The 7 hottest restaurants in Sochi

There are good old maitres of the restaurant industry and there are the latest and trendiest super stars of the city’s dining scene. This is a quick guide around the latter.

Baran Rapan

The name of the restaurant is a reflection of its cuisine, which combines two cultural and gastronomic traditions. Baran (lamb in English) is associated with Caucasian gastronomic tradition and Rapan (conch shell) with the seafood of the Black Sea.

Wildly popular among both locals and tourists, Baran Rapan offers very original meat and seafood dishes that surprise you with the choice of ingredients, then overwhelm you with the taste. Baked fresh cheese with pineapple guava, and beet and celery powder? Must try! Airy white chocolate mousse with green coriander glaze and soft goat cheese? You can’t imagine how good it is! The chef picks the local wild herbs himself to season the food, and there’s a good selection of Russian wines for you to try. The interior of the restaurant was created by renowned Moscow architect Maria Zhukova and is based on the eclecticism of mountains and sea, with elements of stone, wood and metal. The restaurant is made up of 2 storeys connected by a spiral staircase in the shape of a conch shell.

ADDRESSES

12, Pushkina Ulitsa11 Teatralnaya Ulitsa

HOURS

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

AVERAGE CHECK:

≈$40

Corks

Although recently opened, this wine bar instantly made Sochi’s hit list, thanks to its impressive wine list. The chef and sommelier work in perfect synergy to make sure that each dish complements the wine recommended by the Saint Petersburg sommelier to reveal the fullness of its bouquet. The menu is simple, and something from the fingerfood section is already quite satisfying to go with a recommended wine. When it comes to mains try the homemade burrata with herbal crème and black salt, and duck breast salad with coconut and almond milk dressing, which are absolutely delicious.

ADDRESSES

7/3 Navaginskaya Ulitsa

HOURS

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

AVERAGE CHECK:

≈$25

Fettucine

This is hands down one of the best Italian restaurants in Sochi, run by a talented Italian chef Daniel Benedetti. Guto Rustico salad with soft goat cheese marinated in estragon is a good option to start with and a daily pasta special is never a miss for the main, actually, anything you order here is never a miss. They also serve breakfast, which is not such a frequent occurrence in a Sochi restaurant as you might expect.

ADDRESSES

11 Teatralnaya Ulitsa

HOURS

10 AM – 12 AM

AVERAGE CHECK:

≈$25

Wood Coffee

This coffee house has a minimalist seaport-inspired interior, a wood-decked terrace, and original coffee drinks neighbouring the classics on the menu. Grab an iced cappuccino with cucumber and enjoy your book for as long as you want. Not many places in Sochi can boast almond, non-lactose and coconut milk, especially free of charge.

ADDRESSES

2 Morskoy Pereulok

HOURS

9 AM – 10 PM

AVERAGE CHECK:

≈$10

Khmeli Suneli

One of best kept secrets in Sochi – mostly local clientele, hearty portions, and a menu that’s not really based on any particular concept, but has a little of everything instead. Although a restaurant without a specialty might sound alarming, the quality of food here is very consistent, and you can’t go wrong as long as you don’t expect anything out of the ordinary. They serve pizza, khinkali, tiramisu, and everything in between. Cosy on the inside, the restaurant has a lovely outdoor terrace.

ADDRESSES

57 Ulitsa Roz

HOURS

10 AM – 1 AM

AVERAGE CHECK:

≈$20

Amshenskyi Dvor

The restaurant complex is located between Sochi and Krasnaya Polyana, right next to the longest suspended pedestrian bridge in the world. The restaurant complex is owned by an Armenian family, and includes a private ethnographic museum. So when you are done bungy jumping off the suspended bridge and exploring the neighbouring nature sights, do drop by the restaurant for a taste of authentic Caucasian cuisine.

ADDRESSES

15-a Krasnoflotskaya Ulitsa, selo Kazachyi Brod

HOURS

11 AM – 11 PM

AVERAGE CHECK:

≈$35

Red Fox

Located in the Rosa Khutor ski resort area near Sochi, which also makes for a great day trip in the summer, the Red Fox is a gourmet restaurant established by a famous chef from Moscow. Not many restaurants in Sochi focus on local ingredients, but Red Fox makes the best of them serving trout, Ossetian pies, local greens and cheeses. Watch out – the spinach panna cotta with sour cream ice cream and tonic glaze is addictive.

ADDRESSES

3/13 Naberezhnaya Lavanda, Rosa Khutor

HOURS

12 PM – 12 AM

AVERAGE CHECK:

≈$35

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