Eating Out

Barbaresco, a newcomer on the city’s dining scene, has a stylishly cluttered interior and equally appealing balcony level. Bodyguards, however, must be left outside.

An independent overview of St. Petersburg's dining scene.

Alfresco Dining

What follows is a brief overview of restaurants with summer terraces — from simple sidewalk seating to rooftop gardens, from patios in the courtyard to floating restaurants on the Neva.

GRAND HOTEL EUROPE

Corner of Nevsky Prospekt and Mikhailovskaya Ulitsa.
Tel: 329 6628

The Grand Hotel Europe's summer terrace is surely one of the best places in the city for watching the world go by.

JAMES COOK

2 Shvedsky Pereulok.
Tel: 312 3200

Situated at the end of the pedestrianized Malaya Konyushennaya Ulitsa, the outdoor seating area of this upscale café-bar is a pleasant place in which to while away the White Nights.

MOPS

12 Ulitsa Rubinsteina.
Tel: 572-38-34

The sidewalk terrace of this elegant Thai restaurant is in fact a permanent glass extension — good for chilly or wet days.

OKEAN

14a Prospekt Dobrolyubova
Tel: 986 8600

This floating fusion restaurant-bar moored near the Birzhevoi bridge has an open deck.

RENAISSANCE

St. Petersburg Baltic Hotel 4 Pochtamtskaya Ulitsa.
Tel: 380 40 00

The sixth-floor terrace at this hotel offers superb views of St. Isaac's Cathedral along with excellent food.

SCHASTYE

15 Ulitsa Rubinsteina.
Tel: 572 2675

Cherubim-themed Schastye (Happiness), which serves European cuisine, has a very pleasant wooden sidewalk terrace.

STROGANOFF STEAK HOUSE

4 Konnogvardeisky Boulevard
Tel: 314 5514

The city's steak empire opened its sidewalk terrace on the leafy Konnogvardeisky Boulevard for the first time this year.

TARKHUN

14 Karavannaya Ulitsa
Tel: 571 1115

This popular restaurant serving divine Caucasian fare has a small terrace on the sidewalk next to Dom Kino.

TEPLO

45 Bolshaya Morskaya Ulitsa
Tel: 570 1974

The tables in Teplo's courtyard, which in summer is decorated with a glorious jungle of plants and flowers, are unsurprisingly wildly popular on warm days.

BALTIKA BREW

3-5 Bolshaya Morskaya Ulitsa.
Tel: 921 0912.
11 a.m. until the last customer leaves.

Baltika Brew enjoys a peerless location next to Palace Square, but inside there is still some fine-tuning to be done. The food, which includes Indian cuisine and pub snacks, ranges from excellent to fatty and forgettable, and the service is friendly but somewhat hapless.

BARBARESCO

2 Konyushennaya Ploshchad.
Tel: 647 8282.
8 a.m. to 2 a.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 6 a.m. weekends.

Barbaresco, serving Italian and European dishes that are on the whole very good, is another addition to the streak of trendy new bar-cum-restaurants on Konnyushennaya Ploshchad. The restaurant claims Gerard Depardieu is a frequent customer.

CAVIAR BAR

Angleterre Hotel. 24 Malaya Morskaya Ulitsa.
Tel: 494 5061.
Noon to 2 a.m.

The vast, arching windows of Caviar Bar provide a spectacular view of St. Isaac's Cathedral. You should be warned, however: Unless you are an oil tycoon and/or a local bureaucrat, this isn't the ideal place to head to for a cheap lunchtime snack. Choose from four types of caviar, served with traditional blinis.

CÔTÉ JARDIN

3a Ulitsa Mayakovskogo.
Tel: 335 1188.
6.30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

A stylish Mediterranean restaurant in the central Novotel St. Petersburg Center hotel. There is a business buffet every weekday lunchtime, but its main selling point is the homemade pastries from the in-house deli.

DAVIDOV

39 Bolshaya Morskaya Ulitsa.
Tel: 494 5815.
7 a.m. to midnight.

Not cheap, but nevertheless one of the top fine dining experiences to be had in the city. Its elegant Style Moderne interior, fantastic location overlooking St. Isaac's Square and the fascinating history of the building itself (it's housed within the historic Astoria Hotel) are also major advantages.

DOLCE AMARO

10 Ulitsa Barochnaya.
Tel: 380 8040
Noon to 11 p.m.

A visit to this part of the Petrograd Side will be more than rewarded by the delectable Italian classics served up at Dolce Amaro. There is no pizza on the menu, and nor is it necessary.

DOM BYTA

12 Razezzhaya Ulitsa.
Tel: 975 5599.
Noon to 6 a.m.

During the daytime, Dom Byta functions as a chilled-out café, but by night it hosts all-night parties popular with the city's movers and shakers. Drinks are frighteningly expensive, but the excellent food, which includes dishes from India, Mexico and Thailand, is fortunately more democratically priced.

