I love this place and do not spend enough time here. A cozy spot tucked in the absolute center of the Golden Triangle in this city, Mari Vanna is a diamond in the rough. The bar is small and intimate so getting there before the crowd is suggested. The dining room takes over two levels that make you feel like you are in some ones home versus a public dining space. Not having visited Russia or ever having Russian cuisine out of anyone’s kitchen, I cannot honestly vouch for the fare’s authenticity. I can vouch that I like what they are prepping back there and the Pierogi’s are addictive especially after a few happy hour cocktails. Visit for happy hour and guests are offered $5 infused vodka shots (see their full list here). Weekend brunch gets better with two complimentary Mimosa’s per guest. Cheers!
Category: Happy Hour, restaurant reviews, Reviews, Washington D.C.
Johnna French is a Harlem NY native with deep roots in Washington, DC and North Carolina. All three places have heavily influenced her life and the foods she loves today. After graduating Howard University School of Law and beginning her life as a young professional in the city she was led to start Johnna Knows Good Food in November 2007 to keep family, friends and colleagues updated on where to go and what to eat while dining in the nation’s capitol. French, who still practices law, leads a team of three writers to cover the ever expanding Washington, DC food scene. French has been featured in print and television, appearing in Washingtonian Magazine and is a regular contributor to various local TV affiliates including WUSA 9, FOX 5 DC and WJLA (ABC Affiliate) News Channel 8. Johnna is currently airing on Comcast Sports Mid-Atlantic (CSN) show, Redskins Life, as the weekly tailgate host.