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Mari Vanna

4.5
4.5
1208 Reviews
£26 to £40
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

21:30


Booked 13 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Russian, Eastern European

  • Hours of Operation

    Breakfast Daily 10:00–12:00 Lunch Daily 12:00–17:00 Dinner Daily 17:00–22:00

  • 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

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What 1,208 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. IO

    ImanO

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I know nothing about Russian food but it was an excellent experience
  2. A

    Alex

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    Disappointed of the poor service and bad atmosphere. If you are not russian citizen or you're not with a russian, you will be treated as a pariah. To expensive for what it is. There so many restaurants in London to waste your time and monney in this low value place.
  3. MC

    MartinC

    London

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 26 July 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    Enjoyed the food, but not as much as on previous occasions. Fish platter starter excellent Fishcakes and buckwheat dry. Annoyed that I ordered a cocktail and a glass of wine, the latter to be provided with the meal. I had along wait for the cocktail and had to ask a waiter if it was 'on its way'. It eventually came, but I could not taste any alcohol in it and it came with a glass of wine, before the food. I wanted a liqueur with my coffee. I was given the liqueur menu then the coffee arrived before I could order one.
  4. D

    Darren

    Yorkshire

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 26 July 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Overall the food and service was good, just a bit disappointed at the prices
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 July 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    De los 4 platos que pedimos no tenían 3, sopa de pescado no se podía comer, salmón estaba amargo tanto en sopa como en pastelitos que la acompañaban. Servicio bueno, comida decepcionante.
  6. BR

    BenR

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved my meal here, staff were lovely, food was great. I felt the prices were a little expensive but that won’t deter me from coming again, just means I won’t be able to come as often as I’d like.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 July 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Felt like waitress did not want to be working, we had to grab her attention to come take our order. Not very welcoming, did not bother to introduce us to menu or inquired if we ever dined before at establishment.
  8. D

    Ddadaju

    London

    36 reviews

    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on 3 July 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Lovely birthday celebration. Food and service excellent
  9. A

    Assem

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ambience is amazing, you could feel the real antique Russian atmosphere. The staff was very helpful and nice! The food was amazing, the real taste of homemade food.
  10. OK

    OlgaK

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 June 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    Had to wait for 45 mins after placing an order for bread to arrive first... followed by drinks, one of which was wrong. Dumplings dough was undercooked :( one of the mains was also wrong, we got told to wait for another 20 mins for the right main dish to arrive. We ended up just cancelling it. The restaurant was half-empty when we arrived, but I guess the majority of mistakes were made due to lack of training…
  11. AZ

    AnnaZ

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    We were 5 people. Food arrived only for 3 people out of 5. The dishes the two people ordered arrived so late that they were not hungry any more. We sitted at 20:15, at 22:00 food still was not at the table. The manager was kind though and apologized for the inconvenience.
  12. OM

    OlgaM

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Food could be better for what they charge. Service was not great. Good ambiance though.
  13. BB

    BaderB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and quirky design. A little on the pricier side but food was well worth it.
  14. MW

    MartinW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, service and venue. Enjoyed it very much.
  15. A

    Alyssa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    Service staff seemed very unprofessional and rude when talking to non-Russian speaking customers.
  16. VS

    ValentinaS

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing experience from the food to the environment everything was so traditional. The only thing is the folklorist live band which made it very hard to talk at the table
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as always!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Overall, very pleased by the atmosphere and the service provided. We tried a few dishes that were not really much what we expected. Overall a bit disappointed. However, this restaurant is a must for any individual that wants to try real Russian food.
  19. V

    Viktor

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Have been visiting the this restaurant for over 10 years now. Quality of many different traditional Russian dishes food has remained high. Portions are generous. Staff is friendly and wears cute traditional uniforms. Atmosphere is really nice as the whole restaurant is decorated inside like a large 19th century Russian dacha that a grandmother (Babushka) might have.
  20. DT

    DanielaT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Honestly all brilliant, just the pelmeni(dumplings) where too salty, overwise everything is delicious 🥰
  21. A

    Andrey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place with a remarkable atmosphere! Service was fast, food was exceptional.
  22. KK

    KarinaK

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great authentic Russian experience! Lovely food and drinks. We had borscht, yxa (fish soup), pirozki, pemeni, and infused vodka. Everything was delicious
  23. YM

    YanaM

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Extremely disappointed with the food, it’s a Russian restaurant yet has the worst sirniki (cheese pancakes) that can be tried in my life. Coffee was also horrible.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Average food. Service isn’t good. Used to be much better years ago
  25. AZ

    AmberZ

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had great dinner at Mari Vanna! Food was delicious and great service.
  26. EC

    EdC2018

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a wonderful resturant and experience. Will definitely book again. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  27. JW

    JuliaW

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 April 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience4
    They have allocated 2 hrs for 4 ppl, didn't come to get an order for about 30 min, no offer of bread or water whilst waited and at the end when we wanted to order a dessert we have been told that we have to vacate the table for next booking.
  28. NV

    NatV

    London

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 24 April 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    The food was very tasty as always. However, waiting time was more then 40 minutes. A little bit on expensive side.
  29. EK

    EkaterinaK

    London

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 24 April 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Eggs royal didn't taste very good to me( vareniki was delicious
  30. D

    Daniyar

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 April 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    We had to wait for more than an hour for our order, including drinks. Service staff are not very welcoming, not smiling... Not sure is it normal or it was only with us. Nice ambience, but food, waiting time and service are disappointing.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 21 April 2022

    overall5food4service3ambience5
    Everything was great, food was absolutely amazing (except for the
  32. KS

    KatyaS

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 April 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Nice cosy place with a friendly service. Generous size portions. Quality and delicious food. Will visit again
  33. DB

    DariaB

    Manchester

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 April 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    A good place with very tasty food, although the menu could have a bigger variety of vegetarian and vegan options. There was a little bit of wait until I got my order so if a I would have been in a rush, this wouldn't be the best option but the food was exceptionally tasty.
  34. C

    Carol

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    I loved the vibe there! The borsch was perfect and I felt welcome by the staff.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 April 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    really bad experience…I suspect the waiter discriminates against Asians
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 18 April 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great as always. Never failed me in past 8 years or so. Great atmosphere, tasty food.
  37. JA

    JANEB

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were a mixed group of Russian/English and everyone loved it. It’s always authentic and really good service. Will definitely be back
  38. VP

    VladimirP

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Has been for a while, and still the best restaurant in London for Russian/Ukrainian food. Delicious food, perfect service, awesome amobiance. Our party had a baby of 10 months and he was well taken care of by the staff!
  39. JT

    JTM1

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous Russian food. Just like being in Moscow!
  40. LE

    LaviniaE

    London

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 31 March 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Food is very good and the ambiance looks amazing!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

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 4.5 stars by 1208 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a booking

2 people

21:30


Booked 13 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Deliveroo
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 12:00–17:00 Dinner Daily 17:00–22:00

  • 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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