Dining in Moscow is varied and exciting.
With many of the top restaurants also doubling as bars and clubs, the atmosphere is nearly always one step away from a party, and many of the city’s elite come dressed to impress. Of course, there are still many elegant and family friendly restaurants for those who prefer a quieter evening. With such a large selection available, elite traveler has compiled a suitable list for diners of all persuasions.
For many of Russia’s social elite, Café Pushkin is the place to go.
Designed to recreate the feel of a 19th century aristocrat’s house, the restaurant has become one of the most popular in Moscow, thanks to the quality of its food, the impeccable service and excellent vodka selection. The atmosphere of pre-Revolution Russia is delightfully charming, from the flowery script of the menu to aristocratic country house décor. Pushkin is the ideal destination if you want to be treated like Russian nobility and dine like a Tsar – but book ahead, the restaurant’s popularity requires reservation well in advance.
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Andrey Malinin, Manager
+7 495 739 0033
26A Tverskoy Boulevard
When the Ginza Project, a company that owns some of the finest restaurants in Moscow, announced that they would be opening a restaurant on the 29th floor of Radisson Royal Hotel, the social elite of the city began to collectively lick their lips.
The company has a reputation for the high quality of its restaurants that grace the streets of the capital, and Buono is no exception. The views from Buono are unashamedly spectacular, while the décor is elegant, with soft creams complementing the fine views on offer. The food is classical Italian; Chef William Lamberti is well known throughout Europe and has created an excellent menu. It’s always best to book ahead at Buono, as the window seats that offer the finest views over the city are quickly taken.
+7 495 221 5555
Radisson Royal Hotel, 2/1 Building 1, Kutuzovsky Prospect, Moscow 121248
Italian for ‘small’, Piccolino is a cozy, homely restaurant – something of a rarity in Moscow.
Serving typical Italian food, the family friendly establishment is laid back, but this doesn’t compromise the quality of the food: good, hearty portions that are exceptionally tasty. The interior of Piccolino has been designed to replicate that of a large country house, and the décor is entirely fitting with the atmosphere of the restaurant. In a city where many of the establishments value the names of their guests over the quality of their dishes, Piccolino is the place to come if your preference is quality of food rather than famous faces.
Svetlana Markovskaya, Manager
+7 495 799 8292
1-y Kolobovskiy pereulok, 11, Moscow 127051
Dubbed a ‘dark shrine to the Moscow excesses of sex, violence and food’ when it first opened, Bon is one of the most unusual restaurants in Moscow.
The creation of renowned designer Philippe Starck, Bon’s interior is an eclectic mix of black walls, dripping candles and Kalashnikov rifles posing as lampshades. Food critics have labeled the décor anything from Gothic to gangster, and despite several ownership changes the social cream of Moscow have continued to flock to the place. The food is of a high standard and a broad mix of European cuisine, while the atmosphere has a definite restaurant-club vibe.
Alexey Korobov, General Director
+7 925 589 8121
Yakimanskaya Nab. 4, bld1, Moscow 119180
Located in an elegant 19th century mansion, CDL is one of the most sophisticated restaurants in Moscow.
The interior has been gorgeously designed to recreate the splendor of the Silver Age of Russian culture, with antique balustrades and bas-reliefs throughout the Oak Hall main room. The staircase in the Oak Hall is a particular masterpiece; it was built without a single nail or screw. The Fireplace is equally impressive and has been used as a meeting room by President Dmitry Medvedev. Guests can also hire additional rooms such as the Cigar Room and the Cabinet Room. A menu of authentic Russian cuisine has been created by top Moscow chef Alexander Popov, with organic dishes bursting with flavor and a splendor to match the opulent surroundings. With so much luxury and class on display, it’s little wonder that former US Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush have chosen to dine here. Situated in the center of the city between Bolshaya Nikitskaya 53 and Povarskaya Ulitsa 50, it’s worth booking ahead to avoid disappointment.
Kristina Mirzoyan, Assistant General Manager
+7 495 691 1515
50 Povarskaya ul. Bolshaya Nikitskaya, Moscow
One of the best-loved restaurants in Moscow, the Gallery Cafe has been a bastion of the city’s cultural life for the last seven years.
The restaurant plays host to contemporary art exhibitions, concerts, performances and glamorous parties. In addition to an array of excellent global cuisine by Chef Sergey Markin, it’s easy to see why the venue has garnered such a grand reputation among Moscow society. The interior is chic, stylish and sophisticated and in the evenings when the lights are down, the venue provides the perfect romantic setting. Ideal for intimate functions, the lounge zone can be hired for private dining or cocktail parties on request.
+7 495 937 4504
27 Ulitsa Petrovka, Moscow 127031
Varvary is simply unique: Head Chef Anatoly Komm has created a menu based on the concept of molecular gastronomy – so the food is never quite what it seems.
Varvary offers a nine-course tasting menu combining traditional dishes and contemporary techniques with spectacular results. The interior of the restaurant is suitably impressive: a dark red and black palette mixed with extravagant silver cutlery. For a dining experience that delights as much as it baffles, head to Varvary; if you’re a little worried, you shouldn’t be, the restaurant is been listed as one of San Pellegrino’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2011.
+7 495 229 2800
8a, Strastnoi Boulevard, Moscow 107031
One of the best places to see and be seen, the O2 Lounge is half stylish Japanese restaurant and half trendy pre-club hangout.
The food on offer is delicious Japanese fare, with sumptuous sushi prepared in front of diners by the team of talented chefs led by Nicholas Courtois. Located on the 12th floor of the Ritz-Carlton hotel, the restaurant has spectacular panoramic views over Red Square and The Kremlin. After dark the restaurant becomes one of the coolest bars in town, where the city’s finest head to mingle with celebrities.
Nicolas Courtois, Executive Chef
+7 495 225 8888
Ritz-Carlton Moscow, Tverskaya Street 3, Moscow 125009