Speak easy: The entrance to the secret room for porto lovers is hidden behind the mirror in the toilet of the neighboring Al Capone bar. The number of bottles is much more than the number of square meters of space, with different sorts of good cheese and olives served as appetizers, you can also talk of jazz and cigars at the bar counter.
Try first: Barrel-aged and rare pink portos and craft cocktails based on stiff wine.
Landmarks nearby: Hermitage (275m).
Landmarks nearby: New Holland (176m).
Local charm: A wooden chamber with its own small zoo. You can take the fishing equipment at the restaurant and catch your dinner in the waters of the Southern pond of the Krestovsky Island. You can catch trout, sturgeon, sterlet, eel or beluga which can be cooked as you wish (fried, baked or smoked). If you are not a keen fisherman, you won’t stay hungry as well with a generous menu of classic Russian and European dishes from kulebyaka pies to jamon.
Try first: Crayfish smoked on alder cuttings (380 rubles for a big portion) and snails in garlic sauce (730) are a must. From hot dishes, take sterlet boiled in white wine (940) or duck fillet in kvass with pearl barley and gizzards (760).
Local charm: It is not only a restaurant, but also the Museum of Russian vodka having more than 100 sorts of this drink on its shelves, up to samples of the early 20th century. Here, you can taste Russian pies and dumplings, pickle soup (rassolnik) with giblets, whole roasted pike perch from the Ladoga lake, five kinds of caviar, together with Soviet standard ice cream as a dessert. Tea is served in traditional glass-holders while vodka is poured in Soviet style sherry-glasses.
Try first: You can order baked marrow on roast Borodinsky rye bread (590 rubles), then turn to salad with roast quail fillets (560), then kick into gear with baked pork leg(1360) and Siberian kulebyaka pie with muksun (1130). If you are still ready, finish with Leningrad style rum cake (530).
Landmarks nearby: St Isaac's Cathedral (523m).
Landmarks nearby: Mariinsky Theatre (215m).
Local charm: Here, you can read poetry and sing Russian romances while tasting the best from the Russian cuisine, as this is Severyanin’s genuine style. The restaurant is named after Igor Severyanin, the Russian poet of the 20th century. The word ‘sever’ means ‘North’ in Russian, so you can see and taste Northern motives in the menu: suguday (fish delicacy) from three kinds of fish, salted mushrooms from Kareliya, sterlet kalya (fish soup), venison Stroganoff style. The interior is similar to pre-revolutionary St.Petersburg apartment and looks much like a museum, being a paradise for intelligent people with its old photos, graphic artworks and books, retro dishes, floor lamps and a piano.
Try first: Beef tails in jelly with mustard (390 rubles) will be an excellent starter, the main course can be sterlet in champagne with Dutch sauce and red caviar (1590), with the authentic napoleon as a dessert (320).
Landmarks nearby: Kunstkamera (88m).