Mari Vanna

4.6
797 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Russian
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  • 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.

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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London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The atmosphere in the restaurant is very good for meeting friends and trying traditional Russian food.
However, if you come here with your family to eat then this isn’t the place to do so.

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EH
London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic meal at Mari Vanna. Everything about it was brilliant. We were welcomed warmly and shown to our table. Our waiter was really friendly and helpful and the ambiance/decor are lovely. You really feel you've entered another time and place. We were given complimentary bread and butter which was delicious. We ordered starters to share (a sort of terrine, beetroot and prune salad and pickles- and then for main course my husband had Siberian dumplings and I had stuffed cabbage leaves which we again ended up sharing with some griddled vegetables. Every mouthful was delicous. We couldn't fault the evening in any way. We'd recommend it to anyone and can't wait to go back ourselves.

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NW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place, wonderful food and atmosphere! A perfect lunch with my girlfriend - thank you everyone

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VM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

It was good experience until we were told we are there for too long and the lady told us we stayed more than 1 1/2 hour. We love the food there but I think the lady working there was kind of rude. We spend more than £100 for 2 and they wanted to get rid of us after we finish our food. We still wanted to order more drinks but decided to go somewhere else after that lady wearing white shirt told us we should go.

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AK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was very good and the environment great. However, the service was in a hurry and demanded of us to order immediately.
I would definitely suggest the blinis as an appetizer and the honey-cake for dessert, both delicious.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great cosy dinner restaurant with amazingly delicious Russian food

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NH
London
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, really tastes like homemade. Very good service too

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W
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very tasty food and very friendly wait staff. Beautifully decorated restaurant with a very homely atmosphere. Best Russian food in London.

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TG
London
1 review
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent servise, staff and food! Will return again!

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MA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience is a must to have
Recommended by a friend and this was my first time
Will come again for sure

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AL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Russian cuisine and authentic Russian atmosphere. Great place. Love it!

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AF
London
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to eat vary tasty Russian food. High level of service.

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T
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly reception, attentive service, superb original Russian dishes with consistent quality in a wonderfully eclectic atmosphere

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CO
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

The service was awful this time

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VS
London
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place for a date! Interior and food was amazing! Thank you

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IR
London
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Super authentic and cosy!real russian experience. Food was great

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Dorset
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday Breakfast

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OT
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant & amazing food!

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Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service provided was great and the food was delicious.

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A
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Very nice atmosphere and design. However the service is a bit slow and not too attentive and the food is pretty tasty but not great. The home made naturally flavoured vodkas are very nice but pricey. An OK place but the quality to price ratio is not great.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staffs are friendly and accommodating. Ambience is cozy. Service is great and the food are amazing.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Amazing food as usual, service was a bit slow though

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

This is like the 5th time visiting this restaurant, unfortunately we didn’t received the best service from the waiter. We could feel he is not loving his job and being very cold to us, didn’t try to help us with the menu, brought a wrong dish , after we have paid he just throw the receipt on the table and left ‘’ not even goodbye or have a nice evening ‘’ . Is such a shame that the service in this restaurant is soo poor . The service doesn’t value the money !

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LN
London
4 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic dinner!
The place is superb, very authentic.
Food is straight forward, honest and simple but delicious.
Fantastic service, very attentive without being overbearing and polite.
Would recommend to anyone.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always!

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L
London
8 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful lunch- the menu is authentic and delicious. The vibe was atmospheric and busy without being overwhelming

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D
London
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place with good food. We had a nice dinner authentic Russian night. Definitely I recommend this place.

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OT
London
11 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Have been visiting the NY MV for years so was very excited to come to the London one finally! Food was delicious as always, decor is charming- lots of hidden little details. Will be back!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Poor food, poor service, very low cost performance, disappointing, will not come again

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CM
London
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved my moldovan waiter! Everyone is so nice and work really hard. Wonderful place!! Thank you for making my mum’s birthday so special !!!!

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SW
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Our first taste of Russian cuisine, so we thought we’d go for a very traditional style. Very enjoyable. Great setting. Service excellent. Food tasty. Popular and busy on a Wednesday evening, but service remained good throughout.

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DS
London
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Food is good, the interior is very nice, but staff-not so much. Overall - disappointed by the rude staff

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E
London
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Russian dinners

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KI
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The music band was so loud, I asked 3 times to turn the volume down. For auch small space, it was way too loud

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KS
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and myself had dinner at Mari Vanna on Valentine’s Day and the experience was amazing! The food was outstanding, everything that we ordered was delicious! My husband said that pelemeni were the best ones that he has ever tried. The service was also great, our waiter was very professional and friendly. I loved the music as well. Perhaps, it would be cool if the singers also sang more recent Russian hits, just a suggestion :)

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OR
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lush food, and a very unique environment. We were relatively new to Russian food but the waiter made some great suggestions and all turned out to be lovely. Flavoured vodka shots a must!!

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FB
London
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely gem for a different evening.
The atmosphere is almost surreal; vintage furniture, chandeliers and curious objects everywhere make you feel transported in miles and years away. Special note for the Lamb which was delicious and the service extrimely kind.
Cosy and not loud ambiance make this spot ideal for a date or a relaxed night.
Price is alligned with other restaurants in the area and, for the unique experience it offers, More than worth it.

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c
London
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful dinner in a wonderful place with soup ( Boršč) and salmon blinis

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M
London
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

My main dish ("golybtsy") was oversalted. Starter was great (pickled mushrooms).

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AS
London
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant, Must try the shuba, it's fantastic.

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