Mari Vanna
Mari Vanna

Mari Vanna

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.marivanna.co.uk/
  • Phone: 02072253122
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 12pm - 5pm (last seating 4.30pm)

    Tea time: Monday - Friday: 5pm - 6pm (A la carte menu not available)

    : 6pm - 1am (last order for food 11.30pm and Dinner: Monday - Fridaylast order for drink 1am)


    Saturday, Sunday and Bank holidays: 12pm -11.30pm ( last order for food) and 1am (last order for drink) - Tea, coffee and dessert only between 5pm and 6pm (Monday-Sunday 6pm-1pm (last order for food 11.30pm and last order for drink 1am)
    Dropping Open non stop Saturday Sunday and Bank holiday.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Eastern European, Russian
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Public Transit:
    Knightsbridge Underground Station

    Hyde Park Corner Underground Station
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Mari Vanna
Situated in the heart of Knightsbridge, Mari Vanna, home of the mythical Russian matriarch, bids you a warm welcome to her London outpost for a home-cooked meal and a cosy retreat.
Specialising in “babushka cooking”, the menu is replete with Russian dishes and influences from the former Soviet countries of Georgia, Ukraine and also offers an extensive selection of salads and lighter dishes displaying a liberal use of fresh herbs. Its generous and exquisite selection of tea-time treats, cakes and infusions, meanwhile, is hard to resist, and available throughout the day.
With extraordinary attention to detail, Mari Vanna transports each guest into the Russian home of a bygone era where shelves are adorned with matryoshka dolls, trinkets and tchotchke. Displaying true Russian tradition from top to toe, Mari Vanna is a rare find in London.

