Mari Vanna - Washington DC

4.8
64 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 & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer 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 64 people are saying
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LanaC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Enjoyed a variety of dishes from Russian and Georgian cuisine and specialty infused vodkas. The horseradish flavored vodka is the best!
Listening to the soviet-era music playing in the background added a special touch. Quite an immersion experience overall. Do visit!

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vipamyl
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service

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Cris
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance was beautiful and the food very authentic and delicious. I would go back.

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Alexandra
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Authentic interior, delicious food, surprisingly “big” portion of salad that easily fits two people.

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vipAlex
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and ambience
Great service

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Nicholas
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very nice restaurant with pretty good food. My only issue was that it was a bit overpriced for what you received. $5 for a dumpling is a tad too high. Spent over $150 between 3 people and left hungry. That said, it was overall very nice, service was excellent, and the ambiance was superb.

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MichaelL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The decor was amazing. Service was good, and the food was unique and tasty.

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vipCraig
Washington DC
845 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, chicken Kiev, was very good. Got charged for the borscht that never came, but they quickly removed it from the bill.

I will happily return.

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JonC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A truly unique dining experience. Relive the glory days of the Soviet Union in the kitsch style of your grandmother's attic! The food is authentic and delicious, and the infused vodkas are not to be missed. Try the horseradish flavor; both subtle and smooth. Easily the best Russian restaurant in the city.

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vipAlisonD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband is from Moscow and we love Mari Vanna! By far the best, most authentic Russian food in DC. Attentive wait staff, and an AMAZING atmosphere

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vipSofia
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great.
Food is better than in Russia)

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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Adrienne
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We discovered Mari Vanna several years ago on a DC getaway. We have enjoyed sitting at the bar. Great beer (Russian Porter “6”) and a nice wine selection. We chose to dine early and asked for a cozy and private table in the window. The food was excellent with large portions. Everything was fresh and flavorful. We shared the herring and the smoked salmon appetizers, grilled artichoke salad and salmon kabob entree. The service was excellent. Thank you Alexy! He offered us complimentary cherry and apricot vodka(excellent).
All made a very special dining experience.

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vipRonnie
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The infused vodkas are sooooo good. We always get pelmini and then the beef stroganoff and chicken kiev.

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vipVictoriaN
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Chicken Kiev was not as tasty as expected and the pickled cabbage was overloaded with oil too much, but the rest was delicious.

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vipFyodorDostoevsky
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A good place overall! Priced above the average. But the food and service were good!

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vipNLM80
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As an immigrant from St. Petersburg, I always enjoy coming to Mari Vanna when I want delicious and authentic Russian food - especially when I am too tired/lazy to cook it myself! It's also a great place to bring friends that would like to get a little taste of Russia - both in ambiance and cuisine. It's cozy, the service is fantastic, and the food is great.

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MyriahS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've heard great things from friends and this place didn't disappoint. Everything was delicious and service was great. Definitely recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We will definitely be back!!!

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ClaireK
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Staff was friendly and conscientious. Ambiance was great.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Excellent service. Unique decor. Worth the trip.

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vip72G2
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Superb Russian cuisine. Delicious and authentic. Duck, lamb, chicken all excellent, but salads and dumplings were even better.

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Jimmy
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! We arrived a bit earlier and they had no issues squeezing us in. Great service, drinks, and food!!

Definitely order the vodka “flight”!

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JessicaH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place and service! Food us super authentic, highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience, everything was incredible from ambiance, serving to food and drinks!

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vipLMH5
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve always loved Mari Vanna for the atmosphere and drinks - but the food last night was fantastic! We tried a few different dishes (veal pilmeni; beef stroganoff; chicken Kiev; stuffed cabbage) and liked each one more than the next. Horseradish vodka is a must-have. Not sure if they have a new chef, or I’d never tried the right things, but will definitely be back!

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BarbaraJ
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great spot for the Russian classics... if you have any eastern Europeans in your party they will be delighted.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is always great. Great food , great service and wonderful ambiance. Highly recommend.

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Julie
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience4

The service was great, atmosphere was nice and cozy. But food was not as good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing all around!

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MilaV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant provided top notch hospitality service: nice host meet and greet at the entrance, sitting was accommodating accordingly our request, waitress attentive to order details and FOOD SO Delicious! Choose this place for your special occasion and you will be satisfied!

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ClaudiaA
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and wonderful food! We loved it!

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vipluvboston
Minneapolis
51 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staying at the Mayflower Hotel nearby and walked by. It looked so welcoming so we stopped for dinner. Enjoyed the atmosphere and the food.

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Foodie
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Cute atmosphere at 2pm on a Saturday. Food was very good yet they over-billed us. I knew to check the bill because when I went to their NY location I was over-billed their as well. Not sure if there is a pattern with that. They did fix it as soon as I brought it to their attention. I highly recommend the dumplings and yes, would go again - just check that bill.

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vipVictoriaN
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This experience was much better than the first time when we came in right after the re-opening. The “solenia” tastes much better than the first time and it didn’t take as long for our food to arrive. I do, however, have a suggestion. Before the pandemic, “solenia” used to come on a large wooden plate in little glass jars. That was much more beautiful, sanitary, and better for sharing in a group. Now it is just one small plate with stuff piled up. It is hard to pass around the table and is not as pretty. Please bring the wooden plate and the jars back. The cakes, we ordered Onegin and Medovik, werr amazing!

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vipTanya
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food, great service, very helpful in making choices, nice decor, very unique

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June
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious, the ambience was incredible and the staff was very attentive and polite. Can’t wait to come back!

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vipMarlucha
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really cool/different warm ambiance. Definitely coming back!

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vipDPerry12005
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely decor with excellent food and service. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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 64 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.