Russia House Restaurant - Herndon

4.7
764 reviews
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$30 and under
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Russian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Cozy
  • Neighbourhood Gem
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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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Food was excellent as always, we've been there before. The service was courteous but slow. There are not enough servers for the customer volume.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

Our reservation was at 8 pm but we were seated at 8:35. The food was good.

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t
Washington DC
224 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a great place for Valentine's Day! Unlike other restaurants that stuff their dining rooms with extra tables, too many reservations, and reduce their menu to a few choices, Russia House stepped up to the plate by scheduling their reservations correctly (never saw anyone wait more than a few minutes for their table). The menu was a great sampling from their regular menu with choices for everyone, plus a few things that aren't on the regular menu. The food was wonderful (best lamb chops I've ever had) and service was spot on. Russia House knows how to do Valentine's Day right.

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DC
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The staff are wonderful - perfectly paired with the cuisine. Very enjoyable evening

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CS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We truly enjoyed our evening at Russia House. The food was delicious and interesting. The owners were a delight, spending time to explain the different dishes to us and the differences in American versus Russian versions. My son was leaving for Russia the next day so the owner gave him plenty of food ordering tips. The stroganov was outstanding and is made with filet mignon. It was quiet although the restaurant was full. Had a very nice evening.

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R
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service, great food, great atmosphere...a local favorite.

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LL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants...always go there for special occasions such as Birthdays and Anniversaries. Food is ALWAYS outstanding and love the owners.

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P
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Strogonov and borst were superb and the Caesar salad prepared table side was very tasty. This was my second visit to this restaurant and they are batting 1000.

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WG
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A real diamond in the rough. Husband-wife team ensures attentive and responsive service. Authentic Russian cuisine, including classics (Beef Stroganoff, etc) and unexpected delicacies, and also plenty of zakuska (appetizers), Caesar salad tossed tableside, etc, etc. Good wine list. Low-volume classical music on sound system (not everyone likes that, but we do!) We have been there several times and plan to return again. See you there!

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DV
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Dining at the Russia House was a pleasant and enjoyable experience! The restaurant is pretty inside with the tables and candle light. The staff was very helpful and friendly. Our server was always right near if we needed anything and checked on us periodically. The food was a so delicious! It was a perfect date. Would highly recommend and we will be back next time we are in town:)

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RS
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food was amazing and the service was exemplary. What a great place to celebrate my birthday.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 4Ambience 2

Tasteless food that was clearly pre-manufactured. Costco version of some dishes we got is better , like Kiev Kotlet.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great experience, my wife and I loved everything we had.
We will return soon

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a
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were a group of 4 dinning at Russia House last Saturday night. Because of so many restaurants in the Herndon/Reston area we sometimes forget about Russia House but every time we do go back we always wonder why we don't dine there more often. It is the only place in the area where you can drink fused (flavored) ice cold vodka and it is VERY tasty. They start you with warm bread straight from the oven and the entrees are served piping hot. Three in the group ordered Russian food and I had the rack of lamb. All was outstanding. We ended the evening with a variety of desserts and Russia House Coffee. A memorable evening. AND, the owners are so gracious they make you feel like you are their most important guests. We highly recommend lunch/dinner at Russia House.

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P
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food and very friendly and caring service. Menu is extensive and has something for every taste.

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W
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

After reading all the positive reviews, we decided to try it for a birthday dinner. Perhaps my expectations were too high but I wasn't blown away by the experience. The food is not only Russian. One can get continental and American dishes as well.

The food, however, was excellently prepared. The warm Borscht was filled with chunks of beets. My Ghiymya Hinkal (Pasta, Ground Lamb, and Feta Cheese Casserole, served with Seasonal Vegetables) was very tasty and very ample. My wife enjoyed her salad and Filet Mignon. We were both too full for dessert, but the Maitre D' brought over a pastry with a candle in it for my wife.

Access is an issue. You have to go up several steps. It was drizzling, making entering and exiting a little difficult.

I do not remember seeing a bottle of wine priced below $40. Although there was no mention on the list of wine by the glass, when I inquired, I was told we could order individual glasses. They were $12 per glass.

Service was good but we did have to ask for lemon for the water. The staff appeared to spend more time chatting with the regular customers than trying to cultivate new ones.

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t
Washington DC
224 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I can't say enough wonderful things about Russia House. The owners greet you as you arrive, as if arriving in their home. It is warm, friendly - yet professional - but just the right amount of intimacy. The food and service are amazing, and you must try it to confirm. While this review was for a different reservation (which was the perfect evening), I'd like to mention what an amazing time we had on New Year's Eve. The restaurant was quickly filled, but the staff managed the tables like clockwork. It seemed every table was always full, yet people continued to arrive. They had the perfect balance of turning over tables and service never showed any sign of stress. This is a place not to be missed...and revisited.