Initially opened in a private apartment in St Petersburg, Mari Vanna has sister restaurants in Moscow and New York.
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Mari Vanna reviews from OpenTable diners
246 reviews since 21 May 2014
Average Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambience4.6
    Value3.7
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasions (138)romance (114)afternoon tea (79)sunday lunch (65)group bookings (58)fit for foodies (56)brunch (52)business meals (49)pre/post theatre (39)child friendly (31)good vegetarian options (25)outstanding value (24)outdoor eating (3)Show More
  • openTable info was not up to date
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 30/8/2014
    I booked lunch through OpenTable looking at the set menu £30 for three course, It said that the offer was not available on bank holidays. I went on Saturday -( not a bank holiday), however the Restaurant would not serve the offer, explaining that the offer only valid Mon - Fri. So it cost me more that I planned for.
    Special Features:
    special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dk777
    Dined on 21/8/2014
    Great service & food. will definitely be back. Thank you :)
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    special occasions
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  • Excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 21/8/2014
    During a journey in London, I reserved a table to make a surprise to my wife (she's ukrainian and she know very well the russian food). What a very good idea i had ! Everything was perfect !
    Special Features:
    outstanding value, romance, Sunday lunch
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  • Russian experience
    Inga
    Dined on 20/8/2014
    Superb Russian experience with the authentic food and excellent service.
    Special Features:
    special occasions
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  • Love the place
    Adrianna
    Dined on 20/7/2014
    The best food in London always coming back there ! Good service amazing food and atmosphere
    Special Features:
    business meals
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner with my mum
    timo92
    Dined on 20/7/2014
    I went to Mari Vanna for dinner with my mother. A friend of mine recommended this beautifully furnished restaurant in the heart of Knightsbridge. Very cosy restaurant with a nice ambience and outstanding food. The staff was helpful as it was our first time to eat in a Russian restaurant and we weren't disappointed. Together with our food we had a nice bottle of white wine going really well with the fish cake and the cod. We loved it and we're going to be back very soon.
    Special Features:
    romance, special occasions
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  • Quality always costs
    NoNicknameNick
    Dined on 20/7/2014
    We often visit Mari Vanna whenever we are in town. Always reliable; the food always good and the ambiance relaxing. Although the restaurant area is small and tables are close they are not intrusive and voices from other tables do not carry so every table is personal. Well worth a visit.
    Special Features:
    business meals, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cosy and Chic
    CatarinaVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Lovely environment, all the waiters are extremely friendly. Unique drinks and some really special plates.
    Special Features:
    pre/post theatre, romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice food, great ambience
    Sherry
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Food was nice - nothing too special honestly but fit for their description as: home made food. The portion was big - I was very full after my starter so wasted a lot of food. There was little people in the restaurant so it was great for us to talk. Decorations were as good as people described. Service was good+not overwhelming.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Annia
    Dined on 28/6/2014
    The experience was fantastic. I was desperate for some homemade food, being so far from my home country and my family, and I brought along my Bulgarian friend - to indulge in the amaziness of Russian food. Mari Vanna didn't let me down. The food was perfect, indeed, and there's not much to say. It was a fantastic discovery for my Bulgarian friend, and a pride for myself. The interior and ambience are a loca mixture of 19th century and Soviet style but luckily these two styles treat each other nicely and live in harmony. The waitresses are all nicely dressed (having a habit to wear casual for fine dining, I was a bit worried about the waiters in suits) and their service is as smooth as their Kholodez.
    Special Features:
    outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Incredible atmosphere,amazing food!
    LiaRad
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    It was an exceptional experience! The atmosphere of the restaurant is so romantic. The service is excellent! It was my boyfriend's birthday and waiters and hostesses came to sign happy bd for him! It was really sweet! I would definitely go there again!
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, brunch, good vegetarian options, group bookings, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LadyofShalott80
    Dined on 31/5/2014
    Perfect dinner in a super cosy restaurant: attentive staff and delicious food. I have simply fallen in love with their Honeycake.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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  • Spasibo bol'shoe!
    morgandauk
    Dined on 31/5/2014
    I booked a table for 6 people on Saturday 31st May to celebrate my birthday and it was just outstanding. Beautifully decorated, comfortable seating, well-cooked, delicious food and lovely, attentive waiting staff. I can't fault this place and would eat there every week if I could. We all had such a great night and were made to feel so welcome. Being serenaded "Happy Birthday" in Russian is something I won't forget. Thanks so much! One thing I will say is that this place is more expensive than restaurants I would normally visit, but it's in Knightsbridge and it's worth every penny. Food-wise, I had a meat pastry, the Georgian flatbread, Siberian pelmeni, honey cake and several delicious vodkas. Thank you! I'll be back! xx
