|Photo: Travis Vaughn|
Latest release from Moki Media: "With an established reputation of excellence in authentic Russian cuisine in New York, London, Moscow and beyond, the capital's 6,500 square-foot eatery will be Mari Vanna's largest location in the world. Located at 1141 Connecticut Ave., NW, the hot spot finds its home in one of the district's most upscale locales. Just five blocks from the White House and steps away from the historic Mayflower Hotel, the new restaurant nestles perfectly between K Street's bustling business district and DC's trendy Dupont Circle neighborhood.
The three-level restaurant will offer home-style Russian cuisine in a tea party-meets-grandma’s house ambiance. Unlike any other location, the venue will feature an open-air kitchen, bedecked in red and white tiles and old Russian tchotchkes. Additionally, what sets Mari Vanna DC apart from its four world-wide sister locations is its cozy, third level, private cocktail lounge.
|Third-floor cocktail lounge. Photo: Travis Vaughn|
|Third-floor window seating.|
Photo: Travis Vaughn
Although the restaurant has plans to add various DC-centric menu items, a few Russian specialties won't change from the other Mari Vanna locations. Classic menu offerings range from cold appetizers such as pickled vegetables, salt-cured pork and black caviar to hot appetizers such as pirozhok, blinis and hand-made Russian dumplings. Delectable entree options will include Mari Vanna's world famous beef stroganoff, chicken kotletki and fishcakes.
And what's a Russian nightlife haven without its Vodka? Patrons will choose from over 70 varieties of house-infused vodkas and an impressive cocktail lineup. Signature drink offerings will include the Klubnichka, a strawberry spritzer, the Sunny, a seaberry martini and the Pomidorchik, a reinvented bloody mary with a spicy mustard kick.
The walls will showcase layers of peeled wallpaper, reflecting various eras of ancient history and decades past. Guests will find themselves being serenaded by an artistically inclined full-time staffer. The restaurant's very own accordionist will play alongside dining parties.
With international appeal in dining, Mari Vanna DC will attract celebrity and political notables alike. The restaurant is already confirmed to host a slew of inauguration events, including a pre-inauguration dinner in partnership with The Creative Coalition. Expected celebrities -- in town to host The Creative Coalition's Inaugural Ball -- who will be in attendance include Tim Daly, David Arquette, Chelsea Handler, Kirsten Dunst, and Ashley Greene, among others."
Open Monday - Friday: Lunch 11:30am to 3:30pm; Mid Afternoon Tea 3:30pm to 5pm; Happy Hour (Siberian Express) 4pm to 6pm; Dinner 5pm to Midnight; Late Dinner Menu offered Midnight to Close. Saturday & Sunday: Lunch 11am to 5pm starting February 3rd; Dinner 5pm to Midnight; Late Dinner Menu offered Midnight to Close.