Russia House Restaurant - Herndon

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$30 and under
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Russian
Set in historic Herndon, the Russia House Restaurant offers Russian hospitality and culinary excellence in all its details. The restaurant opened in July of 1992 by the friendly owners Ali and Homeyra Darugar, and together they created an atmosphere of aristocratic dining with classic cuisine, with the warm feeling that you are dining at your aristocratic grandmother’s table. Mrs. Darugar moved from Russia with her grandparents to Switzerland, where she learned to cook in her grandmother’s kitchen. She brought her great culinary talents here to the United States and created the exquisite menu and served as the head chef in the first few years the restaurant was opened. The restaurant features Russian, Continental and Georgian cuisine with a French flair.
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RayF
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Russia House food was incredible. It is a shame the pandemic is hurting all businesses. This is a great place to try if you need a night out.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the owners and the lovely restaurant is just wonderful. So many delicious choices to pick from and each choice is so tasty.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably the best restaurant I have ever been to. Everything was amazing. The service was excellent and the food was so delicious.

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nreg
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic, service was excellent - will definitely visit again!

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RobertW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, service and atmosphere for a nice experience. The owners/hosts are most gracious and make you feel very special.

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vipFoodforthought
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very good! Our borscht was one of the best that we've had. The restaurant is perfect for cozy gatherings and conversation. Service was excellent; we will be back!

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Laurence
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, ambiance and warm welcoming. Highly recommended!

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PeaRae
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone needs to experience a quiet, romantic dinner at Russia House! The atmosphere, the gracious hosts, the attentive service, and the food all add up to a very special experience. The Borscht, trout, beef stroganoff and pistachio cheesecake were excellent. The cocktails and vodkas were interesting and delicious. Overall, a perfect evening. We will return.

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mgray31
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

As a treat, the full menu was available the day after Valentines Day so unlike in past years when there is a special menu we were able to try some different items off the menu. I had the duck breast with sour cherries and my wife had the beef stroganoff. Both were simply delicious and reminded us of the time we had these dishes prepared for us in St. Petersburg, Russia several years ago. Dessert consisted of hazelnut napoleon cake and apple strudel. Service was a little slow due to holiday but good and the atmosphere was relaxing and not rushed which allowed us to enjoy our Valentines Day experience.

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Rick
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Eat there...it's very good..best tenderloin steak with the 2 sauces in the DC area...been going there for 25 years

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anonymous
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

It has been many years since I've been to this restaurant and Valentine's Day was a poor choice to revisit it. Not only was there a prix fix meal, which was not advertised or even told to me when I confirmed the reservation, but it appeared that the owner & his wife were the wait staff. We literally had to grab someone passing by the table to get drinks & food. We gave up on my husband's order of a dessert coffee & just got a check. The appetizer was a ravioli, not exactly Russian fare as I had planned looking at their menu online. The entree was nothing to write home about, very mediocre for a $56 pre fix of appetizer, entree & desert. I regretted not cooking and left with a bitter taste in my mouth.

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RobertW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Russia House is a wonderful restaurant for a special occasion. The food, service and atmosphere are all top notch. I highly recommend The Russia House.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great experience for our first time dining there. The caviar and pate were excellent as was the beef stroganoff. For dessert I recommend the cream puffs.

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vipRadadada
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Warm and classy with great food. What more could you ask for?

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vipTrishandMikeS
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

As always, it was a delightful experience.
The ambience is quiet, relaxed & elegant, with a lot of Russian artifacts about.
Even the iced tea had a special flavor that was really extra good.
The French onion soup was the best I think I’ve ever had! They told me they add port wine to the broth, and it does make all the difference!
We go here once a year for either one of our birthdays &/or Valentines Day. And usually get the beef stroganoff. The stroganoff wasn’t quite up to the usual excellence this time. The beef was over cooked and not a lot of flavor. But I am comparing it to their usual amazing dish! Anywhere else it would have been considered still very good. As always the vegetables were fresh and cooked perfectly.
They brought me a dessert with a candle in it because it was my birthday which was a nice touch. I had a cake with hazelnut in it that again, was very good.

