Must see restaurants in Irkutsk

  • K
    Top Choice

    Take your taste buds to the Mongolian steppe for some yurt-size portions of mutton, lamb and steak as well as filling soups and buuzy dumplings, sluiced…

  • R
    Top Choice

    Arguably the best eating addition in the 130 Kvartal, this retro restaurant serves up a 100% Soviet-era menu (think upmarket pelmeni, okroshka, shchi,…

  • L
    La Boulangerie & Patisserie

    This is the kind of place Siberia's earliest Francophones, the Decembrists, must have dreamed would emerge in Irkutsk one day. Believe us, no freshly…

  • P
    Poznaya na Lenina

    With a stylishly dark interior and Buryat-themed modern paintings on the walls, this otherwise unpretentious cheapie is possibly the best place to sample…

  • B
    Baikal Love Cafe

    For a quick introduction to native Siberians' food, check out this little eatery that serves Buryat buuzy dumplings, bukhlyor meat broth and suguday …

  • D
    Dom Rybaka

    You might have already been introduced to Siberian fish, but for fundamental ichthyology head to this upmarket restaurant on the outskirts of the old town…

  • N
    New Zealand Pies

    Blown into central Eurasia by Pacific winds (along with myriad secondhand Japanese cars), this tiny joint churns out delicious pies with unusual fillings,…

  • M

    Like a nomad galloping through the steppe, the menu of this large modern restaurant carries goodies poached from all over Asia, from authentic tom yum and…

  • D
    Design Bar

    On the 2nd floor of a large interior design store and decorated with a multitude of red Chinese lamps, this intimate eatery-cum-bar serves inventive…

  • F

    It’s pretty obvious from the outside that Figaro is no ordinary Siberian eatery. The glass-fronted dining space peppered with works of art and graced with…

  • G
    Gastobar Kamchatka

    This casual fusion eatery has a bit of everything from everywhere, with the actual Kamchatka peninsula represented by kizhuch (Pacific salmon) steak…

  • B
    Belaruskaya Gleba

    The lengthy menu may apply to Guinness World Records as the longest list of meat and potato combinations, but that's what Belarusian cuisine is largely…

  • M

    With its menu of imaginative salads, filling soups and (almost) healthy mains, this is no ordinary point-and-eat canteen. Swab the decks with a Slovak…

  • G

    Irkutsk’s only meat-free restaurant is a small self-service affair with a half-hearted Indian theme and a menu of soya sausages, basmati rice, spicy soups…

  • P

    A gastropub with comfy leather couches, Paradnaya serves gourmet burgers and salads to its hispter clientele. Perfect for beer-fuelled chats with friends…

  • A

    When it’s midday feeding time in the city centre, this gaudy self-service canteen, with red leatherette seating divided into cubicles and a menu of…

  • S

    Supermarkets are surprisingly rare in central Irkutsk so this centrally located, open-all-hours store is a godsend. Stocks a lot of ready-to-eat meals …

  • D

    Domino may tout itself as a pizza joint but has saved many an early-morning breakfast hunter with its bliny and strong coffee.