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    fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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  • Nice taste of russia, a bit pricey
    fatPasty
    Dined on 31/5/2014
    Took the lady for her birthday treat here. Nice to get a taste of traditional russian food. The food was well made, the place was decorated really well, especially the loos. The welcome was formal and respectful, but relaxed and pleasant. I recommend the horseradish vodka. The two minor quibbles would be a) our waitress made an obvious mistake by forgetting to bring us a dish, even though we asked twice for it, yet insisted we hadn't asked for it. Not what you expect, especially at a more classy venue b) the waitress recommended we order 3 starters and a main. I'm glad we ignored her advice - 3 starters was more than enough and we had enough left over to need a doggy bag!
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    special occasions
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  • Amazing! (удивительный)
    Raggamuffin
    Dined on 25/5/2014
    Took a lovely Russian lady on a first date here after being told she had never eaten at a Russian restaurant in London after living there for 5 years. This was my first taste of Russian food and I'm very glad I chose Mari Vanna to experience this. The lovely Russian lady had all sorts of nostalgic memories of her childhood come to life here and had the opportunity to teach me all about the different dishes we tried with their importance to her upbringing. I can tell you, she was very happy. The quality of the vodka was also fantastic, it tasted so easy to drink which was very deceiving as I didn't expect it to come on so strong. It hit me like a train. Great food, service and staff; lots of fun!
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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  • Excellent
    Lduff
    Dined on 16/5/2014
    I had loved the Moscow restaurant and the London is just as nice.
    Special Features:
    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch experience
    Lena
    Dined on 16/5/2014
    The food was authentic Russian, as I come from that part of the world. The service was also friendly, relaxed, homely. Good place to offer to Russian eating experience for those interested in Russian cuisine. Would recommend it.
    Special Features:
    pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A taste of Russia in London
    Batman
    Dined on 13/5/2014
    Excellent food and service. I highly recommend this place to Russians for a reminder of home and to international visitors who will doubtlessly enjoy the variety of Russian food available. The service is both Russian and English speaking and the menus are in both languages as well. Perfect place to take your non Russian business associates if you are Russian.
    Special Features:
    business meals, outstanding value, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Afternoon Tea
    ladywholunches
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Very good value with authentic and comfortable Russian surroundings. Our birthday girl was delighted with her surprise Russian afternoon tea and we all loved the experience of having the staff sing 'Happy Birthday' in Russian to her.
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovefood
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    As usual we had nice Russian dishes and the service was wonderful
    Special Features:
    pre/post theatre
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  • Hummy
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    I decided to surprise my girlfriend yet again by taking her to this quaint little Russian restaurant in Knightsbridge. It'd first been recommended to me by a Russian friend who described as like visiting her grandmothers house, I was intrigued and had a look at some of the photos online. Whilst not quite exactly my taste, I knew my girlfriend would love it. So much so, she ended up telling me several times how much she loved the place. We asked the waitress to offer us some suggestions as neither of us were exactly experts on Soviet cuisine, her recommendations were excellent and the ambience just delightful. As we looked around, it was apparent that this restaurant was frequented by Russians which we took as a positive sign.
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    romance
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  • Stepping back in time
    ACDCVIP
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    Its a curious experience walking past the uber-modern One Hyde Park then entering this restaurant which is decorated as an old fashioned tearoom. We don't know how authentic the russian food actually is but it was excellent to us, and there seemed to be many russians dining who agreed; the borscht, jellied chicken, cod cakes and dumplings all tasted wonderful. We had the honey cake and napoleon for dessert and perhaps the only gripe was that these were almost too sweet and rich. The service was excellent, attentive and friendly. The a la carte is expensive but we had the set menu which is very good value. Well worth trying.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing dinner
    Elena
    Dined on 26/4/2014
    As usual we had a great time!! The food is fresh and very tasty, service is good and friendly!
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, brunch, child friendly, fit for foodies, group bookings, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch at Mari Vanna
    Ddadaju
    Dined on 26/4/2014
    Excellent service in a traditional Russian setting, with traditional Russian food. We had shared starters with Georgian wine so that all could taste. Definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Russian food
    MarkC
    Dined on 19/4/2014
    We loved it. My girlfriend is Russian and was very happy with the food and decor of the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, pre/post theatre, romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Irina
    Dined on 19/4/2014
    Staff very friendly,charming and pleasant to us.atmosphere relax,food was delecious and deserts honey and prague (we eat) cakes. was really delicious.we will come back
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    romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely afternoon
    Slimboyfat
    Dined on 19/4/2014
