Russia House Restaurant - Herndon

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$30 and under
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Russian
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  • Quiet Conversation
  • Romance
  • Special Occasions
Set in historic Herndon, the Russia House Restaurant offers Russian hospitality and culinary excellence in all its details. The restaurant opened in July of 1992 by the friendly owners Ali and Homeyra Darugar, and together they created an atmosphere of aristocratic dining with classic cuisine, with the warm feeling that you are dining at your aristocratic grandmother’s table. Mrs. Darugar moved from Russia with her grandparents to Switzerland, where she learned to cook in her grandmother’s kitchen. She brought her great culinary talents here to the United States and created the exquisite menu and served as the head chef in the first few years the restaurant was opened. The restaurant features Russian, Continental and Georgian cuisine with a French flair.
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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful!

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JI
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

The food was really very good. However the wine choice was not good and they ran out of the wine we chose twice (yes 2 different ones). The people are lovely though and I would certainly go again.

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RI
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Prices charged for soup were higher than prices online. It took at least 45 minutes for entrees to be served. Had to ask for water refills.

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AB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Everything I have tried is very good. One can confidently invite guests. I go to this restaurant frequently and every time my guests are very pleased and want to return themselves.

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SW
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding food and atmosphere, just what we were looking for.

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H
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food and service here is outstanding! If you are looking for fine dining, this is the place. I've been here twice with my husband and both times were fantastic. Amazing, friendly service and a quiet atmosphere. Very romantic setting! I tried the dry seared sea scallops, which I highly recommend! The second time I tried the wild salmon and it did not disappoint. I would also recommend trying the caviar appetizer. I can't wait to go back and try more dishes!

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TS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and attentive service. Overall a very enjoyable experience. Easy to get to and free parking nearby

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OT
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We hadn't been to Russia House in far too long. This time we shared the experience with an old friend, her first time there. And we shared all of our entrees with each other. What fun. And what good food, wine, and service. Our friend very much enjoyed Russia House, as did we. Can't wait to return.

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MR
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is the best restaurant in Northern Virginia in terms of food quality, service, and price. There are a few restaurants as good in terms of food, but are much more expensive. None are better in terms of service. This is a "must dine"destination for foodies and those seeking a special dinner on a special occasion.

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CD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

If you want a first-class dining experience The Russia House in Herndon, VA is the place. The owners are masters of their craft and make everyone feel at home. Try the Ceasar Salad, Bacon-wrapped Scallops and Beef Stroganov, yum! In addition, get on their email list for the monthly wine pairing dinners, double yum! Cheers!

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JA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful location and decor. Very attentive staff. Food was tasty and presumably authentic. A bit overpriced, but that was anticipated. Overall, a very good experience I would recommend to friends and family.

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S
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Consistently very good. Owners are special people who exude warmth and friendliness making everyone feel at home/welcome.
Hot tools welcome you and an array of interesting and tasty dishes await.
We enjoy returning.

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C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It is always our choice for a special occasion

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KY
Washington DC
63 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Recently three business friends and I had lunch at Russia House; apparently lunch is a very quiet time as we had the entire restaurant to ourselves, which was very nice. I believe our server was also the owner, or at least a partner and shared many interesting things with us. Everything was very nice - with the exception of the food. Two of us ordered specialties of the house and they were...underwhelming. The appetizer was delicious but very small for the price. My Chicken Kiev was just okay, a little dry. All the food was good, just not great and certainly not worth the cost. I will go again to give it a second chance. Maybe they bring their A game for dinner.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our lunch group of eleven people ate at this restaurant and every one of us enjoyed our meal. The staff could not have been nicer. I highly suggest trying this place and look forward to my return trip!

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T
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service, good variety of appetizers, entrees and martinis.

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R
Pittsburgh
26 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful space, wonderful service and really good food. Appetizer sampler and the beef stroganoff were excellent. Good value too.

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DV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I looked for a unique restaurant in a suburban area for a client dinner and found the Russia House. It was GREAT! the food, the vodka, the service where all exceptional

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and service were excellent. Server very attentive and water glass was never empty. A little dim in restaurant for my taste, but loved it overall.

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m
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Excellent food and nice surroundings even though restaurant was full due to Valentine’s Day. Service was good and there was a good selection of wines to pair with the assortment of entrees on the menu.

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c
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Food was excellent as always, we've been there before. The service was courteous but slow. There are not enough servers for the customer volume.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

Our reservation was at 8 pm but we were seated at 8:35. The food was good.

