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Russian Cuisine Restaurants in St. Petersburg
September 26, 2019 10:34

We have prepared a list of restaurants where a tourist should go to get acquainted with Russian classics, modern St. Petersburg cuisine and try local specialties.

Pyshechnaya on Bolshaya Konyushennaya

ADDRESS: st. B. Konyushennaya, 25
PHONE: +7 (812) 314–08–68
WORK TIME: 09: 00–20: 00
AVERAGE CHECK: 100 rubles

One of the main St. Petersburg specialties - pikelets - can be found on almost every corner, but purists recognize only this cafe. Gourmet next to the department store "DLT" on Bolshaya Konyushennaya has existed since 1958 and has not changed much since then:  pikelets are baked using traditional technology, and they are served with specific coffee with condensed milk from a metal barrel. The effect of timelessness is enhanced by the presence   of a red cat   wandering between the tables.


ADDRESS: Voznesensky pr., 6
PHONE: +7 (812) 418–20–60
WORK TIME: 07: 00–01: 00
AVERAGE CHECK: 2,000 rubles

The kitchen of one of the most famous restaurants in St. Petersburg has been headed by chef Igor Grishechkin from the very opening. His ironic, but lovingly rethought Russian cuisine includes wafer rolls with the taste of Borodino bread and sprat mousse, beef tartare with pearl barley and special salt, Leningradsky pickle with fried chicken hearts and brine jelly, etc. All dishes are served in luxurious interiors just near St. Isaac's Cathedral with gilded hemp stools, a pseudo-Russian-style bench at the entrance, crystal chandeliers   and characters from Russian fairy tales in a golden leaf millefeuille.

"Russian vodkaroom number 1"

ADDRESS: Konnogvardeysky Blvd., 4
PHONE: +7 (812) 570–64–20
WORK TIME: 12: 00–00: 00
AVERAGE CHECK: 2,000 rubles

Restaurant of Russian merchant cuisine looks like  from a history textbook: a spacious light interior with stucco moldings, an antique sideboard, Viennese chairs and a gramophone. Food matches the interior: salted lard with Borodino bread, pancakes with caviar, salted saffron mushrooms, Russian salad with quail, borscht, lamb stewed in the oven, fire cutlets and kulebyaka with muksun. The main local specialty is the Moscow snack: bone marrow on toast from Borodino bread with Kostroma black salt. At the restaurant (or vice versa) the entertaining Museum of Russian Vodka is open for guests.


ADDRESS: emb. Moyki, 84
PHONE: +7 (921) 960-21-21
WORKING HOURS: 19: 00–23: 00 (except Mondays and Sundays)
AVERAGE CHECK: 5,000 rubles

St. Petersburg’s pride  - a restaurant, where they arrange something like dinner parties. In the open kitchen - an invariable team of chefs, led by chef Olesya Drobot.   She uses local products, including wild herbs and berries, personally collected in the forest, and turns the contents of the plate into a visual quintessence of a restrained northern landscape.


ADDRESS: st. Rubinstein, 20
PHONE: +7 (960) 259–83–93
WORK TIME: 10:00 – 02:00
AVERAGE CHECK: 1,500 rubles

An atmospheric restaurant next to the MDT, designed like art clubs of the early twentieth century, with concerts, lectures, creative meetings, and occasional dances. The menu includes light salads with meat and seafood,   tartars, hummus, light-salted cucumbers,   pike cutlets, model beef stroganoff and fried smelt.


ADDRESS: st. Mohovaya, 12
PHONE: +7 (921) 962–57–00
WORKING HOURS: 12: 00–23: 00 (except Sunday)
AVERAGE CHECK: 1 000 rubles

A compact restaurant operating in a special format that is rare for Russia: owners — manager Ilya Smirnov and chef-sommelier Vladimir Yasnogorodsky — work in the hall daily, communicate with visitors for a long time and talk with   sincere enthusiasm about local food and a wine list (consisting only of domestic wines!). The menu, in turn, is completely designed on local products (from Ladoga whitefish   to  Jerusalem artichoke), which are cooked in the tradition of Nordic cuisine. Another important point - the restaurant operates in two shifts: from 12:00 to 15:30 only lunches are served,   and gastronomic dinners start from 18:00.


ADDRESS: emb. Moyki, 72
PHONE: +7 (812) 930–72–72
WORK TIME: 12:00 – 23:30, on weekends - from 13:00
AVERAGE CHECK: 3 000 rubles

You will find here almost all the classics of Russian gastronomy - from salted breasts and mushrooms to smoked sterlet, sturgeon caviar and ravioli. At the same time, with regard to cooking and serving, chefs keep up with the times and are not shy about using techniques from the arsenal of fashionable European neobistro.


ADDRESS: Potemkinskaya St., 4
PHONE: +7 (812) 415–40–40
WORK TIME: 12:00 – 01:00
AVERAGE CHECK: 2,000 rubles

The Blok restaurant on the top floor of the Leningrad Center in the Tauride Garden was opened by Moscow restaurateur Alexander Rappoport, arranged with a characteristic metropolitan scale, but not without allusions to Petersburg plots: the luxurious interior is decorated with works by Russian avant-garde artists and art nouveau decor, and the terraces offer beautiful views of the park, roofs and Smolny Cathedral. The menu consists of more than half meat dishes, considerable attention is paid to Russian cuisine, and they even try to rethink the European classics in the Russian style: the Chateaubriand steak is decorated with black caviar sauce, the tartare is served with pickles and beetroot chutney, and the fillet Mignon - with boletus sauce.


ADDRESS: Petropavlovskaya St., 4
PHONE: +7 (812) 234–45–11
WORK TIME: 12:00 – 23:00
AVERAGE CHECK: 1,500 rubles

Restaurant-attraction on the Petrograd side, stylized as a Russian cottage of the XIX century. Snow-white tablecloths, antique furniture, rows of cans with pickles in carved buffets, romances as musical design and waitresses in lace aprons. On the menu: “A noble fish soup cooked over low heat”, “An enviable size chicken cutlet according to the Kiev model”, “Noble breasts salted in barrels,” and so on.


Author: Anna Dorozhkina

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