Great view: When the weather is good, the Tauride gardens in the heart of St.Petersburg are always full of people, so here you can see the sun shining on tree crowns from the roof of the former Leningrad cinema, the modern Leningrad Center with Blok meat restaurant. You can also observe the Tower of the famous Russian poet Vyacheslav Ivanov, where artists and poets of the Silver Century gathered together, the museum of the Russian military leader Alexander Suvorov and the picturesque view of roofs.
Try first: Taste the meat positions as the restaurant specializes in it. The cold menu contains marble beef tartars (from 520 rubles) with different toppings from pickles with Dijon mustard to bourbon jelly and truffle pasta, venison carpaccio with seasoned turnip and cone jam (450), beef tails in jelly (480). The hot menu has 23 kinds of steaks (from 750 to 5800) together with steamed, stewed and roasted ribs, cheeks, duck and chicken dishes.
Great view: The terrace of the restaurant run by the chef Alexander Rappoport located on the 8th floor has a view of Bolshaya Konyushennaya street looking similar to Paris’ Champs-Elysees and the jewelry and copper of Saviour on the Spilt Blood looking like huge glossy candies.Surrounded by the images of warriors from the Terracotta Army one can check the correspondence of the names and tastes of the local cocktails: one, containing raspberry, lime and passionfruit is called ‘Khakamada, Not A Chinese’ after the surname of a Russian politician and businesswoman Irina Khakamada having Japanese origin.
Try first: You can learn the Chinese alphabet tasting the pressed pork legs (240 rubles) and Sichuan style chicken (380), veal brain in dough (640) and vegetables with lotus root in oyster sauce (560). Take the pineapple mountain spirit elixir (550) as a dessert, whatever that means.
Landmarks nearby: Savior on Spilled Blood (448m).
Great view: You can see the picturesque panorama of the ships from the window of this restaurant located under Peter and Paul Fortress, such as the brigantine with scarlet sails coming to the waters of the Neva on the city’s holiday for high school graduates, corvettes and lincores on the Navy Day. The view is nice not only on holidays as you can see the Spit of Vasilievsky Island, the Winter Palace, the Admiralty and the dome of St.Isaac’s Cathedral from panorama windows. The menu has a variety of European and Caucasian dishes.
Try first: Smelt - the main St. Petersburg specialty is cooked here all over the year, not only in spring: roasted in Georgian tkemali sauce (630 rubles) and in crispy tempura (670), home-smoked (630) and seasoned (670), seven versions as a whole.
Great view: A view from La Vue near the St.Petersburg Hotel is the most effective local history lesson as it takes place at the height of 60 meters with bridges hanging above the water and the golden angel with a cross shining at the spire of Peter and Paul Fortress, the Aurora, the symbol of October Revolution, looks even better after the reconstruction. The open terrace has its josper where ribs, squids, sea bass fish, steaks and lamb tongues are fried.
Try first: The best way to know the cuisine by the chef Nikita Sechin is to order a set menu for 3400 rubles containing pumpking, turnip and goat cheese, репа/тыква/козий сыр, sea scallop tataki with red caviar, baked farm carrots with smoked curd and basturma, lamb care with parsley root and plums and a pumpkin pie.
Great view: You can see the close view of the Petrovsky Stadium, the Vasilyevsky Island and the bells of Prince Vladimir Cathedral from the restaurant’s open terrace. People who love sunbathing can use the colorful hammocks, while everyone can find modern Italian food in their plates.
Try first: Positions for everyone: porcini tagliatelle (540 rubles), fresh tuna nicoise salad, risotto with pumpkin and shrimps, pizza with parma and ruccola (all for 690).
Great view: The best view of the dome of St.Isaac’s Cathedral. The design of the restaurant located on the top floor of the business centre with Gazprom Oil offices is made by PiuArch studio from Italy, known for its long work with Dolce & Gabbana. International menus with rolls, pastas and grills. For good manners, fashion shows, DJ sets and concerts take place at Mansarda.
Try first: Trust the chef Dmitry Bogachev and take the Russian accent gastronomic set of six positions for 6500 rubles: oyster with bisque and seasoned celery, crab with almond milk and sturgeon caviar, sea scallop tartar, trumpetfish with bulgur risotto and oil with seaweed, cod with mussel sauce and fennel, pumpkin caramel creme with truffle ice cream.
Landmarks nearby: St Isaac's Cathedral (366m).
Great view: The terrace of this restaurant on the sixth floor has been known as a stylish place for more than 10 years. Every summer you can see the ivy here and all the 150 seats are full with guests warming in blankets. You can find everything (like in Greece, as the Russian proverb says) in its multiethnic menu having Italian, Japanese, Russian, vegetarian food. If you want to explore the colonnade of Kazan Cathedral from a bird’s view or see the details of the globe on Singer’s house, book a table close to the parapet
Try first: We recommend the raw bar: Northern shrimp tartar (590 rubles) or octopus sashimi (990), dorado seviche (490) or crab and mango roll (890). A genuine seafood soup (5900 for two) of spaghetti with lobster (5900 for one) are also outstanding here.
Landmarks nearby: Kazan Cathedral (271m).
Great view: A restaurant on board the ship sailing in the waters of the Neva due to its daily schedule. The views of main St.Petersburg sights from the water open from the saloon and the deck. The route includes the central bridges (Palace, Exchange, Tuchkov, Annunciation, Sampsonievsky bridges), Admiralty, University and Palace embankments.
Try first: We offer you to concentrate on fish and seafood, as there are many of them in the menu, such as crab cakes with a mix of salad and mango sauce (1990 rubles), seafood soup (1790), ravioli with Kamchatka crab (2090), home-cooked flounder (990). Navy-style pasta here (640) is also fabulous.