Hello everyone! In this post I would like to talk about some of the best restaurants in Moscow that you should visit during your stay in the city. The best means that these restaurants are in high demand, their summer verandahs are packed, the ladies sitting at the tables are hot and the cars parked at the entrance are high class! Welcome to Moscow during one of the steepest economic downturns.
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Moscow Restaurants: Seafood
Erwin is a relatively new seafood dining place that occupies 2 floors of the building located at the bank of the Moscow River. That’s just steps away from the Radisson Royal Hotel. Erwin has 230 seats inside plus a large summer verandah making it possible to seat almost 400 guests.
During the first months after its opening it was impossible to book a table here 1 week in advance. You had to make you reservation at least 1.5 or even 2 weeks in advance. Keep in mind that this situation took place during extremely tough economic conditions of 2015.
I guess there are several reasons why these types of places become packed no matter what happens with the Russian economy. The main reason is that most of the restaurants in Moscow have switched to the local products. That’s why they can keep their menu prices at acceptable levels.
Erwin has dishes that can fit any budget. You can order a portion of local whitefish fillet for 580 Rubles or you can go with the King Crab from Murmansk that costs 9000 a piece. I can tell you that it’s a pretty big crab weighting almost 3 kilos (about 6 pounds) ! Same thing with the drinks. You can order a bottle of some Spanish red wine for 3600 Rubles or 2007 Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova for 15600 Rubles.
Address: Kutuzovsky Pr., 2/1, building 6
Phone: +7 (495) 785-02-22
Wine and Crab
Wine & Crab has an extensive list of dishes made from several kinds of crab shipped here directly from the Russian Far East. The most popular kinds include Blue King Crab, Spiny and Hairy crab. Their “Russian Pelmeni” with crab for 620Rubles (10usd) are very delicious so as the crab cakes that cost 750 Rubles per portion (about 12usd). One of their sommeliers can help you choose your perfect wine from more than 600 bottles.
The restaurant is located in the basement of Teatralny Proezd – Moscow’s high fashion street with all the high end designer brand boutiques.
Address: Nikolskaya St, 19-21, building 1
Phone: +7 (495) 621-73-29
Boston Seafood & Bar
This is an excellent seafood restaurant chain that has two locations. The first one was opened in the new business district of the city on Belorusskaya subway station. The second one is located on Paveletskaya station inside the business center close to the Courtyard Moscow hotel.
Both of the restaurants have modern bright interiors with lots of light, high ceilings and wooden furniture. Local menu is very extensive and has all kinds of dishes made of fish, crab and shrimp including Boston chowder and crab cakes. They also have several kinds of beer that they serve in large bottles.
Address: Lesnaya ul., 7
Phone: +7 (495) 228-46-00
Café Pushkin is an award winning restaurant that specializes on Russian cuisine and that attracts a lot of customers from all over the world. It was opened in 1999 and still remains one of the major attraction points on the Moscow restaurants scene.
Pushkin’s menu has an extensive list of dishes ranging from caviar to pirozhki, borsch and Russian sterlet. You’ll like its 19th century classic dark interior design with tall ceilings. The restaurant is located near Pushkin subway station on the beautiful Tverskoy Boulevard.
Address: Tverskoy Boulevard, 26А
Phone: +7 (495) 739-00-33
Basically it’s probably the main rival of Pushkin restaurant that also focuses on Russian cuisine. It also occupies on of the best central locations in the city opposite Red Square inside the 5 start National Hotel. Its menu has lots of Russian dishes that include pelmeni, caviar, borscht, blini and ukha.
The main difference between the two restaurants is interior design. Dr. Zhivago’s interiors are really bright and meant to resemble Soviet era. Inside there are lots of white and red colors. The waiters have red stars printed on their uniforms.
Address: Mokhovaya St, 15/1
Phone: +7 (499) 922-01-00
A small restaurant located in one of lanes near Patriarch Ponds. Mari Vanna is much more casual than Pushkin or Dr.Zhivago. The interiors resemble an apartment with a cozy atmosphere. It’s great to sit down and have a portion of borscht after a long walk exploring Moscow.
By the way, Mari Vanna has a restaurant in New York located on 41 East 20th Street.
Address: Spiridonyevskiy per., 10a
Phone: +7 (495) 650-65-00
Voronezh has a great location on Prechistenka street, opposite the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. It combines a meat restaurant located on the top floor and a bistro where you can have a quick meal or make an order to go located on the first floor. Most of the menu items include all kinds of steaks and ribs. The fish section is smaller and includes 5 kinds of oysters, crabs and sea urchins.
