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“Awesome food in an offbeat atmosphere.”
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Cuisines: Eastern European
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Dining options: Breakfast
Neighbourhood: Adams Morgan
Reviewed 26 December 2011

We went here on Friday, December 23rd, 2011 for a family dinner. My mother-in-law wanted to try their food, as she is ethnic Russian and lived much of her childhood in Serbia. The rating is really a combined rating. I'd break it down further as follows:

Food: Excellent. 4 stars. This is overall very authentic, delicious Balkan-area food. My mother-in-law gave her seal of approval toward this. The prices are very reasonable too. Of note were the smoked fish dish (lox and sturgeon with sour cream and pickles), and the spiced eggplant/tomato dips. I enjoyed the smooth, creamy boiled pierogie appetizers. Also the schnitzel with potatoes were amazing. For dessert we enjoyed a yummy crepe with ice cream, but with maraschino cherries, which tasted a bit too synthetic. More classically marinated cherries would have been better. Our waitress was also a very hospitable woman from Bulgaria who did her best to answer our questions about food. Drinks included a variety of Balkan beers and assorted cocktails. Hubby had a green apple martini which he enjoyed.

Now, for the downside: Atmosphere. 2 stars. It's just weird, largely due to the unfinished and strange layout of the place. Not the best Feng-Shui. Upon entering, we smelled bleach, as though the place had been a former swimming pool. The floor is bare concrete, the chairs are hard plastic, and the decor around the lighting is stapled egg-carton material. Slaviya is apparently a gathering place for Slavic folks around the DC Metro area, so there was a group of affable young Ukrainian folks having a shin-dig in the VIP lounge area, which is still completely visible to everyone else. So that corner was loud, whereas the restaurant part was quieter, but both completely open to each other. I get the sense this place did time as a nightclub at some point? Which would explain the vast open spaces to the sides and back, the central bar, etc. If they spruce it up with better chairs and flooring, and maybe softer lighting, they would have quite a lovely restaurant. On the other hand, maybe casual/off-beat is the vibe they are sticking to, and for Adams Morgan this works. We will definitely be back to try their daytime brunches, as we have heard lots about them too. Worth a try!

Date of visit: December 2011
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Reviewed 12 October 2009

This establishment is a great location for Bulgarians or people interested in meeting Bulgarians around Washington D.C. It is located on a major D.C. nightlife street and there was no cover charge, which is quite appealing.
The boucer was Bulgarian as were a few of the bartenders. I have heard that this is the club where many Bulgarians have monthly parties.
I noticed two negatives about this bar which warrant a quick note. First, the prices are extremely high, two liquor drinks were $18. Second, the interior lacks any real atmosphere, it is basically a large open room with a center bar and a few couches. The VIP room is set to the back left and looks odd.

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Reviewed 2 June 2009

very "in" (read lame)

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Reviewed 28 January 2008

I stopped here on a Saturday afternoon - they were open for Brunch.

My friend and I shared the Eggs Benedict and the Blueberry pancakes. Both were very good. Coffee was excellent.

The music was lowkey and pleasant. Good service. Pleasant atmosphere. Newspapers and magazines available to browse. A nice way to spend a part of the afternoon.

Location is in the heart of Adams Morgan with many shops for browsing.

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Reviewed 16 December 2007

nice cocktails and decent wine list -- i've only had drinks here

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