Best restaurants in Western European Russia

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Veliky Novgorod

    Zavod Bar

    Attached to the Alkon Distillery, Zavod is a chic and cosy restaurant with exposed brick, an open fire and great food. Go for the homemade pelmeni filled with fish and meats, or a sweeter strawberry and cottage cheese option. Pair your meal with a tasting set of the distillery's vodka or cranberry nastoyka (liqueur; three shots from R390), which comes with a plate of vodka snacks.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Veliky Novgorod

    Dom Berga

    Enjoy expertly prepared Russian dishes in this 19th-century former merchant's home, with a choice between a simple cafe out the back or a fancier restaurant in front. Be sure to try the honey mead.

  • Restaurants in Veliky Novgorod

    Derzhavny

    Nudging the kremlin complex, this cavernous place evokes ye olde Novgorod, with faux frescoes on the ceiling and artefacts on the walls. The menu is heavy on hearty Russian cuisine ( pelmeni, bliny, soups) and includes plenty of beautifully prepared game meats; wild boar and bear feature. Derzhavny takes the slow-cooking concept very literally: be prepared to wait for your order at times.

  • Restaurants in Veliky Novgorod

    Na Korme

    While the idea of an old merchant's ship turned restaurant on the river might seem a little kitsch, Na Korme offers great views of the kremlin dished up with Russian classics, game meat (including moose bangers and mash) and, of course, the obligatory pizza and sushi options. In summer, Barge on the 2nd-floor terrace is perfect for a drink and has a menu of grilled meats.

  • Restaurants in Veliky Novgorod

    Cafe Asia

    Japanese, Uzbek and Russian cuisine, together at last! If miso soup, chicken pilaf and Russian salad combos float your boat, this place – with a decor that's part Russian-staid, part bellydancer-a-go-go – is for you. It all comes together nicely somehow, and Asia is a popular hang-out. Business lunches (noon to 4pm weekdays) are R210, and there is a helpful picture menu.

  • Restaurants in Veliky Novgorod

    Napoli

    A cosy and rustic Italian restaurant, Napoli bakes its pizzas in a brick oven and serves tasty delicacies such as veal osso bucco and a risotto with porcini and truffle oil.

  • Restaurants in Veliky Novgorod

    Kolobok

    A Novgorodian institution, this Soviet throwback is no retro homage – this is the real deal, with a communal coffee tank (for the sweet-toothed only), trillion-kilojoule salads and cheap, super-fresh pastries right from the oven. The daily onslaught of students and locals gives some clue as to this place's popularity.