All of the dishes are made from the local products that are shipped directly from a number of local farms located in the Russian countryside.
Address: ul. Prechistenka, 4
Phone: +7 (495) 695-06-41
Ryby Net (No Fish)
Rybi Net is translated from Russian as No Fish. So it’s a steak house located inside The St. Regis hotel on Nikolskata street minutes away from the Red Square. The restaurant has a modern expensive interior with a large open kitchen.
Some of the best items I can mention are “Prime filet mignon” and “Veal pelmeni”. All dishes at Rybi Net are made from local products. During weekend evenings the place gets really packed and the music played in the background becomes a little louder.
Address: Nikolskaya St, 12
Phone: +7 (495) 258-42-06
Chicago Prime Steak House
This is a good quality premium steak house located close to Tverskaya subway station. The interior design of Chicago Prime Steak House looks so much like steak houses of the same class in US.
Leather couches, white tablecloths, furniture made of massive red wood as well as photos on the walls make you think like you have teleported to Morton’s. The menu includes all kinds of steaks and some fish dishes. The Clam Chowder was really good. All dishes are made from the locally farmed products.
Address: Strastnoy Blvd, 8-а
Phone: +7 (495) 988-17-17
It all started with the food truck that the co-owners of Burger Heroes brought to Moscow from Germany in 2014. The idea was to start cooking and selling sandwiches at various food festivals around the city.
One year after the start they were able to open their first burger restaurant. It was a small place in the center of Moscow with half of the space taken by the open kitchen. Their creative approach to making good quality burgers combined with reasonable prices allowed them to grow their business into a chain.
Today there are 8 Burger Hero restaurants in Moscow and they plan to expand to other regions of Russia. In 2016 Burger Heroes received the “Best Moscow Burger” award based on the votes of the readers of Afisha Daily magazine.
Their classic burgers are priced at 280 Rubles (about 5usd) and their gourmet burgers prices range from 330 to 380 Rubles (about 7usd);
Address: Bolshaya Ordynka 19, bldg. 1
Phone: +7 (499) 399-35-96
The first B&B Burgers restaurant was opened in 2014. Later it has managed to expand into a chain that currently operates 12 restaurants in Moscow. The menu of B&B Burgers includes 9 kinds of burgers, ribs and several kinds of sandwiches. All burgers are priced at 380 Rubles (about 6usd). Double burgers will cost you additional 150 rubles (about 2usd).
Address: 5 Locations in the downtown of Moscow
Farsh is another burger chain that was started in Moscow several years ago. People behind Farsh have been in the restaurant and food business for decades as opposed to other similar places opened by young entrepreneurs.
At the moment there are 8 Farsh restaurants in Moscow. The anchor restaurant is located near The St. Regis hotel on Nikolskata street. All of the items on their menu are made from local products. Classic cheese burgers cost 250 Rubles (about 4usd). The menu also includes several kinds of craft beer.
Address: Nikolskaya St, 12
Phone: +7 (495) 258-42-05
That’s actually the only restaurant in Moscow and in the whole Russia that has managed to appear in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list for 3 years in a row. It is listed on the 23rd position after the Quintonil restaurant located in Mexico City and Amber in Honk Kong.
White Rabbit is known for its signature cuisine that is focused around classic European dishes with a slight Russian touch. They serve traditional Russian borscht soup with “baked beans, fried crucians and sour cream”. They have cutlets made of boar meat served with “puree of celery root and rowan jelly”. Most of the menu items look interesting and delicious.
The restaurant is located in the center of Moscow on the 16th floor of Smolensky Passage department store. This makes it a great observation point of the city.
Address: Smolenskaya Square, 3
Phone: +7 (495) 782-62-62
Valenok is owned and operated by Alexander Novikov one of the pioneers of the Moscow restaurant scene. Located on Tsvetnoy Boulevard, it has a large sitting area with an open kitchen. Outside there is a large summer verandah.
The cuisine is mixed and focused around the local ingredients. This allows to keep the menu prices at a reasonable level. What’s remarkable about Valenok is that on weekend evenings it turns into a night club packed with lots of beautiful Russian women. The music inside sucks but the girls look really nice:)
Address: Tsvetnoy Blvd, 5
Phone: +7 (903) 505-60-45