    Excellent food with first class device, I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants to experience Russian cuisine and hospitality. Well done 10 out of 10.
    Special Features:
    pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely as always
    UndecidedVIP
    Dined on 12/4/2014
    I've been going to Mari Vanna got year as now (in different country). It's always like the first time - love everything about the restaurant
    Special Features:
    business meals, romance, special occasions, good vegetarian options, group bookings, brunch, afternoon tea
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my favorite restaurants
    Irina55
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I am happy to come back over and over again. Great food, outlandish ambiance. Just perfect place to dine with friends, or in couple.
    Special Features:
    business meals, romance, special occasions, group bookings, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Russian cuisine
    Kajakaja
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The food was good, tasty, homemade. Very tasty. As a foreigner I react to the aburd cost of soft drinks, pute water and plan black tea. Also the VAT is added to prices AND service is added to the liking of the restaurant. Mari Vanna is a cosy restaurant and waiters are waiting upon you. We were 2 guests and experienced 4 different waiters during our lunch. I think the pricing policy is a drawback.
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    fit for foodies, Sunday lunch
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  • Great dinner-picturesque ambience
    AlexGLove
    Dined on 28/3/2014
    We had a lovely dinner last Friday at Mari Vanna. We had Borscht to start with, two pirogis and then Siberian Pimeni for main and we ended our russian experience with the Honey Cake. All of them were delicious, the waiter was very polite and the decoration was out of this world. Would definitely go back in the future.
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    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A gem
    1FOODIEVIP
    Dined on 28/3/2014
    A lovely restaurant with lots of character from entrance, dining areas to lavatories Food was delicious Service attentive We did not have to wait long after making our requests
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    fit for foodies, group bookings
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  • Mari Vanna
    pirandelloVIP
    Dined on 27/3/2014
    Has the £32 afternoon tea deal. Thought this was v good value- you get a three tiered stand with the bottom tier savoury and the top two sweet. The savoury food was nicely different from a traditional afternoon tea eg blini with caviar, however I would caution that there is quite a bit of fish involved so it might not be great if you're not a fish eater. The sweet section was v tasty- only criticism was that each of the two tiers only held one type of cake on each, not a nice little selection of different cakes, so there wasn't much variety. Décor was lovely, although there was a big stain on my chair- surprising since they had obviously put a lot of thought and effort into the decoration as a whole- shame to slip up on the little things.
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    afternoon tea
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  • My third visit there
    romanticdinerVIP
    Dined on 24/3/2014
    As always, good food, had set lunch like before, would like to try A la Carte next time!
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    outstanding value, romance
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  • Delicious Borcht
    FoodielovVIP
    Dined on 23/3/2014
    They have a good variety of Russian dishes available.
    Special Features:
    child friendly, brunch, outstanding value, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best choice for Russian food
    LondonFoodieVIP
    Dined on 22/3/2014
    Always great, excellent food and service. Our go-to Russian.
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    romance, fit for foodies
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  • A hidden gem!
    Diner
    Dined on 21/3/2014
    When I think of the countless times I've sauntered past this little eatery... which added all the more to my delighted surprise, when I stepped inside for the first time. Imagine being in a cosy cottage, shaded lamps, ornaments, chandeliers, flowers. The wonderful, authentic, Russian food it's just perfect. The menu comprises all the Russian national favourites, the staff are helpful and the whole experience is much recommended.
    Special Features:
    romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, good vegetarian options, group bookings, brunch, outstanding value, Sunday lunch, afternoon tea, pre/post theatre
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  • Top Table in every aspect
    Adamsfamily
    Dined on 21/3/2014
    The evening was perfect with food wine and service. highly recommended
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  • Stunning & authentic Russian venue
    TA404
    Dined on 15/3/2014
    I booked for my friends & I to have a special Russian dinner. It would be impossible for Mari Vanna to disappoint in terms of the venue, food and service. Venue - This special place is filled in almost every corner with something authentic, inquisitive, charming and lovely - You are in for a visual treat here. Food - all authentic and authentically themed Russian food. The seasoning was on point as were the flavours. Clean, hearty and interesting. Service - friendly, helpful and full of smiles. They also do not interrupt mid-bite. I had the Pierogi's, moorish! The Pelmeni, was delicious and the Honey Cake was better than I imagined. Table turning is the only thing stopping this from being a 5 star review.
    Special Features:
    business meals, romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, good vegetarian options, group bookings, brunch, afternoon tea
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolute Rubbish
    RichardVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Never going back, it was abysmal. Food was just disgusting and service was miserable. An aeroplane crash would have been a happier sight to look at than the waitress, who couldn't speak very good English.
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