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TJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place, yummy food and the service was great!

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TK
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Russia House in Herndon is a gem. Food is always expertly prepared and served, ambiance is quiet and restrained, generally with recorded classical Russian-themed music at a reasonable level. Occasionally, there is an acoustic guitar. White table linens, candles, and never, ever rushed. Always a pleasure to dine here.

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OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Overall just average. Dinner rolls were the highlight which is never a good thing. Nothing bad either but expected more given the price point.

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A
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely beautiful evening. Russia House is quietly elegant, with wonderful service and food. Appears to be family run and it shows. We went after a Saturday matinee and it was the perfect ending, well worth the 60 mile drive back home.

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B
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We go because of the authentic Russian food with a French twist. Service is very personal and attentive. It is our special place for a quiet evening especially after a particularly busy and hectic time period.

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LF
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a wonderful Christmas Eve at the Russia House! Service was excellent and the appetizers, salad, soup, and entrees were amazing! Loved the ambiance and the attentiveness of the host and hostess! We found a new wine to share and within the quiet setting had the opportunity for a lovely conversation with the men in my life on a very special night! We would highly recommend this restaurant for any occasion! And a beautiful evening was had by all!

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HE
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a Christmas Eve dinner that was excellent and festive. Flavored vodkas and mixed drinks are fun. Food was very good and service was attentive . . but not too attentive. It was quiet enough to easily carry on a conversation.

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TC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Overall, it was a mediocre experience. The food, while well prepared, was overpriced and the service was sub-par. The wine list is out of date, as far as the vintage listings are concerned, and the wines are very overpriced. They sell wines by the glass, but don't bother to tell you which ones are by the glass or what the price is on the list. In summary, it was not very good, and not totally bad, but certainly not worth the effort of a repeat visit. It was totally "blah"!

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VH
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great filet mignon! Russia House is a neighborhood treasure.

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R
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Very nice local place run by the owners. It's rather wide open, so when you walk in, everyone looks at you which is not so comfortable and the bar is not carved out, so it, too, is a fish bowl. I got there early and had a drink while I waited for my friend which felt odd. I'd suggest going straight to your table rather than planning time at the bar. Other than that, the people were very nice, the vodka was delicious and the food equally so. They had a guitar player who was exceptional. It's perfect for a higher end meal without the need to travel into Alexandria or DC. I would definitely go back & suggest others try it.

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B
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

My wife and I came to this restaurant, hoping for a great anniversary experience. For some reason, it seemed that the staff was overwhelmed for a short time during this visit. Everything else was excellent about this restaurant. The menu selection was excellent. The entrees that we ordered was excellent. I expect that we will eat here again. Four stars, (cannot give 4.5 stars) due to a having bit higher expectations.

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DS
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome food. Wonderful service. We’ll be back!!

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PG
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Found this resturant quaint the food excellent and service impeccable. A very good find.

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TD
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere, friendly owners.

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d
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, sauces very tasty adding nice touch to the ingredients.

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CM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Went on a whim, and very much enjoyed the choice. Great food, interesting change of pace, and excellent service.

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BC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

This was our first time to this restaurant and we will definitely be returning. The entire evening was great; the service, drinks, food, and desserts all top notch. Our server was very helpful with suggestions and attentive without being overbearing. Our food came out piping hot and was delightful. This is a great place for a quiet dinner. The restaurant is not that big so it feels very intimate.

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d
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

beef stroganoff was actually filet, one of the best meals I ever had and I have travelled extensively. very friendly and cool place

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RW
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is an established food icon in Northern Virginia, and with their chef of over 25 years as a member of the restaurant "family" the food has been consistently outstanding. Authentic Russian cuisine is nowhere to be found in the DC Metro area with this type of ambiance and customer service - The owners themselves serve you, and create the cocktails behind the bar. Our family heartily recommends this dining experience. Additionally, they offer bespoke wine and food pairing dining experiences monthly, with the wine experts from the wineries joining in and explaining the nuances of each wine. These are discrete invitation only events, that require you to get on their list. With this small a venue, the interaction with the wine enthusiasts is superb.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My family and I were traveling in the area. It was PERFECT!! Wonderful ethnic dining. Highly highly recommend. My dad and I slip the stroganoff and the filet. Both were out of this world. Mind blown!

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KR
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We always have a wonderful time at the Russia House. Delicious food, warm ambiance and friendly owners.

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GW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing meal and the attention to detail was superb.

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MK
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was very good, prepared exactly as requested and very tasty. Service was quick and friendly. We have eaten here many times and have never been disappointed. Highly recommend this restaurant!

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