Capitol Hill’s Ruta Ukrainian Restaurant Is Open

Ruta launched on Tuesday evening with an unannounced opening. 

Here’s the view early evening on Tuesday, shortly after the restaurant opened. 

Your host, Ruslan Falkov, Director of Operations, wears his country’s colors on his wrist.

Capitol Hill’s Ruta Ukrainian Restaurant Is Open

by Larry Janezich

Posted April 25, 2023

Ruta restaurant at 327 7th Street, SE, near Eastern Market opened Tuesday night – Washington’s first full service Ukrainian restaurant.  Dinner is served six days a week plus brunch on the weekends. 

Dima Martseniuk, formerly an executive chef in NYC’s East Greenwich Ukrainian restaurant Veselka for more than 12 years will head up the kitchen.  As you might expect, the menu includes the Ukrainian Borscht (beef or vegetarian), pierogi, potato pancakes, stuffed cabbage and Beef Stroganoff.  Many of the menu items are gluten free including seldom-served buckwheat.  See the complete menu below.


  • Tuesday – Thursday 5pm – 9pm
  • Friday – 5pm – 11pm
  • Saturday and Sunday 11am – 10pm
  • Monday – closed

Contact:  202 492 7986

For more information and reservations, go here:

The name comes for a Carpathian legend that tells of the “Red Ruta” – a yellow flower that turns a flaming red for a few minutes on the night of the summer solstice.  The legend says that the lucky one who finds the flower and plucks it during those few minutes will find true love.

The space was formerly occupied by the short-lived Newland and before that, the long-time neighborhood favorite Montmartre.

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