Mari Vanna

4.6
719 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Russian
Top tags:
  • Authentic
  • Cosy
  • Special Occasions
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Russian, Eastern European
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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
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020 7225 3122
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Payment Options
AMEX, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Business Casual
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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.

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Riyadh
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

Honey cake👍🏼

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DH
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing authentic russian food that’s good value in a great location.

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RH
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Having been to Russia a few times, the food was spot on. Hearty, tasty, well presented.
It was a busy Friday night so had to wait more than a little while for our orders to be taken but that’s ok, Apart from the fact we were on a strict 2hr for the table and got turned out before we had finished our bottle of wine at 845.

Not entirely sure the meal for two was worth £120+ either

Nice experience, but would try to find something better value next time.

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A
London
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Beautiful Russian restaurant with very traditional decoration. Vodka cocktails were also great as well as the food. Highly recommended.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I am Russian so mothers borsch nobody can beat ever. However, i really like the design. Pelmeni, vareniki and borsch were pretty good. If you are trying Russian cuisine at first time suggest you to try those. Napoleon was tasty.

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WC
London
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Really great Russian restaurant - excellent decor and great food. Recommended.

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BC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This was my second time at Mari Vanna, and I would come back again. The food is delicious, the atmosphere is fascinating. I really enjoy it every time. And my colleagues loved the food as well even though they were questioning my choice of restaurant before the dinner. They said the sour cream cake was to die for!

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C
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The tongue stew has way too much cheese and very little tongue. Apart from that, everything was lovely. They don't have a kids menu as such but the staff made excellent recommendations for our children.

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MB
London
5 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

It was a disappointing experience - very expensive for rather low quality of food which has nothing to do with the amazing food that is possible to have in Russia.

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Berlin
2 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best spots I've found in London. The restaurant is simply beautiful. The staff is very kind and the food awesome.

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MS
London
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 5

Usually the food is great, but this time literally every order was so bad. Sirniki tasted like rubber and pirojki were awful too. I’m not sure if the chef changed or what? First time I came across this issue!

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AL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Great service! Great ambience! Will definitely come back!

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BL
London
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Authentic and tasty Russian cuisine served properly. Great for family / friends dinner or get together.

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PP
London
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am going to the MariVanna on regular basis, never had a problem neither with food nor service. I would recommend this place if you really want to try something new in London’s food market, or has an event to celebrate, and/or you just love russian food.

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FH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Authentic Russian food in a homely venue. Hearty starters and mains and fabulous desserts. Friendly service. We were there for an anniversary and it was a good cosy setting.

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MM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience, delicious food, lovely and cozy place, absolutely recommended!!

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M
London
6 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I had no major issues with the restaurant - everything was fine. The food was tasty, service was fine and the restaurant itself is perfectly nice. But, for the price, you would want something more. I just really feel it isn't good enough to warrant the high prices. If you really, really want Russian food in London, then it might be a good choice, but the dishes are mostly relatively basic items.

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A
London
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

I really love the ambient and decoration. Food was good, but the waiters weren’t too nice and friendly. So I would recomend it for the decoration and ambient experience... but the food was normal and service not good

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VM
London
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 5

I took my family there for the great food and nice ambiance. Service was average. There is not enough waiters n waitress . You have to wait for a long time to get their attention. So far so good . They should employ more staffs for the price they are charging and every table should be given full attention.

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NN
London
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Something really unique in London! The interior is beautiful and romantic, taking you to a different dimension. The food is delicious, the prices very reasonable for Knightsbridge. It has a loud but also a more quiet part as well.
I had my birthday lunch here and I loved it!

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G
London
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My third time there. Great place. The only drawback I can say is that they were out of stock with some Menu options. Other than that everything was superb.
I will go again.

