The Most Romantic Restaurants in St Petersburg

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Olga Glioza

As a city often compared with Venice, Saint Petersburg is a perfectly romantic place, filled with canals, rivers, boats and shady parks. Perfect for a romantic encounter, Culture Trip has selected some of the most atmospheric restaurants in the city.

1. Percorso

Restaurant, European, Italian

Percorso is a wonderful restaurant where guests can savor the specialties of renowned Italian cuisine. The décor of the space is characterized by a mixture of the classic and the modern, creating a perfect environment for romance. It has four rooms, including a bar with an extensive variety of wines, a lounge and a room for private dinners. Some of the specialties of the house that patrons should not overlook are the vitello tonnato (veal tenderloin with celery, tuna and caper sauce) and the spaghetti di gragnano (pan-fried sea bass, white zucchini, calamari and candied tomato).

2. Severyanin

Restaurant, Russian

This is one of the most typical restaurants in Saint Petersburg, and it is located in the historic center of the city. The name of this luxurious restaurant alludes to the Russian word severyanin, meaning northern man, which refers to the culinary traditions of Northern Russia, and at the same time to the pseudonym of Igor Severyanin, a famous poet of the so-called Silver Age of Russian culture. Its interior aesthetic is inspired by 19th-century Russia – the antique furniture, the lighting style, the tables dressed in white tablecloths, the lace napkins, and other decorative elements characteristic of that time, making for an unforgettable experience for guests. The relevance of its menu is due to the delicious northern recipes with caviar and the renowned Russian borscht.

3. Sintoho

Restaurant, Asian, Japanese

If it is a romantic ambience you’re after, we have to mention this paradigmatic restaurant. Its exquisite menu is based on Japanese cuisine with a North Asian influence. Its décor is purely contemporary; the details and the aesthetic perfection of each area make it a really cozy place, perfect for a romantic date. If your significant other is a fan of Asian cuisine, do not forget to recommend the wasabi-fried prawns or the classic Peking duck roasted with pancakes and hoisin sauce, the signature dishes at Sintoho.

4. Palkin

Restaurant, Russian, European

This restaurant is one of the oldest in Saint Petersburg and one of the few that still retains its name and original location. The place has excellent natural lighting due to the beautiful and massive windows that make up its architecture. The prestigious cuisine of this restaurant translates into an extensive and delicious menu, which is also characterized by a variety of delectable desserts. Its bar is one of the most welcoming places for couples in love who want to spend a pleasant evening enjoying a good cocktail.

5. Il Lago dei Cigni

Restaurant, Italian

5. Il Lago dei Cigni
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This is one of the most prestigious and beautiful Italian restaurants in St. Petersburg, located in the surroundings of Swan Lake. Undoubtedly, this is the best place to enjoy the Italian culinary arts and to appreciate the beauty of nature. This restaurant has a dining room that boasts exquisite contemporary décor, with large and refined glass windows that provide a beautiful view to the outside. On the second floor is the summer terrace, a comfortable and cozy place with a spectacular view overlooking Swan Lake. This is the perfect spot for those couples who want to enjoy a delicate filet of fresh fish, cooked on the wood-fired grill by a specialized chef.

6. Dom Restaurant

Restaurant, Russian, European

This mansion is located in the heart of St. Petersburg, and although it still retains the characteristic romanticism of past centuries, the décor has been enriched with elements of modernity. Majestic works of art belonging to private collections hang on its walls, and its spaces have been restored with furniture from different epochs and classic lamps. All of this creates a perfect atmosphere in which the elegant and the sophisticated blend, turning this restaurant into one of the best places for a romantic date. Among the most exquisite items on the menu, you can find the traditional Russian starter, pelmeni, and Russian rack of lamb with parsnip purée, grilled avocado, beetroot, rhubarb, and blackcurrant sauce.

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