Speak easy: A hideaway bar two steps from Isaakievskaya square which is always full of tourists. Affordable wine, observant starters, a nice playlist and educated audience (the bar is combined with the graphic cabinet) are the main factors of love. A charming reception can become a special place where one can invite the dearest people.
Try first: It is just good to be and drink here. But a salmon sandwich (220 rubles), avocado on rye bread (180 rubles) and hummus (180 rubles) wouldn’t be bad for anyone.
Landmarks nearby: St Isaac's Cathedral (513m).
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).
New Russian Cuisine: The first and only St.Petersburg restaurant offering only craft set menu since 2012. No a la carte or choice at all — you just have to trust the chef, pay 4000 rubles and enjoy the gastronomic show in six parts. Everything, from bread to coffee, is made in Aga metal oven. The menu depends on the season and changes every month. The home restaurant of Edward Muradyan, whose initials make the project's name, works from Tuesday to Saturday since 7 pm.
Try first: The restaurant's chef Olesya Drobot has her brave and interesting attitude. If you have doubts on your gastronomic knowledge level, order a short set of three dishes for 2300 rubles for the first time. A vegetarian version is also available, but you need to mention it in your booking.
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).
New Russian Cuisine: The face of new Russian kitchen. Artisan work with Russian products, national recipes and tastes from childhood having brand new looks with impressive show sets and quiz dishes.
Try first: The bestseller and the city's most popular Instagram dish is the dessert named 'Mama's favourite flower' (550 rubles), though you should start with 'Coated Crab' salad (890) and ‘Axe Porridge’ (the Russian idiom taken as the name of this dish is similar to English ‘stone soup’) (650). Every Thursday at 7 pm the chef Igor Grishechkin presents his brand new ideas within his chef’s table (5000).
Speak easy: Neither the sky nor the wine are hidden from you, but this bar os not very famous even among the local dwellers. It is located at the dead end of Pirogova lane, on the roof of an old building. It offers affordable wines, comfy food like bruschettas and pizzas together with the picturesque view of the dome of St.Isaac’s Cathedral.
Try first: If the weather is good, take a glass of Riesling to the terrace, if it is cold, drink Malbec inside at the table next to the window (wines from 250 rubles). In the morning, come and taste the English breakfast (280 rubles) accompanied by sparkling wine.
Landmarks nearby: Mariinsky Theatre (546m).
Landmarks nearby: Hermitage (548m).
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).