Restaurants

Top Choice Russian in Presnya

Cafe Pushkin

The tsarina of haute-russe dining, offering an exquisite blend of Russian and French cuisines. Service and food are done to perfection. The lovely 19th-century building has a different atmosphere on each floor, incl…
Top Choice Russian in Arbat & Khamovniki

Chemodan

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 seafood and wild fruits and berries (and pine cones). The dining r…
Top Choice Russian in Presnya

Twins Garden

Swoon-worthy identical-twin chefs Sergei and Ivan Berezutskiy bring their contrasting tastes and creative talents to this delightful restaurant. The brothers take a thoroughly modern approach to Russian cooking, wit…
Top Choice Russian in Arbat & Khamovniki

Varenichnaya No 1

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–era prices. The menu features tasty, filling vareniki and …
Russian in Presnya

Gran Cafe Dr Zhivago

An excellent breakfast choice before visiting the Kremlin, this round-the-clock place mixes Soviet nostalgia with a great deal of mischievous irony in both design and food. The chef has upgraded the menu of a standa…
Russian in Tverskoy & Novoslobodsky

Lepim i Varim

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 vital item on any Russian menu – pelmeni (dumplings), as well…
Russian in Tverskoy & Novoslobodsky

Moskovskoye Nebo

A typical white collonaded VDNKh pavilion contains a restaurant which draws inspiration from the Stalinist utopia that surrounds it without overdoing the Soviet nostalgia. Like VDNKh itself, the menu represents the …
Russian in Presnya

Mari Vanna

Ring the doorbell at No 10 and you'll be ushered into the homey environs. Inside, the shelves are stuffed with books, photographs and mismatched tea sets, and old Soviet programs are showing on the black-and-white T…
Russian in Meshchansky & Basmanny

Expedition

This outrageously themed restaurant takes diners beyond the Polar circle, capturing the adventure and excitement of Siberia. With a helicopter in the centre of the dining room, you could almost imagine you'd arrived…
Russian in Zamoskvorechie

Dom Kafe

The name, which translates as 'a very homey cafe', is also its motto. This is as close as it gets to the kind of food Russians eat at home, which inevitably means borsch (beetroot soup) or mushroom soup for starters…