Russian Ukrainian and Caucasian Restaurants St Petersburg

Whilst not a definitive list, this gives you something to start off with and we look forward to any other suggestions Details correct at time of press. Please advise us if you find any changes when visiting St Petersburg.
 
Russian cuisine has been widely popular for a long time and there are numerous Russian restaurants all over the world so you will certainly not be surprised by dishes like borshch, pelmeni and bliny with caviar. Therefore we tried to choose some specialties that you will only find in our city. At "Gold Ostap" there is a dish for real gourmets! - Venison on Stewed Sauerkraut with Cranberry and Whortleberry sauce. The main secret of its preparation is that the meat is soaked in a special marinade of olive oil, thyme and white wine to make it tender and succulent. A well-known factory-owner named Demidov always asked for this dish when he arrived in the Urals. It is thought to put you in a good, lively mood. The restaurant also serves great borshch, solyanka, "Hangover" shchi, boullion with little pancakes and a great many other dishes that are the pride of Russian cuisine.
Kalinka-Malinka
The best dishes of Russian traditional cuisine. A wide range of Russian alcoholic drinks. The interior is dedicated in the national style. Also offers a folklore show.
Open: daily
Address: 5 Italianskaya Str.
1913
Russian restaurant, serving traditional St.Petersburg cuisine. A cool, unpretentious interior of two tiers (the upper the more sophisticated), and a location near both the Astoria Hotel and Marinsky Theatre, make it a sensible place to eat for anyone pushed for time but wanting quality food. Music shows.
Open: daily
Address: 13/2 Voznesensky Pr.
Old Custom House (Staraya Tamozhnya)
This Tsarist-era customs house on the spit of Vasilyevsky Island has been painstakingly restored with the kind of theme-park touches that usually indicate a culinary no-go area. Food is an eclectic mix of Russian and European cuisine, it is delicious from the foie gras starters to the crepes Suzette dessert. Enticing ambience and flawless service ensures that the city’s nouveau riche stay on board. Follow the cavalcade of Mercedes.
Open: daily
Address: 1 Tamozhenny walley
Admiralty
The menu features authentic Russian cuisine with its world-famous borsch, pirozhki, and bliny with caviar and vodka. Traditional folk performance.
All major credit cards accepted.
Open: Tues-Sat 6.00 p.m. to 10.30 p.m.
Address: Nevskij Palace Hotel, 57 Nevsky Pr.
The Admiralty in Pushkin
Cosy atmosphere, "maritime style" decor. Wide choice of Russian and European cuisine.
All major credit cards accepted.
Open: daily from noon to 11 p.m.
Address: Catherine Park, Pushkin
Antwerpen
Grand cafe. Russian and European cuisine. High-style decor and music. Superb atmosphere for a family dinner, a business lunch or an intimate supper. Live music daily. Exclusive Russian balalaika program available by prior arrangement.
All major credit cards accepted.
Open: daily noon to midnight
Address: 13/2 Kronverksky Pr.
Austeria
Russian and Old Russian cuisine. Wide selection of drinks and dishes at moderate prices. Superb 18th century Dutch interior.
All major credit cards accepted.
Open: daily, noon to midnight
Address: Ioann's Ravelin, Peter&Paul Fortress
Caviar Bar
Classic ambience, full Russian menu, superb selection of vodka and caviar. Live music.
All major credit cards accepted.
Open: daily 6.00 p.m. to 11.00 p.m.
Address: Grand Hotel Europe, 1/7 Mikhailovskaya Str.
Count Suvorov
Russian and European cuisine of the very highest standard with incomparable dishes from the Court of Her Imperial Majesty. Musical perfomances in the evening.
All major credit cards accepted.
Open: daily noon until the last customer leaves
Address: 26 Sadovaya Str.
Davidov's
Russian cuisine. Extensive choice of caviar, vodka, Russian starters, main courses and desserts. Breakfast served daily from 7.00 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. Live gypsy music from 7.30 p.m.
All major credit cards accepted.
Open: daily 7.00 a.m. to 11.00 p.m.
Address: Astoria Hotel, 39 Bolshaya Morskaya Str.
Demidov
Exquisite Russian cuisine based on old recipes. Dishes of Siberian forest game and fish from the Yenisey, Ob and Lena rivers (sterlet, omul. eel). Live music. Evenings of Russian and Gypsy perfomances. Georgian cuisine cafe.
All major credit cards accepted.
Open: daily noon until the last customer leaves
Address: 14 Fontanka Emb.
The Noble Nest
The restaurant is situated in a tea pavilion of the Yusupov Palace. Exclusive cuisine, extensive wine list. Live music daily from 8.00 p.m.
All major credit cards accepted.
Open: daily noon until the last customer leaves
Address: 12 Dekabristov Str.
Flora
Russian and European cuisine in an old country estate atmosphere, accompanied by string perfomances. Cakes and pastries baked according to original recipes. Music and entertainment show with the "Flora" ballet Fri-Sat
All major credit cards accepted.
Open: daily 1.00 p.m until the last customer leaves
Address: 5 Kamennoostrovsky  Pr.
Imperial
European and Russian cuisine. Sunday jazz brunch served noon to 4.00 p.m.
All major credit cards accepted.
Open: daily
Address: Nevskij Palace Hotel, 57 Nevsky Pr.
Na Zdorovie Restaurant. If you want to try the most delicious Russian food in authentic interior, then Na Zdorovie is the place to go. The meals are exquisite, although the plates slightly small. The restaurant can as well be a museum of Russian history: the interior comprises Soviet relics mixed with traditional Russian crafts. The waiters are very polite, the menus are both in Russian and English. The cuisine is both Russian and 'Soviet', we can recommend especially "pshyonnaya" porridge, potatoes, baked Sudak fish, and Mors (traditional berry drink) that is made in the restaurant.
Address: Boshoy Prospekt, #13, Petropavlovskaya Storona (metro Chkalovskaya - 3 mins walk). Telephone: (812) 232-4039.

