some go-to regular dishes, but occasionally something new pops up. The pasta with cream sauce and caviar is gone (too bad). The online menu is a little outdated, so have several options if you use that to plan in advance. A new appetizer is Russia House Shrimp, in a very spicy butter brandy sauce. I liked it, but it is not for everyone (had to chase with lots of water and vodka). Husband had French Onion Soup, which he said had to be the best ever--lots of crusty, melted cheese. I ordered the Chicken Kiev as my entrée--not quite as I remembered it--a little too much breading, but the rice and vegetables were delicious. Husband's entrée was sea scallops--again he thought the dish was terrific. Desserts: cream puffs (husband said he would have licked the plate if no one was around) and apple strudel. Although a lunch menu is on the website, the website lists only dinner hours.

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vipShawnA
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ali and Homera are delightful hosts and the food is outstanding.

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vipfrequentdiner
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite of all places. Ali and Homerya make it feel like you are a guest in their home for dinner. The food and drinks are always outstanding. You can’t go wrong!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
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
107 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
5 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
23 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
7 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
49 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.

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 4.9 stars by 874 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.