Must-see restaurants in Moscow

  • Delicatessen

    Moscow

    The affable and chatty owners of this place travel the world and experiment with the menu a lot, turning burgers, pizzas and pasta into artfully…

  • Lavka-Lavka

    Moscow

    Welcome to the Russian Portlandia – all the food here is organic and hails from little farms where you can rest assured all the lambs and chickens lived a…

  • Elardzhi

    Arbat & Khamovniki

    Moscow's Georgian restaurants are all very tasty, but this one is also tasteful. You'll be charmed from the moment you enter the courtyard, where live…

  • Chemodan

    Arbat & Khamovniki

    A unique opportunity to sample Siberian cuisine (rare, that is, for those of us who don't frequent Siberia). The menu highlights game meat, regional…

  • Brasserie Most

    Moscow

    Moscow's most venerated and erudite restaurateur Alexander Rappoport shares his love for regional French cuisine in this classy and expensive place on…

  • Varenichnaya No 1

    Arbat & Khamovniki

    Retro Soviet is all the rage in Moscow, and this old-style restaurant does it right, with books lining the walls, old movies on the B&W TV, and Cold War…

  • Batoni

    Moscow

    Among myriad Georgian places in Moscow, Batoni is about the loveliest and the most scrupulous at sourcing all the right ingredients for century-old…

  • Lepim i Varim

    Moscow

    This cosy place touts itself as ‘the most visited boutique’ in the flashy Stoleshnikov per, but instead of Armani clothes it celebrates arguably the most…

  • Uzbekistan

    Moscow

    This place opened in 1951 by order of the Ministry of Trade of the Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic. Six decades later, the place has expanded its menu to…

  • Usachevsky Market

    Arbat & Khamovniki

    An old market has been taken over by hipster foodies, who instantly filled the premises with little eateries serving Georgian, Uzbek, Italian, Israeli and…

  • Madame Wong

    Moscow

    Suit-and-tie corporates from nearby business centres throng to this classy Hong Kong restaurant that celebrates Cantonese cuisine while also flirting with…

  • Shell, Yes! Seafood Bar

    Moscow

    Not a gas station, this small place defies geography by teleporting guests from Boulevard Ring to an oceanfront tavern. Displayed at the entrance, fish…

  • Nikolai

    Moscow

    There are plenty of pie spots around Moscow, but Nikolai wins your heart (and stomach) with its selection and the delicious crusts. Featuring a wide range…

  • Voronezh

    Moscow

    Its darkened, scarlet-coloured interior makes this bistro look a bit like an oriental opium den, but it is in fact a carnivore temple, where patrons seem…

  • Rynok & Obshchepit Shouk

    Moscow

    This quirky place, a cross between a corner shop and a hip falafel joint, also makes top-quality shawarma (grilled meat and salad wrapped in flat bread)…

  • Voronezh

    Arbat & Khamovniki

    When Voronezh first opened, foodies couldn't stop talking about how a classy new restaurant in the capital was named after a provincial town. Bold move by…

  • White Rabbit

    Arbat & Khamovniki

    Views from panoramic windows are breathtaking, but the real stunner here is the menu – playfully inventive, yet singularly Muscovite, marrying cutting…

  • Seven

    Moscow

    You'll find a pleasant mix of post-industrial and theatrical in this dimly lit space, where low-hanging chandeliers and comfortable chairs make for a long…

  • Moldova

    Moscow

    When speakeasy meets post-Soviet political economy, it may result in something like this little gem tucked into the Moldovan embassy in Moscow's heart…

  • Ryby Net

    Moscow

    If you don't get the name, which means 'No Fish', the sides of beef hanging in the window should give you a clue. This is where you come to get your…

  • Moskovskoye Nebo

    Moscow

    A typical white collonaded VDNKh pavilion contains a restaurant which draws inspiration from the Stalinist utopia that surrounds it without overdoing the…

  • Technicum

    Moscow

    Casual, friendly and focused on taste, rather than trying to impress with shocking exoticism, Technicum is one of the places that shape the modern outlook…

  • LavkaLavka

    Arbat & Khamovniki

    After taking the Moscow culinary world by storm with its farm-to-table restaurant, LavkaLavka has opened a network of small 'farmer's shops' like this one…

  • 21 Food Market

    Arbat & Khamovniki

    A great spot favoured by locals and foreigners alike, 21 Food Market offers a wide variety of cuisines, from Georgian to Mexican, Vietnamese, Dagestani,…

  • Cafe Tajine

    Moscow

    With a reputation as a bohemian hang-out, this place specialises in modern Moroccan cuisine. Prominently on the menu are four types of tajine (slow-cooked…

  • Tsvetnoy Food Court

    Moscow

    The two upper floors of Tsvetnoy Central Market shopping mall are filled with refined delis and cafes, some of them outstandingly good. Little snacks…

  • Rico

    Arbat & Khamovniki

    This place is one of Moscow's best-kept secrets. Rico serves, hands down, some of the best and freshest seafood in the city, from Russian Far East crab to…

  • Strana Kotoroi Net

    Moscow

    A mishmash of cuisines found across Russia, this restaurant by Novikov Group sits right next to the Kremlin. It serves a variety of dishes from Russian,…

  • Barashka

    Moscow

    Yes, it's expensive – but it’s also a sophisticated setting, done up as an understated Baku courtyard, adorned with jars of pickled lemons and blooming…

  • Stolovaya No 57

    Moscow

    Newly minted, this old-style cafeteria offers a nostalgic recreation of dining in post-Stalinist Russia. The food is good – and cheap for such a fancy…

  • Fresh

    Moscow

    Fresh out of Canada, this is the kind of vegetarian restaurant that people pour into not for lifestyle reasons, but because the modern, postethnic food…

  • Anderson

    Moscow

    This sweet, child-friendly deli serves salads, soups, and cakes styled as Cornish pasties, as well as smoothies and lemonade. The honey latte might be a…

  • Trattoria Venezia

    Moscow

    Pretend that the Boulevard Ring is the Grand Canal. Imagine the cars ensconced in traffic are really gondolas, and the billboard-plastered facade of the…

  • Selenge

    Moscow

    If you want a foretaste of your future Trans-Eurasian adventure, come here to sample food hailing from all cultures affiliated with Mongolia – Buryat,…

  • Rukkola

    Arbat & Khamovniki

    Rukkola offers perfectly crispy, artfully topped thin-crust pizza that you'd be happy to eat in Napoli, let alone Moscow. A stylish interior, friendly…

  • Butterboard

    Moscow

    This semisecret place draws a crowd of windsurfers, among whom it still goes by the owner's name – Slavik's. A refuge for California dreamers washed onto…

  • Grand Coffee Mania

    Moscow

    This place has the same overpriced but appetising fare as other outlets of the ubiquitous chain, but the fabulous 'grand cafe' interior makes this one a…

  • Genatsvale on Arbat

    Arbat & Khamovniki

    Subtle, it is not. Bedecked with fake trees and flowing fountains, this restaurant conjures up the Caucasian countryside, leaving little to the…

  • Prime Star

    Arbat & Khamovniki

    Stop in for a quick bite along the old Arbat. Enjoy fresh (and healthy!) salads and sandwiches, premade and ready to take out to the outdoor seating.

  • Dzhondzholi

    Moscow

    Exposed brick walls, wood and wicker furniture and muted tones ensure that the focus of the Dzhondzholi dining room is the open kitchen, where the chefs…