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About 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.

116 Knightsbridge
London, SW1X 7PJ
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Russian, Eastern European

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Sunday: 10am -12pm


Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 12pm - 4pm (last seating 3.30pm)

Afternoon Tea: Monday - Friday only: 3pm - 6pm

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


Bank Holidays: Regular schedule applies

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
£26 to £40

Payment Options:
AMEX, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
020 7225 3122

Website:
http://www.marivanna.ru/london

Public Transport:

Knightsbridge Underground Station

Hyde Park Corner Underground Station

Private Dining

The most famous Russian restaurant in the UK offers a private dining experience in the heart of Knightsbridge. Unique design and authentic Russian food for any occasion from business meetings to wedding celebrations or kids parties.

Mari Vanna Ratings and Reviews

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Overall rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.2

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (74)
Cosy (68)
Good for a Date (65)
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Romance (57)
Special Occasions (54)
Good for Birthdays (52)
Good for Anniversaries (50)
Comfort Food (48)
Lunch (44)
Creative Cuisine (37)
Casual (28)
Fit for Foodies (26)
Sunday Lunch (26)
Quiet Conversation (26)
Group Bookings (24)
Neighbourhood Gem (24)
Fun (23)
Business Meals (22)
Pre/post Theatre (17)
Afternoon Tea (16)
Worth the Drive (16)
Brunch (14)
Local Ingredients (14)
Tasting Menu (14)
Afternoon Coffee (12)
People Watching (10)
Hot Spot (10)
Late-night Find (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Child Friendly (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Healthy (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Seasonal (6)
Scenic View (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Organic (3)
Tapas (3)
Great Beer (2)
Outdoor Eating (2)
Outstanding Value (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Live Music (1)
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food5
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value4

 
 (London)·Dined 2 days ago

This was our second visit and we hope to be back again.
Lovely food and quaint surroundings and friendly service. A real find in London.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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food5
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·Dined 3 days ago

Wanted to go somewhere a bit different and quirky to the usual places me and my friends end up when we are together in London. I came across this restaurant on an app and from the pictures it seemed to fit the bill....and it did. The decor is wonderfully busy and quirky, and the food was just perfect and delicious, and a great choice. The service was just right, not too intrusive but there the second just before you needed them. All in all definitely recommended and will visit again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on 12 January 2018

Wonderful rack of lamb, encrusted in mint and herbs. Beef stroganoff was subtle and full of texture- have it with the bulgar wheat.

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 (London)·Dined on 12 January 2018

A lovely find. Really delicious food served in very quaint surroundings.
We had the set menu and Georgian wine. Real Russian ambience .
Reminded me of my grandmother's cooking and house.
She left Moscow in 1917, 101 years ago!
We will be going back and recommending it to friends.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Comfort Food
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food5
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vip
 (London)·Dined on 5 January 2018

Russian Christmas

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food5
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service5
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 (London)·Dined on 3 January 2018

Jedes Mal wenn ich in London bin, gehe ich dort hin essen! Fantastisch!!

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Fun, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation
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food5
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·Dined on 14 December 2017

It's a brilliant little gem in London serving authentic Russian food. It's a must see place. The decor, food and ambience are all amazing.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Coffee, Late-night Find, Local Ingredients, Casual, Good for a Date, Fun, Romantic, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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service2
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 (London)·Dined on 11 December 2017

Great food but staff was a bit slow and inattentive

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 (London)·Dined on 8 December 2017

Great food, drinks and atmosphere. The herring and the desserts are to so delicious. Can’t wait to go again!

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food5
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·Dined on 6 December 2017

First time at a Russian restaurant. It was amazing.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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food3
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 (New England)·Dined on 5 December 2017

L'endroit est plein de charme, une déco qui fait tout ! Amateurs d'ambiance chaleureuse dans un style russe rétro vous serez sous le charme et une visite aux toilettes s'impose absolument. L'assiette ne nous a pas laissé un souvenir spécial, c'était bon mais pas extraordinaire. Un très bon moment qui a marqué notre voyage à Londres.

Tags: Cozy, Great for Lunch
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food5
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·Dined on 4 December 2017

An amazing restaurant, we have been here four times and not once did we dislike the food we ordered. Will be sure to visit again

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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food5
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service3
value4

 
·Dined on 2 December 2017

The services is slow a bit

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food5
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service5
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 (London)·Dined on 28 November 2017

Amazing food and service

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service5
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 (London)·Dined on 21 November 2017

Very good Russian food. Excellent services and extremely friendly staff. Will like to come again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Authentic
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food4
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Surrey)·Dined on 21 November 2017

I love this place and cannot rave about it enough. It is quirky (check out the toilets, they are amazing) with delicious food and first class service. I took my husband for his birthday and requested a nice table. I also told them that my husband was learning Russian and would welcome the opportunity to practice. Well, the hostess and the waiters were superb and absolutely took my at my word. They only spoke to him in Russian and insisted that he spoke back (don't worry, their English is great too but that was saved for me!) Our waiter in particular was brilliant and clearly enjoyed the challenge he was throwing down to my husband. I cannot thank them enough for such a fab evening. The food was delicious and the restaurant's ambience is great, bubbly but relaxing. We will be back. X

Tags: Business Meals, Afternoon Coffee, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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food5
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value4

 
 (London)·Dined on 19 November 2017

Everything was great!
The quality is high across the world, from Baku to London!

