This is the original Mari Vanna, a branch of the nostalgic and homey café chain with locations in New York and London. Coming here is like traveling back in time to a Soviet-era relatives' apartment, with pictures, a samovar, a record player, and carpets hanging on the walls. Uncle Misha greets you at the door, dressed in the uniform of a wifebeater and blue sweatpants that was seemingly worn by everyone's uncles at that time. The food is hearty and filling, like your Russian grandma might make: kotletki (meat patties), pierogi, fried liver with onion, and borscht. Breakfast is served all day. Keep an eye out for the white doors outside, as there's no sign and it can be hard to find.
St. Petersburg, Russia
St. Petersburg, Russia› Restaurant
18 Ulitsa Lenina
Our Rating Neighborhood Petrogradsky District Hours Daily noon–11pm Transportation Metro: Chkalovskaya Phone 812/230-5359 Prices Main courses RUB520–RUB1,200 Cuisine Type Russian Web site Mari Vanna
Map18 Ulitsa Lenina St. Petersburg, Russia
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