First timers guide around dining in Saint Petersburg — part 2

Smoke BBQ

A one of a kind real Texas barbecue in a light and wood-dominated interior in the heart of Saint Petersburg – launched by people who trained with the pros in Austin, Texas. The only smokery of its kind in the country produces incredibly tender and fragrant beef brisket, and the selection of meat courses is huge. The beer selection is also on point, making this a perfect place for a night out with friends after a game. A place on this central stree packed with restaurants really needs to be top-notch to stay afloat, and it does with great reviews, so do check it out.

ADDRESSES

11, Ulitsa Rubinshteina

HOURS

Mon-Thu: 12 PM – 12 AM
Fri: 12 PM – 2 AM
Sat: 10 AM – 2 AM
Sun: 10 AM – 12 AM

MENU PREVIEW:

Tres leches dessert ≈$7

Mindal Café

Hospitality and consistently delicious food are the essence of this cozy restaurant with a luxurious view of Saint Petersburg’s center. The menu focuses on Caucasian cuisine, but courses from other countries appear as weekly specials. As if this critics’ and guests’ favorite didn’t offer enough to its guests, the chef will be happy to cook your favorite dish even if it’s not on the menu. In the summer, you can see the bridges being drawn right from the open terrace.

ADDRESSES

26, Angliyskaya Naberezhnaya

HOURS

Mon-Sun: 12 PM – to the last guest

MENU PREVIEW:

Veal breast in white wine with spices. ≈$10
Beef, arugula, and cured tomato salad ≈$10
Apple cinnamon strudel ≈$7

Restoran’

A traditional Russian restaurant without the expected a la Russe kitsch. The menu encompasses very different eras and social strata – from pre-revolutionary aristocratic dinners to Soviet home-style dishes. Well-trained waiters, excellent service, extensive menu and solid execution.

ADDRESSES

2, Tamozhennyi Pereulok

HOURS

12 PM – 12 AM

MENU PREVIEW:

Pelmeni ≈$10
Grilled or steamed sturgeon with grilled vegeables ≈$50
Veal medallions with pumpkin puree and mushroom sauce ≈$20

Gräs and Madbaren

This 2-storey restaurant in the Russian Museum vicinity captures the spirit of Saint Petersburg perfectly – laconic on the outside, complex and unique on the inside. The best way to get acquainted with the chef’s distinctive approach is the 9 course tasting set. The cocktail list, just like the menu, aims to serve the freshest local seasonal ingredients and will pleasantly surprise you with the selection of homemade infusions.

ADDRESSES

7, Inzhenernaya Ulitsa

HOURS

Sun-Thu: 1 PM – 11 PM
Fri-Sat: 1 PM – 1 AM

MENU PREVIEW:

Cream of red cabbage with beans and pomegranate ≈$7
Braised lamb with turnip and figs ≈$12
White chocolate mousse with fried cabbage ≈$5

Dachniki

A Soviet-style café referencing the typical décor of an average Soviet era apartment – old TVs with nostalgic films on, disk phones, and other things that most Russians recognize at first sight form their childhood. The menu is in line with the concept and is an original take at comfort food of that time. Very tasty, just like grandma used to make.

ADDRESSES

20, Nevsky Prospekt

HOURS

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

MENU PREVIEW:

Borsht ≈$5
Salmon steak with grilled zucchini ≈$9
Sharlotka apple pie ≈$4

Jerome

Farm to table is taken to a whole new level here — fresh greens are grown right at the restaurant, a fresh approach to cooking has taken root. Delectable food that outweighs the somewhat inconsistent service.

ADDRESSES

25/11, Bolshaya Morskaya Ulitsa

HOURS

9 AM – 12 AM

MENU PREVIEW:

Shrimp seviche with marinated daikon ≈$10
Burrata with bottarga ≈$12
Ox tails with truffles ≈$9

Hamlet + Jacks

Vintage design, brick walls, and over 100 items on the wine list. Creative molecular cuisine with original presentation and plating. Just don’t sit by the windows – there’s a perpetual draft.

ADDRESSES

2, Volynsky Pereulok

HOURS

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

MENU PREVIEW:

Siberian venison carpaccio with onion marmalade, pesto, seaberry, pine oil (≈$9)
Buckwheat lasagna with braised turkey and smoked cottage cheese (≈$11)
Murmansk cod with green peas, goat cheese, nectarine sauce w/pike caviar (≈$9)

Beefzavod

An trendy place in an industrial style interior serving good quality steaks and other serious meat dishes. The restaurant owners also own a farm, so freshness is guaranteed. A very well-considered wine selection and a special bonus for the brave — the bathroom stylized as a meat fridge.

ADDRESSES

2, Aptekarsky Prospect

HOURS

12 PM to the last guest

MENU PREVIEW:

Premium steaks from (≈$12/100g)
Rack of lamb with zucchini, garlic butter and scallions (≈$25)
Bone marrow (≈$12)

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