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8475 Melrose Pl. (La Cienega Blvd.) Send to Phone
Home-style Russian cuisine and caviar amid a garden tea party atmosphere in West Hollywood.

Lunch & Dinner daily

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Mari Vanna, West Hollywood, CA

THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Mari Vanna Restaurant Review

: This surreally posh WeHo outpost is the latest in a chain of upscale Russian restaurants spanning Moscow, New York, London and D.C., named after the old-world legend of grandmother Mari Vanna. Formerly the digs of Bastide, the space stretches out over a large garden patio, a fireplace-lit dining room, a charming whitewashed sunroom and a lively bar, where blinged-out patrons sip horseradish vodka or Mors, a Russian berry cocktail. Jam-packed with tchotchkes, flowery china cats, teapots and birdhouses, it’s like an eccentric Russian aunt’s dacha. A jovial accordionist wanders throughout playing songs that might inspire you to drink more infused vodkas. Traditional Russian specialties are authentic, yet elegant, ranging from borscht and a house-cured herring to classic Olivier salad, stuffed cabbage, handmade veal pelmeni and cheese vareniki, beef stroganoff and chicken Kiev. Blini with high-quality salmon caviar (and fixings) is quite reasonable, but the finer caviar selections --- Sterling Royal, osetra, Keluga --- start at more than $100 and can set you back as much as $595 for 90 grams. For dessert, the bird’s milk cake is as light as a feather.
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