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date
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food5
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 (London)·Dined on 18 November 2017

Herring in a blanket and borsh! To die for! And crazy good fruit flavoured vodka!

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·Dined on 11 November 2017

Delicious food and excellent service. All in all a perfect evening.

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food5
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service4
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 (London)·Dined on 31 October 2017

Ein tolles Restaurant!! Sehr kitschig dekoriert, ist aber nicht negativ gemeint, im Gegenteil ! Tolles Essen ( wer Russisch mag ) War zuerst etwas skeptisch, aber alle Speise haben uns total überzeugt , es hat wirklich FANTASTISCH und sehr hoch qualitativ geschmeckt. Kann ich nur empfehlen !

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food5
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service3
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 (London)·Dined on 27 October 2017

The restaurant was really good and I enjoyed the food immensely. The service was a bit slow though.

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food4
ambience5
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·Dined on 21 October 2017

If you're up for authentic Russian cuisine, look no further! Natively approved - best of my Russian grandma's menu meticulously cooked! Georgian wines are exquisite. The staff is well-trained, complaisant and invisible!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Afternoon Tea, Healthy, Great for Lunch
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food5
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·Dined on 21 October 2017

Mari Vanna is well-know among many russian-speaking people leaving in london. Indeed, I believe it is one of the best russian restaurant in the city. It is nicely decorated and full of russian unique items that makes you feel like you are in Russia. The food is greeat! The staff is friendly and professional, all are fluent in russian and english. Defo recommend it !

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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food5
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service4
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 (London)·Dined on 17 October 2017

Fabulous interior and authentic food reasonably priced. Honey cake is a must try.

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on 13 October 2017

Really enjoyed the dinner at Mari Vanna. Great menu to try different things. Had to wait a bit for the bill but then it was a Friday night and busy.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Good for a Date
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food5
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·Dined on 10 October 2017

Service improved. Amazing food. Will definitely come back again!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Authentic
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food5
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value3

 
·Dined on 7 October 2017

Most excellent, a great place which offers a quite unique dining experience

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (London)·Dined on 22 September 2017

Another wonderful birthday spent at Mari Vanna. We arrived for lunch and had the most amazing fish. From the salted salmon blinis to the salmon and seabass. Food that good always keeps me coming back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Afternoon Coffee, Special Occasion, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Fun, Healthy, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Romantic, Good for Groups
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vip
 (London)·Dined on 16 September 2017

Amazing soup and Russian Salad! Highly recommended!

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service4
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·Dined on 11 September 2017

Many options on the menu but the waiters are very helpful! Dumplings, bread pie filled with cheese, sturgeon, basically everything is so yummy. Don't forget to try one of their herbal teas with your dessert.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (London)·Dined on 9 September 2017

Really good Russian food (and I'm Russian)! Will definitely come back. Cherry orchard cocktail is very nice too, reminded me of home. Thank you Mari Vanna!

Tags: Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, People Watching
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on 8 September 2017

First time to this restaurant as we live in the U.S. We were delighted with the food, the ambiance and the services. It was a unique experience due to all the Russian decor within the restaurant. We would go back there again if we lived in London.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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food5
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 (London)·Dined on 30 August 2017

Great decor. Very pretty. Delicious food and drinks. Hae to try the house made vodka.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Dallas)·Dined on 19 August 2017

Mari Vanna provides authentic Russian tasty food. It is always reassuring to spot so many Russian diners at Mari Vanna and I would encourage anybody curious to try Russian food to visit the restaurant. The food and the setting are fabulous. Just make sure to leave enough space to try a few different starters and a hearty main course. Dessert is also a must!

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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food5
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service4
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·Dined on 17 August 2017

Very good food, beautiful and very particular restaurant in which is possible taste real Russian specialties

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Sunday Lunch
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food4
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 (London)·Dined on 15 August 2017

I loved the interior it's comfy and beautiful the food is so good I really enjoyed it the honey cake is one of the best cake I have ever eaten

Tags: Fun, Afternoon Tea, Comfort Food, Afternoon Coffee, Cozy
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 (London)·Dined on 11 August 2017

We went for the cosy, warm, quirky and cute atmosphere and I must say that we're not disappointed at all. I must admit that we didn't come for the Russian food at all as it didn't seem to be all appealing while reading about it on the menu card.
However we did want to give it a try and were not disappointed. It's very "homemade" food style, pickles and beetroot heavy. No trendy food to find here, but that's the whole point. It's supposed to feel as if you're in the living room of an old Russian family who shill knows how to cook original food from scratch.
It's so authentic there, that even on the restrooms they play old Russian folklore music (in the restaurant it was more of a trendy lounge house music).
I can highly recommend this place and I can imagine it to be unbelievably atmospheric around Easter season or the festive season.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Afternoon Tea
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food5
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·Dined on 7 August 2017

They were more than welcome. Many thanks. Everything was very tasty

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 (London)·Dined on 30 July 2017

ALWAYS excellent!!!

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·Dined on 25 July 2017

It was excellent, really good food!

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