Restaurants in Moscow
Eating out in Moscow is a warm and gratifying experience. There are ample restaurants serving traditional Russian cuisine such as caviar, beef stroganov and borscht, and blini as well as a many offering international or seafood menus.
Generally the best restaurants specialising in local fare can be found inside the Garden Ring and Kitai, or near Poklonnaya Hill. There are excellent seafood restaurants in both Red Square and Kiev Station Square, while international cuisine is available from restaurants in Pushkinskaya and Tverskaya, and on Teatralny Proezd (city centre). The Taganskaya area is also well-known for its wealth of restaurants.
While some restaurants actually stay open 24 hours a day, most establishments require reservations. Some restaurants add a service charge to the bill and if not, 10 percent gratuity is acceptable. Moscow is an expensive city with many impressive fine dining options that will set you back substantially, but it is possible to enjoy traditional Russian cuisine on a budget.
Moscow's culinary scene has evolved exponentially in recent years and, as has been typical in other food revolutions, one of the pioneers was the burger. Some of the best burgers in Moscow are to be found in a little hole-in-the-wall at 27/2 Tverskaya Ulitsa, near Metro Mayakovskaya. It has no official name but a sign outside reads, "Burgery/Khotdogi" (Burgers and Hotdogs). Inside, visitors will find Moscow's take on the classic dive bar aesthetic, replete with local hipsters.
Each burger is made to order using high-quality ingredients, but they're also reasonably priced. Be sure to check out the classic burger for RUB 280 (it comes with a slice of orange): gone are the days of poor quality diner-style burgers in Moscow, and travellers are advised to ride the wave.
Address: 27/2 Tverskaya Ulitsa. Metro Mayakovskaya.
Telephone: +7 499 990 0272
Filimonova & Yankel
A favourite seafood hot spot, Filimonova and Yankel serves up seafood cooked in a variety of styles. A large banquet style dining room makes for a festive atmosphere perfect for larger gatherings. A live but mellow jazz band sets the ambiance further with a classy yet casual atmosphere. The seafood is exceptionally fresh.
Address: Bolshaya Tulskaya, 13
Telephone: 7 495 210 3210
Mu-Mu operates a string of popular restaurants in Moscow all serving cheap traditional Russian food. Very popular with locals looking for quick eats and tourists wanting to try specialty Russian food without spending a fortune, the restaurants usually sport a pleasantly busy atmosphere. If you need fast food in Moscow on a budget Mu-Mu is a good option.
Address: Myasnitskaya St. No. 14, metro Lubyanka, Kitai.
Telephone: +7 499 649 3070
Café Pushkin is a wondrous example of Old Russian sophistication and elegance. Opened in 1999, Café Pushkin has been designed to resemble a 19th century aristocrat's apartment and is tastefully decked out with heavy gauge fabrics, wooden panels and plenty of antiques. The food is classic Russian cuisine and diners will not be disappointed whether they opt for a pancake breakfast, Tsar's Sturgeon, or the myriad desserts.
Café Pushkin is also open 24 hours a day.
Address: 26-A Tverskoy Boulevard, Moscow
Telephone: +7 495 739 0033
There's a strange paradox at work in this swanky, themed restaurant. While waitresses dress as milkmaids, goats and chickens (live ones) occupy cages near the restaurant centre and the decorative furniture consist of haystacks, the calibre of service and meals are up to the standards of the upper echelons of society. Indeed, most of the restaurant's clientele dress smartly for dinners here. It is a Ukrainian restaurant serving up Ukrainian and Russian specialities, open for breakfast, lunch and supper. Reservations are recommended but may not be necessary.
Address: 1905 year Street, 2, Moskva
Telephone: +7 495 488 9526