FERMA

1 Finlyandsky Prospekt.
Tel: 542 8866.
Mon to Fri 11 p.m. to 12 a.m. Sat, Sun 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Ferma (farm) does not take its name lightly; it is 'rustic' to the extreme. The menu is a hybrid of French, Russian and Italian dishes, including excellent pizzas. Both the service and food here are impressive, and despite its location on the Vyborg Side, this restaurant comes highly recommended.

FISH HOUSE

4 Pereulok Grivtsova.
Tel: 448 2277.
Noon to midnight.

The same restaurant group that gave the city Stroganoff Steak House has now created a seafood cousin. The large fish-based menu features soups and a large variety of fish and shellfish dishes. There is a good wine list and very helpful English-speaking wait staff.

FRANCESCO

47 Suvorovsky Prospekt.
Tel: 275 0552.
Noon to midnight.

An impeccable two-story restaurant with a pleasantly cluttered interior and cheerful, chattering clientele. Everything at Francesco is laudably fresh, and prices at this Ginza Project establishment range from reasonable to redoubtable. There is a popular outdoor terrace in the summer.

FRANSMANNI

3a Bataisky Pereulok.
Tel: 335 2270.
Mon to Thurs noon to 11 p.m. Fri 12 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sat 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sun 1 p.m. to 11 p.m.

A cosy French-style restaurant in the Sokos Hotel Olympic Garden, slightly out of the center. The menu offers an excellent selection of meat dishes, but fewer vegetarian options, in a rustic atmosphere with an open fire.

GASTRONOM

1/7 Naberezhnaya Reki Moiki.
Tel: 314 3849.
Noon to midnight (3 a.m. on weekends).

This restaurant's main dining room is spacious, brightly lit and very homey. The style is reminiscent of a classic French kitchen, with the walls adorned by rows of dusty wine bottles. Happily, the European and Asian cuisine lives up to the impression created by the space. Salads are sublime and generously sized. The main courses do not disappoint, either.

GAVROCHE

166 Nevsky Prospekt.
Tel: 717 1270.
Noon to midnight.

Not quite its London-based namesake, this French bistro offers authentic French food with swift, helpful service in a relaxing atmosphere and, unusually, a good range of delicious desserts. The menu is complemented by a decent wine list.

GOGOL

8 Malaya Morskaya Ulitsa.
Tel: 312 6097.
Noon to midnight.

Given its prime location just off Nevsky on the mini-hotel-peppered Malaya Morskaya Ulitsa, Gogol looks set to reel in the tourists, and deservedly so. Everything about the restaurant oozes quality, and the traditional Russian dishes themselves match the high standards set by the interior and service.

KOMPOT

10 Ulitsa Zhukovskogo.
Tel: 719 6542.
Noon to midnight Sun — Thurs, noon to 3 a.m at weekends.

A delightful kooky café with some weird and wonderful furnishings serving a range of international dishes rarely found in St. Petersburg, including excellent hummus, as well as outstanding Caucasian cuisine. The service is however somewhat hit-and-miss.

KUKHNYA

77 Nab. Reki Fontanki.
Tel: 310 0689, 310 5280.
Noon to midnight.

This stylish and tastefully decorated French eatery is a delight. The simple menu of classic Gallic dishes does not disappoint and is complemented by an equally impressive wine list. The service is attentive.

KVARTIRA NO. 55

36 1aya Liniya Vasilyevsky Island.
Tel: 327 7444.
9 a.m. till 6 a.m.

If the name Kvartira (Apartment) No. 55 leads you to expect a converted communal apartment packed with Soviet kitsch, have no fear: Understatement — to the point of extreme — is the byword at this modestly upscale wine bar. Both the traditional Russian cuisine and the European dishes are generally excellent.

LAPLANDIA

44 5aya Sovietskaya Ulitsa.
Tel: 948 0099.
Daily from noon until the last customer leaves.

Located on a dim corner across from the Chernyshevsky Gardens, Laplandia's interior is an all-wood affair resembling an enormous dacha or banya. The leather-and-fur-bound menu is divided into Lapland and Scandinavia halves, each with enough variety and substance to serve as stand-alone offerings, though on neither side do vegetables feature prominently.

MANSARDA

Quattro Corti business center, 3-5 Pochtamtskaya Ulitsa.
Tel: 956 9666.
11 a.m. to 1 a.m.

This top-floor restaurant stretches around the entire roof of the building — three sides are enclosed by wall-to-ceiling windows, while the fourth serves as an open-air terrace in the summer. There are spectacular views out onto St. Isaac's Cathedral and across the entire city, and some very good European and Asian cuisine.

MASSMIDIYA

39a Zagorodny Prospekt.
Tel: 319 3762.
11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

This Belgian restaurant has an original menu and prompt service. The name is a play on the Russian word for mussels, which unsurprisingly feature heavily in a variety of guises and will not disappoint.

METAMORFOS

Radisson Sonya Hotel. 5/19 Liteiny Prospekt.
Tel: 406 0006.
Noon to midnight.

