|Photo: Travis Vaughn|
According to Slavic legend, Mari Vanna was a fairytale grandmother known to welcome hungry travelers into her house. She would feed her guests a home-cooked meal before sending them back out on their voyage. In January 2013, Russian hospitality powerhouse Ginza Project opened the second US location of this legend in the heart of downtown DC. Closest Metro is Farragut North or Dupont Circle.
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."
|Third-floor cocktail lounge. Photo: Travis Vaughn|
|Third-floor window seating.|
Photo: Travis Vaughn
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. I particularly enjoyed the cheese flat bread, beet salad, cured herring, various caviar, and eggplant roll filled with nuts.
With international appeal in dining, Mari Vanna DC has attracted celebrity and political notables alike over the past year, and will continue to be a favorite destination that offers decent Eastern European fare. Check them out Friday, February 7th for a Winter Olympics kick-off party from 6 - 9pm, as they will be featuring 3 new dishes from Sochi. One complimentary vodka shot and a complimentary pirozhki tasting station will be available to all patrons.
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.