Saint Petersburg is often referred to as Northern Venice, no wonder there are numerous places where you can wine and dine by — or even on — the water. Here is our selection of the top 10 restaurants located on docks, tour cruise ships, and party boats.
Il Lago dei Cigni
This is an Italian restaurant run by the famous chef Vincenzo Verdoscia. The luxurious interiors were designed by Hirsch Bedner Associates and the sense of luxury is supported by a unique wine list, live music, and Mediterranean hospitality. The restaurant itself sits on the very edge of the Swan Lake (hence its name), giving visitors the opportunity to watch these magnificent birds throughout the year.
Letuchiy Gollandets translates as flying Dutchman, in case you are wondering. The floating complex is a replica of a Dutch 18th-century three-master called the Amsterdam, the Flying Dutchman includes 4 restaurants: French and Italian cuisine in the Terrassa; Japanese cuisine in Panorama; Brazilian in Palube; and in the summertime the Ponton restaurant serves Russian signature dishes. The complex offers a magnificent view over the sights of Saint Petersburg: St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Palace Embankment, the Peter and Paul Fortress, the arrow of Vasilevsky Island, and the drawbridges. With an atmosphere of a real ship, this restaurant complex is great for eating out at any weather: at an open deck, with raffia tables and folding umbrellas, or at a separate room under a roof, with cozy sofas.
The restaurant is located on the upper deck of the three-story motor ship and offers dishes of European, Japanese, and Italian cuisine. The specialty here is the splendid seafood, which you can enjoy while on a voyage from the Aurora cruiser to the Exchange Bridge.
An ideal place for a relaxed evening in a Russian-style tent with a water view. Here you not only get to take in the view but go fishing, if you so desire. The lucky catch is then smoked, salted or baked, and served to please both your pride and stomach.
Located at a floating dock, the place offers a stunning view of the Peter and Paul Fortress and the Palace Bridge. Claiming to be the first street food joint on the water in the world, Fernanda serves burritos, pitas, tortillas, and salads. You can continue to take a Meteor boat from the same dock.
Placed on the third deck of a floating stage, this is a place with a great panoramic view of the Neva and the arrow of Vasilievsky Island that you can enjoy while nibbling on seafood delicacies. Not only delicious but creatively presented: perch fillet baked with seafood, wrapped in a bakery paper envelope, tied with strings and sealed with wax is a perfect example.
A sunny terrace on the second deck of a floating dock serves Italian, Pan-Asian, and Russian cuisine and has a great selection of wine and other drinks.
Translated as ‘by the river’ this homey terrace offers a view of the Krestovka River and serves European and Russian cuisine. Especially known for their selection of pickles like tomato, wild garlic, cucumber, and cabbage — the perfect pairing for Russian vodka. The restaurant has its own dock for mooring yachts, boats, and water taxis.
Placed on a floating dock moored right by the TV tower, this is a classy restaurant with a Dutch-style terrace equipped with comfortable sofas and aged wooden tables, serving almost everything, from meat dishes to baked pastries — all cooked in the josper charcoal oven.
There are two Purga establishments right next to each other on the Fontanka river. Both are legendary party ships. Purga I celebrates New Year’s Eve every night, while in Purga II celebrates weddings. Whatever theme you decide to go with, make sure you arrive before midnight not to miss out on the countdown to a night of fun.