Russia House Restaurant - Herndon

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$30 and under
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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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R
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Warm and classy with great food. What more could you ask for?

TM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

As always, it was a delightful experience.
The ambience is quiet, relaxed & elegant, with a lot of Russian artifacts about.
Even the iced tea had a special flavor that was really extra good.
The French onion soup was the best I think I’ve ever had! They told me they add port wine to the broth, and it does make all the difference!
We go here once a year for either one of our birthdays &/or Valentines Day. And usually get the beef stroganoff. The stroganoff wasn’t quite up to the usual excellence this time. The beef was over cooked and not a lot of flavor. But I am comparing it to their usual amazing dish! Anywhere else it would have been considered still very good. As always the vegetables were fresh and cooked perfectly.
They brought me a dessert with a candle in it because it was my birthday which was a nice touch. I had a cake with hazelnut in it that again, was very good.

MR
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Northern Virginia! I come every time I'm in town.

KT
Las Vegas
57 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The owners are a husband and wife who are always very gracious and grateful. The caviar and Russian Standard vodka is a special treat! We are from out of town and must come here whenever we are in town.

OT
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience1

Amazing experience!! Great food and the owner’s were terrific!!!

MM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place with wonderful hosts.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fine dining!

DG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is excellent, as is the ambiance of Russia House. Be prepared if you go for New Year's Eve because the prices are considerably higher than indicated via their online menu. However, it's a once a year event, so worth it! I had the filet mignon, as did two of my friends with me, and we were all totally pleased with the meal and tenderness. Our other friend had the lamb casserole, and he loved it. If you're going to celebrate something special, this is a fantastic place to do so.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

everything perfect--just a little slow getting the check at the end

MI
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good food. Waited a while to get food. Good Vodka as per husband. The pasta dumplings were very small dish.

M
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a great evening. Food was delicious, drink recommendations on point, & the staff made sure our special occasion was recognized. Very much appreciated their attentiveness.

FF
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A neighborhood gem. Will be back

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service and ambience were all excellent. We were there celebrating an anniversary and will definitely return.

BM
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delightful lunch in a beautiful setting. The service was so personal—we felt like guests in an elegant home. The food was delicious and everyone was pleased with their choices. Will definitely return soon.

SG
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The owners are a really nice, polite, attentive couple who take great pride in their restaurant. However the food is only so-so for the high prices. There are a few items that are really good (the scallops app and beef stroganoff), other things (chicken kiev) had little taste and the creme puff dessert tasted like store bought with hersheys syrup (ick) drizzled on top. We go for the "russia theme/experience", but it's really not worth the high prices overall.

WR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When you have six people, each loving the dish he/she ordered, you know the food was a winner. When each of the six people raved about the service and the overall restaurant, you know the experience was a winner. It was GREAT!!!

P
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meal was great...duck was well prepared but not dry, cherry sauce really good with duck. Polish beer great. This place is a hidden Herndon gem...do recommend it.

WB
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time there and we both were very impressed and the food, service and environment was fantastic. We'll definitely be going back again.

JB
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was first visit. We celebrated my wife birthday.
It was a surprise as she has never tried Russian cuisine. We were welcomed as if old friends retuning for a visit. The Beef Stroganov was well seasoned and excellent. The caviar was fresh. The wine list was just perfect with out overwhelming number of varieties. From appetizer to dessert the experience was outstanding and well worth the hour and a half drive.
Dasvidaniya

AM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding, the service impeccable, the owner delightful!
Can't wait to go back!

S
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful evening. Borscht very good, snails superb, cornish hen and scallops excellent. Oh, and don't forget Russian martini!! First time there, and it won't be our last.

SK
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. The unique menu had good and varied choices. Great wine list. The owner goes out of his way to ensure you enjoy your evening. The food was delicious.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was amazing, service was very slow both in acknowledging our presence as well as bringing out meals/drinks. Would recommend if you have the time to just enjoy the peacefulness.

GA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food, very pleasant ambiance. Great date night restaurant!

2
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

An interesting menu of items that you might not find anywhere else. Game hen was prepared remarkably well. Scallops appetizer was also excellent. The menu of specialty drinks was extensive, and the martini I had (Katherine was Great) and mixed drink (the Russian Roulette) where both superb.

SK
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! We have always enjoyed coming here to celebrate a special occasion.

DW
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place. Authentic food, great service. Process is fantastic. The flavors match the atmosphere of the establishment.

P
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The restaurant is in a lovely part of Chantilly, and the decor is charming. The concept of an Eastern European restaurant is good. But service was extremely slow. It took 45 minutes just to get bread rolls. This was baffling, given that the space was half-empty.

The drink cocktails are creative and tasty. I'll give them that. The servers are very sweet people, and I want to note that this seems like a family-owned and operated place. I don't want to be overly critical, Given that this seems to be the case, so I am giving what I feel is an honest review. But food is only adequate. The Chicken Kiev was dry, and I've definitely had better. Also the meal was quite expensive, considering the quality and amount that we ordered. Do I think the owners' hearts are in the right place? Yes. Would I go back? Probably not, unless I were in the town and other things were closed, or if they upgrade the meals and efficiency. This place has potential, but they just aren't there yet.

OT
Richmond
43 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Won’t go back welcoming is very rude

GT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Restaurant. We have been going there for years

JW
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A very enjoyable meal - well prepared and well presented - friendly hosts.

JJ
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We are very glad we finally had dinner at The Russia House in Herndon! It brought back memories of our grandmother’s cooking ! The staff was very welcoming! We will definitely return, Thank You !

A
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They treat us like family every time we go there. It is the first place we think of for special occasions.

TR
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

x
Washington DC
166 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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!

SP
Washington DC
90 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

JP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

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.

m
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

AE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.