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14 best restaurants in Moscow

What was the common food in the Soviet times and what did Oblomov’s sofa look like? Here are the places that rethink traditional Russian cuisine and restaurant design.


White Rabbit

The Alice in Wonderland-themed venue on the top floor of Smolensky Passage mall (check the spectacular 360° view over the city) is the award-winning White Rabbit, a regular feature on lists of the world’s best restaurants. Chef Vladimir Mukhin keeps reinventing Russian cuisine, using local products and traveling across the country for new recipes and ingredients. Must try: crispy borodinsky bread, coconut lard and sour cream ice cream. Guests can choose from no less than fifty à la carte dishes and two tasting menus. Booking in advance is required.

Address
3 Smolenskaya ploshchad, 16th floor

Website
whiterabbitmoscow.ru/en/

Price
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Mari Vanna

Address
Spiridonovskiy per, 10a

website
marivanna.ru/en/

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Homemade food in the cozy atmosphere of an old Russian apartment—to enter, you even need to ring a doorbell. Here you can have traditional Russian dishes like borsch, pelmeni and pierogi. Try their baked pancakes with buckwheat and liver or crab. And don’t miss a chance to pet the house cat.

Voskhod

The place located in Zaryadye Park near Red Square is a perfect example of a new take on a Soviet restaurant: the 1960s meet futuristic contemporary designers and artists. As a bonus, there are panoramic views of the Kremlin and Vasilyevsky Descent. The space-themed interior is complemented by hosts dressed in space uniforms and space food vending machines. The menu pays tribute to the former Soviet countries: try classical Olivier salad, cutlets and borsch, as well as Georgian khinkali, Central Asian plov, fresh seafood on ice and a great variety of desserts.

address
Ulitsa Varvarka, 6с7

website
voshodrest.ru/eabout

price
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Café Pushkin

address
Tverskoy blv, 26A

website
cafe-pushkin.ru/en/#1

price
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The legendary Moscow restaurant named after the great Russian poet is an absolute must-visit. It opened in 1999 in a renovated 18th-century Baroque mansion on Tverskoy Boulevard in central Moscow where Pushkin himself was said to have strolled. The place offers the best and most traditional Russian pelmeni, borsch, blinis and amazing desserts.

Beluga

The place with posh chandeliers and views across Moscow’s historic rooftops inside the National Hotel blends Russian traditional cuisine with the latest culinary trends. It is all about caviar: 24 varieties served in sets and on bread-and-butter sandwiches. Aside from caviar, you can try the vinegret salad and Sosva herring or a Kiev cutlet mixed into ice cream.

address
15/1 Mokhovaya ulitsa, bld. 1, (Hotel National Moscow, 2d floor)

website
belugamoscow.ru/en

price
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Ruski

address
1st Krasnogvardejsky pr-d, 21 bld 2, 85th floor, OKO Tower, Moscow City

website
ruski.354group.com/en/

price
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Enjoy the stunning view from the 85th floor of Moscow City’s highest skyscraper, OKO Tower, while you sample reinventions of traditional Russian food. Ruski combines carefully researched traditional Russian dishes with contemporary cuisine. The place has an incredible, 8-meter-high traditional Russian oven and tables made of agate and wood.

Voronezh

Voronezh is not just a big city to the south of Moscow, but one of the Russian regions where Black Angus cows are grown. The place opposite Christ the Savior Cathedral is all about meat: the 3rd floor is a premium restaurant with exquisite steaks, the second one houses mid-range restaurants with nice steaks and a great variety of dishes, and the first is a market and a bistro with pastrami and corned beef sandwiches as well as great burgers.

address
Prechistenka, 4

website
www.voronej.com

price
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Uhvat

address
Rochdelskaya ulitsa 15-41,

website
en.uhvat.restaurant

price
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An uhvat is a long-handled wooden utensil used to slide food in and out of an oven, part of many Russian houses until the late 19th century. The chef went to remote villages and underwent special training to work with traditional ovens and stoves. The food is quite experimental: try cucumber porridge with egg or baked roe with pickled bramble. Don’t leave without tasting toplyonoe moloko, a thick creamy dessert made by baking milk for several hours.

Dr Zhivago

A restaurant with views of Red Square, imperial interiors and artwork inspired by prominent Russian artists like Malevich and Petrov-Vodkin. Dr Zhivago is named after the Nobel Prize-winning novel by Boris Pasternak and offers a unique combination of Soviet chic cuisine and affordable prices. Go for Soviet delicacies like Olivier salad, pelmeni, dressed herring and pickled vegetables.

address
Moscow, Mokhovaya ulitsa, 15/1

website
drzhivago.ru/en/

price
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Twins Garden

address
Strastnoy blv, 8a

website
twinsgarden.ru/en/

price
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Haute cuisine with a twist from star chefs, Ivan and Sergey Berezutskiy. All products are sourced from a farm near Moscow, including vegetables, cheese and fish. Their farm now supplies 70% of the ingredients used at Twins Garden, and leftovers are sent back to feed the animals. You can go for the vegetable-only Garden menu or the more varied Twins tasting. There is also an à la carte menu with salads of vegetables delivered from the farm that morning, or pumpkin soup with sea urchin caviar and quail’s egg.

#SibirSibir

#SibirSibir Restaurant at Azimut Hotel offers a great selection of dishes from Soviet and Tsarist Russia times with a very fine touch. It is a great mix of the Russian North, Soviet cuisine and modern twists. Enjoy steaks from Karasuk beef, original Altai stew and rabbit ragout in an interior featuring samovars, teapots and quilted cushions.

address
Smolenskaya, 8, Azimut Hotel

website
moscow.sibirsibir.ru

price
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Gastronomic Center Zaryadye

address
Ulitsa Varvarka, 6

website
rappoport.restaurant/en

price
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After a walk in the new futuristic park near the Kremlin, check out a food market under the glass cupola with 8 different restaurant stations, each representing a Russian local regional cuisine. Shrimp, Crab, Langoustine offers seafood and fish on ice from the seas and oceans that lap against Russia’s shores, including king crab, Caspian flounder, Murmansk salmon and more. For steaks and cuts from Voronezh and Kazan beef, go to Meatmeat, and at Dumpling Station you can find a variety of pelmeni, vareniki and pancakes with salmon, lamb, cherry or brynza cheese. Samovar Station is great for desserts and sweets.

Matryoshka

This place, located in Moscow’s Radisson Royal Hotel, is owned by the same person as Cafe Pushkin. But here, Chef Vlad Piskunov is a bit more inventive with the dishes. The menu is compiled from the best products from different parts of Russia, such as white salmon from Yakutia, zander from the Volga River, salmon from Murmansk, cloudberries from Arkhangelsk and Altai honey. Try their pelmeni with pork and Sakhalin scallops.

address
Kutuzovsky prospekt, 2/1, building 6

website
matryoshka-rest.ru/en/

price
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Oblomov

address
1-y Monetchikovskiy pereulok, 5

website
restoblomov.ru/en/

price
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A pre-revolutionary house hosts a restaurant named after the main character in Ivan Goncharov’s 19th-century classical novel, Oblomov. The interiors recreate the décor of Oblomov’s times: a casual room on the first level, two dining rooms on the second and an Oriental-style lounge on the third. In the summer, guests may dine on the terrace in the courtyard.

The menu features various kinds of caviar, exotic fish and rare game meats like wild boar and bear (either as meat patties or braised with forest mushrooms and cranberries). After dinner, you can lie on a sofa Oblomov-style, in the exotic lounge upstairs.


PHOTOS: Courtesy of Restaurant Media

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