The Best Waterfront Restaurants in St Petersburg

Neva River, St Petersburg
Neva River, St Petersburg | © GORBACHEVSERGEYFOTO / Pixabay
Photo of Anastasiia Ilina
6 July 2018

When St Petersburg was first built, it was planned as a port city on the Neva River, which travels into the Gulf of Finland. St Petersburg also has a system of rivers and canals that run through the city centre, making it true to its name – the Venice of the North. Luckily, there are also some great restaurants at which to enjoy these beautiful views.


Restaurant, Russian, Georgian, $$$
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The iconic view onto Vasilievsky Island | © Ginza Project | © Ginza Project

When you come to Korushka, you don’t just get a view, you get the iconic view of St Petersburg from the Neva River. Located right next to the Peter and Paul Fortress, Korushka boasts a riverside location overlooking major landmarks. Their speciality dish is korushka, a small river fish local to St Petersburg’s waters. It is a must-try along with other delicious items on the menu.

Il Lago dei Cigni

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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Enjoy a romantic getaway at one of St Petersburg’s top restaurants. The menu is guided by Michelin-starred chef Vincenzo Verdosha, who brings together the best of traditional Italian cuisine from various regions of the country. The fine dining experience is complete with a view overlooking Krestovsky Island‘s Swan Lake, inhabited by white and black swans.

Na Rechke

Restaurant, Russian, Georgian, Japanese, $$$
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Atmosphere of a countryside home at Na Rechke | © Ginza Project | © Ginza Project

Located on the banks of the Krestovka River, Na Rechke provides a quiet place to enjoy the sun and a meal outside without the hustle and bustle of the city. Just a short drive out of the city centre, you will feel like you are at somebody’s dacha (country house) enjoying endless hours of conversation over a pot of tea.

Kuznya House

Bar, Restaurant, European, Russian, $$$
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This restaurant has found a home in a 19th-century building that was previously a blacksmith’s workshop. Now, it has been equipped with everything needed to turn it into a stylish restaurant. Located on the fashionable New Holland Island, the outside terrace overlooks the island’s pond and the park, which has its fair share of exciting activities in the summer.

Sunday Ginza

Restaurant, European, $$$
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A terrace on the beach | © Ginza Project | © Ginza Project

Sunday Ginza is not just a restaurant but a perfect place for a day out on those rare hot summer afternoons in St Petersburg. When the city gets hot and humid, a light breeze emanating from the Gulf of Finland can be enjoyed here, where you can have a meal on the terrace and then grab one of the beach chairs for an afternoon nap. If you’re feeling energetic, there are also opportunities to enjoy some beach sports, too.

Flying Dutchman

Restaurant, European, $$$
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Perhaps a slightly touristy restaurant, but definitely worth a visit once. It is one of the oldest restaurants in the city, housed in an 18th-century frigate. The view from the water is spectacular, right onto Vasilievsky Island and the Hermitage. Make sure to ask for a window seat when you book.

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