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Mari Vanna, London,
Mari Vanna, London,
Mari Vanna, London,
Mari Vanna, London,
Mari Vanna, London,

Mari Vanna

4.6
4.6
1390 Reviews
£41 and over
Russian
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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2 people

19:30


Booked 19 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £41 and over
  • Cuisines
    Russian, Eastern European
  • Hours of Operation
    Breakfast Daily 10:00–12:00 Lunch Daily 12:00–16:00 Dinner Daily 18:00–23:00
  • Phone number
    020 7225 3122
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Private party facilities
    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.
  • Private party contact
    Evgeniya Gavina-Rickman: 020 7225 3122
  • Area
    Knightsbridge
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    <br>Knightsbridge Underground Station<br /><br>Hyde Park Corner Underground Station
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Takeaway, Wine

What 1,390 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseEnergetic

1,397 Reviews
  1. Michael

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 6 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beef stroganoff and surgeon are a must. Gorsh too to start with.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 April 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was poor. The fish, which was called "sterlet" on the menu, was not actually sterlet at all. The caviar sauce was terrible. It was simply bad. The honey cake was too sweet. The vinaigrette was just ordinary. Everything was priced like an airplane wing. The food at Zima is tastier and twice as cheap. We won't be coming back.

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  3. Nadezhda

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    I have been to Mari Vanna several times already. The food is always wonderful, and the atmosphere with music is outstanding. Unfortunately, the table service this time was questionable: - The menus were not taken off the table after the order had been placed, so another waitress came to ask for the order. - I had to ask several times to bring water, and only on the 3rd attempt, when we had already finished our dinner, did the waitress bring water to the table. - I asked for hot dishes to be served only after we finished our starters; however, the waitress brought the hot dishes in the middle of us eating cold starters, and we had to rush to eat them before the food got cold. I love this place, and I hope Mari Vanna's team can address those issues and improve their service.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I very much enjoyed the food and the ambiance. The service was very good.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food! Great music really enjoyed the night 🫶🫶🫶🫶

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  6. sergeit

    Toronto

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 16 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We came back to dive into Russian/Ukrainian dining experience and were not disappointed! The polarity of the reviews we saw was a concern; but to our surprise we got a very attentive service and truly high quantity dishes. From the lard slices with the shot of beluga to Georgian cheese pancakes, pickled veggies and definitely pelmeni; it was a great feast with some old Soviet 80s tunes to munch to. We also enjoyed the “mors”, a natural fruit drink, and a sublime selection of the desert, particularly the medovik, a honey cake. We will definitely come back!

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  7. Michael

    London

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 12 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the most beautiful interiors in London. Very charming. Hidden Gem. Good choice for a special occasion.

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  8. kate

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Everything was great except for the music being a touch loud

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  9. ElnaraR

    London

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 7 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was an amazing experience !! We loved everything-from starters to drinks! Beautiful atmosphere,friendly staff,good service!! It’s definitely a place we would like to visit again!!!Also we would like to say big Thank you to a wonderful Alexa for a great night by signing karaoke with everyone!she managed to make all the guests feel special!! Thank you to all !! Will definitely go back!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic Russian in London to go if you are a fan of Russian classic deco, literature and history. Don’t miss the khachupuri and fish platter!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Dubai

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thanks to the waiter from Kazakhstan! She was awesome!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service is the best!! Friendliest in London - amazing food.

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  13. OlgaP

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A beautiful,central,elegant restaurant. Very good food.

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  14. SergeyC

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tasty food, excellent service, very good experience

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love Russian food which never bored . Very good service.

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  16. OlgaS

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    was great thank you. Food was great the only thing to improve the salad herring under the coat has a little bit too much mayonnaise

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    London

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love Mari Vanna, the food tastes amazing, it’s like I’m in Russia

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  18. GuyB

    London

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An excellent meal - great food, kindly and prompt service. Wonderful atmosphere.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good! Food is delicious and vibe is amazing!

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  20. Kiril

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food, good atmosphere, good service, I highly recommend this place to visit to all who are looking for a special place

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  21. ClaudiaR

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It's my second time visiting Mari Vanna and it's been such a pleasure. The place in itself is a lovely experience with all the touches to make you feel in an old Russian home. The food is excellent and the staff were very attentive. The menu is not necessarily the cheapest but in my opinion it is worthy and a nice treat. My friends and I stayed a bit longer while finishing our teas but at no point did we feel rushed, which was very nice of them. I will surely be back!

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  22. Galka

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed our evening so much!!!. Definitely coming back !!!

