Mari Vanna - Washington DC

4.7
121 reviews
$31 to $50
Eastern European
Nestled in the Heart of the Dupont Circle District of Washington, D.C., Mari Vanna Restaurant offers homestyle Russian delicacies admits a unique fine dining atmosphere. Swathed in a luxurious decor reminiscent of Victorian Era opulence, Mari Vanna marries Russian nobility with folk art and the simplicity of Soviet Union austerity. From traditional Borscht and blinis to inimitable caviar and champagne, Mari Vanna offers Russian cooking fit for those who pursue delectable cuisine and impeccable service.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 121 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.5
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.3
Value
Noise · Moderate
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EllaG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Very charming and the food is outstanding (bit pricey but overall it’s worthy)!

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OlaL
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience3

The food was not good. We are not going back to this place.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were transported to Eastern Europe - kind of like a quick stay-cation. Thank you Mari Vanna.

RK
vipRK1986
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience2

They had run out of chicken, which for a place known for its chicken kiev was disappointing. We had a few apps and left.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Beautiful dishes and atmosphere

OT
OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Christmas Day late lunch. Fun authentic Russian food N decor. Great service. 5 stars.

MC
MikeC
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

Food: Everything from Borscht to Chicken Tapaka was mediocre. Soup lacks seasoning, and the chicken is dry. The only thing worth mentioning was the Napoleon cake, flaky, crispy, and the cream was beautiful, one of the best I have ever had.
Service: was non-existent. Our server didn't bother to check on us after we finished our main course and waited by an empty table to be presented with the Desert menu for 30 mins. I ordered a Moscow Mule and couldn't find a single person to bring me a straw. I had to tell the lovely busboy who cleaned our table to bring us the drink menu and the straw. The guy who took our order was running around in the lobby not attending any table.
On top of all that, a 20% mandatory Service Fee was added to our bill which is frankly laughable. I'd rather pay that 20% to that busser who I think deserves the respect from the customer.
Will not recommend Mari Vanna to anyone.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I just love this place

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merritta
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

I love this place. Food was very good. There is a good selection of Russian soups: borsch, solyanka, okroshka... Their infused vodkas are must try. Their cakes are amazing!

JP
JunlinP
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is delicious.
And the service is comfortable

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The foods and drinks were great! Beautifully decorated.

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vipWilliamH
New York Area
93 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience5

Very rushed. Unfriendly! Ignored my wife’s birthday

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OlegM
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

We were shocked have been to many Georgian restaurants in FL to etc this one definitely was disappointing. Overpriced for the quantity of food you get. Rip off Miami area Georgian restaurants are 100 times better worth your money. Shish kabobs had no flavor my husbands kabobs Russian style 💯 times better according to kids and I. And the clutter decorations was too much for tiny place. I would not go back nor recommend anyone. We were party of 5 bill over $220 for plates with only 4 pieces of meat no sides/bread. They also refilled my glass of water with a complimentary dead fly. Each dish over $30 not worth it. We left hungry had to go spend Again for dinner for satisfying food. Infused Vodka drinks only worth it rest not would recommend spend your money elsewhere if you want to get moneys worth for food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

I love Mari Vanna. Honestly one of the best restaurants in DC.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Daughter’s graduation from American.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience4

They had run out of all chicken products, which for a restaurant known for chicken kievs is a pretty big disappointment. We had some apps and left. Call ahead.

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vipJason
26 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible food and service, authentic dishes and amazing taste. We love the cocktails and atmosphere. Our favorite spot in DC and NYC.

SG
SlavaG
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best service and experience as usual! Delicious food and authentic atmosphere! Thank you!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was wonderful!

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ShaneH
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was fantastic! Loved the food. Service was great and loved the atmosphere. We had a wonderful evening and will definitely return!

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Lina
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great quality authentic Russian food, loved it and highly recommend!

DK
DorryK
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Easy to get to location! Plenty of parking nearby! Food was delicious! Wonderful service! Loved the decor and ambiance of the whole restaurant! Private home comfort! Will be going back. Be sure and try the meringue with whipped cream for dessert!

MC
vipMichaelC
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food great drinks

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, friendly waitress. This place is getting packed quickly. We got a table on 2nd floor at 5pm and it was crowded around 6pm.
Will definitely recommend to friends.
Thank you, Mari Vanna, we will be back! 🙂

TB
TonyB
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent variety of vodka and excellent service.

PB
PatrickB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great Russian food (very authentic - my wife being Russian can attest). Service was great - but as it was very busy, wait staff was stretched. Decor is enjoyable and overall experience is great. A little pricey (given that most of the dishes are simple by nature), but probably worth that periodic dip into Russian cuisine.

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vipTracyL
New Orleans
22 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, atmosphere and experience!!

LF
LuvFood
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place is a gem. The ambience is really nice and the food to match. A few favorites are the herring under a fur coat, beef stroganoff and grilled vegetables. Overall a wonderful experience.

DC
DCfoodie1
Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Birthday

Mediocre service

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vipJeanneG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience4

The service was extremely slow and we had to get a manager several times.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

My boyfriend and I came here for my 30th birthday as we had never had Russian food and we wanted to try it. The experience was amazing. We loved the decor and our table was set so beautifully. The food was phenomenal. We were both blown away by our dishes. The cocktails were also great. We are so excited to return!

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MasonN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Service was somewhat slow, but it is worth the wait. Both of our soups and main dishes were superb. I loved the eclectic dining ware sets.

MA
MACH
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Borscht, Chicken Kiev and Beef Stroganoff - This is how it should be done. Awesome!

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TatianaR
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed the food and ambience . Authentic and delicious food!

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ElenaV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great place with authentic Russian food. Totally recommend to anyone. Waiting for the karaoke nights ☺️

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IanM
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Mari Vanna is now one of my favorite spots in DC. I love Russian and Eastern European food and this place really delivers. The cocktails are second to none!

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vipFormerFed
Washington DC
495 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Got the two dumplings appetizers since the Siberian Dumplings entree on the online menu wasn’t on the paper menu. Also got the Buckwheat side. All were delicious as usual. Service was a bit slow and inattentive.

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vipMatthewL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience5

Amazing traditional home cooked food. We had almost everything on the menu but jk really had a lot. We have been a few times and the food is amazing.

Service had more to desire. Even though most places are short handed and I am empathetic to that there were many cases of our server just standing around. In fact the table next to us waited 45 min for a drink order and left. Then the buzzer didn’t clear table fully and just threw duvet ware for main course in the center of the table. It was odd like we were at a dinner

But despite that my father who lived in Russia had a great authentic meal and caviar! It was delicious and I do recommend the place.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Visiting family in DC area with my wife who is Russian. Since marrying into a Russian family 4 years ago I have Russian food all the time. We took my daughter and her husband for their first Russian food experience. Everything tasted like home cooked Russian food. One of the best dining experiences in a long time. We will definitely come back!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just like in Russia! Yummy

FAQs

Mari Vanna - Washington DC offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 783-7777.

Mari Vanna - Washington DC is rated 4.7 stars by 121 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.