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Mari Vanna

116 Knightsbridge, London SW1X7PJ, England
+44 20 7225 3122
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Ranked #1,291 of 16,489 restaurants in London
Cuisines: Russian
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Laden with extraordinary attention to detail, Mari Vanna will immediately transport each guest into an archetypal Russian home adorned with trinkets and tchotchke, including the iconic Russian Bear, stacking dolls and Cheburashka, bookshelves filled with Russian literature with elaborate chandeliers hung far and wide. Following the success of Maria Vanna in St Petersburg, Moscow and New York, she has now taken up residency in London. Situated in the heart of Knightsbridge, this quaint restaurant sits on the doorstep of the beautiful Hyde Park. This gem of Russian cuisine eagerly awaits stylish guests looking for an exquisite and authentic Russian culinary experience to fully appreciate the meaning of true Russian hospitality.
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Laden with extraordinary attention to detail, Mari Vanna will immediately transport each guest into an archetypal Russian home adorned with trinkets and tchotchke, including the iconic Russian Bear, stacking dolls and Cheburashka, bookshelves filled with Russian literature with elaborate chandeliers hung far and wide. Following the success of Maria Vanna in St Petersburg, Moscow and New York, she has now taken up residency in London. Situated in the heart of Knightsbridge, this quaint restaurant sits on the doorstep of the beautiful Hyde Park. This gem of Russian cuisine eagerly awaits stylish guests looking for an exquisite and authentic Russian culinary experience to fully appreciate the meaning of true Russian hospitality.
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Norwegian first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
London, United Kingdom
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Came here as a group of five with two Russian friends and I loved it! You have to buzz into what looks like a residence from the outside and you will be greeted by friendly Russian staff. The interior was nicely decorated and full of Russian-inspired details. It was my first Russian meal but have been told by my Russian... More

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London
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Recently visited this restaurant for lunch as a large group, wanted to introduce my colleagues with my native food and culture. The amtosphere is absolutely amazing, top notch service and delicious food. The decor makes you feel very cozy and relaxed. Menu is easy and tasty. My colleagues who never before tried russian food were left really happy and already... More

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Alisa E, Public Relations Manager at Mari Vanna, responded to this review

Dear Begemotiiik! Thank you so much for reviewing our restaurant. We are happy you and your friends liked it! Come back soon for another glass of the Georgian! Love, MV More

London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

We had a lovely dinner last Friday there. We opted for the Borscht, Pirogis, Siberian Pimeni and honey cake. All of them were delicious. The décor is really peculiar and we adored it. We will definitely be back but we would like to try the afternoon tea this time. Expect to pay around £40 per head for dinner (add wine/beers... More

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Alisa E, Public Relations Manager at Mari Vanna, responded to this review

Hi alexandrosg! Thank you for dropping the sweet words about us! We are grateful for your contribution and visit. Come back soon! Love, MV More

london
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

This is a lovely restaurant in a great location that me and my friends visited a few times in the past and always had nice food and service. However I think they must have had a change in management and the atmosphere on the evening of the 24th of march was gloomy. The manager was walking around moody and rude... More

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Alisa E, Public Relations Manager at Mari Vanna, responded to this review

Good day, Thank you for paying Mari Vanna a visit and we are very grateful for your feedback. We are happy to hear that we impressed you with our food and interior. Mari Vanna is a quaint place that is known for its cozy and warm atmosphere. It is a place for families, couples and elderly people, as much as... More

Belem do Pará, Para, Brazil
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

I went there to celebrate a friend's birthday. The place is GORGEOUS, probably one of the coziests restaurants I've ever been to and the food is excellent (the honey cake in special is amazing). On the other hand, the service was not the best and the price was higher than we expected. If you're looking for a place to celebrate... More

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Alisa E, Public Relations Manager at Mari Vanna, responded to this review

Dear Juliana, We are grateful you took time to review our restaurant. We are very glad you enjoyed the food and the decor, however, we would love to apologize for the disappointment with the service. The feedback will be passed on and noted. Thank you, and we look forward to welcome you soon again! Love, MV More

London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

Have been here twice now. If you are from FSU and feeling particularly nostalgic, Mari Vanna satisfies. If you are a foreigner and want to have a ‘Russian experience’, also worth a try once. But not a place I would want to go back to. You pay Michelin star prices for non-sophisticated food – most of it can be made... More

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Alisa E, Public Relations Manager at Mari Vanna, responded to this review

Dear cmguy, Thank you for reviewing our restaurant. We are thankful for all the feedback, good and bad. We are truly sorry that we didn't meet your expectations and left you disappointed. Getting proper authentic ingredients that are of good quality can be very pricey, and certainly, the location adds on a bit too. Therefore, even though you can make... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014 via mobile

Went on a Wednesday night and the resturant was busy but not packed out,service and food was very quick and of a very high and authentic Russian standard,would recommend and visit again

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Alisa E, Public Relations Manager at Mari Vanna, responded to this review

Dear Romski1, Thank you so much for sharing your lovely experience with us! We are very happy you enjoyed your visit. Hope to see you soon again! Love, MV More

Guildford, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

We went to Mari Vanna for a team dinner and were instantly wowed by the decorations - a bit cluttered and surreal but fun (almost like going to someone's living room for dinner). Throughout the evening the service was very attentive and friendly and we enjoyed a variety of traditional Russian foods (we'd asked in advance if they could serve... More

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Alisa E, Public Relations Manager at Mari Vanna, responded to this review

Dear foodlover1108! Thank you for taking time and reviewing our restaurant. We appreciate it a lot! Our prices are less based on the cost of the ingredients in the dishes, but rather the whole experience. Our restaurant is quite unique and has a pricey location, as well as some authentic ingredients are not as easy to get as the "regular"... More

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

We went there on a Friday night after watching the nice reviews and pictures in Tripadvisor. The decoration and atmosphere are really nice. Food was really tasty, and we only had to wait a few minutes to have it served in front of us. The service was very attentive at all times. We even requested the name of one of... More

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Alisa E, Public Relations Manager at Mari Vanna, responded to this review

Dear Jose Manuel A! Thank you so much for contributing with your lovely review. It really is heart-warming! It sounds like you had a splendid dinner, and we are very glad you want to come back soon for some more borsch & vodka fusions! Love, MV More

Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I just returned from an evening at Mari Vanna. It is small and quite charming. Based on a comment from a previous reviewer, I had expected to be greeted with a little play acting. However, though friendly, it was the normal hostess arrival routine. Great infused vodkas and an interesting cocktail list. The food was hearty and... More

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Alisa E, Public Relations Manager at Mari Vanna, responded to this review

Dear Paul F! It makes us very happy indeed that you and your wife had a splendid eve! We are very grateful for your feedback and the fact that you were satisfied with everything. It's our sincerest pleasure, and we hope to welcome you in our restaurant soon again! Love, MV More

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