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vipMarkR
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Northern Virginia! I come every time I'm in town.

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vipKarlT
Las Vegas
60 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The owners are a husband and wife who are always very gracious and grateful. The caviar and Russian Standard vodka is a special treat! We are from out of town and must come here whenever we are in town.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience1

Amazing experience!! Great food and the owner’s were terrific!!!

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vipMonicaM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place with wonderful hosts.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fine dining!

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DiamondGirl
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is excellent, as is the ambiance of Russia House. Be prepared if you go for New Year's Eve because the prices are considerably higher than indicated via their online menu. However, it's a once a year event, so worth it! I had the filet mignon, as did two of my friends with me, and we were all totally pleased with the meal and tenderness. Our other friend had the lamb casserole, and he loved it. If you're going to celebrate something special, this is a fantastic place to do so.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

everything perfect--just a little slow getting the check at the end

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vipMICHERUSSIA
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good food. Waited a while to get food. Good Vodka as per husband. The pasta dumplings were very small dish.

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Malby
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a great evening. Food was delicious, drink recommendations on point, & the staff made sure our special occasion was recognized. Very much appreciated their attentiveness.

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vipFhlostonFoodie
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A neighborhood gem. Will be back

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service and ambience were all excellent. We were there celebrating an anniversary and will definitely return.

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vipBarbaraM
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delightful lunch in a beautiful setting. The service was so personal—we felt like guests in an elegant home. The food was delicious and everyone was pleased with their choices. Will definitely return soon.

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ShelleyG
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The owners are a really nice, polite, attentive couple who take great pride in their restaurant. However the food is only so-so for the high prices. There are a few items that are really good (the scallops app and beef stroganoff), other things (chicken kiev) had little taste and the creme puff dessert tasted like store bought with hersheys syrup (ick) drizzled on top. We go for the "russia theme/experience", but it's really not worth the high prices overall.

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WilliamR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When you have six people, each loving the dish he/she ordered, you know the food was a winner. When each of the six people raved about the service and the overall restaurant, you know the experience was a winner. It was GREAT!!!

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Pat2
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meal was great...duck was well prepared but not dry, cherry sauce really good with duck. Polish beer great. This place is a hidden Herndon gem...do recommend it.

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WayneB
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time there and we both were very impressed and the food, service and environment was fantastic. We'll definitely be going back again.

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JohnB
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was first visit. We celebrated my wife birthday.
It was a surprise as she has never tried Russian cuisine. We were welcomed as if old friends retuning for a visit. The Beef Stroganov was well seasoned and excellent. The caviar was fresh. The wine list was just perfect with out overwhelming number of varieties. From appetizer to dessert the experience was outstanding and well worth the hour and a half drive.
Dasvidaniya

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AnnM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding, the service impeccable, the owner delightful!
Can't wait to go back!

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Sundayoutings
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful evening. Borscht very good, snails superb, cornish hen and scallops excellent. Oh, and don't forget Russian martini!! First time there, and it won't be our last.

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SteveKoz
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. The unique menu had good and varied choices. Great wine list. The owner goes out of his way to ensure you enjoy your evening. The food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was amazing, service was very slow both in acknowledging our presence as well as bringing out meals/drinks. Would recommend if you have the time to just enjoy the peacefulness.

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GuyA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food, very pleasant ambiance. Great date night restaurant!

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20170
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

An interesting menu of items that you might not find anywhere else. Game hen was prepared remarkably well. Scallops appetizer was also excellent. The menu of specialty drinks was extensive, and the martini I had (Katherine was Great) and mixed drink (the Russian Roulette) where both superb.

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SusanK
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! We have always enjoyed coming here to celebrate a special occasion.

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DavidW
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place. Authentic food, great service. Process is fantastic. The flavors match the atmosphere of the establishment.

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Russia House Restaurant - Herndon offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 787-8880.

Russia House Restaurant - Herndon is rated 4.6 stars by 843 OpenTable diners.

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