- Marianna Hunt
The menu here in the restaurant of Moscow’s Metropol Hotel is the definition of haute-Russian cuisine. Russian delicacies such as black caviar and Kamchatka crab are prepared using the expertise of the master chefs here – with outstanding results. Impeccable service and attentive staff ensure that nothing is overlooked, meaning that dinner at the Metropol offers the full experience. Prices are high, but validated by the exceptional food and service.
Hotel Metropol Moscow, Teatralnyy proezd, 2, Moscow, Russia, +7 499 501-78-00
This eco-conscious restaurant is part of a farming cooperative that also comprises a cafe and various organic farm shops. The organization aims to refresh Moscow’s culinary scene with its deliciously fresh, regional produce. Lavkalavka shops sell only the finest quality, seasonal produce from more than 100 local farmers. These ingredients also form the magnificent menu at the LavkaLavka restaurant. The menu features modern, reinvigorated versions of traditional Russian delicacies. Specific mention by name of individual farmers on the menu that provided the ingredients in that dish reflect the extremely personal, grass-roots ethos here. LavkaLavka also has an idyllic outdoor veranda – the perfect place to enjoy al-fresco dining in Russia’s capital.
LavkaLavka, Petrovka Street 21, Moscow, Russia, +7 495 621 20 36 or +7 903 115 50 33
This chic restaurant, with its fusion of Russian and French cuisine, derives its name from its fantastic location. It’s just a stone’s throw from the magnificent Bolshoi Theatre. An ideal spot for a pre-theater dinner, this spot aims to combine appreciation of art with fine dining. The interiors of Restaurant Bolshoi double-up as an incredible art gallery, showcasing up-and-coming talent in Europe‘s art and sculpture world. The decor is simply sumptuous and the furniture is even made by Ralph Lauren, making dining at Bolshoi a truly elegant event. Expect sweeping columns, glistening chandeliers, smooth leather and deep mahogany aplenty.
Bolshoi, Petrovka Street 3/6, Moscow, Russia, +7 495 789 8652
A superbly central setting, and some of the best Asian food available in Moscow, make for a formidable combination at Mr. Lee’s. After soaking up the awe-inspiring architecture of the Bolshoi and Theater Square, make a beeline for this temple of spices and mouthwatering cuisine. Jam-packed with exotic delights, the menu features specialties from across the whole of Asia, including aromatic Thai Tom Yum, crispy Vietnamese spring rolls, and a whole range of sweet and sour dishes. The authentically Oriental flavors are paired with chic interiors, chandeliers and stylish Asian furnishings.
Mr. Lee, Kuznetskiy Most Street, 7, Moscow, Russia, +7 495 628 7678
Russkiye Sezoni (The Russian Seasons)
Guests at The Russian Seasons are immediately enchanted by the restaurant’s wonderful ambiance. The atmosphere manages to be simultaneously cozy and welcoming, but also elegantly refined. This is thanks to the traditional patterns that decorate the interior, combined with its plush furnishings. Visitors can also enjoy one of the best views in the city while dining al-fresco on the summer terrace here at The Russian Seasons. More treats are in store once diners reach for the menu. The Russian Seasons combines only the finest ingredients with the chef’s expertise to add a gourmet flair to traditional Russian favorites.
Russkiye Sezoni, Strastnoy Boulevard 8A, Moscow, Russia, +7 (495) 229 2800
Finding a way to eat well, without breaking the bank, in pricey Moscow can be a challenge. But luckily for budget travelers, Khinkalnaya is looking to shake things up. The infamous dumplings from which this restaurant takes its name are just one of the outstanding delicacies that have caused the population of Russia to fall head over heels for the delights of Georgian cuisine. Succulent grilled meats, soft doughy breads, aromatic flavors, and superb wine, are just a few of the Eastern treats in store for diners at Khinkalnaya. And even better: considering the quality, this restaurant offers arguably the best value-for-money Georgian food in the whole of Moscow.
Khinkalnaya, Neglinnaya Street, 15, Moscow, Russia, +7 495 721-90-51
Located on a luxury street, surrounded by some of Moscow’s most stunning architecture, is the stylish Myasnoi Club, meaning ‘Meat Club’. Inside, the decor of this steak house rivals the beauty of its surroundings. Myasnoi Club’s ethos strictly prioritizes exceptional quality meat. Spurning pretentious flourishes and unnecessary flavors that may distract from the superb meat, the meat-maestros here at ‘Meat Club’ expertly cook each dish. The passion and dedication that goes into each plate can be tasted in every mouthful of juicy, marinated meat.
Myasnoi Club, Kuznetskiy Most Street, 19/1, Moscow, Russia, +7 495 625-17-29
The White Hart Pub
Traditional interiors, cozy chairs, wooden paneling, and antique furnishings, charm visitors to The White Hart Pub as soon as they step through the door. For those seeking a comforting taste of home: look no further than here. And, considering The White Hart’s superb menu, this taste is sure to be a good one. Dishing up gourmet versions of British pub classics, The White Hart has earned itself an impressive reputation among British ex-pats. The friendly atmosphere and fantastic live musical performances lend The White Hart Pub a buzzing feel. Come and enjoy the food as well as a great range of beers and wines to accompany your meal at this wonderful venue.
The White Hart, Neglinnaya Street, 10, Moscow, Russia, +7 495 636-28-55
The setting of this dazzling restaurant (on a pedestrian street, surrounded by chic boutiques) lends it a wonderful atmosphere. It also removes it from the bustle of Moscow’s main streets and their nosy traffic. Discover the hidden gem that is Brasserie Most to gain a taste of the best of Moscow’s offerings of gourmet French cuisine. The dishes are truly authentic and the menu details which region of France each originates from. The interior is a revelation of modern design and is certain to wow. In 2007 Brasserie Most won menu.ru’s Best Restaurant award, and followed this up by receiving the 2008 Resto Rate accolade of Best Restaurant. It was also recognized as Afisha magazine’s Best Restaurant of 2013.
Brasserie Most, Kuznetskiy Most Street, 6/3, Moscow, Russia, +7 495 660-07-06
A favorite with Moscow’s most glamorous residents, Vogue Café has been one of the city’s trendiest haunts since opening its doors in 2003. The exterior, reminiscent of a chic Parisian hotel, is a sign of the elegant delights in store for visitors. The menu is a fusion of traditional Russian recipes with gourmet European twists. Favorites include Russian ‘Olivier’ salad with delicately salted salmon. The presentation is simple, yet exquisite, rivaling both the decor and the diners here in terms of beauty. Rub shoulders with Russian models and billionaires: dine in style at Moscow’s Vogue Café.
Vogue Café, Kuznetskiy Most Street, 7/9, Moscow, Russia, +7 495 623 1701