This is an unostentatiously elegant Dostoevsky-themed restaurant. Along with the customary Russian starters, soups and main dishes, a wide range of pasta and grilled dishes are available. It is one of St. Petersburg's few restaurants with full wheelchair access.

MIX IN ST. PETERSBURG

6 Voznesensky Prospekt.
Tel: 610 6161

The restaurant of the newly opened W hotel operates under the name of top flight chef Alain Ducasse. The portions here are modest, but the European cuisine served up is simply spectacular.

O! CUBA

36 Ulitsa Rubinshteina.
Tel: 312 8892.
12 p.m. until the last customer leaves.

O! Cuba is a Cuban concept restaurant that truly captures the essence of post-revolutionary Havana. The restaurant's centerpiece and king table is a powder blue '56 Buick Special Convertible. While the appetizers are good, the entrees don't quite measure up, and money is best spent on the appetizers, drinks and cigars.

PORTOBELLO

12a Zagorodny Prospekt.
Tel: 915 5501.
11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

With attentive wait staff, a relaxed atmosphere, simple yet chic decor and an extensive menu offering a variety of classic Italian dishes, the owners of the old-standing favorite Da Albertone on Millionaya Ulitsa have come up with another winner. Although the dishes are simple, each is perfectly executed.

PRAVILA POVEDENIYA (THE RULES OF BEHAVIOR)

38 Ulitsa Rubinshteina.
Tel: 956 4842.
Noon to midnight

This is an intriguing sci-fi themed restaurant with wait staff seemingly dressed as characters from the film The Fifth Element. However, the food is hard to fault and reasonably priced, and the homemade pasta comes highly recommended.

RUSSIAN VODKA ROOM NO. 1

4 Konnogvardeisky Boulevard.
Tel: 570 6422.
Open noon through midnight.

From the people responsible for the excellent Stroganoff Steak House just up the road, this restaurant-and-vodka-museum in one is brilliant at giving newcomers to the city an (expensive) introduction to Russian cuisine.

SOUP AND WINE

24 Kazanskaya Ulitsa.
Tel: 312 7690.
Noon to midnight.

This small, convenient and reasonably priced eatery is ideal for a light lunch. The food is good but the selection isn't huge. The assortment of snacks and light meals are perfect fuel for a busy day's sightseeing or afternoon's work.

ST. PETERSBURG RESTAURANT

5 Nab. Kanala Griboyedova.
Tel: 314 4947.
Noon to midnight.

An upscale restaurant in the historic heart of the city. It serves a varied combination of European and Russian dishes from its location across the canal from Church on the Spilled Blood. The service is impressive and they stock a comprehensive wine cellar.

STROGANOFF STEAK HOUSE

4 Konnogvardeisky Boulevard.
Tel: 314 5514.
Noon to midnight.

This spacious and comfortable restaurant is a mainstay of the St. Petersburg restaurant scene, offering an unsurprisingly meat-based menu. It's not cheap, but the Stroganoff burger and large range of steaks are highly commendable.

TANDOOR

2 Voznesensky Prospekt.
Tel: 312 3886, 312 5310.
Noon to 11 p.m.

Tandoor offers a comprehensive range of delicacies from the subcontinent in a pleasantly kitsch setting, with very friendly service. It's not the cheapest, but it's worth every kopeck. The business lunch comes highly recommended.

TERRASSA

3 Kazanskaya Ulitsa.
Tel. 937 6837, 610 6837, delivery 941 4224.
Mon — Wed 11 p.m. to 12 a.m. Thu — Fri 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sat noon to 1 a.m. Sun noon to 12 p.m.

This rooftop restaurant on the top floor of the former Vanity fashion boutique offers an Asian-fusion menu. It may be overpriced, but this place is more about style than substance, with great views of the city's skyline.

VESNA

2 Konyushennaya Ploshchad.
Tel: 913 4545.
11 a.m. to midnight (2 a.m. at weekends).

Located in the newly-renovated imperial stables on Konyushennaya Ploshchad, Vesna brings new life to the often precarious world of fusion dining. Combining European, Russian and Asian cuisine with an intimate atmosphere, Vesna is one of the hottest joints in town.

VOLGA-VOLGA

Petrovskaya Naberezhnaya, opposite building no.8, near the Avrora cruiser.
Tel: 900 8338.
24 hours

The cuisine at this glamorous floating restaurant moored near the Avrora cruiser is best described as fusion with an emphasis on seafood. Though expensive, the dishes are delicately and exquisitely prepared. The restaurant also offers cruises along the Neva.

ZHELANIYA

23 Prospekt Dobrolyubova.
Tel: 232 9883.
Midday until 11 p.m

The homey ambiance at Zhelaniya, which means "wishes," can be felt straight away: Zhelaniya is a very warm place in every sense of the world, from genial service to good heating. The continental menu is innovative and admirable — the broccoli puree is a heavenly concoction that deserves special mention.


White Nights June 2011
White Nights June 2011
The guide White Nights has an exciting article about famous St. Petersburg parks, recommends the best restaurants of the city, and also publishes a city map with useful information about places to eat and famous landmarks.
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