Mari Vanna

Mari Vanna, web site, 1141 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 202-783-7777 (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [Google | WaPo | Washingtonian | City Paper | Ylp | Don Rockwell]

Let me first say this is one of the very few places in DC that actually has charming and original décor. And the two floors offer very different ambiences. The food? Well, I don’t like most Russian food. That said, this menu is more authentic and more detailed than you might expect. I tried numerous dishes, and while I didn’t like most of them, I blamed at least 2/3 of that on the country rather than on this restaurant. I thought the sour cherry dumplings and the Georgian bread stuffed with cheese were quite good, so you can always get those, and I bet they have a few more good dishes too. And this place is very good for people-watching. Russian people, that is. In any case an interesting experience and I am glad I went.


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1 Response to Mari Vanna

  1. Boris Lvin says:

    It should be mentioned that this place is truly authentic because it is owned by the Russian restaurant chain, definitely the best chain of St. Petersburg and arguably the best of Russia. Dinner is probably good for people watching but the optimal way to taste their food is to try their Sunday brunch which I like most. Do not miss their soups, soup is a very important element of the Russian cuisine, and they make them right; the brunch menu has at least one variety, and sometimes two.

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