Open: Tues-Sun noon to 11.00 p.m.
Olius
Old Russian recipes. Friendly atmosphere. Romance, American classical, and modern, music is  performed on stage. Gypsy music by prior arrangement.
All major credit cards accepted.
Open: daily noon until the last customer leaves
Address: 6/8 7th Krasnoarmeyskaya Str.
Podvorie
Russian cuisine. Folk show.
All major credit cards accepted.
Open: daily noon to 11.00 p.m.
Address: 16 Filtrovskoye schosse, Pavlovsk
Poruchik Rzhevsky
Russian cuisine restaurant/bar. Intellectually frivolous atmosphere.
All major credit cards accepted.
Open: daily noon until the last customer leaves
Address: 26 Sadovaya Str.
Restoran'
Russian and European cuisine. Brunch a la Russe and unlimited wine Sat-Sun noon to 6.00 p.m.
All major credit cards accepted.
Open: daily noon to midnight
Address: 2 Tamozhenny Alleyway
The Hunting Lodge
Restaurant serving Russian hunting fare. Exquisite menu
All major credit cards accepted.
Open: Mon-Thur, Sun noon to midnight, Fri-Sat until 2.00 a.m.
Address: 30 Lermontovsky Pr.
The Red Matryoshka
Russian cuisine. Live music on request.
All major credit cards accepted.
Open:
daily 11.00 a.m. until the last customer leaves
Address:
21 Rimskogo-Korsakova Pr.
Troyka
Russian cuisine, variety show from 8.30 p.m.. Live music.
All major credit cards accepted.
Open:
Mon-Sat noon until the last customer leaves
Address:
27 Zagorodny Pr.
St.Petersburg
First-class Russian and European cuisine, cabaret, live music and dancing.
Open:
daily noon to 2.00 a.m.
Address:
5 Griboedov Canal Emb.
Idiot
Cafe-bar. Russian vegetarian cuisine.

