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Mari Vanna - Washington DC, Washington DC, DC

Mari Vanna - Washington DC

4.8
4.8
161 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.

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Booked 20 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Eastern European, Global, International, Russian

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
    Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 783-7777

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Galina Bovtun

  • Private party facilities

    Occupying the third floor, Mari Vanna"s Parlor is an ideal space in which to host your next private dining event. Inviting, intricate, and intimate, the Parlor is complete with it's own bar, private access and seating for all your invitees.

  • Neighbourhood

    Dupont Circle

  • Cross Street

    Rhode Island Ave NW and Desales Street NW

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Public Transit

    Mari Vanna DC can be reached via the Farragut North or the Dupont Circle Red Line Metro Stops.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 161 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Stroganoff was divine and the setting was beautiful. Will definitely return!

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Awesome place, great food and atmosphere, highly recommend

  3. AC

    AllisonC

    Baltimore

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always a wonderful meal at Mari Vanna! Enjoyed the salmon this time. It was sublime.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We went to Mari Vanna on our vacation because we wanted to try Russian food, which you can’t get where we live. The food was absolutely amazing. We especially enjoyed the chicken blinis and cherry vareniki. The service was excellent as well. And for those who are concerned it’s a Russian restaurant, they had a sign about how to support Ukraine right when you enter the door. We’re sad we don’t have a restaurant like this back home. We would be there regularly.

  5. h

    helgaj

    Mississippi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food! Great atmosphere! Great drinks! Great location!

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3

    Staff friendly but not professional

  7. BF

    BrentF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I have visited DC multiple times over the past 10 years. I have eaten here at every visit. Straight 5 stars because it is deserved.

  8. PM

    PeterM

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    An excellent Ukrainian restaurant!

  9. LB

    LanaB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience4

    Absolutely overpriced! The food tastes fine, but for the price I was expecting something amazing. The service is not great, we were there after lunch rush our, I guess servers got too relaxed and were chatting with hostess and bartender. We had to wait to order, to get a dessert menu and to get check over 10 minutes each.

  10. AB

    AlexB

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience1

    Horrible service! I used to eat here all the time but I will NEVER go back. The staff is very rude and they overcharged us tremendously.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing ambiance, service and cuisine.

  12. KH

    KimberlyH

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very delicious! Highly recommend the borscht, beef stroganoff, honey layer cake and strawberry vodka cocktail. The wait staff were very delightful and friendly.

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We enjoyed the decor and ambiance, as well as the food. Our waitress was very helpful in picking dishes. Eastern European cuisine is a nice alternative to other restaurants.

  14. FF

    FranksF

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of my favorite places in DC. Never disappointed. This time I tried the fish solyanka soup (amazing), the chicken shashlik (also amazing) piece of that great Onegin tort and some Saperavi wine.

  15. EC

    EsCh

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The hot borscht is a must try!!

  16. MM

    MichaelM

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    we vacationed in DC for a month and went to Mari Vanna three times. Appetizers, entrees and desserts were all excellent. Highly recommend restaurant.

  17. MY

    MichaelY

    Atlantic City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We were promptly seated in a front window seat. The restaurant interior was authentic and attractive. Our server was sweet and attentive. The mushroom soup was very flavorful. I had the beef stroganoff and my wife had the chicken kiev. Both were superb.

  18. h

    honukulady

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    The best pelmeni since my mother’s! Beautifully decorated which gives a warm ambience. The cherry pelmeni and honey cake desserts were outstanding. Only downside was that our entrees weren’t hot. But they reheated them. We two were on the mezzanine which was more quiet. ~Maryann

  19. N

    Nini

    Washington DC

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    I had the lamb chops. It was very tasty also very small anyway. I came with those cheese turnover like things, which are also very good. I enjoyed my Moscow mule. It was very fresh.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful to be back after the pandemic. Food was great. Service was great as well. They are a little short staffed it seems, but our team was really good and the food was still spot on.

  21. SB

    StuartB

    Oklahoma City

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and excellent service. We will be back next time we’re in DC.

  22. SG

    SlavaG

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best experience as usual! Great service and delicious authentic food! Thank you very much!

  23. MO

    MarinaO

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It's authentic Russian food, which is always good, so go and try for yourself

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5

    Compared to the NYC location, I felt that some key positions on the menu such as the Olivier salad were subpar.

  25. H

    Happy

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I would love to see the music turned down a little. I greatly appreciate more subtle background music that doesn't interfere with conversation and with listening to servers whose accents call for close attention. Other than that, the whole experience was perfect!

  26. G

    Glen

    Washington DC

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great waiter..gorgeous space. Fabulous food. I had Vienegret Salad, beef tongue appetizer,, and duck. Wife had,artichoke salad and Chicken Kiev. We had Medivaj for dessert. All awesome. Our server was great. It was one of our favorite dinners ever

  27. HK

    HeatherK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First. I had an amazing experience. We had a party if 11 with short notice, so my expectations weren't high. But man, the food, service, and decor were all amazing. We weren't rushed, and the staff was attentive without being overbearing. We had such a great time and will be going back.

  28. MC

    MichaelC

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I love this place best Moscow mule in the district

  29. FM

    FMar

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food. We tried the potato salad, the pork pelmeni as appetizers, and for mains, one diner got the beef stroganoff, the other the lamb. The real star was the dessert, the layer honey cake.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami - Dade

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall5food4service3ambience5

    Server wasn’t very friendly and didn’t walk us through the menu.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing place, must try the house infused vodka and kachapuri!

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Excellent Food and Service. The Napoleon Cake didn't make it to the picture but is was the star of the night. :)

  33. L

    Lainey

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious as always!

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We love new experiences and this did not disappoint! The food was amazing and the service e was fantastic!

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food and drinks were absolutely amazing. The ambiance was cozy and quaint. We came for my birthday, and the waiter put a candle in the cake for me—such a nice touch! Highly recommend all around.

  36. R

    Reinsurereg

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was amazing comfort food, well prepared served in a cozy setting. Definitely coming back. My guest loved it. We tried the pickled herring, Georgian Style Dumplings, Lamb shank and Chicken shashlik. Honey layer cake for dessert. All well executed.

  37. TK

    TomK

    Baltimore

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My visit to Mari Vanna was happenstance" it happens to be across the street from The DC Improv. I was also curious about fine Russian dining. It was a delightful experience. Beautiful ambiance, lovely comfortable setting, perfectly lighted. The potato dumplings (appetizer) and beef stroganoff were outstanding. Very glad I visited, and I intend to return.

  38. JB

    JoanB

    Washington DC

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Great service, amazing drinks. Warm, comfy atmosphere!

  39. EG

    EllaG

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

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

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great authentic Russian food.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

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 4.8 stars by 161 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 20 times today
Google Map for Mari Vanna - Washington DC

1141 Connecticut Ave NW Washington DC, DC 20036-4302

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Rhode Island Ave NW and Desales Street NW

  • Neighbourhood

    Dupont Circle

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
    Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Eastern European, Global, International, Russian

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Public Transit

    Mari Vanna DC can be reached via the Farragut North or the Dupont Circle Red Line Metro Stops.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Galina Bovtun

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (202) 783-7777

  • Private party facilities

    Occupying the third floor, Mari Vanna"s Parlor is an ideal space in which to host your next private dining event. Inviting, intricate, and intimate, the Parlor is complete with it's own bar, private access and seating for all your invitees.

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