The Best Places to Try Authentic Russian Cuisine in St Petersburg

Enjoy traditional Russian cuisine in St Petersburg | © Leonid LI / Flickr
Enjoy traditional Russian cuisine in St Petersburg | © Leonid LI / Flickr
Photo of Anastasiia Ilina
18 October 2017

Coming to Russia and not trying its traditional cuisine would be a crime. Luckily for you, there are a variety of places to do so, ranging from simple eateries to high-end restaurants with a fresh and modern take on the traditional menu. Pick from some of the best options that St Petersburg has to offer.

Russian Ampir

Restaurant, Russian, $$$
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If you want to experience true luxury in St Peterburg, then be sure to visit Russian Ampir. The restaurant claims that some of the recipes were recovered from the Imperial Winter Palace cookbook and continue to be made in the same way that they have been for centuries. The table will be set to perfection with gold flatware, porcelain bowls and crystal glasses. If you’re wanting to try authentic Russian cuisine, why not do it with a noble touch?

Meal service:

Dinner

Atmosphere:

Boutique, Fine Dining, Romantic

Teplo

Restaurant, Russian, European, Soup, $$$
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Teplo means ‘warmth’, something that this restaurant aims to bring. It is set in a cosy yard where you can indulge in a traditionally cooked Russian meal, all while wrapped in a fluffy blanket. If the weather is good, you can enjoy a warm evening outside; if it is bad, you can warm up on one of the sofas inside.

Kommunalka

Restaurant, Russian, $$$
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A kommunalka was a Soviet-style apartment shared between a couple of families. So while diners won’t find haute cuisine at this restaurant, they will be able to savour a very traditional home-cooked meal that shows off what a family would have if they wanted something hearty and fast. There are also some Russian drinks to wash it all down; try some kvas, which is a fermented drink made from bread.

Meal service:

Lunch, Dinner

Atmosphere:

Quirky, Traditional, Family Friendly

Stroganoff Steak House

Restaurant, Russian, American, Steakhouse, $$$
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The name of the Stroganoff family has travelled long and far with the dish associated with their household, beef stroganoff. The Stroganoff Steak House, however, makes more than just this type of meat dish. Indeed, they are known to be the place to get acquainted with the meaty side of Russian cuisine. For starters, try some of the special Russian snacks, paired with a shot or two of vodka, of course.