A perfect place to share some intimacy or to chill out calmly with friends on rainy summer evenings. You'll feel the atmosphere when you'll walk down the steps to the cosy cafe, located in  the basement of a house on the canal: a warm 50s style interior, wooden furniture, antique lamps and vinyl players, calm, slightly muted jazz music, soft sofas to melt on, and very friendly waiters, great, tasty and nutritious food. There are 5 different vaulted rooms including an art gallery and a library with second hand English language books and magazines that you can read, while you're chilling out. The restaurant serves only Russian and vegetarian food, coffee, speciality teas. Free vodka with every meal. Other special meals include nuts and bread, large gentlemens' kit (a dinner, 1 litre of vodka and a taxi to the hospital). The staff speaks English, the menu is in Russian and English.
Address: Moika, #82. Location: 3 minutes to St.Isaac cathedral or Astoria hotel, 10 minutes walk from Nevski prospekt along Moika river to the direction of Finland Gulf. Opened: 11.00 - 1.00, the kitchen stops at 0.00 Directions: metro Nevski Prospekt , near St.Isaac cathedral Map: B3 (triangle #3) .Metro: Nevski prospekt, Sadovaya ; Phone: (812) 315-1675

Russian Fishing (Russkaya Rybalka)
"Fisherman's hut" style summer restaurant. You can catch your own trout, sturgeon, beluga, sterlet, and then watch while chefs cook your catch.
Open: noon to 9.00 p.m.
Address: 11 Yuzhnaya doroga, Krestovsky Island

Ukrainian cuisine

The originality of Ukrainian national cuisine finds expression, in the use of such ingredients as pork, salo (pork fat) and beetroot. Salo is perhaps any Ukrainian's favourite food: it can be served as a dish on its own, in the form of crackling (fried salo) as well as a base for many other dishes. It is even used in sweet dishes, blended with sugar and treacle. There is only one Ukrainian restaurant in St. Petersburg - "Shinok". You will find traditional Ukrainian dishes, without a European gloss (as is the fashion these days) - "Katsap" salad; "Ukraine" salad; noodles mixed with cottage cheese and sour cream; vareniki (dumplings) with cheese, potato and mushroom, or cherry; "golubtsi" (vine leaves stuffed with rice and meat); buckwheat kasha with crackling; fritters; Chicken Kiev; pork roll; "Poltavsky" and "Chernigov-sky" borshch; kapustnyak; deruni. It is not possible to list them all - we advise you to go and try for yourself.
From the above it is possible to draw the conclusion that despite the fact that the USSR no longer exists, the wonderful cuisine of that once great power is alive and well. The only difficulty is that nowadays you have to visit several different places to find it all.

Shinok Ukrainian restaurant. Considered to be the best Ukrainian restaurant in St. Petersburg. The food is quite tasty and the portions are hearty. Another advantage is that the restaurant is opened 24 hours a day. The interior is traditional Ukrainian: rough tables and chairs, waiters wearing national costumes. Try vareniki (cottlettes made of cottage cheese), pancakes, various garnishes, salads, and Gorilka (Ukrainian home-made vodka).
Address: Zagorodny prospekt, 13 (metro: Vladimirskaya, Dostoevskaya). Telephone: (812) 311-8262

