Mari Vanna

4.6
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928 reviews
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£26 to £40
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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.

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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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.7
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OT
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is delicious, as usual.

GO
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you want authentic Russian cuisine, then this is the place! It's like my grandma's cooking was upgraded (don't tell her that!). Thanks for having us - it was nice to see only Russian-speaking staff in your restaurant which made us feel like home.

V
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience5

The level has definitely declined since our last visit one year ago. Food is stodgy and heavy, service lax and disinterested ... sad, because it was such a gem just a short time ago and we couldn’t wait to go again. Hope they can pick themselves up.

i
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Great atmosphere, mediocre food. Pirogi with beef I’d recommended, but skip the Kiev cake which was one of the worst I ever tried

JO
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

I don't know if it was karaoke night or not, but this restaurant was way too loud for whatever they were doing. My boyfriend and I wanted a romantic night out with good Russian food in a restaurant with a language we both knew, but we couldn't feel comfortable in this place. The food wasn't the best for the price we paid for.

AE
London
4 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

A really lovely setting - like going away on holiday to St Petersburg - food was delicious, especially the meat dumplings and stuffed cabbage, washed down with some very imaginative vodka cocktails.

f
London
4 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Overall it’s good, however, the waiters don’t understand English well, we struggled a bit. I ordered 5 slice (bread), she brought only one. Then when I asked for more, they took so long that I had to cancel it and my meal became cold. Food was tasty tho.

MM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Romantic
Delicious authentic food;
Polite & respectful service

A
Cumbria
15 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one place you need to eat at to experience real Russian cuisine
The whole restaurant inside makes you feel you are in a Russian home
Service is excellent and food and wines go well together especially the Georgian wines

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Awesome food and lovely christmas tree!

l
London
13 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Russian Restarant in whole England , well recommend

TT
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A nicely decorated Russian restaurant, with delicious food and friendly staff. I would highly recommend it.

LH
London
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Home cosy atmosphere, we had nice breakfast with my daughter and enjoyed it.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely atmosphere & food
Great honey cake
Liked the loo

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, service and friendly staff, food was outstanding, looking forward to going back

VO
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding restaurant and evening for us. Ambiance a solid 5/5, great and careful service from staff, noise levels were low when we got there but moderate as more people came in. We even received two complimentary shots at the end. Highly recommended!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place, Great food , good service ,😍

A
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Love the dessert and food at this restaurant.
Very nice atmosphere as well.

SA
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Staff pleasant enough, but displayed all the joy of working for a chain restaurant. There was no wow factor here. Very overpriced for food which was just standard Russian cuisine. Decor was great though.

IN
London
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Worst attitude I ever had from a hostess, and some of the waiting stuff, perhaps the food was good and ambiance is nice.

J
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed afternoon tea! Very nice selection of traditional savory meat and fish pastries and canapés, delightful sweet cakes selection too. Beautiful interior and cozy atmosphere.

L
London
29 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great decor and real Russian ambiances. Really well decorated for winter and Christmas, food was also really tasty and super filling. The fish layered salad was the best but also the salmon was delicious!

f
London
7 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Used to be a nice restaurant. Changed a lot, to the worse. Bad service in particular. Over priced.

E
London
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always

MM
London
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Nice but very rich food. Small place overall, cool toilets. Very slow service unfortunately.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience5

モスクワのお店でファンになり、ロンドンの店も期待通り
内装が可愛い感じ。落ち着いた雰囲気も最高!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a nice experience for my family and I

GT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great quality of food. The service could be slightly better.

e
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

This was my third visit to the restaurant and although the food was great the service was not as good compared to the last two visits. The waitress that attended to us was quite grumpy and rude so I felt a bit uncomfortable.

s
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

The food was okay. The decor was beautiful. But the waiters'attitude is so bad, especially the waitresses, who has a stinky face and don't smile at all. The waiters are also very strange. When the guest calls the waiter, the waiter can pretend not to see him. The food is served very slowly, and the people are tired after a meal. Generally speaking, I wouldn't recommend this restaurant.

CS
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic and cultural experience. The ambience was unique and enhanced by the staff who were excellent. I had the benefit of dining with a "local" who added to the whole experience. I recommend exploring various dishes on the menu and enjoying the infused vodka as well! Highly recommended.

G
London
7 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, great ambience! Definitely a restaurant to repeat!

VI
London
20 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Not the biggest fan of the service. However, the quirky grandmother's living room style setting and outstanding food are worth a visit if anyone is looking for a different place to go to.

L
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food is amazing! The atmosphere is beautiful, it is very cozy and homily. The only thing what was upsetting it’s how slow the service was. From taking an order to bringing a desert after the main. In Fact we were waiting for so long that we finished tea that was ordered in addition to the desert and we already didn’t have time to stay longer. Had to take the desert away.

MH
London
57 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a gorgeous restaurant. Great food with a real flavour of Russia. The service team were all friendly and welcoming and such a quirky place to eat. Will definitely return soon.

MC
London
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A very enjoyable experience. Very comfortable seating. Strongly recommend the experience.

CD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, exquisite food, impeccable service. Highly recommend!

S
London
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I had a great time at Mari Vanna, it felt less like a restaurant and more homely as if at a dinner invitation, the ambience, the food, the service was impeccable, not noisy at all, I was seated downstairs and it was very spacious the tables were placed in a such a way where every diner had the own privacy. I would definitely visit again .... one happy diner

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The ambiance was amazing but the food was over valued.. it was too salty and the menu was not temptating that much.

AL
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really enjoyed authentic Russian food. It is awesome!