St. Petersburg is home to a vibrant gastronomic scene, with top-notch cuisine from all over the world available if you look hard enough. The restaurants featured in this list may not be considered affordable, but if you find yourself in St. Petersburg and are looking for a truly special meal you will not be disappointed to try out some of the delights on offer:
Onegin (11, Sadovaya Ulitsa)
A very stylish restaurant, very typical of St. Petersburg’s chic social scene. On the menu here is a selection of classic Russian dishes and flavours, all brought bang up to date with interesting ingredients and slick presentation. If dancing’s your thing, the restaurant turns into an exclusive club in the evenings, catering to a hip younger crowd.
Bellevue (Kempinski Hotel Moika 22)
A literally stunning restaurant with an incredible 360 degree panoramic view of the city. While overarchingly French, the restaurant serves a variety of dishes including Russian classics like Beef Stroganoff. The Bellevue is situated atop the Kempenski hotel, however non-guests are perfectly welcome here. Views from the restaurant include the Admiralty, the Cathedral of Spilt Blood and the Hermitage.
Il Grapollo (5, Ulitsa Belinskogo)
One of the finest Italian restaurants in the city, Il Grapollo sources the best, fresh ingredients and cooks them simply and to great effect. The restaurant is situated atop an equally good wine bar, Probka, where you can head afterwards for a stylish drink or two.
Staraya Tamozhnya (1, Tamozhennyy Per.)
A classy, classic Russian dining experience is on offer at the Staraya Tamozhnya. The food and decor are of exceptional quality, without pretense and the service is exceptionally friendly. If you’re looking for something a little more traditional from your dining experience, this is certainly the place to come.
New Island (Universitetskaya Nab 13)
A dining cruise along the Neva river serving a variety of modern and classic Russian and Eastern European dishes. Dining is in fact optional, as it is possible just to take the cruise, however the food is delicious, fresh, and not quite as pricey as the other inclusions on this list so well worth a look. The cruise lasts 90 minutes and, especially on clear nights, offers beautiful views of the twinkling city lights of the city.
Kristi Rorison is Director of Outgoing Business at IntoRussia.