Restaurants

Top Choice International in Tverskoy & Novoslobodsky

Delicatessen

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 constructed objects of modern culinary art. The other source of joy …
Top Choice International in Tverskoy & Novoslobodsky

Lavka-Lavka

Welcome to the Russian Portlandia – all the food here is organic and hails from little farms where you may rest assured all the lambs and chickens lived a very happy life before being served to you on a plate. Irony…
Top Choice Georgian in Meshchansky & Basmanny

Darbazi

The vast majority of Georgian restaurants focus on the most popular, tried-and-true fare, such as shashlyk and khinkali (dumplings). This classy place goes far beyond these, listing less well-known delicacies with a…
Top Choice Georgian in Meshchansky & Basmanny

Dukhan Chito-Ra

It's a blessing when one of the most revered Georgian eateries in town is also one of the cheapest. The object of worship here is khinkali – large, meat-filled dumplings – but the traditional veggie starters are als…
Top Choice Georgian in Zamoskvorechie

Mizandari

Georgian restaurants in Moscow tend to be either expensive or tacky. This small family-run place is neither. Come with friends and order a selection of appetizers, such as pkhali and lobio (both made of walnut paste…
Top Choice Chinese in Meshchansky & Basmanny

Kitayskaya Gramota

Never mind the dubious humour in dressing waitresses as Mao's soldiers, this is the place to try outstanding Cantonese fare in an atmosphere echoing that of the opium wars decadence. A true culinary magician, the Ch…
Top Choice Russian in Arbat & Khamovniki

Varenichnaya No 1

Retro Soviet is all the rage in Moscow, but this old-style Varenichnaya does it right, with books lining the walls, old movies on the B&W TV, and Cold War–era prices. The menu features tasty, filling vareniki an…
Top Choice French in Tverskoy & Novoslobodsky

Brasserie Most

Moscow's most venerated and erudite restaurateur Aleksander Rappoport shares his love for regional French cuisine in this classy and expensive place on Kuznetsky most. The menu is a grand gastrotour taking in seemin…
Top Choice Georgian in Arbat & Khamovniki

Elardzhi

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 rabbits and lambs greet all comers. Sink into a sofa in the roma…
Russian in Arbat & Khamovniki

Chemodan

A unique opportunity to sample Siberian cuisine (rare, for those of us who don't frequent Siberia). The menu highlights game meat – elk, reindeer, bear, and even yak – as well as regional seafood – salmon and crab. …