WASHINGTON -- Local Russians who want a reminder of the mother country now have a cozy sanctuary near Dupont Circle. Mari Vanna, with locations in Moscow, London and New York, is opening its second location in the United States on Connecticut Avenue near M Street NW.
The three-level restaurant, just down the way from the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel, offers Russian cuisine in a space that makes the diner feel like they're seated in someone's home.
A classic Russian menu of pirozhok (small Russian pies stuff with meat, cabbage or eggs), homemade blinis (Russian-style crepes with red caviar and sour cream) and Vinegret salad compliment the specialty cocktails. Heavy on vodka, the full-service bars feature a wide array of flavors, including horseradish.
A nice treat is the Russian candy on each of the bars. While the labels aren't in English, we can recommend candy featuring a girl, a squirrel and camels.
Click through the slideshow for a peek into a lovely restaurant -- and a special Wednesday night party -- that may help some Capitals players feel at home.
Mari Vanna First Floor
Mari Vanna Mezzanine Level
Mari Vanna Upstairs Cocktail Lounge
Mari Vanna Vinegret Salad
Mari Vanna Salo Plate
Mari Vanna Blinis
Mari Vanna Antonovka Cocktail
NBC 4 Sports Anchor Dan Hellie, KStreetMagazine Founder Kate Michael, NBC 4 Chief Meteorologist Doug Kammerer
Guests With The Mari Vanna Accordionist
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The View From The Mezzanine Level
Mari Vanna Kitchen
Mari Vanna Server
Wine Rack Decor
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