Washington D.C. is home to many fine Russian restaurants and cafes, ranging from the traditional to the exotic. Below is a list of some of best places to sample the Russian cuisine while in D.C.
Russia House Restaurant & Lounge
From a traditional Russian dinner to a late night drink, you can find it all at Russia House Restaurant and Lounge. Wild game sausage and specialty caviar are what draw many in, but the lounge is open late on weekends for those who want to stay. For a relaxed atmosphere, go on a Wednesday or Thursday to catch some live piano or violin –from 8 to 11 PM.
Russia House Restaurant & Lounge 1800 Connecticut Ave NW Washington DC 20009 Phone: (202) 234-9433
Russian Gourmet in Alexandria
For a snack, sandwich, dessert, or a quick meal, swing by Russian Gourmet in Alexandria, near the Ronald Reagan Airport. Their deli whips up a mean stuffed cabbage, and their blintzes are worth the trip. As an added bonus, the grocery stocks all of the Russian imports you’ll ever need!
Russian Gourmet in Alexandria 907 Slaters Lane, Alexandria, VA 22314 Tel.: (703) 299-4627
Russia House Restaurant
No tour of Russian restaurants in D.C. would be complete without a stop at the flagship, Russia House Restaurant in Herndon. Not to be confused with the Russia House Restaurant and Lounge, the Russia House’s menu is a dazzling list of Russian cuisine with French influence. Fine dining in a fine establishment.
Russia House Restaurant 790 Station Street Herndon Virginia 20170 Phone: (703) 787-8880
Not many Russian restaurants are known for their breakfast, but Assorti is an exception. With a full menu from sunrise to set, this fast-casual restaurant is making waves on account of their amazing pastries and their unique selection of crepes.
Cafe Assorti 1800 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA 22201 Phone: (703) 465-0009
Domku Cafe, the “little house”, located in the northwest corner of D.C., serves up an eclectic mix of Slavic and Scandinavian dishes. In a relaxed cafe setting, sit down to a snack of Gravlax and pickled herring, followed by a steaming bowl of goulash and washed down with any of their wide selection of Eastern European beer.
Domku Cafe 821 Upshur Street Washington, DC 20011 Phone: (202) 722-7475
The Serbian Crown Restaurant
If you want to fill your stomach with rich food, look no further than The Serbian Crown. Dishing out a heavy plate of Serbian fare, paired with flavored vodkas, the folks here will serve you right. Call ahead to see if there is music–you may be able to catch the accordionist.
The Serbian Crown Restaurant 1141 Walker Rd. (Colvin Run Mill Rd.) Great Falls, VA 22066 Phone: (703) 759-4150
For a slightly different taste of Russia, head to Cosmopolitan Grill, where you can find a mixture of Southeastern Russian and Bosnian cuisine. The menu features homemade sausages and skewers, and the restaurant is voted to be among the 100 Best Bargain Restaurants by Washingtonian Magazine. Cosmopolitan Grill 7770 Richmond Hwy Alexandria, VA 22306 Phone: (703) 360-3660