Best restaurants in Russian Caucasus

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Mineral Water Spas

    5642 Vsota

    Moscow's Novikov group ups the dining standards in Kislovodsk with this new three-part venture. An excellent bakery-cafe and burger bar (both decorated with murals by street artist Misha Most) flank the restaurant, with its open kitchen, appealing decor and mammoth menu featuring Adygean and Georgian cuisine. The burger bar's veggie Greenpeace burger (R250) is an inspired touch and the luscious fruit tarts in the bakery are hard to resist.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Black Sea Coast

    Vershina 2200

    Sup a warming soup as you sit by the toasty fire and watch the snow fall on the ski slopes outside. Located at 2200m (the highest point in Gorki Gorod), this classy two-floor restaurant has fantastic views and serves a surprisingly wide mixture of European and Russian food.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Central Caucasus

    Tau El

    This wooden complex, set on the Cherek Balkarsky River, faces the ruins of largest of the 18 village cleared of Balkars in 1944. They serve delicious shashlyk, salads and the buttery flat bread khichiny. In the attractive grounds is a re-creation of what the old stone village homes looked like, as well as a small hotel (r R2000) with excellent rooms, should you decide to stay overnight and explore more of the area.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Mineral Water Spas

    Shalashi

    This delightful Caucasian restaurant, surrounded by the forest 50m from the Lermontov duel site, has outdoor seating in round huts made from branches. The house speciality is Azeri sadzh (a sizzling meat or fish dish served in a cast-iron pan with potatoes and onions). There's a kid's play area here, too.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Mineral Water Spas

    Daki

    The roof of a shopping mall is the location for this enormous restaurant, bar and nightclub with a huge outdoor terrace. The menu is big on seafood, steaks and sushi, all well prepared and presented. With live music on the central stage backed by an enormous screen, this clearly is the place for a major night out.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Mineral Water Spas

    Barashka

    Kudos to this convivial restaurant for its English menu and for tasty, well-presented food that matches the photos in that same menu. As well as traditional Caucasian dishes, such as the khachipuri, various shashlyk and stews, there are plenty of vegetarian options, too.

  • Restaurants in Black Sea Coast

    Chyo? Kharcho!

    This popular restaurant serves generous portions of Caucasian dishes, including kharcho, the spicy Georgian soup that inspired its unusual name ('Huh? Kharcho!' in English). Also offers pizza among all the khachapuri and shashlyk. Indoor and outdoor seating and live music in the evenings. Find it right next to the Roza Khutor ski lifts.

  • Restaurants in Black Sea Coast

    Vysota 2320

    Located high atop Roza Peak, the aptly named 'Altitude 2320' is the perfect place to kick back after skiing and snowboarding. The floor to ceiling windows yield a fabulous panorama all around: the Black Sea is visible from here on on a clear day. There's nothing too surprising on the menu, but the staples are artfully prepared and presented.

  • Restaurants in Black Sea Coast

    Royal Fish

    Tucked away in the far southern corner of the seaside promenade, this classy restaurant offers a good wine list and plenty of local seafood choices, including a raw bar with Black Sea oysters. Other enticing options include vichyssoise with smoked salmon, mussels doused in garlic sauce and salmon fillet served on a hot stone plate.

  • Restaurants in Sochi

    Chyo? Kharcho!

    This wide, welcoming terrace claims the best shashlyk on the Naberezhnaya, in addition to the namesake kharcho (lamb stew) and other Georgian specialities. It's an exceedingly pleasant place to quaff a beer and watch the action on the boardwalk and the beach beyond.

  • Restaurants in Sochi

    Frapp

    There's not much to the menu at this tiny cafe, but you don't need much – just a choice selection of sweet and savoury waffles, fresh juices and Viennese coffee. Pick a table in the cosy interior or on the shady porch. Service is super friendly.

  • Restaurants in Central Caucasus

    Restaurant Sosruko

    The most interesting thing about this place is the building itself, which is a giant sculpture of the head of local hero Sosruko with an outstretched arm holding a flaming torch. The outdoor tables under canopies providing nice views of the surroundings from its hilltop location. The menu offers shashlyk, local khchin breads and salads. The restaurant is easiest reached by riding the chairlift.

  • Restaurants in Mineral Water Spas

    Gorodskaya Restoratsiya No 1

    The modestly titled 'City Restaurant No 1' offers several elegant dining rooms, plus an outdoor terrace with fine views. On the menu are classic Russian dishes (including game meats prepared from old-fashioned recipes) as well as nicely prepared European fare – gazpacho, ratatouille, risotto, filet mignon and penne with vegetables are among the options.

  • Restaurants in Black Sea Coast

    Mayak

    Take your pick from the cosy interior, the palm-sheltered courtyard, or the tables right on the pavement overlooking the promenade. They are all attractive settings to sample Mayak's tempting grilled fish and meats (or pizza, if you prefer). Despite the misleading address, it's located in the middle of the promenade next to the namesake lighthouse.

  • Restaurants in Sochi

    Burgman

    Here's your friendly neighbourhood burger joint, touting farm-fresh ingredients and 18 different takes on the ever-popular sandwich. Besides your traditional beef patties, you'll find a veggie burger, a turkey burger, a crab cake and even a shrimp burger (no, we don't mean to imply that it's puny). Soups, salads and beers round out the menu.

  • Restaurants in Black Sea Coast

    Modus

    Modus is a cool and casual pizzeria with a trendy vibe – but not too trendy. The warm, wooden interior is decked out with all manner of mismatched chairs, comfy couches and eclectic artwork, creating a very welcoming atmosphere indeed. Pizzas range from traditional (Margarita) to not-so-traditional (Barbecue), so take your pick!

  • Restaurants in Mineral Water Spas

    Upper Market

    The ideal place to stock up on edibles for a picnic is this lively outdoor market. Vegetarians can find all kinds of salad and fruit items, as well as some local cheeses such as the stringy chechil, which comes in regular or smoked varieties, or the brenza, a soft white cheese with holes in it.

  • Restaurants in Black Sea Coast

    Salkhino

    Near the entrance to Sochi National Park, Salkhino is a suitably rustic Caucasian restaurant at the foot of Mt Bolsho Akhun. They do a popular khashlama (Caucasian-spiced lamb stew), among many other dishes. There are Kuban dry reds on the wine list, along with Georgian and French vintages.

  • Restaurants in Black Sea Coast

    Trikoni

    Just up the road from Utomlyonnye Solntsem in Krasnaya Polyana village, Trikoni is an old-fashioned country inn with a menu full of Russian and Italian favourites. It's hearty, filling fare, that's sure to satisfy after a day on the slopes. In summer, take a seat on the deck with mountain views.

  • Restaurants in Sochi

    Stary Bazar

    Surrounded by greenery overlooking a small park, Stary Bazar is another established Sochi restaurant that continues to pack them in. And for good reason – the place offers a delightfully kitschy country-inn setting that is perfect for sampling the satisfying menu of Russian and Georgian food.