From Russia to Washington DC With Love, Fun and Food!
Once upon a time in Moscow & St. Petersburg, a mythical woman named Mari Vanna welcomed diners into her home with open arms, feeding them traditional Russian fare on her finest china and linens. All were welcome and frequent visitors were graced with a key of their own to return whenever they wished to that cozy retreat.
Now, on a popular block in present day Washington, DC, Mari Vanna has taken up residency and awaits hungry neighbors and tourists alike who are looking to eat, drink and be merry and finally understand what true Russian hospitality means.
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, elaborate chandeliers hung far and wide and crystal bowls of Sushki, a traditional Russian tea bread, placed on each table. Reminiscent of pre and post Soviet Union Russia, the wallpaper peels back to show the generations that have passed. A manicured garden of flowers and herbs fills the open floor-to-ceiling windows at the front of the restaurant, while a wood-burning oven rests in the corner waiting for the cold winter months.
Complementing the authentic fare is a vodka program like none other, featuring dozens of top-shelf Russian vodka, as well as selections from all over the world. Mari Vanna’s Chef has developed 20 varieties of infused Russian vodka with sweet and savory ingredients, such as Oats & Honey, Apricot, Watermelon, Pineapple and even Beet, displayed in giant canisters at the bar.
Plenty of candlelight brings both fun and a romantic vibe to the 1st floor of Mari Vanna, and the open kitchen allows you to glimpse at our chefs preparing traditional Russian dishes. Specials for the Happy Hour offer multiple flavors of home-made infused vodka shots. The charming main dining area located on the 2nd floor, designed as the original home of Mari Vanna, welcomes diners with its cozy Royal and Tea rooms, while our balconies let you observe our 1st floor while relaxing on a cozy sofa.
Accordionist Artem will bring a little more of Russian culture into your night by playing well-remembered (or newly recognized) Russian songs.
The lounge area on the 3rd floor is perfect for all types of private events whether it’s a birthday celebration, business dinner or wedding reception. Party goers are welcome as well –the bravest will find karaoke with more than 60,000 songs absolutely irresistible and the music will continue into the later hours with DJ Vanya Melnik.
1141 Connecticut ave NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20036
We currently have the following opportunities:
- Line cook / sous chef