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  23. Shaun

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful food, polite service, expensive, but worth it!

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  24. Angel

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It had exceed our expectations, delicious food amazing service, We definitely will be back

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  25. AndreyG

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We have been visiting this restaurant for several years and I can confidently say that the quality of service has become worse, portions are smaller and prices have increased. Despite the fact that the four of us had a check for £400, the waiter insistently reminded us that we had to leave in exactly 2 hours. The table at which we were sitting was swaying, threatening to overturn the burning candle and start a fire. Unfortunately the waiters were unable to fix it. The number of tables had increased to the point of being indecently crowded, and the live music was too loud in places. Despite all the shortcomings and inflated prices, the food is still excellent for lovers of Eastern European cuisine

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  26. MargaritaB

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 January 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Food seemed half-authentic, but charged 100 quid for what I got at home for 20 quid, their teapots are broken and spill everywhere, and the place has no heating while it's 0 degrees outside

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was very good , service as well But hostesses is very poor!! After 2 hours staff said for us that time for food is over And we need to go out, but we didn’t finish food yet, and we wanted to to finish it and get some dessert! It’s terrible that in one of the best Russian, how it they announced, restaurants, so bed , ugly, terrible hostess!

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  28. MarinaM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place! Was my fave in Moscow, is now my fave in London! Polite, friendly, fantastic service, delicious food

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  29. mariaa

    New York City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    we were greeted by very unpleasant hostess by name Ekaterina (on Jan 13th), who told us in a very rude tone that we have only 1.5 hours when we were never notified about it. Already our lunch started with the bad taste. The service was extremely slow and we were constantly reminded that we need to wrap up our lunch when it was my daughters' birthday. ALL meals including soup, second course and appetizers were brought at once when we asked to slow down. Two soups that we ordered were beyond salty. It is not our first time at MV but it felt rushed and the food was not served properly.

    2 people found this helpful

  30. PhilippeJ

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have been in Russia a few times a few years again and it has been a real pleasure enjoying Russian food again thanks to Mari Vanna. On the top of that the food was delicious and service very kind. A great experience

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  31. Olga

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 10 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere and service but food is very much okay ish …

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  32. ILChinese

    London

    188 reviews

    4.0

    188 reviews

    Dined on 8 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Traditional Russian food very well executed, especially the salads.

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  33. FilipposA

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always an amazing time , traditional Christmas and entertainment , as usual - will keep coming

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  34. VictoriaK

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service! Very cosy ambiance and overall very enjoyable. Will be back!

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  35. JohnG

    London

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    An enjoyable evening but had to wait an hour for the first course and then first courses and second courses arrived together.

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  36. ViktoriaZ

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a table for Saturday night. Upon check in, we were told that seating would be limited to 2 hours and we were assured that it was plenty of time. Long story short - it wasn’t. We got our appetizers 1h15mins into reservation and were denied to have tea and dessert because there wasn’t enough time for us as table needed to be freed. That kinda ruined our experience but the food was tasty.

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  37. RobinB

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely authentic Russian 🇷🇺 food. Good ambiance and live music/ singers

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Cambridge

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 December 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Quite frankly the worst service I have ever received. We arrived and had to wait 10 minutes to be seated by the hostess. Once seated, we had to call over the waitresses every time we wanted to order. The waitresses were rude and dismissive. The food was the only saving grace, but was extremely expensive for what it was. DO NOT GO HERE.

    1 person found this helpful

  39. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Been a few times in the past. Love the Xmas decoration. Food always good quality.

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  40. LeonS

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing atmosphere, beautiful interior decor.. the service is warm, friendly, and quick. Visited with my wife and mother, both also happy with all. Cheers.

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You can order delivery directly from Mari Vanna using the Order Online button. Mari Vanna also offers delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. Mari Vanna also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7225 3122.

Mari Vanna is rated 4.6 stars by 1390 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:30


Booked 19 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Mari Vanna

116 Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7PJ

Additional information

  • Area
    Knightsbridge
  • Hours of Operation
    Breakfast Daily 10:00–12:00 Lunch Daily 12:00–16:00 Dinner Daily 18:00–23:00
  • Price
    £41 and over
  • Cuisines
    Russian, Eastern European
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    Knightsbridge Underground StationHyde Park Corner Underground Station
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Takeaway, Wine
  • Phone number
    020 7225 3122
  • Private party facilities
    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.
  • Private party contact
    Evgeniya Gavina-Rickman: 020 7225 3122
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