Russia House Restaurant - Herndon

4.7
871 Reviews
$30 and under
Russian
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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mich
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent, friendly service. Very good food slightly spoiled by being over salted.

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mrbubbly
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The owners, Ali and Homerya Darugar, are ever-present hosts with exceptional hospitality skills that make their patrons feel like family. The ambiance is inviting, warm and cozy. The important part, the food, is very creative and amazing. French-influenced Russian cuisine is culinary art. Everything on the menu is the highest quality and cooked and seasoned to perfection. With so many interesting choices, it’s difficult to choose so asking Ali to recommend one is always a good suggestion. You can’t go wrong with whatever you choose. Last but not least, their prices are very reasonable considering the quality and quantity of the food, the service, ambiance, and overall experience. I can’t give them higher praise and strongly recommend that you give the Russia House in Herndon a try if you haven’t been there. You will be glad that you did.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Three of us dining. Every dish was excellent, nicely presented and Served hot. Host and hostess were friendly and attentive. All around great evening that everyone thoroughly enjoyed. Looking forward to the next opportunity to further explore the menu.

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FredR
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Russia House has been in Herndon for some years now, and has continued to be excellent. The Russian specialities are delicious, the service excellent.

My only very mild criticism would be that the menu has contracted a bit during the age of covid. But I can understand that this could happen because of fewer customers.

Anyway, it's a great place for a night out.

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SandraW
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This Russia House is such a special place. The food especially is so unique and good.

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NancyL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small little restaurant in the town of Herndon. Food was delicious. If you like vodka, this is the place! Can't wait to return!!

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vipRestaurantBird
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We have been returning to Russia House for over 20 years for special occasions. We drive from Alexandria so cannot visit as often as we'd like. The owners, Ali and Homeyra, are like family. Everyone is greeted cordially and treated as if you are the only guest. We are fans of the flavored vodkas and always start with one. The menu has some go-to regular dishes, but occasionally something new pops up. The pasta with cream sauce and caviar is gone (too bad). The online menu is a little outdated, so have several options if you use that to plan in advance. A new appetizer is Russia House Shrimp, in a very spicy butter brandy sauce. I liked it, but it is not for everyone (had to chase with lots of water and vodka). Husband had French Onion Soup, which he said had to be the best ever--lots of crusty, melted cheese. I ordered the Chicken Kiev as my entrée--not quite as I remembered it--a little too much breading, but the rice and vegetables were delicious. Husband's entrée was sea scallops--again he thought the dish was terrific. Desserts: cream puffs (husband said he would have licked the plate if no one was around) and apple strudel. Although a lunch menu is on the website, the website lists only dinner hours.

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vipShawnA
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ali and Homera are delightful hosts and the food is outstanding.

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vipfrequentdiner
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite of all places. Ali and Homerya make it feel like you are a guest in their home for dinner. The food and drinks are always outstanding. You can’t go wrong!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always a wonderful experience to enjoy a family-owned restaurant, and even more so a local one offering a unique cuisine. The food at Russia House was authentic and delicious, and the service was attentive and friendly as well. A Herndon gem!

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vipredsun33
Washington DC
101 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

A nice meal.
Folks who took care of us did a nice job.

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PatiB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Very attentive and kind service. The food was good (not amazing as the price would suggest). Suspect the pandemic was hard on this business. The menu seemed a little limited and the local seemed a little tired. The owning couple make this a very pleasant experience but otherwise overpriced.

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vipCecilB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. Owners are terrific hosts

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TomK
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is consistently superb here. The dining experience is quiet, relaxing, and personable. One of our absolute favorite restaurants!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and proprietors

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my Mother’s 86th birthday. The Russia House hold’s a special place in our hearts, as it was one of my late father’s and mother’s favorite place. The owner’s were so kind and soliciting to our family. The food was absolutely fantastic! We enjoyed the Filet of Mignon, the Beef Ravioli, the Duck with sour cherries, and the Shrimp skewers. All of it was fabulous! The warm baked rolls and pâté began our meal on a superb note, accompanied by the a very nice bottle of red wine. I love a restaurant that has Bernaise Sauce!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just exceptional in all ways! We enjoyed it so much!

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vipJeff
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haven't been there in a while and it was excellent. Service was classic without being overbearing. Food was great. Very reasonable corkage.

