5 must-try Caucasian restaurants in Moscow

Caucasian cuisine is one of the finest and tastiest cuisines there is. Unfortunately, most people don’t seem to know about it. I won’t blame you. In Western cities, it isn’t easy to find a good Georgian or Armenian restaurant. In Moscow that is completely different. Good Caucasian restaurants are a dime a dozen here. That is why this city is the ideal location for a savvy luxury traveler to try this underrated cuisine. To make things easier for you, I put together the five best Caucasian restaurants in Moscow.

1. Genadzvale

Located right in the center of Moscow on New Arbat, this Georgian restaurant could just as well be a little Georgian house that is standing in Tbilisi<. It is thoughtfully decorated and even boasts a little courtyard to round off the authentic Georgian flair. Of course, the service is as warmhearted as if you were in Georgia instead of the usual cold aloofness that you are treated with in Moscow. One of my personal favorites. Restaurant Genadzvale

2. Natakhtari

Natakhtari is actually the name of a Georgian village. But it is also a fitting name for this establishment because this restaurant is as Georgian as they come. The Hachapuri is made with real Georgian cheese, you can choose four different types of meat as your Khinkali filling and the wine menu features no less than 25 different types of wine. In summer, you can enjoy all these delicacies on their terrace. Given the fact that the restaurant is in the heart of Moscow in Kitay Gorod, you should not pass up this opportunity.

Restaurant Natakhtari

3. Shu Shu

Shu-Shu is a bit livelier and wilder in comparison to the other options on this list. Not every restaurant boasts authentic belly dancers, karaoke nights and cooking master classes to learn the ins and outs of Caucasian cuisine. If that sounds like a grand time to you, then you’re absolutely right. This is a great choice if you want to combine tasting authentic Caucasian food (like their fantastic Plov) and having a fun night out.

Restaurant Shu Shu

4. Noev Kovcheg

This restaurant’s name translates to “Noah’s arch” in English. Looking back on over twenty years of history, this restaurant is one of the best and most exclusive Armenian restaurants you can find in Moscow. Almost every dish on the menu has its own backstory. Needless to say that all ingredients are imported from Armenia such as “Ishkhan” trout that can only be found there. If you only have time for one restaurant on this list, this would probably be my pick.


5. Batoni

The last place on this list translates to Sir in English. It is more a cafe than a restaurant but I had to include it for its cozy and relaxing atmosphere. The menu isn’t as opulent and detailed as in some of the other places but it is 100% authentic. On top of that, you have live Georgian music playing on Sundays.

Restaurant Batoni

Ivan Crnogatic is the Author of Moscownightguide. Moscownightguide is an expert guide to Moscow’s high-end and nightlife scene.

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Comments (4)

  1. Andy says:

    You are right I know next to nothing about Caucasian food. I’m guessing that it probably features a lot of breads, grains, lamb and vegetables? I like the fact that there is a huge variety of wines on offer.sounds like my sort of cuisine.

  2. Alison Williams says:

    What a great achievement for the Georgian restaurant to bring warm hospitality to the middle of Moscow. It takes a lot of commitment and training to go against the grain. Nothing pulls in customers like a genuine smile and a real desire to do your best for the diners.

  3. Craig says:

    It’s good that Batoni makes something out of Sunday night with live Georgian music. I just don’t get why people don’t go out for a meal on Sunday night. OK so it is followed by Monday morning but there’s no reason why you should stop enjoying yourself,

  4. Fiona says:

    I can’t see myself getting back to Moscow in the next couple of years but I am really intrigued by the concept of Caucasian cuisine. I’m going to see if, in the meantime, I can track down any Caucasian restaurants in London.

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