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t
Washington DC
227 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a great place for Valentine's Day! Unlike other restaurants that stuff their dining rooms with extra tables, too many reservations, and reduce their menu to a few choices, Russia House stepped up to the plate by scheduling their reservations correctly (never saw anyone wait more than a few minutes for their table). The menu was a great sampling from their regular menu with choices for everyone, plus a few things that aren't on the regular menu. The food was wonderful (best lamb chops I've ever had) and service was spot on. Russia House knows how to do Valentine's Day right.

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DC
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The staff are wonderful - perfectly paired with the cuisine. Very enjoyable evening

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CS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We truly enjoyed our evening at Russia House. The food was delicious and interesting. The owners were a delight, spending time to explain the different dishes to us and the differences in American versus Russian versions. My son was leaving for Russia the next day so the owner gave him plenty of food ordering tips. The stroganov was outstanding and is made with filet mignon. It was quiet although the restaurant was full. Had a very nice evening.

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R
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service, great food, great atmosphere...a local favorite.

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LL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants...always go there for special occasions such as Birthdays and Anniversaries. Food is ALWAYS outstanding and love the owners.

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P
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Strogonov and borst were superb and the Caesar salad prepared table side was very tasty. This was my second visit to this restaurant and they are batting 1000.

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WG
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A real diamond in the rough. Husband-wife team ensures attentive and responsive service. Authentic Russian cuisine, including classics (Beef Stroganoff, etc) and unexpected delicacies, and also plenty of zakuska (appetizers), Caesar salad tossed tableside, etc, etc. Good wine list. Low-volume classical music on sound system (not everyone likes that, but we do!) We have been there several times and plan to return again. See you there!

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DV
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Dining at the Russia House was a pleasant and enjoyable experience! The restaurant is pretty inside with the tables and candle light. The staff was very helpful and friendly. Our server was always right near if we needed anything and checked on us periodically. The food was a so delicious! It was a perfect date. Would highly recommend and we will be back next time we are in town:)

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RS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food was amazing and the service was exemplary. What a great place to celebrate my birthday.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 4Ambience 2

Tasteless food that was clearly pre-manufactured. Costco version of some dishes we got is better , like Kiev Kotlet.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great experience, my wife and I loved everything we had.
We will return soon

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a
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were a group of 4 dinning at Russia House last Saturday night. Because of so many restaurants in the Herndon/Reston area we sometimes forget about Russia House but every time we do go back we always wonder why we don't dine there more often. It is the only place in the area where you can drink fused (flavored) ice cold vodka and it is VERY tasty. They start you with warm bread straight from the oven and the entrees are served piping hot. Three in the group ordered Russian food and I had the rack of lamb. All was outstanding. We ended the evening with a variety of desserts and Russia House Coffee. A memorable evening. AND, the owners are so gracious they make you feel like you are their most important guests. We highly recommend lunch/dinner at Russia House.

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P
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food and very friendly and caring service. Menu is extensive and has something for every taste.

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W
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

After reading all the positive reviews, we decided to try it for a birthday dinner. Perhaps my expectations were too high but I wasn't blown away by the experience. The food is not only Russian. One can get continental and American dishes as well.

The food, however, was excellently prepared. The warm Borscht was filled with chunks of beets. My Ghiymya Hinkal (Pasta, Ground Lamb, and Feta Cheese Casserole, served with Seasonal Vegetables) was very tasty and very ample. My wife enjoyed her salad and Filet Mignon. We were both too full for dessert, but the Maitre D' brought over a pastry with a candle in it for my wife.

Access is an issue. You have to go up several steps. It was drizzling, making entering and exiting a little difficult.

I do not remember seeing a bottle of wine priced below $40. Although there was no mention on the list of wine by the glass, when I inquired, I was told we could order individual glasses. They were $12 per glass.

Service was good but we did have to ask for lemon for the water. The staff appeared to spend more time chatting with the regular customers than trying to cultivate new ones.

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t
Washington DC
227 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I can't say enough wonderful things about Russia House. The owners greet you as you arrive, as if arriving in their home. It is warm, friendly - yet professional - but just the right amount of intimacy. The food and service are amazing, and you must try it to confirm. While this review was for a different reservation (which was the perfect evening), I'd like to mention what an amazing time we had on New Year's Eve. The restaurant was quickly filled, but the staff managed the tables like clockwork. It seemed every table was always full, yet people continued to arrive. They had the perfect balance of turning over tables and service never showed any sign of stress. This is a place not to be missed...and revisited.

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TJ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place, yummy food and the service was great!

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TK
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Russia House in Herndon is a gem. Food is always expertly prepared and served, ambiance is quiet and restrained, generally with recorded classical Russian-themed music at a reasonable level. Occasionally, there is an acoustic guitar. White table linens, candles, and never, ever rushed. Always a pleasure to dine here.

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OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Overall just average. Dinner rolls were the highlight which is never a good thing. Nothing bad either but expected more given the price point.

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