Russia House

4.2
1083 Reviews
$31 to $50
Russian
Nestled on the corner of Connecticut and Florida Avenues, this inspired Russian restaurant and lounge is evocatively reminiscent of the era of the Tsars. The Russian-European elegance of the Russia House offers a uniquely warm and comfortable meeting place for anyone appreciative of its friendly and intimate coziness. It is the perfect meeting place for the true Washington socialite. The Russian-infused intercontinental cuisine pleases the most refined palate with such nouveau-traditional entrees as the Beef Stroganoff and the Chicken Kiev. Further true to tradition, the Russia House features an impressive selection of caviars and one of the largest vodka collections in Washington, D.C.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place and friendly staff. I would say that treated me very well.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Good food and nice setting, but it was hard to hear my friend talk and service was friendly but slow. This was on a Friday evening.

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PhilipT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience5

I love Russia and it was like walking into Russia. Friendly, cosy. And I liked the Vysotski music! But the food was a disappointment. May wife and concluded we could have done better at home.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was excellent. Tables were crowded together and the decor was dated and a little tired.

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ThomasM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

A limited menu means everything is delicious. I got to try the chicken Kiev and beef stroganoff. The beef was the best dish of that I've ever had. Cocktails were terrific. The table was tiny for the two of us fat Americans. Service was fast and it was a unique atmosphere. Definitely make a reservation if you're planning on going. And if you're drinking expect a large, but well worth it tab

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MichaelP
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Outstanding ambiance! How a wonderful dinner! Will experience again!

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AnnaE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

We went here for Valentine's Day. Overall, the service was really bad. We waited an hour past our reservation time, some of our dishes were cold, and we never got the amuse bouche that was included in the $65 pre-fixe, despite asking our server for it. Not the biggest deal, but it was frustrating given the high cost of dinner. Most of the food was really good, the cocktails came out super fast, and it had a nice ambience. I think it was just an off day and they might have been understaffed. I would go back and I would recommend this place, but I wouldn't recommend going on a high volume holiday.

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AshleyS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Good food, but I had to wait 45min for my table to be ready. Although they were operating way behind schedule, I thought the food was worth it and they provided complimentary glasses of champagne while waiting.

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vipTwoGuysDC
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience1

We went for Valentine's Day dinner because it used to be a cozy and somewhat romantic place last time we were there a few years ago. It seemed that they way overbooked for the prefix dinner they were serving (which they did not mention when I asked about a "special" dinner for the holiday).
They shrunk the size of the restaurant area which is a pity, it used to be a nice place. Now the tables are way too close together to call the place romantic. The tables are also right on top of the entry door so you get a blast of cold air when people enter or leave.

In the end we had a very well prepared appetizer, however the server forgot to put in our dinner order and after an hour wait we left. We will not be returning.

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vipDavidF
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would have given 5 stars overall, except for the lack of a true waiting area. The restaurant is downstairs now and very crowded. What was previously the restaurant upstairs is now converted to a little hotel. Food and service is excellent. The owners are nothing but First rate and First class. Will definitely go back again.

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RoyC
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Great place. Too cramped. Good food. Expensive. It was worth a lot but I'm not sure it was worth quite as much as we paid. However it was a special occasion and I don't regret it.

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CarolynB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Fun night with a few delays.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Mediocre food, terrible service, very loud

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CassiusR
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Good food. A bit on the heavy side. I'd eat there again.

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Preston
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service. Fantastic tasting food. Music was a bit loud in the dining area, but otherwise, great atmosphere.

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Layla2389
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Food was delicious, cocktails were so-so. Vodka flight is a crowd pleaser. We were squished into a tiny table near a fire place and it was quite uncomfortable, but restaurant was packed on a Saturday night so couldn't move tables. Overall, I think it's a good place, but do consider it quite pricey compared to Mari Vanna, which I consider equally good quality food.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The food just wasn’t that good

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Good good, music turned up too loud, had to wait a long time for the check

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Slkjag
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Excellent vodka martini. Poor wine selection. Staff not aware of decanting wine. Lamb entree was OK. Staff was responsive and tried hard.

