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116 Knightsbridge, London SW1X7PJ, England
+44 20 7225 3122
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Ranked #1,859 of 18,113 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Cuisines: Russian
Neighborhood:
Knightsbridge
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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  • English first
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  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
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English first
London
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

I love Mari Vanna, I have been couple of times now for dinner and lunch and the standard is always high. This time I had the menu which was a really good deal: borsch, better than the one I had in Moscow. Afterwards, I had the courgette pancakes with salmon which was so tasty and fresh. The pancakes weren't oily... More 

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

very cosy dacha style decor, but the food is average. For that price you expect more refined cuisine and not 30% of mayonnaise in the salads (Pod Shubou)...

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Windsor and Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Beautiful interiors, friendly and attentive staff, gorgeous menu with everything you can think of (or remember of from your past experiences). Definitely a place to visit with friends or spouse, or just to enjoy by yourself!

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Berkshire
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015 via mobile

Pros: The quirky decor, the food and the wine Cons: The price and attitude of some staff. We had an early table and when we arrived there were no other customers. We sat on sofa and armchairs around a table and it was not comfortable to eat so my friend asked if we could move. This was very reluctantly granted.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

As a Russian, I am extremely picky about native cuisine and throughout my life I've been to a few places where supposedly Russian cuisine has been tortured. This place, however, is perfect in recreating the atmosphere of a Soviet-era apartment and serving you with truly delicious Russian food. I have been here four or five times, but every single time... More 

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

Hey there! Thank you so much for your kind words. We are flattered to hear that the food and atmosphere in our home is giving you the right nostalgic experience and a true one too. Thank you for the recommendations and sharing of your thoughts. We hope to see you soon again! Love, MV More 

1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

I had dinner with my wife in this place. The starter was OK but the main was DISGUSTING. I ordered a chicken Kiev which is supposed to be one of the flagship dishes of the Russian cuisine. The chicken was undercooked ,dry and clearly cooked from frozen . We called the waiter to complain and he admitted himself that it... More 

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

Hello there, Thank you for contributing with your review. All kinds of feedback is always welcome as we are constantly trying to improve. This is the first time that someone has mentioned feeling unwell after eating Chicken Kiev at Mari Vanna and we sincerely apologise for this. My colleague Adam who was serving you on the night was a duty... More 

London, UK
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

As someone who has visited Mari Vanna in the York many times, I thought I'd take a friend for lunch in the London branch. While this branch may share its name with the one in York, there is simply no comparison. The decor in London just doesn't work, the place is dark and oppressive and depressing. The decor in New... More 

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

Hello, Thank you for your feedback. It is indeed a very unusual type of review as even though we are part of a chain - we do have absolutely unique concepts that are adapted to the city. We are glad you love Mari Vanna New York, and most of the people do love Mari Vanna London too, however - it... More 

Woking, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This Russian restaurant is like eating in someone's house. Quite small, intimate with lots of ornate finishes. Varied menu of traditional dishes, both hot and cold. The staff will make recommendations if you are unsure of what to order. Service was attentive, though the Restaurant does get very busy. if you book for early evening say 6pm they will be... More 

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

Dear Martin, Thanks a lot for your kind words. We are happy you noticed the small details and appreciated the whole idea of the set up. Thank you again for the recommendations and we hope to see you soon again! Kind regards, MV More 

Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Visited Mari Vanna for afternoon cup of coffee and cake. Quirky, interesting place. Loved all decoration bits and bobs. Waitress maybe could be a bit more polite but as far as I remember that was quite a big dilemma in Soviet times Russia. So, it is Russian restaurant with a waitress that has an attitude and lovely Napoleon cake. I... More 

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

Hi there, Thank you for your review. We are grateful for your feedback. Your feedback about the staff is quite unusual as a lot of the experience actually lies in the hospitality. However, we believe exceptions happen and unfortunately you were slightly unlucky. We are sorry for that and hope that your next visit will be more satisfying. Kind regards,... More 

1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Dined in this restaurant recently. ..always hard to get a reservation; many empty tables though. Exotic ambience. ..like being in one's great grandma's fascinating drawing room; pretty good service; food well presented but misses the mark. In summary a legend in its own mind and overpriced.

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

Hi Lauren, Thank you for taking time and sharing your thoughts. We appreciate all feedback and are grateful for your review. Kind regards, MV More 

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Additional Information about Mari Vanna

Address: 116 Knightsbridge, London SW1X7PJ, England
Phone Number: +44 20 7225 3122
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Monday 12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Thursday 12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Friday 12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Saturday 12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Cuisine: Russian

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