The general public still believes restaurants in Moscow are at a pitiful level. We can – based on empirical experience – contradict this to the fullest. The offer is diverse. You’ll not only find the Russian cuisine, also the Georgian, Armenian, European, Indian and Asian cuisine are well represented. Diversity and level at its best! The quality of the cuisine is certainly an important point (or thé main point :-)), but also the atmosphere of a restaurant is crucial for the ultimate dining experience. Moscow also offers various possibilities when it comes to that: from modern to baroque. From grand to intimate. With bizarre theme or with magnificent views.
We feature ten restaurants for you. Each and every place filled with character and a top notch kitchen. One tip…book your restaurants in advance. Dining out is booming in Moscow! The restaurants below are very popular and usually fully booked. Reservations are a must.
The current hotspot of Moscow and therefore extremely busy. Those in for a romantic tête-à-tête, we advise to choose another restaurant. Those in for great food and the company of cool & trendy Muscovites – before throwing themselves on the dance floor – are certainly at the right place. Post dinner, Valenok transforms into a real club. Great food & a good party. The ideal combo!
Where | Tsvetnoy Blvd, 5,
Tel | +7 903 505-60-45
According to sources, a sloppy 2 million euro was spent on Turandot’s interior. Which turns this place into one of the most luxurious restaurants in Moscow. Amidst the baroque interior, inspired by Puccini’s most famous opera, you’ll feel lost in the 17th century. The proverb ‘The eye also want something’ is for sure tested against reality here. Successfully. The cuisine is Asian fusion…which seems like a serious clash with the decor. But, it works for Turandot. Ever combined delicious sushi and baroque design? Here’s your chance.
Where | 26/5 Tverskoi Bulvar,
Tel | +7 (495) 739-0011
Amazement all over…when guests of Shinok notice live cow, goat, chickens and other farm animals in a corner of the restaurant (behind glass). With a real farmer’s wife at the center of its flock as icing on the cake (though we felt a bit sorry for the poor woman). The goal is to throw you back in time (approximately 400 years back) and to Ukraine. Hence on the menu, you’ll mainly find Ukrainian specialties. Once you’ve recovered from the initial shock and are used to the cow grazing beside you, you’ll enjoy delicious cuisine and fine wines!
Where | Ulitsa 1905 Goda st., 2
Tel | +7 (495) 255-0204 / 0888
4. O2 LOUNGE
The O2 Lounge is located on the 12th floor of the Ritz Carlton, under a glass dome and definitely offers the best view of the Kremlin. Only for the spectacular view, this venue is worth visiting. Another decisive factor for choosing O2 Lounge is the yummie food. However, remember that you are in one of Moscow’s top hotels – 5 stars and counting – and so the prices are accordingly. If you prefer not to spend a fortune on dinner, we advise you to take your aperitif here. The view is really priceless.
Where | Tversakaya St, 3
Tel | +7 495 225 88 88
One of the most famous Japanese restaurant chains is Nobu. Although initially we’re not that into chains, Nobu is definitely the exception to the rule. Having restaurants in the most fashionable cities in the world, Nobu is really a well-known name. Nobu Moscow opened its doors in 2009. And with great success. Japanese dishes are served at a very high level.
Where | Dmitrovka ulitsa 20, Moscow
Tel | +7 495 645 3191
6. CAFÉ PUSHKIN
Fancy the real delicious Russian cuisine? Then Café Pushkin is definitely the place to go. The restaurant is synonymous for quality and service. Once you step through the doors, you step into another world. You won’t find a modern design, but a 19th century building where you can experience a different atmosphere on each floor. For sure also take a look at the beautifully decorated library.
Where | Tverskoy bul’var 26a
Tel | +7 495 739 0033
Chips is a great concept: restaurant and nightclub in the center of Moscow. The menu includes French and Italian cuisine, with lots of grill and meat dishes. Wanna get rid of the calories absorbed during dinner, then you can take yourself clubbing a level up. They also have a nice roof terrace, where in winter an ice rink is constructed. So you can even skate on the roof…them Russians! 🙂
Where | ul. Kuznetskiy Most, 7
Tel | +7 495 628-68-67
Just a few steps from Pushkin Café, you’ll find Fahrenheit. Absolutely not comparable. Fahrenheit has a modern design with an extremely beautiful bar, open kitchen and a cozy, trendy interior. At Fahrenheit you start your night out well. Diverse menu and apparently (but not tested by Shots & Bites) the tartars are of exceptional quality. Fahrenheit is definitely highly recommended!
Where | Tverskoy Boulevard, 26 Bldg 2
Tel | +7 495 651-81-70
9. KALINA BAR
For fine dining and an exquisite view on Moscow. Located on the 21st floor of Lotte Plaza you’ll find the Kalina bar. On some sites, Kalina is described as only for the jet set and somewhat over-the-top. We do not fully agree. For us it’s a very cozy, nice restaurant with a delicious cuisine and good service. Would you like a table near the window (if you’re there anyway, you better have the best view as well), book it well in advance.
Where | Lotte Plaza, Novinskiy Boulevard, 8
Tel |+7 495 229-55-19
10. BOLSHOI BY NOVIKOV
Within walking distance of the famous Bolshoi theater; you’ll find the Bolshoi restaurant. Posh and upscale are the words that best describe this restaurant. You’d better dress up for this venue if you don’t want to stand out in the wrong way! Good service and a good quality of food is a given.
Where | Petrovka ul., 3/6, стр. 2
Tel |+7 495 789-86-52