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Russian Restaurant$$
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1004 Reisterstown Rd Pikesville, MD 21208
1004 Reisterstown RoadUSMarylandPikesville21208
(410) 484-7701
$$Russian Restaurant, BarToday 12–8PM
Sunday 12–8PMMonday ClosedTuesday ClosedWednesday 12–8PMThursday 12–8PMFriday 12–10PMSaturday 12PM–12AM
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"Wonderful conversation and help with our menu from our hosts."
"The mixed green salad with feta cheese and shredded beef was outstanding."
"Our first experience with Russian food and we loved it."
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C Walsh
2 years ago
The food was out of this world but really overpriced. I wanted to order wine but there was no wine list and the server informed me they had either Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio for 8.5 a glass. I wasn't about to pay that kind of money for no-name wine from some unseen bottle. The ladies who served us were friendly and attentive- no complaints there. But my number one compliant is that there was a ceiling mounted television on and blasting out across the dining room. They could do so much to improve the ambiance; better tables, more draped curtains, enclosed wooden booths, a less clackety floor. But nothing would improve it more than getting rid of the television and instead playing some Russian music unobstrusively. TV dinners I can eat at home.
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Michael Webb
5 years ago
A little less than a month ago, I spent a week in Kherson, Ukraine as part of a yearly trip. I have been pining ever since for a taste of Ukraine. After reading the review today, I had to try it out. I arrived a little late for lunch (about 1:45) and was greeted warmly by the owners. While I browsed the lunch menu and tried to decide between the pelmeni and the vareniki (the borscht made the first course decision an instant one), we had a wonderful conversation about the establishment. Over a wonderfully rich bowl of Ukrainian borscht, we chatted about Kyiv. I had just visited and the owners were returning for a visit after decades away. There was less conversation when the pelmeni arrived. They were too good for me to do much more than enjoy in satisfied silence. I don't know how I have missed knowing Vernisage was in the neighborhood I work in. But one thing is absolutely certain - I plan to become a regular.
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Scott Sutton
2 years ago
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A Google User
5 years ago
My family and I went into this restaurant not knowing what to expect; my father chose it almost at random simply based on a google search for a Russian restaurant in the Baltimore area. I read some reviews, all shining, and I thought these reviews were too good to be true. My skepticism was proven illegitimate when we entered the restaurant; the atmosphere was very nice and comfortable, and upon talking with the waitress (an owner, we later found out) we realized that we were being treated like family. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful; my family had never eaten Russian cuisine before and the staff made friendly, helpful recommendations that MADE our dining experience. The food was delicious as well- I had a bowl of Borscht, two appetizers, and a main course and I was EXTREMELY satisfied by the delicious food. I can't emphasize enough how good the food was. The prices were also reasonable. Overall the food and the friendly and personable staff made this a great meal for my entire family and I would highly recommend eating there.
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Sheri Edwards
3 years ago
The owners are absolutely lovely. They want you to pick food you will love and they are happy to help you. The food and the sevice are excellent. We are on a Saturday night and returned the next day for lunch. The vodka is excellent and you will be sure to giggle through dinner. So far 2 super excellent experiences. We will be regulars for sure.
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Christine Pappert
5 years ago
Our first experience with Russian food and we loved it. Wonderful conversation and help with our menu from our hosts. We plan on coming back.
A Google User
6 years ago
My family and I have been going to Vernisage for about two years now, always on Thursday night after an appointment we have and we have never been disappointed. You may think that because it is a Russian restaurant that they wouldn't have any food that would appeal to an American crowd, but you would be so wrong. There is not a dish on the menu that is questionable. The food is always done to perfection, juicy and delicious meats, incredible salads and desserts. The family of sisters that run the restaurant with their husbands are just incredible and wonderful people to visit and socialize with. We love Vernisage so much, I just had them cater my son's Eagle Ceremony with over 45 guests of different cultural backgrounds and they all agreed they loved the food! And the price for a 3 course meal cannot be beat. Before you go to the old stand-by's in Pikesville center (Jilly's and the Pikes) check out this restaurant first and you will be surprised! Keep up the good work Nella and Lisa!
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A Google User
7 years ago
I took a chance one Saturday night on this restaurant, since I could not find any reviews, and I have been coming back ever since. The friends I brought with me all rave about Vernisage, and all say that they will be coming back with friends. Although this is a Russian restaurant, I would really call it Continental. Everything I have had there is exquisite. The mushroom barley soup was full of mushrooms, and had a rich flavor. I have not yet tried the hot borscht soup, but I will the next time, since it is not the red borscht soup that comes in a jar. I have tried 2 of their salads and loved both. The mixed green salad with feta cheese and shredded beef was outstanding. Three of us easily shared this very large colorful mix of subtle feta cheese and shredded beef that looked like julienne beets in an oil and vinegar dressing that perfectly combined the flavors. The Olivier Salad with chicken, green peas, pickle, potato and mayonnaise was presented in a large round ball, and was both eye appealing and wonderfully textured. The hot appetizer tiny dumplings, with a choice of fillings, literally melted in my mouth On my first visit with 2 other friends, we each tried a different dish. The beef stroganoff earned a title of fit for czars. The pork dish was accompanied by an aromatic and flavorful sauce. The lamb shish-ka-bob was so tender and delicious that I have ordered this dish on 2 other visits. Ask for their version of rice pilaf with the lamb, and you will not be disappointed. Other main courses include chicken kiev and chicken tabaka, other Russian dishes that I can't remember the names of, as well as lamb chops, steak, several varieties of fish. There is definitely something for everyone. I have only tried one dessert, since the portions are too big to leave room for dessert. The house specialty is a very flaky crust layered with light, light whipped cream and fresh fruit. Add wonderful warm dark break, a pitcher of water on the table (something more restaurants should do), and that completes the food. This is BYOB. I did not know that on our first visit, so the owner suggested a nearby liquor store, and then put our purchased wine on ice, and brought shot glasses for our strawberry vodka. Just a small example of the terrific service. Vernisage is an elegant restaurant, but also a place where you feel as if you've stepped back in time to someone's elegant home. The owners (two sisters and their husbands) greet you as if you are a long lost relative, and are happy to make food suggestions. One of the sons was our waiter on the first visit. By the third visit, the owners already knew my favorite dishes. So what does this terrific food, elegant ambiance and welcoming service cost? That's what makes this such a "best kept secret". Soups are $6, salads $7-9, and entrees in the mid teens. The most expensive entree on the menu is a steak, priced at $25, which arrived sizzling to a nearby table. Vernisage also has a 3-course lunch for $12.50. There is a Russian/English speaking singer on Saturday nights, and a dance floor that was full of happy people on the Saturday I was there. Will I go back? You probably know the answer to that from my review. Will I go anywhere else? Not as often since I now have been spoiled at Vernisage. My only fear is that this "best kept secret" will get out and I will not be able to get a reservation. See you there!
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