Caucasian cuisine

Georgian cuisine is characterised by abundant food and genuine Caucasian hospitality. When you visit any Georgian restaurant, you will be amazed above all by the number of different starters and the magnificent meat dishes. Today there are four very popular restaurants in St. Petersburg specialising in Georgian cuisine. We would like to introduce you to the two that we think you will find most pleasant to visit. The first is called "Bagrationi". It is a cosy little restaurant, where the chef (from Georgia) cooks all the meat dishes on a spit. There is a wide selection of shash-liks (kebabs), whose recipe is a closely guarded secret. You are quite likely to be confused by the variety of dishes on the menu, so we have selected the ones we thought most worthy of interest - sturgeon in Baze with a walnut sauce, roast suckling-pig, kuch-machi (beef pluck with onions and spices), lobio, pkhali, the celebrated Georgian soup "kharcho", chanakhi (lamb with vegetables), chkmeruli (chicken in garlic sauce, fried in a clay pan), chizhi, pizhi (minced meat with spices), odzha-khuri on ketsi (home-style brisket) and, of course, khachapuri and mchadi with cheese (a flat maize cake, available only at "Bagrationi").
The second restaurant we suggest is the "Kavkaz-Bar". As you enter the restaurant you find yourself in a pleasant courtyard in the Caucasus, right in the middle of historic St. Petersburg! The menu features all the dishes that are the pride of Georgian cuisine - khinkali, tolma (vine leaves stuffed with meat and rice), various types of shashlik, grilled lamb, meat Adzhar-style, Georgian kharcho (mutton soup), piti (pea soup with mutton), odzha-khuri (braised pork with potatoes) and a great deal more.

Bagrationi
Georgian cuisine. Extensive range of Georgian wines. Live music, spit-roast in the restaurant.
All major credit cards accepted.
Open:
daily noon to midnight
Address:
5/19 Liteyny Pr.
Kavkaz
Caucasian cuisine. Traditional khash dish served on Sunday from 11.00 a.m.
All major credit cards accepted.
Open:
daily noon to midnight
Address:
5 Stakhanovtzev Str.
Kavkaz Bar
Cafe and restaurant serving Caucasian food. "Caucasian courtyard" style interior, personnel in national costumes. Live music from 8.00 p.m.
Open:
daily 11.00 a.m. to 1.00 a.m.
Address:
18 Karavannaya Str.
Kolkhida
Georgian cuisine. Live Georgian singing. Splendid interior. Cafe. Russian billiards.
All major credit cards accepted.
Open:
daily noon to 1.00 a.m.
Address:
176 Nevsky Pr.

Asian cuisine

Though the nation of Uzbekistan is relatively new, gaining independence only after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, their culture is one of the most ancient and refined in Central Asia. One particularly distinctive and well-developed aspect of Uzbek culture is their cuisine.
The seasons, specifically winter and summer, greatly influence the composition of the basic menu. In the  summer, fruit, vegetables, and nuts are ubiquitous. Grapes, melons, apricots, pears, apples, cherries, pomegranates, lemons, figs and dates grow everywhere. Vegetables are no less plentiful. The winter diet traditionally consists of dried fruit and vegetables and preserves.
In general, mutton is the preferred source of protein in the Uzbek diet. Beef and horse meal are also consumed in substantial quantities.
The wide array of breads is a staple for the majority of the population. Many doughs and batters are made with sour milk products, resulting in a unique and delicious flavour. Plov, the Uzbek version of pilaff, is the flagship of their cookery. It consists mainly of fried and boiled meat, onions, carrots and rice; and raisins, barberries, chickpeas or fruit are added for variety.
Uzbek dishes are not notably hot and fiery, though certainly flavourful. Some of their principal spices are black cumin, red and black pepper, barberries, coriander and sesame seeds.
Tea is revered in the finest oriental traditions. It is offered first to any guest. Green tea is the drink of hospitality and is quite predominant. Uzbek men dressed in robes congregate around low tables that are  centred on beds adorned with ancient carpets, and here they enjoy plov, kebab and endless cups of green tea.

Caravan
Asian cuisine, fascinating decor, separate booths, welcoming atmosphere. Spit-roasted game, clay-oven-baked bread.
Open:
daily noon to 2.00 a.m.
Address:
46 Voznesensky Pr.
Caravan-Saray
Uzbek cuisine. Eastern-style decor. House speciality in genuine uzbek plov. VIP room.
All major credit cards accepted.
Open:
daily noon until last customer leaves
Address:
1 Nekrasova Str.
Kalif
Asian restaurant with superb decor and cuisine. Extensive menu. Folk music and belly dancing daily.
All major credit cards accepted.
Open:
daily noon to 11.00 p.m.
Address:
21 Millionnaya Str.