Restaurants in Moscow
Eating out in Moscow is a warm and gratifying experience. There are ample Moscow restaurants serving traditional Russian cuisine such as caviare, beef stroganov and chicken kiev, as well as a many offering international or seafood menus.
Generally the best Moscow restaurants specialising in local fare can be found inside the Garden Ring and Kitai, or near Poklonnaya Hill. There are excellent seafood restaurants in both Red Square and Kiev Station Square, while international cuisine is available from restaurants in Pushkinskaya and Tverskaya, and on Teatralny Proezd (city centre). The Taganskaya area is also well-known for its wealth of restaurants.
While there are some Moscow restaurants that actually stay open 24 hours a day, most establishments require reservations. Some restaurants add a service charge to the bill and if not, 10 percent gratuity is acceptable. Moscow is an expensive city with many impressive fine dining options that will set you back substantially, but it is possible to enjoy traditional Russian cuisine on a budget.
Sometimes a big hamburger is the only cure for late night cravings and the agreed best after-hours restaurant in Moscow is the American-themed Starlite Diner. Open 24 hours to a loyal patronage of locals and expats this classic throwback restaurant serves up healthy portions of greasy good food and 1950s ambiance. For travellers with a touch of culture shock looking for a comforting taste of home, Starlite Diner is a great option.
Address: Bolshaya Sadovaya Ulitsa, No. 16a
Filimonova & Yankel
A favourite seafood hot spot, F&Y serves up seafood cooked in a variety of styles. A large banquet style dining room makes for a festive atmosphere perfect for larger gatherings. A live but mellow jazz band sets the ambiance further with a classy yet casual atmosphere, much like the fun but quality fish dishes which come in many forms - baked, seared, grilled or still flopping.
Address: No.2 Kiev Station Sq
Telephone: (495) 223-07-07
Mu-Mu operates a string of popular restaurants in Moscow all serving cheap traditional Russian food. Very popular with locals looking for quick eats and tourists wanting to try specialty Russian food without spending a fortune, the restaurants usually sport a pleasantly busy atmosphere. If you need fast food in Moscow on a budget Mu-Mu is a good option because it will still give you a taste of something typically Russian.
Address: Myasnitskaya St. No. 14, metro Lubyanka, Kitai
Telephone: 261 3676
Plush, pricey, popular and professional… and if you think that's a mouthful, you should try their food. Café Pushkin offers, arguably, the most exquisite dining in Moscow, upmarket enough to charge outrageously but not so pretentious as to skimp on the portions. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the food is fantastic whether you're having pancakes for breakfast, delicious sturgeon for dinner or a meaty steak halfway through a night out. The weekday business lunch specials are a good deal, considering the venue.
Address: 26a Tverskoi bulvat, Tverskaya
Telephone: 495 739 0033
There's a strange paradox at work in this swanky, themed restaurant. While waitresses dress as milkmaids, goats and chickens (live ones) occupy cages near the restaurant centre and the decorative furniture consist of haystacks, the calibre of service and meals are up to the standards of the upper echelons of society. Indeed, most of the restaurant's clientele dress smartly for dinners here. It is a Ukrainian restaurant serving up Ukrainian and Russian specialities, open for breakfast, lunch and supper. Reservations are recommended but may not be necessary.
Address: 2 Ulitsa, Garden Ring
Telephone: 495 651 8101
For some of the city's finest dining, The Metropol has hosted some of recent history's most famous figures beneath its large glass dome and stained-glass windows. The food matches the opulent decoration with the best of European cuisine and some of Russia's most extravagant dishes. The classic feel will leave diners feeling like visiting foreign dignitaries and there is good chance you may meet one. Located conveniently close to the Kremlin and the Bolshoi Theatre this is the perfect fine-dining treat in Moscow.
Address: 1-4 Teatralny Proezd
Telephone: (499) 501 7800
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