The 7 Best Fine Dining Restaurants in St Petersburg

| © Olesya Bogach / Courtesy of EM restaurant
Olga Glioza

St Petersburg is a city where you can find a restaurant for any taste, whether you like Italian or Chinese cuisine, want to taste traditional Russian dishes, search for a midnight snack – there is everything and even more. And the restaurant scene of St Petersburg offers many culinary masterpieces.

1. Buddha Bar

Restaurant, Asian

This lounge restaurant is the first in Russia belonging to the international project Buddha-Bar. The project is well-known for it’s unique format in more than 25 cities in the world: from Paris to Dubai. Buddha-Bar philosophy combines unique pan-asian gastronomy, author music concept and exquisite exterior. The restaurant in St Petersburg is recognized as one of the best among other Buddha-Bars in the world.

2. Flying Dutchman

Restaurant, European

2. Flying Dutchman
© Flying Dutchman

Flying Dutchman is a restaurant complex located at the historical copy of Dutch ship of 1748. The ship is located on the Neva river, offering the stunning view on St Isaacs Cathedral, Hermitage, Peter and Paul Cathedral and Vasilievsky island. The space is separated into several restaurant zones, where guests can always find an option depending on their wishes: “Provance” is great for breakfast and coffee; “Hermitage” is the most romantic hall with panoramic view; “Porto” is offering a great selection of seafood dishes; and “Veranda” is open during warm months, inviting guests to the beautiful outside space.

3. Legran Restaurant

Restaurant, European, French

This restaurant’s concept is focused around “cuisine of big cities,” taking the best of the dishes not really tied into some country or region but instead being representative to some city and its culture. The menu they are offering consists of delicious, beautifully garnished dishes, which are understood and well received both among seasoned gourmets and beginning food lovers.

5. EM

Restaurant, Fusion

5. EM
© Olesya Bogach / Courtesy of EM Restaurant

The restaurant “EM” is open five days a week and is offering a truly unique concept: Everything, from bread to coffee, is prepared in the AGA oven right in the restaurant space. Every day the chef, Olesya Drobot, offers “curated dinners” to restaurant dinners, creating true culinary masterpieces. Guests can observe the process of food preparation and even communicate with the cooks due to an open kitchen.

6. Europe

Restaurant, European

The restaurant Europe, located in Grand Hotel Europe, is one of the most famous fine dining restaurants in St Petersburg. For many years, the restaurant has a reputation as one of the most luxurious ones in St Petersburg. It was also the first restaurant with electric lights in Russia back in time. The list of famous people who have visited is pretty impressive: from queen Elizabeth II to president Vladimir Putin, from Feodor Chaliapin to Elton John. Currently the restaurant is offering daily breakfasts, dinners from Monday to Saturday, with live music on Saturdays and brunch “Imperial” on Sundays.

7. Il Lago dei Cigni

Restaurant, Italian

7. Il Lago dei Cigni
© Il Lago dei Cigni

This restaurant prides itself as one of the top restaurants of Italian cuisine in St Petersburg. Located in a romantic corner on Krestovsky island, just by Swan Lake, it is the perfect setting for a romantic date. The fine dining cuisine is represented by Michelin-star chef Vincenzo Verdozza. The menu of the restaurant is based on the best of the best Italian recipes from different regions, topped up with almost 1,000 wine varieties to choose from.

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