Mari Vanna


Russian | Chelsea, Kensington, Knightsbridge

Following successful openings in Moscow, St Petersburg and New York, this Mari Vanna is the London outpost of the restaurant hoping to bring authentic Russian cuisine to Londoners. Expect to be welcomed into a London townhouse that has been given a full Russian makeover, and plenty of comfort food.

Restaurant details

116 Knightsbridge, Wellington Court, London, SW1X 7PJ
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Telephone number: 0207 225 3122


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116 Knightsbridge, Wellington Court, London, SW1X 7PJ


Critic reviews - total score 7.5 out of 10

Critics' score: 8
Matthew Norman Telegraph
Reviewed on January 02, 2013
"Both main courses were ideal winter warmers. “Really good, big flavour,” said my friend of golubtzi, two rectangular slabs of cabbage leaf-wrapped rice, pork and veal, covered with a luridly orange tomatoey sauce." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 6
Marina O'Loughlin Metro
Reviewed on June 27, 2012
"If someone else was paying, I would so go back. Because I am A Girl, and I defy even the most minimally inclined member of my sex not to come over all gooey in Mari Vanna." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 6.5
Giles Coren Times
Reviewed on June 23, 2012
"There was a beef stroganoff that was not as good as mine – too creamy and inadequately soured – but still quite excellent, and some baked spicy chicken which is always nice, let’s face it. But might as well have been the Russian equivalent of Chicken Cottage (Hen Dacha?)." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
AA Gill Sunday Times
Reviewed on May 27, 2012
"Nick’s beef stroganoff with kasha was a little meagre and a bit thin, but the kasha — buckwheat porridge — with mushrooms was brilliant. This is sometimes called the soul of Russia; woody and nutty, it has the dark, feral flavour of tilth and rust and sappy cold air." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Jay Rayner Observer Estimated score
Reviewed on May 20, 2012
"Mari Vanna, named after a fictional hostess, is what it is: a kitsch and loving take on the culinary traditions of Russia." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
John Lanchester Guardian Estimated score
Reviewed on May 19, 2012
"It is the busiest, cosiest, homeliest, least restaurant-like restaurant imaginable. The very obvious idea is to target well-off nostalgic former citizens of the old country... The food is wonderful, too, in its way – its very, very Russian way." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 7
Richard & Peter Harden's Estimated score
Reviewed by April 26, 2012
"Taken individually, the dishes were all pretty good – highlights included a crab with salad and poached egg, and the pierogi were tasty too." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Time Out Editors Time Out
Reviewed on April 26, 2012
"Western ideas of Russian food may still conjure proletarian staples and bleak surroundings, but Mari Vanna combines great service, good cooking and a cosy, charming interior." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Tim Hayward Financial Times Estimated score
Reviewed on April 21, 2012
"But, in a way, that sums up the Mari Vanna experience. The “home-cooked” food is of extremely high quality. The service is cheerfully informal yet blisteringly professional." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 6
Fay Maschler Evening Standard
Reviewed on April 12, 2012
"...drinking shots of vodkas plain and flavoured from the encouragingly long list and eating herring with new potatoes, irresistible Georgian khachapuri (pillowy bread filled with Suluguni cheese), pirogi (savoury pastries)... is probably the way to get the best from Mari Vanna." READ REVIEW