Restaurants in Moscow
Eating out in Moscow is a warm and gratifying experience. There
are ample restaurants serving traditional Russian cuisine such as
caviar, beef stroganov and borscht, and blini as well as a many
offering international or seafood menus.
Generally the best restaurants specialising in local fare can be
found inside the Garden Ring and Kitai, or near Poklonnaya Hill.
There are excellent seafood restaurants in both Red Square and Kiev
Station Square, while international cuisine is available from
restaurants in Pushkinskaya and Tverskaya, and on Teatralny Proezd
(city centre). The Taganskaya area is also well-known for its
wealth of restaurants.
While some restaurants actually stay open 24 hours a day, most
establishments require reservations. Some restaurants add a service
charge to the bill and if not, 10 percent gratuity is acceptable.
Moscow is an expensive city with many impressive fine dining
options that will set you back substantially, but it is possible to
enjoy traditional Russian cuisine on a budget.
||$$$$$ | American
Moscow's culinary scene has evolved exponentially in recent
years and, as has been typical in other food revolutions, one of
the pioneers was the burger. Some of the best burgers in Moscow are
to be found in a little hole-in-the-wall at 27/2 Tverskaya Ulitsa,
near Metro Mayakovskaya. It has no official name but a sign outside
reads, "Burgery/Khotdogi" (Burgers and Hotdogs). Inside, visitors
will find Moscow's take on the classic dive bar aesthetic, replete
with local hipsters.
Each burger is made to order using high-quality ingredients, but
they're also reasonably priced. Be sure to check out the classic
burger for RUB 280 (it comes with a slice of orange): gone are the
days of poor quality diner-style burgers in Moscow, and travellers
are advised to ride the wave.
Address: 27/2 Tverskaya Ulitsa. Metro Mayakovskaya.;
Telephone: +7 499 990 0272
|Filimonova & Yankel
||$$$$$ | Seafood
A favourite seafood hot spot, Filimonova and Yankel serves up
seafood cooked in a variety of styles. A large banquet style dining
room makes for a festive atmosphere perfect for larger gatherings.
A live but mellow jazz band sets the ambiance further with a classy
yet casual atmosphere. The seafood is exceptionally fresh.
Address: Bolshaya Tulskaya, 13;
Telephone: 7 495 210 3210
Mu-Mu operates a string of popular restaurants in Moscow all
serving cheap traditional Russian food. Very popular with locals
looking for quick eats and tourists wanting to try specialty
Russian food without spending a fortune, the restaurants usually
sport a pleasantly busy atmosphere. If you need fast food in Moscow
on a budget Mu-Mu is a good option.
Address: Myasnitskaya St. No. 14, metro Lubyanka, Kitai.;
Telephone: +7 499 649 3070
||$$$$$ | Russian
Café Pushkin is a wondrous example of Old Russian
sophistication and elegance. Opened in 1999, Café Pushkin
has been designed to resemble a 19th century aristocrat's apartment
and is tastefully decked out with heavy gauge fabrics, wooden
panels and plenty of antiques. The food is classic Russian cuisine
and diners will not be disappointed whether they opt for a pancake
breakfast, Tsar's Sturgeon, or the myriad desserts.
Café Pushkin is also open 24 hours a day.
Address: 26-A Tverskoy Boulevard, Moscow ;
Telephone: +7 495 739 0033
There's a strange paradox at work in this swanky, themed
restaurant. While waitresses dress as milkmaids, goats and chickens
(live ones) occupy cages near the restaurant centre and the
decorative furniture consist of haystacks, the calibre of service
and meals are up to the standards of the upper echelons of society.
Indeed, most of the restaurant's clientele dress smartly for
dinners here. It is a Ukrainian restaurant serving up Ukrainian and
Russian specialities, open for breakfast, lunch and supper.
Reservations are recommended but may not be necessary.
Address: 1905 year Street, 2, Moskva;
Telephone: +7 495 488 9526