Forget all the stereotypes you’ve heard about Russian Cuisine. Our Moscow Restaurant Guide shows that modern Moscow is brimming with extraordinary restaurants. There are more than a few foodies on our Roadtrips staff and the following restaurants are some of our faves.
Offering stunning views from its enviable location on the rooftop of the Ritz-Carlton, the O2 Lounge is a favorite of Moscow’s it crowd. Sip on a sophisticated cocktail, indulge in chef Florent Courriol’s gourmet Peruvian cuisine or dance the dance the night away surrounded by the twinkling lights of both the stars and the city.
Take a step back in time into the world of Russian aristocracy in this beautiful baroque mansion with dining rooms on various levels. Dine with Russian elite on a varied menu including extraordinary beef stroganoff and “Pushkin” potatoes. Located in central Moscow just north of Red Square. Easy walking distance to the Ritz Carlton.
The Moscow outpost of London’s best steakhouse. This is the place for top quality beef imported from Iowa, Australia and Japan. Start with the shrimp tempura served with a mango-avocado salsa. Dig deep into top quality cuts of meat that change regularly based on what’s in house. Located just outside the entrance to Red Square, it’s an easy walk to the Ritz Carlton.
Adjacent to the Ritz Carlton is the flagship restaurant of the Novikov Group. This Pan Asian restaurant features top quality ingredients that are displayed in front of the kitchen on a giant ice table. This is the sister restaurant to the highly successful Novikov in London. The Novikov Group has a number of restaurants in Moscow. Enjoy this one…and then you can explore all the others.
Bosco Café at Gum Department Store
Take a break from your shopping for a coffee and cake or those famous Russian crepes served with compotes and sour cream. When you’re done, check out the flagship Bosco store down the hall. Bosco is famous for outfitting Russian Olympic teams with bold prints and designs.
This Novikov restaurant is located near the Bolshoi Theatre and is a favorite of the theatre crowd. It’s got a conservative vibe (think Ralph Lauren, who designed the furniture), perfect for a quiet date or an elegant dinner with friends. Michelin-starred chef Kamel Benama dazzles with his French inspired dishes. The impressive art collection on display along with Sergey Belov on piano complements the divine food.
Clearly we’re big fans of the Novikov Group. Nedalny Vostok is worth a visit just for the design alone. The interior is comprised completely of natural materials, the vision of Japanese architectural and design bureau Superpotato. It’s sleek, yet intimate and the food’s not bad either. Heaven for seafood aficionados.
Great food, great service, great location – Turandot is a real gem in the heart of the city. The opulent interior is absolutely stunning, the perfect backdrop for a memorable dining experience. Chef Dimitry Eremeev is at the helm and his Pan-Asian and European dishes do not disappoint.
Reka Restaurant & Lounge
Self-described as “the only Moscow new-luxury-hippie-place,” Reka may not be as glamorous as some of the other restaurants on our list but that gives free rein for the Italian food and the spectacular views to take center stage. It also happens to be a magnet for beautiful people. For a stunning view of the Moscow skyline, try and snag a seat on the terrace.