Russia House Restaurant - Herndon

4.9
715 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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OT
Washington DC
17 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
4 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
40 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
216 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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DL
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding personalized service

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AP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have a wonderful experience in this restaurant celebrating my husband's birthday - just immediate family. Food was delicious, lots of choices. Service was amazing as well, very personal, makes us feel welcome.

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N
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and the service was impeccable. We were having a business meeting and it was quiet, attentive but non intrusive service. Great wine recommendations.

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F
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated 3 birthdays with special friends tonight. Food and service were excellent. We love this place and will definitely go back. Plan to attend a wine pairing dinner soon too.

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SA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food. Wonderful service. Homera, the chef will talk to you about the food that she is making and it's so fun. They also have house flavored vodka and the butterscotch is amazing!

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RB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderfully authentic and delicious Russian dishes. Restaurant recently moved to new location - still in downtown Herndon - with same ownership. It's only 20 tables or so - has the feel that you've been invited to dinner in their parlor.

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N
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood restaurant, very good continental cuisine. Service was attentive and we were not hurried. House pinot noir was excellent. In all, a very pleasant evening.

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MW
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been to the Russia House four times, and it's my go-to in Herndon. From large groups to intimate get-togethers with friends and family, it never disappoints. The food is wonderful, well-presented and reasonably priced from a menu that is sufficiently varied to have something for everyone. The staff is knowledgeable without being pretentious, attentive without being smothering, and kind without being obsequious. The ambiance, too, is just lovely. It feels like I've been invited into the nicest room in someone's home as an honored guest: they've laid out their best to create an environment that's serene, dignified, even a tad elegant, but still comfortable and cozy.

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WT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The dining experience at Russia House is definitely 5 stars. The food is always excellent (Beef Pelmini for me and Beef Stroganov for my wife) and the service is attentive without being intrusive. We look forward to our next visit.

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AH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The Russia House NEVER disappoints! The food is fabulous, and wine and cocktails menu has something for everyone. It’s a great place to get together with friends, as well as special occasions. It’s our “go to” place for our anniversary!

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E
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We went to Rusia House on Tuesday, after the Valentine's week. It was quiet. The restaurant is neat, nice tablecloth and decoration.
The service was outstanding, friendly and ready to explain the different meals include in the menu. They have a long list of house drinks, mostly with Vodka as the main ingredient, that worth exploring!
Both our meals were excellent.

We will repeat.

Eduardo

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g
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

We got overpriced bottle of vine - and usually it is over the store price in restaurants but not so much
We got 10$ bottle of wine for 40$
Seems pretty overpriced
Other then that experience was pleasant and food was good

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DS
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have been going to the Russia House for many years and have always been very pleased with the friendliness of the service and quality of the food. I highly recommend it, as even though it was packed, if did not seem crowded.

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. Warm atmosphere

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OT
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

My filet was delicious, very tender (cut it with a butter knife!) and cooked perfectly. The rest of my food was also quite good, except the Bearnaise was mildly cold. The dessert likely came out of a box with a couple dollops of spray whipped cream. My problem with Russia House was mostly with the service and organization of the restaurant. Clearly family-run, would it be asking too much for the servers to dress up a little? Looks like they were working too hard, could have spent some time on grooming and attire! Also, the menu was a bit dirty and the bar area was a mess. Our table was crowded over in the corner. All of this very much took away from the (mostly) delicious food.

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e
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Charming. Personal. Unpretentious. Small. Familial. All this puts you at ease. The food delicious. The music classical. Everything combines in the happiest manner.

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HC
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The restaurant has a lot of charm and the service was excellent. The food was good but nothing special. The Chicken Kiev tended to be dry and the salmon was okay but not outstanding. My friend and I shared an apple strudel and the crust was just too heavy and it lacked flavor. I doubt that we'll go back which is disappointing because I really liked the place itself and the people were very nice.

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t
Washington DC
210 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After a not-so-great day, we needed something comforting. We couldn't have done better. Right from the start, we were embraced both figuratively and literally. The owners welcomed us like we've never experienced in other restaurants. The service and food exceeded expectations. If you think you don't like Russian food, check out the menu on their website. There is something for everyone. If you like good food and good service, give it a try.

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