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vipNovagourmet
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The prices have gone up considerably and it is not mentioned on website. The menu is limited due to Covid. The grilled shrimp dish is overly salted. My daughters shrimp was very salty. The stuffed cabbage was sweet and sour which I was told after ordering. I didn’t mind sweet and sour but it was so pungently sour. My mouth tasted like vinegar after I finished. The price for two stuffed cabbage was ridiculous. The service was very slow. This is the only restaurant I’ve been to since Covid that has used the pandemic for inadequate service and food quality.

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LarryK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. One of the best restaurant that me and my wife have been to in a while. Highly recommend.

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vipScott
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining at Russia House is like being a guest in the gracious home of Ali and Homerya Darugar who own and operate the restaurant. Every detail from the Russian antiques to the to the art on the walls, to the chandeliers, to the crisp table clothes reminds one of a grander time.

The food is simply wonderful. Everything we have tried there has been good, but we love the beef stroganoff so much that we rarely stray. Homerya is a skilled bartender and Ali is always their to recommend the perfect wine.

Stop whatever you are doing and make a reservation at this gem in charming, historic downtown Herndon. Perhaps try one of their famous wine dinners as an introduction, but do not miss the regular menu!

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vipChristineC
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food- osetra caviar, onion soup, house martini, chocolate martini, chocolate moose, stroganoff and more. Service was excellent!!

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BrookeT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful French Onion soup as a starter followed by perfectly cooked scallops. My husband looked like a cave man devouring his lamb chops.

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vipt8te
Washington DC
233 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated a birthday, and it was a wonderful time! The food was amazing as always (have the lamb chops if they are the special when you visit). The service is top notch, and if you don't feel like family when you arrive, you will when you leave.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A favorite of the whole family.

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vipRichard
Richmond
26 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

This is the first time we have been to the Russia House restaurant since they moved from their fancier place across the street. We were a bit disappointed in the down market venue and very disappointed that there was no convenient wheelchair access. The food, however, was still very good although they didn't have the rather special Caesar salad that they used to prepare at your table.

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Xopxe
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place overall but noticeably undermanned, likely due to COVID-19, resulting in slow service. Food and spirits on the pricey side for the type of restaurant.

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TaraW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food and service!
They have the best Beef Stroganoff and Chicken Kiev!!
The owners are an absolute delight.

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vipHappyOne
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Russia House is a wonderful restaurant with great cocktails an the best filet ever. It will melt in your mouth. I highly recommend this restaurant for date night, a party or a get together with friends.

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Rick
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Filet in DC. Ali and Homeyra are the best. Go there and enjoy.

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AlexM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious and amazing staff. This really gave me a great experience on Russian cuisine since I am in my second year of studying Russian language. Cocktails were amazing but doesn't beat the delicious and warm borscht.

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LarryS
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy The Russian House. It is our go to place for all special occasions.

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vipKarenH
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening and felt very safe with all Covid protections in place. Everyone LOVED their meals and service was impeccable! Would definitely go back!

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vipStevenM
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great high quality restaurant with very good food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and the service was wonderful. I loved the decor, very traditional Russian. We will go again!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service. Everyone was very attentive. We had the duck breast and Russian dumplings. Both made your mouth sing with delight. Beautiful setting. Highly recommend going there. One will not be disappointed. We have been there many many times and they are able to maintain a very high standard in providing an amazing experience.

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DiamondGirl
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It seems like I've only gone here for special occasions, birthdays, NYEve, retirements, but that is not to say that it isn't great for any time dining. The ambiance is welcoming, the service excellent, and the food is never disappointing! I will say that their borscht seems more like a stew, which is different from any other version I've had. I cannot imagine anyone ever sending food back because the steaks are prepared perfect every time, no matter your preference. It's a plus-plus-plus experience all around!

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Kim1
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service - we have gone there twice for special occasions and enjoyed each time.

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vipBenjaminW
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and the food was excellent!

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Steve
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful. We started with salad and flavored vodka. My companion had rack of lamb which was perfectly cooked and I had Beef Stroganov which was delicious

FAQs

Russia House Restaurant - Herndon offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 787-8880.

Russia House Restaurant - Herndon is rated 4.7 stars by 871 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.