First timers guide around dining in Saint Petersburg — part 1

If you are visiting Saint Petersburg for the first time, this guide is all you need to make sure you have the must visit restaurants of the city on your itinerary.

Erarta

It’s located right at Saint Petersburg’s Erarta museum of modern art, so here’s another reason to venture out in this direction. An unusual, modern and appropriately artsy interior is executed in deep bright colors. The menu offers a new take on familiar textures and flavors, award-winning desserts deserve a special mention and exhibition-themed sets are a new gastronomic art form. The terrace is open in the summers.

ADDRESSES

2, 29th Liniya, Vasilievskiy Ostrov

HOURS

Sun-Thu: 12 PM – 10 PM
Fri-Sat: 12 PM – 11PM

MENU PREVIEW:

Venison tartar with clarified butter and marinated lingonberries ≈$9
Duck confit with parsnip, bulgur and red berry sauce ≈$12
Lime mousse with orange liqueur flambé ≈$7

Mesto

A gastropub with an unusual mystical vibe – it’s dark, decorated with candles, a skull and complemented with the portrait of the Queen of England on top, but the Victorian spirit doesn’t interfere with the appetite. One of the landmark Saint Petersburg restaurants. European cuisine with a chef’s twist.

ADDRESSES

59, Kronverkskiy Prosekt

HOURS

12 PM – 12 AM

MENU PREVIEW:

Green pea and mint soup ≈$9
Calamari with black rice ≈$16
Pasta bottarga ≈$14

The Repa

Modern Russian cuisine right by the Mariinsky opera and ballet theater; thus, a perfect place for a pre-or post-show dinner. Colorful hand-painted interior, and direct and indirect references to Melpomene, the muse of theater – for instance, the concert piano is ex-property of Mariinsky. An innovatively bohemian interpretation of Russian cuisine, with an emphasis on seasonal ingredients strictly from around Russia.

ADDRESSES

18, Teatralnaya Ploshchad

HOURS

Mon-Fri: 5 PM – 1 AM

MENU PREVIEW:

Kamchatka crab with bear and green sour cream ≈$18
Venison with salty grits, mushroom sauce and pine nuts ≈$18
Baked beef tongue with charred potatoes and fig sauce ≈$16

Social Club

Located in one of the trendiest areas of Saint Petersburg, this place manages to fuse European cuisine with Near Eastern motives in the most creative ways. The bar is well-stocked, there are concerts and performances to be entertained with and the food is excellent.

ADDRESSES

40/11, Ulitsa Rubinshteina

HOURS

Sun-Thu: 12 PM – 1 AM
Fri-Sat: 12 PM – 3 AM

MENU PREVIEW:

Black quinoa, vegetables and homemade feta salad ≈$6
Shrimp bisque with vegetables ≈$7
Duck breast with cream of parsnip ≈$10

Vkusnye Shtuchki

Delicious things

You’d never imagine what a treasure of handmade ice-cream is waiting for you in this unpretentious place. It can’t boast a designer interior or even a bathroom and while they do serve soups and salads, among other things, that’s not what you come here for — the absolute star of the show here is ice-cream. Over 40 varieties, from traditional to marzipan & ginger, wild mushrooms, gorgonzola with honey & pine nuts, raspberries and milky oolong… The desserts are also excellent, and just like the ice-cream are made with the finest quality natural ingredients.

ADDRESSES

16/1, Bolshoi Prospect, Petrogradskaya Storona

HOURS

Mon-Sun: 10 AM – 9 PM

MENU PREVIEW:

Ice cream and sorbet ≈$5/100g

Tartarbar

One of the trendiest Saint Petersburg venues, this gastropub serves, as you may have guessed, a variety of raw fish and meat dishes from around the globe — tartar, seviche, carpaccio, tataki. Visceral meats are another hit on the menu, and are complemented by homemade sauces. The crystal chandelier looks striking against brick walls, but that’s not the main reason to stop by – it’s the food.

ADDRESSES

15, Vilensky Pereulok

HOURS

1 PM – 12 AM

MENU PREVIEW:

Dorado carpaccio with broccoli pesto ≈$7
Clam carpaccio with spinach ≈$9
Cod with cream of chorizo ≈$10

Go to health / Suki Sushi

Delightful sushi and vegetarian treats – these are actually two different venues that share an entrance. Breakfast is served until 12 PM. Menus at both eateries are super fresh, the interiors are eccentric and the waitresses wear cute pajamas. Frothy miso soup is served in a cup, just like in Japan. There’s a strange charm to the simple interior, especially, for the lovers of graffiti.

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ADDRESSES

37, Syezzhinskaya Ulitsa

HOURS

Mon-Sun: 11 AM – 11 PM

MENU PREVIEW:

Clam, crab, basil, olive oil and yuzu juice sushi ≈$3
Miso soup ≈$3
Russian roll (crab, salmon, red caviar and creamy horseradish) ≈$15

Duo

A must-visit from the creators of Tartarbar, the tiny Duo has been honored with numerous awards for the astounding food. Apart from that it has become a locals’ favorite for the democratic pricing policy and the fact that the two chefs/owners cook and serve the guests personally. There isn’t much else to say, this is really a place that you can’t miss out on. Reservations are highly recommended, it’s hardly an option to get a table otherwise.

ADDRESSES

8A, Kirochnaya Ulitsa

HOURS

Mon-Thu: 1 PM – 12 AM
Fri-Sat: 1 PM – 2 AM
Sun: 1 PM – 12 AM

MENU PREVIEW:

Duck leg ragout with wild mushrooms ≈$7
Crab bisque ≈$7
Crunchy pork ribs with apple and wasabi ≈$9

Kokoko

A new trendy version of Russian cuisine with an emphasis on seasonal ingredients and local farmers’ products. Chef Igor Grishechkin reinvents classic Russian recipes with major conceptual twists, using modern techniques and a serving the meals with a very distinctive presentation and plating style.

ADDRESSES

6, Voznesensky Prospect, The W Hotel

HOURS

Mon-Sun
Breakfast 7 AM – 11 AM
Dinner 2 PM – 1 AM

MENU PREVIEW:

Rilettes with onion jam and hot rye toast ≈$14
Perlotto with fine herbs and beef tartar ≈$18
Sprat mousse on dark dread-flavored rolls ≈$10

Café Rubinshtein

A bohemian place on the trendiest restaurant strip in Saint Petersburg. Sunday brunches, affordable yet quality wine, salads, pasta and hors d’oeuvres form the crux of the menu. White color dominates the interior along with lots of mirrors and panoramic windows.

ADDRESSES

20, Ulitsa Rubinshteina

HOURS

Mon-Sun: 10 PM – 2 AM

MENU PREVIEW:

Beef tartar, caramelized pumpkin and mushroom mousse salad with spinach and mixed greens ≈$12
Spicy beef tail broth ≈$6
Trout with quinoa and dill sauce ≈$15

Raw Materials Bar
This conceptual gastrobar occupies one of the halls of the avant-garde Russian cuisine restaurant Molto Bueno
Raw Materials Bar
This conceptual gastrobar occupies one of the halls of the avant-garde Russian cuisine restaurant Molto Bueno
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