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MH
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

Went for a birthday. When the waiter came to take our order, it became increasingly clear that basically half the dishes on the menu were unavailable. We weren't told this up front and we'd already ordered wine, so it was too late for us to go elsewhere, even though NOBODY in our group was able to order what they wanted, and indeed for some of us we couldn't even get our 2nd or 3rd menu choices on the menu. We asked for a discount, were never told whether in fact we'd get one, then all we were given was a free shot of cherry alcohol each, nowhere near worth it for us and not at all a discount, and we were still charged the 12.5 service fee, which was completely unwarranted because the food took OVER AN HOUR to show up and it wasn't even the food we WANTED.

The most horrible restaurant experience I've had in years. Maybe ever.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Too expensive for what you get

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GT
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Kitschy Russian babushka dacha style with traditional Russian food. Perfect for rainy, cold London

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DL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The black pepper vodka is exceptional... the cherry, not so much.

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L
London
6 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2018
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 5

Gorgeous interior ! Delicious food! Lady waitresses were not very friendly or attentive ... but we had a great time so brushed it off. But London is spoiling us with great hospitality, outstanding service, so don’t think we will be coming back, there are thousands of restaurants where u really feel welcome ;)

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VP
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Been to Mari Vanna many times over the years, hands down best Russian (rustic) food in town

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LJ
London
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Good food, nice and friendly staff, reasonably priced - we had our small wedding there and all enjoyed it very much.

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SL
London
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Russian food ever and I’m marrying a Russian so must be good :)

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EB
London
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Little bit different from the Moscow one, more “restaurant” than a “flat”, but very tasty and nice place!

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G
London
18 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As good as ever. I shall never tire of bringing friends here for a taste of Russia.
Excellent Georgian wine.

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ES
London
5 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My second time eating at Mari Vanna in the last couple of months - I came with a friend in July and we just loved it. I took my mum for a treat and she loved it too. The food is so comforting and homely, with amazing flavours. All served with impeccable presentation in a quirky and interesting setting - I recommend a trip to the loo to check out the decor! The staff were absolutely lovely on both visits, singing happy birthday in Russian for my friend and being incredibly attentive. A unique experience, definitely worth a visit.

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AD
London
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Interior- amazing, food - amazing, atmosphere- amazing. Definitely coming back!

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Had a lovely evening

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TG
London
15 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I like this place and food is definitely Micheline -star level. But also I like
to have breakfast with friends here as it quiet in the morning and breakfast is just wonderful
and hearty here.

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Y
London
46 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

interesting decor, and quite impressive. service could be much better. food is ok, but for its quality was overpriced. could be a fun visit though.

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s
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

My Russian friends and I were feeling a little home-sick as well as we wanted our French friend to taste Russian cuisine. The menu was extensive and all the food was delicious, I would definitely recommend to anyone longing to try out or to remember Russian dishes. I really enjoyed the atmosphere of a grandma's country house and was impressed with the attention put in all the little details.
However, the service was very off and left us somehow confused after the dinner. The hostess wasn't friendly at all and later rushed us to finish as there was another reservation, yet, it was the food that took a while to come. The waitress seemed a little lost and grumpy, and (again) wasn't friendly at all. This would leave a weird vibe and sometimes even stop a conversation at our table. One might say it's Russians that aren't friendly etc., but it would never happen at a restaurant (especially of this level and price tag) in Russia. Given all that, the fact that the people there don't speak well Russian (in a sense of style and grammar, they are clearly native) is a very minor detail, but it just adds to the off-putting feeling when it all comes together.
Overall, I have a very mixed feelings and would definitely recommend it for the food, it was amazing, but you have to be ready for a cold off-putting vibe and slow service.

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GI
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food excellent, unique place, enjoyed our evening there and will definitely go back.

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D
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Poor service- the waiter made a mistake with an order and was ride enough to start arguing that the mistake was actually ours. No replacement offered. The food quality became quite average.

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FR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent address in the neighbourhood, delicious food, great service and atmosphere, Mari Vanna never disappoints!

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