Restaurants in St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg's culinary scene reflects its location on the sea and you'll find fish on practically every menu. Most St. Petersburg restaurants are packed into the heart of the city and have menus in English; farther-flung options are a bit more limited but also less expensive.
Traditional Russian cuisine includes dishes such as borsch (a vegetable soup served hot or cold) and blini (a type of pancake). If you're in the mood for a trip back in time, try the homey 1913 restaurant on Voznesendsky Prospekt to sample the huge menu of 19th- and early 20th- century fare. Bonus: It's relatively inexpensive.
Just steps from the Baltic Sea and Park Inn, the Vinaigrette's award-winning chef prepares dishes from all over the works; those inspired by Russia, Georgia, and Asia are especially well done. Not only is the food an experience, but there are fantastic views in every direction. It's hands-down one of the best restaurants in St. Petersburg.
Restaurants in St. Petersburg serve cuisine influenced by Asian, European, and African cultures; Kilikia, for example, is a great place to try Armenian dishes such as lamb kebab.
In an era of bombastic interiors and overpriced sushi, locals are grateful for this hidden spot, which faithfully re-creates a 19th-century Russian estate. While Chopin is played on a white piano, waitresses in period dresses deliver exquisite dacha (country house) dishes.
Swing into this chic spot just off Nevsky for a taste of the new Russia, where the shrimp ravioli in pumpkin sauce is done just right.
At the pan-Asian restaurant ask for a seat on the glass-enclosed balcony overlooking Nevsky Prospekt. The Italina, Thai, and Russian menu includes chicken-liver risotto, tom yum soup, and marinated herring.
Walls are bedecked with farming tools, and wooden matryoshka dolls adorn every table at this faux-folky shrine to the motherland. The food, however, is sincere and the hearty borscht comes with fluffy pampushkas (garlic rolls).
Echoes of pre-Soviet Petersburg pervade the 1870 café, with its bamboo-accented décor and vintage chinoiserie. Locals sip Viennese coffee at outdoor tables.
A feast at this unpretentious Armenian spot may be the best deal in town. No meal—especially one of lobbi (a clay-pot stew of beans, cilantro, and onions) and lamb kebab—is complete without smooth Armenian brandy.
The name means "bean" in Russian, but the dishes range from homemade spinach and goat-cheese ravioli to lightly spiced chicken plov (rice pilaf) with dried apricots and raisins. Rough cement walls and hardwood floors lend a casual yet modern feel.