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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

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food

4.5

service

4.2

ambience

4.5

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (72)
Cosy (60)
Good for a Date (59)
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Romance (52)
Special Occasions (52)
Good for Anniversaries (46)
Comfort Food (45)
Good for Birthdays (40)
Creative Cuisine (36)
Lunch (36)
Fit for Foodies (27)
Sunday Lunch (27)
Casual (25)
Neighbourhood Gem (25)
Fun (25)
Group Bookings (22)
Quiet Conversation (21)
Business Meals (20)
Afternoon Tea (15)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Worth the Drive (13)
Brunch (12)
Afternoon Coffee (11)
Local Ingredients (11)
Tasting Menu (11)
Good Vegetarian Options (11)
Healthy (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Hot Spot (9)
Child Friendly (8)
People Watching (8)
Seasonal (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Late-night Find (4)
Outstanding Value (4)
Scenic View (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Organic (3)
Tapas (3)
Great Beer (2)
Outdoor Eating (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Live Music (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (London)·Dined 2 days ago

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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 (London)·Dined 4 days ago

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

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on 11 November 2017

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

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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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 (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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·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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·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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 (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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·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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·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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 (London)·Dined on 16 September 2017

Amazing soup and Russian Salad! Highly recommended!

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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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 (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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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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·Dined on 7 August 2017

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

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·Dined on 25 July 2017

It was excellent, really good food!

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 (London)·Dined on 10 July 2017

I never knew Russian food was so delicious. The restaurant's theme, detailed decoration, amazing set of menu and feeling of home cooked meal absolutely made me feel like I was in a different country. I will be definitely going back next time so that I can try other meals in their menu. I'm already looking forward!!

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food5
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service4
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 (London)·Dined on 27 June 2017

A very authentic Russian experience with an amazing attention to detail in both the dishes and the interior design

Tags: Romantic, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Western NC)·Dined on 25 June 2017

Such a fun experience! Delicious Russian food! Save room for dessert if possible. Staff was helpful with making suggestions. Wonderful!

Tags: Happy Hour, Tapas, Afternoon Coffee, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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 (London)·Dined on 27 May 2017

Authentic Russian food restaurant decorated with lots of Russian memorabilia. Very generous portions. Lovely setting inside like a typical Russian house. Good friendly service. A lovely experience to dine there.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Special Occasion, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (London)·Dined on 26 May 2017

Excellent as always! Very authentic & great atmosphere - food tastes like at home in Russia. We will come back yet again!

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (London)·Dined on 23 May 2017

It is a lovely little restaurant in the heart of Knightsbridge. The decor is unique Russian style and feels homely. The food and service are sublime. A place to visit for a special birthday or anniversary.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (London)·Dined on 20 May 2017

Best Russian restaurant in London. Authentic Russian atmosphere. Amazing _Russian_ food. Very polite and efficient staff. Inside you feel like you are in Moscow! If you need a russki fix - this is your spot.

Good for: dates, dinner, birthdays, drinks and casual eating.

Tags: Organic, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Quick Bite, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Kid-friendly, Afternoon Tea, Special Occasion, Healthy, Great Beer, Great for Lunch, Fun, Good for a Date, Romantic, Business Meals, Cozy
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food5
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 (London)·Dined on 19 May 2017

Very authentic Russian cuisine at it's best. Vodka is overpriced massively but good selection of Georgian wines

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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 (London)·Dined on 11 May 2017

Very wonderful Russian cuisine

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 (London)·Dined on 26 April 2017

Amazing service ! Great food!Friendly and polite staff ! Will be back for sure! Excellent !

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (London)·Dined on 22 April 2017

As usually Mari Vanna offers good homely food. You won't leave this place hungry. Honey cake is the best. Borscht is authentic. Just as your Russian Granny would make it. The atmosphere and the decor are cosy.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (London)·Dined on 14 April 2017

Always looked after exceptionally well by the wonderfully hospitable Mari Vanna team.

Tags: People Watching, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Quick Bite, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for a Date, Authentic, Afternoon Tea, Great Beer, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Comfort Food, Afternoon Coffee, Kid-friendly
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food5
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 (Dorset)·Dined on 9 April 2017

Georgian pizza tastes so amazing! The beef main course as well.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (London)·Dined on 3 April 2017

Loved it. The food, the service and the attention to detail. It is pricey, but definitely worth it.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (London)·Dined on 26 March 2017

Great experience as always.

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, Late-night Find
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 (London)·Dined on 26 March 2017

A different kind of dining, well worth it. Great original decor, good food and the Praga cake is to die for. We will definitely be returning.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Casual, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (London)·Dined on 9 March 2017

Fantastic food and the decor makes it look like your grandma's living room. It was a trip down memory lane!

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 (London)·Dined on 3 March 2017

As an Englishman with a charming Lithuanian lady speaking Russian it rounded of a complete day of sightseeing and surprises and was the perfect venue for the lady to interact with the whole occasion by reading and ordering the food in Russian.
I would say however that the projected cost on the web site of $26 - $50 per person was way way out and should be revised not that cost was an issue for the occasion.
Overall we were both pleased and very impressed and although it may be a while another visit in the future is definitely going to happen.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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