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vipPugwoman
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our family of five had dinner here this past Saturday. What a treat! The decor is Imperial Russian style, so you feel like royalty (in a fun way) walking in and being seated. The vodka sampler is a must. If you don’t like odia, never great, as they have an extensive wine and champagne list, as well s as cocktails, The caviar and blini were divine, as was the chicken Kiev and beef stroganoff. The pilmenye were just the right level of tender, and their mushroom sauce was out of this world. Seriously, this is one awesome restaurant. It is not cheap if you order a complete 3-course dinner, but they are invested in quality. We try to make it back at least twice yearly, and it never disappoints! I highly recommend Russia House.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

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StevieDee
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved our experience! Lots of fun and great food!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Groups reunion dinner

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DanielaN
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me and my friend had a great time at the Russia House. The food and drinks were great, the service was amazing, waiting time wasn't bad at all. Im really glad we went to try it out as we only stayed in Washington for one evening.

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MichelleM
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived a little late and they graciously seated us anyway. The food was hot, freshly made and delicious!

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vipLoveFood
Las Vegas
20 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

One of the worst meals we had all week. It was sad since Russia House was routinely one of our favorite stops when we are in town. However, this trip included being out of caviar. A Russian restaurant with no caviar?! The beef in the stroganoff was tough and grisly. The chicken Kiev squirted with fat when I cut into it. It was mediocre, at best. Not all the wines were available and unfortunately, there are way too many excellent restaurants in DC to make a return visit.

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HectorD
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, nice atmosphere, perfect for a date or a business meeting or a date. Highly recommended

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RobertP
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great introduction to traditional Russian cuisine, especially from the appetizer offerings. The Georgian white was crisp and invigorating.

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Dave
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Awesome server staff. Really quiet but we went on a Sunday evening. We didn't want to eat big portions so the dining staff accommodated us with splitting dishes.

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ElizabethC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vodka options are interesting and very good. We ordered a variety of dishes and enjoyed every one. This was our second visit, and we were not disappointed as it was just as good as the first time.

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KimberlyB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service was wonderful, food was fantastic! We will be back! Thank you!

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Swissreviewer
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Quality dining with very friendly service, but don't come if you're in a rush as the food preparation time is long (European versus American speed).

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JeffD
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in every way. Perfect place to eat and drink

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VictorB
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the best prepared authentic Russian dinner ever enjoyed by my wife and me. Our server was genuinely charming and efficient. While the decision on where to sit was a bit of a conflict, with every space as enticing as the next, we opted to park upstairs and were not disappointed. Doing so brought us closer to the bar where bottles of "real" Vodka graced the shelves and Russian pop music emanated at just the right volume, flawlessly transporting us from our capital to another. Hats off to management and the owners for making sure their narrow niche in a city flooded with international cuisine, remains appropriately occupied by Russia House!

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vipKPLDan
Denver
59 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

An enjoyable evening with great service. The borscht and blinis were excellent. The beef filet good but ordinary. The verenigue were good but the black truffle sparse in flavor

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PaoloV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience2

Good vodka selection, the flights were nice. Food was average at best. Service was good

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vipNew2DC
Orlando
18 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place. For a special birthday celebration our group of ten has the small private room downstairs. It’s perfect.

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LaurenM
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food was good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and service, it's one of my favorites when visiting the area.

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vipdarinam
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Service was slow.. Ordered champagne.. I had to go Downstairs to ask the wine list because there was no staff on the second floor. After some time server finally came and got the order. it took half an hour to get it and then it was not what we ordered.. they didn’t have a bottle we wanted.. so we just asked the check and left. Food was ok, I guess service could make the experience better but definitely didn’t. Won’t come back.

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Russia House is rated 4.2 stars by 1083 OpenTable diners.

Russia House does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://cares.shift4.com?name=RUSSIA%20HOUSE&zip=20009.

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.